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Allagash Fluxus 2008 - Allagash Brewing Company

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89
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31 Reviews
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Reviews: 31
Hads: 46
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 9
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style | ABV
Witbier | 8.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MrMonkey on 08-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our 2008 Fluxus is a double white beer brewed with spices and fresh grated ginger. A double white beer calls for twice the amount of malted and raw wheat, which casts an elegant cloudiness over this mango-colored beer. The aroma boasts of herbal and minty notes, as well as hints of clove and candied ginger. Fluxus offers a perfectly balanced flavor with a warm, clean finish and a lingering spiciness.
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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – A clear golden color. A light head and medium lacing.

Smell – Coriander, heavy spice, and a wonderfully sweet lemon scent.

Taste – Very spicy for a witbier, coriander, and a sweet wheat taste.

Mouthfeel – Medium body, good carbonation, and I never would have guessed 8.7% abv (I thought it was closer to 6%).

Drinkability – An exceptional witbier; one of my favorite.

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Brad - thanks!

Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of a variety of spices - hints of clove and ginger with what I believe is cardamom - along with sweet malts and sugar-coated orange peel.

Tastes similar to how it smells however the spices aren't quite as intense and it's not as complex. Sweet malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by syrupy orange flavors. Midway through the sip mild amounts of spices, mostly clove and cardamom more so than ginger, enter into things and carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I have to say that this beer would have tasted better without a year and a half's age on it. The complexity is still there however the flavors seemed watered down. Probably worth drinking now if you still have some laying around.

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Photo of craytonic
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted a few months ago, reviewing from notes. Hazy-straw-yellow with the typical, beautiful allagash head. Lots of spices and lemon, and odd wit with a strange floral element. Also some banana. I was very excited to try this one but was a bit disappointed, the fluxus series is the black spot on Allagash's outstanding lineup. Perhaps the 2009 version will be a winner.

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Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thin foamy off-white head that quickly fades. Not much in the way of lacing.

Spicy floral aroma with some light crisp fruit notes and citrus peel presence.

Crsip golden fruit flavor with a touch of floral hops and subtle spiciness. Orange peel is prominent with other light crisp fruit, mostly apple and pear. Alcohol very well masked and well balanced making it very quaffable. Slightly sweet with a bitter hoppy dry finish.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried the 2007 version of this on tap and loved it, so I decided it was time to try the 2008. It pours a hazy gold, with about half a finger of white heading. Interesting nose gives off ginger, perhaps nutmeg, overall a very spicy smelling beer. Same thing goes on in the flavor. Big waves of ginger, coriander, even a little pumpkin flavor. Little in the way of alcohol can be noticed from this brew. Feel on Fluxus is medium, with light carbonation accentuating the spices nicely. Sipping this is very easy, and I would definitely recommend pairing this one with food. A sharp cheddar or curry dish might work out well. I am very satisfied with this beer from Allagash, although rarely am I ever disappointed by them. I would love to taste this side by side with the 2007 batch to see how they compare. Cheers

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Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/02/08- Purchased at Downeast Beverages in Portland, ME.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. 2008 Release, poured into my Pilaarbijter glass.

Appearance- Ligher yellow in color approaching white. Very large well over one inch head, a full 1/2 inch remains for the duration of the beer. Lace is patchy, spotty and streaky...just about coats the glass.

Smell- Very sweet scent laden with confectioniers sugar. Some corriander, make that a bucket of corriander, some peppery spices and some light lemon notes. A bit too sweet to be perfect.

Taste- Talk about the smell telling the story. Too much sugary notes, but besides that all the spices come into play and taste is very good.

Mouthfeel- A touch foamy and upper carbonation level. About the only drawback here.

Drinkability- Wonderful witbier...almost perfection. Not worth the $15 though when Hennepin and Allagash White are around $6 and just as good.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Caged and Corked.

Pours a pale yellow, straw color, slight haze to it, decent head that fades fast into a wispy top, no lacing.

