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RATINGS: 418   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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. Confluence is then bottle conditioned and aged in our cellar prior to release. ABV: 7.4% Original Gravity: 1064 Recommended Cellaring Temp: 50°F Recommended Serving Temp: 40-50°F

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Pours a cloudy light orange with a large white head. The brettanomyces is quite apparent in the aroma, giving off a pleasant tart aroma on top of light fruit and cream. Flavor is good, but nothing new: Slightly sour with nice creaminess again, apricot, banana, clove. Medium viscosity, average mouthfeel. There’s something intangible here that has me bumping it up a couple of notches in the overall impression score; maybe it’s just its overall quality - very high all around. Overall, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10279) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Cloudy yellowish pour. Aroma is woody and tart. Pears, caramel, honey and some light funky notes. Flavor is tart and a bit funky. woody, funky and yeast too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (13952) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2010 A wild, yeasty experience. Had some on tap at Blind Tiger. Nose of complex yeast varieties. Pours a bright, hazy gold with a decent head. Fruity, with a strong bubblegum flavor and plenty of yeast character. Silky mouthfeel and a somewhat tart finish. Nice stuff. 2010 Bottle, drank in 2010: Pours hazy gold with a strong white head. Aroma of light funk, citrus and grass. Flavor is sweet and lightly funky. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and warmth. Finishes fairly dry with more, slight funkiness and mild sweet notes. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (5886) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Sampled on tap at Max’s in Baltimore. Pours a hazy, translucent straw yellow with a frothy, active white head. A high level of carbonation is evident. Aroma is mostly ripe fruits, pears, apples, a touch of hay and some light brett floating around. Flavor is nice, citrus, lemon rind, orange, hay, grass, slight pepper zing, mild brett, some spice. Finish is dry. I was expecting a lot more. If you’re going to use brett than make it bretty. I suppose it could age well, but I feel like this might be lacking a bit in terms of flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2009
GABF 2009. Pours clear light yellow with an average, frothy white head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (hay, straw, meal), light hop (flowers, herbs), average yeast (horse blanket, barnyard, earth) with notes of banana, clove, and wine. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a chalky finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness. Some brettanomyces aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Draft – Max’s. Cloudy gold, creamy white head. Apple cinnamon and grassy apricot- pear aromas ride light undercurrents of bretty funk and yeast. Soft crisp fruity barnyard flavors balance on a touch of peppered honey, straw, and cheese. Quite complex as it nears room temp. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, fruity finish. Certainly worthy of your attention….

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GardenGabe (136) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Pour is pale straw with a think head. Nose is complex containing, lemon, orange peel, spice, cloves, ginger and of course hint of the brett. Sourness is complemented by a slight sweetness. Feel is medium body and a tingle moderate to low carbonation. Finish is of honey. I like this beer. I really like this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7550) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 1, 2009
This bubbly golden ale poured with a generous white head and a fruity aroma. There is a hearty caramel malt flavor that is not as fruity as the aroma would indicate and a pleasant spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3013) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2009
From a bottle poured a light brown with a good amount of head. Nice malty flavor with a tart hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2009
Verre de 8 oz, au Lion’s Pride. Arômes très fruités (citron, abricots séchés), les brettanomycètes sont également présents. Robe blonde et légèrement trouble, effervescence active et belle mousse. Il s’agit d’une bière très délicate, avec une belle touche de levure fruitée et légèrement funky, un malt léger et une finale très sèche. La texture en bouche est très vaporeuse et l’alcool très bien dissimulé. Bien bon!

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