This was the final beer of my all Allagash Brewing beer week and without realizing it I left the best for last. As you can tell from the photo we got just a bit of snow here which made for a great photo.
This beer has a nice light orange color with a thick white head. Smell pales in comparison to the taste with only a hint of funk, a bit of grape almost wine like and a touch of green apple. Taste is where this one excels with a little bit of everything. You have the apple, pear from the Belgian yeast, quite a bit of funk from the Brett, a bit of lemon and citrus from the hops and some spiciness. Overall this beer has something for everyone as long as you enjoy some funk in your beer.
Finish is very crisp and clean. This beer is just so smooth and well done that if you have never tried it keep your eye out for a bottle.
Pros: Incredibly complex
Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
Brewers Website: Allagash Brewing
Brewers Description: 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.