Smell is light sweet malt, some citrus, coriander and other spices.

Taste is quite a kicker, crisp carbonation that dances on the tongue and almost numbs it, sweet malt with spices, slight citrus with yeasty notes.

I looked everywhere and iit was sold out, I thought I might have missed my chance at it. Fortunately, I was able to find some bottles of this at bootleggers, next time I won't be so lazy at getting some of Allagash's limited offerings. While not as good as the first Fluxus, I look forward to the next one.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 version, a nice simple looking 750mL bottle, theres a nice pop to the cork, and poured into several small 200mL Allagas glasses.

Poured a lovely yellow/honey color with a billowy head. the lacing was amazing and stuck around at the top of the glass even after i finished. The aroma was of wheat and spice with a mix of fruits and floral. The taste adds a bit of honey, orange, and pepper.

It has a nice medium to full body with prickles of carbonation. Flows very smoothly and leaves you wanting more.

OVERALL, i was worried on dropping $25 (18+tax+bigtip)on this bottle, but it was definately worth it. Im so glad we got this beer. definately enjoyable

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Photo of GRG1313
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep yellow, off orange color, pleading, with a nice pillowing white head that was not long lasting. Moderate lace.

Assertive citrus-malt nose with underlying large ginger undertones that really finish the nose. Ginger and spices especially come out in the nose as this beer warms up a bit.

Luscious and well integrated and complex flavors of malt, oranges, ginger and spice with a spicy orange peel bitter hop/grapefruit/pine finish.

This is a very complex, integrated yet elegant drink.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy yellow with a rocky white head that exploded out of the glass. Good lacing. Spicy sweet aroma packed with ginger, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, etc. Lemon zest and sweet yeast esters as well. Carbonated, but still heavy in the mouthfeel. The taste is outstanding. Pleasant yeast/banana flavors with orange and lemon zest blended with the lighter malt. Different spice combinations seemed to hit you, similar but never the same. A sweet honey and wheat finish that lingers. And have to agree with JohnGalt1, chamomile is present as well, or at least the spice combination resembles it. Loved it.

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Photo of soultrain19
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

March 22nd (from notes):

Poured into my tulip glass. Anxiously I watched the manila color develop (I had a business envelope on the table while I poured).

There was a very soft white head that didn't stick around. Not much lacing. No worries.

Ahh... What an incredible aroma! Cinnamon, ginger and coriander. I thought it would be "sharper" but the aroma was "soft" and very appealing. It's spicy but very well balanced with fruity esters.

The taste did not let down the nose. Light caramel maltiness is interwoven with the cinnamon and ginger. Lemon & orange add zip and fruity sweetness. It's very light herbal & spicy hop notes balance all the sweet flavors.

Lightly carbonated and nice body with a unique astringency.

Overall is is delicious and I think Allagash has succeeded in broadening the beer universe.

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Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Pit, shouldn't I be drinking Irish beers today? Served in an Allagash tulip glass a nice crisp straw yellow with a decent off-white head that leaves decent lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, spice, slight yeast and a touch of rye. The taste is crisp sweet malts with slight citrus hops along with spice and a touch of alcohol. The beer is medium bodied with the alcohol fairly well hidden. This one is even more tastey on draft than from the bottle.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy bright yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of ginger and wheat with a slightly peppery yeast and some nice fruity ester. Taste is very refreshing with loads of ginger and wheat with some very nice fruity ester. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation with no signs of alcohol. Very well done with great refreshing taste but some real complexity.

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Photo of hopdog
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capones.

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, spices (ginger, cloves, and corriander), and yeast. Tastesd of citrus, spices, some yeastiness. This one was OK, but nothing, to me, stood out.

