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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
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
808
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
21.98%
 
 
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Photo of homebrew311
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into oversized CBS snifter. Apperance is murky reddish with shades of brown. Minimal head upon pour with no lacing. The Dissident is the most prominent beer I get in the aroma. Notes of red wine, oak, and a healthy dose of vinegar come through up front. Vinous fruit qualities are present with a mild amount of bret. Adam joins the party at the finish with a small addition of malty Barleywine/Old Ale goodness. The taste starts off very malt forward with evidence of Fred and Adam's presence. This quickly becomes tart with the return of Dissident. The quad quality from The Stoic is overshadowed by the lactic acid component. The finish is slightly tart with some quad quality coming through. Red wine has an underlying presence and provides some tannins. I'm having trouble finding the spirit character in this, maybe a touch of vanilla comes through. The mouthfeel is surprisingly not that heavy with moderate carbonation. This is an intriguing brew that has a fitting name. I've had a few beer blends and I find this one to be pretty well blended. Each individual brew is present with a definite dominance in the way of Dissident. I would have liked some more Adam character, but this brew is delicious either way. The balance is great for the 11.6% ABV.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

- Collabration with Hair of the Dog. Aged in distilled spirit & wine oak barrel.

A: Garnet red pour is dark in the glass with a creamy, dark tan head that was moderately lasting. Micro-effervesce creeps up along the walls while the lacing is sturdy and frothy in stickage.

S: Whiskey barrel woodiness, dry alcohol, dry black olives on the nose.

T: Strong whiskey and dark malt, semi-sweetness, black olives, sweet dark fruit, plums, figs, dry gin, tarragon spicing with a spicy bite of dark fruit-alcohol laced barrel woodiness coming on the close. Toasted dry oak and dark caramel sweetness, smooth and silky, dark earthy campfire minearality with some reminces of charred wood.

M: Good carbonation gives this some fizzle for strong dark ale. Chewy dark fruit, full body, nice alcohol warmth all the way down, chewy, chewy, chewy.

O: Outstanding, simply put, great complexity, spicy, dark, sweet with great alcohol contribution. Must try.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, $$$$

appearance: served in my elysian chalice, dark chestnut-amber body, creamy beige lace

smell: holy aroma - Fred jumps out first, followed by the dissident. belgian candi sugars, oak, tart cherries, alcohol

taste: "collage" is an appropriate name here - really layered and complex - I have a hard time getting much Adam from this but Fred is certainly vocal. On the Deschutes side, tart cherry and oak reminds of dissident. I'm not sure I ever had the Stoic but I imagine the abrasive mix of booze and sugar is partially derived from that. Tart cherry, lots of belgian sugar, abrasive alcohol bite, yeast, lots of barrel - pinot noir, oak, bourbon

mouthfeel: big, boozy, full bodied

overall: nice stuff, outrageously priced though

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Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a lightly, rich hazy caramel-amber with just a skim of off-white head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Nice sour cherry ...like pie filling, some caramel, bourbon, sweet red wine, wood, vanilla, and some light funkyness. Sweet, sour and pretty complex.

Taste. Sour cherry juice (the quality organic shit), sweet caramel, lots of bitter woody flavours, some red wine. A bit of booze is there. Again, pretty complex.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full bodied, medium-low carbomation. Just a bit warm.

Overall. Interesting mix of flavours going on in this one, but seems slightly rough to me in alcohol and almost a battle of aggressive flavours. I'll look forward to trying it again in a while.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly muddled copper or amber-y color. Head was a medium tan colored 2 fingers thanks to a vigorous pour.

The aroma was quite unique. Definitely fruity and tart. Slightly oaky, sour and funky. Caramel and acids. Light sweetness and nuttiness.

While the Deschutes aspect of this brew dominate the aroma, the HotD aspect seems to dominate the taste. It's a rich malty taste, slight chocolate, wood and oak, finishing a bit tart, acidic and wine-like.

The feel is on the medium to full side, though primarily medium. Some creaminess, lingering.

All in all, this is quite possibly the most unique, interesting and intriguing brews I've had. I'm not blown away, but I'm pleased.

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Photo of oline73
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Pours a reddish amber with a nice layer of off white head. The nose is slightly tart with a dark fruit sweetness and a soy sauce like note. The taste is tart but still quite smooth. There is a wine note along with some oak. Quite sweet in the background. Smooth carbonation with a dry finish.

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Photo of tony223366
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: After a vigorous pour I was able to get 2 fingers of tan fluffy head. It's quickly dissipating though. The beer itself is a dark brown with streaks of rich cherry red. The clarity is fantastic and there is great action from the carbonation.

