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The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

959 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 959
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 896
Gots: 427 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  11.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Flanders style sour brown brewed with dark candi sugar and Oregon Montmorency cherries, aged in Pinot Noir barrels.

30 IBU

First release (9.0% ABV) - August 2008
Second release (10.5% ABV) - November 2010 (~118bbl)
Third release (11.4% ABV) - October 2012

(Beer added by: MisterClean on 08-19-2008)
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Ratings: 959 | Reviews: 425 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by andysk:
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5/5  rDev +19%

andysk, Jan 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

tectactoe, Mar 31, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brownish red with a rather small tanned head that actually stays on for a while before settling. Some lacings.

S: The smell is quite interesting. There is a prominent mix of tart vinegar and clean brett aromas going on with notes of really funky barnyard, cherry tannins, red wine-like grapes, grass, yeast and wet wood. Hints of oaky vanilla. A complex small, but slightly too edgy.

T: The taste is not as complex nor as interesting as the smell would have you to believe. It's actually quite sweet with prominent malty flavors of caramel coupled with pleasant tart fruit aromas (cherries and grapes). Complementary, somewhat clean, brett aromas and notes of mud, oak, grass and vanilla. Hints of yeast. The finish has a mild bitterness to it, brett, sweetish alcohol and dry cherry notes. I think it would have benefited from less alcohol flavors.

M: Medium, almost full body, and medium carbonation which is not how I want a Flanders Oud bruin to be - I prefer them with more carbonation. It's actually almost smooth and sticky.

D: A fairly good attempt at a style that seems hard to master outside of the boarders of Belgium. It's slightly too heavy and big to be really good. The additions from the cherries are really nice though.

ricke, Nov 02, 2009
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4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In the interest of full disclosure, I was pretty bombed when I cracked this bomber...solo.
I'm not a huge sour-style fan but I grabbed two of these upon release and tossed them away...until last night.
Smelled like bottled Cherry Clan's...if you remember what those are.
Poured a nice golden hue into a tulip glass...minimal head.
Each sip got better and better...but it could also be my buzz that got better and better (its 11+%) and was super enjoyable.
As I said, I'm not big into this style but if this was the benchmark, I'd be into it all day.
A very enjoyable beer, even if its a month before its "best after" date.

SanFranJake, Jul 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

Sour beer is the future--or at least that is what the brewers and beer geeks have been telling us over the past year or so. Deschutes has thrown their hat in the ring.

Pours out a semi-thin, latte-like froth and dissipates to a thin lacing with some good retention. Clear, tarnished-brass red color, certainly lighter in color compared to other Oud Bruins. Massive and extremely expressive aroma of peppercorn, evergreen sap, anise, lemon peel, tart cherries, vanilla beans and fresh peaches. Very smooth with a fluffy creaminess on the palate. A healthy smack of tartness on the palate ends up being very rounded rather than being a flash in the pan as it feigns tart cherry and lemon zest flavors from start almost to finish. Spice flavors are light but still a little chaotic with minty, peppery and medicinal notes from the yeast and alcohol. Speaking of alcohol, the 9 percent is very deceiving, with only a warmth in the chest as the tartness seems to numb the palate and throat for the first several sips. Small, dry kernel of maltiness in the drying, faded spicy finish.

An epic beer for the sour beer lover, between the level of sourness and light yeast funk, this beer has found a perfect balance. Way too drinkable for its size: Sip and savor with care. A bottle full of beer geek joy.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

NWer, Dec 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

DaftPatrick, Mar 01, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a clear red amber with a thin creamy off white head that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is acidic and tart, slightly sweet, cherries.

The flavor is acidic and sweet cherries with a bitter, musty, slightly medicinal aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it's a solid fruity sour. I'd prefer a little more sour or brett and less of the weird aftertaste.

Beaver13, Dec 31, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of thirdeye11.

Pours brown with an off-white head. The aroma is a mix of vinegar and very tart cherries. Definitely a very good aroma. The flavor is also heavy on the cherries with some funk as well. It is definitely a sour beer, but not as sour as the aroma led me to believe it would be. You also get some oak and vanilla in the flavor. Medium to high carbonation and very drinkable.

Mora2000, Dec 30, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Skye1024, Jan 09, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Bright brownish-amber with almost a pinkish hue. Not much head or lacing after the initial pour.

Smell: Tart cherries, brown sugar, pepper and a light farmhouse funk. Overall impression of vinegary olives - per my wife but I agree.

Taste: Strong cherry, with a biting tartness. More biting than truly sour. There is both an underlying caramel sweetness and an underlying peppery dryness, which complement one another nicely. Strong oak finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, slightly smooth medium body, tart and dry finish.

Overall: I used to think this had too much cherry. After more experience with sours and cherry flavors, I can emphatically state that this is an exceptional beer. Not the epitome of the style, but the barrel aging is great.

bsp77, Dec 17, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

rob133, Jan 22, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy auburn with a short off-white head. I agree with Ernest, the wax cap nearly drove me insane trying to carve off enough to open the bottle. Aroma is malty, with funky cherries and earthy wood. Not like other sours. Smooth and warm cherry, malt, oak, and vanilla. When the sour comes, it is mellow. Mostly brett and cherries, but in a vinuous/sherry way. Drinks more like a liquer than a funky, sour pucker-bomb. Excellent beer.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

standardcherry, Nov 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark ruby with a thin khaki head. Dots of lacing left down the glass.

