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Allagash Fluxus 2007 - Allagash Brewing Company

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91
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71 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Belgian Pilsner Malt and 25% Rye malt, the beer is full-bodied with a spicy, herbal taste. A floral note arises with the addition of Yarrow, which is a flowering plant that was historically used as an alternative to hops. The beer is hopped with Warrior and Brewers Gold which impart a subtle bitterness.

(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 10-11-2007)
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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy sugary peach colour. Lace in glass. Malty herbal aroma. Medium mouth feel. Woody spicey taste,licorice and other herbal favorites with woody finish. Subtle hop, on purpose. Active carbonation.More of these with the hop shortage? A little too sweet and lie a herbal tea concotion.

Sammy, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of d0ggnate
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just obtained this bottle in trade from Georgiabeer. Thanks again! I have enjoyed many brews from Allagash, but this was a departure. Not in that it was not enjoyed, but from my take on their brew signature.

A: Orange golden with light foamy head.
S: Spiced with something I can't place, but faint hops break through, as well.
T: Delicious. A very refreshing citrus, yeasty mouthful.
M: Very quick to swallow. Taste didn't stick around too long.

I wish I had another bottle that I could just pop and enjoy.

d0ggnate, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of m1ked
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

m1ked, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of Beerman3000
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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!

Beerman3000, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of clickpush
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draught at City Beer Store, apparently they were shipped a 5 gallon just for the hell of it. Color is a pale peachy-yellow, somewhat cloudy brew with a small white head that dissipates quickly to a nice cap of lace. The yarrow comes through quite a bit, spinachy and vegetal - fields of yellow flowers and pollen come to mind. Quite good. Nice tangy balance with a Belgian-esque feel to it. Quite rightly carbonated - both prickly and creamy at the same time. Highly drinkable - no noticeable alcohol flavors. Very much enjoyed it and would love to see this beer more often.

clickpush, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

deltatauhobbit, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of kajerm
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked 750mL bottle. Pours amber and slightly translucent with some large clusters of yeast in suspension. The head is creamy and off-white, starting at about a finger and receding to a thin ring with little lacing.

The aroma is largely dominated by candi sugar with some slight medicinal character and Belgian yeast esters.

The beer opens up with the bubble gum flavor of candi sugar, with grows mid-palate and is joined by estery bananas. The finish is slightly peppery with a strong herbal bitterness. Someone told me this didn't have hops in it, but I'm not sure I'm buying it.

The mouthfeel is creamy and chewy with bright carbonation.

The balance, which is unusual for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale (although is only technically a BSPA), makes for excellent drinkability.

A very well-crafted beer, but I was expecting something weirder when I bought it.

kajerm, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of rajendra82
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer came in a very handsome package, the corked and caged bottling method added an aura of authenticity, and the label depicting a Yarrow plant looked quite elegant to me. The beer itself came out a bit cloudy and orange, but the head was steady, well proportioned and produced curtains of lace. The smell was herbal, floral, and green, which I am assuming is a result of the Yarrow. There were hints of black pepper and citrus in the nose as well. This is not marketed as a Christmas beer, but would serve well as one due to this aroma. The flavor followed the smell in a logical manner with sweet, woody, and earthy overtones. Some hops were also detectable as a bitter aftertaste. The alcohol was well hidden as no burn was detected. Medium in mouthfeel with a creamy texture resulting from fine natural carbonation. A delicate and organic pleasure.

rajendra82, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of bassmantin
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Highly recommended.

bassmantin, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of HomeBrewJunkie
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 you’re willing to try something different from the norm give this one a shot. You won’t be disappointed.

HomeBrewJunkie, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of Foxman
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours the hazy orangey gold of lemony iced tea. Two bubbly fingers of light beige head are fed by frenetic columns of carbonation. Lacing is a stucco wall on the inside of the glass.

The aroma grants softly sweet grain with a mellow tart edge. A hint of vanilla mingles with a savory spice note. Green apple esters are joined by an able aura of alcohol.

Upon sipping, sweet malt, fruity with berry and melon, eddies in and is then crisped by a dance of apple esters and the earthy slide from floral to the bitterness of what must be yarrow. Smack dab in the middle is a warm pool of alcohol. Some sugary grain sweetness glides into a mild yeastiness and a finish of lingering bitterness. It's a lot of flavor, with solid choreography.

Medium bodied, it has a flowing creamy feel that sticks a little and rounds out nicely.

