Fluxus 2008 | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our 2008 Fluxus is a double white beer brewed with spices and fresh grated ginger. A double white beer calls for twice the amount of malted and raw wheat, which casts an elegant cloudiness over this mango-colored beer. The aroma boasts of herbal and minty notes, as well as hints of clove and candied ginger. Fluxus offers a perfectly balanced flavor with a warm, clean finish and a lingering spiciness.

Added by MrMonkey on 08-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A deep, cloudy banana colored liquid with white, creamy-ish soapy head (three fingers worth). Great retention and chunky lacing. Pete gives it a 4; Nick and Jorge give it a 4.5.

Smell: I could smell it as soon as it was set down next to me (a few feet away). Alcohol, caramel, and hops were those long-distance aromas I (Nick) got. Bringing the nose closer, we get lots of banana, grainy malts, bourbon, tannins, a lot of spiciness and maybe some citrus. We all give it a 4.5.

Taste: Loads of banana, creamy malts, clove, orange zest, bourbon, some coriander and a mildly dry, mildy bitter finish. Alcohol is well masked. Flavor is deep and very complex. Feels classy. Jorge gives it a 5; Pete gives it 4; Nick gives it a 4.5.

Mouthfeel: Pretty syrupy with above average carbonation. Great warming effect and extremely smooth. We all gave it a 5. Absolutely fantastic.

Drinkability: Really complex and extremely smooth. Downright awesome! Only the second Allagash that we've tried, and while their prices are ridiculous, their beers have been superb thus far. Worth the money - very well done!

Nick: 4.6 (A+)
Jorge: 4.8 (A+)
Pete: 4.3 (A)

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Photo of magictrokini
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy yellow with a rocky white head that exploded out of the glass. Good lacing. Spicy sweet aroma packed with ginger, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, etc. Lemon zest and sweet yeast esters as well. Carbonated, but still heavy in the mouthfeel. The taste is outstanding. Pleasant yeast/banana flavors with orange and lemon zest blended with the lighter malt. Different spice combinations seemed to hit you, similar but never the same. A sweet honey and wheat finish that lingers. And have to agree with JohnGalt1, chamomile is present as well, or at least the spice combination resembles it. Loved it.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Brad - thanks!

Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of a variety of spices - hints of clove and ginger with what I believe is cardamom - along with sweet malts and sugar-coated orange peel.

Tastes similar to how it smells however the spices aren't quite as intense and it's not as complex. Sweet malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by syrupy orange flavors. Midway through the sip mild amounts of spices, mostly clove and cardamom more so than ginger, enter into things and carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I have to say that this beer would have tasted better without a year and a half's age on it. The complexity is still there however the flavors seemed watered down. Probably worth drinking now if you still have some laying around.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, poured into an Orval glass, enjoyed by myself (sniff)...

A - Light orange colored body with pillowy white head. Standard.

S - Coriander/orange peel is very present, and particularly sweet smelling, almost more orange juice than what I generally think of as being used to spice beer. I also noted some more herbal spices, clove of course, and parsley(?). Some nice blue cheese notes compliment the slight presence of alcohol to lend a bit more fun to the aroma.

T - The entry again has that almost orange juice sweetness to it, with some clove hitting my tongue right off the bat too. Becomes nice and spicy by the mid palate, with a good dose of earthiness all reminding my why Allagash charges more for their beers than most. Alcohol burns for just a second at the swallow, and then just lets you enjoy the funk in the finish, as it just begs to have some good cheese thrown at it.

M - Crisp and full, like most high gravity wheat beers. Silky and prickly at the same time.

D - This beer shows great layers of flavor. It would have been very easy for this to have come out as an Imperial Oberon, but the blue cheese and earthiness flavors make this one impressive beer. Would defiantly have again, with more cheese options available.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep yellow, off orange color, pleading, with a nice pillowing white head that was not long lasting. Moderate lace.

Assertive citrus-malt nose with underlying large ginger undertones that really finish the nose. Ginger and spices especially come out in the nose as this beer warms up a bit.

Luscious and well integrated and complex flavors of malt, oranges, ginger and spice with a spicy orange peel bitter hop/grapefruit/pine finish.

This is a very complex, integrated yet elegant drink.

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Photo of akorsak
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to damianblack for this 750 mL corked and caged bottle.

A: The witbier is a hazy straw color, much the same shade as the Hennepin that I just finished. A finger of head neither retained nor laced.

S: The nose is full of ginger and cardamom, intensely spiced.