S: A lot going on here. The first thing that's obvious is a very sour cherry aroma. Then some brown sugar. Some darker fruits are present too. There's almost a little funk grassiness too. It smells on the sweet end. It's really inviting.

T: Whoa that is a sipper. I mean it's definitely boozy but that's not what I'm talking about here. I get some tart acidity. Some fruits like dark sour cherry and a bit of a more raisiny flavor. Then there's also some sweetness there, almost like chocolate. After that it turns a little funky with some of that stale, grassy flavor. The finish is really tangy and boozy as hell.

M: Slick mouthfeel with tons of tight carbonation.

O: Kind of overwhelming and not at all for the light hearted. The boozy characteristics are a bit much right now. It could use a year or two to cool off. One of these is going straight to my cellar. I imagine that this will be amazing as the flavors mellow and balance.

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Photo of Bobheed
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark reddish brown, almost like a walnut finish kind of color. Very little tight eggshell white head that dissipated really quickly

S: Lots of tart notes, mainly pinot noir and sour apple. Also got some oak, cherries, vanilla, booze, and some subtle earthy spices.

T: It tastes a bit like Consecration from RR, with a bit more going on. It has the same kind of wine notes, but with more sweetness and alcohol. Got more oak and sweet caramel as it warmed up more and more

M: Fairly low carbonation, medium body and a bit of alcohol heat.

Overall I really liked this one, I can't wait to see what a few years do to my remaining bottles

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark copper with about a finger of tan head. Pretty good retention--a ring lasting the entire pour--and a few swaths of lacing.

S: A lot of oak barrel and spirits up front, dark candied fruit. Straight up oak is predominant.

T: Again, barrel, wine, and spirits in the forefront, followed by light tartness providing structure.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation.

O: Good if you like the barrel. Collage is an apt name, and I think it works well within the nebulous strong ale category, given it's complexity and sipping qualities. The sourness is noticeable but not overboard. Crazy price point though ($12.49).

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

near 12 dollars for a single 12oz bottle. yikes! this blended beer geek dream pours a very dark ruby red that almost appears brown, if not held up to the light. perfectly clear, half inch off white head that doesnt last long. smells majorly complex, im picking up dried fruit, fresh cranberries, brettanomyces, red wine tannons, vanilla, belgian yeast, and heavy booze. its hard to internalize the nose of this beer. suffice it to say it smells like a slightly sour quad, with plenty of sugars and wood notes. flavor is all of the above, with the quad complexity up front, a burning alcohol middle, and a sharp acidic wine finish. im surprised how much you can feel the alcohol in this. feel is fine, could probably stand some more carbonation, but it isnt flat. the flavors just unravel one after the other. quite remarkable blend really. tons of wood flavor in here, but i think the wine barrels are the strongest flavor, some bourbon in there too, but it is subtle. a true slow sipper as this beer changes as it warms. a good beer to share with a lover as the sun goes down. i can say im glad i tried this, but the cost is insane, and honestly i might just prefer a dissident or stoic on its own, but this was definitely an artistic and patient undertaking.

edit: I was fortunate enough to try this with a year or so on it, and wow has it mellowed out. all the harsh booze is gone, and so are the more acidic elements. it drinks easy now, every bit as complicated. if you were smart enough to keep one or more around, your patience has been rewarded!

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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 RuckusDu
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A little early for this beer but I had to try it into my Duvel tulip.

A - A nice finger of light beige head which falls at a moderate pace. Body is clear but a very dark amber. Some good lacing.

S - Sour and dark fruits. What is that scent? Cherries, grapefruit, and lemon.

T - A complex beer for sure. Dark and a little sour. It has more than just fruit, maybe some bread. Blueberry, cherry, and prune. Some wine flavors. There seems to be a slight off flavor that I think could come out stronger when this ages. I will need to keep an eye on it.

M - Very heavy and good carbonation. So complex it is hard to see this any lighter.

O - Wow there is a lot going on. I think this could change a lot over time and it will be interesting to see. Maybe have one of these every 3-6 months. But it is good right now.

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Photo of nataku00
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark mahogany, with dark red and brown colors in the edges, with two fingers of foamy light tan colored head. Head dissipates after a few minutes to a bubbly half a finger with plenty of sticky lacing. Knowing the base beers for this, very pleasantly surprised by the nice head.

Nose is interesting, some red wine notes upfront, vinous with tannins, a touch of orange peel, toffee, caramel, toasted malt, lighter balsamic vinegar. Really different smelling beer.

