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Allagash Confluence Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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90
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252 Reviews
Allagash Confluence AleAllagash Confluence Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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
Reviews:
252
Ratings:
899
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
18.36%
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
193
For Trade:
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Photo of sitarist
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed blind. Thanks Prufrock this was another huge want.

Feb. 2010 vintage.

This beer pours a glowing golden yellow. There are lots of bubbles rising to two fingers of foamy white head. The head falls slowly to an 1/8" cap that leaves minimal spots, and patches of lacing.

I smell pears, limes, and over ripe fruits. There is a nice balance between sweet and tart leaning towards the tart. There are some mild funky notes as well. My only complaint is the scent is pretty tame; Id sure like a little more oomph.

The flavors follow the aromas. Sweet and tart fruits, honey, melon, and lime. The flavors are very well balanced but just like the nose lack a little oomph.

Light and dry, it pricks at my tongue.

This is a very well balanced beer, maybe too balanced? Its easy to drink no doubt and far from boring; it just lacks a k.o. punch!

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Photo of gpogo
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy golden orange body with a small white head and constant streams of bubbles.

A- Amazing aroma, very fruity and a wonderful sour funk to it all.

T- Sweet light fruit malt. A light sour hit follows and some spicy alcohol flavor. Finishes leaving a toasty fruity aftertaste.

M- Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

D- Pretty great wild beer. I'd think even non sour beer fans would enjoy this. The smell was amazing, that said the flavor is a bit light. Worth checking out at least once though.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty solid offering over all. Tons and tons of sediment in this one which helps add a generous and awesome funk. It's rather light otherwise. I dig it overall, but it came with a hefty price tag and I'm not sure I'd drop the coin on this again. Still very glad to try it.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged, into my Allagash snifter/challice. Pours a clear and bright golden color. The color overall is pretty light, similar to a Bud Light honestly(lol). The beer continues to fizz for nearly the entire drink. The head is pretty large, about 2 to 3 fingers; frothy, creamy, white...leaves very patchy and sticky lacing all around the glass.

Aroma is outstanding. Very floral, like a pleasant spring day. Lots of Belgian yeast, malts, a little citrus, a little spice, small amount of hops. Very complex aroma, especially with the late dry-hop process.

Hmmm...I wonder. This tastes a little young. Even though this beer is pre-aged before bottled and release, it could use some time for sure. It has the familiar Belgian yeast flavors a lot of Allagash's beers use. There's a watery blandness though that I just can't shake. Even though there's quite a bit going on, the Brett needs some time to mature and tarten up to compliment the sweet notes. A mild hop backbone pokes through. Resembles a pilsner with a small amount of brett...with a Belgian yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy! There is no issues with drinkability on this beer, thats for sure! Overall, it needs a little age...a little dissapointed, but not a bad beer by a long shot! A very solid beer for the Allagash lineup.

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Photo of Philousa
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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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2011 version. 750 ml into a pint glass

A - a light golden color thats almost grayed in a way (if you can imagine that). ridiculous amounts of carbonation visible with about five fingers of fluffy white head from a very slow pour. good retention and very good lacing. mixed bag here everything was either above average appearance wise or below average appearance wise.

S - cherries, sour apple, oak, peach, yeast, candy sugar and a bit of saltiness in there as well.

T - funk, earthiness, cherry, oak, mild grass hop bite. its good its just too subdued.

M - lots of carbonation (doesn't feel as carbonated as the appearance would indicate). light bodied to the point of feeling watery. some tartness felt on the side of the mouth. chalky feeling towards the end and after.

O - its an alright wild ale. bit more of an in your face taste and cooling down the carbonation a tad and this would be a superb beer.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a cork and caged 750 from the 2011 march vintage,

A: pours a hazy golden, with a billowing three finger white head that has beautiful retention and a ton of lacing.

S: nice sour Brett funk, a bit of floralness, and citrus, lemon, yeast, smells very nice, a faint almost white wine like aroma, earthy like a sauv blanc.

T- much like the nose, citrusy with a bit of floralness and grass, and pleanty of funk, sour notes blend nicley, again almost reminds me of sauv blanc notes, very nicley balanced. Belgiany. It not to belgiany. The balance if Belgian yeast and Brett is excellent.

M- creamy and velvety with a dry finish, medium bodied with medium effervescent carbonation, you can feel the bubbles but they are not over done, the carbonation seems spot on for the style.

O- A great brew, nice and funky and refreshing, very drinkable, very well balanced, and very nicley done, this would be awesome on a warm summer evening, love it.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

January 2009 bottle Poured from a bomber into my snifter. Been sitting on this one since early last year. Beer pours a yellowish orange with a pure white head. The head lingers the carbonation on this beer is perfect. Great lacing all over the glass.
Faint aromas of brett, horse hair. Though green grapes? or sour apples is more prominent. There is also a faint hop aroma coming through and some leather as well. Very nice aroma, a favorite of mine.
The flavor follows from the aroma, sour apple, crisp and slightly bitter up front. There are some brett flavors in there but they are not predominant. This beer has an incredibly clean finish.
Wonderful mouth feel that enhances the drinkability of this beer. Again I really think Allagash nailed the carbonation on this one. This beer truly fills your mouth, if that make sense.