T: Wow, this is a mouthfull. The witbier has been kicked up to the nth degree. Lots of pepper, spicy and full, greets me initially, followed by ginger. I'm not talking about a little ginger, I'm taking slices-of-pickled-ginger-with-sushi ginger. The ginger strength let me to google, where I learned that cardamom is part of the ginger family. I don't taste any orange peel and the wheat doesn't stand out amongst the ginger.

M: Abrasive, the ale is rough on the tongue. The spiciness is profound, if not overwhelming.

D: This bottle is enough. The world doesn't need another imperial witbier.

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Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy bright yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of ginger and wheat with a slightly peppery yeast and some nice fruity ester. Taste is very refreshing with loads of ginger and wheat with some very nice fruity ester. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation with no signs of alcohol. Very well done with great refreshing taste but some real complexity.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from Mikeale in his recent Christmas LIF... bad ass and directly off my wants... Thanks Michael... Been refrigerated since opening the box.. poured into my shaped SA glass.

Huge rocky 3 finger stark white head with a ton of lace.. the brew is slightly hazy straw gold.. very pretty... I'm actually surprised it's this light given the gravity of this brew.

Aroma is enchanting... fresh ginger is the main player.. some clove and sorta an encompassing chamomile component.. mild honey essence..

Flavor mirrors the nose perfectly.. more flowery than the nose and the ginger is more muted yet still tastes very fresh.. pear juice without the sweetness ... instead more of a lite candy sugar sweetness... maybe some mild citrus peel but my mind may be playing tricks on me.. finish is clean with a lingering yet not burning ginger presence.. the body is medium with a smooth yet very present small bubble carbonation..

I gotta say.. the first third of the first glass, I was a little unimpressed.. It took me a little while to come around to it, but when it did, I am pretty damned impressed.. very interesting.. I am not gonna say very drinkable, because it's not. I am honestly fine with one glass, but am still looking forward to the second.

Edit: taking my time on this one, I have to ask is Chamomile used in this? Yes, I do know what chamomile tea tastes like.. If I don't have a beer before bed, I frequently have a cup or two of tea... "What?! you wanna make something of it?"

Pretty interesting brew that I probably never would have seriously searched out in the trading forums... Michael.. thanks a bunch again.. It is very appreciated.

I really wish we got Allagash locally.. I could see me really enjoying their brews often.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Caged and Corked.

Pours a pale yellow, straw color, slight haze to it, decent head that fades fast into a wispy top, no lacing.

Smell is light sweet malt, some citrus, coriander and other spices.

Taste is quite a kicker, crisp carbonation that dances on the tongue and almost numbs it, sweet malt with spices, slight citrus with yeasty notes.

I looked everywhere and iit was sold out, I thought I might have missed my chance at it. Fortunately, I was able to find some bottles of this at bootleggers, next time I won't be so lazy at getting some of Allagash's limited offerings. While not as good as the first Fluxus, I look forward to the next one.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

According to the Allagash website:

"Another year, another batch of Fluxus has been brewed to mark the change and growth of Allagash Brewing. With a new and different recipe, our 2008 batch is a double white beer brewed with spices and fresh grated ginger."

Enjoyed on tap @ Novare Res in Portland, ME.

Pours a slightly cloudy bright golden color with a one-finger white head that fades slowly. Lots of thick lacing left behind with each sip.

Smell is toasted biscuits, lots of wheat, pears, apples and lots of candied ginger. Just a hint of yeast in there as well.

Taste starts with some yeast and malted wheat, with a peppery ginger kick. Doughy malts, apples and pears lead into a very dry finish with some clove.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, well carbonated and very smooth.

Very drinkable and very enjoyable. I wish it had been available in more than an eight ounce pour. I'll have to pick up a bottle next time I'm in Portland.

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Photo of hopdog
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capones.

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, spices (ginger, cloves, and corriander), and yeast. Tastesd of citrus, spices, some yeastiness. This one was OK, but nothing, to me, stood out.

Notes from and tasted on: 3/14/09

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Photo of EvanWilliams
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – A clear golden color. A light head and medium lacing.

Smell – Coriander, heavy spice, and a wonderfully sweet lemon scent.

Taste – Very spicy for a witbier, coriander, and a sweet wheat taste.

Mouthfeel – Medium body, good carbonation, and I never would have guessed 8.7% abv (I thought it was closer to 6%).

Drinkability – An exceptional witbier; one of my favorite.

