1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

The Stoic - Deschutes Brewery

Not Rated.
The StoicThe Stoic

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

588 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 588
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 67
Gots: 184 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 08-03-2011

'Brewed with pomegranate with 16.5% being aged in oak wine barrels and 16.5% being aged in oak rye whiskey barrels'

20 IBU

August 2011 - Released in 22 oz. bottles and draught.
View: Beers (155) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 588 | Reviews: 227
Photo of IKR
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful amber color with a fairly small white head.

Smell: Bready Belgian yeast notes and fruity overtones.

Taste: The bready Belgian yeast notes and fruity overtones in the nose are present in the taste. The wine and whiskey notes from the barrel aging make a slight appearance in the finish. The very last remnant is slightly dry.

Mouth-feel: Body is on the Medium side with a modest level of carbonation.

Overall: Good beer, but does not fit the profile of a traditional quadrupel. I knew what it was prior to my review, having had it on tap, but people who are expecting a traditional quad will be put off by this. My scores are a compromise, I like this beer and will pick it up again, but label it as a Belgian Strong Pale ale or something more fitting and my scores would be higher. Still I like this one.

Photo of bonkers
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared a bottle with my cousin, the pour was caramel in color with a small white head, light lacing. The pomegranite really comes through on the aroma. The pomegranite and general sweet fruit notes are the primary flavors, some dark fruit notes. The beer is full bodied, average carbonation, the alcohol is well hidden. Not a typical quad, maybe more of a high octane fruit beer. I was disapointed that I could not pick up the other BA aspects of the brew, but everyone in the room who tried the beer enjoyed it.

Photo of July2Nov
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap 14 Sep 11 @ Murphy's Bar & Grill

Appearance: Clear copper in color with a thin lacing.

Smell: Apple/fruit and wine-like scents. Belgian yeast comes out too.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Bubblegum flavor at first. Some good barrel aging flavor comes out. Fruity with a floral bouquet. Heat come up at the end giving me "dragon breath"! Quite stingy! Some sweet honey syrup flavoring too.

Overall: Got to respect the Stoic! The alcohol is just a bit too hot in this young one. A year or two of aging would settle this one out, just right and make it a bit better.

Photo of maximum12
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Such is the power of the masses. Given my love for Deschutes in general, I'd planned on picking up several of these, but the early panning of the beer made me leery. But rejoice! For the panning has led to it being on many shelves, so if I love it, still plenty of opportunity to carpe Stoic.

Poured into two tulips. Very clean beer, no sediment, reminds me for some reason of green apples, though it's mostly burnished orange. Surprising amount of white pepper in the nose, along with yeast, sweet candy (or maybe that's the Twix I keep belching up), wheat too. Wild man. Wild.

The Stoic really belies its name: I'd like to see this moniker attached to a routine beer that sticks to some silly style guidelines like leaves to my lawn. Framework is built on a deep sweetness that's leavened with a spicy fruit that I'll assume is the pomegranate. Emphasis on the spice, but in a good vein; reminds me of a good rye brew, maybe that's the rye whiskey notes talking. Juicy with a hint of grape. Oak really dries out the finish. Lovely beer to sip rapidly, my half of the bomber is leaving too quickly.

Another instance of group-think? I believe so. Quad? Who gives a flying bird? It's light, tasty, breezy, well-integrated, & so-easy to drink. A beautiful fall sipper. I will go get another. Or two. Excellent beer.

Photo of hardy008
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with a two finger white head with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma has oak, pear, apple, grapes, pomegranate, and phenols.

Tastes just like it smells. Oak, pear, apple, grapes, pomegranate, and phenols are noticeable. Has a sweet flavor. Seems to be missing the complexities I appreciate in Belgian Quadruples for smell and taste, but still pretty good. I'm not sure I would classify this as a Quadrupel.

Full bodied with no lack of carbonation. Has a very sweet aftertaste. A decent beer, but I don't plan to seek this out again.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8:30 on a Tuesday night, really wanted to try this so am going to have to drink the whole bomber...at least I'll sleep good. 11% ABV, poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance-A solid orange, not as hazy as a quad, let alone looks nothing like a quad. Head was off white, about one finger worth. After the head dissipates almost immediately ift leaves some nice little bubbles resting on top and the sides of the glass.

Smell-Picked the right glass b/c It really smells like a white wine. I pick up alot of the belgian yeasts which makes you know it's obviously a beer, but it's a very tart lemon, peachy, grapy aroma. It's oak aged, but can't get an of the oak in the aroma.

