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Allagash Fluxus 2009Allagash Fluxus 2009

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fluxus '09 was brewed in the style of the traditional Saison. For our twist, we added sweet potatoes, black pepper and a generous amount of hops. Sweet potatoes not only enhance its pale orange appearance, they contribute significant body. Centennial hops produce a bold grapefruit aroma, which is followed by a mild, honeysuckle sweetness. The intensity of both the pepper and hops are felt throughout, leaving a lingering warmth on the tongue. Papya, citrus and pepper dominate the flavor profile.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-30-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 102
Photo of uturn
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

How served: 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a De Dolle Brouwers Oebier glass.

Tasted on: March 2, 2013

Notes: This is from batch #1. This beer is no longer brewed. This Ale is Brewed with Sweet Potatoes & Black Pepper

A: The cork came out of the bottle with a nice “pop”. The beer poured a mostly clear light golden color with a few floaters. The head was white and about 2 fingers high which left a thin sticky lacing on the glass.

N: The nose was very floral, herbal and peppery. There were also hints of honey and an earthy funkiness.

T: The 1st thing that hits me as I tasted this beer is the ground pepper and the spices from the yeast. Mid way through I picked up some sweetness from the malts, brown sugar and a mild orangey flavor which mixed with the pepper, spices and earth flavors as well as a very faint pumpin pie (guess the punpkin pie was from the sweet potato). This beer finishes on the dry side with a very refreshing finishes which lingers on the tongue.

M: This beer had a medium crisp body with a nice carbonation level.

O: Overall I did this was a very delicious beer and very true to the Saison style, hopeful someday Allagash will make this one again.

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2009 batch 2. Pours lightly cloudy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big pear, apple, sweet potato, pepper, clove, grape, earth, caramel, herbal, and yeast spices. Fantastic aromas with huge complexity and great balance; does not feel overly sweet at all. Taste of pear, grape, sweet potato, biscuit, brown sugar, pepper, herbal, earth, clove, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of pear, grape, biscuit, brown sugar, pepper, caramel, herbal, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity; no cloying flavors at all, slightly dry on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick and quite crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic saison style! Very high complexity with great balance; and very crisp and smooth sip on. Highly enjoyable stuff!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

A discounted bottle means I'm finally biting. This stuff pours a hazy auburn-gold topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet biscuit, light honey, Belgian yeast, light green apple, clove, a pinch of nutmeg, and a smattering of light hay throughout the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with an earthier character all around, and a touch of added sweetness throughout. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a pretty nice saison, though I'm not sure the sweet potato really shined through as much as it could have. Of course, this could be from the couple years of age...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 1.

Pours a murky light honey orange with a 1 inch puffy white head that settles to a thin film on top of the beer. Small chunks of lace slowly slide back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Lots of sediment is floating around in the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, yeast, and some peppery, sweet potato, and minty aromas. Taste is of malt, yeast, black pepper, and subtle sweet potato. There is a minty aftertaste I am getting with this one. This beer has a light crispness with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

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

750mL bottle that I picked up from who knows where about 2 years ago...been holding onto it for the right occasion. That turned out to be homemade sweet potato fries. Who'd have thought? Poured into a tulip.

Crisp and clear amber in color, and lively carbonation are evident. The cork nearly pushes itself out of the bottle. The head is coarse, fine, and disappears quickly. Streamers remain, and they look pretty as they fizz through the botdy of the beer.

The aroma and flavor are very similar. Initial impressions are of bready yeast, white pepper, clove, and a balance with the black pepper that was added to the brew. Hints of sweetness and brown sugar. There is a very mild flavor of sweet potato that comes together way better than I expected it to. Very well rounded, the finish is dry and leaves a hint of brown sugar, light molasses, and again, the spice. Lacking some fruity esters, lacking any funk, which I suppose it didn't need, but Allagash does great stuff with their brett strain, so I was hoping.

Spritzy and light on the palate, Allagash continues to impress with their Belgian offerings. Another well-balanced ale that manages to be both unique and delicious.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Gasharoo even at Novare Res

Cloudy Golden with a huge head

The aroma is malty with some sweetness no evident black pepper but a slight spice

The taste is sweet and a mild taste of malt to begin. The body from the sweet potatoes comes and the black pepper finishes with a nice spice on the middle of the tongue

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Photo of jsanford
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml C & C bottle poured into a Tulip Glass. A Saison with sweet potatoes and black pepper. Batch #2.

