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Allagash Fluxus 2011 - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Fluxus 2011Allagash Fluxus 2011

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 101
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Arbitrator
1.18/5  rDev -68.5%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
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.


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Photo of drpimento
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft at Rustico:

Pours an amber color w/ very little head. Almost no carbonation and very little lacing. Smells are wood, earthy, some funk, pepper and some malt. Taste is about the same profile, with the malt and funk coming through more than in the nose. Somewhat bitter finish. Overall, this beer didn't blow me away. Not sure I would try this one again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer appears clear and amber hued, with very minimal head, and virtually no lacing. The aroma consists of wine, barrels / wood, apples, and alcohol. The flavor is boozy, fruity, and sweet. Apples soaked in alcohol. The body is thin, with moderately low carbonation. Overall, a bit too boozy / hot, and generally out of balance. Not one of the better offerings from Allagash.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok, weird. Sold to me as a Brown Saison in Portland, ME. Sure I'll try it.

Looks like a saison that's brown. No kidding. Murky, big off-white head. Light brown body...murky, too.

Aroma is spicy. Coriander and clove. Banana dipped in caramel. Some nuts. Malty

It's an odd notion, but it's not bad. The caramel gives the spice a bit of a challenge. Notwithstanding the style indicated here, I'd put this more towards the saison realm...with a dash of caramel and nut. Good carbonation is the saving grace. It lifts the somewhat coating texture of the malt to give the spices a chance to shine.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not impressed. At least this got changed to a Biere de Garde, that's a good sign, second, fusel.

Beer served in a snifter on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is sort of copper to light brown / dark amber, clear, with a thin white head of small bubbles, low carbonation, some lacing.

Aroma of the beer is a little biting, a little woody, a little funk, some sweetness, some alcohol.

This beer has this midpalate bite that I can't get past. It tastes like a tripel I made that I let get way way too hot. It is medium in body and while I don't think it is horrible (see the score I gave it) I don't think it was for me and I don't think I would have it again. There is a fusel alcohol taste to it I can't get past.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of billab914
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
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

Honey amber with a fluffy off-white crown.

Caramel malt

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.

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


Would I get it again?:

Bottled: 2011
Served: October 9, 2011

Price = $12.99 at Whole Foods (NYC)

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Photo of nickd717
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of charlzm
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a fairly dark amber color with decent head retention and fair lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light sweet malt, light cherry, a hint of clove and some underlying spice. On the palate, I guess I just don't quite understand what Allagash is going for here. The sweet malt really drives the flavor profile, with some underlying bitterness and spice. The bitterness helps to dry out the moderate sweetness, but this is like no saison or farmhouse ale I've ever tried. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, malty and bitter finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, but this reminds me more of a belgian style amber (it reminds me of the palm amber in many ways) than any saison.

Not a bad beer, but I'm just not sure what Allagash was going for with this.

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Photo of MadBeerX
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fluxus 2011- French Style Farmhouse Ale

A beautiful representation of the Bier De Garde
Color is medium amber ale with a smooth lager quality. There is a complex aroma which presents an earthiness and toasted grains, balanced by a fruity candied grape.
Finish is remarkably dry with a wine-like character and light tannins.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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

A - Clear amber pour with little head and no lacing. Medium carbonation.

S - Huge phenolic yeast character and some breadiness, as well. Some sharp fruit also, apples and pears especially. A hint of alcohol heat.

T - Funky yeast character dominates flavor, putting out even bigger clove than in the nose. Very nice complex malt character (toasted bread, along with a rougher graininess), but this is subtle overall. Fruitiness is more apparent--again apples and pears. Alcohol heat and tannic dryness in the finish. Final impression: Big sweetness and a bit too much heat.

M - Medium bodied.

O - Some really interesting components here (liked the pepper and clove in the yeast, especially); however, the beer overall didn't really grab me. A bit too hot and a bit too sweet. Seek it out on draft if you haven't had it, but I don't know that I'd seek out a bottle.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Allagash chalice. The color is red orange kind of amber. There is a large white head with a hint of rose.

The aroma from afar indicates some nice apple-like fruitness. When I take a deeper whiff, I get more pepper and spice.

The first sip is very spicy. This is very yeast driven in the start. The finish is dry and slightly biscuity. This is pretty tasty.

The body is medium and there is a lot of slightly creamy carbonation.

I like this beer, it's a little pricey though. I would love for Allagash to have an everyday farmhouse ale in four packs.

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Allagash Fluxus 2011 from Allagash Brewing Company
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