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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: 758
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 111
Gots: 282 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
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 BillyTWilliams
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A Pours a reddish brown color topped with a thin copper head that dissipates quickly.

S Lots of funky brett, some sour supplication like cherry and booze. Also a hint of a faint leathery musk. Quite complex.

T The first thing that jumps out is a lot of sour brett followed by a lot of alcohol. Then you get some faint oak, and leather notes. Again complex but a lot is hidden by the brett and alcohol.

M Quite full and very smooth.

Overall this is an excellent beer albeit an odd one. I thought that the dissident stole the show and overshadowed the other beers in there. Should be interesting to see how it turns out after a year or two.

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of KevSal
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ejw127
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of leedorham
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of HoshuaJobbs
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of caskstrength
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a HotD tulip.

A: Maroon with decent carbonation (thanks Deschutes!). No sediment, some light comes through.

S: Sour cherry up front. Some darker red fruits follow. Undefined spirits from the barrels. Vinous, subdued, but complex.

T: Sour cherry blast, then many things follow. Barrel sharpness, dark fruits, wood, leather. The sweet/sour balance works well, and each sip brings something different. Think about fruit, it's there. Focus on the barrels, there you go. A strong ale/wild ale/pinot/port hybrid. All over the place, in a good way.

M: The sour pucker balances perfectly with the bubbly fruits and barrel woody-ness.

O: HotD and Deschutes nailed this one. Love the 12oz. format. Love that it's reliably carbonated. Love that it's relatively available. Great now, may be greater down the road. I'm quite critical of overpriced beer, but this is worth it.

Photo of NarcoSolo
2.88/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 12oz bottle into a snifter...

A: Despite the fairly aggressive pour, almost no head at all. That's not a problem at all for me--some brews just don't have it. But the beer itself was a strange kind of murky reddish-brown, and it really did not look at all appetizing.

S: A mish-mash of smells going on here. Sour cherries and dark fruit, leather, smoke, tobacco, caramel, definitely a little bit boozy in the nose.

T: This is a very odd beer. The dominating flavors are Fred and the Dissident in a shoving match, with Adam and the Stoic hanging out in the back room sharing a cig. I'm not really digging this blend.

M: Mouthfeel is nice. Crisp, with low carbonation. Suits the beer.

O: I'm not a huge fan overall. I really like all the beers individually, but together the flavors just clash too much in my opinion. An ambitious and creative project, but didn't hit the right notes for me.

Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a Pours a clear crimson with a thin off white head that subsides quickly

s Tart sour cherry with a hint of alcohol and caramel

t Initially the flavors seem to ebb and flow as the tartness and the rich malt go back and forth. A very enjoyable experience as this beer has a ton of depth. At the end the sourness clenses the tongue but the sweetness balances and you are left with the desire to drink more. very balanced

m Thin yet crisp, lightly carbonated but I think perfect for the style as too much body would take away from the drinkability and too much CO2 would make the sourness more pronounced

o I very much enjoyed this beer and I will buy one more bottle to give to a friend but at 11 bucks a 12 oz this is a beer to drink as a reward

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with thin cream colored cap.

Smell: Tart cherries, vinegar, oak, rye, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, etc., etc.

Taste: Uh, no idea how to describe this. Definitely cherries, vinegar and loads of barrel aging. There seems to be a sickly sweet malt backbone of overripe fruits and toffee. What else - leather, figs, rye, pomegranate, cider. No hops to speak of.

Feel: Thick, chewy body with moderately low carbonation. The body seems a little thick for a beer that is tart. Warming, but less than expected.

Overall: This is a huge mess. However, the vortex of flavors are pretty intoxicating. As others have said, Dissident dominates the aroma and taste, but the feel is more Old Ale like. Seems like the balance could have been better, but glad I tried this.

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best After Date: 4/30/13

A= Pours a dark coca cola brown color with a half finger of off white head on it that falls fast to a thin skin on top of the glass. Little lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is deep of barrel aromas. Tons of dark fruit and a melody of different barrels. Wine musk becomes present a little bit and a little caramel. It's almost to complex to come to a conclusion on all of these flavors. Really interesting and unique.

T= The taste is even more of a suprise. A little tartness from the wine barrels is the first thing I notice. I dunno if it was intended or not. I haven't heard anything about this being soured at all. Definitally a bit of tartness however. There is a little oak and bourbon in it as well with some definite caramel malt and toffee.

M= Nice and smooth.

O= Besides the tartness which was a surpise this is a well crafted beer. After reading the bottle I noticed there is a little dissident in here which explains the tartness. Well made and worth trying once. The high price tag will keep me from coming back however.

Photo of eclipse54
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle I picke up from the local co-op. Best after 4/30/2013 according to the label; I guess I'm early to the party for once. Poured into a DFH signature glass.

Pours a dark brown color with some darker, dirt-brown hues to it. The thin head is khaki in color, and while the main body doesn’t hang around too long, a thick ring and central patch on the surface of the liquid hang out for the extent of the drink. Wet patches of bubbles decorate the glass.

The aroma is of tart cherries, sherry, caramel, acidic grape, some plum and date, some faintly toasted sugar, and vague hints of oak and chocolate. The nose is complex, but Dissident forward; while it smells great, the acidic fruits seem to swamp out some of the other scents.

Tones of vanilla, oak, and toffee lead in the flavor, while tart cherry, grape, plum and date come out immediately afterward. Undertones of caramel, faint milk chocolate, smooth molasses, and bourbon make an appearance near the end, and there’s a bit of sherry and faint ethanol on the finish. There are certainly flavors I’m missing here, but this is one complex beast.