A - Cloudy orange-amber with a 1/2 inch head of soapy white that leaves some sudsy lacing as it recedes.
S - Sweet caramel malt, spicy yeast, black pepper, and an earthy quality, perhaps the sweet potato? Sweet is the operative word here.
T - More sweet malt dominates along with some spicy Belgian-style yeast and black pepper. Not really getting any of the sweet potato, again just a general "earthy" quality. Finish is nice and dry, and the flavors linger for some time. I don't really see how this is a Saison, but it's not bad anyway.
M - Medium-thin bodied with fairly crisp carbonation. ABV starts creeping up in the back of the throat.
O - Not bad, nor overly memorable. Not sure what I was expecting from a "Saison brewed with sweet potatoes and black pepper", but this wasn't it.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper amber red, with a 1 finger white head

smell: sweet potatoes, malts, peppercorn, belgain yeast

taste: sweet potatoes, spices, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very interesting saison. glad I got to try it.

The cpj

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Photo of jboucher
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Fluxus 2009

750 ml bomber poured into a pint glass in early 2011.

Appearance: Cloudy golden color with an explosive frothy head with beautiful retention. Chunky think lacing. Excellent carbonation.

Smell: Sweet potato, yeast. Malt/hop blend. Slight hints of fruit. Spicy from the pepper. Intriguing.

Taste: Buttery sweet potato. I believe this is coming from the malts and yeast when the hops fade away. Exactly what I hoped this beer would be. The sweet potato blends from the yeast in the finish that goes on forever. The hops take a back seat. They are present, although they are not overly bitter in the least.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Mediocre carbonation. Buttery smooth and oh so creamy.

Ending notes: I saw this beer at the store and saw that it was brewed with sweet potatoes and black pepper. I was curious, so I had to pick it up. It was, after all, a onetime brew. It ended up being surprisingly good. I was impressed. I would get it again, except it's not brewed anymore. This beer mellowed out since I first had it. Better than it was back in '09. There was still a pop when I took off the cork. I would recommend that they introduce this into their regular line. An excellent take on a farmhouse ale.

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Photo of harrymel
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes verbatim on 10/14/10

A: Beautiful white foam atop an amber mystique of an ale. Quite lovely.

S: Plenty of belgian yeast dances and plays with the sweet potatoes. Although peppercorn was used, I'm not getting as much as expected.

T: Sweet potatoes dominate, sour pungency with a touch of peppercorn at the end. Nicely done. Complex and intriguing.

M: Full body. Full body and full body. Wow, resonant.

D: Good beer. This experience is my second, and not as good as initial, but then again, that was the night before my wedding...

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

From a caged and corked bottle with alot of pressure...

A- Poured into a DFH snifter... starts with a LARGE head that eventually disappears leaving a big lump of froth left afloat and lots of lacing

S- Smells almost like a typical saison IMO... might be a bit sweeter aroma then normal with the typical citrusy hoppy straw farmhousey smell... but don't get anything from the black pepper

T- Again, very tasty, but I'm not getting as much from the pepper as I expected. Starts with a nice citrusy honey sweetness, and finishes with a very light floral hoppiness

M- Light body though it has a clingy mouthfeel, with medium carbonation

D- A very tasty solid saison, though I didn't get that much variation from other great saison's. I got a great deal on this beer so at the price I paid it was very worth it. At the normal price, I don't think I would go for a whole case of it... but worth a single serve try for sure


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

Pours a light, golden color with a nice foamy head, nice lacing after each sip, and an abundance of CO2 action creeping up to the top of the glass. Lots of earthy and fresh aromas make their way out with this one, definitely some sweet potato, fresh bailed hay, and a strong yeasty presence as well. Alcohol mildly comes through in the nose. First sip brings about alcohol, strong malts, cherry, yeast notes, and a light bittering hop presence . A spicy and sweet aftertaste follows the initial blast of flavor, with some cloves, spicy pepper, and a hint of sweet, sugary molasses, followed by a some faint notes of bananas. Mouthfeel is nice and light, with a lingering, spicy remnant of the last sip hanging around for a while on the tongue. Nicely carbonated, which accents the peppery spice notes very well. Overall, a well balanced, nice and light ale, with a plethora of random flavors that seem to pop out at you with each sip. Very good and definitely recommended-

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very light orange color with a nice rocky head that subsides to about 1/4 inch, but maintains itself with the motions of the glass. Cool.

The aroma is yeasty, with some citrus and a touch of pepper. The flavor is very integrated with spicy hops blending with a sweet malty flavor, the sweetness perhaps enhanced by the sweet potatoes. Just the right amount of hop bitterness to balance the sweetness.

This beer has a smoothness (perhaps from the yams?) that coats the tounge with just the right amount of carbonation to release the flavors.

Served with grilled salmon with a fig onion glaze, and, of course, roasted sweet potatoes. This is a great food beer and worked very well with this dinner. The last sips that lasted past dinner and were close to room temperature, were quite delicious. It really didn't want much chilling.

