RATINGS: 449   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: 50F Recommended Serving Temp: 40-50F

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jackl (7704) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Draft @ GBBF. The pours 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (6542) - 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 its 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 dont think the flavor belongs in a somewhat delicate Belgian ale. Why not just use the EKGs 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, its 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, Id rather drink this than about 99% of beers out there and its quite well-done for what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (6358) - Florissant, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROBC3366 (148) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Excellent Beer. very satisfying taste , wonderful aroma and great balance. I would highly recommend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (3041) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (16961) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrewFace (967) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (4848) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle share thanks to Beechner224. Nose is Bretty but not overpowering. Color is slightly dark yellow. White head. Nice pineapple and tropical fruit note. Quenching and not overpowering and obnoxious. Very delish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bellco33 (805) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 23, 2013
On tap at the Black Back: Pours cloudy straw with a thin white head. Aroma of tart, barnyard funk, and a little breast. Taste is confusing but great. Slightly tart, bitter, wheat, funk, and lemony. Light to medium body, nice carbonation and a smooth finish. Nice beer!

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