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Allagash Fluxus 2011 - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 16.09%
Wants: 7
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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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.6/5  rDev -5%
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)

BeerNemesis, Oct 09, 2011
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.

Rifugium, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
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!

woosterbill, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of zaphodchak
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

zaphodchak, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.78/5  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.

AgentMunky, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

deltatauhobbit, Aug 27, 2011
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

BEERMILER12, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of nickd717
3.6/5  rDev -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.

nickd717, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

mdfb79, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

glid02, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Mebuzzard, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of asabreed
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

asabreed, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of SummitVA
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

SummitVA, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

jayhawk73, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Huhzubendah, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. Pours a honey amber color with a large creamy looking biege head with pleanty of lacing.

Bready malts with a little bit of a fruity profile in the background. A bit of a perfumy floral hop aroma in the background. Seems to bed a little funky. This one has floral flavors with some spiciness. Seems to be a little funky with some pepper in the finish.

The carbonation seems a little lower than I would have immagined. Nice and light on the body and somewhat dry on the finish. Overall not bad. Pretty interesting brew.

Bendurgin, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

andrewinski1, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

bishopdc0, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of MadBeerX
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

MadBeerX, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Thorpe429, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lordofthewiens, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

drabmuh, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

John_M, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of Brez07
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, served into an Ommegang glass. Labeled a French-Style Farmhouse ale

A: Color is very beautiful, similar to amber or dark honey. Initial pour left a sizable 2 finger fizzy head which settled to a thin layer

S: Rather interesting nose. Nothing really stands out, but definitely a lot of characteristics. Leather, white pepper, apples, grape skin, hay and the standard Allagash house yeast

T: Hard for me to grasp exactly what I'm tasting. Maybe some fig. Slight fruity sweetness, not dissimilar to a weak cider. Layer of belgian yeast. Caramel? As the beer warms, I become more convinced it's there. White pepper/spice hits in the back

M: Medium bodied. Sharp but fairly brief carbonation. Spice lingers on the tongue. Dry, slightly bitter finish

D: Nice, complex offering from Allagash. Lots of flavors complementing each other. Alcohol is not a hindrance here. Other than the price ($16) I have no complaints

Brez07, Aug 02, 2011
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Allagash Fluxus 2011 from Allagash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.