The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 451
Hads: 1,148
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
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Gots: 568 | FT: 52
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  11.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MisterClean on 08-19-2008

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
Fourth release (10.7% ABV) - December 2014
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Photo of Overlord
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Have been greatly looking forward to this. Thanks Liquid Solutions!

Pours a clear brown. Held to the light, some reddish amber hues. Almost no head at first, then it builds to an inch or so of off-white foam.

I like the aroma. Some sour apple and cherry, maybe some barnyard funk lurking about. Taste is sublime, with a strong funky undercurrent that sweeps through everything with barnyard mustiness, but plenty of popping fruit flavors; cherry, unripe apple, and ... a bit of raisiny/pruney sweetness.

Can't taste the alcohol. Mouthfeel is decent. The vinegariness so prevalent in this style of beer is very, very muted. (626 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says Best After 8/20/13

A- Pours a semi-murky reddish light brown color with a 1/8 inch light tan head that's short-lived and soon dissipates to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Aroma is bursting with lactic acid bringing notes of tart cherry, sour apple and wine-like alcohol fumes.

T- The oak comes through wonderfully in this beer as it meshes with the fruit and tartness to create a balanced and drinkable combination. Not incredibly sour and the alcohol is masterfully hidden. I almost wish there was just a tad more flavor but this pretty much hits the spot. Semi-astringent oak aftertaste.

M- Slight pucker but quite quenching. Low carbonation and a medium body.

O- This is one knockout of a sour but it's so subtle in its execution. A slow sipper but every one is a delight. (939 characters)

Photo of youradhere
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 Vintage
Pours an effervescent cream colored head, bright copper hues in the body, lots of carbonation bubbles trace the sides. Smells of cherries, pineapple, mango, oak, vanilla, toffee. Tastes of tart lacto up front, followed by more muted cherry, maraschino cherry to be exact, toffee, vanilla, slight chocolate, fig. Mouthfeel is medium, thin for the ABV, you can still feel the alcohol heat on this one, carbonation is great and mellows as it sits. Great oude bruin, my favorite style and a great rendition of it.

May 08 2010
2008 Vintage
Had this at a tasting at Jakes 5th anneversary. Nice hazy copper color capped with a beige head that quickly fades. Smells of sour cherries and funk still after these few years. Tastes of cherries up front followed by musty horse and a barely perceptable alcohol burn. Light body and very drinkable. (848 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (1,350 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Swiss wine snifter. 2010 vintage.

Pours a clear sunburst orange body full of slowly rising bubbles that replenish the one finger of light orange-tinted head. Looks like fall leaves in the Smoky Mountains. Some lacing.

Sweet and sour cherries make up the bulk of the nose, and they smell very nicely integrated and blended. Some nice acid compliments the complex malts and sweet, and all this is bound together by a bit of oak.

Think refinement. This flavor doesn't smack the palate with funk or sourness, but with subtlety and craftsmanship. Sweet, sour, funk and warm soft malts are all in balance, and the result is and Oud Bruin that tastes nearly like a Flanders red. I do not love cherry flavor, but in this beer it is everything that is to like without any medicinal qualities or "cough syrup" overtones. The malts in this beer are noticeable and spot on. The alcohol is nowhere to be found, an achievement for this 10.5% ABV. As this opens up I discover some wine-like flavors that I can't quite put a finger on, but that add to the complexity even more.

Mouthfeel is complex in the same way as the taste. It is both soft and aggressive, creamy and lively. Once again, an achievement. Drinkability is outstanding, truly.

Conclusion: This beer is easy drinking and complex, interesting and subtle. I love it, and I am looking forward to the other 5 bottles that are waiting in my cellar. If this gets more sour and funky as it ages I think it will only get better. This beer is outstanding and is surely one of the best I have ever tasted, and the best part is that it is still young. I look forward to tasting another next year with anticipation. If I had only three beers to drink for the rest of my life, this would be one of them. (1,760 characters)

Photo of jsurfs82
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyable interesting beer. Not overly sour and alot going on with aroma and on the palate. Drinks just about as easy as the lower ABV brothers of this style. I'll drink this over Abyss any day. A great beer from Deschutes! (230 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Big wine character in the taste. The aroma leads with big cherry notes, and in the taste you get some cherry in the front, and a slight puckering effect at the end. I know this gets better with age.. (200 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slight haze on a copper, deep copper beer. Depth of color is insane. Head is dirty-white and drops to a thin ring quickly. Faint cap on the top. Tiny hints of lacing.

