Allagash Confluence (2015)

Posted: January 21, 2016 in Allagash Brewing Company, Belgian Strong Pale Ale, Reviews

This is one of the beers that I picked up in Maine. I was surprised that I’ve never tried it before given how many beers from Allagash that I’ve had. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Allagash Confluence is a strong golden ale, utilizing a mixed fermentation and dry hopping techniques inspired by a Belgian classic. Confluence is brewed using a blend of imported and domestic Pilsner malt, as well as a small portion of caramel malt, resulting in a complex malty profile. Confluence is fermented using both our house yeast strain and our proprietary Brettanomyces yeast strain. This layered fermentation creates a unique blend of fruit and spice flavors along with an incredibly silky mouthfeel. After fermentation, Confluence undergoes a lengthy aging process in stainless steel that allows the complex flavors to fully develop. Just prior to bottling, it is dry hopped with Glacier hops, providing a pleasant fruity aroma.”

Random: This was first brewed in March of 2009.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, straw yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose started with pear, peach and straw. It had some funk as well. The taste was very dry with citrus as well as peach and golden raisins. Pear came through as well. The funk wasn’t as pronounced in the taste, but was present. There was also lemon zest and yeast that came through. The body was on the thinner side and as I mentioned, very dry. It had high carbonation as well. The finish was long with yeast and golden fruit. The bomber was $21.99, which broke down to $1.00 per ounce, which isn’t cheap, but for a beer like this, it isn’t out of the question. I liked this beer a lot and it went down very easily.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


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