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Pinot Suave | Deschutes Brewery

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,122
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
196
pDev:
8.29%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
51
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of arizcards
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 1-23-19 for $16.99. Bottled on 04.25.16. Consumed on 02-21-19.

Beer poured a burgundy brown with a nice tan head.

Nose is grape and jammy forward with some figs in the background.

Taste is sweet, grape and jammy forward with a nice alcohol warming initially. Finishes sweet and lacking dryness.

Feel is light bodied and very smooth.

Overall a nice brew but it was too sweet.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2019-01-13
22oz bottle served in a little WABL glass. Appears to be dated 04/25/16, 11.8% abv.

Pours dark translucent brown with a medium head, with a medium amount of carbonation. Smell is Belgian dubbel -- dates and toffee and yeast.

Taste is similar, but with a strong wine grape vein running through it, not necessarily blending nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, it's pretty good.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/25/16, shared with rudzud

Pours a nice foamy fizzy head that fades at a quicker pace, not a ton of retention, decent lacing, very hazy maroon auburn color

Nose big sweet malt, toasted Belgian malt, mild tart acidic note, good mild red grape as wine notes, touch tasty and fruity esters, some woody tannins and vanilla oak, little sweet candy malt

Taste sweet candy malts, big oak, big toasted buttery oak, little vanilla, a bit of tart almost acidic note but not really sour mostly from the mild pinot grapes and vicious notes, phenol Belgian yeast notes, little yeasty, mild perfumey alcohol, so buttery, sticky sweet Belgian candy malt

Mouth is med to fuller bod a touch syrupy, nice fizzy carb, alcohol hidden well

Overall mixed, quite nice barrel, nose was a little muted and more acidic wine like, taste was fairly nice but a little too sticky sweet

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Photo of rudzud
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this. 2016 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice slightly hazy chestnut hue with a good fat one finger head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of Belgian esters and a little bit of vinous grapes. Some light bubblegum as well.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of Belgian esters. Light bubblegum with a little bit of vinous grape notes without much alcohol burn.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, little flashes of esters and slightly sticky grapes.

O - Overall this was a solid enough Belgian ale. The esters are pleasant with good grape notes.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of draheim
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz (bottled 4/25/2018) into a tulip. Pours a mahogany w/ light beige collar and film.

Aroma is sweet and caramelly, oak, stone fruits, a hint of pipe tobacco and leather.

Taste follows nose. Sweet, smoky, bright, woody, earthy, spicy. Lots of complexity.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy, thick. Coats the palate.

Overall an enjoyable, complex, contemplative barrel-aged beer.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled April 2016 - so 2 1/2 years on this 22 oz beer - waxed cap. Pours out a slightly murky iced tea colour - golden brown - with minimal short lived cream coloured head. Aroma sweet caramel malt, toffee, dark fruits, fermenting grape. Taste sweet dark fruits, caramel, raisin, but definite grape/wine tartness - not sour just nicely sharp. Certainly get a little bit of the near 12% booziness but not especially hot - smooth medium full finish leaving that slightly winey tartness at the end. Great.

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Photo of jason_nwx
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Pinot Suave from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 196 ratings