Conflux No. 1 (Collage) | Deschutes Brewery

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Conflux No. 1 (Collage)Conflux No. 1 (Collage)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

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)

Added by msubulldog25 on 05-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
812
Reviews:
218
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
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111
Gots:
276
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25
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of oggg
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of cjoc83
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
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 -3.4%

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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Photo of GeoffreyM
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DeutschesBier
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of spark3148857
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of HumanParaquat
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of sacrelicio
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of warmbier804
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of themind
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Photo of itracy63
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of SatlyMalty
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ajzy
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of brez8791
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of rodlavers
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of dimitrov
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Morey
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Nickqb7
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Skull40
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a dark copper color and a head that dissipated fairly quickly.

The taste was very elaborate. I picked up tastes that were sour, malty and slightly bitter. I couldn't detect the alcohol. There are notes of caramel, bread and dark fruits.

The mouth feel had a chalkiness and earthiness to it.

Overall, I really liked this. It was challenging and quite fun to try and pull out the myriad elements of the taste. I felt that one bottle really wasn't enough to find all of the tastes, but it was enough to thoroughly enjoy.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of mdillon86
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
4.14 out of 5 based on 812 ratings.
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