When we had Gents last week and had all the Collaboration #2 we could drink I thought it was just overly muddled, no one thing really stood out and the flavors didn't seem to work out that great. Mind you, it was still a very good beer, but on a night where we had access to any beer we wanted, I found myself reaching for Two Jokers, Saison-Brett and others more than I craved more Collaboration #2.
|Conflux and Collaboration on a Handy Manny computer|
Tonight I got some of the Deschutes version of the same beer* what Deschutes calls Conflux #2. It was noticeably different. I had Stella pour Conflux #2 and Collaboration #2 in my Gents tasting glasses so I could try them blind. I had no issue whatsoever tasting a difference and easily identified the Deschutes version and the Boulevard version. Stella, for her part, tried each and poured herself a glass of the Deschutes. Conflux #2 was just crisper, a little more hop bite, a little more witbier type flavor, just more in general like the four points of a square as opposed to the no points in a circle.
It's not as if one beer is bad and one is good. Both are very good, just one is better. One is like the mudpie my friend made and the other is like the mudpie I made. It ends up being kind of amazing such a difference can arise from the same ingredients, but a difference does exist.
Conflux is not available in KC at this time and I've received no assurances it will be available when Deschutes comes to market. Collaboration #2 is available and can still be found around town, though it may take some looking.
*Disclosure: I was given both bottles by a party interested in selling more bottles of Boulevard. This did not affect my review, but you can be the judge of that.