Taking a sip, lots of wine and bourbon barrel character, wine astringency, oak, vanilla, orange peel, balsamic vinegar, toffee, caramel, toasted malt. The Fred and Adam are more prominent in the flavor than in the nose, with old ale leather and tobacco flavors and some lighter citrus from Fred. An interesting and complex beer.

Medium to full body with good carbonation, helps to keep it on the lighter side and somewhat easy to drink. Alcohol is very well hidden, with only a warming in the throat indicating the high abv.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Best after 4/30/13

Appearance
Murky copper with ruby red highlights. Has 1 finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation.

Nose
Bourbon, sherry, oak, cherry, rum raisin, must, toffee, caramel and vanilla. A lot going on here.

Taste
Different flavors are shooting at me from left and right. Cherry, rum raisin, concord grape and blackberry. Sherry, cognac, bourbon, pinot noir, oak and vanilla. Loads of toffee, caramel and candy sugars. Finishes with leather, tobacco and earth.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, silky, sticky and warming.

Overall
Tastes like a big, malty Old Ale/Barleywine mixed with the subtler characteristics of a fruity Wild Ale/Flemish Red/Kriek. Huge complexities makes this a nice sipper that hides the alcohol well. Very unique and worth trying if you have the money.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to SebD. Thanks man. Best after 4/30.

A - Deep amber and cloudy with a two finger fluffy light brown head. Good carbonation. Spotty chunks of lace and a finger of retention that champs it out.

S - Vinous, port, cherry, dark fruit.

T - Complex for sure. Sweet dark fruits, more port and vinous notes. Great sweet depth. Sweet malt definitely dominant. Barrel aging is there and adds obvious complexity. Honey maybe too.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body and a sweet finish.

O/D - Tastes good and complex. But doesn't seem structured. More of a big sweet mess that worked, as opposed to a great complex beer that's world class. Quite delicious though, and a pleasure to sip and explore.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to LuBiere (RB) for sharing!

Poured a reddish-brown in color with a thin, fleating head. It has a big, boozy nose, toasted malt, caramel, fruity/cherry notes, Brett and barrel. On the palate, lots of sweet malt, cherry fruitiness but a bit musty, tart, some oak...very complex and having a hard time describing. A bit thick/oily for the mouthfeel, but not overly so. A really interesting beer that challanges ones palate.

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Photo of Sm00thHoperator
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fascinating complex beer that will age great if you have the patience!

Appearance is a murky brown with a small head which is expected for an 11.6% beer.

Aroma gets more interesting and intense as it warms. Notes of toffee, carmel, cherry, oak, leather and tobacco from the barrels

Mouth feels is great well carbonated and smooth unlike lost abby angel share (I still am a fan of that beer!)

Taste I get the sourness and cherries with oak right up front. The others in the aroma are some what subdue.

Great old ale or american strong ale however the two breweries are calling it. Like to see how this will change by 4/30/13 like the bottle says on it.

Cheers!!

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Certainly going to revisit this one sometime in 2014, but here's what I found at this point:

APPEARANCE: Deep Mahogany with almost no head, maybe a quarter-inch, but it faded quickly leaving just a wisp or two on the surface. It looks a lot like Bourbon Fred from the Wood except not quite as murky.

SMELL: Smells like a Barleywine, actually, a lot like Doggie Claws. Brown sugar led the way with a slight lemon, sourness underneath. A bit of grape must aroma was also there.

TASTE: Like the aroma, this tastes like a wine barrel aged Barleywine. There is something about Hair of the Dog's beers, they all have this delicious brown sugary sweetness and the Conflux is no exception to that rule. A touch of banana lurks in the background along with a lemon-cherry tartness.

MOUTHFEEL: The Conflux could use a little more carbonation, but at least it has more bubbles than the Bourbon Fred. It is smooth and sweet, but not at all mouthcoating. Pretty average mouthfeel.

OVERALL: This seemed to me to be a Hair of the Dog beer that was apparently brewed at Deschutes, which works for me. Deschutes is great, but I just didn't see any of their signature on this beer. Anyhow, it was quite tasty, I'm very glad I had the opportunity to try, but I am excited to get back to it in a couple years to see how it has improved.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish copper brown with a really thin wispy brown head that takes a little bit to fade.

S: The nose is really interesting. It's quite the mix of sweet and sour. I get caramel, raisins, plums, cherries, raspberries, vinegar, and boozy heat. Damn.

T: It starts out with a quick hit of sweet caramel and raisin, but the tart and funky come on strong right after. Tart cherries dominate, along with some slight red raspberry. As it moves into the finish it get boozy and clean. There is a great bourbon quality to it, but it finishes with a crisp vodka type heat. Interesting.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sweet and tart and lingers on the palate for quite a bit. It's big and boozy too. This is a slow sipper, for sure.

