Allagash Confluence Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
928 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:
928
Reviews:
256
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.68%
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
202
For Trade:
9
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 928 |  Reviews: 256
Photo of iRun2Beer
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morimech
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

January 2009 bottle

Cloudy golden color with a large head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is shared by pale malt with a slight sweetness, pale fruit such as pears, and the funky brett. Everything seems to be in balanced and the brett is integrated nicely.

The flavor falls a little short of the aroma. Nothing really wowed me here. The sweetness was a little higher than anticipated. The yeast gives off little in either phenols or esters. The brett is evident but on the subdued end of the spectrum. Just the slightest funkiness. I could compare it to a weaker flavored Orval. Maybe a good beer to introduce someone to brett.

I have never been disapointed with the mouthfeel in any Allagash beer, and this is no exception. Feels light and lively without being harsh. Very good texture. The beer could use just a little more heft in body.

A good beer but not one I would buy again. I received this as part of a BIF but I understand the price tag is high.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

January 2009 Vintage
One of my favorite breweries. I love what Allagash does with wild ales. Served this slightly chilled, in a tulip, from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Confluence Ale pours out a beautiful golden color, that is crystal clear. The beer hazes a bit the deeper you get into the bottle from the thin layer of sediment. A VERY soft pour resulted in about an inch and a half of thick, creamy white head that faded ever so slowly into a half inch of pillowy foam. The entire glass was coated with thick webs of lace. Some seriously active carbonation bubbles were also noted.

Smell: So many smells hit the nose, I don't know where to start. Musty, rich, horse blanket funk. A nice faint peppery spice. Also getting what I think are some cherries, and maybe some tart green apple. Slightly floral and sweet nose.

Taste: Very smooth complex flavor. More horse blanket to start things off. Getting very little of the fruit I got in the nose. Just the slightest sour flavor. Earthy, yeasty, and spicey. Having trouble picking these flavors apart. Nice flavor though..

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Nice, bigger, medium bodied mouthfeel. Plenty of spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite a drinkable brew considering the heavy carbonation. Quite a tasty brew.

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Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of rderedin
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 mportnoy
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.7/5  rDev -8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled March 2011.

Beer is a bright golden colour, a little bit cloudy. Very large shining white head. Retention is very good. Good lacing.

Smell is funky and potent. Yeast, spice, light fruits such as lemon and peach. Floral. Very nice smell.

The sour funk is not as potent in the taste as expected from the nose. More balanced. The sour is cut a bit from a very mild bitterness that must be the result of the dry hopping, which I didn't get much of in the nose. All of the scents from the nose are present in the taste, and the Brett is clearly present. Nice but not the gem that the nose was.

Mouthfeel is the weak part of the beer. Feels strangely heavy, and it dries out the mouth like crazy. Surprisingly low carbonation considering how eager the cork was to pop out and the massive head.

Overall a good beer. Taste was a bit of a letdown after the nose, but still good.

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Photo of PatGreer
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head and a little lacing

S-lemon, wheat, funky and yeasty

T-lemon, orange, bready malt, yeast funk, slight sourness

F-medium body with nice lively carbonation, crisp and slightly tart

O-interesting beer, farmhouse ale with some hints of wild ale

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Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

January 2009 Vintage. Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a hazy deep yellow with a four finger massively fluffy off-white head that actually bulged up larger and larger in the middle of the glass but very very slowly subsided to one finger with lots of sitting. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour funk, and subtle fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall there were some very interesting notes going on in this one. I really had mixed feelings on it. In my opinion there was just too much 'funk' in this one and not enough sour/tart going on. Good, but just not all that awe-inspiring. Interlude is still my favorite offering in this category from Allagash.

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Photo of anteater
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of popery
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

City Beer Store, Allagash night. I had high hopes for this beer, and while it wasn't quite up to them, it was also quite different than what I expected, altogether. It's a mildly sour beer with an excellent pale grain flavor, oddly clean for the style. Otherwise, there's a floral quality and a big earthiness from the Belgian yeast, almost lightly smoky in a dry mushroomy kind of way. Mild, though definitely detectable, hops provide bits of herbaceous, minerals and grass in the finish. The flavor is quite dry. And the feel is mild, though good. Quite drinkable for the abv and for a sour. I'm aging a bottle to see if the sour notes come out more with time.

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Photo of deonreds
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gmann
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in February 2010

Pours a clear straw color with some honey highlights. The white head is short-lived and settles into a solid ring.

The aroma is tart and spicy. Clove and pepper notes mix with tart lemon and green apple skins. Some medicinal funk gives the brew an authentic belgian aroma.

The taste is tart and fruity. Green apple brings in the tart flavors which is followed by a drying white grape flavor. The is a very subtle floral honey flavor that just works perfectly. There is a strong pepper spice to help keep the beer grounded. Also plenty of clove and spicy phenols to round out the flavor. This is quite enjoyable.

The feel is light to moderate and very fizzy. Little bit of carbonation burn. Fairly dry throughout, crisp and finishes with a slight bitterness.

A very well made tasty brew. Dry fruit flavors, spicy yeast flavors with a dash of funk. I am surprised I waited this long to open this bad boy.

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Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 928 ratings.
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