EDIT: Had another of 2009 January batch. Wow, after 1.5 years insane brett development changes the whole beer. Horse hair, hey, brett funk and pinapples.
Cheers

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a goblet glass

January 2009 Vintage poured at fridge temperature.

A- Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a huge 3 finger soap bubble like head that slowly dissipates leaving no lacing on the side of the glass. Tons and tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom as well as sticking to the side of the glass.

S- Very fruity up front. Green apple and pear come to mind with a nice spice profile of clove and pepper. A strong Belgian influence in this one for sure. Not getting much funk in the nose more so that spicy saison like aroma but definitely some in there.

T- Slight funk and sour up front but fades fast and leaves you with a strong bitter almost hop like flavor. Slight fruit and lemon in there but nothing like the aroma. Honestly not that enjoyable mostly due to the strong bitterness and lack of funk and array of flavors.

M- Medium to lighter bodied with a crazy bubbly amount of carbonation and a strong unpleasantly bitter finish for the style.

SkÅL!

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Photo of alaimoa
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Confluence June 2013 poured into a pint glass.
A: Best part is the pillowy white bead with rising bubbles. Golden clear color
S: Barnyard funk in the first smell with citrus (orange/citrus) backing it up
Taste/Mouthfeel: upfront funk leads into some slightly tart citrus notes and dry finish. A touch watery which hurts it

Overall a very tasty beer that could have a touch less funk and a bit more complexity

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Photo of TommyW
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin, hazy gold body with a thin white head.

S- Fruity (like peaches and white grapes) with a slight earthy, wood note.

T- Fruity upfront, again reminds me of white grapes. Little horseblanket funk comes in from the brett, and a touch of earthy wood from the yeast. Overall, pretty dry; reminiscent of a dry white wine.

M- Silky feel with a low carbonation.

D- Really interesting beer; a great beer to sip on and enjoy all the interesting flavors going on.

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Photo of grayburn
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is my first american wild, so I have little background with the style, and am basing this review on the quality of the beer as a beer and based on the style guidelines.

A pale orange color with a finger and a half of big bubbly head. The lacing is thick and soapy and the retention is nothing short of perfect.

The nose and mouth blend together into perfect harmony. There are layers of funk, some barnyard going on...some rotten fruit notes...all of this mixes into this amazing nose and flavor. This beer does not stop changing, different levels of fruit and funk....amazing.

The mouthfeelis incredibly crisp, there is some lingering sweetness and then BAM! it vanishes into nothing but a single sour note. Very dry, addictive.

I could only drink so much of this, I have no others of the style to compare it to, but I will easily finish this 750. I like this beer a lot...the cost may be prohibitive, but I will try again.

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Photo of hman43
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours golden with a white head. It produces plenty of classic Belgian lace.

Smell: It has earthly aromas with horse blanket, fruity esters, and hints of lemon.

Taste: There are flavors from clean fruity esters, earthly elements due to the yeast, spices, pepper, and lemon.

Feel: It has a moderate feel that is moderately bitter with some alcohol warming. There is a slight tart feel in the finish.

Overall it is a complex beer with a balance between the yeast, malts, and hops that is excellent to drink.

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Photo of goldbot
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

February 2010 bottling.

Pours clear golden yellow with tons of carbonation. Thick, fluffy white foam that persists. Great lacing. Fruity green apple aroma, sweet and spicy with a bit of funk. The flavor is very funky with lots of barn-yard notes, but at the same time it is a light, airy flavor. Somewhat sour but a nice malty sweetness balances it out a bit. Silky, carbonated mouthfeel with medium body.

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

(750ml bottle from Rayl101)Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a white head. Active carbonation. Aroma is funky, ripe peach, citrus peel. This is absolutely heavenly! Taste is sweet with some sour and a touch of bitterness. Nicely balanced. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Finish is dry. This is a very good beer and I would search it out again.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cork and cage 750 ml 2011 bottle. exciting carbonation. hazy yellow-orange in color. fluffy white head. decent head retention.

smells of citrus, pepper and brettanomyces. hops are blending really well with the brett character. aromatics did mellow out pretty quickly, but it smelled delicious.

the first flavor is soft wheat/malt flavor, followed by a moderate bitterness and an intense brett finish. brett has a grassy-barn funk to it. I enjoy it much more as I sip on. tastes substantially better warm.

mouthfeel is a bit full for a brett beer, unusual. bitterness is notable. acidic beer, grapefruit juice in comparison.

haven't really had anything else like it. cheers

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Photo of darklordlager
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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Photo of stimulus
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

February 2010 Vintage.