Taste-Upfront some of the booze hits the lips along with some tartness. Kind of taste's like sweet candy soaked in alcohol. Some breadiness does eventually come in. Kind of takes over the booze and the tartness. The finish is that belgian yeast spiciness, which may be the only characteristic that tells me it's a quad.

Mouthfeel-After having a few undercarbonated beers lately it's nice to have this carbonated well. Medium bodied beer.

Overall-Usually whatever the beer gets for the taste will generally be for the most part my overall grade. However, it's tastes very good, and I could drink alot of this. Only thing is it's the same beer style as alot of heavy hitters I've had, ABT12, Roch10, exc.. Yea I know it's not exactly a "quad" but nonetheless, whatever style you want to call it, it's a tasty beer. At 14 bucks a pop though would I buy it again? maybe so...but I'd probably not.

Photo of champ103
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber/orange color. A two finger white head forms and recedes in a minute. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Oak, fruits, toasted and buttery malt. More of a tart grape aroma comes out as this warms.
T: Again, oak, light tart fruits, toasted malt. Lightly buttery. Burnt sugars and caramel.
M/D: A medium body that is a bit thin. Not hard to drink. The alcohol is not showing at all. I can finish the bottle without a problem.

Interesting, and certainly enjoyable. I think Deschutes has done much better, but nothing wrong with this. Worth a try.

Photo of tjkinate
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was hoping the reviews had been wrong. Wasn't bad, I actually enjoyed it, mostly.

Poured into a standard pint glass that produced a single fingered off white head that diminished kinda quickly. The body was orange and slightly cloudy, not the prettiest. I smelled pomegranate, some cherries, and sour notes. Smelled more like a lambic than a quad. Very different taste than expected, some fruits detectable, but the vanilla and oak that followed were most prominent. Flavors are short lived and a bit mellow. Medium/light bodied with good carbonation.

Overall not bad, just didn't deserve to be a limited release.

Photo of elNopalero
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this received a lot of hype when it came out, and a lot of backlash from that hype. But that’s old news now and in a way it’s good, because it gives one an opportunity to review and evaluate the beer on it’s merits.

First off, for a Belgian style quad this looks nothing like what I’d expect it to be. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. But it’s so… light! Not the burgundy amber I’d expect, but not the clear straw-golden color of, say, a triple. Somewhere inbetween. Apparently aged in wine barrels, and that definitely comes through on the dry finish. An experiment, hybrid, curious beer that’s no where near the monstrosity I was led to believe it would be.

Photo of rlee1390
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy/translucent orange with a two finger head, doesn't stay around long but swirlling gets it back.

S-Fruity, pomegranate, wine

T-Interesting, combination of fruit. It have the pomegranate but also some of the darker fruits you'd expect from a Quad. The aging in the wine barrels in easily noticeable.

M-Lighter with some carbonation.

O-Am I disappointed? A little when compared to the other Deschutes Reserve beers. This one was unique. I have another bottle to age and we'll see what happens in a year. Although I'm not sure how much room there is for an increase.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/4" light honey coloured head over amber liquid.

S: Wine, oak, fruit (I could say pomegranate because I read the label like everyone else but I'll admit that my sense of smell isn't that refined) and yeast.

T: Alcohol up front and an oak and red wine finish. While these aren't the only flavours going on here, they are definitely the most prominent. It is quite a complex beer.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: Complex flavours in a package with too much of an alcohol taste.

Photo of DividedAvery
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a New Belgium Snifter

A: Pours a light and slightly hazy golden. Some brown colors in there, the head is white and about one finger

S: Lots of bread, yeast and the pomegranate, some spices in there as well.

T: The beer is fairly smooth. Quad? Maybe not. Delicious? Yes Overpriced? Probably. Too much going on? Defnitely
I get a lot of the flavors mentioned, not a lot of the wine barrel, but a lot of dryness from the rye whiskey.

M: Lots of carbonation, the beer has a fairly light mouthfeel

O: Like I said, there is too much going on here. I appreciate the effort and ingenuity put into this beer, but it doesn't quite come off. I won't pay 12 dollars for it again, but I wouldn't turn it down from a friend.

