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Allagash Fluxus 2011 - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 15.83%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brez07 on 08-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This year's Fluxus was brewed with Belgian pilsen malt, light munich, malted wheat and a variety of aromatic and colored malts. It was hopped using only Alsatian Brewers Gold . It was then fermented with our house yeast at a lower than typical temperature, resulting in a more subdued ester profile than expressed in our other house yeast beers. Primary fermentation was followed by a cold maturation or "garding" period of six weeks.
The resulting beer is a medium amber colored ale with a smooth lager quality. The aroma presents a complex earthiness and toasted grains, balanced by a fruity candied grape character. The full body highlights a rounded maltiness accentuated by both nutty notes, and spicy hop flavors. The finish is remarkably dry with a wine-like character and light tannins.
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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 39
Photo of charlzm
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Consumed on December 30, 2014. Cellared at 50 degrees F since purchase in 2011. Poured into snifter.

Beer is brilliantly clear golden blonde and effervescent, producing a voluminous fine head that provided excellent sheeting. A really good-looking beer.

Aroma: fruity esthers and soft, almost powdery yeast. The slightest touch of funk.

Flavor is very sweet. Indistinct fruit flavors... pear? Toasty light malt flavor segues into... lingering malt finish. Low/no bitterness or alcohol flavors. Flavor is strangely big and difficult to take.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. A drier finish would have helped a great deal.

Overall: legit effort but it was just overwhelming, like an "imperial" version of a biere de garde.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber-orange with a finger of frothy tannish head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet grainy and bready malts, some biscuit, citrus peel, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, other spices, bit of farmhouse funk.

T - Sweet grainy, biscuit, and bready malts, lemon and other citrus zest, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, other spices, some farmhouse funk, a touch of tart green fruit.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Smooth with a estery, dry, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Great biere de garde. Really nice farmhouse character with great overall mouthfeel and body.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a BIF last fall, finally getting around to it. Into a large tulip.

A: Pours a nice ruddy brown with an enormous dense sand colored head that doesn't want to fade away. Slightly hazy. Excellent lacing. Really a nice looking beer.

S: Malty with a nice amount of spice and yeast esters. Really yeast forward.

T: Bready, caramel malts, and a much more subdued yeast profile than the nose leads on. Light bitterness finds its way into the back. I get some citrus/lemon from the hop profile as well. Interesting stuff.

M: Light and crisp, quite dry.

O: Pretty enjoyable, not the best of style but still a solid enjoyable beer.

Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured out with a really nice looking copper color. The head was white and had a good amount of retention to it. The smell of the beer was grainy, soft and earthy. Not a typical aroma that comes from Allagash too much. The taste of the beer was very mild and had a nice malt sweetness to it. Not much of a sourness or funk at all, this beer just tastes really mellow. The mouthfeel is clean and creamy, it's got a nice amount of carbonation to it and is very drinkable. Overall I thought it was really good, this was something totally unexpected from this brewery.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A farmhouse/saison style ale, unlike the biere de garde I am used to from France. Spicey nose,citrus ornage, a little sourness perhaps from the puff of smokiness. Good drinkability. Big 1.25" retained head on light brown coloured body. Thanks Doug.Needs to be less yeasty.

Photo of billab914
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into my Allagash glass. Darker caramel color with an active off-white head filling the top third of the glass at first. Nice head retention as I drank it as well.

The aroma has some crisp, apple like flavors to it at first. I get a bit of the Belgian yeast spice and some rich, caramel like malty sweetness to it as well.

The taste has a little more of the rich caramel, malty flavors to it. In the finish some of the crisp, tart fruits come out and mix with some of the yeast spice.

The mouthfeel is a little above medium bodied with carbonation being on the higher side. Overall I thought it was a pretty solid beer of the style. It had a nice range of flavors to it and everything came together pretty well. Pretty enjoyable beer overall.

Photo of puboflyons
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged. Sampled on Nov. 24, 2011. The pour is a nice looking medium amber with a long lasting head. Slightly cloudy. This is a very aromatic beer with its malt, yeast, and wheat character. The body is about medium. The taste brings out the malts and wheat in a good way and then it ends with a slightly sour hoppy note. Style wise it is right on. And it gets a whole lot better as it warms up.

Photo of Mmorano
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viewing oak barrels of Fluxus at the Allagash Brewery last weekend is probably influencing my opinion, but this is one of the most interesting beers I've had recently.

I had this beer as part of a "Thanksgiving"-themed, 4-course beer dinner at the highly recommended Maloney's in Matawan, NJ. We were told that this was the only keg of Fluxus in Jersey.

It was an 8oz pour (course 3 of 4) paired with a delicious turkey pot pie.

Appearance - a beautiful dark copper; somewhat Oktoberfest-like. Right on model.

Smell - Not a strong smell; yet still appropriate, to my recollection. Need to investigate this more closely next time.

Taste - I'm guessing that the people who tried Fluxus 2011 way back in August might enjoy it more now. As of November 17, the flavor is very complex. There were many interesting, subtle notes going on that a more skilled taster could explain. But the finish had a light toastiness, which I wasn't expecting in a Biere de Garde. The sage-y flavor of the pot pie might've played a role in this.

