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RATINGS: 449   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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. 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

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3.8
Nickls (2535) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2010
(Old BA rate - tap, 2009 vintage) Poured with a generous frothy, bright white head with good retention with OK lacing. Hazy yellow orange color - very rich hue (some noticeable sediment at the bottom of glass). Light bit of funk; a touch yeasty; and a bit acidic in the aroma. Slight funky edge; acidic; hint of vinegar; but all very very tame. Nice enough though. Lighter MF; tight bubbly carbonation; smooth over the palate with an almost chalky finish. Hugely drinkable and I find this is really refreshing. Just enough funk and tartness. Overall, not that ’wild’ but certainly pretty good. Interesting enough, but I found it accessible, tasty, and refreshing more than anything else.

3.8
jtclockwork (16600) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Feb. 2010 vintage. Pours semi-cloudy apricot with cream white head. Nose is grapefruit, pine needles, flower patch and spices. Taste is coriander, citrus, spices, juniper, celery seed and caramel malts. Well balanced and a nice full but not heavy mouth feel. Dry finish.

3.6
arminjewell (9675) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Pours golden, slightly gushing from the bottle, from January 2009. Nice hoppy, floral and funky aroma with some of the brett coming through. Taste is spicy, hoppy, and a bit lemony before the funky brett comes through and finishes bitter and dry. Really nice, balanced, and tasty brew.

3.7
IrishBoy (4200) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 23, 2010
2009 bottle 750 ml. Cork popped big time and a small amount of gushing before I got it over the glass, didn’t lose much. Nose of yeast and brett mixed with wheaty grain, a light banana ester, and light cloves. Hazy yellow gold with a big pale yellow head. Flavor is a lightly sweet belgian spiced ale mixed with some bretty funkiness. Pretty decent

3.8
RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Beautiful pale golden hue with a fluffy white head. The nose is a pleasant and appealing blend of fruity Belgian yeasty esters and some moderately tart brett. Flavors likewise follow: yeasty and fruity Belgian esters, brett tartness (in moderation and restraint), caramel malt, sweet lightly roasted crystal malt, sour apple, and light earthy/herbal hop highlights. very, very nicely brewed, refreshing and tasty...a winner on every level.

4.1
Boutip (6380) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2010
Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry Brett notes with a lightly sweet malt profile and some dry European style hops. Taste is quite refreshing with some clear Brett notes that are well balance with the lightly sweet malt backbone. Dry hops also provide some further enjoyment. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done and refreshing for the style.

3.7
Travlr (24841) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Draught at Churchkey. Clear golden color, edge head. Aroma of grapefruit and other citrus. Taste is sour orange and clove. Tasty and interesting.

3.2
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Draught at Blind Tiger. Light yellow like piss with little white head. Aroma is light brett funk with bigger farmhouse/barn smells, also hay. Taste is light funk with toasty grains going into light bitter finish. Medium lively on tongue. Pretty much a disappointment, nothing special as far as wild ales go. Average.

3.8
popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
City Beer Store, Allagash night. I had high hopes for this beer, and while it wasn’t quite up to them, it was also quite different than what I expected, altogether. It’s a mildly sour beer with an excellent pale grain flavor, oddly clean for the style. Otherwise, there’s a floral quality and a big earthiness from the Belgian yeast, almost lightly smoky in a dry mushroomy kind of way. Mild, though definitely detectable, hops provide bits of herbaceous, minerals and grass in the finish. The flavor is quite dry. And the feel is mild, though good. Quite drinkable for the abv and for a sour. I’m aging a bottle to see if the sour notes come out more with time.

3.9
anders37 (26641) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity spicy yeasty and slightly tart aroma. Fruity sweetish malty spicy yeasty tart flavor. Has a fruity tart funky finish.


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