Pinot Suave | Deschutes Brewery

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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: 192 |  Reviews: 51
Reviews by gatheredwaters:
Photo of gatheredwaters
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

positively one of the greatest expression of wine in beer i have ever come across, and definitely among my most favorite beers from our oregon trip, right at the brewery into a teku from the tap in portland. it has a beautiful deep crimson color, with a patchy and airy delicate looking khaki colored head. soft haze, a ruby glow, pretty brew with plenty of viscosity obvious. tangy pinot noir grapes in the nose, a ton of sweet and tannic red wine and oak, you really smell the barrels this was aged in first, very wet, freshly drained. the grape in the flavor is both sweet like the flesh and juice, tangy and tart like the skins, and rich and mature and refined like the final wine product. i cant believe the depth of the fruit, really more of a beer wine hybrid here, with the best of both worlds coming out. the yeast is strange, almost winey, almost wild, but more of a high gravity belgian thing, sort of trappist in the way it brings some fruitiness of its own and dries this out pretty well for how much grape is here. tons of rich oak, new, vanilla and earth notes to it, really mellowing and integrating and dynamic. the alcohol is quite apparent too, but it really works for me, i think its almost needed here. this seems to me to be the final evolution of the style, one of the best i have ever had from deschutes. i hope bottles show up in colorado, this really blew my mind.

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Photo of tempest
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is a muddled mix of berry and caramel, but the flavor is exquisite. It covers those caramel grains, toasty oaks, berry-like wine and finishes with a tart hit. The alcohol is well hidden and there's a definite wine edge that works with the toffee element of the barley. This is impressive, unique, and as complex as any great quad.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml black waxed 2016 bottle poured into tulip 7/11/16

A clear rusty red when held to the light, short lived finger of tan foam falls quickly leaving a single partial ring

S grapes both flesh and fermented, vinous notes are everywhere, brown sugar, raisins, vanilla, some wood and spice, plums, bruised apple, strawberries, black current, just a hint of booze and yeasty note bordering on sour funk

T more barrel and booze, still fruit of all sorts, odd mix of berries and dark fruit with some apple sauce, somehow it works well

M medium weight, fairly slick, a little booze going down, woody, vinous, tobacco linger

O a bit of an odd duck but it works fairly well, big vinous notes for a beer and I could see this improving a great deal with some time

I don't come across unique beers all that often at this point in my beer travels but I can't recall something similar to this in recent memory. Yet another way expensive bomber in Alberta but I might buy another to age for a few years out of curiosity

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Photo of tigg924
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, dark brown in color with slight maroon, with minimal head. Taste is caramel, raisin oak barrel, red grapes. Medium bodied, sweet, with moderate carbonation. Definitely a beer/wine hybrid. Tasty and satisfying. I like some of Deschutes other big beers more, but this is very good.

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Photo of chossboss
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Bottle shared at August THT. Ruby pour, clear with a thin pink head. Notes of cherries, spices, sherry, red wine. Medium body with a low carbonation.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown with amber highlights. There's a fain trace of brown on top. The aroma is very winelike with a strong Pinot Noir and French oak combination. The taste is thankfully nowhere near as sweet as the nose would indicate. I'm tasting sweet Pinot Noir grapes that are held in check by the dry, woodsy oak at the back of the palate. I also taste some of the light Belgian base malt as the beer warms. The mouth is very dry and moderately carbonated. I guess this is a hybrid of wine and beer that is more of a wine. It's quite good, though.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head which quickly fades away.

Smell: A rich, fruity, and boozy Belgian style aroma with a scent of yeast, red wine, and dark fruit. Belgian yeast with some hints of peppers, clove, and funk. Big barrel presence with a red wine scent of grape skins, oak, wood, and acid. Big dark fruit presence with a scent of cherries, fig, raisin, plum, prune, and dates along with apple, berries, and pear. Malt scent of caramel, biscuit, grains, and oats. Nice hints of tobacco and leather along with some candied sugar. A really nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a rich, fruity, and boozy Belgian style taste with notes of red wine, dark fruit, and yeast. Belgian yeast with notes of pepper, clove, and funk. Lots of red wine barrel notes with some grapes, oak, wood, and acidity. Dark fruit notes of fig, plum, prune, raisin, cherry, and dates. Also some good fruit notes of apple, pear, banana, and berry. Malt notes of caramel ,biscuit, toast, grains, and oats. Notes of leather and tobacco. Some candied sugar sweetness. A very good complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and fairly sticky. Some alcohol heat is felt but it's moderate.

Overall: A very nice Barrel Aged Belgian style ale. Good mix of red wine, spice, and dark fruit flavor.

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Photo of moundbz
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at then Beergarden in Eugene Oregon.
Clear dark brown body with a very good tan head that leaves spotty sticky lacing.
Red wine aroma with more wood than (thankfully) shows up in the flavor.
Too boozy/winey.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a slim Belgian tulip.

