Confluence From Allagash

This brew was recently on tap at a place I like to visit every so often. I saw them post it on facebook, and knew this is one I did not want to miss. I was not sure what to expect from this brew. I have had a number of Belgian ales. Although, based on Allagash’s commercial description and the definition of the beer’s name; I knew this was going to be different than what I was used to in a Belgian ale. I had the pleasure of having Allagash Confluence on tap. The Confluence was served in the appropriate Trappist glass. It was a cloudy Gold/Orange color and had a thin white head. Initially it was too cold so I had to let a few minutes pass before it opened up. It smelled sweet and a little musty. It’s thin head dissipated quickly and there was not much lacing. The taste was the best part. There were layers of flavor. It started out sour, with hints of citrus and wet hay. As I got further into this brew the spiciness of orange peel that I am more familiar with started to come out. Then there were some more notes of wheat and bubblegum. It had a medium, crisp mouthfeel and finished with a very pleasant aftertaste. This brew was a very complex yet balanced adventure of flavor! The 7.4% ABV was never over powering. This brew just let me know I have so much more to learn about Belgian types of beer. If you are fortunate enough to find this brew, go for it! Here’s to Good Beers!
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