Allagash Fluxus 2007 | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Fluxus 2007Allagash Fluxus 2007
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

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
Ratings:
72
Reviews:
59
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
Wants:
7
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 59
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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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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