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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
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
72
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
1
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 72
Photo of Lupin
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml. In my ommegang 10th anniversary glass. First serving of the night.

A: Cork pops gently. No foaming. Pours slightly hazy, just a couple shades lighter than aber. Head is fluffy, with some bigger bubbles on the sides. About 1.5" with decent retention.

S: Sugar daddies, maybe a little mustard, initially a peppercorn or seasoned meat note that really sticks itself out there--lamb or something? Very unique and very complex. This one smells pretty amazing.

T/M/D: Rich and a little cloying, even in the finish (!) but definitely not bad--they should consider smaller bottles of this one. It's a little syrupy, and the yarrow seems to actually make the alcohol more noticeable, and its scent dominates the start of each sip--very interesting. This one actually seems like a good candidate to match to a lot of foods.

Overall, highly recommended merely for the uniqueness factor. This one is worth trying. Congrats to Allagash on a new brewery. I will continue to try their tribute and barrel aged lines, but I wish they'd make some darker brews.

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Photo of cbl2
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11/24/2007 $19.99 750 mL 10.00% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a hazy medium orange with half an inch of tight white head that is slow to settle, and constantly replenished by fine champagne-like carbonation.

Aroma:

Dry and earthy with notes of herbs and a touch of mushrooms.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Fine carbonation tickles the tongue creating a pleasant mouthfeel coupled with a mildly sweet yet very earthy (herbal, grassy, a touch of licorice) palate. As all of Allagash's beers, this is well crafted, and enjoyable, but very pricey, and not necessarily worth the cost.

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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 shivtim
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brick Store. Thanks, Dave!
Served in a chalice. Hazy orange/copper, with a huge foamy white head and nice streams of carbonation. Nose is sweet fruits, plums, raw earth, and bubblegum, and alcohol. Taste is very unique. There's underlying Belgian qualities, and an interesting root-like flavor. Earthy green vegetable stalks, and dry hops on the end. A very raw, starchy, grainy intense flavor. Interesting! Mouthfeel is a little dry, but it works. Drinkability is good but at 10% it's certainly not a session beer.

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

This beer was served to me from the bottle into my sniffer glass. The color was a cloudy yellow, which struck as an odd color that I had never seen in beer before. The aroma was a mustard seed fragrance leaning toward herbal with a fresh flower essence. There was also a hint of alcohol. The fresh flower presence continued into the flavor. It had a good malty base so characteristics like herbs and flowers blended well. There was a hop presence which helped balance out the complexity of the beer and helped finish it out. The mouthfeel was good with decent carbonation. This was first time I had tried a beer featuring yarrow seed and was impressed.

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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 barleywinebrewer
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

so I'm in Portland ME for a work trip and I stop at my usual beer store. Lo and behold a new Allagash beer. I picked up a couple of bottles to see what the latest creation is all about.

A - Pours a cloudy amber color with with a huge billow white head. Bubbles gush up the side of the glass on this one in massive waves.
S - classic Allagash house yeast notes with a spicy note and an inviting aroma not typically noted in the usual spices I've tried with other beers. Hard to describe beyond that.
T - nice classic sweet belgian malts / candi sugars intersperced with a peppery / tropical fruit / bannana essence. Says there's rye in the mix but it's really woven in so smooth I'm not picking it up as a major player.
M - full bodied, highly carbonated. Served at cellar temp and allowed to warm up to room temp over the course of the drink. Initially it's a bit sharp and not as quaffable as I'm used to from Allagash. Around mid bottle and warmer serving temps this beer becomes mellow, creamy smooth and wonderful to sip.
D - One is plenty in a sitting or sharing with friends. Definitely one to let breathe and warm up some to enjoy fully.

I'm intrigued enough from the first one that I am looking forward to trying this again and setting a few in the cellar to see what it does over a year or so.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a cork-finished bottle which indicates that this is a Belgian ale brewed with rye malt and yarrow. This generally fits the profile of a Belgian strong pale ale. Pours a cloudy, lighter amber color with some dirty gold highlights and a thick off-white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The nose has some nice complexities to it, with spices and phenols playing together, backed by that sharp fruitiness that a lot of the Allagash beers possess. White glue (Allagash yeast combined with rye?), quince and rising dough round things out. On the palate, sharp fruit flavors straight off, along with some nice acidity. Doughy notes combine with rye spiciness and some raw alcohol to create an impression that is at once earthy and vibrant. Some sweetness at the mid-palate that seems partially due to the ABV, along with more acidity on the sides of the tongue and then a spicy, hot finish. Mouthfeel is characterized by big carbonation, hot alcohol and rough, spicy flavors. It's not an easy drinking beer.

Overall, this is a fine Belgian ale. It's got some nice complexities, with the rye adding quite a bit to the brew. The yarrow is a bit lost on me, probably because I'm unfamiliar with it in general. This beer has balance, depth and some unique flavors. It never approaches the heights of some of the other Allagash special brews (notably Odyssey, Interlude, and early Curieux), but it's a good beer in its own right. Definitely worth a try.

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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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Allagash Fluxus 2007 from Allagash Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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