Allagash Fluxus 2007 | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Fluxus 2007Allagash Fluxus 2007

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Belgian Pilsner Malt and 25% Rye malt, the beer is full-bodied with a spicy, herbal taste. A floral note arises with the addition of Yarrow, which is a flowering plant that was historically used as an alternative to hops. The beer is hopped with Warrior and Brewers Gold which impart a subtle bitterness.

Added by Georgiabeer on 10-11-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dull slightly opaque orange color with a decent white head. Floral and citrus nose. The flavor is slightly sweet with some citrus. Medium bodied and slightly bitter. There is a slightly disorienting acidic and alcoholic flavor as well. That part is not great but could mellow out with age. The subtle back flavors and aspects are still worth it though.

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Photo of NuclearRich
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happened upon this bottle at mountview plaza, last week. I didn't realize it was the 07 until today HALFWAY through drinking it. Pure gold!

A. Pours a rosy gold; a coppery hue with just a little haze and a slight orange-pink tint. A thin head rapidly fades into a placid, clean surface.
S. The aroma is incredible: a sort of a belgian barlwine. Spice is strong, but a deep malt comes through and tends to dominate in the form of ripe raisins, molasses.
T,M. A huge spicy flavor stuns the tongue. There is only a mild cloying sugaryness, paired with a complex white wine alcohol bite. Its big alcohol isn't hidden, but isn't raging. Its soft and palattable. It has a bright and dry entry, but a thick departure. It is much less carbonated and heady than I hoped, but then again it is from 2007.
O. After being amazed by its brilliance, I looked up this beer on BA and now feel even more blessed to have had it. Snatch it up if you find it.

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Photo of TJBurgess
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of stevefinny.

A: golden yellow with just a hint of carbonation.
S: very nice Yarrow spice and sweetness, maybe a little fruity undertones.
T: creamy and slightly sweet with some flower characteristics adding to the smoothness.
M/O: very nice change of pace. Overall I would have liked a little more carbonation on the mouth, but for 4 years old, an excellent beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

A bit of extreme brewing going on here. We are staring at a bottle of Belgian Strong Pale that has a grain bill of 25-percent rye malt (holy crap!!) and is also brewed with yarrow, which is an herb that predates hops in flavoring beer. The aroma is bursting with spicy rye, the fruity alcohol of apricot and star fruit and some bittersweet yarrow. The smoothness was granted by the beer god, amazing. Chewy medium body. Maltiness comes off a little sweet and creamy then quickly turns biscuity and spicy. The alcohol is very prevalent but not pushy, with a warming wave of black pepper and a mild tropical fruitiness. Medicinal phenols set in as well as the bittersweet yarrow balances out the maltiness and fruitiness. Yeast, residual malt, phenol and yarrow are all present in a very complex semidry finish.

Absolutely delicious, complex enough to pair with the most pungent of cheeses, yet still approachable enough to drink on its own.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide-mouthed snifter. Hazy blood orange with a smallish white head that quickly dissipates leaving a nice ring.
Lemongrass on the aroma, some rock candy, orange blossom honey.
Coriander and fragrant spice immediately noted. Big malt to balance the spice. Subtle lemon and orange. A lot of spice actually. Bitter on the backend, dry. Perfect carbonation.

Alcohol very well hidden.

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Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Like all the Allagash beers, this one looks great, with a huge authentic Belgian head sitting atop a cloudy amber color, taking its time; lots of Belgian lace, as well

Smell: Smells a bit like a European fruit liqueur with coriander and anise elements, as well; maybe the fruit was pear, maybe raspberry -it's hard to tell; I wouldn't yarrow if it was sitting on a plate before me

Taste: On the palate, the taste is more pear-like, with an apricot, anise, coriander and Ricola character developing by mid-palate; lots of alcohol flavor too (imagine what this must have been like two years ago); after the swallow, the white pepper, rye and Ricola flavor dominates through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: It is certainly interesting and unique, but I wouldn't seek it out again; glad I had the chance to try it, though

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Photo of alyankus
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The 07 Allagash fluxus poured a deep golden color with a nice but not substantial head. Great lacing on top of he glass. It smells and tastes like a tripel with a slightly herbaceous twist. Very drinkable for 10%. Aged very well I look forward to my next botle.