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Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at a tasting.

Pours pale orange-golden in color with a large lasting white head.

Great aroma, authentically Belgian, yeasty and peppery, a little light on the funk but still very nice. Lemon/citrus notes in there.

Only a slight sweet potato flavor. Besides that there's some sweet caramel malt, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and mild lemony tartness. Peppery spiciness as well. Pretty tasty.

Very lively on the mouthfeel with medium body and higher carbonation level.

A good beer. I like Allagash overall, but their prices get me sometimes.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to the trader who traded this to my buddy jtrockchalk, who I then weaseled said bottle out of his hands over a couple pints at the local.

Poured a corked and caged 750 into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a canned yam orangey yellow with a big frothy white head that leaves miles of lacing down the sides of my glass. The aroma is intense yet very defined. Big notes of Belgian candy sugar hit you olfactory up front with orangey citrus and sweet grasses. Bright, freshly ground pepper follows up and what I can only describe as sweet starches. It reminds me of sweet breads, and I wonder if this is what the sweet potatoes added. The flavor is just as defined. Everything comes across as bold yet the interplays with each other so well. The Belgian candy sugar cuts across the palate first hitting you with a nice sweetness that blankets the palate. Juicy oranges and lemons comes through with fresh cut hay. I don't really get any sweet potatoes in the flavor profile. I also get just a hint of must. The mouthfeel is nice and dry, leaving the palate lingering for another sip. This is a beautifully crafted beer. Every aroma and every flavor works perfectly with each other. Absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Come to the edge, he said. They said: we are afraid. Come to the edge, he said. They came. He pushed them and they flew."

--Guillaume Apollinaire

That quote has nothing to do with this beer, I just like it. Then again... maybe it means that craft brewers need to go to the edge on occasion in order to keep things fresh and interesting, such as adding sweet pototoes and black pepper to a farmhouse ale. Here's hoping Fluxus 2009 not only flies, but soars.

Lightly hazy saffron with a shaken snowglobe flurry of yeast and a beauteous crown of alabaster colored cream. If there's any American brewer who is consistently able to pull off the Belgian-style ale look, it's Allagash. The head looks just as good (if not better) while it melts, and is starting to grace the glass with splendid looking lace.

The aroma is indistinguishable from a well-crafted Belgian saison/farmhouse ale, which is the highest compliment that I can pay. There isn't any sweet potato in there, but there are definitely more black pepper notes than usual. A more prominent golden fruitness emerges with warming.

Beer like Fluxus 2009 is one of the many reasons why Allagash has a permanent place in my top-10 American breweries. Simply put, these guys are responsible for quite a few of my all-time favorites. This beer doesn't quite reach that high bar, but it's a damn fine ale nevertheless.

Since I've never had a sweet potato, identifying their contribution to the flavor profile will have be someone else's job. The black pepper is both mellow and spicy, which is tribute to the care that the brewers took in finding exactly the right amount to add. Grassy hops provide a fair amount of flavor and bitterness more than one year after the release.

This is complex beer that is also clean, something that one doesn't run across very often. The flavors become even bolder with warming and mesh even more tightly. Other than the nose (at first), no consideration whatsoever was given to the lower score for any of the attributes.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the mouthfeel is Belgian ale-like. It has that light-medium, expansive, whipped creamy quality that the world's best saisons deliver in spades. The carbonation is absolutely perfect.

Allagash does what every American brewery that brews Belgian-style ale wishes they could do: they match the European masters step for step. Fluxus 2009 is the kitty's pajamas and is drinking mighty fine right now. Highly recommended... if you're lucky enough to find a bottle or two.

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

A: Pours a hazy, effervescent deep golden, capped by a foamy, two finger white head with very good retention. As the beer is consumed, light lacing is left down the glass.

S: Standard grainy saison base, accented nicely by an increased spiciness from the pepper and a sweet, earthy aroma from the sweet potatoes. Some lemon zest and light green apple lurk in the background, but the pepper and sweet potato notes are the focus.

T: Fruit come in first with lemon zest, green apple and a hint of green grapes, giving way to some yeastiness and the peppery spice. Sweet potatoes come in strong near the end of the sip, melding with the pepper for a sweet and spicy finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation, feels very lively on the tongue but maintains a bit of creaminess.

D: Very easy drinking and refreshing, but the alcohol isn't entirely hidden.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some pretty good lacing. Aroma of rustic ester with some great notes of spices and some sweet undertones. Taste is a great mix between some Belgian-style malt with residual sweetness, some rustic notes and a light peppery yeast. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good bottle-conditioning with great carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Very well brewed, easily drinkable with loads of complexity though no yam could be detected.

