Pinot Suave | Deschutes Brewery

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4.1/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ONovoMexicano on 05-03-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,271
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
189
pDev:
8.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A real gem (again) from Deschutes. This one has spent two years in my cellar, so it has mellowed and blended a bit. Its deep honey brown color is very pretty and it shows just a little lacing on the glass (a Deschutes tulip). The aroma is fabulous. Rather like a nice port in its deep, dark fruitiness. Strong tones of fresh and fermented grapes and an alcohol twang. The taste takes all these elements, adds many more (raisins, a hint of leather, vanilla) and constructs a near perfect BSDA. It’s amazing. I don’t know how you take a beer aged in wine barrels and wind up with something that hits every note a great strong dark ale should have, but Deschutes has done it. Every note and more.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany with a frothy ecru head; splashes of lacing abound

Smell: Vinous plum, buttressed by caramel, oak, green apple and blackberry Brandy

Taste: Plum forward with earthy yeast tones; bread and caramel emerge before additional fruit tones of green apple and blackberry take over; grape skin bitterness, after the swallow, with oak and Brandy, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: One of the most unusual beers I have ever tasted and I was very much looking forward to seeing what this was like; I have to say, however, that I didn't love, particularly as it had a somewhat medicinal aspect

Thanks, Jonesy1981, for the opportunity

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of impending
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dshansen1184
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leroybrown10
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TylerJ
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaxOhle
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scottfrie
4.02/5  rDev -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 +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of shigg85
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ovaltine
4.06/5  rDev -1%
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 +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveBlack
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajm5108
3.13/5  rDev -23.7%
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 -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jds16
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Pinot Suave from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 189 ratings