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Photo of craytonic
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Gorgeous Belgian head Allagash typically delivers, nice lacing. Hazy peach-straw-amber color.

Smell: Strong herbal aroma, lots of spice and pepper.

Taste: Reminds me of their trippel with herbs added. Herbs are a little bitter and not to my liking. Very medicinal, like ricola.

Mouthfeel: Typical for Allagash, although not quite as full or as creamy as normal, and not quite perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: Given the high ABV and strength of the herbs/yarrow, you have to sip this very slowly. One of the few Allagash offerings I haven't finished, and by far my least favorite. Most of their bottles are worth the price but this one is not.

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Photo of grub
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled dec 31/08.

pours hazy orange with a fluffy off-white head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of lace behind.

aroma is nice. light alcohol. light and tropical fruits - mango, peach, bit of apricot. white bread. cracker. touch of grain. hint of pine and grapefruit. floral.

taste is good. fairly low bitterness level. orange peel. bit of grapefruit. tangerine. wheat bread and cracker. touch of biscuit. alcohol. there's that bit of tropical fruit too, but more subdued than in the aroma. nice spiced component too - cardamom and an herbal almost minty character.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body with just above medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. the alcohol is a bit warm, more than i expected, but the larger than average malt profile helps balance it. the herbal and minty character was unexpected but it worked for me.

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Photo of Viggo
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml corked and caged bottle, big thanks to grub for opening on NYE tasting.

Pours a lightly cloudy orange/amber, thin white head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, drops some nice lacing, few bubbles hang out in the middle. Smell is nice, very malty, sugary, dried fruit, light floral, caramel, alcohol, some yeastiness and spice; a bit peppery, nothing fancy but smells good. Taste is sweet and malty as well, light citrus, some rind, significant alcohol, light winey character, some sherry, peppery spice, but alcohol takes over a lot of flavour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, significant burn going down. Interesting strong pale, and tasty, but the alcohol is way too forward for this style. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of dnichols
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I shared a 750 ml caged and corked bottle with my son's for Thanksgiving. We poured into large tulips.

A: It poured a hazy amber and orange body with a slight off-white head that did not last long. There was spotty and limited lacing.

S: It had a yeasty and malty aroma with a very floral presence attributable to the yarrow (I'd love more beers to play with this additive). Berry fruit aroma (strawberries).

T: It had a balanced and complex flavor profile. It had a dry and sweet malt front with upfront fruit flavors including oranges, strawberries and apricots. The blend of fruit and yeast gave it a dry, yet refreshing flavor. The alcohol was well hidden.

M: It was medium bodied with a fruity, sweet front and a dry and clean finish. Modest carbonation and a clean aftertaste.

D: It was an enjoyable and entertaining beer. It would make a wonderful session beer.

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Photo of jhu1995
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-golden color with a fluffy head and well-carbonated. Smell is very earthy with some light alcohol. Taste is earthy and herbal with some caramel notes. Alcohol is not as noticeable as it was in the aroma. Medium-bodied and creamy on the tongue. Thought is was fiarly drinkable, but some may find it harder than others.

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Photo of gosurfobx
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one in my cellar. Its been there for at least a year but I'm not sure how long I've been aging it. Corked bottle opens with a slight pop. Poured into a chalice. Beer pours a dark hazy straw color with a one finger head that quickly subsides to a lacy film. Smell is grassy sweet with lemon notes and some hop. Taste starts with malty sweetness upfront with citrus and fades to a hoppy background. The end note is a alcohol warming. About half way through the glass the hops become more assertive. This beer is brewed with yarrow, however I'm not familiar with yarrow so I can't say how it plays on the flavor and the smell. As the glass draws down the alcohol warming effect becomes more pronounced. This is a sipping beer. The mouth is full bodied with a little more carbonation than I would have preferred. All in all this is a good beer to sit back and enjoy.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cage-corked 750 ml bottle, poured slowly into a wide-mouth glass:

Pours hazed golden with a thin, lasting, off-white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is grainy and grassy with herbal notes (that would be the yarrow, I assume - can't say I would be able to pinpoint yarrow, as I don't think I've smelled it before - but I'll take the strong herbal notes to be that.)