So this is yarrow- and it works well, with plenty of earthiness and a satisfying way about it. The ample sweetness is balanced by the supple spiciness. The ABV is big, hot in spots, and overt, but it does little to impede the draining of the glass. Once again, Allagash comes through with a mouthy but mostly behaved release that creates anticipation for the next one to come.

Foxman, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of Lupin
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml. In my ommegang 10th anniversary glass. First serving of the night.

A: Cork pops gently. No foaming. Pours slightly hazy, just a couple shades lighter than aber. Head is fluffy, with some bigger bubbles on the sides. About 1.5" with decent retention.

S: Sugar daddies, maybe a little mustard, initially a peppercorn or seasoned meat note that really sticks itself out there--lamb or something? Very unique and very complex. This one smells pretty amazing.

T/M/D: Rich and a little cloying, even in the finish (!) but definitely not bad--they should consider smaller bottles of this one. It's a little syrupy, and the yarrow seems to actually make the alcohol more noticeable, and its scent dominates the start of each sip--very interesting. This one actually seems like a good candidate to match to a lot of foods.

Overall, highly recommended merely for the uniqueness factor. This one is worth trying. Congrats to Allagash on a new brewery. I will continue to try their tribute and barrel aged lines, but I wish they'd make some darker brews.

Lupin, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of cbl2
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11/24/2007 $19.99 750 mL 10.00% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a hazy medium orange with half an inch of tight white head that is slow to settle, and constantly replenished by fine champagne-like carbonation.

Aroma:

Dry and earthy with notes of herbs and a touch of mushrooms.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Fine carbonation tickles the tongue creating a pleasant mouthfeel coupled with a mildly sweet yet very earthy (herbal, grassy, a touch of licorice) palate. As all of Allagash's beers, this is well crafted, and enjoyable, but very pricey, and not necessarily worth the cost.

cbl2, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lordofthewiens, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of shivtim
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brick Store. Thanks, Dave!
Served in a chalice. Hazy orange/copper, with a huge foamy white head and nice streams of carbonation. Nose is sweet fruits, plums, raw earth, and bubblegum, and alcohol. Taste is very unique. There's underlying Belgian qualities, and an interesting root-like flavor. Earthy green vegetable stalks, and dry hops on the end. A very raw, starchy, grainy intense flavor. Interesting! Mouthfeel is a little dry, but it works. Drinkability is good but at 10% it's certainly not a session beer.

shivtim, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of RiekerStarBrew
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served to me from the bottle into my sniffer glass. The color was a cloudy yellow, which struck as an odd color that I had never seen in beer before. The aroma was a mustard seed fragrance leaning toward herbal with a fresh flower essence. There was also a hint of alcohol. The fresh flower presence continued into the flavor. It had a good malty base so characteristics like herbs and flowers blended well. There was a hop presence which helped balance out the complexity of the beer and helped finish it out. The mouthfeel was good with decent carbonation. This was first time I had tried a beer featuring yarrow seed and was impressed.

RiekerStarBrew, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Slatetank, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

barleywinebrewer, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a cork-finished bottle which indicates that this is a Belgian ale brewed with rye malt and yarrow. This generally fits the profile of a Belgian strong pale ale. Pours a cloudy, lighter amber color with some dirty gold highlights and a thick off-white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The nose has some nice complexities to it, with spices and phenols playing together, backed by that sharp fruitiness that a lot of the Allagash beers possess. White glue (Allagash yeast combined with rye?), quince and rising dough round things out. On the palate, sharp fruit flavors straight off, along with some nice acidity. Doughy notes combine with rye spiciness and some raw alcohol to create an impression that is at once earthy and vibrant. Some sweetness at the mid-palate that seems partially due to the ABV, along with more acidity on the sides of the tongue and then a spicy, hot finish. Mouthfeel is characterized by big carbonation, hot alcohol and rough, spicy flavors. It's not an easy drinking beer.

Overall, this is a fine Belgian ale. It's got some nice complexities, with the rye adding quite a bit to the brew. The yarrow is a bit lost on me, probably because I'm unfamiliar with it in general. This beer has balance, depth and some unique flavors. It never approaches the heights of some of the other Allagash special brews (notably Odyssey, Interlude, and early Curieux), but it's a good beer in its own right. Definitely worth a try.

geexploitation, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Georgiabeer, Oct 11, 2007
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Allagash Fluxus 2007 from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.