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Pinot Suave | Deschutes Brewery

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Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ONovoMexicano on 05-03-2016

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Ratings: 176 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of scottfrie
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 4/25/16.

A: Pours a deep iced-tea color with a couple fingers of thick off-white head that slowly collapsed into a fuzzy and lasting collar. Soapy spots of lace were left down the glass.
S: Boozy, vinous, musty, and earthy nose with notes of caramel, ripe and sugary dark fruit, damp basement, red grape, and a hint of chocolate and soy sauce.
T: Sweet and boozy flavors follow the nose with dominating notes of vinous red wine mixed with dark fruits, tobacco leaf, caramel and caramelized sugar. The pinot is completely noticeable and reminds me of a dubbel mixed with the wine. The booze is not hot, but still surprisingly noticeable in the finish. The aftertaste is full of lingering hints of pinot, raisins, earthy tannins, and a hint of cocoa and vanilla.
M: Full body but the mouthfeel is overly thick or heavy. Carbonation is splashy but with a bite in the finish. The booze is warming gives off a nice volatile vapor quality in the finish.
O: Having drank a lot of pino, the grape is easy noticeable. If you’re a fan of red wine, or like Belgian dubbels, this will be right up your alley.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of shigg85
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ovaltine
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is like a quad sorta rolled up with a cab. And oak. And some toffee. Or caramel.

In other words, a lot going on.

The pour looks like a quad, with a rich brown, murky colored beer lifting a quickly dissipating light tan head. But, if you look at this from a few feet away with light directly hitting it, you get reddish-purple hues all OVER the edges. GRAPES!!!

The nose is some toffee, grapes, fruit, and oak. Like I said, a lot going on. The taste is toffee, then grapes (tangy), then oak, then a pretty significant booze component, which isn't surprising given the 11.8% ABV.

I wish I'd purchased a second bomber of this to age for 4 or 5 years, because I think the evolution of this beer would be pretty incredible.

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Photo of TheHopsman
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveBlack
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajm5108
3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a tannish amber with quaint but attractive lacing. There is a lot of oak on the nose - maybe a little too much driftwood - with undernotes of dry sour yeast, dark berry must and semi-caramel malt. Doesn't blow me away. Very dry and honestly I thought it was missing a lot of flavor. There is some fairly faint oak and caramel upfront, but the middle is very flat & is just some bland malt and yeast, and it finishes like a pinot noir with dry dark fruit. Dry red wine isn't my favorite so perhaps that is why I didn't love this...thought maybe it needed to be more focused on the fruit flavors to smooth out the oak or beef up the yeast profile to compliment it. Not a total misfire, and it is pretty much what it advertises (i.e. Bringing dry pinot flavors in a beer) but it just was limp to me

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Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jds16
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a Westy chalice a very nice murky brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy small light tan head, which leaves a very nice medium size island and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some very nice dark fruits, wine notes. The taste is very very nice, malty, with some very nice dark fruits, very nice wine notes. Full body, ABV is hidden very well though, a complex brew, with a very nice slight dry/bitter finish, definitely a sipper. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Recommeded!

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 04/25/16, drank Apr/17.

It seems to be clear in the texture with mahogany brown hue and ruby shade. The pour slowly builds up a finger of lazy light khaki head that quickly dissipates to some long-lasting foamy sheet on the center of the surface and some bubble patch around the edge. There is not much lacing left with only some patch on the glass-side.

Intense red wine in the aroma with its musty grape, tannin, some oak barrel, currant, and tart berries. More and more fruity deriving from the ester of Belgian yeast reminding of prune and plum which also yields some spiciness. Some molasses too as an evidence of Belgian profile. There is a materialized presence of malt with its caramel, bread, and vanilla.

Obviously winy note dominates the taste buds, it provides notes of musty grape, wine tannin, some oak barrel, currant, and tart berries like the aroma. Belgian ale quality reinforces with its molasses, spice, and fruity ester of prune and plum. Of course, malt is a must to be there lending its bread, burnt sugar, and caramel. Some touch of alcohol reveals when the beer starts to warm.

