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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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 72
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 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 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 deanhead
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another beer that I enjoyed on my 40th birthday. This was one of several Belgian styles that I enjoyed on a Spring night in May 2008.

Poured a nice amber to golden color. Nice bubbles, but very little head for the style.

Highly phenolic nose. Also a very yeasty aroma to this beer.
Taste sweet, yet dry, with a very nice warming alcohol sensation that enveloped my pallet. This beer had a slightly astringent finish
Light bodied, and extremely drinkable beer.

Another job well done by Rob Todd nd his gang at Allagash

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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 NCSUdo
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, corked and caged

A: Deep golden under a half inch worth of white head. OK retention and no lace.

S: A lot of wheat characteristic, malty. I'm not familiar with yarrow, so I can't really say if it is there. I'm not picking up a "herbal" character, but there is a certain spicy almost mint like character to it. A bit of raw, light tropical fruit.

T: Very pleasing taste. Bitterness is bigger than expected, malt backbone holds up very well. A bit of alcohol drying. Slight yeast hint, pretty spicy. A little hard to describe. I think the style, Belgian strong pale ale, really describes it perfectly. Maintains the Belgian pale ale quality with an extra bigness and bitterness added.

M/D: Medium to full bodied, carbonation is about right, alcohol is only there in a dry quality. Decent drinkability for a big beer too.

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Photo of ruckzuck
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this lying around for a bit, finally cracking into it and enjoying in my Duvel tulip

A - cloudy, golden body with a seriously thick white head

S - sweet spicy aroma, some yeast and malt, hints of hops

T - sweet spices, almost like a cinnamon or allspice or something, honey, malt, hints of citrus

M - medium to solid bodied, really excellent carbonation

D - pretty good; I gave my gf half and that was probably a pretty good call as the sweetness could become overpowering in large quantities I imagine. Still, my glass was pleasant.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into chalice glass. I am a big fan of Allagash so I was excited to try this beer. Let it sit for a few minutes to let it warm up a bit. it is a new tribute series where they are donating $1 per bottle to charity.

Cloudy light brown/tan color. Smell had nice light hints of the yarrow. very interesting spice. taste is the same as the smell. I have never experienced yarrow before - so it was definitely unique. Good flavor - soft on the tongue and flavors spread nicely throughout the entire mouth. Got even better as the beer warmed up.

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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 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 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 kmo1030
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour a bit syrupy. it's mildly hazed amber/gold, with a moderately sized white head.
the aroma is spicy, flowery and peppery, and very intriguing. once you get past the powdery spiciness, which i'm thinking must be yarrow, you find some banana-y cotton candy and candi sugar type aromas. a touch of vanilla.
the tatse is very unique with a hefty dose of that yarrow flavor, which is a very herbal floral flavor. hard to describe beyond that. this seems to be quite sweet, but it is balanced by the spicing, and maybe some hop bitterness? it's hard to tell but it seems like there might be some noble hops in here. i think i taste some sage. it's a little hot, but not distractingly so. white pepper mingles with some of the yeasty breadiness and lighter fruitiness... vanilla banana, creamy orange. overall this beer has a very savory quality about it that is very unique and very good. reminds me almost of a good turkey gravy. speaking of which this would probably make a good thanksgiving pairing.
the body is very full with soft carbonation. a bit on the thick side, but it doesn't impede things too much.
decent drinkability, it can be a little much especially in the body dept. but all in all it's big on unique flavor, while keeping itself in check, and thats what it's all about (usually).

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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 d0ggnate
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just obtained this bottle in trade from Georgiabeer. Thanks again! I have enjoyed many brews from Allagash, but this was a departure. Not in that it was not enjoyed, but from my take on their brew signature.

A: Orange golden with light foamy head.
S: Spiced with something I can't place, but faint hops break through, as well.
T: Delicious. A very refreshing citrus, yeasty mouthful.
M: Very quick to swallow. Taste didn't stick around too long.

I wish I had another bottle that I could just pop and enjoy.

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Photo of m1ked
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, translucent pale orange. Capped with a 2/3' fluffy head.

S- Breads, yeasts. Like a moist bakery.

T- The beginning seemed to be classic Allagash Belgianish. Breads, yeasts, with unique hint of sharp, pepperery spice. Noticeable lack of bitterness.

M- Surprisingly thick feeling with spicy carbonation.

D- Fun to drink stuff that you don't see or hear of much (at least for me). 1 at a time is good for me. Good beer though.

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Photo of Beerman3000
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thick, syrupy pour. Cloudy, golden color with a velvety, buff-colored head. Complex, very inviting nose, with lots of Belgian Tripel-like, aged maltiness and woody/corkiness. Also, some floral/spicy tones - somewhat tart and astringent, but only mildly so. Full, thick, natural body with small-bubbled CO2. Big, intense, Belgian ale flavor with vanilla, malty tones up front, then a strong, slowly-progressing bitter hoppiness to finish. Alcoholic to the point of being warming as it goes down (10% abv). Very authentically Belgian in style, and very smooth - velvety, even. I can't say I can taste anything unusual here that could be attributed to the advertised Yarrow, but, then again, I don't know what Yarrow tastes like! This is simply one of the best U.S.-made Belgian style ales I have had. Congrats, Allagash, on yet another impressive brew!

