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Confluence Ale by Allagash Brewing Company
Sour Ale
7.40 % ABV


 
Review by duhast500 on 10/18/11  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 9 18 4 9 2010
Poured froma 22oz. bottle into Allagash tulip glass.

The color is a clear golden with some bubbles sliding through this beer to it;s thick white crown that is about two fingers thick and is quite foamy.

The smell is like a leather belt, some fruity flavors hide behind the hard and dirty hands of this brett beer. Some grape flavor is there in the background and it has some interesting pilfy flavor.

The taste is a bit creamy at first with some deep horse-like flavor that gives off a barnyard flavor that hits like a dirty cloth but stays for a duration. There is an a pet dander -flavor to this beer that is not unlike having a cat or a dog. It is a little musky with some creamy bitter flavor that feels like a wet cloth, Once off on it's own this deep, wet, campfire, flavor is mixed about this whole beer. It has many a direction to go in with this many flavors to cover.

The feel of this beer is so complex there really is no way of take it all in this late in the night. It has it's own way of light the night and it works so well for this night.

Served In: Flute Glass

Review by SAP on 07/25/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 18 4 8 2009
January 2009 Bottle Date; Sampled July 2009
A very careful pour yields a billowing, off-white colored head that starts out a glass filling four-fingers in height, plus adds an additional, almost two-fingers of structurally sound height above the rim of my 25cl tulip glass. The head only slowly recedes, forming nice structural formations as it does so as well as leaving nice lacing patterns on the sides of my glass. Nice aromas of ripe pear, floral melon and apple are noticed as I visually inspect this beer. The beer is a hazy, pale amber color that shows an orange-gold hue when held up to the light. A nice, slightly grassy, cracker-like grain aromatic quickly yields to a firm, but not dominating, funky Brettanomyces note that provides notes of light phenols, a musty blanket note, plus a touch of muskiness. The fruit character is the most recognizable character in the nose though, with nice notes of Meyer Lemon, orange zest, and a touch of honeysuckle joining the afore-mentioned ripe fruit notes. There is an earthy yeastiness to the aroma that melds nicely with the fresh grain notes.

Nice and effervescent as it hits my tongue, the beer is a bit drier than the expressive, up front fruit aromatics might have suggested. This is very light bodied, but still has a hint of body and viscousness to it especially in the finish where it manages to just stick to the palate. Slightly tart and tasting of ripe green apples, some floral melon qualities as well as some notes of ripe pear. These notes morph into a orange-zest like citrus note towards the finish that tends to linger for a bit on the palate. Musty Brettanomyces notes add a certain woody white pepper note, a touch of phenolic soaked cotton ball flavors, some spiciness that is similar to oak. There is some more structure in the finish from a nice hop bitterness that is noticeable, but not domineering. There is perhaps just a hint of malt sweetness to this beer, much of the time I think I am imagining it because of the floral fruit notes found here, but there does seem to be a touch of something that boosts the malt character just a hint. Other malt notes of unsalted saltine crackers, a touch of grassiness and a nice crushed pale malt note.

This beer remains stubbornly effervescent until the end of the bottle; this works quite well with this quaffable-beyond-its-alcohol beer. I like the balance in the flavor between the spicy fermentation notes, the fruit, the pale malt and the fresh hop character that this brew has. At times the zesty hop character really comes through quite well; this must have been quite a bit more hoppy when freshly released. It is eminently quaffable with just enough Brettanomyces influence to keep my interest piqued throughout. Definitely a wonderful effort and I like that the Allagash house Brett strain has run rough-shod over the rest of the beer (though that can be nice at times too). I wish I had a couple more bottles of this to age.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/31/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 10 13 4 7 2009
First beer I had at the Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party on March 28th.

Poured a slightly hazy apricot color with a thin head.

Fruity and tropical on the nose with notes of apricot, pineapple, funky brett, a bit spicy, crabapples, and grapes. A bit of pale malt sweetness as it warmed up.

Not what I was expecting, harsh and bitter plastic flavors, phenolic and yeasty with the first sip. The second sip was a little more enjoyable with flowers, light spices, and hints of fruit. Better along the way but not great. Semi-dry finish with medium carbonation.

Tasted like a spicy, yeasty, funky, single Belgian pale.

Served In: Goblet

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