The Stoic | Deschutes Brewery

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The StoicThe Stoic

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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: 800 |  Reviews: 271
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +24.7%

Photo of claytong
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of piclee
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ph4de
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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 -8.1%

Photo of Swervine44
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of jag21
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of GreenCard
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
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 +5%

Photo of pwsoldier
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 -3.4%
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 -8.1%

Photo of Belize2000
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours into my Lost Abbey Teku glass with a light amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, pale-amber / gold hue when held up to the light. The beer is topped by a frothy, three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma smells of golden raisins, clove, woody pepper, biscuit like grain, toasted oak notes and some spicy oak character that seems fresh cut, but not quite green. The toasted oak aromatics mixes well with the toasted, pale grain notes. There is a touch of tartness to the nose that couples with the general fruitiness, a cotton candy like note, a hint of cantaloupe melon notes and just a general, pretty expressive fruitiness in the nose. There is a fair amount of complexity in the nose of this beer, but it is not quite as well integrated as it could be; it is not bad, but at times the hot alcohol, phenolics, hints of acetone, sharper fruit notes, and spicy oak clash with each other.

The beer is sweet with a general fruitiness that leans towards plums, pears and apples up front, but this fruitiness leans towards the anticipated pomegranate towards the middle. The finish has some phenolic clove notes, a touch of spicy oak character, perhaps a touch of green woodiness and an astringent woodiness. The flavor is perhaps not quite as fruit focused as the aroma, but it is close to the dominant note in the flavor. The oak character is actually quite soft here; it is noticeable, but mostly stays in the background. The malt character is actually quite a bit more muted than I was expecting; there is a touch of cracker like maltiness and a touch of dried hay like grain. The body of this beer is quite light considering the strength, though this is definitely a sipping beer. As the beer warms up a bit more hot alcohol begins to come out, and the oak gets a bit more toasted and perhaps a bit more spicy as well.

I actually think that a more palate coating maltiness would really help this beer immensely, there are a few too many sharp edges to this beer right now. I am sure some age will also smooth this out a bit too, so if you only have one bottle, definitely hold on to it for at least a year or two.

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Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top, nicely waxed, with beautiful, classy label featuring a monk. 2011 vintage; enjoy by August 2012. Poured in measures into my half-pint Black Sheep goblet.

Appearance: Orange amber brew, with lots of tiny sediment in suspension (the clerk up-ended my bottle as he was wrapping it up, ugh). This is capped by a nice creamy ivory head which shows good retention. Lazy, tiny carbonation.

Smell: Not at all what I expected. Some juicy, light-red fruits, along with what smells like a ghostly hint of funk, some fairly strong bubblegum notes, and a hint of barrel character. Not typical, by any means, but quite pleasant. If this tastes anywhere near so good, it seems that I’m in for a treat!

Taste: Opens with juicy red fruit, with notes of banana and a big bubblegum presence, almost like a Bavarian Weizen. Sweet pale malt (and maybe a hint of light crystal malt) through the middle. Ends with a light red-fruit tartness and a wonderfully understated barrel character (of the whiskey, rather than the wine, variety). The vanilla/dry oakiness comes through, more than the spirit, however. Very nicely barreled beer! I wish more breweries would recognize the merits of a subtle barrel presence. This is definitely warming, but 11%? No trace!

Mouthfeel: The fairly high levels of carbonation work well with the fairly rich, creamy body.

Overall: From the fairly low scores and the fact that we still have CASES of this sitting around town, when the Abyss and BB XXIII sold out in a few hours, I wasn’t expecting much from this at all. Turns out, this was quite a nice surprise, and I’m glad I treated myself after giving a presentation on my research today. If this is still around in a couple of months, I’ll gladly pick up one more, if my budget can handle the $13.00 hit at that point. For what it’s worth, I love Boulevard Brewing, and have to give props to my local brewery, but this beer is, IMO, far superior to their barrel-aged quad with fruit.
B+ to A-

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Photo of AbbeyNORML
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Flatlands
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this to try a quad that had been aged, it turns out this is a great beer to introduce someone to a mellow quad style beer. I went out and purchased another bottle, relatively expensive for it's size, but it makes a great presentation.

This is a very smooth beer with a lot of fruity flavor. It is about the easiest drinking 11% quad you will encounter. I agree with the previous reviews that it does pick up a wine quality from the barrel aging. I am ranking this pretty high due to the smoothness of this Quad. I was surprised by it!

Deschutes did a collaboration with my fav brewery, Boulevard, and they are just now moving into Missouri. Welcome! I am glad you are here.

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Photo of meatyard
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber/orange with a quickly falling, 1-finger, white head that doesn't leave lace. There are several, small streams of carbonation rising to the top.

The smell is of nice Belgian yeast and a bit fruity. Maybe a slight peppery aroma as well.

The taste is much like the smell with the fruit more apparent above most all else. The 11% is well-hidden though it is quite warming.

The mouthfeel is medium with a surprisingly tingly amount of carbonation.

Overall: While not a superior quad, I find it very pleasant to drink. I had no trouble with one bottle but that would suffice for a while. As with many Deschuttes products, this too, is worth trying.

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The Stoic from Deschutes Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 800 ratings.
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