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Photo of bruachan
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

oh allagash...sweet sweet maineiac bastion of beligian scrumtulescence

the lacing holding the foam to my tulip is gorgeous. the head itself is nice, most certainly, but the lacing takes the proverbial cake. carbonation is high and cataracts skyward through a liquid gold whose fortitude must ask questions of itself (a little watery looking)

spices erupt from the foamy brew: plenty of coriander, clove, cardamom, sage and sweetfloral hops. the spices are not particularly sharp through the nose. apricot, peach

the overall experience is generally sweet, with some spices to frame the malty affair. some heat and fruitiness, though i will struggle to pick out individual species as was possible with the nose

i like my beers to have some backbone but this one is just (barely) on the side of heavy. i do wonder if my preference isn't quite on target for this brew and that it would be well served by a dry finish to highlight spices

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Photo of SiriusAth
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Trappeze

Pours a very hazy, colloidal molten gold with one finger of brilliant white foam and some minor lacing going on but nothing exceptional. Head drops to a small ring after a minute or two. The color and overall look to this beer is great, but the head and lacing detract from it.

Fresh ginger absolutely leaps out of the glass at me in the nose; very nice! Allagash bills this as a double wit, and the beer shows it: coriander and clove, rosemary, perhaps a little bit of sweet/candied pear, very herbal, minty and fragrant. It shows a touch of delicate sweetness from the malt as well. Despite all these great herbal aromas, I don't perceive that much in the way of hops.

This is a ginger bomb in the mouth, clearly the dominate spice. Lots of it, and freshly grated, and that's good, because I love ginger. There's clove, pepper, coriander and a few spices I can't quite nail down. It begins with a nice subtle sweetness that crosses into gingerland and never really comes back, finishing spicy, dry and warming.

Medium bodied, Fluxus 08 has a great creamy mouthfeel that is well carbonated. The spice kick at the end keeps it from being an effortless drink, but its in no way harsh, and with a nice complex and gingery wit like this, there's no need to drink too fast anyway.

Fluxus 08 strikes me as a solid and well made beer that I would be willing to seek out again, especially if I am in a ginger kind of mood, which doesn't take much. Fine job, and better than the 07.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/02/08- Purchased at Downeast Beverages in Portland, ME.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. 2008 Release, poured into my Pilaarbijter glass.

Appearance- Ligher yellow in color approaching white. Very large well over one inch head, a full 1/2 inch remains for the duration of the beer. Lace is patchy, spotty and streaky...just about coats the glass.

Smell- Very sweet scent laden with confectioniers sugar. Some corriander, make that a bucket of corriander, some peppery spices and some light lemon notes. A bit too sweet to be perfect.

Taste- Talk about the smell telling the story. Too much sugary notes, but besides that all the spices come into play and taste is very good.

Mouthfeel- A touch foamy and upper carbonation level. About the only drawback here.

Drinkability- Wonderful witbier...almost perfection. Not worth the $15 though when Hennepin and Allagash White are around $6 and just as good.

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Photo of midaszero
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy straw body with one finger of white head and a little bit of lacing

S - Wheat and coriander. A little boozy with some spices

T - Spices with wheat and malt. A little sweet and a little boozy

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Easy to drink and pretty enjoyable

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Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Anthony1
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 version, a nice simple looking 750mL bottle, theres a nice pop to the cork, and poured into several small 200mL Allagas glasses.

Poured a lovely yellow/honey color with a billowy head. the lacing was amazing and stuck around at the top of the glass even after i finished. The aroma was of wheat and spice with a mix of fruits and floral. The taste adds a bit of honey, orange, and pepper.

It has a nice medium to full body with prickles of carbonation. Flows very smoothly and leaves you wanting more.

OVERALL, i was worried on dropping $25 (18+tax+bigtip)on this bottle, but it was definately worth it. Im so glad we got this beer. definately enjoyable

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Photo of illidurit
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz. Poured into a snifter. Nice fluffy white head atop a cloudy white peach body. Good lacing and retention.
Aroma is decidedly spicy. Lots of coriander and nutmeg, with the trademark zing of ginger.
Flavor is sweet and spiced. Ripe pear with eggnog, coriander, and ginger notes.
Mouthfeel is very full for a witbier. Carbonation is good, alcohol is minimal. Overall a fulfilling and flavorful wit.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard wheat beer appearance. Cloudy yellow body with a small white head.

Smell is of some biscuity malts, and some spice.

Taste is pretty good. Lots of biscuity malt. The spice tastes a little like ginger to me, but I could be wrong. Some nice fruit flavors, not the standard orange/lemon though. I swear I taste pears or apples. Definitely a boozy flavor in there too.

A thick mouthfeel for a wit.

Really drinkable considering its relatively high ABV.

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Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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Fluxus 2008 from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 45 ratings