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Allagash Fluxus 2007 | Allagash Brewing Company

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90
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Allagash Fluxus 2007Allagash Fluxus 2007
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
72
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy sugary peach colour. Lace in glass. Malty herbal aroma. Medium mouth feel. Woody spicey taste,licorice and other herbal favorites with woody finish. Subtle hop, on purpose. Active carbonation.More of these with the hop shortage? A little too sweet and lie a herbal tea concotion.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Unclemattie: Poured a deep orangey/beige color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma comprised a spicy yeast note with some spices mix and deep Belgian malt. Taste consisted in full Belgian malt with some sweet notes which were well balance with spicy yeast notes and some nice spices mix. Full body with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very good overall but there seams to be lacking something in here.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Cloudy orange-gold body with a full, foamy white head and a fair amount of lacing.

Smell: A strong plantlike odor, like nosily sniffing around a greenhouse. Beyond that, there's some yeast, spice, and honey candy.

Taste: Light, delicate pilsner maltiness with a bit of honey sweetness. Flavors of citrus, yeast, and along with a strongly weedy, plantlike taste flow by. It all comes together to taste like Ricola cough drop. I had my fingers crossed that the herbal yarrow taste would maybe, just maybe ease up as it warmed, but it only intensified.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Just as I didn't find the Weyerbacher Decadence (with it's unique addition of the gentian botanical) to be all that enjoyable, the same goes for the Allgash Fluxus. I, for one, am glad the Gold Age of Gruits is long over.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged that was purchased at Whole Foods a while back. Decanted into an oversized wine glass and consumed on 07/27/2008.

I had this one sitting in the fridge for a good long while before I decided to open it up and see what it was all about. Let it warm up a touch before decanting, producing a honey gold colored liquid, with a good amount of haze to it. Some light carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass as well. A good sized head of perhaps two inches settled down very nicely into a thin layer across the top which hung around until the end of the session, pretty darn good look after all.

The aroma was light, full of grain and light yeast notes. Hints of pear, and apple were the dominant force here, quickly followed by a nice touch of spice and an almost bread like malt tone, really interesting. The flavor though went way down hill for me. I was under impressed, after all I had high hopes for this one. Started out decent, albeit light, with a good touch of spice in it. Yarrow had a weird taste, almost like carrot to me or something, but rest assured it did not help at all. Light fruits, pears mostly and touches of apples were all over this one. Good Mouthfeel, light with decent carbonation. Weird finish left me looking for something to drink, just not really sure it was that I was looking for.

Overall I don't know about this one. I had some big expectations, but it just did not wow me in any way, in fact it did the opposite, still though better then most of the brews out there, I just could not see myself getting this one again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 400th review seems appropriate -to move forward
Poured from a corked and caged brown 750ml into an oversized snifter.
A - As gold as it gets w/ a subtle white head, a very appealing shade of ale like goldenrod, there is good stickage in the form of lace streams.

S - Gentle floral notes mix w/ a mustardy light vinegar tinge. Subtle toasty and mellow malt notes w/ funky fruity, almost tropical yeast and red tea aromas. The rye is there in the gently astringent aroma.

M - Dry, astringent slighty oily and grainy w/ minimal sweetness. A slightly husky rye texture is the main element.

T - Malty, yet fully herbed w/ floral dandelion notes that are lightly acidic. Definitely rye flavored, the influence is high w/ an herbal effect of yarrow. There are gentle alcohol esters w/ minimal sweet tastes the add to the flavor dimension. More subtle floral herb notes w/ a spiced light quality similar to white pepper is very intriquing. A nuttiness that supports the full rye and herb flavor w/ the alcoholic depth runs through the taste.

D - A fine mix of rye, I only have tasted two beers that utilized yarrow, this being the second. It is pleasant and the recipe makes for a great blend of strength and spice. The 10% is not a noticeable quality. The spice and rye synergy is appealing in the way Mataveza's yerba mate has good focus and unique flavor. I would definitely try this again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours beautifully. Yeasty, funky nose. Gives a superb flavor in the true style that Allagash brings. Smooth and tangy citric edge. Consistent and steady profile. Very vibrant. Excellent mouthfeel. This drinks beautifully and is easily one of the best Allagash offerings out there I think.

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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 WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a dry and fruity yeast aroma. There is a light herbal scent that appears to be the yarrow. It adds a refreshing element to the beer. It also hides a bit of the alcohol warmth. The taste is good as well. I really like the yarrow's contribution to the palate. It's got a bit of a medicinal flavor, but the strength of the pale malts and yeast help to minimize it. I would like to taste a witbier with yarrow. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an interesting beer for sure. I love the use of herbs in beer. The contribute a range of flavors and complexities far beyond that of conventional brewing malts and adjuncts.

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

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, listed on their website as a Double White with ginger added,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a full cloudy-white head which leaves solid Belgian lace.

S: Smells like a Belgian pale, apples, pear esters, orange.

T: Taste is strongly Belgian and yeasty. Estery, with a solid spice note - pepper and light ginger, sugary at times.

