Allagash Fluxus 2007 - Allagash Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +22.5%
Thick, syrupy pour. Cloudy, golden color with a velvety, buff-colored head. Complex, very inviting nose, with lots of Belgian Tripel-like, aged maltiness and woody/corkiness. Also, some floral/spicy tones - somewhat tart and astringent, but only mildly so. Full, thick, natural body with small-bubbled CO2. Big, intense, Belgian ale flavor with vanilla, malty tones up front, then a strong, slowly-progressing bitter hoppiness to finish. Alcoholic to the point of being warming as it goes down (10% abv). Very authentically Belgian in style, and very smooth - velvety, even. I can't say I can taste anything unusual here that could be attributed to the advertised Yarrow, but, then again, I don't know what Yarrow tastes like! This is simply one of the best U.S.-made Belgian style ales I have had. Congrats, Allagash, on yet another impressive brew!
01-20-2008 03:01:29 | More by Beerman3000
4.88/5 rDev +19.6%
Damn you Allagash for always getting me so wet....
this vondervul brew pours a nice gold color with a nice big white head....the nose of coriander and lemon....the taste is lemons, herbs, like a good Witbier....I only got a sample of this beer but when I have 25 bucks to kill on this brew, I'll get my own bottle and review it to the fullest
09-10-2008 17:11:52 | More by stumac
4.65/5 rDev +14%
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A: Cloudy, light yellow, white head stands about 3/4 of inch poured from bottle into glass.
T: Great Belgian yeastiness. Ginger, crab apple and light malt.
M: Much mouthier than many similar US Belgian knock-offs out there. Superior!
D: This was a little too easy to drink. Beware, as this is a strong one.
08-06-2008 07:54:12 | More by opwog
4.53/5 rDev +11%
Into a 12-oz chalice, this beer pours a pale straw color with a modest head... looks like wit, and smells like one too: nice wheaty sweetness together with spicy coriander, a light tart fruitiness and a dusting of hops. Delightful flavor, sweet with a spicy, herbal underpinning, a fruitiness that almost reminds me of fresh pears, though there's also a citrusyness that appears in the end in the form of a bright tartness that makes it very refreshing. This doesn't taste or feel like a strong beer. The body is light and effervescent.
08-02-2008 03:47:52 | More by allengarvin
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
Pours beautifully. Yeasty, funky nose. Gives a superb flavor in the true style that Allagash brings. Smooth and tangy citric edge. Consistent and steady profile. Very vibrant. Excellent mouthfeel. This drinks beautifully and is easily one of the best Allagash offerings out there I think.
01-01-2008 13:00:03 | More by RblWthACoz
4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
Pours a very cloudy golden/orange color. Decent head.
Smell is quite floral with a strong backing of yeast. A sweet smelling beer, not quite sure what yarrow smells like but I'm sure it adds to the flowery aroma.
Fairly sweet tasting, the malt upfront but the spice of the beer soon overtakes the entire mouth and leaves some sourness at the end, strong crisp taste throughout with a good amount of carbonation.
01-11-2008 22:38:55 | More by deltatauhobbit
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
Happened upon this bottle at mountview plaza, last week. I didn't realize it was the 07 until today HALFWAY through drinking it. Pure gold!
A. Pours a rosy gold; a coppery hue with just a little haze and a slight orange-pink tint. A thin head rapidly fades into a placid, clean surface.
S. The aroma is incredible: a sort of a belgian barlwine. Spice is strong, but a deep malt comes through and tends to dominate in the form of ripe raisins, molasses.
T,M. A huge spicy flavor stuns the tongue. There is only a mild cloying sugaryness, paired with a complex white wine alcohol bite. Its big alcohol isn't hidden, but isn't raging. Its soft and palattable. It has a bright and dry entry, but a thick departure. It is much less carbonated and heady than I hoped, but then again it is from 2007.
O. After being amazed by its brilliance, I looked up this beer on BA and now feel even more blessed to have had it. Snatch it up if you find it.
