The Stoic (Deschutes Brewery)

I picked up this bottle when I made the trip to Oregon last October, so I’ll admit I was a little peeved when I realized that you could easily get this beer here in LA. Doh! Anyway, once I cracked open this bottle I knew it was worth the time/money/wait.

THE STOIC is a Belgian Quadrupel with 20 IBUs and a reserved 11% ABV.

Four nuanced fermentations. Aged, sequestered, in select rye whiskey & wine casks. Ergo a stoically brewed quad, with the spellbinding complexity of its medieval ancestors. Malt beverage brewed with pomegranate with 16.5% being aged in oak wine barrels and 16.5% being aged in oak rye whiskey barrels. 

The Stoic pours a medium-dark orange color. Head is a half inch ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. More bubbles stream up the side of the glass as you drink.

Cherry and rye were the first two smells I really picked up on. The traditional Belgian scents like banana and clove are also fairly noticeable. Hints of pomegranate and a clementine-like citrus flavor are there, but hidden.

Fruitiness with a tinge of sour was the first thing I noted when taking a sip of this beer. Red apple starts things off, before fading into a touch of crab apple, that slides into some sour cherries. The middle has some rye bread maltiness that ends with a touch of pomegranate. Even though it is 11% the booze isn’t all that noticeable, but you can definitely tell that it’s a big beer. As it warms the red apple becomes more like a green apple.

Mouthfeel is medium with some moderate drying. As the bubbles die down a champagne-like zestiness becomes more pronounced.

I’m not a Quad expert, but I really enjoyed this beer. The apple flavors were fantastic with the rye flavors being noticeable enough to keep the sweetness in check. The Stoic is well put together and a great beer for sipping on a warm June evening.

Overall: 8 out of 10

As a BELGIAN QUADRUPEL: 9 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: Boulevard THE SIXTH GLASS, Sixpoint EXPRESS, Legend Brewing QUAD, 

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