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Allagash Fluxus 2011 - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

99 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 16.09%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Brez07 on 08-02-2011)
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Reviews by glid02:
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glid02

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

08-23-2011 02:34:00 | More by glid02
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +5.5%

On tap at The Lion's Pride.

The beer was an amber color with a thick white head. There was plenty of lace.

Spicy aroma, peppery. Some fruit, seemed to be apples. Sweet candy.

The peppery spice was more apparent in the taste. There was a good yeasty taste. The fruit in the aroma seemed more orange in the taste.

This was a smooth, medium-bodied beer.

I enjoyed it a lot. Very drinkable.

08-09-2011 23:43:00 | More by lordofthewiens
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

Shared this bottle with my wife. Poured into our favorite beer glasses as the bottle recommends.

A very large head forms and spills over the side of the allagash glass. It looks much like you would imagine an allagash commercial. Ruby read and fluffy white head that floats like a cloud.

The aroma is complex both fruity tart of cherries and raspberries, and then bready malts

The taste is more bready malts then the aforementioned tart fruits. The taste is begins with a pale maltyness. This malt melds with a big yeast flavor to create a dry pallet.

Maybe its the smell that somewhat reminded of the cerise but the taste falters. After talking it over with my wife I grew to appreciate it more.

08-13-2011 00:49:59 | More by bishopdc0
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Britton

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-26-2011 20:18:59 | More by Britton
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-19-2012 19:00:52 | More by mdaschaf
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asabreed

New York

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

25.6 oz. caged and corked bottle.

Appearance: A hazy, fairly dark amber color, nice lacing with decent retention going on.

Smell: Medicinal phenolic activity, with some nice sweetness in the background, citrus,

Taste: A good sense of phenolic activity, with a good sweetness also. Lingering dryness, with some nice citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: Champagne-like through and through. Though it's the best thing about this beer, it definitely doesn't take away from all the other positive attributes.

Drinkability: Solid all around. My first Fluxus. Enjoying the series, and will try to snag the rest of them when they're ready in the upcoming years.

08-21-2011 23:10:49 | More by asabreed
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

01-09-2012 01:53:50 | More by Sammy
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

09-11-2011 02:16:33 | More by zaphodchak
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Corkpuller

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-11-2011 02:22:26 | More by Corkpuller
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nickd717

California

3.6/5  rDev -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.

08-26-2011 15:37:55 | More by nickd717
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nickhiller

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-01-2011 00:09:13 | More by nickhiller
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

11-24-2011 19:34:53 | More by puboflyons
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wesley14

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-27-2012 23:06:14 | More by wesley14
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Magery

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-20-2011 05:01:05 | More by Magery
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mjrtchie

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-23-2011 03:32:41 | More by mjrtchie
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Mmorano

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

11-19-2011 06:16:36 | More by Mmorano
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-20-2013 16:36:24 | More by IdrinkGas
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

08-27-2011 04:44:24 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Geuzedad

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-23-2013 14:06:23 | More by Geuzedad
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Kromes

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +5%

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.

11-08-2011 23:08:24 | More by Kromes
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blincoln

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-26-2012 06:15:06 | More by blincoln
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crobinso

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-29-2012 00:37:57 | More by crobinso
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

03-24-2012 21:10:20 | More by ygtbsm94
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

On tap at Churchkey yesterday. Served in a mini-snifter.

Pours a moderate brown color that is a bit lighter than cola. Bit of a tan head with some spotty lacing and a thin collar. The nose brings some light pepper notes plus faint earth and a bit of caramel and bread toast. Flavor has toasted malt and a bit of earth. Nothing too complex. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Decent enough, but not a huge fan.

08-11-2011 10:48:42 | More by Thorpe429
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MaineMike

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-18-2011 00:22:54 | More by MaineMike
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Allagash Fluxus 2011 from Allagash Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.