Notes from and tasted on: 3/14/09

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at The Lighthouse in Manchester, Maine. Pours a hazy yellow-orange body with a little less than an inch of off-white head. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, pith, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice... Wow. Spice is the first thing that jumps out, with cinnamon, nutmeg, and coriander. Citrus plays a strong supporting role, with orange and lemon chief among the flavors. Effervescent, light in body, with a fair bit of carbonation. This is one hell of a witbier. Complex but balanced, and super-drinkable for the ABV and complexity.

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Photo of bruachan
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

oh allagash...sweet sweet maineiac bastion of beligian scrumtulescence

the lacing holding the foam to my tulip is gorgeous. the head itself is nice, most certainly, but the lacing takes the proverbial cake. carbonation is high and cataracts skyward through a liquid gold whose fortitude must ask questions of itself (a little watery looking)

spices erupt from the foamy brew: plenty of coriander, clove, cardamom, sage and sweetfloral hops. the spices are not particularly sharp through the nose. apricot, peach

the overall experience is generally sweet, with some spices to frame the malty affair. some heat and fruitiness, though i will struggle to pick out individual species as was possible with the nose

i like my beers to have some backbone but this one is just (barely) on the side of heavy. i do wonder if my preference isn't quite on target for this brew and that it would be well served by a dry finish to highlight spices

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Photo of Overlord
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow, big foam head.

Smells like ... lemon. Lemon and wheat.

Taste has that lemony, vinegary bite, and a bunch of wheat, and maybe a bready malt presence. Not really my cup of tea, but decent enough. Nice airy mouthfeel.

Light, fluffy, but forgettable.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from Mikeale in his recent Christmas LIF... bad ass and directly off my wants... Thanks Michael... Been refrigerated since opening the box.. poured into my shaped SA glass.

Huge rocky 3 finger stark white head with a ton of lace.. the brew is slightly hazy straw gold.. very pretty... I'm actually surprised it's this light given the gravity of this brew.

Aroma is enchanting... fresh ginger is the main player.. some clove and sorta an encompassing chamomile component.. mild honey essence..

Flavor mirrors the nose perfectly.. more flowery than the nose and the ginger is more muted yet still tastes very fresh.. pear juice without the sweetness ... instead more of a lite candy sugar sweetness... maybe some mild citrus peel but my mind may be playing tricks on me.. finish is clean with a lingering yet not burning ginger presence.. the body is medium with a smooth yet very present small bubble carbonation..

I gotta say.. the first third of the first glass, I was a little unimpressed.. It took me a little while to come around to it, but when it did, I am pretty damned impressed.. very interesting.. I am not gonna say very drinkable, because it's not. I am honestly fine with one glass, but am still looking forward to the second.

Edit: taking my time on this one, I have to ask is Chamomile used in this? Yes, I do know what chamomile tea tastes like.. If I don't have a beer before bed, I frequently have a cup or two of tea... "What?! you wanna make something of it?"

Pretty interesting brew that I probably never would have seriously searched out in the trading forums... Michael.. thanks a bunch again.. It is very appreciated.

I really wish we got Allagash locally.. I could see me really enjoying their brews often.

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Photo of midaszero
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy straw body with one finger of white head and a little bit of lacing

S - Wheat and coriander. A little boozy with some spices

T - Spices with wheat and malt. A little sweet and a little boozy

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Easy to drink and pretty enjoyable

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, yellow body with a small, bubbly, white head.

Smell: The bouquet is occupied by scents of flowers and fresh ginger. Slighter notes of honey, pears, and a tiny spritz of lemon juice.

Taste: Delicate wheat sweetened with just the right amount of clover honey. Enter the chamomile florals and spicy ginger, as well as fruity pear taste. Small kick of citrus zest. Dose of clove and coriander. A restrained bitterness gracefully slides in midway. Finishes dry and reasonably crisp. Kindly leaves you with a very light, lingering spice burn on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Light stickiness to the overall mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Now that's damned drinkable and significantly more enjoyable than the dream-haunting 2007 Fluxus. Here's looking to another delightful Fluxus in 2009.

