Allagash Fluxus 2011 | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Fluxus 2011Allagash Fluxus 2011

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This year's Fluxus was brewed with Belgian pilsen malt, light munich, malted wheat and a variety of aromatic and colored malts. It was hopped using only Alsatian Brewers Gold . It was then fermented with our house yeast at a lower than typical temperature, resulting in a more subdued ester profile than expressed in our other house yeast beers. Primary fermentation was followed by a cold maturation or "garding" period of six weeks.
The resulting beer is a medium amber colored ale with a smooth lager quality. The aroma presents a complex earthiness and toasted grains, balanced by a fruity candied grape character. The full body highlights a rounded maltiness accentuated by both nutty notes, and spicy hop flavors. The finish is remarkably dry with a wine-like character and light tannins.

Added by Brez07 on 08-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged. Sampled on Nov. 24, 2011. The pour is a nice looking medium amber with a long lasting head. Slightly cloudy. This is a very aromatic beer with its malt, yeast, and wheat character. The body is about medium. The taste brings out the malts and wheat in a good way and then it ends with a slightly sour hoppy note. Style wise it is right on. And it gets a whole lot better as it warms up.

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Mmorano
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viewing oak barrels of Fluxus at the Allagash Brewery last weekend is probably influencing my opinion, but this is one of the most interesting beers I've had recently.

I had this beer as part of a "Thanksgiving"-themed, 4-course beer dinner at the highly recommended Maloney's in Matawan, NJ. We were told that this was the only keg of Fluxus in Jersey.

It was an 8oz pour (course 3 of 4) paired with a delicious turkey pot pie.

Appearance - a beautiful dark copper; somewhat Oktoberfest-like. Right on model.

Smell - Not a strong smell; yet still appropriate, to my recollection. Need to investigate this more closely next time.

Taste - I'm guessing that the people who tried Fluxus 2011 way back in August might enjoy it more now. As of November 17, the flavor is very complex. There were many interesting, subtle notes going on that a more skilled taster could explain. But the finish had a light toastiness, which I wasn't expecting in a Biere de Garde. The sage-y flavor of the pot pie might've played a role in this.

Mouthfeel - appropriate

Overall - This year's Fluxus is well worth your time if you come across it, or have a bottle aging in the cellar. Thank you Maloney's for getting a keg of this beer. It was a delight.

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Mmm. Little disappointed, but we (w/ some friends) think the barnyard qualities really damage our view. However, I brought this bottle back with me from San Diego to La Crosse, Wis and the baggage was misrouted; the bottle line being that we tasted the beer way before it had a chance to settle down. In any case: Poured with a lagre foamy, frothy, sudsy, cream colored head that slowly settled down and a little lace. Aroma is quite mild but has earth, yeast, fruit, malt, musty. Flavor's very similar to nose plus I pick up some chocolate. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor and of average length. Meh.

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the Trappist in Oakland
Love coming here as the beers always change and one can explore. So many great beers so little time, know what I mean?
Pours a reddish orange Not cloudy smell is faint yet sweet
Taste is slightly sweet fruit and the Saison flavor comes in on the finish. But it lax the typical farmhouse complexity that I love in the style. Meaning most times I drink farmhouse beers I get a sense of straw or hay that makes me think of thirsty farm hands resting on the ground enjoying beer after or between Labors.

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1.18/5  rDev -68.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of Nanoslug. Thanks!

A: Pours a clear copper body with a finger of off-white beige head. Decent retention, no lace.

S: Smells of dried leaves, wood, apple, and fusel.

T: Tastes of dried leaves, roots, wood, some odd spice (allspice, but it could be nutmeg), overripe red apple, and fusel. Unpleasant.

M: The supple mouthfeel delivers unpleasant flavors. I am not pleased.

O: What the HELL happened here. We opened this right after Coolship Red and marveled that the same hands made those two beers. This one was a drainpour.

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3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Gentle pour into a tulip glass. A clear copper with four fingers width of off white head that died down to a thin line of bubbles. Not too much lacing on glass.

S: Belgian spice, funk, yeast, crisp hop, and a touch of citrus.

T: The funk really comes through in the flavor. A sweet toasted malt flavor is joined with the funky yeast, fruit and spice and a slight hop flavor and bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel and a little syrupy with decent carbonation. Leaves the mouth a little dry in the finish.

O: A nice flavorful beer. No off flavors and well crafted.

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3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

True, a somewhat uncommon take on farmhouse ales, pushing its caramel and malty edge but rather pleasing in that context.

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged bottle. Simple light cream Allagash label touches of brown in the lettering and a of a farm barn in the background. Label offers a dictionary description nod to the name of the fluxus releases, one line description, and serving instructions. Notes 2011 vintage, and 8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Amber-brown pour with a rich frothy head, good retention and surface memory with rich lacing.

S - Soft if pleasing malty nose, full of caramel with a spicy hint.

T - Taste follows with a deep malty sweetness, plenty of caramel with a nice spicy hint in the finish woven with a soft bitter touch.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a nice smooth ride punctuated by the soft bitter-spicy push in the finish.

O - Surprising but rather pleasing malty and sugary edge for a farmhouse ale. A nice offering.

Notes: Surprised to find consequently these takes on the French edge of the farmhouse brew with a predominantly malty and sweet edge, they actually work pretty well. Growlers of Gaithersburg does a studier take with US yeast, but works in a similar tune. Maybe these are not brews I would go to often. But all things considered they felt pretty tasty and I would not mind at all to revisit in the future.

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Allagash Fluxus 2011 from Allagash Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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