RATINGS: 448   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

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Goodgrief (2056) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAR 8, 2014
On tap at Pinocchio’s. Light gold pour, little head. Aroma and flavor was really spicy. A little overboard on the spices, honestly. Pear fruit flavor, dry on the tongue. Not terrible but probably not worth the price either.

deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 12, 2014
A - pours hazy apricot with no head. S - metallic and astingent up front. Fruity esters (passion fruit, bananas and peaches) Doughy and yeasty as well. Notes of bretts and Belgian yeasts. Wet grass and straw. Honestly pretty muddled. M - light medium body with a bit more heft at the end. Dry and dusty mf. T - doughy and yeasty with ambiguous fruity Easters (banana/peach/apple/pineapple ??) up front. Simple sugary malts, grasses, clover and doughy malts to end. Bretty bandaids throughout. O - pretty good, but a bit muddled. 3.4

jackl (8287) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Draft @ GBBF. The pour’s light amber with a small head. Slightly soupy. Not an attractive pour. The nose is of strong earthy Belgian yeast. Some honeyed pear. The taste is mildly bretty. Peach, grape skin. Red apples. Medium body, soft carbonation.

ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Batch 1 bottles and draught (2009) and as recently as Dec 2013 (draught at Publick House).
Mountainous head is white, frothy and very well-retained. No barrel tannins or heavy acids/fruit bi-products to knock this one down. Beer has a moderate haziness to it, though it is certainly not cloudy. Soft, amber body has a slight deeper bronze hue to it.
Spicy brett in the nose is crisp, clear and moderately strong. No alcohol vapors/fusels and a strong malt backbone of thick honey and even a bit of doughy, sweet bread. Orange and tart lime brett notes burst forth but eventually yield to the house yeast character (banana-peach esters) with light vanilla notes and more malt on the finish.
Tart up front, with a noticeable strong, chewy body that has ample maltiness. Not that it’s too sweet or anything, just certainly not as light and crisp as, say, Orval. A touch of caramel and plenty of honey, leading to plentiful esters and white pepper phenols on the end. Glacier hops, to me, are like the worst of both worlds (those being European and American hops) in that they have more acidity than European varieties, but the flavor waffles between ctirus and floral notes. Not that they are adding much bitterness here, being only used for dry-hopping, but I don’t think the flavor belongs in a somewhat delicate Belgian ale. Why not just use the EKG’s or tettnangs for dry-hopping?? No alcohol or flaws noted, very assertive carbonation.
I like the idea here, and though I have not had one, I would imagine an aged bottle to be more dry and a little less full-bodied. As is, it’s not quite as refreshing as it could be. Too chewy/thick in texture, with the fresh Glacier hoppiness and phenolic dryness contrasting heavily with the lovely brett acids. Still, I’d rather drink this than about 99% of beers out there and it’s quite well-done for what it is.

vyvvy (6639) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Sampled at STL Hops 6th Anniversary Party - Simply wonderful beer from Allagash here. Pours hazy pale yellow with a white head. The aroma has Belgian fruitiness, bugginness, pale malt and a bit of spice. It has a medium smooth body with gentle carbonation. The taste is like the aroma, but is dry and has some spices and a nice rustic taste. The finish earthiness reminds of crushed fall leaves. Great.

ROBC3366 (148) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Excellent Beer. very satisfying taste , wonderful aroma and great balance. I would highly recommend.

john44 (3331) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2014
Cask Third of a Pint at GBBF 2013, Olympia, London Aug 2013 - Pale Orangey Brown in colour. Slightly Cloudy. Noticeable scented/perfumed aroma. Yeasty. Spicy. Fruity. Malty; light malts and some caramel. Hoppy; grassy hops. Bittersweet; slightly tart. Dry in the finish.

mcberko (18557) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
750mL bottle, sent from Gregg657 (thanks a lot, Pete), pours a clear golden with a small white head. Aroma brings out lots of dry hops and moderate brett character, with some subtle Belgian yeast. Flavour brings out lots of bretty funk, light hops, Belgian yeast, and a nice funky finish. Very dry and funky on the palate, with everything in perfect balance. Extremely high drinkability. Wonderful stuff.

DrewFace (969) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle share thanks to beechner224. Pours a fairly clear light orange color. Aroma is big brett character, tart, barnyard. More brett, tart, lots of citrus, in the flavor...very refreshing.

beechner224 (1024) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours golden yellow with white head. Aroma is big brett character tart, little funky. Taste is slightly sweet, tart, refreshing. Nice beer.

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