The taste is of sweet grain and candy balanced by grassy and herbal (almost medicinal) bitterness/spicing. It has a boozy kick in the dry finish.

The light-to-medium body is very creamy.

This is a slow sipper - alcohol, while being reasonably well-covered for the 10% abv, is still quite sharp. Sweet and herbal. Can't really say that I would get it again, as the price is pretty steep for what it is, IMO. But, it was very nice to try it once.

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Photo of kkipple
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A generous friend brought this by at 1:30am on a Tuesday. There was only one option.

A. Gorgeous fat dense head atop a fine-lookin' pale white-orange copper -- if that makes sense. Head fades fast but leaves some lace behind that makes you wish it had stuck around.

S. Herbal and spicy. What I can only assume is yarrow (and I must confess I have never encountered it in beer before) gives this otherwise near-typical Belgian pale unexpected life. There's white pepper here, too, and some citrus orange-lemon along with some hefty grain sugars and yeast character. This is good smelling beer and quite interesting to boot.

T. Once again, Allagash has done something not only good, but intriguing. Take a typical sweet, yeasty and semi-dry Belgian Pale, add some rarely used herbs and spices and a great yeast strain and let the magic take place. This is tough to describe, except that it's complex and spicy and herby, dirty and dry, warming, sweet and citrus-y. Simply flat-out interesting, and will tease inquisitive palates for quite a while.

M. Very fine carbonation still lends a creamy, filling mouthfeel to this brew. This is lush stuff, nearly silky, and quite wonderful. Yum. The finish is lots of Belgian candy sugar, spice, orange, coriander and more. Three words? Clean, sweet and spicy.

The more I drink this, the more I like it. It's like that funny-looking redhead you met at the party last weekend, who, you come to find out, speaks four languages, has a job keeping bees and shoots high caliber weapons for fun.
I mean, who would have thought? Fluxus, like her, comes HIGHLY recommended.

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Photo of stumac
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Damn you Allagash for always getting me so wet....

this vondervul brew pours a nice gold color with a nice big white head....the nose of coriander and lemon....the taste is lemons, herbs, like a good Witbier....I only got a sample of this beer but when I have 25 bucks to kill on this brew, I'll get my own bottle and review it to the fullest

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Photo of erosier
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

L: Pours a nice golden color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that fades pretty fast.
S: Smells of very sweet wheat malts, some spicy belgian yeast aromas and a hint of ginger.
T: Very well balanced taste with not too much yeast flavoring followed by a slight ginger taste at the end.
M: Very crisp, fresh, and refreshing with a nice amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer and would definately recommend. I couldn't detect the amount of alcohol in it either, it didn't taste/feel anything like a 10% beer.

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Photo of abedenbaugh
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this the other night at a beer tasting it happened to be my favorite out of all of the beers that evening. Although at $20-30 a bottle, I will probably not be buying too many of theses.

A: A light brown and slightly hazy color. There head was white but disappeared very quickly.
S: Sweetness with a little bit of malt. Also there is a touch of herb coming through but not much.
T: Up front in the flavor is the malt. Yarrow is in the mid and late palate, and has a slightly rosemary flavor. A little bit of spice and fruitiness. The taste is very smooth and might be from wheat.
MF: A smooth but thick mouth feel. Medium body and med-high carbonation
D: Very drinkable. The yarrow isn't too overpowering and is balanced very nicely in the beer. It is smooth in the mouth and easy to drink.

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Photo of Onslow
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

first beer of the day with my boy stumac and company ... this beer pours with quite a spice portfolio... is the colour of a old gold coin with a slight haze to it .... some nice flavours, i pick up honey ... an enjoyable brew, summer-ish but still full... nice stuff and a perfect opener ...

