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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery

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734 Ratings
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Ratings: 734
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 110
Gots: 278 | FT: 31
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:
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

jakewatt135, Aug 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

deschutes_fan, Mar 11, 2014
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SadMachine, Apr 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

ucsbmullet, May 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a bit of red in it. It's not completely opaque but I wouldn't really call it a see-through either. Half finger head, nice lacing.

S: As soon as I open the bottle, I could smell something super sour (not what I was expecting, but nice). I put my nose into the snifter, I can a bit of wine, oak, wood, brett yeast, some fruit notes (cherries maybe)? Very complex for sure.

T: This is one of the craziest beers I have ever tasted. How do I even rate something like this? It starts off sour and then a split second of strong booziness kicks in, replaced by some fruit notes, red wine, bourbon, carmel.... finishes a bit sweet... not sure if I like this, but crazy and unique for sure. I will give it a 4/5 for now. I will re-rate this beer after 4/30/2013 (which is on the bottle as the "best after" date).

M: Low to medium carbonation, finishes a bit dry, but the body is rather on the thicker side.

O: If I didn't know any background behind the beer, I would probably called this a sour. It's overally sour, but it's not really puckering because of the Adam and Fred kicking in the middle. I get a bit of bourbon, but wine taste is much stronger. Glad I got to try this (and more glad that I have more bottles to further age).

QUICK EDIT:

Ok so. I let a little bit of the bottle (maybe an oz) sit for awhile and had it at room temperature (maybe 62 degrees). Conclusion? - the taste reminds a lot like Porto (desert wine) with sourness up front and less alcohol burn.

Another Edit on January 6, 2013:

Wow.... This beer has aged well. Much better balanced sour now. Amazing. I originally thought that the sourness would take over and eat up Adam and Fred but wow Adam and Fred stood up and held themselves. So complex and awesome. I will revisiting in about 6 months.

sukwonee, May 19, 2012
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scottiethebody, Oct 10, 2012
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JRod1969, May 05, 2013
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Morey, May 29, 2013
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mjr2377, Jul 07, 2012
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ScottO, May 02, 2013
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neckbeered, Apr 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been excited for this one. Damn pricey, but seeing what went into this beer I understand it. I have two more for the cellar. From the Deschutes 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. Best after 4/30/13

Pours a interesting deep reddish brown. Seems clear, but it is hard to tell it's so dark. A modest one-finger tan head dissipated quickly, but left some lacing.

Smell is crazy complex. Tons of barrel notes all blended together. I'm getting red wine and whiskey mainly. Super earthy, slightly funky and tart. Some booze. This thing is all over the place but in the best way possible. Wow.

It is really hard to describe this one. It has flavors from several styles all kind of meshing together (as was their intention). At this point in the beers life it is dominated by the Dissident. Tastes like a Wild ale aged in both red wine and bourbon barrels. There is also a definite Quad presence as well, with dark fruits. Sturdy caramel malt backbone from Fred/Adam. All of it wrapped up in this wonderful barrel flavor. Slightly tart/funky and warming alcohol finish.

Medium in body, but the modest carbonation makes it a bit heavier. Coats the mouth thoroughly. Well balanced between sweet/sour. Drinkable for the style and ABV, but far from a session brew. A true sipper.

Overall this is straight world-class. The shear logistics in the brewing, aging, and blending are mind blowing. They managed to take four very different beers, age them all in several different kinds of barrels and then blend them into this? Seriously? This is true art in a bottle; worth the price of admission. Not for the novice beer drinker, this is graduate level stuff. I can not wait to see what age does to this. Recommended to fans of strong barrel aged ales. Cheers!

Humulus85, Jun 20, 2012
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chippo33, Jun 29, 2013
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SHerninko, Nov 07, 2013
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jklecko2, Jun 17, 2013
Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 734 ratings.