Jan 23, 2017

Allagash Fluxus 2016

Every year, in commemoration of their first beer let loose in the wild, Maine’s Allagash Brewing releases Fluxus. Much like its Latin translation, the beer is a model of “continuous change,” utilizing a different recipe with each annual release. For 2016, the brewery has crafted a Saison brewed with ginger in its golden depths before partial aging in retired Barr Hill Tom Cat Gin barrels.

The last time I published a review of a Fluxus release was three long years ago. I’m hoping that after getting back on track with this impressive saison, that amount of time won’t pass again. As for this 8.5% ABV beer is concerned, I was initially concerned about the gin influence as it’s not my favorite liquor. After sipping on it for a little while however, I can say that I was pleasantly surprised. Fluxus 2016 is well balanced and deceptively easy drinking, allowing the base beer to shine through the accompanying barrel influence. The gin influence works well with the saison’s funkiness and herbal notes.

I don’t believe that I’ll be skipping future Fluxus releases going forward. I have always enjoyed the annual celebration from Allagash and with Fluxus 2016, that enjoyment was only reenforced by an intriguing and tasty beer. I’m curious to see where the brewery takes the beer next.