Smell: Slight funk over a lingering sweetness and a nice sour bite. Fresh cherry flesh and some woody, earthy notes. Tart and slightly funky. Floral in good measure with a big fruity component. Nice depth and complexity.

Taste: Less sour than the nose would imply. Bigger funk component is musty and hay-filled. Cherry makes itself known in tart, fleshy form. Some malt sweetness with a decidedly tart edge. Lingering tartness adds a brightness that helps balance the funky, woody aspect. Cherry juice and flesh in good measure. Very well balanced with a nice depth. Powdery funk. So much deliciousness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a nice solid carbonation. Very dry on the finish with a lingering sour edge.

Overall: If the first bottle release is better than the second, I don't think my brain could handle it. So much flavor and just enough sour and funk to keep things exciting. Loads of flavor and a great balance. Seriously Deschutes, stop being so good at things. It makes me sad that I can't get it... (1,194 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a very pretty ruby color with some coppery highlights. It poured with a long lived, sticky, and fizzy light tan head.

s: Beautiful, but hard to describe. Tart fruity aromas of rhuhbarb, lemon and apple cider vinegar. Also, some damp, earthy hay blanketed by gentle warmth.

t: Difficult to describe and I just want to enjoy this one, so I'll be general. The funk is there, but it isn't all that harsh. I didn't even get heartburn. The abv is extremely well masked and there is subtle something sweet that works really well. Because of my lack of experience, I can't speak to the authenticity of this offering. I can just say I loved it.

m: Chewy and big bodied with carbonation that lasted the entire hour and a half.

d: Big thanks to stellar JohnGalt1 for this gem. What an extraordinary beauty form the PNW. Thanks again Toby! (843 characters)

Photo of olmatty
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a deep, clear, orange amber with a low fizzy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell-Tart and acidic with a touch of oak barrel.

Taste-Beautiful, refreshing palate cleansing sour up front which gives way to the wine barrel flavor. A pleasant puckering effect with appropriate astringency at the very dry finish. Caramel nut malts are least prominent behind other favors. Overall this beer is not incredibly complex, but so good there's no need for lots of different things as what is there is so enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- Thin bodied, lively, palate washing, refreshing.

Drinkability- Alcohol is barely noticeable among the riot of flavor. (656 characters)

Photo of pmccallum86
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque golden red color with a light bubbly off white head.

Smell is of tart cherries and vinegar.

Taste is great, smooth tartness comes through with a nice creamy finish. Sour, but not overly sour, quite an enjoyable beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, pretty damn good.

Very drinkable, especially considering the ABV. (334 characters)

Photo of anchordrinker
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage, Review from notes written on 5-1-10

A- Orange-red, with thin, off-white head. Good lace.

S- Sour cherries, sharp-vinegar-y, tart green apple, berries.

T- Vinegar-y, slight tart granny smith, sour cherries, lemon rind, with very dry finish.

M- Medium body, effervescent/tingling carbo.

D- Incredibly quaffable, especially for a 9% brew. Sourness does not compromise drinkability at all.

Note: I've had this beer younger and I think this age (approximately 2 years) is pretty perfect. (502 characters)

Photo of bamadog
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My buddy Jeff picked this one up for me while he was on a road trip out in Colorado, so muchas gracias to him. Review is from notes taken on 10/26/2012 and poured from the bottle (2010 vintage).

Appearance: Pour is a nice, ruddy caramel brown with a hint of ruby red to it; starts with a nice one finger, thick and lush head that is slightly off-white; head has good retention and it eventually fades down to a full, complete skim, albeit just a touch uneven; body is murky/cloudy, but shows strong enough carbonation bubbling up near the sides of the glass; plenty of lacing is left behind, but only where it swaths up to my mouth when I tip it to drink and none rests on the rest of the glass where it's been worked down.

Smell: Smell is so nice -- plenty of tart and acidic cherries, but there is also a certain sweetness laying in there with it, perhaps some caramel malt; definite funk, and the tartness is making my mouth water. Can't. Wait.

Taste: Tart cherries lead the way, and there is an acidic and strong bitterness (perhaps a bit lactic?) underneath it; just a touch of the sweetness mentioned in the nose as it's pretty much dominated by tart funkiness; alcohol is entirely masked.

Mouthfeel: Body is fairly light, a touch creamy; obvious pucker factor from the acidity and tartness, but it's not overwhelmingly so, so there's a nice balance to the body.

