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The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

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94
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996 Ratings
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Ratings: 996
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 927
Gots: 425 | FT: 32
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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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Photo of StuporJew
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 Vintage, Poured into Duvel Chalice.

Appearance - Cloudy, rust-brown. Almost the color of freshly made caramel sauce, but with some red dirt thrown in for fun. So excited to taste this beer...

Smell - Typical Oud Bruin funk, with leather, HEAVY cherry, clove, bell pepper, and wine barrel notes. You can seriously smell the Pinot Noir barrel on this beer... (I know. The brewmaster and I had a good conversation about the barrels they use) Vanilla and grape-skin are apparent in the nose too. Eek!!!

Taste - Everything I hoped for in this beer, and then some. Pinot Noir, vanilla and oak lead the palate, followed by the tart cherry notes, some more tobacco smoke / cigar box, and some creaminess out of left field. I cannot begin to explain the complexity in the flavor palate of this beer... All I can say is WOW. It could surely do with some time to mature, and transmogrify into something even more complex and beastly!

Mouthfeel - Sharp acidity akin to Oregon Pinot Noir (This flavor is pretty dominant in this beer), white grape/kumquat. Full and slightly creamy, which is somewhat strange for a sour. But round and perfectly effervescent, as it should be. Once again, I do not have enough words to perfectly describe this beer... But I will find them, when I open my other bottle, next year.

Overall - a phenomenal beer all around. The influence of the cherries, and wine barrel-aging impact this beer in a way that makes it unique, but a close friend to every Flemish-style sour ale on the face of the planet. Deschutes should be DAMN PROUD of this beer. Out of all the American interpretations of the Flemish style, this one is not only an amazing and spot-on homage to the style... it should be a preview of the next step in the evolution of sour ales. I am floored by this beer. You should drink it. (*Arnold Voice*) DRINK IT! DRINK IT NOW!!!

Cheers.

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4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2010 release

For all the difficulty I've heard about finding this beer and how quickly they apparently sold out at local specialty beer stores, I was stunned to find plenty of them at my local Bevmo.

Appearance: Reddish/orange/brown color and pretty clear with not much head.

Smell: You had me at hello. The smell on this is unbelievably inviting. Sweet and sour, cherries, oak, wine. You can definitely smell the Brett.

Taste: Tastes as good as it smells. Similar flavors. Sweet/sour, cherries, oak, vinegar, wine and Brett. Finishes w/ a slight warming from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Slight carbonation. I felt it would be mildly better with a bit less carbonation, but that should occur with some aging. Warm from the booze.

Drinkability: This went down much too easy for the 11% alcohol. Seems like a late night beer, but I had half of it with dinner and it went well with my herb roasted chicken, like a nice glass of wine. It went exceptionally well with the dark chocolate I had for dessert, which really brought out the sweetness and cherry flavor.

This is one of the best sour beers I've ever had...right up there with Russian River Consecration. So good that I went back to Bevmo later that night to buy more.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to russpowel for this gem, 2008 vintage. Pours a fairly clear, light crimson color with a large-bubbled, fluffy tan head. Retention is fairly poor, but not altogether unexpected for a 9% sour.

Nose is of rotting wood, assuming from some brett along with some cranberry and red apple fruitiness. Has a very pleasing sweet/sour balance. Smells great.

Pretty authentic flanders here, Deschutes has done a great job as usual. Sourness and vinegar aspect of the beer is pretty sharp and has a nice bite. Sour cherry and cranberry fruitiness is well done and does not go overboard. I could see this one would not age well over extended periods of time as the vinegar aspect of the beer would start to overwhelm. From the taste of it, seems 2 years is just about right. There is even a touch of hop presence, giving it a little North American feel. The rotting wood character that was prevalent in the nose is more in the background on the palate. The ABV is ridiculously well hidden, cant even taste it. I could easily drink a whole bomber to myself and still might crave some more. Excellent beer, I really dig it. Goes well with Craisins and soft chevre goat cheese.

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4.88/5  rDev +16.2%

Photo of IgotsHops
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was amazing. Gorgeous nut brown with lace and very clear. Begged to be consumed. Smelled sour, with brown sugar and fig. Tasted the sourness upfront, but backed with a solid sweetness of brown sugar, fig, some dark and red fruit, toasty malt, and buscuity malt.
The flavors and carbonation danced around on the tongue, and the layers of flavor kept changing. The mouthfeel was exceptionally balanced with carbonation and viscosity of the beer. Smooth, crisp, warming, and intriguing.
I felt like I was drinking this all night, and not being conservative, but I didn't even finish my snifter. Oddly enough, I felt totally satisfied.
One of the best beers I've ever had.

Photo of litheum94
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 Vintage. Best after 11/1/11. Reviewed 3/24/12.
Big thanks to daysinthewake for sharing this.

Pours a ruby body that's very murky, with a minimal head. What's there is reddish-brown.

Tons of cherries on the nose. Funky, with some vinegar. Medicinal, band-aid aromas. Lovely!