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Photo of akorsak
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to damianblack for this 750 mL corked and caged bottle.

A: The witbier is a hazy straw color, much the same shade as the Hennepin that I just finished. A finger of head neither retained nor laced.

S: The nose is full of ginger and cardamom, intensely spiced.

T: Wow, this is a mouthfull. The witbier has been kicked up to the nth degree. Lots of pepper, spicy and full, greets me initially, followed by ginger. I'm not talking about a little ginger, I'm taking slices-of-pickled-ginger-with-sushi ginger. The ginger strength let me to google, where I learned that cardamom is part of the ginger family. I don't taste any orange peel and the wheat doesn't stand out amongst the ginger.

M: Abrasive, the ale is rough on the tongue. The spiciness is profound, if not overwhelming.

D: This bottle is enough. The world doesn't need another imperial witbier.

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of white head with good lace and ok head retention. The golden yellow body is slightly hazy.

S - Spicy yeast, black pepper, some floral notes, and orange.

T - Smooth wheat and honey. Oat thickness with floral notes, some lemon, and a slight orange flavor. Smooth malt and mild yeast in the finish.

M - Thick and creamy body, medium high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - There are some nice elements here, especially the mouthfeel, but it doesn't quite come together for me. The spices don't really work and they become a bit cloying towards the end of the glass. A decent witbier overall, but its not my kind of thing.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/26/08. On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a cloudy gold with a small white head. Aroma of spices, particularly clove and coriander. Flavor of initial spices with a sweet oak finish. The spices were powerful in this beer, but not quite to the point of overpowering as it is balanced out by the sweet oak notes. A pretty good double white beer.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Aromas, Athens, GA. Served in an Allagash flute.

Appearance: A hazy yellow body, like juice in shade and transparency, with a fluffy one-plus finger head that's meringue-like, has great retention, and leaves sticky sheets of lacing. A very attractive-looking beer.

Aroma: Candy sugar and a honey-like sweetness dominate and mingle well with cloves and other herbal spice notes, lending a rounded woody, earthy presence to what would otherwise still be a solid wit. Light fruit notes - predominantly pear - emerge as it warms.

Taste: Large fruity overtones of apple skins and pears mingle with cardamom and ginger and a honey-like, graham cracker sweetness - candied, spiced apples?

Mouthfeel: Smooth, though a little prickly, likely due to the relatively high carbonation.

Drinkability: On par with last year's Fluxus, though a completely different beast. This one's a pleasant, easy-going sipper, a fairly complex and interesting witbier. Imperceptible alcohol and a medley of nice flavors make this one a winner.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A deep, cloudy banana colored liquid with white, creamy-ish soapy head (three fingers worth). Great retention and chunky lacing. Pete gives it a 4; Nick and Jorge give it a 4.5.

Smell: I could smell it as soon as it was set down next to me (a few feet away). Alcohol, caramel, and hops were those long-distance aromas I (Nick) got. Bringing the nose closer, we get lots of banana, grainy malts, bourbon, tannins, a lot of spiciness and maybe some citrus. We all give it a 4.5.

Taste: Loads of banana, creamy malts, clove, orange zest, bourbon, some coriander and a mildly dry, mildy bitter finish. Alcohol is well masked. Flavor is deep and very complex. Feels classy. Jorge gives it a 5; Pete gives it 4; Nick gives it a 4.5.

Mouthfeel: Pretty syrupy with above average carbonation. Great warming effect and extremely smooth. We all gave it a 5. Absolutely fantastic.

Drinkability: Really complex and extremely smooth. Downright awesome! Only the second Allagash that we've tried, and while their prices are ridiculous, their beers have been superb thus far. Worth the money - very well done!

Nick: 4.6 (A+)
Jorge: 4.8 (A+)
Pete: 4.3 (A)

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Allagash Fluxus 2008 from Allagash Brewing Company
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