Overall: A great beer to be sure, but I'm not blown away by it like I was hoping to be. Perhaps is as good as it's supposed to be and I've only grown as an Advocate. I would love to have it again and again. I almost wish I would have drank it fresher to see if there would have been a difference, but I don't feel that it lost too much based upon reviews I've read. (1,740 characters)

Photo of abecall98
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this baby on tap at Sac Brew

A - looked amber-like, with a very light head(poured into a 4 oz. taster).

S - Oh boy, this beer had such a sour sour smell, it made my mouth water. Excellent aroma. I could smell sour grapes, almost like a very rich fresh wine.

T - This beer is good. Very sour, very tart, tangy, and makes your lips smack. I could tell there are tons of flavors in this, I could not pinpoint them.

M - very acidic, and crisp. Just what you expect from a nice champagn, only from a very fine beer.

D - not sure if I could nurse a whole bottle, or even a pint of this baby. The sour is very strong, and I feel that after too much, would ruin the beer near the end. I will have to try it from a bomber and review that to see if I am right.

Deschuttes keepes bringing out amazing brews. Keep up the good work. (830 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Edition.

Pours an effervescent and translucent red-purple with no head or lacing.

Nose features funky yeast, fermented cherry, sour red wine tartness.

Taste is sour-sweet cherry with some hints of oak. Not the most sour, but it definitely fits the bill. It's almost like fermented black cherry juice aged in oak barrels... not a beer. Which is impressive. The woodiness is there on the back end but the aftertaste is red wine and cherry. The after-after taste (a minute since last sip) feels like a sweet Zinfandel. Which is also nice and very impressive. I can for sure see this mellowing out with a year on it. Becoming less sweet and less tart and more Pinot Noir like, but this is what I got now. Not sure I can afford to a age second one of these.

For the price I paid, and the ABV, and the style... this beer, ale, sour, wine like drink.. is surprisingly... quaffable. Yet, the next time you bring it to your lips, you want to savor it. Worth the price? Depends on your curiosity. I'm not a rich man and I can say I'm happy I bought this. (1,054 characters)

Photo of Kevlee722
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby color with mahogany highlights and a quickly fading khaki head despite an aggressive pour.
Nose is fantastic, sour cherries, yeasty funk, leather,oak and tannins. Very vinous, no doubt from the choice of barrels for the refermentation
Taste is similar, not overly puckering like a wild ale but a nice sour finish after a sweetness up front that follows with with vinegary cherries, oak and a slight medicanal flavor which is probably from the high abv for the style.
Medium to thick mouthfeel with tight playful carbonation and sourness that leaves the palate salivating for each next sip.
Awesome, awesome, awesome. I love this beer, a huge fan of wild ales and this is a wild ale that got dressed up and headed out to a formal affair. Deschutes caudled this beer and it shows. Can't wait to see how this develops with age. I have a 2010 yet to be cracked and will be laying a few of the 2012 down to try annually. (939 characters)

Photo of Brandywine
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. 11.5% ABV. Poured into a tulip.
appearance: opaque reddish orange. Moderate alcohol legs. Tons of lacing around the glass. thin off white head dissipated almost immediately.
smell: sour yeasty goodness, cherries, fruity esters, strawberries, white grape, red wine.
taste: cherries, raspberries, red wine like a fruity zinfandel without any tannic overtones, little bit of grapefruit and orange, bright acidity. Tons of berries. It's tart and sour but with a subtle counterbalance of sweetness. Alcohol comes through more as it warms up but it's never off putting and just helps to clean the palate. There is an oaky note at the end of the tongue.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with not too much carbonation.
Overall: a fantastic sour filled with vinous and berry notes with some citric notes creeping in. Big and just a little oaky, this one will age with the best of them. Can't wait to see how it develops after a year or two. Buy several. Drink one and cellar the rest. (986 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brenda was kind enough to head to the store today after I found out the Dissident was finally in Boise... she picked me up a bottle for about $12... the anticipation is over... it's going into my smokestack goblet.

1" head.. good retention.. spotty lacing.. brew is brown until deep cherry juice red highlites are revealed when held to a light.

the aroma is way more complex than I can explain.. acetic.. subtle lactic... some cabernet and wood... fruity without being overdone.. cherries and a little bit of almond.

