1100. Allagash Fluxus 2009

1100. Allagash Fluxus 2009

Some friends brought this beer over to have while we were cooking for Thanksgiving (yes I'm behind, what's new?). This is a Saison brewed with sweet potatoes and black pepper.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Allagash Brewing Company
Year: 2009
Alcohol: 8.30%
Serving: Bottle, 750 mL
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 4.5 | Smell: 4.0 | Taste: 4.0 | Mouthfeel: 3.5 | Drinkability: 4.0

Overall: 4.05

Fluxus pours a cloudy, brilliant, golden color. It's topped by a bright white, fluffy head that reatains well, but leaves a patchy lace as it fades. The color of this beer is amazingly bright and lively. A Belgian yeast fruitiness is the first aroma evident. There are notes of banana, citrus, grainy malts, and black pepper. There may be a hint of sweet potato, but I'm not sure that I would have picked it up without prompting.

Sweetness first greets the palate. It's a mix between malts, a mild sweet potato flavor, and fruity flavors like banana and citrus contributed by the yeast. The finish has only a hint of spice from the black pepper, and a mild bitterness. This Saison is medium bodied, and smooth, but could have used a bit more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty tasty Saison. The sweet potato and black pepper were used sparingly, so they added subtlety, not kick. The bitterness in the finish was mild, but lingered for a surprising amount of time.