Conflux No. 3
Deschutes Brewery

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German Doppelbock
3.77 | pDev: 14.85%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Conflux No. 3Conflux No. 3
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 35
Photo of stevoj
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nicely crafted weizen bock, one of my favorite German styles. Pours dark amber with a small fluffy beige head, lots of sticky lacing. Nice weizen aromas up front, slightly sweet, bananas, bubblegum, etc. Taste brings plenty of spelt/dinkel sweetness, and plenty of warmth on the finish. Nice collaboration and use of the dinkel grain.

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Photo of HawkFalco
1.51/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

It’s not a beer. It’s a liquefied candy bar. Way, way too sweet with sugary tastes of apple juice and banana cream pie. The nose is just as bad. I shared a bottle with two friends. Not one of us got past three sips. The rest went down the kitchen sink. I can’t remember the last time I dumped a beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into imperial pint glass. Best by 6/17/15.

A: pours a clear, burnt, dark amber color with a very dense tan head that faded into a thick and lasting film and collar.
S: Sugary bananas foster, caramel, and spice, with hints of clove, apple cider, toast and pepper.
T: Follows the nose with sweet flavors of sugary banana, apple juice, raisin, caramel, and toasted dark bread. The finish has chocolaty cocoa notes, and the aftertaste is sticky, boozy, and full of leafy tobacco and clove and peppery and herbal spices. Banana, caramel, and spice all the way.
M: Full body, thick, chewy, and sticky mouthfeel, with fluffy carbonation and a touch of booze.
O: A flavorful and easy to drink beer. The booze is noticeable but this drinks very easily. Definitely sweet and sticky.

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Photo of ricke49
4/5  rDev +6.1%

i really liked the combination of banana maltiness and 'mellow' alcohol burn. it's ready to drink RIGHT NOW - no need to temper the booze at all. dopplebock meets a tinge of English barleywine - spectacular melding of malt goodness..... I say "enjoy!"

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Photo of BeerHewitt
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Hits you hard with the usual banana that you would expect and finishes with a strong alcohol burn in the throat. Way too much sugar, tasting quite syrupy at this time. I would sit on this one for a year or more to try to mellow the sweetness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

after how good the others have been, i expected a lot from this beer. cool style, spelt german strong dark, awesome. the execution? not so much. hazy dark copper beer, with a frothing large white head, airy but thick and lasting. the nose is all banana, bubble gum, and candy sugar, like a belgian tripel or something gone a little too sweet. its not unappealing, but it reveals to me just how sweet this thing is going to be. first sip is all sugar, fading into banana yeast and some also sugary malt character, but i cant get past how diabetic this thing is, just a sugar bomb from start to finish. i get some cool german yeast, but it needs more time or less heavy lifting to do to make this drinkable for me. over 10% abv may have overwhelmed the yeast long before it was done eating. so much residuals in this, its nice only in extremely small doses. im afraid the size of the beer has blockaded its best features from coming through at all, frustrating. conflux 1 was one of the best and more interesting beers i had had at the time, this one falls way way short of that mark. a bottle to share. i get nothing of the spelt in this either, one of the things i was most excited about. really let down by this, its just too sweet to be appealing to me.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a hazy red-orange amber with a one finger khaki head with good retention and lacing. Sweet aroma of caramel and bready malt, bananas, bubblegum, ripe plums. Rich, sweet flavor of dried and fresh plums, apricot, brown sugar, banana, cloves. Heavy bodied with syrupy creaminess. A sweet, richly flavored, estery fruit and malt bomb. Really skates on the edge of being too saccarine, but the flavors are deep enough that they support the sweetness. Very similar flavor profile to a quadrupel, but with more Germanic caramel malt flavors. I suspect this will be a bock that not everyone will like, but if you enjoy an occasional sweet stout or sweet quadrupel, this is a flavorful celebration of sweet malt and fruit flavors. High ABV well covered, but definitely warming.

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Photo of John_M
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at the bier stein last night.

The beer pours a slight hazy, reddish copper color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive as well, albeit a bit sweet, with sweet malt, light banana, clove and underlying spice. On the palate, however, this beer is just over the top sweet. I was wonding if maybe Deschutes added some cherry syrup to this beer, but the announcement presentation makes no mention of it (just the spelt blended in). Granted, I'm picking up some light banana and clove as well, but the sweetness in this beer completely dominates and overpowers the flavor profile in this beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long finish, but the beer is just cloyingly sweet and boozy, and so nearly undrinkable. The beer is served in a .25 cl glass at the Bier Stein, but given the sweetness and high alcohol, even that was too much for me.

An interesting concept (sort of an imperial dopplebock), but this was ultimately a fail for me.

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Conflux No. 3 from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 35 ratings