Mouthfeel - appropriate

Overall - This year's Fluxus is well worth your time if you come across it, or have a bottle aging in the cellar. Thank you Maloney's for getting a keg of this beer. It was a delight.

Photo of drpimento
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Mmm. Little disappointed, but we (w/ some friends) think the barnyard qualities really damage our view. However, I brought this bottle back with me from San Diego to La Crosse, Wis and the baggage was misrouted; the bottle line being that we tasted the beer way before it had a chance to settle down. In any case: Poured with a lagre foamy, frothy, sudsy, cream colored head that slowly settled down and a little lace. Aroma is quite mild but has earth, yeast, fruit, malt, musty. Flavor's very similar to nose plus I pick up some chocolate. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor and of average length. Meh.

Photo of xmorgan
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the Trappist in Oakland
Love coming here as the beers always change and one can explore. So many great beers so little time, know what I mean?
Pours a reddish orange Not cloudy smell is faint yet sweet
Taste is slightly sweet fruit and the Saison flavor comes in on the finish. But it lax the typical farmhouse complexity that I love in the style. Meaning most times I drink farmhouse beers I get a sense of straw or hay that makes me think of thirsty farm hands resting on the ground enjoying beer after or between Labors.

Photo of Arbitrator
1.18/5  rDev -68.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of Nanoslug. Thanks!

A: Pours a clear copper body with a finger of off-white beige head. Decent retention, no lace.

S: Smells of dried leaves, wood, apple, and fusel.

T: Tastes of dried leaves, roots, wood, some odd spice (allspice, but it could be nutmeg), overripe red apple, and fusel. Unpleasant.

M: The supple mouthfeel delivers unpleasant flavors. I am not pleased.

O: What the HELL happened here. We opened this right after Coolship Red and marveled that the same hands made those two beers. This one was a drainpour.

Photo of Kromes
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Gentle pour into a tulip glass. A clear copper with four fingers width of off white head that died down to a thin line of bubbles. Not too much lacing on glass.

S: Belgian spice, funk, yeast, crisp hop, and a touch of citrus.

T: The funk really comes through in the flavor. A sweet toasted malt flavor is joined with the funky yeast, fruit and spice and a slight hop flavor and bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel and a little syrupy with decent carbonation. Leaves the mouth a little dry in the finish.

O: A nice flavorful beer. No off flavors and well crafted.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

True, a somewhat uncommon take on farmhouse ales, pushing its caramel and malty edge but rather pleasing in that context.

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged bottle. Simple light cream Allagash label touches of brown in the lettering and a of a farm barn in the background. Label offers a dictionary description nod to the name of the fluxus releases, one line description, and serving instructions. Notes 2011 vintage, and 8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Amber-brown pour with a rich frothy head, good retention and surface memory with rich lacing.

S - Soft if pleasing malty nose, full of caramel with a spicy hint.

T - Taste follows with a deep malty sweetness, plenty of caramel with a nice spicy hint in the finish woven with a soft bitter touch.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a nice smooth ride punctuated by the soft bitter-spicy push in the finish.

O - Surprising but rather pleasing malty and sugary edge for a farmhouse ale. A nice offering.

Notes: Surprised to find consequently these takes on the French edge of the farmhouse brew with a predominantly malty and sweet edge, they actually work pretty well. Growlers of Gaithersburg does a studier take with US yeast, but works in a similar tune. Maybe these are not brews I would go to often. But all things considered they felt pretty tasty and I would not mind at all to revisit in the future.

Photo of homebrew311
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at the bad apple.

A: appears a clear dark reddish amber, thin and sparse white head, some lacing

S: nose features hints of anise, plum, vanilla accents, some caramel along with some dark cherry. Lots going on.

T: tastes starts off a bit fruity and sweet, grapes and cherries come to mind, waves of spicy notes come trough, the finish features a grainy bread like character. Alcohol is well integrated.

Mf: body is a bit thin, carbonation is on the high side

O: nice intersting brew from an under brewed style, the nose promised more than the taste delivered, overall a nice balance.

Photo of impending
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a tulip. Pours an uninspired dull deep orange cola, towering cream colored head retains nicely, excellent lacing.

Aroma is sweet spicy clovey yeasty goodness. Clean, upbeat. Candied sugar with just a touch of earth. Excellent

Sweet upfront, dry finish. Minor phenols help define the aftertaste. Finals with a pleasant dry quiet bitterness. Minor musty undertones. Medium bodied slick mouthfeel, slightly cloying. Warmth allows a deeper level of complexity to shine.
cheers
jd

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Allagash Fluxus | 750 ml. | 8.0% ABV | 2011 vintage

Brewer: Allagash Brewing Company
Style: Bière de Garde
Glass: crystal mug

Appearance:
Honey amber with a fluffy off-white crown.

Aroma:
Caramel malt

Taste:
Dry caramel malt more characteristic of a Bière de Garde than a "Farmhouse Ale" as the bottle indicates. The spicing becomes very strong mid sip—clove, allspice, and woody notes in the back add some points of interest. It's a bitter herbal beer that I think goes best with food.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-bodied, but with a syrupy feel. Strong carbonation.