A welcoming aroma consisting of sweet cherries, mild vinegar, some stinging sourness, and a hint of oak.

The flavor doesn't succeed quite as admirably as the aroma. The sweet cherries and mild sourness are present and enjoyable, though there's a wet cardboard flavor throughout. Not one of my favorites, though I would drink it again.

Medium mouthfeel.

Not my favorite within the style. A sweet Flanders Oud Bruin, though there's also an unappealing wet cardboard flavor throughout.

ehammond1, Sep 25, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this long ago in a massive trade with JohnGalt1. Thanks Toby!

Appearance- Pours a murky chestnut with some crimson coming in around the edges. Medium pour yields a nice half inch or so of slightly tanned head that dies back in fairly short order to some patches and then a ring. Small amount of lacing left as I drank and some mild beading carbonation.

Smell- Interestingly, I find the nose to be fairly barrel forward. I get a lot of wood and some slight vanilla scents off the nose, before some tart cherry and vinegar acidity.

Taste- Slightly less barrel forward than the nose but still strong presence of wood and a slight touch of vanilla mixed in with caramel malts. Tartness is not overly done but finishes on a mild note of tart fruits, in particular cherry, and a very mild touch of lactic acidity.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy and nicely carbonated. This beer went down very easily and I found it mild in a nice way.

Overall, a solid American shot at an Oud Bruin. I liked this beer, though it is not my favorite example of the style by a stretch.

boatshoes, Jun 23, 2010
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4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. waxed bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. 2012 Reserve with "best after" date of 8/20/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep and very cloudy copper amber orange with a light tint of red. Moderate bubbles and a decent two fingers of off white head that quickly fade away. Moderate lacing left on the glass.

Smell: A nicely funky and fruity Belgian wine like aroma. Belgian yeast with a good amount of funk. Big hints of Brett and sour cherries. Hints of red wine, white grapes, apple, vanilla, oak, and vinegar. Also some hints of dark plum and prune. In the background is some light caramel malt and brown sugar. A very complex and well balanced aroma. Not overwhelming with the sourness or sweetness.

Taste: Tastes as full, complex, and good as it smells. Big taste of funky Belgian yeast with Brett. Big fruit esters, sour cherries, green apples, and grapes standing out the most. Also some notes of pear and dark fruits including prune and plum. Very wine like taste along with some vinegar. Sweet but nicely drying. Some of the barrel makes it into the taste with notes of oak and vanilla. Light malt character with some caramel along with a little brown sugar. A bold taste that is very well balanced. The funk, sourness, and fruity sweetness blend well. Really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy feeling body with a carbonation on the lower side of medium. Fairly tart and very smooth. Alcohol heat is hidden pretty well.

Overall: A really great Belgian style sour. Big fruity wine like flavors while the acidity and sourness is kept in check. Very complex and good tasting.

MattyG85, Nov 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

chickenm, Jul 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

TKEbeerman, May 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

doremite, Nov 25, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a vibrant orange color, looks like an awesome ipa! A little amount of head to it, no lace. Great sour aroma, cherries, orange, oak.

Taste, wasn't the sour bomb I was expecting, balanced I guess, tartness and sour is there, but I wouldn't describe it as dry. Hides the alcohol quite nicely, aspect of vanilla in there.

Would love to try this again, had a bit of a stomach virus when I had this, and it took away from the overall enjoyment I suspect. A little pricey.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 22, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off thanks Geof spreading your brewery to the other coastline, it adds much beer karma to your repertoire. I'm going to spread as much fan fare as possible for your wedding date in the PAC NW as soon as you respond to my beermail. Thanks for these fine brews and my Dissident sample! It appears a brillant blood burgundy semi clouded body with a a large light khaki head forming fine even bubbled lacing spread evenly with each sip have no worries this brew is refined and ready to roll.

Which leads me to aromatics tart cherries along with peels bringing on the earthiness that can't be denied. Wild funky notes of lactic character which ever infectious strain was added to this brew does so well, I can' t knock any portion of my 22 oz. sample. Semi viscous oak barrel characteristics blend well, continue to add opinions here.

Flavor is ridiculous, consists of mild apple vinegar notes with cherry soaked alcohol infused complexities, this brew is without a doubt one of the most amazing American brewed versions of the style. Tartness catches you by the balls, but an unrelenting version of Flemish style brown ales slaps you around into complacency. Wonderful!

Mouthfeel is of course dry in the finish with huge soaking aspects of brew that will dry your whole palate out before you know what hits you. Thank god the medium body and fuller spritzy carbonation really let's things air out a bit.

Drinkability, poured into my Gulden Draak chalice it let's itself work well upon the overall experience...very tart and dry apple cider notes, I can't express enough fine resilient notes our drying characteristics that offer up one exemplary flavor profile, continue to watch for updates...thanks again Geof, you're the man I'm glad I had a hand in your craft brew love affair.

WVbeergeek, Jan 12, 2009
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The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 959 ratings.