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Allagash Confluence Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#3,044
Reviews:
257
Ratings:
937
pDev:
9.65%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
132
Gots:
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Ratings: 937 |  Reviews: 257
Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split three ways at The Trappist in Oakland. 2009 vintage.

A: Gusher of a bottle poured into an Allagash glass with a large white head that slowly reduced itself down into a thick fuzzy film on top the slight hazy glowing golden liquid. The film stuck around the whole beer through and left a few streaks of lace down the glass.
S: Notes of bright sweet fruits, fruit candy, yeast, brett and light sour notes. Sourness and barnyard funk are light and not very potent. Overall the scent is very fruity sweet and yeasty.
T: Wonderfully fruity and lightly sour. Not puckering by any means but it gives the beer a great flavor. I pickup hints of bubblegum and green apple flavored candy. Tons of sweet fruits. Very earthy and delicious.
M: Very dry finish with a fuzzy mouthfeel and medium-full body. Aftertaste has a light bitterness and touch of alcohol warmth and viscosity.
D: Delicious and refreshing with just the right amount of funk and earthy fruity flavors. A year has done well for this beer.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Mikexw
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaxon53
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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 deonreds
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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 morimech
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
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 Pencible
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle
A: This poured a cloudy light gold with moderate fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like lemon zest and very tart persimmon, with funk and fresh hay and clove, and a bit of grapefruit and white peppercorn and honey.
T: It tasted like lots of fresh wheat and lemongrass, with some grapefruit and honey. It had a clean and mellow bitter aftertaste.
M: It was oily with lots of natural carbonation. Nice and light body.
D: This was a nice wild ale with great scent, but relatively bland taste. The body was nice, and the finish was smooth, so it was very easy to drink. I wish the taste matched the scent, but instead it ended up being somewhat boring and forgettable. I doube age would improve, but it maybe bring out more brett character. Not worth the price fresh.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at tria in philly

Pours a semi-hazed golden yellow color, lighter white head, decent retention with a few splashes of lacing on the glass.

Fragrant nose with white grapes and wine barrel, fruit sweetness, bretty tart, and faint alcohol.

A decent helping of fruit up front with white wine alcohol and tartness. Unripe white grapes with skin and apple tossed with brett tartness and lighter funk. A decent amount of sourness but not really overwhelming. Some malt body followed by dry fruits and white wine. Finishes with a touch of alcohol and fruit.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, dry and tingly on the tongue. Drinks really well, tasty sour profile although more tart than completely puckering. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought it tasted very good.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

re-review 12/17/11
sweet, lemony, light bright in nose. Flavor is sweet and lemony. Strong hop in back and fairly bitter finish. Pretty good, balanced. A touch sweet and overly bitter in the finish .
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Big thanks to Sarah for sharing this one! And we have a gusher, WARNING: The bottle cap shot out like an animal on this one.

A-pours a nice deep golden amber color with a good hazy center. the head is bubbly and white, very thin.

S-soft golden fruits up front of peaches, notes of lemon and a touch of brett with a light peppery spice in the back.

T-peaches and golden fruit up front, touch of lemon, brett comes in next with a good bit of spice behind, light grassy hop in the back with a hint of bitterness.

M-smooth and prickly on the back of the throat, very soft on the tongue, light carbonation with a lighter to medium body.

D-pretty tasty brew here, nice balance with a hint of hops in the back and a nice brett presence with delicious peach in there.

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Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a dark honey golden with a thick, fine-bubbled, cream-color head that sticks around for a while and leaves generous lacing. Crisp aroma has a strong overtone of apple, rather like a cider. Lip-smacking flavor has a malty core and a strong, slightly sweet, slightly tart apple overtone and a whisper of butterscotch. Firm texture has a good amount of tingle and fizz, leaving a nice fruity and tart finish.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -1%
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 kvgomps
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of trevorpost
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CTJman
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of M_chav
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of mportnoy
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of anteater
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ArtZan
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 937 ratings
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