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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAY 31, 2009
(750 ml bottle (Jan. ’09) from the brewery) Pours hazy blonde-amber with two fingers of pillowy off-white head that recede to a thin, lasting cap. Aroma of sourish citrus and yeast. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, a bit airy but still with some heft. Nicely defined, weepy, persistent rings of lacing. Flavor of sourish citrus with lots of Brett. As it warms it gets a bit spicey/peppery towards the finish and the yeast taste becomes a little cheesier. A bit like a saison or even a tripel except for the Brett.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2301) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Poured with a thick topping of foam while the liquid is a pilsner like golden blonde color. There is a lot to say about the aroma since a wide variety of different elements come into play such as fresh ground pepper, coriander, tangerine, orange or lemon peel shavings as well as an zesty Irish springs soap scent. The flavor is soapy as well with a strong zest of soap and citrus peels ranging from orange to lime or even grapefruit. Truly interesting how these combinations of yeasts collide together and morph this Belgian ale into a Belgian on steroids yet there isn’t very high alcohol content to back it up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Gold with a small white head. Funky Brett nose with a dash of Belgian funk, too. Flavor is lightly fruity with a dash of citrus on top of sweet malt. Light and easy to drink. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2009
750ml bottle pours a sparkling golden with a huge pillowy head. Aroma is huge on the brett, with tropical fruits like mango. Really bretty in the mouth. I immediately harken back to the "Des Deux Bruers" beer which was an Allagash collaberation. This is much better and more refined, and it doesn’t reek of cat piss. A very attractive offering though I’m kind of turned off by the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10427) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Bottle… Pours hazy and yellow with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Great retention. The aroma is citric, fruity and sour with lots of funk, lemon and a hint of sharp cheese. Medium to full-bodied with light-hearted carbonation. Moderately bitter, modestly acidic and lightly sweet. Finishes lightly tart with lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DicksMcGee (56) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Overall I was not let down by this beer. From the downplay it’s received due to it’s little brother Gargamel, I expected much less. However, I found it to be a very pleasant beer. Sugary sweetness in the aroma. Looks like a fine ass import lager (long live the tiger). Tastes of slight brettishness with a very refreshing finish of fruity hops and blueberries. I gotta stick up for this one rather than hate it in Gargamel’s shadow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11951) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2009
A golden ale with a thick creamy white. A sweetish malt aroma with corky Brett notes, berry notes, very pleasant. In mouth, a sweetish beer with berry notes, light Brett, a bit of honey, lightly oily mouthfeel, very nice. On tap at Map Room, Chicago, May 16 2009.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
m4rest88 (388) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Pours with a murky, orangey hue with a small white head that lasts for a good amount of time. Aroma is yeasty, citrucey and slightly spicy. Flavor is hoppy with a medium spicy finish. Lively mouthfeel!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 21, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2010 January 2009 Bottle. Pours with a large, rocky white head over a hazed golden body. Head sticks around for a long time. Aroma of leathery brett, earthy, lemon peel, citrus, and light spice. Taste is tart with a brett earthiness, and a ton of hops (Noble included). Quite phenolic. Well hopped brett beer...nearly saison like. Somewhat similar to Saint’s Devotion. Very lively bubbles, dry finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (8888) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 Firkin pour @ Brouwer’s Sour Fest 2009. Soft yellow cloudy appearance with perfect fine-bubbled white carbonation, thick, could last for hours. Delicate nose of dried hops and perfume-laden (soft) brettanomyces. Pillowy and soft texture, syrupy and frothy, lovely. Hoppy in the vein of Belgian pale ale/IPA (think XX Bitter/Taras Boulba). Dried hop cones, slightly spicy Belgian yeast, a mild/mellow funkiness that tastes like a cloudy spring sky. Lovely.

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