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/28/11 notes. Shared this with a few friends. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy yellow amber color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, pomegranate, berries, yeast, bread malts. Definite berries and fruits, but not getting any whiskey or oak. Still, enjoyable.

t - Tastes of pomegranate and berries again, oak, spices, yeast, caramel malts, light alcohol, bready malts. Lot of berries again but the oak is coming through here, as is a little bit of alcohol. Pretty nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light alcohol warmth, but not too bad considering the ABV.

o - Overall an interesting, enjoyable beer. Not what I normall think of in a Quad as it was fruiter and had a lot of berries to it, but I liked it. Would give it another shot.

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JohnGalt for the trade/opportunity to try this brew. Shared with some friends, poured from a bomber into a snifter. This brew appears a clear orange to light copper color. A finger's worth of slightly off-white head appears. As the cap recedes, it leaves some webby strings of lace sticking to the glass.

The smell of this brew is spicy with yeasty notes of clove with a touch of banana. There are some bright fruity notes present which I have a hard time describing until I notice "pomegranate" included on the label. There are plenty of raw oak notes included which presents a bit of harshness to the nose of this brew.

The taste is Belgian phenols all the way. Yeasty character of clove and spices like pepper run throughout. Raw oak is present along with a dry fruity character and mild banana. The spicy alcohol produces a warmth down the back of the throat that really draws the focus on the dry and spicy side of this brew instead of the expected malty character indicative of the style.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The overall feel of this brew comes up a little short/thin. Very spicy with a huge presence of Belgian yeast that gets exaggerated by a harshness of something that smells/tastes like raw oak. The pomegranate had enough to be noticed which was an interesting change of pace. However, for a quad this one fell short. I think something as simple as calling this a Belgian strong pale ale instead of a quad would have increased my scores across the board. As a quad, this was a bit of a dissapointment but as-is it is worth a try. This would have been much better received on my end if the raw oak character was replaced with more of a used barrel presence.

Photo of Gavage
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark orange / copper color with a short 1/4" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: fruit and some alcohol create a great nose.

Taste: caramel, pomegranite, some light oak tones, very mild bitterness, and a warm alcohol burn create a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Overall: a very slow sipping but big flavored beer. The flavors really grow as this one warms. Very enjoyable on tap.

Photo of stormywaters
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Suprised how light and clear this looks for a quad. I am used to thick dark quads and this is definitely more belgian to me.

a little bit of spices, a lot of carbonation, and almost a cidery type taste. Very delicious beer, one to stock up on for sure.

The 11% is hidden very well and easy to drink, i could get carried away on this one really quick.

Overall this really is an excellent beer, easily in my top 10.

Photo of zhanson88
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very clear copper color with 1.5" of pure white head. Retention is quite nice, and lacing is good as well. As many others before me have said, a less than desirable appearance for a quad.

Smell: Heavy citrus, bubblegum, and clove. Don't get a lot of pomegranate, but I do get some rye whiskey character. A bit spicy, but not real boozy. Interesting, but as many others before me have said, a less than desirable smell for a quad.

Taste: Citrus and clove are heavy up front. A bit sweet and cloying initially. Spicy rye and oak come out on the back end and finish. As many others before me have said, a less than desirable taste for a quad.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with quite a bit of fine, abundant carbonation. Pretty smooth going down. Overall, I didn't mind this beer so much. If Deschutes had called it a barrel aged saison, or BSPA, the score would have gone up exponentially. A rare miss for this brewery.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

thanks to youradhere for this bottle!

22oz waxed and capped bottle at about fridge temp poured into a snifter. best before 8/4/12

pours out kind of a deep golden color, IMO way to light for a Quad. nice frothy white head, maybe 2 fingers. decent lacing and retention.

a big yeasty bubblegum smell rules almost the whole aroma. slightly fruity, but definatly no pomegrante, or any presence of barrel aging.

follows the aroma, lots of bubblegummy yeast, phenolic, and lots of fruity esters. but again, doesnt appear to taste barrel aged or brewed with pomegrante.

medium to full in body, adequate carbonation.

overall, pretty disappointed.when i heard deschutes, a very well respected brewery in my eyes, was making a barrel aged quad with pomegrante, i was thinking delicious. but i was disappointed. the untrained eye could fool this for a really strong basic saison. i would avoid this.

Photo of mwilbur
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22 oz bottle stamped best by 08/04/12 into snifter.
A: Pours a golden amber with high carbonation producing a 1 inch white head that quickly recedes. Appears very light for style.
S: Fruit (pomegranate?), sweet caramel malt, and a whiff of whiskey. Fairly sweet and light.
T: Mild whiskey, banana, clove, sweet caramel malt, mixed fruit. Jumbled and too sweet...tried too hard on this one.
M: Medium body...lighter than one would expect given the ABV. Oily sweet.
D: Love the idea, the label, and the name...other than that not so good. Doesn't do the style justice.

