Allagash Fluxus 2008

Mac’s midtown, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Until recently I didn’t realize that Fluxus was going to be a different beer from year to year; I assume that it is, since this is obviously a major departure from the same beer from last year.
750 mL corked & caged with a nice pop on opening and plenty of gunsmoke. Into the Sam Adams “speciality” glass. 8.6% on the label, 8.7% in the BA database?
Honey orange body, slightly hazed and a small but decent head. Lace is light, but dense.
Nose and tastes match well with plenty of honey, orange and mild pepper/spice. Some banana. Finish culminates in more bitterness than the earlier part of the beer would have suggested. Quite floral and the alcohol is present both in terms of a heavy mouthfeel and a little burn in the finish. Mixed bag & complex.
I like the taste, but the slightly syrupy mouthfeel combined with the strong tastes make this a beer that is not easy to drink quickly or in quantity. Add the ABV into the equation and this is a bit of a task. It would be best shared and better with the alcohol taken down a few notches – not much chance of that in the USA!
Very tasty, but this is going to be a beer that not everyone will enjoy. A bit of a odd-ball. A floral (OK), but heavy (not OK) Wit. It’s a bit of a mystery and a strange beast. The worlds first “Imperial Wit”? If so, another style we can do without.

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10/19/2008
Style:
Witbier
Format:
bottle
ABV: 8.7 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 4
Overall: 3
Total: 3.53
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