The Stoic
Deschutes Brewery

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Quadrupel (Quad)
3.91 | pDev: 13.3%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
The StoicThe Stoic
Notes: '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.
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Nugganooch from California

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the bomber - 2015 release - Duvel Tulip glass
Consumed in Feb 2016

Dark caramel amber body with a thick and lush khaki tan head. Nice chunky lace that decorates the glass. I get lots of sherry wine like notes in the aroma. It is very fruity with caramel accents. The flavor is big fig and plum fruit with some golden fruit mixed in, vanilla, carmalized bread and some earthy wood tones. Super smooth the abv is a non factor. More light fruity etsers, more barrel and pomegranate coming more pronounced as it warms. Has a light sugary vinegar quality and more sherry like. Soft and frothy feel on the palate, little wet with some drying low bitterness

Great flavor profile. Not like any quad I have come across

Jan 15, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This copy from 2015.
I'm only the third review this year and I could not find The Stoic on Deschutes website, so perhaps this is no longer brewed?
Regardless, it will last a few more years; and if I find another copy, I hope to enjoy it also. This 2015 copy paired well with a creamy St. Andre on water crackers and a dry English fruit cheese on whole wheat crackers. A good quad for cheese.

I'm intrigued by The Stoic's Looks, a peachy amber is unusual for a quad. Smells are much lighter fruits (apples, pears, white grapes) than the traditional quad (dark dried fruit.) Tastes rely more on the blending of the oak aged ingredients (probably grapes and some form of whiskey in this copy) than the yeast Belgians traditionally lean on. This is an innovation, and probably an expensive one. It keeps the Stoic from becoming too sweet or alcoholic; which can happen with the traditional use of brewers sugar. In other words, the barrels provide balance.

While I have had 12 from them, Deschutes is one of the few first generation crafters (started in the 1980s) not to have been bought or having gotten hooked via a Big distribution network. Deschutes will open an east cost production facility in a couple of years (also late by five years.) So apparently, Deschutes takes its time. And The Stoic does, too. Glad I found it (Eureka!)

Nov 24, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage; drank 10/15/15 on draft @ Fischman's.

Murky orange appearance.

Minimal khaki head; minimal lace.

Cinnamon, apple cider & faint orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Apple cider flavor up front; cinnamon bite on the finish. No booze heat.

Simple but very refreshing. I'd have another.

Oct 23, 2019
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GarrettB from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

September 19th, 2015 - Deschutes executes another delicious beer in the Stoic. This peach flesh colored beer smells like peach juice, juicy and gently sweet. And the flavor is aligned with the other two notes: exquisite peach flavors and a bright fizziness, spiced with a touch of ginger. The alcohol appears in the aftertaste but not sooner, letting the spectrum of peach notes to stretch out.

Oct 07, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finally got around to trying this one. Unique quad from the blending, could see how this one would be polarizing as it is not what one thinks of flavor wise as traditional. The feel is brighter, but not necessarily lighter. Little astringent in the booze, but works well enough in my opinion. Taste is golden raisin with oak barrel, some light funk, caramel malts, apple, pear, sugared oranges, booze, and belgian yeast. Nice complexity there. Smell is booze heavy with some lingering oak, nectarine and golden raisin, but falls apart a little at end. Would have again, but really is a different cat

Nov 05, 2018
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siskiyoucellar from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 2015 that’s been in my cellar for three years. Nice orange-brown color, fairly cloudy with a good bit of sediment (not surprising). Aroma is a bit understated but nicely complex with winey, stewed fruit and vanilla notes. Taste is where this beer really comes alive: rich and complex, beautifully mellowed by a little aging, it’s everything a good quad should be. Strong sour wine tones, golden candied fruit, a touch of white pepper and much, much more. Feel is light and vineous. Overall an excellent American quad that has aged beautifully.

Sep 25, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

tried to crack this a few times, never actually did. finally stripped the wax and time to drink it. Best by 8/04/2012,/ so plenty of age on this.

Pours a surprising decent sized head, but bubbly fizzy head that fades quickly, faint lacing, very hazy sediment laden bright orange-red color

Nose is interesting, probably not what it should, be lots of esters, apple cider, pear, loads of that aged soft malt effect but a little continued attenuation in the bottle yeast thing and a bit of oxidation, some wine barrel and vinous wine notes, some toasted oak but not really whiskey, caramel, nougat, rye spice, loads of sweet malt and alittle tart acidic fruity wine like note, really wish I could try it fresh too

Taste similar to the nose, loads of sweet malts, candy all over, caramel, candi sugar, icing, a bit of aged soft older malt, with plenty more fruit as well, apple cider, pear, some dates and figs, nice fruity esters, but mixed with interesting baking spice phenol notes, possibly spices from barrels as well as there is some vinous wine and wine barrel, but also a little acidic winey fruit flavor, hint of cardboard oxidation, vanilla and toasted buttery oak, no whiskey, some warming alcohol presence and a little tingly as it warms, butterscotch coming a bit later, sticky sweet finish, a little drier with more tingly alcohol, all of the flavors combined seem to linger

Mouth is fuller bod, plenty of alcohol tingle and warmth, light but decent carb

Overall interesting, def wish I had it fresh to compare, some quad characters in there, a little oxidation and plenty of age, nice fruits, decent barrel but missing a lot unfortunately, still enjoyable sipper

Aug 05, 2018
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oberon from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 bottle.Pours into a stemmed glass a clear rich burnt orange infused golden with a half finger creamy-like off white head atop.A sour/lactic tinge in the nose along with a bit of cork,slightly funky but appetizing none the less.Red wine deep vinous notes up front on the palate with mild phenols,finally some spicy rye hits in the finish.It has some nice complexities,would have liked more rye on the palate,still a very nice complex sipper.