08-16-2011 01:08:58 | More by NuclearRich
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
L: Pours a nice golden color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that fades pretty fast.
S: Smells of very sweet wheat malts, some spicy belgian yeast aromas and a hint of ginger.
T: Very well balanced taste with not too much yeast flavoring followed by a slight ginger taste at the end.
M: Very crisp, fresh, and refreshing with a nice amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer and would definately recommend. I couldn't detect the amount of alcohol in it either, it didn't taste/feel anything like a 10% beer.
09-10-2008 01:08:44 | More by erosier
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
A generous friend brought this by at 1:30am on a Tuesday. There was only one option.
A. Gorgeous fat dense head atop a fine-lookin' pale white-orange copper -- if that makes sense. Head fades fast but leaves some lace behind that makes you wish it had stuck around.
S. Herbal and spicy. What I can only assume is yarrow (and I must confess I have never encountered it in beer before) gives this otherwise near-typical Belgian pale unexpected life. There's white pepper here, too, and some citrus orange-lemon along with some hefty grain sugars and yeast character. This is good smelling beer and quite interesting to boot.
T. Once again, Allagash has done something not only good, but intriguing. Take a typical sweet, yeasty and semi-dry Belgian Pale, add some rarely used herbs and spices and a great yeast strain and let the magic take place. This is tough to describe, except that it's complex and spicy and herby, dirty and dry, warming, sweet and citrus-y. Simply flat-out interesting, and will tease inquisitive palates for quite a while.
M. Very fine carbonation still lends a creamy, filling mouthfeel to this brew. This is lush stuff, nearly silky, and quite wonderful. Yum. The finish is lots of Belgian candy sugar, spice, orange, coriander and more. Three words? Clean, sweet and spicy.
The more I drink this, the more I like it. It's like that funny-looking redhead you met at the party last weekend, who, you come to find out, speaks four languages, has a job keeping bees and shoots high caliber weapons for fun.
I mean, who would have thought? Fluxus, like her, comes HIGHLY recommended.
09-24-2008 06:43:07 | More by kkipple
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
This is an interesting beer, unlike any others I've tried. I can only guess that the rye malt and yarrow are what make it so unique. I had a 750ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass. The beer tastes better on the warmer side of cold. It's an orange color with a medium head. Aroma is spicy candy, but also a little earthy. The taste is like cotton candy upfront, then becomes sage-like, and finishes with a little sour kick. It's light, dry, and a lot of fun to drink.
11-21-2007 21:40:34 | More by lordofthewiens
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
This is a new beer brewed by Allagash to celebrate their new brewery. Fluxus, meaning change, is a limited offering that is difficult to categorize by style. According to the brewery, if pressed they would call it a Belgian Strong, and since it is golden, I'm calling it a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. That being said, it is also brewed with Belgian Pilsner malt and 25% rye malt. In addition, Yarrow, a flowering plant that used to be used in some instances as a preservative and flavoring agent in place of hops, was also added. Original gravity is 1.085 and abv is 10%. I think this one is beyond styles, but I've got to put it somewhere. I had this on draft at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia. Served in a chalice glass. Pours a hazy golden with a decent initial head that fades after a bit and leaves some very nice lacing. Early on after the pour there was a pronounced brandied smell coming from the glass, but this fades as the beer opens up and is replaced by a spicy herbal smell reminiscent of coriander that is probably the yarrow and rye, then white pepper, and finally some moderate Belgian sweetness. Somewhat Saison like to start followed by more tradtional Belgian pale aromas. The taste is highly unusual. Starts again Saison like with white pepper and herbal flavors, followed by brandy, spicy rye, and a long tannic and herbal bitterness, exceedingly dry. Mouthfeel is crisp to start and then softens to soft tannins, and is quite spritzy without overwhelming. Very interesting drinking this. I like the rye components, which are quite noticeable. I drained my glass before I knew it. A worthy beer to launch a new era.
10-11-2007 19:41:55 | More by Georgiabeer
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
A- Hazy, translucent pale orange. Capped with a 2/3' fluffy head.