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden with a one finger white head.
S: Smells sour and funky.
T: Definite sourness, sweet malty profile complemented by funky Belgian yeast and definitely Brett and a light crisp hop finish.
M: Medium bodied and perfect level of carbonation.
D: Solid American Wild, very balanced with keeping in tact the basic malt and hop base and building on it with the sourness and Brett funk. Very complex and smooth.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

POurs straw yellow on tap @ Mekong RVA. Aroma of wet hay, malt, barnyard, lemon, mild funk, slight grape and citrus with apricot. Flavor follows aroma with slight cracker, touch of lemon like tartness, earthy, slight earthy hop. The feel is light but not extremely light. Enough to let the malt shine with the hops. Overall a great beer once again by Allagash.

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Weizenbock glass.

A: Extremely heady! ¾ of my glass was initially all head...even after the gentlest of pours. After the head has subsided...a beautiful, but yet hazy, dark yellow liquid laid underneath the massive white frothy head.

S: A slight funk to go along with strong wheat and banana like qualities.

T: As my friend suggested, this brew tasted like a combination of farmhouse with some sour and tart characteristics. A very complex malt character, that seems to be too condensed...if that makes sense...but pleasant at the same time

M: Medium-body beer with good carbonation.

D: A great hot weather beer with nice fruity notes.

Overall: An average to above-average AWA. Cheers!

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Photo of Invinciblejets
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

April 2014 bottle.

L: Pours a super hazy yellow-orange very little head on a light pour... Looks like juice.

S: Dry dusty fruity Brett character ..some orange, tangerine, white wine grapes...some pear I assume from the dry hopping. Some peppery grass too.

T: A lot of dank basement funk, oak.. same fruitiness as smell tho very light. Brett is mostly dominating here. Any hop character that was there seems to have faded.

F: Juice like for sure ..kind of sparkly too.

O: Great beer amazing brettanomyces flavored and smells.. Do wish I got a fresh one for more of the hop character.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks absolutely beautiful. Gold to a T. The aroma is good, but it's not emanating from the glass. So what, right? It's a little underwhelming in flavor, the tropical character is light compared to a Golden Brett. It has some grassyness to it as well. The thing that is most off putting to me is that bready Brett character. It was a little bit grainy to me. I liked this beer, but some of Allagash's other Brett saisons have been much better, in my opinion.

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Photo of nkersten
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle courtesy of my brother.... Thanks Adam! Appearance is pretty standard. Golden straw, small head fading into a fine laced glass of beer. Smell is impressive for a wild ale. Some wild yeast, minimal hops and most importantly a strong berry scent. If all sour beers could smell like this. Taste is perfect for a young sour. Lots of soft blueberry, sweet malt and a slight bit of sourness. It is a perfectly balanced sour with an excellent flavor. Very drinkable compared to most wild beers I have had. Mouth feel is pretty typical for the appearance, with a slight linger of flavor, but otherwise clean and dare I say refreshing on a warm Washington day. I would definitley recommend picking up a bottle of this if you see it.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into an allagash glass with a leaf on the bottom. Bubble rise slowly and form a wispy head. Color or the beer is a golden light color with a slight hint of red.

S: Very fruity. Strawberry, grape, orange, cherry. Light but lots of complexity.

T: Initially a little musty like a belgian then a slight hit of fruit and a huge malt finish. It's a little too musty for me and doesn't hit very acutely.

M: Sits with a good body. But that must! Musty musty musty.... clean dry finish is very nice though.

I had high hope for this beer and with the smell I was expecting something more fruity in taste. The taste was overwhelmed by must (I do suppose it's a wild ale...) and I wasn't a big fan. Very nice finish though. Maybe worth checking out but not blowing my mind.

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Photo of LeRose
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at a beer dinner.

Appearance - very clear golden color, as thick a head as the glass would hold - two fingers. Fell to a nice ring around the glass.

Aroma - a lot in this beer. Bread and yeast hit right away. Spiciness and citrus notes drift in - not overly powerful, but very pleasant. Some earthiness/funk comes in as well but not overwhelming. A bit floral as well.

Taste - this beer morphed on every sip. The malt and yeast character were pretty constant but everything else changed with each taste. A little sour, a little fruity (apricot), a bit of citrus, some spice with pepper noticeable on the finish. A bit of a metallic taste that was not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - almost creamy/chalky with a dry finish. The little metallic twang hung around a bit, but not unpleasant.

Overall, felt this beer is very flavorful, but I found the flavors to be ephemeral - nothing lasted long and it seemed to change. There's nothing definitive in the flavor - there's a lot of different components that almost seem to conflict, but the flavors change. Very interesting and thought-provoking brew.

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Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.
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