Dec 11, 2017
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Savan from Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

opened my 2015 today :) I love quads and had much hesitation on opening as in this neck of the woods they are rare to find at the beer store! ANYWHO..... Poured into a trappist glass, no head to mention. Smell of sour dough bread and passion fruit is present. Taste is kinda sour and a lil sweet and tangy. I am not getting allot of defined flavors but I get a slight pepper underbite which sorry to say I don't think should be there. Overall... I am a lil thrown by this "Quad" not what i was expecting, then again it was not terrible. I do not know that I will revisit.... we will see.

Jun 12, 2017
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Dbonescapone from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2015 EDITION. Pour is a bright orange with a bit of expected haze, sticky eggshell head with delicate lacing. Nose is of dark fruit skins, strawberry jam, a touch of oak and some alcohol singe. Flavors are fruit forward, pomegranate juice and a touch of bitter pith, plum skins, (hop?) spice undertone, and appreciable oak tannins define the mouthfeel. Lightly thin body causes waves of booze heat swept away by a bold fruity malt character with hints of caramel for some backbone. Fleeting sweetness and an overall dry finish leaves a sticky, delicious linger. Big fan, and if you can find it in stores for the deal I got, pounce on it! Could sit for even longer, next sampling in 6-12 months.

Apr 29, 2017
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pants678 from California

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly bright orange with receding white foam.


Spicy and a tinge of tang that skews toward orange. No roast or char or booze, maybe a tad citric. Needs more punch from the malt bill. Still prefer the traditional version but this is a fun change.

Full body

Mar 26, 2017
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polloenfuego from Canada

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quick Review: The Stoic pours a light mahogany color with a decent finger's worth of head. There is okay lacing when the head breaks. The smell is sweet with the elements of a quad present: candi, dark fruits and a slight booziness. The taste is not what I expected. To my palate the pomegranate was easily the dominant taste, making this beer almost too sweet. Barrel flavors were minimal, and the sweetness buried the other quad elements. The feel was full with good carbonation.
Not the beer I expected, I would like to try fresher next time.

Feb 26, 2017
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Gobearswalter34 from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- pours a beautiful Brilliant Orange that is hazy and the thin,white, creamy head. Lots of carbonation, and sedimentation.
S- wine barrels, sour and belgian yeast funk.
T- wonderful carmel malt combined with the Belgian yeast. Many dark fruits. Slight apple and banana.
F- lots of flavors that comes together well. Smooth sipper. Dry, clean, crisp apple finish.

Feb 12, 2017
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HardTarget from Texas

4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Personal cellar from 2011 opened Jan. 2017. Black wax sealed bottle, best by 2012 date.

Appearance: Hazy orange amber glass struggles to hold a thin halo of foam that doesn't lace.

Aroma: Heady grape esters, toffee, and Belgian yeast.

Taste: Rich malt, fruit is a bit jam like, only a hint of any booze in the finish, mild leather note.

Mouthfeel: Light body, warming alcohol, low carbonation.

Overall: A winner from the cellar, no signs of oxidation, full flavor, mellowed alcohol. Almost candy sweet with enough character to keep it drinkable and interesting.

Jan 21, 2017
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy light amber color (almost orangish) with some sediment. Has a finger width foamy head with good head retention great lacing. Aroma of apple and stronger raisin. Good amount of candied sugar. Big sweet raisin taste with mild apple and candied sugar. The alcohol is somewhat evident but not overpowering. Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

Jan 08, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber. Short bubbly head fades to light lacing.

Smells of pears and light banana. Seems to have a slight Belgian yeast smell.

First sip was apple pie almost. Subsequent sips reveal other fruits and sweeter flavor. Light malt flavors. I do not detect any alcohol flavor. Medium body. Light fruity sweetness lingers for a short time. More tart apple flavor as it warms.

Dec 28, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is apples, pears, honey, hay, and white wine. Complex, slick, and full bodied. Really tasty sipper. Glad I found this. I would certainly pick this one up again.

May 29, 2016
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enrique_m from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

look: amber red, white head, tiny bubbles, and nice lacing.
smell: funky and fruity.
taste: smooth, full bodied, and the alcohol is hidden pretty well.
overall: delicious.

