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Conflux No. 2 - Deschutes Brewery

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Conflux No. 2Conflux No. 2

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BA SCORE
89
very good

253 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 26
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed in Collaboration with Boulevard Brewing Co.; released July 2011.

Made with orange peel, coriander, lemongrass and sage.

See:  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... /423/68746  for the same recipe (with minor variances) brewed and bottled at Boulevard.

IBU: 49
ABV: 7.3%

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 07-26-2011)
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

trxxpaxxs, May 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

clb, Apr 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Devi0us, Apr 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

airbag11, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The bottle had all the amazing floaty bits evenly distributed through the liquid that was a pale golden hue. Poured very bright with a crystally froth dome

S: Even with a couple months past it's prime, this beer has a joyfully bright fragrance reminiscent of pears and a gingerish lemon concoction. 

T: Gentle bitterness with gorgeous spices brought to the forefront by lovely citrus notes prolly from the orange peels. Perfect hop flavors that cares your tongue with a light floral bouquet

M: A crisp dry refreshing beverage with big carbonation

O: I wish i could have had this beer fresh, considering how well it tasted with age. Wish they made this year around. Great collaboration

PatrickSwayze, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a cloudy yellow orange amber. Two finger fine white head. Sweet malts and wheat aroma with a hint of spices and citrus. Unusual flavor of neutral hops, orange, light citrus and Belgian spicing. Creamy bodied. Moderate hop finish with a bit of peppery spicing. An unusual and hard to classify beer. Complex and interesting flavor progresion. Seems understated, but as it progresses, the complexity shows. I really liked this one. The Boulevard version is a bit more strightforwardly flavored, but I like the almost aged mellowness of the Deschutes a bit better. Both are excellent.

LiquidAmber, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber with a freshness date.

LOOK: Nice display of lacing, hazed (almost turbid) golden yellow

SMELL: Spicy, perfumey, herbal hop, dough bread, fresh grass, botanical

TASTE: Hoppy, slightly soapy, bready, chalky yeast, spicy, warming alcohol, exotic fruit, peppery, floral, lemon pith, semi-sweet finish

A bit too much spicing IMO, I can appreciate the brewer's intention but just seems a bit muddled to me. Less spicing and a dryer palate to start with would have worked for me.

Jason, Mar 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

mhaugo, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

CheapBeerBuzz, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

shelby415, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

John11486, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Cramerican, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled August 2011
A steady pour, with just a hint of aggression, into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass produces a four finger thick, pale, tan tinged, cream colored head; this leaves some nice wispy lacing on the sides of the glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a pale-amber / light gold color that shows a hazy, straw gold color when held up to the light. The beer smells quite herbal, with a fair amount of earthy spiciness and lots of dried hay / grass aromatics. I am not sure if spices were added to this, but there is a definite spicy presence to this beer, it definitely reminds me of coriander, perhaps a touch of white pepper and some woody ginger and lemon notes. There is a backdrop of more fruity, hop-like, citrus notes towards the end, though this almost plays a secondary role to the up front, though still subtle spiciness. There is a certain mustiness to the aroma here and it mixes with a dry, pale cracker like grain character.

There is a huge up front hop character that comes through quite a bit more clearly than it did in the aroma. There is a big, though dry, citrus zest character that has notes of Meyer Lemon, tart grapefruit zest, touches of tangelo zest and some lychee. Towards the middle and finish of this beer an earthy and grassy spiciness starts to kick in; it has notes of white pepper, lemon grass (with an emphasis on the grass portion), definite earthy coriander as well as some phenolics in the finish that contribute a slight, sort of plastic like note and perhaps some clove too (now that I have noticed the phenolics). The combination of hop notes (herbal and bitterness) with the earthy spiciness and the phenolics adds a bit of sharpness to the finish. The body of this beer is nice and light and quaffable, it has just enough character to not be overly thin though.

I wasn’t really aware that this had spices and a Belgian yeast used in the recipe. I am still not absolutely sure this is true, but it certainly seems like it as there are a whole lot of flavors in this beer that are not at all part of a traditional hop profile. Not at all what I was expecting, but it is still quite tasty and I am definitely enjoying this beer. I wouldn’t mind if the combination of sharp herbal / yeast / spice character in the finish was tempered quite a bit & I think a juicy hop fruit character (which is what I was expecting before having opened this beer) would really have been nice as well.