S- Breads, yeasts. Like a moist bakery.
T- The beginning seemed to be classic Allagash Belgianish. Breads, yeasts, with unique hint of sharp, pepperery spice. Noticeable lack of bitterness.
M- Surprisingly thick feeling with spicy carbonation.
D- Fun to drink stuff that you don't see or hear of much (at least for me). 1 at a time is good for me. Good beer though.
02-02-2008 21:52:57 | More by m1ked
4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
I shared a 750 ml caged and corked bottle with my son's for Thanksgiving. We poured into large tulips.
A: It poured a hazy amber and orange body with a slight off-white head that did not last long. There was spotty and limited lacing.
S: It had a yeasty and malty aroma with a very floral presence attributable to the yarrow (I'd love more beers to play with this additive). Berry fruit aroma (strawberries).
T: It had a balanced and complex flavor profile. It had a dry and sweet malt front with upfront fruit flavors including oranges, strawberries and apricots. The blend of fruit and yeast gave it a dry, yet refreshing flavor. The alcohol was well hidden.
M: It was medium bodied with a fruity, sweet front and a dry and clean finish. Modest carbonation and a clean aftertaste.
D: It was an enjoyable and entertaining beer. It would make a wonderful session beer.
12-21-2008 15:47:16 | More by dnichols
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:
A bit of extreme brewing going on here. We are staring at a bottle of Belgian Strong Pale that has a grain bill of 25-percent rye malt (holy crap!!) and is also brewed with yarrow, which is an herb that predates hops in flavoring beer. The aroma is bursting with spicy rye, the fruity alcohol of apricot and star fruit and some bittersweet yarrow. The smoothness was granted by the beer god, amazing. Chewy medium body. Maltiness comes off a little sweet and creamy then quickly turns biscuity and spicy. The alcohol is very prevalent but not pushy, with a warming wave of black pepper and a mild tropical fruitiness. Medicinal phenols set in as well as the bittersweet yarrow balances out the maltiness and fruitiness. Yeast, residual malt, phenol and yarrow are all present in a very complex semidry finish.
Absolutely delicious, complex enough to pair with the most pungent of cheeses, yet still approachable enough to drink on its own.
09-10-2010 13:39:37 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
Found this one in my cellar. Its been there for at least a year but I'm not sure how long I've been aging it. Corked bottle opens with a slight pop. Poured into a chalice. Beer pours a dark hazy straw color with a one finger head that quickly subsides to a lacy film. Smell is grassy sweet with lemon notes and some hop. Taste starts with malty sweetness upfront with citrus and fades to a hoppy background. The end note is a alcohol warming. About half way through the glass the hops become more assertive. This beer is brewed with yarrow, however I'm not familiar with yarrow so I can't say how it plays on the flavor and the smell. As the glass draws down the alcohol warming effect becomes more pronounced. This is a sipping beer. The mouth is full bodied with a little more carbonation than I would have preferred. All in all this is a good beer to sit back and enjoy.
10-26-2008 14:51:50 | More by gosurfobx
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
I had this the other night at a beer tasting it happened to be my favorite out of all of the beers that evening. Although at $20-30 a bottle, I will probably not be buying too many of theses.
A: A light brown and slightly hazy color. There head was white but disappeared very quickly.
S: Sweetness with a little bit of malt. Also there is a touch of herb coming through but not much.
T: Up front in the flavor is the malt. Yarrow is in the mid and late palate, and has a slightly rosemary flavor. A little bit of spice and fruitiness. The taste is very smooth and might be from wheat.
MF: A smooth but thick mouth feel. Medium body and med-high carbonation
D: Very drinkable. The yarrow isn't too overpowering and is balanced very nicely in the beer. It is smooth in the mouth and easy to drink.
08-31-2008 16:33:57 | More by abedenbaugh
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
Pours a deep rich golden color with a big tan head. Be careful, the head on this one sneaks up on you an last a while. This is a beautiful beer.
