Sometimes complex beers can be created with deceptively simple malt bills. The Stoic, Deschutes Brewery's latest installment in its Reserve Series, is brewed using only German Pilsner malt. Instead of relying on grains for character and depth, the Belgian-style Quadrupel gains its intricacies from four fermentations and multiple sugar additions, as well as the time one-third of the beer spent in Pinot Noir barrels and rye whiskey barrels.
'Belgian Strong Dark Ales' on Serious Eats
There are few beers as substantial—and full of such deep, complex flavors and aromas—as Belgian Dark Strong Ales. These beers aren't to be approached lightly. The first sip demands your full attention, though subsequent sips may cause you to lose your train of thought completely.