Brewed once a year to mark Allagash's anniversary, the 2012 release of Fluxus is a strong golden ale brewed with green and pink peppercorns and lightly hopped with Northern Brewer, Cascade and Saaz varieties. Pouring with a vibrant and clear orange, almost yolk-ish color, the Fluxus '12 exhibited pleasent fruity scents of apricots and mango balanced by the peppery spice of the peppercorns. This peppery balance was also in the taste which had a slightly dry mouthfeel that finished a bit sweet with subdued malty and hoppy flavors.
A dark wheat beer that's aged for ten months, first in oak barrels and then stainless steel barrels, Odyssey is a strong beer with plenty of flavor but one that doesn't overpower. The deep brown color conjures up a luscious root beer or even a barely red-tinged Dr. Pepper with a fluffy off-white head, while aromas of bark, sappy Ponderosa Pines or lightly charred trees waft in. This mix of sweetness and char carries into the flavor, which combines dark sugary, maple candy notes with smooth, lightly roasted chocolate for a creamy and not overly dry mouthful that's surprisingly smooth at 10.4% ABV.
Originally Allagash Brewery's first foray into barrel aging, the Curieux is a very strong Tripel Ale that's cold aged in Jim Beam bourbon barrels and then blended with a bit of fresh Tripel to balance out the flavor. The result is one of Allagash's year-round offerings that's a dark, pale orange in appearance with hints of gold that emits fairly mellow but noticeable smells of fruity bitterness, boozy scotch and classic sweet bourbon. The Jim Beam barrel aging especially comes into play in the taste which is complexly balanced with mild sweetness and beautiful touches of vanilla and bourbon. Though the Curieux is very smooth for an 11% ABV beer, watch out for the alcoholic notes to develop and open up over time as your enjoy this premium ale.
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