Mouthfeel is superb, with a nice velvety start, acidic and slightly thinner middle, and a crisp, dry finish. The oak really makes a play at the end here, lending itself to a ultimate dryness. A thin veil of the caramel and sugary fruits caosts the palate, but dissolves quickly and doesn’t linger any longer than is welcome.

Overall, this is one unique beer. The ""strong ale"" category does not prepare you for what's in the bottle, and seems only to serve as a catch ale label for this concoction. The Dissident really does seem to be the dominant brew in the blend, perhaps only because the tart fruits contrast so well with the rest of the component beers. Elements of all, however, can be found. I'm happy to have some more cellared away, as I have high hopes for how this one will develop. Already, I'm quite impressed with how well the ethanol is hidden... Can I feel it as I near the end of my glass? Yes. Does it taste like an 11.6% brute? Not at all.

Photo of marct
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of harrymel
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best after 30APR13

I cracked the crown and let it warm up to about 60 degrees. Drunk over the coarse of an hour.

Pours a candied walnut brown with a solid fleeting sheet of peanut foam. Cola clarity. Smell is very, very complex. I'm gonna take a shot, but there is not real logical hierarchy here, just naming as they come: cherry, sherry, pomegranate, grape, oak, smoke, cognac, some leather and the slightest hint of mulling spice. Fuck me, I did not expect this one to taste like this. I really anticipated much more of the sour and fruit I was getting in the nose. Leather, oak, vinous fruit, tawny sugars, aspirin bitterness, alcohol, soft tartness reminiscent of dissident. Really a sincere sipper - just sooo intense. Mouthfeel hits it out of the park, velvety and full with a watery roll and slight carbonation. I think this might be one of the best pairings of feel to total beer concept I've encountered, really pristine. The alcohol leaves my entire oral cavity, oropharynx and cheeks warm.

This beer is a sincerely unique experience. I would never serve this to an inexperienced beer drinker, and actually most beer drinkers. This one is profoundly complex, and I would argue too much so for the majority of drinkers (maybe even myself included). It is hard to tell if the beer will merge it's individual traits and come through with a new beer a year from now, but for right now, this is just sooo insane. I read a review earlier that indicated they'd pay the $20+ for the bomber of this, I would be hesitant, as I would never be able to do a whole bottle of this. I'd even consider a preference to a 7oz nipper for this beast. It's just so complex.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Stone tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy brownish, burnt cyan color. 1 finger of tan headleaves splotchy lacy when it fades.

S - The smel lis very comples of booze, cherries, leather, plums and rum rasins. This one is all over the place...

T/M - Hmmmm, what a flavor clash. First impression is that of tart cherries, and a tabacco. 2nd taste is very boozey, and fruity esters. Mouthfeel is a little on the medium/syrupy side.

O - This is unlike any ale I've ever sipped, so it's impossible to compare it to anything else I've had. It has distinguished components of a strongale, an old ale, a belgian quad, and a flanders. For what this beer claims to be, it delivers spot on. But once again, very different.

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of beersis81
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

light brown to tan with a few small rising bubbles, a 1/2 finger head, pretty good lacing.

Smell is wonderful, lots of dark fruits, sherry, and funky spices.

Taste is really complex, tons of figs, plums, cherries, lots of sherry, bourbon, wine and woody barrel flavors, plus some funkyness.

Feel is thick and slick, plenty of hot warming alcohol. Fruity and liquor flavors linger forever.

Very nice, needs some age though, kind of hot right now.

Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Impfan
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly, this enigmatic blend took awhile to really grow on me. The flavors just seemed too disparate, at first. Now on bottle number three, I’m beginning to get it. Beautiful sour cherry and pinot aroma with subtle spiciness lurking underneath. Reminds me of a fine Gluhkriek. Flavor has more of the same, with slight underpinnings of chocolate, and bourbon, and stronger hints of rye whiskey. The Dissident is in the forefront, although I can pick up leather and tobacco from the Adam, and citric hoppiness from the Adam. The flavors seem to have begun to coalesce after only a short time, and I could see this being amazing in another year.

Photo of sunkistxsudafed
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- pours a clear dark burgundy with a very minimal khaki head, no lacing. This beer has legs.

S- the first thing i get is the Dissident and sherry. Maybe some cognac here as well. This is followed by darker malts, brown sugar and dark fruits from what i suppose is Adam. I'm not picking up any of the pinot or rye barrels in the nose, but there is a slight singe on the nostrils from the alcohol.

T- oh. my. god. I am floored by the complexity and the shear deliciousness of this beer. It starts with tart cherries, funk, and slight pepper (probably from the rye whiskey). I'm also getting some of the pomegranate from the Stoic up front. Next comes the maltiness of Fred and Adam, both playing nicely with the hypercomplex barrel notes and their Deschutes counterparts. The hop bitterness is almost nonexistant due to the sweetness of this glorious symphony of spirit barrels and beer.

M- perfect. the wine barrels seem to place their biggest part here. the perfect amount of carbonation and viscosity.

O- my only complaint about this beer is that it didn't come in a larger format. I would gladly pay $19-22 for a bomber of this stuff! all of the base beers and the barrels all play with each other and compliment and juxtapose each other in such a beautiful way... I loved it. I have another that i'm going to age, but come next pay day i might find it hard not to buy another to drink a week from now!

Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 758 ratings.