Deep amber colored liquid with a red wine tint to it. Foamy oatmeal-colored head that has a fizziness to it as it recedes. Settles into a foamy lace over the body. Elegant-looking and very much Belgian in appearance. 5

Smells tart first but then potent swaths of raisin, fig and caramel surge through and make things interesting. The aroma as a whole just reminds me of sherry. 4

Tart cherry and cherry pie are the first notable flavors on the tongue. Floral and peppery yeast and the fig and raisin from the nose. Still resembling port or sherry. Pumpernickel bread pops up from time to time. Tastes of booze show up as it warms. 4

Tart and vinous meets bready, sweet and fruity. Kind of a tough sell. With the tartness, I find my tongue looking for a lighter body and less creaminess, but interestingly, I appreciate the full body and richness at the same time. 3.75

This is a curious beer and it will make you think, thus not a passive beer. I like it but don't love it.

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

22oz, black wax sealed bottle. Made with Pinot grape must, and aged in French Pinot Noir barrels. Pinot, Pinot, Pinot - the word has lost all meaning to me!

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather fizzy tan head, which leaves some cresting sea wave lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet caramel malt, biscuity toffee, a strong black orchard fruitiness (cherries, plums, and blackberries), some estery Belgian yeastiness, subtle red wine-kissed oak, mocha, and a very minor earthy, leafy, and gently perfumed floral green hop bitterness. The taste is very fruity up front - bruised apples and pears, underripe cherries, and generic table grapes - with a heady caramel/toffee/treacle malt sweetness, laid-back Low Countries yeast, vanilla extract, more of that understated Old-World wine barrel oakiness, and some growing isolated booziness.

The carbonation is quite low-key in its plain Jane frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and surprisingly smooth, with a wee airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a bit around here. It finishes off-dry, the base malt still contending with the woodsy red wine fruitiness.

Overall, this is one crazy-ass easy to drink BA brew, especially considering the ABV - somehow the boozy-booze is perfectly integrated, in the manner of yer typical Frenchie plonk. At any rate, I'm not exactly getting Pinot Noir notes here, but that's just splitting hairs (though it's still good and vinous), and, ok, I'm still gonna say it: 'Peeeenot...drops the beat...Suave'.

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Photo of Tuckersmth
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

If you find this in bottle at a bar , suck it up and pay the $25 odd bucks for the 22oz, share with friends and enjoy. One of the most unique sours out there . 11.8% but not too boozy .

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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours dark, ruby brown with a sandstone, finger width head. Sub-par retention, resulting rather quickly in a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing comes through with broken lines and small spots found here and there.

Smell - Slightly vinegary at first, then warms to reveal more decisive notes of grape, oak, generic fruity sweetness and some booze. The aromatic experience as a whole hits me like a cheap, sweet red table wine.

Taste - Thankfully drinks better than the nose leads on. Toffee, caramel, black cherry and red grape character make up the bulk of the flavor upfront and throughout, with lesser notes of spice and a hint of Belgian funk following beneath. Oak comes through strongly mid-taste, along with a touch of vinous booze flavor. Lingering berry and cherry tartness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with fair, spritzy carbonation. Slightly sticky, then a bone dry finish.

Overall - An oddity from Deschutes that could have been a lot worse under less experienced hands. Turned out to be pretty good overall, but if I want a glass of wine, I'll buy a bottle of wine. Worth a try, but doubtful I'd buy it again for the price it commands.

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Photo of whatname
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with tan head. Aroma has sweet malt, dark fruits and lots of wood, overall a really complex nose on this one. Taste starts with an astringent fruit flavor and wood tannins. Really balanced, you get sweet caramel malt but also a bit of fruit tartness. Body is quite light and dry with medium carbonation. Overall it's a really complex beer with nice flavors but I don't think they combine as well as expected.

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Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent caramel/scarlet with a sliver of ivory colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Figs, bourbon, raisins

T: Follows the nose, dryness ( red winey) & jammyness up front. Oaky dryness is in the drivers seat as this warms, much red wine & a little sour cherry. Finishes oaky with a little cherry, fig & red wine & a little orange peel

Medium body, slight carbonation , dryness; carbonation picks up once warm

Pretty nice offering, I would consider buying this again

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Photo of breadwinner
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Something really likeable about this concoction, which is incredibly fruity but never cloying, balanced, somewhat uniquely, by a lovely toffee note. It really is an interesting and complementary combination. Wine barrel sneaks through, again with such smoothness -- and, really, that's the adjective that should describe this beer -- smooth. Just the lightest tartness to my palate, almost not there. Lovely stuff from Deschutes.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jason_nwx
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmoore32
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pinot Suave from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 192 ratings