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RATINGS: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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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: 50įF Recommended Serving Temp: 40-50įF


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2009
On tap at the Copper Mine. Hazy golden in color with a nice fluffy white head. Fruity citrusy aroma. Grassy, lemony and bretty notes. Malty and fruity flavor. Slightly sour. Orange and appley notes. Tart. Finish is dry. Crisp and clean tasting. Very nice. Well made beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Bottle. Very soapy head, like champagne. Good carbonation. Aroma is slight apple, citrus, tart. Flavor the same, dry finish, clean, slightly sour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2009 January 2009 Bottle Date; Sampled July 2009
A very careful pour yields a billowing, off-white colored head that starts out a glass filling four-fingers in height, plus adds an additional, almost two-fingers of structurally sound height above the rim of my 25cl tulip glass. The head only slowly recedes, forming nice structural formations as it does so as well as leaving nice lacing patterns on the sides of my glass. Nice aromas of ripe pear, floral melon and apple are noticed as I visually inspect this beer. The beer is a hazy, pale amber color that shows an orange-gold hue when held up to the light. A nice, slightly grassy, cracker-like grain aromatic quickly yields to a firm, but not dominating, funky Brettanomyces note that provides notes of light phenols, a musty blanket note, plus a touch of muskiness. The fruit character is the most recognizable character in the nose though, with nice notes of Meyer Lemon, orange zest, and a touch of honeysuckle joining the afore-mentioned ripe fruit notes. There is an earthy yeastiness to the aroma that melds nicely with the fresh grain notes.

Nice and effervescent as it hits my tongue, the beer is a bit drier than the expressive, up front fruit aromatics might have suggested. This is very light bodied, but still has a hint of body and viscousness to it especially in the finish where it manages to just stick to the palate. Slightly tart and tasting of ripe green apples, some floral melon qualities as well as some notes of ripe pear. These notes morph into a orange-zest like citrus note towards the finish that tends to linger for a bit on the palate. Musty Brettanomyces notes add a certain woody white pepper note, a touch of phenolic soaked cotton ball flavors, some spiciness that is similar to oak. There is some more structure in the finish from a nice hop bitterness that is noticeable, but not domineering. There is perhaps just a hint of malt sweetness to this beer, much of the time I think I am imagining it because of the floral fruit notes found here, but there does seem to be a touch of something that boosts the malt character just a hint. Other malt notes of unsalted saltine crackers, a touch of grassiness and a nice crushed pale malt note.

This beer remains stubbornly effervescent until the end of the bottle; this works quite well with this quaffable-beyond-its-alcohol beer. I like the balance in the flavor between the spicy fermentation notes, the fruit, the pale malt and the fresh hop character that this brew has. At times the zesty hop character really comes through quite well; this must have been quite a bit more hoppy when freshly released. It is eminently quaffable with just enough Brettanomyces influence to keep my interest piqued throughout. Definitely a wonderful effort and I like that the Allagash house Brett strain hasínít run rough-shod over the rest of the beer (though that can be nice at times too). I wish I had a couple more bottles of this to age.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Tap at Barcade: Hazy golden pour with a dense white consistent head. Nice bright and bretty aroma- some mild Gouda rind, lemony citric notes, and that classic Brux horsey/leathery character. Crisp body. The flavor seems a bit young with some evident sugars and residual maltose. The middle displays some more rustic character I expected giving off some dry/sharp cheese rind, though itís subtle. The brett will definitely pick up after some time. Iím cellaring my bottle for at least two years. I look forward to this aged.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2012 My Bottom Line:
This diplomatic Wild Ale extends straw-like cereals onto delicate tropical fruit and flowers, leading to a peppery hop bitterness and dryness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy blond.
-The brettanomycesí apport is restrained, yet perfectly levelled with the rest of the flavors. This is a very classy flavor profile.
-The big bubbles and the polite flavor intensity make this extremely drinkable.
-The spicy, coniferous hop bitterness is rather short. This would pair nicely with seafood, methinks.
-Light banana esters are found.

Bottles.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Tasted on tap. "Plastic flower aroma" - thatís what my notes say. Floral but in an almost fake, synthetic way. Fruity, floral flavor that reminds me of one of those pink urinal cakes, but not in an altogether bad way. I found this beer odd.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1339) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Straw pour with nice offwhite head. Bretty, fruity aroma. Cinnamon spice as well. flavor is slight and subtle funk and tart, nice fruit, great flavor. Only weakness is a bit of carbonation a the outset, but this may be due to agitation during the car ride.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2204) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Pours a hazy gold with a bubbly white head. Aroma has lots of yeast, definite Brett notes, and some definite spice- cinnamon and clove. Lots of carbonation at the front, could do with a bit less, but mellows beautifully into great Brett, yeast, and spice flavor. Palate isnít particularly full, but ever so smooth given the Brett use. Really nice brew, once again, by Allagash.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009

Name: Confluence
Date: June 27, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: clear pale yellow, fine white head
Aroma: big musty aroma, light malt sweetness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: light sweet malt flavor, lots of funk, light oak, balancing bitterness from the oak and funk
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
750ml bottle. Lightly hazed golden yellow with a small bubbly white head. Lots of brett and horse blanket on the nose along with some lemon peel and more underlying funk. Nice carbonation on the palate, finishes with some crisp brett-y-ness.


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