Sunday, February 21, 2016

Confluence Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale

The Confluence Brewing Company is in Des Moines, Iowa. They have been commercially available for some time on tap and in howlers sold at liquor stores, but are now starting to release some bottled specials. This 10.2% ABV Belgian-style Quadruple ale is part of a limited release Virtuous Endeavor Series of bottle-conditioned Belgian Style beers (a Dubbel, Tripel, and Quadruple). 

The beer pours a lightly hazed dark brown, with just a touch of ruby. There is a short head of light tan foam. The aroma is malty, with lots of caramel and dark fruits, plum and raisins, with a bit of a fruity and yeasty tang. The taste follows the aromas, sweet yet tangy, caramel and dark fruits, with a bit of a light red wine note. The finish is dry despite the sweet tones. The beer drinks very smooth with a tingling of carbonation. This is very well done, and tasty.  

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