Allagash Confluence Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
930 Ratings
Allagash Confluence AleAllagash Confluence Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Allagash Confluence Ale is created with a mixed fermentation; utilizing our house primary Belgian style yeast in combination with our proprietary Brettanomyces strain. The two yeast strains work in tandem creating a marriage between spice and fruit flavors that ultimately leave a lingering silky mouth feel. Confluence is brewed with a blend of both imported pilsner and domestic pale malts as well as a portion of caramel malt, resulting in a complex malty profile. Tettnang and East Kent Golding hops are added in the brew process to balance the intricate malty profile while adding a sweet and spicy citrus aroma. After fermentation, Confluence undergoes a lengthy aging process in stainless steel tanks to enhance the flavors. Prior to bottling, it is dry hopped with a Glacier hops, providing a pleasant balance of aromas.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-14-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
930
Reviews:
256
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.68%
 
 
Wants:
130
Gots:
204
For Trade:
9
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought it tasted very good.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.02/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A dark orange with substantial brett haze. Big 1" white head on it. Nose was malt driven, didn't detect barrel notes, or brett really. Thought there would be more going on.

Taste was real mundane, the brett didn't take off. Seemed like a very expensive bottle for its lack of anything special. Felt like a big rip off to have a mild hopped pale ale that comes off more malty than anything else. Total meh.

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3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Finally cracked the first beer I ever traded for. Reviewed 9/21/10.

A: Brilliant crystal-clear golden with a large head that dies down quickly but is easily roused.

S: Brett-y barnyard aroma greets the senses, along with some citric notes. Smells a bit chalky.

T: Citrus and barnyard as in the aroma. Has the funky horse-y taste of Wyeast's B. Brux, but the tartness and citric flavours of the B. Lambicus with which I am familiar. Finishes extraordinarily dry. Light fruitiness throughout--likely from a Belgian primary yeast (?) --Phenols are prominent, which are a bit distracting, with a "burnt" flavour that emerges as it opens up/warms.

M: Highly carbonated, nauseatingly so. Clashes with the bone-dry finish. Switched to an etched glass in an attempt to neutralize it, to no avail.

D: Having had NG R&D Golden Ale recently (and at nearly 1/2 the cost per mL) I much prefer that. The high carbonation and phenol/ester character with plastic-y notes I do not appreciate.

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3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2012 version poured into Ithaca tulip.

A: thin, clear, straw to gold in color, with a small head that leaves half of the top covered.

S: lemon zest, sourness, slight sweetness. The smell really falls flat after tasting it, but the first smell made me think this was a wild ale.

T: taste is very light, a little disappointing. It's slightly bitter and a bit fruity, but doesn't come close to the smell.

M: medium carbonation on a medium-light body makes for a crisp taste, but it has a very slightly chalky finish.

O: pretty average beer overall. Drinkability is high, but at the price of $20 per 750ml bottle, skip it.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Imbibed at Good Karma on 9/4/12.

Pours a pale yellow orange, clear. Delicate head that laces well. Lemon hits the nose first, then a slightly sour note. Sour, not funky. Malt is all but undetectable, but I'd guess Belgian or German Pils due to its barely there aroma. I can't tell if I'm just not getting any hops or if it's the lemon I'm getting. Some very slight berry aroma as well. Light malt and lemon hints start the taste off. Definite Brett funkiness comes out in the flavor. Then it goes bitter, but it's fairly mild. Grassy and herbal. MF is more viscous than what I would have expected from the nose, but it makes sense when you see the ABV. I suspect some sugar was used in the boil, as this is a dry finishing beer.

Respectable sour, somewhat complex, but it needs something to give the malt some character. It's fleeting as it is. A fruity tone or malt flavor would make this more than a stage for something else.

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Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 930 ratings.
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