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Photo of Floydster
3.17/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

8 ounce fancy glass at Naja's Place for $7.50, consumed August 18th, reviewed from notes

A-Golden light yellow color, one inch foamy white head, not much retention, some lacing
S-Belgian yeast, tons of different herbs, grass, wheat, lemon, other citrus, and ginger
T-First thing I noticed was the sugary yeast and the herbal notes, the middle had some sweet malt and ginger, finish was dry with more fruit and some neutral lemon, lots of grassy flavors once it warmed up and this is when it took a turn for the worse with me, could not handle all the plant-like and sweet tastes, needed to stay dryer throughout
M-Sweet, herbal, sugary, and pungent mouthfeel, medium bodied, too syrupy and needs more carbonation, taste lingered long
D-ABV is high and you can taste it, herbs and sweetness makes it even harder to drink, heavy on the stomach, not smooth, did not finish my glass

I do not get to drink Allagash brews much because they are so expensive but thought I would give this one a whirl being that they named it after their new brewery and all, would not drink again especially for the price, only drink if you are very curious

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another good solid beer from Allagash, but I have to say it really doesn't stand out in comparison to their other great beers.

On tap at Mahaffey's the other day.

The beer pours a hazy honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. It looks nice enough, but is nothing out of the ordinairy. The nose on this beer is more of the same. I get some light honey, cherry and vanilla, pretty much exactly what I would expect from an oak aged belgian style strong ale. The beer is also pretty nice tasting, with the flavors on the palate replicating the nose. The beer is not as rich and complex as some Allagash beers I've had, but this is still a very nice tasting beer with a light to medium bodied mouthfeel. The beer is moderately sweet and drinkability is pretty good for its abv.

A solid beer from Allagash, but it didn't wow me. Have been drinking a fair amount of the curieux on tap here in Baltimore lately, and IMO this beer is not in the same league with the curieux. Still a good enough beer I suppose....

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Photo of hero27
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

corked & caged 750ml bottle.
10% abv

Thrown in as an extra from barleywinebrewer, much appreciated!

Pours a cloudy peach, bubbles struggle to push their way up from the bottom of the glass.
Floral hop aroma with a generous amount of Belgian yeast..candied apples, blood oranges, and pears marinated in alcohol..mmm..
Flavor consists of some booziness up-front mixed with orange peel, apples, lemongrass, and caramel malt.

Residual sweetness may be a bit over-the-top, but overall this is a really good Belgian-style pale ale.

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Photo of opwog
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Currently playing: Rio en Medio - Let's Groove

A: Cloudy, light yellow, white head stands about 3/4 of inch poured from bottle into glass.
S: Fruit
T: Great Belgian yeastiness. Ginger, crab apple and light malt.
M: Much mouthier than many similar US Belgian knock-offs out there. Superior!
D: This was a little too easy to drink. Beware, as this is a strong one.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

'07 vintage, provided by Ron over at ratebeer (but that's ok! Tasting in Williamsburg). Poured into a chalice.

A: Orange bronze beer, slow, lazy carbonation, slightly tan head. Nice.

A: Earthy, woody, tons of great spices, herbal, lightly roasted malts, honey, boozy ... yarrow? Chamomile. Floral.

T: Hot and spicy, some prominent alcohol, but tons of spice, allspice ... yarrow? ... like a spicy imperial pilsener, with some hop snap and some added spice.

M: Huge and full, like a huge even pillow fantastically smooth.

D: Gotta be careful with this one. It's hugely alcoholic, and it's harsher than you'd imagine it would be because the main "cover" is herbs - a little harsh. But that's ok! It's very interesting and unique.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Into a 12-oz chalice, this beer pours a pale straw color with a modest head... looks like wit, and smells like one too: nice wheaty sweetness together with spicy coriander, a light tart fruitiness and a dusting of hops. Delightful flavor, sweet with a spicy, herbal underpinning, a fruitiness that almost reminds me of fresh pears, though there's also a citrusyness that appears in the end in the form of a bright tartness that makes it very refreshing. This doesn't taste or feel like a strong beer. The body is light and effervescent.

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