May 21, 2016
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BSiegs from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, opaque deep red-orange in color. Minimal white head that has some retention and leaves little lacing. Rich maltiness in aroma, with caramel, toffee. Strong fruity esters, with slight notes of the wine barrel. Slightly spicy. Delicious and complex in taste. Again, a rich maltiness with spice, dark fruit, caramel, and toast. The slight barrel notes add a nice complexity, without taking anything away from the base flavors of the quad. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation. Not overly sweet or bitter with a slightly dry finish. Overall, a wonderful and complex version of a quad.

May 07, 2016
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ricke49 from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent quad. Oddly it starts with an alcohol burn and then mellows to fruity nirvana. With fruity aftertaste sans alcohol. Slick mouthfeel. This 22 oz bottle indicates: best enjoyed by 5/2016 - so fully aged, and just in time. I commend Deschutes for willingness to reach out from their simple English style ale beginnings.

Apr 21, 2016
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megapyro6 from Wisconsin

4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange-amber. Half inch off-white head which fades quickly to lacing.

Aroma: Odor of belgian esters, caramel, and a little fruit. There is a slight alcohol aroma. Some honey type odors. Perhaps some floral hops or aroma peeking through as it warms. There is a lot going on, and it's a little difficult to hone in on particular components

Taste: Very belgian and complex. Esters, dark raisiny fruit. Caramel and honey sweetness blends well with the other flavors. Little to no alcohol bite. Not cloying at all. I'm not explicity getting any pomegranate, but it could be hidden in other flavors. There is a little bit of spicy and vanilla oaky flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel. Thick, but not cloying or sticky.

Overall: I enjoyed this. I didn't know much about this beer going in, and was expecting a dark ale going in. A little surprised by the relatively light color, but it's good. It's well balanced, and all of the component flavors combine for a very good beer.

Apr 08, 2016
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leaddog from Canada

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours an orange amber with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Vinous aromas, caramel, bready malts, dark fruit (grape, plum, raisin), hint of woodiness, honey.

Taste - Predominantly vinous along with grape, caramel sweetness, malts, and dark fruit. Not really picking up on the whiskey scale. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth body with a lingering sweetness on the palate (close to cloying).

Overall - A Belgian quad that delivers on malts and vinous qualities, but lacks on some of the promised deliverables of whiskey barrel woodiness and pomegranate. I feel that the wine barrels take over. I would have liked to taste more fruity esters beyond grape. Not certain if this is worth the hefty price tag.

Mar 20, 2016
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TheSixthRing from California

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 Version, Best By Date of 05/08/16

Apperance - Pours slightly hazy and mostly copper in color with a half finger of head that fizzes away nearly before I can put the bottle down, leaving a barren surface with only a trace amount of bubbles around the edge.

Smell - Caramel, toffee and banana hit the nose first, then some tartness and musty grape. Distant clove spice.

Taste - Follows the nose. Prominent caramel and banana notes, with lesser clove spice. Big notes of 'white wine' character creep in by mid-taste. Dry, tart apple. Grape skin. Residual sugary sweetness. Finishes sweet with light, lingering tartness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with low, slightly tingly carbonation. Fluffy texture that dries quickly, almost like cotton candy.

Overall - Kinda tastes like a hefe with a splash of white wine and a spoonful of sugar. Between this and Not The Stoic, I prefer this, but I doubt I'd buy either again. Like most quads, I find too much residual sweetness for me to love past the first few sips, and the hefty price tag doesn't endear me to buying it again, either.

Mar 02, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - another American baby whale that has decided to come sniffing around up north.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and certainly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some low-lying volcanic island profile lace around the glass as it swiftly abates.

It smells of strongly alcoholic phenols straight off, musty caramel malt, wan, yet still biscuity toffee, some wayward son yeast, a weak under your parents' basement stairs otherness, apple pie, poached pears, brown sugar, muddled baking spices, and some tame earthy, weedy, and perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is rather sweet 'n gritty caramel/toffee malt, a heady sauced orchard fruitiness (apple, cherry, white plum, and bruised pear), well-behaved yeast, a bit of barrel oakiness (more or less indistinct between the wine and whiskey notes), lame spice, and a still understated by design earthy, leafy, and perfumed hoppiness.

The bubbles are pretty listless in their plainly quotidian frothiness, the body an average middleweight, and more or less smooth, only the hovering booziness proving any sort of immediate threat. It finishes sweet, but in a barely moderated sense - the malt and fruit characters letting themselves go just a wee bit too much.

Overall, this seems like the typical New World craft brewery way of fucking with traditional styles - were Quads not fruity or boozy enough in the first place, that they needed a double dose of barrel treatment as well? Not to mention the large serving size, the rest of which I will have to save for later (so not a bad deal, eh, future me?). In the end, not bad, but not worthy of the rather dear shelf tag, unfortunately.

Feb 05, 2016
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Slack from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color and a bit cloudy. Maybe ¼ inch of head and minor lacing in the glass.

Picking up a lot of fruit on the nose along with oak. Caramel is also present along with something floral.

Taste the same fruit with notes of alcohol, white grape/wine, oak, and sugar. Whiskey is absent.

Mouthful is medium with medium carbonation.

A departure from the typical quad. The lighter version is an interesting take. Lighter fruits really make the difference here. Very drinkable.

Jan 31, 2016
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