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

A - Hazy, slightly golden/amber with lively carbonation and a finger's worth of thick white foam that reduced to a thin ring of retention. Some lace.

S - Spicy, peppery aroma with sweet malt. Touch of alcohol. Earthy, spicy yeast character

T - Black pepper identifiable right away, followed by a hint of sweet malt. Pepper is noticeable after it warms. No so much the sweet potato. A bit herbal with spicy hops in aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Finish is quite spicy on the palate with a tinge of bitter notes.

D - Moderate flavors and aromas overall. Very nice and decent american belgian beer.

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

Shared with a friend, thanks Dan! Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a small tasting glass. Pours a pale golden color with a hazy appearance. White bubbly head, nothing impressive as it's rather small and dissapates pretty quick...and no real lacing to speak of.

Some fruit notes in the aroma. Fruit is light and crisp, a little hoppy backbone...but not very strong. Not noticing any sweet potatoes yet.

Flavor starts sweet...but noticing more of a fruity sweetness, and again...no sweet potatoes. I'm actually picking up a slight banana. Now, I'm not really complaining, because I don't really like sweet potatoes...thus a reason it took me a long time to try this beer. But in the end, I'm not picking up the flavor, and it's rather nice! Light and crisp mouthfeel, carbonation leans closer to the higher side. Overall, a very decent beer from Allagash.

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Photo of selecter70
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At $17 a pop, I jumped a bit, but was intrigued by the sweet potato/black pepper combination. Expecting a heartier ale to pair with some roast pork, this farmhouse ale I soon realized referred more to a Belgian saison/farmhouse. Alas, but then again, I did pick up an Allagash offering, so I ought not have been surprised. The 750ml caged & corked bottle with a great as always label, fired off with the slightest nudge at the cork & a wispy greyish white smoke seeped out. The pour was a bright clear golden near American lager color, which was a bit surprising as well. As it settled to a hazy light copper yellow with off-white 2 finger full head, I was less worried. The sticky lace stuck about but battled as heavy carbonation ate away at it. The aroma was fairly mild, a sour malty lemon with a dusty spice to it, as well as alcohol. The flavor hinted at some white rather than black pepper as well as some starchy malt and yeast, but primarily was a bright sour lemon with hops. the mouthfeel was light but with a bit of a biting carbonation and bit of sour creaminess. Not exactly what I expected, and at the cost, not one I'd return to readily. Interesting but ok....

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Photo of ffejherb
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to brewslut for sharing this 750ml on 4/4/10... Easter Sunday. Paired with FooFaa's fantastic chicken curry.

A - Poured a hazy, slightly gritty-looking golden/amber liquid with lively carbonation and a finger's worth of white foam that reduced to a thin ring of retention and some stringy, spotty lace.

S - Spicy, peppery aroma with sweet malt and a warm fume of alcohol. The earthy sweet potato character is apparent, although the pepper stands at center stage. The earthy, spicy yeast character gives the nose a Belgian flair.

T - Black pepper greets the tongue right away, followed by a hint of sweet malt and moderate sweet potato presence. Flavor then segues into a very grassy, herbal character in the backend, accompanied by lingering spicy hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and a fizzy, bristly mouthfeel. Finish is quite spicy on the palate with a tinge of bitter notes.

D - Pretty subtle flavors and aromas overall, although the pepper character really shines. nothing to write home about, other than it's a beer made with sweet potatoes... and you don't come across too many of those, now, do you?

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Photo of dafoosers
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is an interesting concoction. Who would think that a mild Saison yeast would blend well with a lingering pepper after taste. Of course Alllagash would!

Appearance - tan, gold with cloudy hue and floating sediment

Smell - an enticing, earthy aroma generated by the Saison yeast with hints of the sweet potato

Taste - complex, slightly fruity produced by the phenols. finishes with distinctive pepper flavor.

Mouthfeel - pleasant and light. not over carbonated.

Drinkability - give us more!

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Photo of femALEist
2.36/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is made with sweet potatoes and black pepper! That definitely caught my eye in the store. Plus I am a fan of Allagash beers, so why not? It poured a beautiful crystal clear bubbly tangerine. It smelled spicy, some wood and a hint sweet. It tasted like PEPPER! It had some light citrus and spritzy quality to it. I did not get any sweet potato at all. THIS was a HUGE disappointment to me. I didn't even finish this beer as it was just like a black pepper spritzer. I don't even know why they bottled it. PLUS it's $17! I will not be buying this one again.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a small white fluffy head.nose is light Fu ky and sweet and quite nice.

Taste is hoppy, sharp bitter and tart. It's funky and sweet without being too over tr top, it's light in the mouthfeel And somewhat easy to drink

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Allagash Fluxus 2009 from Allagash Brewing Company
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