Smells very sweet and malty with a pleasant spiciness that foreshadows an intriguing taste. Damn, when is this head going to die down?
The taste is excellent. An alcohol flavor immediately rushes the palate but quickly gives way to a brief intense spiciness and ends with a malty sweetness. Fairly complex an interesting. Pretty high abv on this one, and it is somewhat detectable.
12-08-2007 04:19:42 | More by bassmantin
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Thanks Slatetank for sharing this with me.
Golden (on the hazy side) in color reminded me of bright yellow leaves in the fall. I only had a sample so not much head was present, but I would assume with a good poor it would be much better. Nice sticky lacing. If your into gold or the color yellow this one will catch your eye.
A very unique array of aromas fill my nose. I found it complex but nice. I think the yarrow adds to this. I am getting a flowery note. Along with some sweet malts. Some fruity esters are also present. Its smell is just as interesting as its appearance.
On the malty side with the yarrow/floral notes are also forthcoming. A very subtle spicy bite on the tongue. The hops and yarrow combination is very interesting and unique. I also pick up on a bit of alcohol flavor, if you will. Nice tasting beer.
On the dry side. Nice carbonation adds to the mouthfeel. Medium bodied. On the grainy side.
Over all I really enjoyed this beverage, thanks again Slatetank. If youre willing to try something different from the norm give this one a shot. You wont be disappointed.
12-06-2007 03:12:28 | More by HomeBrewJunkie
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
My 400th review seems appropriate -to move forward
Poured from a corked and caged brown 750ml into an oversized snifter.
A - As gold as it gets w/ a subtle white head, a very appealing shade of ale like goldenrod, there is good stickage in the form of lace streams.
S - Gentle floral notes mix w/ a mustardy light vinegar tinge. Subtle toasty and mellow malt notes w/ funky fruity, almost tropical yeast and red tea aromas. The rye is there in the gently astringent aroma.
M - Dry, astringent slighty oily and grainy w/ minimal sweetness. A slightly husky rye texture is the main element.
T - Malty, yet fully herbed w/ floral dandelion notes that are lightly acidic. Definitely rye flavored, the influence is high w/ an herbal effect of yarrow. There are gentle alcohol esters w/ minimal sweet tastes the add to the flavor dimension. More subtle floral herb notes w/ a spiced light quality similar to white pepper is very intriquing. A nuttiness that supports the full rye and herb flavor w/ the alcoholic depth runs through the taste.
D - A fine mix of rye, I only have tasted two beers that utilized yarrow, this being the second. It is pleasant and the recipe makes for a great blend of strength and spice. The 10% is not a noticeable quality. The spice and rye synergy is appealing in the way Mataveza's yerba mate has good focus and unique flavor. I would definitely try this again.
11-21-2007 12:41:44 | More by Slatetank
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
so I'm in Portland ME for a work trip and I stop at my usual beer store. Lo and behold a new Allagash beer. I picked up a couple of bottles to see what the latest creation is all about.
A - Pours a cloudy amber color with with a huge billow white head. Bubbles gush up the side of the glass on this one in massive waves.
S - classic Allagash house yeast notes with a spicy note and an inviting aroma not typically noted in the usual spices I've tried with other beers. Hard to describe beyond that.
T - nice classic sweet belgian malts / candi sugars intersperced with a peppery / tropical fruit / bannana essence. Says there's rye in the mix but it's really woven in so smooth I'm not picking it up as a major player.
M - full bodied, highly carbonated. Served at cellar temp and allowed to warm up to room temp over the course of the drink. Initially it's a bit sharp and not as quaffable as I'm used to from Allagash. Around mid bottle and warmer serving temps this beer becomes mellow, creamy smooth and wonderful to sip.
D - One is plenty in a sitting or sharing with friends. Definitely one to let breathe and warm up some to enjoy fully.
I'm intrigued enough from the first one that I am looking forward to trying this again and setting a few in the cellar to see what it does over a year or so.
10-25-2007 13:52:23 | More by barleywinebrewer
Allagash Fluxus 2007 from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.