Full, juicy, cherry flavors, with a little tartness. Oaky, woody flavors. Medicinal funk, with some band aids and acetic sourness. Good dose of spicing, leaving a peppery warmness in the mouth.

Fantastic. The benchmark of the style for me. Could not get enough of this.

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4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks goes to goodbyeohio for this one!
Smells of sweet and tart fruit with granny smith apples, cranberry, cherry and raspberries. The taste starts very tart and follows with flavors of cherries, cranberries and other tart fruits. The mouthfeel has medium body and has carbonation that tickles the tongue. Drinkability is high. I could not put this down and had no trouble finishing the bottle. This was my first sour beer and it leaves me wanting to try more. Highly recommended to those who want to try something different.

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4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

~~This is 9% abv, not 11. Needs to be corrected.~~

Had this beauty ontap at the Bend Public House and also brought home a bomber for today. Review is on the 22oz bottle.

Lucious clear reddish brown with champagne size bubbles rising up my ChurchBrewworks tulip glass. Thin tan head sits atop.

Sharp bitter and tart fruit. Interesting cherry aroma...Ripe, yet tart. Slight brett and vinegar notes in the aroma, but a bit subdued compared to other flanders' ive had.

Great taste! Mouthwatering sour pucker and a smooth fruit pop. There's not much vinegar or off flavors in the finish. Some cinnamon and other earthy flavors in the aftertaste. The carbonation really stands out, making it almost champagne like. Incredibly drinkable and smooth. When it warms up, it brings out some more fruit flavor, as well as some black pepper and cinnamon, a nice little spice indeed.

As a sour beer fan, this really hits the spot. I will be promptly acquiring a case of this and visiting the brewpub as frequently as possible. I assure you of that!

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4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 edition. Poured into the last glass that I was offered this fine beer during SF Beer Week- Jupiter/Triple Rock snifter.
Cherry red brown in appearance, with a smallish off white head. Held up to the light, this reminds me of a 12 year Pappy Van Winkle glass. Very striking.
Musky aroma, cherry, just right. A little oak, a little whiff of cow poo and wet hay.
Tart up front with a nice smooth transition into a little sour. Just right with a little dryness. Chunk of Brett stings the tongue. All the components of an exceptional take on a classic style. Oak and sour lingering on the palate, dry and nice.
Slow and long sippper...as good as it gets.

Photo of mtrentm
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a deep crimson color with a pillowy 2 finger off-white head that leaves behind nice lacing.

S: WOW! Love the aroma of this take on a flanders! The aroma is very fruity I get a lot of sour cherries with a slight apple cider vinegar smell to it followed by some oak & earthy aromas. There is a slight band-aid/medicinal smell from the bret.

T: My taste buds are screaming with the first sip! Fruity and slightly sweet upfront but the sweetness gets cut nicely by the sourness and sour cherry flavors. The medicinal flavors from the bret are present but just slightly.

M: This is a medium-bodied beer with carbonation and mouthfeel that remind me of a nice Champagne. It also has a nice tartness that doesn't go overboard as being too sour.

D: This is big in alcohol for a flanders style @ 9% but the the alcohol doesn't come through as over powering making it very drinkable.

This beer has mellowed out a bit since the first time I had it when it was released. I have a couple more bottles cellaring and can't wait to see how it develops the next time I pop one!

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cherry brown with a fuzzy 1 inch head

Smell - sweet cherries and sour cherries in the end. The sourness is detected in the smell.

Taste- lots of sweet cherries up front with a cherry brett kick in the aftertaste.

Overall- its very easy to drink and crisp. The tastebuds beg for more. No hint of any alcohol. My fav sour.

Photo of kyjaffa
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- This beer has a surprising color. It’s a vibrant amber with a hint of red, and a pours a cream colored head.

Smell- There is no doubt that this is a sour ale. The scent of the Brett yeast is powerful and takes over much of the pallet. There are some subtle hints of oak as well.

Taste- Brace yourself, and drink back that distinctly sour Brett yeast flavor. You’ll never have another beer that has that distinctly pungent flavor. The alcohol is also most present at the front of the beer. It slowly fades into a somewhat smoked cheese flavor, and ends with a pleasantly sweet cherry aftertaste. This is never offensive and always delicious.

Mouthfeel- The feel is smooth, and carbonated. It comes across as slightly thin, but with a beer of this robustness its a welcome texture.

Overall- This is a great beer. If you missed it this time around, wait until 2012. Rumor has it a new incarnation of The Dissident will be released then. hopefully we’ll see it make it’s way into our fine state.

Serving Type- Bottle

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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - poured into a tulip. Brownish red with an off-white head.

S - Acidic to the nose with the cherries definitely present.

T - Tart but not too tart. Sour, sweet, and bitter intermingle perfectly.

M - Quite full bodied with some acidity on the tongue.

D - This is a great addition to a meal or as a standalone experience.

I enjoyed this beer quite a lot. Sad that I don't have much left but looking forward to trying it again in a year.

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The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 996 ratings.