This one has a big body but it is not that too sticky or hefty with some crisp and some good carbonation to carry all the things well under the smoothness. Slight warming in the feeling, finish is very dry that is reminiscent of wine-like quality.

There are lots of red wine element touching on and on through all your senses. Semi-complex but somehow straightforward, alcohol is hidden quite well but of course it is there lurking behind, anyway, still an enjoyable sipping brew.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Very thin brown head, ruby red body.

Smell: Definite oak presence, wine grapes, some dark fruits, a slight hint of caramel. Very wine like.

Taste: See above, but more vivid.

Feel: Medium carbonation and medium-full body, dry.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I still snatch up these Deschutes limited release bombers, but rising prices and gradually declining quality may force me to stop. Let's hope this is the beer that blows me away and changes my whole outlook.

BOTTLE: Bottled 04/25/16. Brown glass. Classy understated black label.

"Belgian style ale with pinot noir grapes aged in French oak barrels." 11.80% ABV.

HEAD: Fizzy, reducing rather quickly (receding fully within 1 minute). Leaves no lacing as it recedes. From what I caught, it was a pale khaki colour and not too robust.

BODY: Vibrant red. Translucent and transparent. No yeast/lees are visible within.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not a unique or special look for a Belgian style ale, but certainly appealing.

AROMA: Grape must is heavy aromatically, integrating well with the estery Belgian ale yeast, mild oak barrel presence, berries, stonefruit, and wine tannins.

Wine-derived notes of blackberry lend this Belgian ale some subtlety.

Aromatic intensity is average.

No overt hoppy notes or off-notes.

Suggests a somewhat simplistic wine-influenced ale with nice balance but little intricacy or depth.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Acidic from the wine. And wine is prominent in this build, with huge notes of red grape must and tannins in addition to lesser notes of subdued oak, blackberry, redcurrant, and a blip of vanilla (up front). A more jammy pinot noir would be better, if we're nitpicking.

Belgian ale yeast esters, Belgian pale malt/2 or 6 row, subdued leather, fig.

As feared, its complexity is quite limited, and there isn't much depth of flavour here. Disappointingly simplistic and shallow for a Deschutes barrel aged limited release.

Average flavour duration and intensity.

Hides its ABV surprisingly well.

Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, of above average acidity, somewhat refreshing, well-carbonated. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, scratchy, or dragging.

OVERALL: In the recent history of craft beer, Deschutes' barrel aged bomber releases have been amongst the best beers. This is far from the quality we've come to expect from Deschutes, drinkable though it is, and will fail to entice the discerning drinker. A more jammy flavour would be a definite improvement, as would more oak barrel character. Likeable fare for what it is, but not on the level of the best brews in the style.


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Photo of stortore
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 4/25/16, had 10/22/16. Also had on tap in June.

Pours a dark amber, mostly clear, with a half inch head and some soapy lacing. The smell is Belgian yeast, red wine, grapes, plums, dates, malt. The aroma is different than other wine barrel aged Belgians, more deeply wine- like. Very inviting. The flavor is pretty incredible- malt, yeast, red wine, grapes, caramel, figs, plums, raisins, some oak and vanilla. The barrels and grapes are more intense as it warms. Smooth, well carbonated, semi- dry, a really solid, full body.

Loved this one, incredible from the bottle and on tap. Well crafted and blended, the aroma and flavor are layered and complex. The flavors just pop with intensity. Have one more bottle, and man, I sure hope this one is an annual. Well worth a purchase, this is one to seek out.

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Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DTown
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ccg
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark ruby color. Some initial fizziness, but it quickly starts to look sort of flat in a large snifter. In a goblet-style glass, it looks quite a bit better. It looks darker and holds onto its head better.

The smell is full of fruity grape must with oak and brown sugar in the background. It smells sweet and inviting.

The is a more blunt grape flavor with less of the oak and sweetness compared to the smell. Some bitterness mid-palate, and it finishes clean and dry.

The sugars give it a sticky feeling, but the carbonation lightens it up. It's a pretty good balance.

It's unusual, sort of like a carbonated wine. There's some sugar and yeast from the underlying Belgian ale, but the grapes are the dominant force in this beer.

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Photo of Howlader
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brittonkay
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakecattleco
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TGS
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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