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

Had on draught at City Beer Store, apparently they were shipped a 5 gallon just for the hell of it. Color is a pale peachy-yellow, somewhat cloudy brew with a small white head that dissipates quickly to a nice cap of lace. The yarrow comes through quite a bit, spinachy and vegetal - fields of yellow flowers and pollen come to mind. Quite good. Nice tangy balance with a Belgian-esque feel to it. Quite rightly carbonated - both prickly and creamy at the same time. Highly drinkable - no noticeable alcohol flavors. Very much enjoyed it and would love to see this beer more often.

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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 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 kajerm
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked 750mL bottle. Pours amber and slightly translucent with some large clusters of yeast in suspension. The head is creamy and off-white, starting at about a finger and receding to a thin ring with little lacing.

The aroma is largely dominated by candi sugar with some slight medicinal character and Belgian yeast esters.

The beer opens up with the bubble gum flavor of candi sugar, with grows mid-palate and is joined by estery bananas. The finish is slightly peppery with a strong herbal bitterness. Someone told me this didn't have hops in it, but I'm not sure I'm buying it.

The mouthfeel is creamy and chewy with bright carbonation.

The balance, which is unusual for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale (although is only technically a BSPA), makes for excellent drinkability.

A very well-crafted beer, but I was expecting something weirder when I bought it.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer came in a very handsome package, the corked and caged bottling method added an aura of authenticity, and the label depicting a Yarrow plant looked quite elegant to me. The beer itself came out a bit cloudy and orange, but the head was steady, well proportioned and produced curtains of lace. The smell was herbal, floral, and green, which I am assuming is a result of the Yarrow. There were hints of black pepper and citrus in the nose as well. This is not marketed as a Christmas beer, but would serve well as one due to this aroma. The flavor followed the smell in a logical manner with sweet, woody, and earthy overtones. Some hops were also detectable as a bitter aftertaste. The alcohol was well hidden as no burn was detected. Medium in mouthfeel with a creamy texture resulting from fine natural carbonation. A delicate and organic pleasure.

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Photo of bassmantin
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich golden color with a big tan head. Be careful, the head on this one sneaks up on you an last a while. This is a beautiful beer.

Smells very sweet and malty with a pleasant spiciness that foreshadows an intriguing taste. Damn, when is this head going to die down?

The taste is excellent. An alcohol flavor immediately rushes the palate but quickly gives way to a brief intense spiciness and ends with a malty sweetness. Fairly complex an interesting. Pretty high abv on this one, and it is somewhat detectable.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of HomeBrewJunkie
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Slatetank for sharing this with me.

Golden (on the hazy side) in color reminded me of bright yellow leaves in the fall. I only had a sample so not much head was present, but I would assume with a good poor it would be much better. Nice sticky lacing. If your into gold or the color yellow this one will catch your eye.

A very unique array of aromas fill my nose. I found it complex but nice. I think the yarrow adds to this. I am getting a flowery note. Along with some sweet malts. Some fruity esters are also present. Its smell is just as interesting as its appearance.

On the malty side with the yarrow/floral notes are also forthcoming. A very subtle spicy bite on the tongue. The hops and yarrow combination is very interesting and unique. I also pick up on a bit of alcohol flavor, if you will. Nice tasting beer.

On the dry side. Nice carbonation adds to the mouthfeel. Medium bodied. On the grainy side.

Over all I really enjoyed this beverage, thanks again Slatetank. If you’re willing to try something different from the norm give this one a shot. You won’t be disappointed.

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Photo of Foxman
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours the hazy orangey gold of lemony iced tea. Two bubbly fingers of light beige head are fed by frenetic columns of carbonation. Lacing is a stucco wall on the inside of the glass.

The aroma grants softly sweet grain with a mellow tart edge. A hint of vanilla mingles with a savory spice note. Green apple esters are joined by an able aura of alcohol.

Upon sipping, sweet malt, fruity with berry and melon, eddies in and is then crisped by a dance of apple esters and the earthy slide from floral to the bitterness of what must be yarrow. Smack dab in the middle is a warm pool of alcohol. Some sugary grain sweetness glides into a mild yeastiness and a finish of lingering bitterness. It's a lot of flavor, with solid choreography.

Medium bodied, it has a flowing creamy feel that sticks a little and rounds out nicely.

So this is yarrow- and it works well, with plenty of earthiness and a satisfying way about it. The ample sweetness is balanced by the supple spiciness. The ABV is big, hot in spots, and overt, but it does little to impede the draining of the glass. Once again, Allagash comes through with a mouthy but mostly behaved release that creates anticipation for the next one to come.

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