Gueuzedude, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

BCross, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Kenai4, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

ROWDYMELT, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the Boulevard release relatively soon after release - been sitting on this one ever since then having forgotten to review it. Anyhow...poured from a 22oz bomber into my Hoegaarden tumbler.

Lightly hazy pale yellow (with a touch of green/pear) liquid capped by a thin layer of lasting ivory merengue. Superior retention, thick creamy lacing.

Despite a touch of age now, the hops are still at the front of the nose, offering up peppery, earthy notes which blend very well with the coriander and orange additions.

Spicy clean, not quite tart palate entry with a kiss of buttermilk and more peppercorn and earth (hints of Brett. almost) leading into the malt-supported moderately bitter core of flavor. The finish is dry, gently spicy, hoppy, with an after-taste of oranges.

Medium-light bodied, effervescent but crisp at the same time. Alcohol slows you down a touch, though the thirst quenching factor is high enough with this ale that you could readily down multiple bottles if you weren't cautious.

While I can no longer make a direct comparison, I recall the Blvd recipe to be nearly identical in execution (though the Blvd likely underwent additional development in the bottle by comparison), though I wonder if this one would have been even more hop-forward when it was equally as fresh. Excellent collaboration (though Blvd's work with Orval is even more impressive) and a tasty domestic rendering of the style.

augustgarage, Jan 30, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, pale golden color with a patchy residue of white bubbles. Scant lacing remains and a few tight streams of bubbles rise from the sides of the glass and in the center of the column.

S: Savory, with a focus on coriander as well as bright lemon juice and peel. Hops are mild in that they seem to contribute some herbaceous notes but any distinct citrus contribution becomes a part of the overall lemon quality. Pine emerges as the beer warms, with lemon becoming aggressive.

T: Begins very off-dry, with wheat and bitter lemon peel. Acidity is approaching moderate intensity but is entirely appropriate. Flavors dry out in the middle where pale malt and herbaceous aromatic flavors are very clean. By the finish the bitterness is fairly mild, with balanced wheat and lemon left to linger.

M: Medium viscosity, coating on the palate in a balanced way, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This comes across as a bold interpretation of Belgian-style wit beer--the sort that demands attention. Its smell is a bit overstated, but otherwise it impresses.

beagle75, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Blakaeris
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy bright yellow with plenty of floating sediment and a rocky white head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is intense lemon and corriander. Slightly herbal and musty.

Taste is initially sweet, lemony and herbal. Then the spice charater takes over - corriander and allspice. Finishes with a clean bitterness that lingers and a pleasant musty quality.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.

Overall a very nice BIPA. Very lemony, with plenty of musty spice to keep things interesting.

Blakaeris, Jan 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very belgian white like, cloudy light yellow with a nice creamy thick head.

The smell is dominated by belgian white smells, big coriander, citrus, and belgian yeast.

The flavor is also more belgian white than IPA, big lemony and spicy wheat flavors, more hops than a normal Belgian White, but not overly bitter, just a nice bit of citrusy hop flavors with a light bit of juniper.

The mouthfeel is clean and dry with a touch of resin.

Very nice and easy to drink, even a bottle thats a bit past its prime is drinking very well.

bashiba, Jan 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

rbrefbeerman, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

gkunkle, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

richkrull, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours very pale yellow with a pretty impressive head. Very cloudy, colloidal looking with the amount of chunky sediment, appears thick and heavy. Slow carbonation is moving around chunks of sediment. Smell is powerful, filling the room in a short amount of time. Smells of Belgian yeast, very bready, with a spicy hoppy undertone. Spice is definitely noticeable.

Taste is spiced with medium hops and lots of yeast. You can definitely get the Belgian-ness of this beer, but you get a little less of the IPA-ness. I get some citrus. This is really fruity, but doesn't seem particularly citric.

Mouthfeel is a little bite-y. I don't know what to call it, but it's that abrasive sensation that seems to come with heavily carbonated beverages. Other than that, it's very pleasant.

Overall, I'm quite satisfied. I like this beer.

snaotheus, Jan 14, 2012
Conflux No. 2 from Deschutes Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.