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 let’s see what happens. The Duvel tulip is the lucky winner today...it’s 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 it’s funkalicious. Big, perfumy, wild yeast. With warmth the grape must comes out a little more. If this was about 1/2 as funky I’d think it was more of a funky saison. That’s what I’m talkin’ about. Can ya dig it?
I am astounded by the dryness of this deal. The carbonation contributes to the cause. It’s not a sour for sour’s sake...there’s ultra-dry Pilsener-ish malt in here. Maybe even a little Styrian Goldings hoppiness in here...there’s not a whole lot of roastiness - it is wicked light - maybe a little stewy malt that’s lightly toasted? Am digging the primary Belgian yeast strain along with the Brett-ish funk. The yeast makes this deal and it’s extremely well-done. OK, maybe there’s not an incredible complexity to it at first but the light grapes show up a little later - it works very well.
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Pours extremely foamy with dense rocky head, pale amber with signature "greenish" brett haze, visible effervescence. Aroma is sweet tarts candy, citrus, light barnyard funk, champagne yeastiness, minerality, sour green apple. Taste is same as smell, perfectly tart and complex. Body is frothy and light, velvety and minerally, effervescent, finishes bone dry with a funky sweet tart aftertaste. Overall, this is an insanely delicious and well-crafted ale but for $25 a bottle, this one is for special occasions only. krumbum (1109) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Hazy golden color. With a light tart fruity smell. Taste starts of Tart then turns slight grain and then back to tart. Leaves a lasting fizz on the tongue. Wet lemon then a sour tart bite. egajdzis (6590) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2009
[Draft @ Capones] Poured a hazy golden color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, vanilla, wood, earth, banana, floral hops, and some citrus. Taste of honey, citrus fruits, toffee malts, earth, vanilla, and a dry, tart finish. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2009
I wish this wasn’t $17.99 I really do. Outstanding brett, beer experience. The aroma was perfection. The conditioning was spot on - vibrant and drinkable. The freshness of the tartness defines an excellent brett beer. Flavors of hay and grass intermingle wit ha soft sweetness. Wow. World class, if a bit aggressive. Fresh beyond compare (there with bits of floating debris in the billowing head!).
Braudog (6719) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
2009 vintage, caged and corked. Pours an extremely light blonde color with active champagne-like character. The aroma is yeasty and esther-laden. It drinks with a nice light character, but is no pushover. The beer packs a wallop of flavors, lemon, wheat, bubblegum ... a delicious beer taht would awesome for brunch. (#3870, 3/27/2010) drpimento (3642) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Man, really good beer. These folks know what they’re doing. Poured with a huge, foamy, frothy, rocky, off-white head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is a clear, slightly pale amber. Aroma is full and of yeast, barnyard, spice, hops, malt, fresh cut grass. Flavor is similar to nose and has a slightly sweet background upon which are the tart and bitter flavors are evidenced. Body is excellent - in the way that is best for this style, not too thick yet not thin with champagne-like carbonation. The finish is like flavor and where I notice the characteristics of the Brett which nicely complements the beer. Finish is fairly long. Satisfying, good drinking beer. I’d defy someone blindfolded to say this isn’t Belgian. Kudos to Allagash brewmasters; a hearty well done! SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
2009 750ml sent to me in a BIF! Thanks!
A- Body is a nearly opaque golden yellow hue. Cloudiness is uniform. Pours with a massive, crazy 3 finger+ head-pretty much a gusher-but salvageable. Head fades to a nice foamy 1 finger or so and leaves a ton of lacing behind in the glass.
S- Nose is hoppy, funky, and very good overall. Lots of sour lemon, floral hops, spicy bready yeast, and some funk.
T- Flavor is very similar to the nose. There is a good balance between all these aspects described in the nose upfront. The floral hops intensify for the finish with some accompanying bitterness and some sour lemon lingers as well.
M- High carbonation with a light yet full body. Dry and spritzy with some yeast presence.
D- This is an awesome beer. Certainly wild and funky. A good member of the miscellaneous pale belgian category-but slightly wilder. Reminds me of a saison. Another wonderful allagash brew.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-06-2010 01:46:21
HstoutNH (7) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 10, 2011 does not count
I just cracked a 09 bottle and was very happy to smell the aromas as strong as ever. The caramel taste was not as pronounced as it is off the self, cutting the smooth transitions of flavors but I’m just being picky because I love this beer! beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - FEB 28, 2011
delicious ale, more of a saison or wild ale than straight belgian ale. very light and spritzy like a saison, with a little wild kick to it. absolutely delicious, just pour easily cause this one is gonna gush.