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Review: Allagash Fluxus 2011

Posted by Steve Greenlee  January 4, 2012 09:58 AM

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Thumbnail image for allagash fluxus 002.jpgFirst of six reviews of Allagash beers.

Every year Allagash brews a special beer called Fluxus to mark its anniversary. The style changes from year to year, and 2011's Fluxus was a biere de garde, an elegant French-style farmhouse ale. (No, it’s not strictly a Belgian, but it originated just over the border in northern France.) Copper colored with a small, tightly beaded head, the beer gives off a funky aroma that exhales cloves and cherries. Slightly sour and well carbonated, Fluxus 2011 (8 percent ABV) tastes nutty, fruity, and somewhat floral, and brings lager-type qualities into the fold. An exercise in contrasts, this complex beer combines sour and citrus elements, but it's not entirely sour like a lambic, and it's not as citrusy as an IPA. Nowhere does it go to extremes. It lulls you in.

Gary Dzen

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Gary Dzen writes about craft beer here and in the Globe when he's not covering the Celtics for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @GaryDzen.

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