Allagash Confluence Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
931 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:
931
Reviews:
256
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.68%
 
 
Wants:
130
Gots:
205
For Trade:
9
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 931 |  Reviews: 256
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

2009 Release

A: The cork shot out of the neck of the bottle as soon as I loosened the cage, but no sign of gushing at all. The pour is a nice, clear golden yellow color with a huge white head.

S: Lightly bretty and quite fruity on the nose. Lots of apples, pineapples, peaches, a bit of lemon zest and some floral hop notes.

T: The flavor is quite earthy with the same fruity sweetness displayed in the nose. Lots of apples, pears, and peaches along with a slight yeasty spice ester. The beer is quite dry on the finish.

M: Highly carbonated with a medium body and a dry finish, despite a decent amount of sweetness.

D: Not my favorite wild ale, but certainly a different take on the style (read: not sour). A good fruitiness which I really enjoyed.

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

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a ChurchKey house snifter.

I haven't had too many wilds in my career, so I jumped a bit when I saw this guy on tap at ChurchKey. The pour goes just as I suspected, resulting in a somewhat hazy champagne gold; the head consists of a ring o' large bubbles that don't last the length of the drink. The nose is wild and fruity, with notes of white grapes, brett funk, and grapefruits. The taste is not all that different, spotlighting orange peels, bananas, cloves, a dry slap of bitter hops, and the skin of some mandarin oranges (I have no other way to describe that last one...took me almost ten minutes just to come up with that). Unfortunately for me, the more bitter aspects were what shined through, drowning out the more fruity, sour, wild notes. Overall, it tasted like biting into an orange, peel and all, just before the fruit is ripe. The body is light, with moderate carbonation (less than I expected, for some strange reason) and a rather dry finish. I gotta say I was underwhelmed with this beer; not disgusted or anything like that, but definitely disappointed.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was on draft at Churchkey in D.C. a while back. I'm finally entering my back-logged reviews from my notebook.

A: This beer appears a hazy shade of yellow with a medium-sized head that leaves a fair amount of lacing as it recedes.

S: Apples, pears, white wine, yeast.

T: I really like this beer. It's not incredibly sour (I like incredibly sour), but a wild ale doesn't need to assault your cheeks with a sour bomb to have merit. All of the aspects listed in the aroma shine through nicely. The flavors are well integrated and flow together in nice harmony. Very tasty stuff.

M: Decent feel. I do wish it was slightly more sour.

D: Wonderfully smooth and quaffable. Effortless.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -0.7%

On tap at Cask and Vine with Mr Barleywine.
Light and fruity with a bretty funky earthy edge to it. Cereal grains and bits of earthy hops round this one out nicely.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My neighbor brought over a bottle of Confluence to share. It poured a hazy yellow with fizzy white head that did not leave much lace. The scent had earth and Belgian yeast. The taste had pepper, hints of lemon, and peat. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer and worth a try.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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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 chippo33
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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

Semi cloudy, yellowy amber, with a sparkling near white head that trails fine and scattered lacing. Fruity nose, with lemon and pinapple on the old sniffer. Very dry brew, with more citric fruits and a moderatly sour mid section and finish. Certaintly tasty, subtle, complex and interesting. Tasty brew, if it was not so expensive in bottles, I'd like to age a few and enjoy a few others. Another BA worthy effort and a quality achievement in brewing from Allagash's brewers

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cage-corked 750 ml bottle. Bottled in January 2009. Poured into wide-mouth glass.

As I was twisting off the cage wiring, the cork shot out with a loud pop. Be careful opening this one! The foam went up the neck and some leaked out, but fortunately it stopped short of being a "gusher".

Pours a bright golden with a large pillowy, creamy head that slowly descends to a lasting cover. Lacing sticks. This is one good looking brew!

The smell is very funky and musty - barnyard and grassy notes. Sweettart candy is there. I love the smell of this one!

The taste is milder than the aroma. It has some funk and white grape notes, with a bitter hop touch. Alcohol is well-hidden/incorporated. Finishes dry.

It has an effervescent, creamy and smooth light body.

This drinks very easily - a nice funkyish brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Allagash Confluence Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 931 ratings.
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