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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery

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Conflux No. 1 (Collage)Conflux No. 1 (Collage)

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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 112
Gots: 283 | FT: 33
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Deschutes Brewery and Hair of The Dog Brewing Company join forces to weave The Dissident and The Stoic and Fred and Adam into an artistic collage of cask-aging alchemy.

Barrel Aging: Rye Whiskey, Cognac, Sherry, Pinot Noir, Bourbon, new American Oak, and new Oregon Oak

Released in May 2012 (12 oz. bottles)
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I must thank Jon to holding on to a bottle of this for the second monthly "Beermageddon" event recently, just in time for the "best after: 4/30/13" date on the bottle. Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle. Suffice to say, I was thrilled to try this one.

Looking at past pictures of this beer, I can tell that age has definitely cleared it up. Rather than retain the original darkened, deep amber color, it consists of a bronze-amber color with brown hues to the side. Not much carbonation at all, which is expected given the age and style. Minimal head retention, with a grey head atop, and minor lacing as well. Extremely viscous - you can tell that this went through a lot of wood and barrel blending. Not pretty, but really unique for what it is.

Wow, the aroma really is something else! The first initial aroma consists of a vinegar focused flavor that quickly melds into all kinds of directions, that is highly tannic, vinous, spicy, bready, peppery, fruity, and sour. Totally nuts, really. After the vinegar, there are huge notes of raisins, caramelized grapes, tamarind, vanilla, honey, white pepper, maybe some saltiness, perhaps a bit of fruity ripe phenols... Very noisy, but also I am relieved this has sat around this long. All of the sediments and woody diverse tannins seems to have settled quite well. Reminds me of so many styles and more - truly a "collage" of flavors!

The flavor on the other hand is far more insane than anticipated. I really don't think I've ever had a barrel blended beer this complex. At the front, I get the same vinegar flavor as before, but it soon melds into a spicy, bready flavor, with a bit of pepper, which then becomes vinous and coated with mineral-y, vinous must from the Pinot Noir barrels, which then turns into vanilla and caramelized sweetness from the bourbon, to honey, to oaky tannins, to an eventually grassy, slightly dried citrus finish. Holy crap! Seriously - I drank this every time and watched how the barrels and flavors themselves provided a long lasting journey on my palate. It usually went, according to my own notes, in this sequence, but it definitely varied. As it warmed up, the vinous and heavy oaky sensations became even larger, and the vinegar lasted the most. The alcohol is really well hidden, but its size is quite apropos in light of the diversity. The mouthfeel is just right, with just enough bubbles to accentuate all of these flavors. Amazing stuff!

Could be one of the most unique drinking experiences I've ever had. I doubt I could have this all to myself, but just a mere sample really showcases well enough how creative barrel blending of radically different styles of beer and barrels can do when done right. I really want to see more Collage collaborations from these guys. Top notch stuff - reflects all the creativity and fun that can go into American craft beer culture.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of oggg
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First bottle: 12oz from Incline Spirits in NV. cap says no. 1.
The beer is murky red brown. Low carbonation.
Light toffee nose competes with a windy fruity aroma.
The taste is really where this beast flexes its muscles. It starts strong and smooth with rich toffee caramel yumminess at the strength of an old ale. The. It morphs into a more candied sweetness from the Quad. The Belgian esters are actually attenuated/muted, which I like. Then another seamless segue into raisins for a second, then a gorgeous sourness that totally fits in. Finish is dry and pretty clean for all the sugar you just took. Full bodied. Alcohol barely noticeable. After a few sips, though, the ABV hits.

Overall: a fantastic and miraculous blend of some fabulous beers. It's amazing that you can really taste the flavor progression, but its even more amazing that its so smooth and seamless. Tasted 6-12-13

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4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated "best after 4/30/13" and purchased at Whole Foods for $9.

Appearance - Pours a murky, hazy brown with an initial fingers worth of khaki head that quickly recedes to ring.

Smell - a whole helluva lot going on up in here! A lot of woody sherry jumps out at me first, followed by cognac, brandy, raisin, brown sugar, dark bready malts, pumpernickel bread, and kind of hiding underneath this melange of flavors is some Oud Bruin notes, mostly acidic cherry and hints of vinegar.

Taste - Wow. Cask-aging alchemy indeed! The oaky sherry carries over into the front of the tongue, along with some more pronounced red wine notes, but the tart cherries and lactic acid are what really come to the forefront. Middle of the mouth is more Flanders style tartness, bourbon, cognac, dark bready malt, brown sugar, fig, and rum-soaked raisin. Finishes sweet and with a fair amount of heat.

Mouthfeel - medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Decent amount of heat in the finish, but it's still surprisingly easy drinking for the 11.6% abv. Dry. Lingering acidity.

Overall - I bought this on a whim one day at Whole Foods, and I'm damn glad I did. Complex is an understatement. Tasty as hell. A wonderful sipper.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is dark hazelnut brown in colour, with a small beige head. Head fades steadily.

A very complex nose. Red wine, oak, vanilla, bourbon. Smells tart, some vinegar. Smells like a Flanders sour put in different barrels.

The taste is similar to the nose. Closest to a Flanders, with a lot of vanilla and oak, and some bourbon. The red wine is there as well, though that flavour fits smoothly with the Flanders flavours. Some dark fruit, a malty base. A lot going on, but it blends together better than expected.

Full bodied, moderate to strong carbonation. Alcohol is not as strong as expected.

Overall, very good. Quite an interesting blend.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wham! Pinot Noir leads the pack in this BA experience. The beer is good and I would buy it again if it was available and not $12.00 bucks a 12 oz bottle. Pours a very small head, has a very random interesting aroma but the Pinot Noir is really up front. The taste is the same. Mouthfeel has a light crisp carbonation. Over all this is good.

Bottom Line: This is a interesting, good tasting brew!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.