Flavor is also very complex.. but I'm gonna try. more than enough body to make all of the flavors stick around for a while.. tannic and oakey... but in a good way.. strawberry jam components with some balsamic vinegar.. some winey notes are fleeting.. with each sip something else jumps out at me.. all the flavors are soft yet separate.. very tasty.

the bigger body on Dissident and the fact that it isn't overly sour.. makes this a big drinker.. I am lovin it.

4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5 (1,002 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Onslow for this one....

this brew pours up a red amber color with a small off white head. the nose has a slight sour note to it, subtle fruits, apricot maybe. the taste has a slight sourness to it as well, subtle sweetness, fruits again, some citrus. medium bodied and low carbo.

I'ld like to get my hands on another bottle of this but I think my chances of that are rather bleak. (401 characters)

Photo of jakon
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

This beer pours auburn with a small amount of foam.

The aroma consists of sour cherries, pits, whiskey, brett, fructose, baker's chocolate, and purple grapes.

The taste is nicely tart, with a surprisingly assertive bitterness on the finish. All the aforementioned characteristics are clearly perceptible, along with a distinct cranberry flavor.

Overall, this is an excellent beer that will undoubtedly get better and better as the years pass. (460 characters)

Photo of riored4v
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 7/10/10 with a properly aged 08 vintage

Poured into a tulip. Very hazy, murky, amber/brown body. Thin, tan head that faded to a faint ring.

Smell had good notes of cherry. Tart, acidic and dark fruit with cherry being the strongest. Some notes of oak. Slight maltiness with some nice funkiness. Notes of raisin.

Flavor had an appealing tartness with a nice acidic aftertaste. Good cherry flavor with some notes of caramel and oak. Presence of the yeast was also subtle, but noticeable.

Mouthfeel was medium body with a medium-high carbonation and an excellent, dry finish.

Drinkability was very good. No signs of abv (633 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of BrewMonkey, thanks again!

Pours a nice amber / brown color with a nice off white head.

Aromas are sour, but not overly so. Some vinegar and cider as well as some earthiness and oak. Very nice nose.

Taste is sour, slightly sweet, oakey, crisp, and of green apple cider. A bit creamy, with a really nice soft brett sourness that lingers all along the finish but isn't at all overpowering.

Nice thick mouthfeel, good carbonation, with a really fullness.

Drinkability is quite good. Not a big sour beast like a lot of the sours I have tried. This one is thick feeling, but the sourness provides a nice tart back drop instead of being in your face. Very nicely done Deschutes. (695 characters)

Photo of coastie04
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a treat to find a Flanders Brown Ale! I was shocked when I heard about it and of course rushed to our local beer shop and picked it up. The aroma was full of complex dark fruits and malt character with sour notes. When pouring, the aromas waft up out of the billows of frothy off-white head. The color is a pleasant medium brown with a few garnet highlights. Brilliant clarity and the head persists while drinking -slight lacing. I was impressed with the balance of flavors in this beer. It begins with toasty malt character and deep fruitiness thatlayers into the sour semi-dry finish. The hops are really not noticeable but there may be a touch of bitterness to counter point the sour and fruit character. The sourness of the beer is prominent but balanced with the other components of the beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slight drying, and the sourness has that to-style touch of astringency. Overall, the beer is very well-balanced and drinkable once your palate adjusts for the sourness. A beer well worth the purchase particularly for such a hard-to-find style. (1,078 characters)

Photo of JamisonM
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 edition

A: quite clear, deep mahogany red. small head goes away quite fast.

S: slightly sour big brett notes here lots of funk sour cherry with a small amount of acid on the smell.

T: hit with a wave of sourness, first sip is always kind of a shock to the system but in a good way. beer has funky brett notes and cherry notes in there wonderfully complex

M: light mouth with med carbonation

D: very drinkable given the style and abv

Overall: wow one of the best American sours or wild ales I have had I am very impressed they are such a good brewery. They really do nail most of the beer they brew. They do make mistakes and there mistakes have been well documented in the beer world but I that was mainly in 2009 and I am sure they have learned from that and will move forward and continue to make great beers such as this.

Video review up here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_TuZTHGxRI (905 characters)

Photo of boMD
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Back Log Rating... From a tap handle, this poured into a snifter looking foggy, reddish with an off white head that created a ring around the glass throughout the whole brew. Aroma of wine-like characters and almost lambic in nature. Really thick palate that filled and expanded nicely in the mouth. This brown style had a little more bitterness and darker malt notes than its Red counterpart, and it seemed the wild yeast really did a nice job. You could taste a hint of barley-grains in the finish. (502 characters)

The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.