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RATINGS: 444   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: 50F Recommended Serving Temp: 40-50F

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9535) - 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 brettanomyces 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" - thats 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 (1357) - Chester, Vermont, 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 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, 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 isnt 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 (10883) - 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 (2960) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3539) - Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Hazy gold with a very large head. In fact, the bottle was a slight foamer. Bubbles stream like crazy from the bottom of the glass. This is very much like a Duvel or other belgian strong blond in that category, although the Brett thats starting to come through leaves that bit of funk. Nice beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
"Confluence." The only time I hear this word is when Monday Night Football is in Pittsburgh...Keith Jackson (back in the day) or who ever always waxes poetic along with the Blimp shot..."at the CON-FLU-ENCE of the Allegheny, O-HIII-O and the Mon-ANNNG-a-HEEE-LA rivers..." Well, this Confluence looks like it should be 23 fazules of goodness, so lets see what happens. The Duvel tulip is the lucky winner today...its been warming for a good half hour prior to opening. Wow...this is actually pretty light-colored. Lemon-honey straight up...with extremely active carbonation in the center of the glass and it rises like a tornado pretty quickly. Head is about 1/2 finger and for a sour it sticks around at about 1/2 strength pretty well. Not much lacing - just yeast wisps. Second pour provides a full finger of head and then some - some tight lacing in there too. Very solid. Ooooh, pure austere funk. Horse blanket, dry dry dry citric acid sniff. I could detect a little fruitiness diffused from the glass earlier - not with my face buried in the tulip though. On the rim it has a sort of dry muscat feel to it, but on the deep dive its funkalicious. Big, perfumy, wild yeast. With warmth the grape must comes out a little more. If this was about 1/2 as funky Id think it was more of a funky saison. Thats what Im talkin about. Can ya dig it? I am astounded by the dryness of this deal. The carbonation contributes to the cause. Its not a sour for sours sake...theres ultra-dry Pilsener-ish malt in here. Maybe even a little Styrian Goldings hoppiness in here...theres not a whole lot of roastiness - it is wicked light - maybe a little stewy malt thats lightly toasted? Am digging the primary Belgian yeast strain along with the Brett-ish funk. The yeast makes this deal and its extremely well-done. OK, maybe theres not an incredible complexity to it at first but the light grapes show up a little later - it works very well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2009
After the cork prematurely ejected, it poured a golden yellow with a pillowy white head. Nose was bright and slightly citric, but almost completely dominated by brett and horse blanket. Taste was super dry and pretty much a one note horse blanket

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (6113) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2009
750ml 2009 bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a nice opaque golden color, huge carbonation (read: head) and oily. Nose and taste are sour, funky, banana. Smell of pumpkin spice. Taste has some sour cherries, but not sure this one is as balanced as I would have liked. Needed more of something. Maybe some spiciness or additional carbonation for this style.


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