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Allagash Fluxus 2007

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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Allagash Fluxus is so named because it is the first beer brewed in our new brewery. Fluxus marks the change and growth of Allagash Brewing Company, and our passage from the corner of our original building to a new, state of the art brewery. 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 10% abv beer is hopped with Warrior and Brewers Gold which impart a subtle bitterness. Finally Fluxus, like all our beers, undergoes a second fermentation, the methode champenoise, by which we naturally carbonate our beer in the bottle.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 21, 2007
750mL bottle, courtesy of Stine. Thanks, Eben! Pours a murky, yellowish-brown color; minimal off-white head. Medium, mineral and herbal hops in the aroma; some belgian sugars; slightly muddled. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy Belgian sugars and slightly alcoholic upfront; some odd spices and stalky vegetal character; pine and herbal hops are present but donít do much to bring this around to anything good; too much alcohol. Lengthy, Belgian sugar and spices in the finish; ends a bit sticky.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11556) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2007
(10/18/07, 750ml bottle, thanks stine) Small beige head atop hazy golden body. Aroma is medium sweet, herbal, light grapefruit, some alcohol. Taste is medium sweet, herbal/straw, lemon/grapefruit, some alcohol. Fairly dry finish. Medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8055) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2007
750ml shared by Stine. Pours completely opaque with a light yellow corn meal colored body with a purely white head. Spicy nose of clove, white grapes, yogurt, corn starch and tortillas, with moderate hop presence, light pungency and light fruity orange yeast esters. Smells decent enough but the hops tend to mask the spices a little too much. Flavorwise the hops arenít really present, at least not the bittering hops. Thereís some smooth hay and straw notes, some weird, pasty, starchy and husky grains and corn, with, again, light spices and a moderate presence of muddy yeast. Overall itís decent enough, but itís not really anything special, and for Allagash itís below average.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stine (1584) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Poured from a 750. Cloudy, dank yellow pour. Old pineapple juice, cinnamon, and anise on the nose; hints of bubblegum, banana, and clove in a wheaty essence. Alcohol powers through and translates itself brusquely to the taste; heavy, boozy. Spiced golden flavors of honey, flowers (yarrow?), and bland coastline scotch. Smooth and thick palate, finishing with simple heat. Boring and banal, with distant ugliness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Samples from two 750ís purchased from the brewery. very hazy light amber/dark golden in color, somewhat resembles a light colored apple cider. Medium lasting head. Aroma- alot of yarrow, which Iíve never had in food (to my knowledge) but reminds me a bit of a mild ginger. Also get alot of belgian yeast, mild banana and citrus, and light phenolics in the nose. Taste is yarrow with pale malts and some rye, moderately yeasty with must and moderate spicy phenols. Some honey sweetness near the finish. Medium to full body with some alcohol apparent, but not over the top. At first the yarrow seems to dominate but then becomes more in check as the beer warms. Overall I liked it, definitely weird and unique- but this one worked for me more than some of the other Allagash special releases. Thanks D.O.B for hooking me up with this.


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