Harmony:

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: 2011
Served: October 9, 2011

Price = $12.99 at Whole Foods (NYC)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Tria, Philly, PA

Definitely a tasty one here. Poured into a tulip glass, a dark orange-amber, cloudy, with just under a finger of fine eggshell head. Caramel in the nose, honey-coated bread, spice and yeast, gentle fruits. Taste is similar, bready, light sugars, sweet and fruity with notes of apples, pears and apricots. Lightly spiced with hints of pepper and clove, with a moderate hop appearance mid- to end-palate. Medium-bodied, smooth and flavorful, just a bit syrupy, and overall nicely drinkable.

Photo of woosterbill
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Prime 16. Listed there as a Saison, which is what I had in mind while reviewing it. The Bière de Garde classification certainly suits it more closely, although no matter what you call it it still tasted pretty awful.

A: Lightly hazy copper body under a persistent cap of tan foam that leaves spotty lace. Ok, but uninspiring.

S: Strange. Raisins jump out, along with vanilla, clove, and some straight malt sweetness. A little bit of spice. Kinda boring.

T: Sweet, fruity, and nondescript up front, with a bit of spice settling in on the finish. Raisins and overripe apricot are the dominant flavors. I'm not a fan.

M: Soft, creamy medium body. Supple.

O: This struck me as tasting like a blend of 25% Saison with 75% stale ESB. Not pleasant in any way, and not really an interesting failure, either. I expected way more from Allagash, and hope that they put out something better for next year's Fluxus release.

Cheers!

Photo of zaphodchak
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 finger white head, ruby-amber body.

Nuanced nose, berry (strawberry?), light wheat/yeast (bready).

Mellow, but with a spicy finish. Nutty somewhere in the middle with light malt that develops and rolls off into that spice.

Initially thick, but very bright, fine carbonation-- thick though, not like champagne.

Outstanding biere de garde-- think a mellower saison for non-saison-lovers. Rich, refreshing, nuanced.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Beer Run.

A: Light white head. Fantastic lacing. A gorgeous ruddy brown that glows enchantingly in the light. Some bubbles. Really pretty beer.

S: Bland. Distant lambic funk barely cuts through the grainy smell.

T: Good! If hard to describe. The weirdness is present and sour. Otherwise crisp, lightly grainy, and noticeably hopped. I like it as a bière de garde.

M: Carbonated and crisp. Good.

O: I like it a lot, but the price tag is prohibitive. It's not THAT good. Still, recommended.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a tinge of orange, thinnish head that fades quickly, not much lacing on the glass, no cap on top, clear right now but I'm sure as it gets closer to the bottle it will get more cloudy... which it was but not as much as some other Allagash beers can be.

The smell has a strong aroma of candied sugar and some light fruitiness, decent malt backing coupled with some spiciness.

Taste is very similar to the aroma with a sweet malt backing with candied sugar, light spiciness keeps things interesting enough but I don't think it goes far enough, carbonation explodes in the mouth and I found myself swirling the glass to work out some of the carbonation so it wouldn't be so aggressive.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden amber color (woo!! I poured it right!) with a couple fingers worth of bubbly, off-white head

S: A nice fruity, peppery yeast reminiscent of a tripel along with a twang of barnyard and some other spice notes

T: Same as the smell, comes in fairly spicy and fruity with the yeast, and follows up with a twang. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but hides nicely behind the yeast

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Quite chewy despite the carbonation being as high as it is

O: A very interesting beer. It smells like a tripel, looks and tastes more like a dubbel, and yet it is a beer of its own with some nice, unique qualities. Very nice job yet again by Allagash

Photo of nickd717
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another year, another Fluxus to tick. That’s three in a row for me. Had this on tap at Rosamunde.

Pours a hazy orangish-amber in color with a small off-white head.

The aroma is pretty nice, a bit yammy, with caramel and spices and maybe some Belgian yeast.

The flavor also has a considerable yam note and maybe some pumpkin along with the caramel malt. Maybe some orange/citrus and even a bit of barnyard.

Medium-bodied with a good level of carbonation. A pretty satisfying beer overall.

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/12/11 notes. Had on tpa at Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a deep amber color with one inch of light tan head/off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruit, cloves and spices, apples, light bready malts.

t - Tastes of apples and fruity malts, spices, bready malts, light oak or wood. More spice than the nose, and a step up for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall I liked this one. A pretty easy and nice beer to drink on a summer night. Would have it again.

Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a dark amber color with a tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of grainy caramel malts with good amounts of robust spices – clove with hints of brown sugar. Also present are hints of very ripe pears and lighter amounts of green apples.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the malt influence is larger. Moderately dry caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness up front are joined by equally light amounts of clove and pear flavors. The spices fade out into a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with active carbonation.

Overall this was not a terribly enjoyable beer, I’m not really sure what Allagash intended to do but I think they missed the mark.

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Allagash Fluxus 2011 from Allagash Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.