Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery

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

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Ratings: 757
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 111
Gots: 282 | FT: 33
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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)

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-01-2012)
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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy dark amber/brown color with a half finger of head. Active carbonation is apparent and head retention is decent.

S: Very complex - I get lots of red wine and whiskey up front. Sour cherries and raspberries are also quite strong with a bit of caramel sweetness and acetic acidity in the background.

T: Very similar to smell, but even more complex. Strong red wine and rye whiskey are still up front, but now I get chocolate covered sour cherries in the background. There is a mild sour cherry tartness, but it's not overpowering by any means and melds well with chocolate, toffee, oak, and a hint of smoke. This is insanely complex.

M: Medium to full bodied with adequate carbonation.

O: Extremely complex, very tasty. This is also very drinkable. I drank a 12oz bottle in less than 15 minutes. It reminds me of a nice port, but with better drinkability. I need to buy more.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle stated, best after 4/30/13!
Unfortunately did I discover this too late.
It poured dark hazy mahogany brown and produced a creamy tan head! About one and a half fingers high. The retention was ok, and there was some lacing.
The smell was all the barrel flavors which were mentioned in the beer description. Almost made the beer smell like medicine.
The taste was much more complex. Even so the barrel flavors were very strong, some dark fruit flavors and a good dose of earthy hops gave it more balance. Towards the end there even was some tart aftertaste, which I found charming.
A very interesting beer, which I need to get my hand on once more,to let it properly age.
Great job!!!

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Photo of axeman9182
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a "best after" date of 4/30/13 (patience was never a strong suit). It was allowed to warm some before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Collage pours a deep, murky mahogany. There's about a finger and a half of light tan foam that coalesces atop the beer. Head retention is decent, and lacing is very much spotty. On one hand, I absolutely love the nose, but at the same time I don't want to give it too high a score because it's really all barrel. There's tons of vanilla and coconut and oak and spirits (bourbon especially, but some sherry as well). Nothing in the way of the underlying beers really shine through. The flavor profile is a little bit better in this regard. In addition to all the previously mentioned barrel aged notes, there's a little bit of dark fruit blended in with the sweetness. The oak then faded in to a lightly tart finish. It's all just a little rough around the edges and boozy right now. Considering the prolific amount of sweet flavors, the body, while definitely firm, is not at all syrupy or chewy. I actually wish it leaned a little bit more in that direction. The carbonation is very much on the subdued side. I'm glad I finally got around to try Collage, I really enjoyed it, though it is a bit young. I definitely plan on trying to get a few more bottles to lay down for a little while.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown liquid with good clarity with slight cream head.

S: Sour funk, sweet malt and earthy hops.

T: Earth, grassy hops, wood, horse blanket sour funk and lemon flavours over a biscuity malt backbone.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: Somewhat reminiscent of Fantome Saisons, this sour beer goes off in different directions and could be better integrated. Given the excitement of the staff of the store, I expected better.

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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 006, poured into a Russian River 'ation' glass. The head is slightly off white, about a finger high, and between foamy and creamy. Fades to a light cap and subtle ring. Decent lace. The beer itself is a clear and brilliant straw yellow/gold.

The aroma is lovely and inviting on a warm day like today. Brett and some funk, straw, a light tart sweetness, green apple, lemon zest, light biscuit malt notes, hints of strawberry, hints of yeast, spice, banana and clove almost like it's hinting at a hefe.

The taste is nice as well. Lighter acidic sourness, moderate tartness, sweet but dry, brett, green apple, lemon zest, white wine notes, strawberry or apricot maybe, bready biscuity malts, a bit of belgian yeast, some spice, a bit salty and again hints of clove and banana like it's a bit hefe. Really a pleasant taste.

Light-medium carbonation, light and oily consistency, medium-ish body, and a lighter drier finish.

This is certainly a complex and slow sipping beer. I could take much longer to appreciate this, but I just don't know if I want to. Good and actually I've had all the beers that are components of this beer and strangely enough I feel that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts in this case. Maybe with the exception of Dissident. That beer is hard to beat solo. Anyways, nice and complex beer, should be nice come 4/30/13 best after date.

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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a large wine glass. The bottle suggested aging until 2013, but I was traveling and couldn't bring the beer with me on the I went for it.

A-Coppery brown with a one-finger tan head that dissipated into a thin ring. Some lacing.

S-A bit of sour cherry and vinegar, but not too sour. You also get some plum and raisin notes and pretty decent whiff of alcohol, which is to be expected with the ABV.

T-You get the vinegar and a little sour cherry up front, but this is definitely not a true "sour" because there is a lot more going on. The raisin and plum notes come on in the middle, and the alcohol is quite noticeable on the finish, which is where you get some nice oak and vanilla...almost bourbon-like qualities.

M-Creamy with very light carbonation. Drinkable.

O-This one really grew on me as it warmed. I kept noticing more and more flavors. I wonder what a year or two in the cellar would do? I bet it could be pretty amazing.

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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
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