Photo of russwbeck
2.72/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: I had seen video of how clear this pour was, but it still surprised me. A quadruple that's clear yellow with hints of orange? Strange. Fluffy white head sticks around for a long while.

S: The aroma is that of a quad, surprisingly. Deep, dark fruits, booze, and instead of candied sugar, I get a lot of wheat. It's very much like a quad, but has some other parts I'm not familiar with.

T: The taste is sort of like a quad. Dark fruits, plums maybe some raisins, and just a TON of booze. Don't get me confused, I'm not talking about I can taste alcohol, I'm talking straight alcohol booze. The wheat/sugar flavor come up on the back end, which is warming due to the alcohol.

MF: Medium body, carbonated well. The aftertaste is full of booze that warms that body as you drink.

O: Really disappointed in this. I don't really understand where they went wrong, but it should be back to the drawing board for this one.

Photo of bravejoejoe
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - a amber golden color not much of a head
S - not much of a smell here.
T- alcohol, pepper, fall spices, there is some sweetness there also but I think I woul expect that due to such a large grain bill
M - carbonation is very present.
Not to familiar with quads but it is decent, just not my favorite style of beer.

Photo of Fenris244
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured as usual into my duvel tulip

Pours a clear light orange with a 1 finger off white head, little retention but has some good retention. Carbonation is apparent within the beer via some thin strings, most of the big beers I've had lately have had almost none...

Spicy in the nose, some wood like char as well as some cinnamon and clove. Candy sugar and some dark fruits are also there.

A little plum, good amount of sweetness, like honey, hop bitterness is nice leaves a lingering grapefruit taste. Some grape like flavors are present as well, warms as it finishes due to the alcohol.

Medium to heavy in body, decently smooth, light in carbonation

Overall, It's good but I feel like something is missing, It's lacing something I cant quite put my finger on, I like it but I dont know why but I dont really want it...

Photo of Arbitrator
2.02/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared at a tasting.

A: Pours a clear, golden body that immediately raises my skepticism. Is this another Kaggen prank? It doesn't look like a quad AT ALL. It's not even the right color.

S: A mix of apples, pears, something fruity I can't place (reading the bottle suggests this is pomegranate), bubblegum. This is... disjointed. I get the feeling they were going for a Voltron theme here, but they seem to have achieved Voltron's inbred cousin.

T: Tart, dark fruit; bubblegum; some presence of apples, pears; bread; yeast; whiskey, and a touch of oak. WOW. WHAT THE HELL IS THIS SUPPOSED TO BE? It's like they threw darts at the wall and generated a random beer with the result. Hilarious.

M: Thin-bodied, poorly integrated.

O: In a display of how disappointing this was, I didn't even commit my usual Dexter-like ritual of slicing the wax open and stealing it as a souvenir. A swing and a miss for Deschutes.

Photo of jnezda
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured clear and light brown with an off white 2 finger head head into a 40cl goblet. Good lacing throughout to the end but poor head retention. Bottle indacated that it would be good for 15 months from purchase but date so this would have been a good beer to age. Aroma is very sweet with hints of dark fruit and sugar. Mouthfeel was a little thin for a quad but very pleasant with just a hint of hops and tons of full belgian malts. Good balance between sweet and malt with a dose of hops. Not as full bodied as many other quads but definitely worth the money. I will go back and get some to age.

Photo of largadeer
2.12/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beddachedda shared this one. Thanks, Evan.

Appearance: The Stoic pours a clear golden color, not exactly quad-like but attractive nonetheless. The head is tall and lasting.

Aroma: The nose is overwhelmingly sweet, showcasing bubblegum and raw sugar, some tart fruitiness from the pomegranate I suppose, but really just overwhelming sweetness and yeast. Clove, breadiness, a bit vinous - plenty of depth but none of it is appealing.

Palate: Sweet, vinous, fruity. Cloying but also slightly tart. Dark fruit and red wine, clove, bready malt. Becomes more tannic and dry in the finish. Pretty mediocre and not particularly drinkable, I dumped my glass after a few ounces. Deschutes isn't doing so well with these reserve series beers this year.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
The Stoic from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.