M: Carbonation is prevalent in the pour, but very light on the tongue, medium-bodied, does not seem strong at all.

D: Quite a tasty beer from Allagash, probably the best I have had from them since Interlude, looking forward to trying Four in the near future. Try it if you see it near you, but not a must have.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a new beer brewed by Allagash to celebrate their new brewery. Fluxus, meaning change, is a limited offering that is difficult to categorize by style. According to the brewery, if pressed they would call it a Belgian Strong, and since it is golden, I'm calling it a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. That being said, it is also brewed with Belgian Pilsner malt and 25% rye malt. In addition, Yarrow, a flowering plant that used to be used in some instances as a preservative and flavoring agent in place of hops, was also added. Original gravity is 1.085 and abv is 10%. I think this one is beyond styles, but I've got to put it somewhere. I had this on draft at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia. Served in a chalice glass. Pours a hazy golden with a decent initial head that fades after a bit and leaves some very nice lacing. Early on after the pour there was a pronounced brandied smell coming from the glass, but this fades as the beer opens up and is replaced by a spicy herbal smell reminiscent of coriander that is probably the yarrow and rye, then white pepper, and finally some moderate Belgian sweetness. Somewhat Saison like to start followed by more tradtional Belgian pale aromas. The taste is highly unusual. Starts again Saison like with white pepper and herbal flavors, followed by brandy, spicy rye, and a long tannic and herbal bitterness, exceedingly dry. Mouthfeel is crisp to start and then softens to soft tannins, and is quite spritzy without overwhelming. Very interesting drinking this. I like the rye components, which are quite noticeable. I drained my glass before I knew it. A worthy beer to launch a new era.

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

A 750 mL corked and capped bottle with the telltale Capone's price tag still on it.

A: The ale opened with a pop but unlike some other Allagash beers (thank you, Hugh Malone) it did not erupt all over the place. The ale is a hazy amber color, nicely apportioned between orange and brown. A marmalade orange is noticeable when light is focused on the glass.

S: The nose has the distinct Allagash yeast strain, dry with a fruity finish. The yarrow presence is a further fruity with an anise-like finish.

T: Fantastically complex taste, many flavors pop up throughout the glass. The Allagash yeast rears its head, dry with an apricot element. The ale has an herbal undertone, punctuated with a blast of anise and coriander. The anise and yeast conspire to create a chalky finish that reminds me of eating dandelion heads.

M: The ale is very noisy, a lot goes on within one glass of it. In light of the complexity of most of Allagash's offerings, this could be one of the more accessible brews that they make.

D: The alcohol is well hidden amongst the yarrow and malts. I've been sipping on this bottle for almost 3 hours now and it has been a very enjoyable epoch.

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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 lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer, unlike any others I've tried. I can only guess that the rye malt and yarrow are what make it so unique. I had a 750ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass. The beer tastes better on the warmer side of cold. It's an orange color with a medium head. Aroma is spicy candy, but also a little earthy. The taste is like cotton candy upfront, then becomes sage-like, and finishes with a little sour kick. It's light, dry, and a lot of fun to drink.

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

750ml bottle--corked & caged--into a Brooklyn tulip. Split w/ atsprings.

Pours an attractive golden blonde body with a yeasty haziness. A thick, rocky cap of eggshell foam builds to an inch and slowly recedes, leaving sticky lacing behind on the tulip. Aroma is a delicate blend of floral hops, peppery yeast, tropical fruits, and grasses. Reminded me of the way Brooklyn's Hopfen-Weisse smells, but a bit more floral and without the big caramel malt base.

The flavor profile is a little heavy on the spice and yeast, but the floral, citrus hoppiness is a welcome presence. Lots of orange, banana, and some clove mixed in for good measure. Mouthfeel is very well-carbonated (but not overly so), with a sticky, medium body that leaves a crisp, bitter hop finish. I was impressed with this beer, would probably purchase it again someday, and (above all) glad I could drink this without slicing my thumb to shreds...long story...

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Photo of atsprings
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle split with wagenvolks, poured into 2 Brooklyn tulips. The beer was poured a nice pale yellow with a decent head that diminishes to a ring, while I noticed the other glass had better retention than mine. The aroma was orange up front with sweet fruits and spice right behind. The taste was almost like a cross between a Belgian Wit and a Weizenbock, banana and clove crosses nicely with coriander and orange peel. The beer is definitely heavy, but a decent sipper. This is one I did enjoy and am glad to have tried, but not likely one I'll try again.

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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 deltatauhobbit
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy golden/orange color. Decent head.

Smell is quite floral with a strong backing of yeast. A sweet smelling beer, not quite sure what yarrow smells like but I'm sure it adds to the flowery aroma.

Fairly sweet tasting, the malt upfront but the spice of the beer soon overtakes the entire mouth and leaves some sourness at the end, strong crisp taste throughout with a good amount of carbonation.

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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 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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Allagash Fluxus 2007 from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.
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