The Stoic | Deschutes Brewery

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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
'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.

Added by msubulldog25 on 08-03-2011

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Ratings: 809 |  Reviews: 272
Photo of jar2574
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Debatable whether the black wax top adds to the experience or merely annoys the drinker by forcing them to work harder to get to their beer. The beer was poured into a Chimay goblet so the head was thinner than if it'd been put into a pint glass. The beer is a cloudy dark orange color.

The smell is citrus hops, Belgian yeasts, very nice.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick with a slight alcohol burn on the tongue and not that much carbonation.

The taste is slightly acidic and very complex. Different fruit flavors - grapefruit, pomgranete and cherries. Oakiness from the aging process, I guess. And a little bit of sourness and funkiness, maybe from the yeasts.

This warmed up quite a bit as I drank the bottle and it was as good at room temperature as chilled.

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

Poured from 22oz wax dipped bottle into chalice.

A. Poured a half finger of head that disappeared very quickly. Very little retention. A little bit of lacing. Color is surprisingly a pretty vibrant orange color. Strange color for a quad.

S. Some dark fruit, a little bit of pear, some clove, and a little banana. Get a lot of different belgian aromas, not all quad smells though. Some candi sugar. Raisins, and pear are predominant. Has a little bit of bitterness. Smells a little bit more like a BSPA than a quad. A little bit of alcohol aroma, but not much.

T. Pear, light fruit, alcohol, clove, caramel, lots of flavors going on. Doesent really taste like a quad. Really a cross between a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. When you get past the fact it doesn't taste like a quad, you can focus on all the flavors going on. Pretty sweet. Not much trace of alcohol. Actually drinks pretty easy.

M. Medium/full bodied. Low carbonation. Finishes sweet.

O. Overall this beer definitely misses the mark as a Quad. All in all though it is still a pretty tasty Belgian beer. Has a lot of the flavor components of a BSPA.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy copper orange, thumb of head dissipated to a thin covering, lots of suspended floaties
S - fruity aromas of banana and tropicals, mild spice notes with some graininess
T - big tart tangy fruit flavours up front, a tropical fruitiness brings out the pomegranate infusion, mild touch of rye and woodiness from the barrel again, very unique
M - medium body with a slight creaminess, gives way to a tartness leaving a puckering feel, with the big ABV very well hidden
O - a very unique quad in terms of flavour mixing, the addition of fruits and different barrel aging is a nice touch, a must try

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Photo of conradh
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Mordax
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of DocJitsu
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden copper with a white head that attenuates quickly. This is not my style, but I was pleasantly surprised. The bouquet is characterized by raisin, green banana, and Fruity Pebbles. Flavors of sweet green banana and raisin that finishes with tart grape. This beer drinks like a Belgian without that usual undesirable yeast finish.

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Photo of Snikwad1020
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of Duke
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

(From a tulip glass)

Appearance: The Stoic is almost clear, a dull amber in colour, with a tiny head that dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing. Lots of sediment.

Smell: Surprisingly bold, given the appearance. Pomegranate dominates my nose, with vanilla as a sidekick. It's sweet and floral. Banana become progressively more apparent. I don't smell any alcohol at all.

Taste: Very sweet. Quite malty. The flavours aren't as distinct as the scents, but I can taste the pomegranate, and perhaps some of that banana. One would never guess that this is 11% ABV. Never.

Mouthfeel: Gassy. Fizzy. It reminds me of Strongbow. The body is on the full side but the raw fizz is too much for my taste. There's a bit of a foamy finish too, and that's putting me off.

Overall: My nose liked this much more than my mouth did. I'm a big fan of the big quadrupels, so perhaps I might have been thinking too much of the great Trappistes. This is by no means a traditional quadrupel at all - it tastes more like a tripel with its spice and floral nature - but the beer just felt unbalanced and overly sweet, despite good promises from the nose.

There is a pleasant warmth that kicks in after a while, and that's very welcome indeed.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It some sudsy rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pomegranate and other fruits. Some wood-like aromas and caramel.

T - Nice pomegranate flavor with some yeasty/spiciness. Good caramel sweetness with a touch of oak to add some needed bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - By no means is this a traditional Quadrupel, but it still a tasty beer and worth a try.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber with a fine two finger white head with great retention. Aromatic aroma of Belgian spices, a bit of light fruit and light malt. Taste is light fruit, a hint of banana and cherry, pomegranite. Light bodied. A suggestion of the wine barrel aging, not very much oak presence. This seems less like a quadrupel and more like a Belgian strong pale ale. Nice looking and pleasant to drink, but maybe not quite for the premium series price. I am going to age one of these to see how time treats it. I has good potential.

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Photo of justinwright
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of claytong
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of piclee
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ph4de
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in fancy wax covered bottle served in pint glass

A - Opaque dull amber with 1.5 finger khaki head with minimal retention and good lacing

S - Banana esters and sweet malt, clove

T - Woo this is a spicy, tangy lady. Most of the action in the side palate with tobacco and clove coming first to mind then sweet caramel banana malty esters to follow. End is sweet as an apricot. Booze never really pokes out to say hello. I'm not refined enough to taste the pomegranate, but do taste citrus, more orange than pomegranate. A bit of rye at the finish and some oak wine notes, the barrels really add a lot. Pretty sour.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Really unique spicy quad, quite enjoyable. Spicy and fruity.

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Photo of herman77
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Swervine44
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Ozzy2004Ironman
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jag21
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of GreenCard
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: copper-brown, thin layer of fine-beaded foam that slowly collapses

Aroma: fairly ethereal but there are hints of vanilla, yogurt, tobacco, and white wine

Flavor: syrupy sweetness with a subtle fruity tartness bordering on a yogurt (again) quality; hints of cherries (or pomegranate, I guess) and raisins; the 11% abv is really the only thing providing any balance to the maltiness; finishes sweet with lingering malt and spice

Mouthfeel: full body, pert carbonation, alcohol warmth

Other comments: I'm going to have to stoically say, "Meh."

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Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of pwsoldier
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap @ Bittercreek Alehouse, Boise ID. Served in a snifter.

A: Gold, clear body as it warms, decent off-white head and lace.

S: Sweet bread, sweeter malt bill, banana, clove, spices, distant pomegranate, light rye whiskey notes.

T: Follows the nose, lots of bready notes, caramel, spicy, fruit notes, pomegranate, faint whisky presence.

MF: Spicy medium-dry mouthfeel.

O: Really reminds me of a Tripel or a Belgian Strong Pale. Decent, but nothing more.

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Photo of cooler4life
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a fluffy off-white one finger head that settled fairly quickly. Head settled to a think cap with a dumpling of foam in the middle. Color is a deep hued blood orange. Some yeasty particulate can be seen swirling about. Lacing is small to moderate with no retention.

S: Belgian fruity yeast, banana, allspice. Toward the end I detect the ABV coming through like a freight train.

T: Like a multifaceted gemstone, layers of flavor. Light fruit, apricot, caramel, spices, yeast are prominent. It's really amazing how smooth it finishes as it leaves the palate.

M: Nearly perfect. The stickiness and balance of carbonation are refreshing.

O: A Quad for those with their training wheels on. Light and fruity, it’s a strong offering from Deschutes.

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Photo of EinWeizenbitte
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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