O: Overall, it's hard to make up my mind on this beer. It's drinkable, and tasty, and funky, but I just don't know if I like it. It's all over the place with it's flavors, and the booze is incredibly evident. I'm glad to have tried this beer, but I don't if I ever need to drink this again. Actually, I bet this beer would do wonders with a few years on it.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Many thx to Thijs for opening this bottle

Poured into a westy 12 tastinglass

A - hazy brown to amber, thin tan head, small amount of bubbles.
the red color really comes out when held up to a light

S - sour and bourbon vanilla, with sweet malt to even the two out

T - You get a bit of sour up front, then a little booze, then oak and bourbon. Very tasty, all of the flavors are big, but very balanced.

M - Medium to heavy bodied, full carbonation.

O - This is a really good

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from trade. Best after 4/30/13 poured on 4/14/14. Thanks! Pours murky brown with a small creamy khaki head on top. Sour apples, caramel, oak, bourbon, toffee, red wine, booze. Bourbon caramel cherry green apples here? Quite a flavor here. There is definitely a dark sourness from the Deschutes brews, and yet plenty of Fred and nutty figgy toffee caramel remains. Vanilla and bourbon are mellow and accent the many flavors here. Definitely a dry oak presence to finish and some vinous and sherry notes to boot. Big full sticky mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. My taste buds are so confused. What a weird combination of beers, yet enjoyable. Like a sour barrel aged English barleywine, except way better than that sounds.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber with a thin tan head. The nose is sweet and funky with a little tartness. The taste is malty with sweet cherries, but doesn't possess the expected sourness and tartness. It drinks like a port wine and probably ages just as well. Worth trying and a tasty collab.

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Photo of portia99
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best after 4/30/13) courtesy of hoppymcgee poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Pours a muddy dark brown color with little light passing thru it...noticeable sediment floating in the body of the beer. A thin finger of pale tan head fizzes away slowly to leave a persistent skim coat and a thick collar around the edges. Sparse lacing is left behind as the beer level falls.

S - A lot going on here. First impression is cola and sour cherries. Pruny dark fruit character, pungent tart/sourness, wood, some funk, red wine barrel, rye, raisins.

T - Dark fruit up front - prunes, raisins, cherries. Caramel, earthy malt. Red wine, lots of wood, hints of booze - but well under control. Mildly funky, mostly taking on a firm earthiness, not really adding any barnyard. Lightly tart on the finish, mildly acidic/tannic, bitter in a somewhat medicinal way and a bit metallic. A bit of vanilla comes on in the end after the beer has warmed up a bit.

M - Dry, bitter and tart, rather earthy. Medium level carbonation that is slightly fizzy. Body is medium. A lot going on in this beer...some works, some seems a bit off and distracting.

O - Interesting beer...mix of good and so-so aspects. Hard to believe this is 11.6% - alcohol is hidden well, especially with the multitude of different barrels used for aging this blend. Hard to decipher the individual barrels used in the flavor profile - their unique characteristics blend together so much that it is hard to pick out any real character of any of them. A case of too much going on for its own good. I like this beer but it seems to me that a little less complexity would benefit here.

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Photo of alpineclimber
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An auburn brew with a decent frothy head that dissipates to a small ring of bubbles.

The smell is a cornucopia of brown sugar, granny smith apples, oak and fusel alcohol. Very interesting nose on this beer!

The taste is fairly complex, green apples upfront, caramel sweetness, phenolic and a healthy dose of alcohol. It's hard to pick out the different barrels but you can tell this beer has been barrel aged. The mouthfeel is slightly flat but not disagreeable.

Overall this beer is interesting to say the least. It's a great blend of flavours and smells that is quite the departure from your typical style specific brew. This is a good beer for those who seek out something different.

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Photo of stlunatic15
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark ruby red & mahogany, thin white head.

S: Maple syrup, agave nectar, grenadine.

T: Sweet malt up front, and finishes with a light sourness in the finish. Can definitely taste The Dissident in the finish.

M: Lightly carb'd mouthfeel. Slight robust linger in the back of the throat after each sip. Pretty interesting brew thus far.

O: So this was awesome fresh, and even more awesome now after the 'best after' date (4/30/13). However, I believe this beer may have potential for another 1-2 years of aging. It drinks phenomenally right now, but i'm curious to see the outcome in a couple years from now.

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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
4.14 out of 5 based on 808 ratings.
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