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The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

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The DissidentThe Dissident

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Ratings: 955
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 892
Gots: 428 | FT: 31
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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 Pahn

New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

22oz bottle split 3 ways into tulips (I got a larger share). 2010 vintage, "Best After 11/1/11," drank 5/31/12. Thanks to BA KevSal for sending me this awhile ago in a trade!

Appearance: Pours a semi-opaque red brown. Small spots of lacing.

Smell: Oak and lactic sourness, with some Brett tang underneath. Predominantly woody. Despite the 3 distinct aromas, very restrained in magnitude. Interesting though.

Opens up with some booziness in time, but never really takes off.

Taste: Bretty, hard candy sweetness, anise, a little acetic. Harsh bitter finish leads to some chocolate in the aftertaste. Overall impression: kind of medicinal. Some creamy vanilla oak notes underneath, overpowered by the more abrasive elements.

Grows on me as it gets boozier and the flavor smooths out. Somehow the harsh bitterness and medicinal character combine to become a pleasant counterbalance to the emerging vanilla oak flavor. Hot finish, though maybe not 10.5%~ hot. The alcohol provides a soft, pleasing burn that compliments the other flavors.

By the time I finish my glass, I want more. Great flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little on the fuller side. Low to moderate carbonation. Bitter and warming.

Overall: Starts out challenging, but ends up very pleasing. Worth taking the trouble to seek out (though I got it more from KevSal's generosity than any effort on my part).

06-01-2012 05:00:35 | More by Pahn
Photo of boatshoes


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

06-23-2010 01:44:31 | More by boatshoes
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

02-22-2011 17:49:34 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of philipquarles


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

2008 bottle thanks to paytoplay. Pours a really hazy red-brown with a small light tan head. Vinous and woody, with some light spice notes in the background. Smells somewhat tart with lactic notes and quite a bit of mustiness. Taste is a bit sour, again with lactic notes. Heavy oak with a lot of earthiness. Definite Brett notes. Lots of cherry and fruit. Very intense. Nice full body. Really impressive effort from Deschutes.

07-29-2009 23:43:20 | More by philipquarles
Photo of emerge077


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Thanks to Monsone for this one!

Served in a Duvel glass. Deep red, ruby jewel tone with high clarity. One finger of tan foam initially, that sizzled with an audible crackle against the ear. Spotty bits of lace, but not much. Even the etching in the glass doesn't keep the head from disappearing into a thin ring. Swirling does regenerate it, but it just doesn't retain itself all that well.

Initial first whiff from the bottle was a pleasant funky ripe cheese note. After pouring it seemed to quickly blow off and was replaced by a woody cherry aroma.

Tart and tangy, yogurt like, moderately acidic. Cherry pit, no sweetness from the fruit. Wood and leather in the aftertaste. A spicy tingle from the alcohol. Creamy, with a full body that contributes a pleasant vinous mouthfeel. The finish has a definite tanginess about it, rather than sour.

Rodenbach Grand Cru is still the benchmark to me, although this is in the ballpark. Actually it bears more resemblance to JP La Roja. The potential is there...it just seems to lack an extra degree of complexity that would make it exceptional. Still a successful experiment that I was happy to enjoy.

10-11-2008 03:24:43 | More by emerge077
Photo of mikedashg


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

A - pours a dark ruby red with a frothy white head

S - sour cherries, funk, lemon

T - sour cherries, sour apples, funk, lemon, red wine on the finish, oak and spice

M - moderate to moderately high carbonation, viscous champagne yeast

D - VERY balanced, not too sour, not too funky

09-07-2009 04:57:50 | More by mikedashg
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

A-Deep red, one finger head, some carbonation as well.

S-Cherries, oak and some tartness as well.

T-More tart than sour. Subtle cherries and oak flavors. Very mild when compared to other sours but the flavors are well balanced and subtle.

M-Medium bodied, silky smooth and carbonated.

O-Not the most flavorful or most sour beer out there, however the flavors mesh well and their nuanced balance is wonderful.

08-22-2011 19:48:26 | More by rlee1390
Photo of GbVDave


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from a oxblood colored wax sealed 22oz bomber into a Struise tulip. Extra special thanks to brokenleadedcask for this from our first trade at DLD '09. Been sitting on this for a year.

2008 release
Label marked: 234 08 1553

A: Pours a clear deep orange/ruby color that's capped by about one finger of creamy light tan head. The head sticks around for a while and leaves quite a bit of lace. Carbonation is very active.

S: Earthy aromas of sour cherries, moist oak, sweet malt, vinegar, and tart and tangy orchard fruit.

T: Pretty close to the aroma with the addition of some spicy oak, spicy fruit, and just plain spice. Alcohol flavor is non-existant.

M: Fantastic amount of spiciness. Prickly and dry with just about the perfect ratio of tart, tangy, and sweet.

D: Not sure if sitting for over a year has helped this but The Dissident is an excellent Flanders. Very rich, spicy and fruity with a layer of maltiness that keeps things very interesting.

04-30-2010 00:29:58 | More by GbVDave
Photo of notsoprobeer


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Dark golden orange in color with a white head (that was almost gone by the time it was brought to the table). Aroma of cherries, light acid, and a mild "funk" (it's hard to describe). Overall, an unusual, but nice aroma! Flavor of tart cherries and oak. Hops were not really noticeable amongst the other flavors. Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. It had a smooth and creamy mouth feel, which surprised me because I expected a high "pucker" factor. Although it's 11% ABV, the taste of the alcohol was completely masked by the flavors and the sour sensation. Overall, very drinkable.

I'm a newbie to the world of sour beer and I loved The Dissident. I wish I picked up an extra bottle to cellar when I had the chance. I wonder how this will taste after aging for a year or two. Hopefully, we won't have to wait two years for the next release of The Dissident. But if we do, I'm sure it will be worth the wait!

12-19-2010 08:18:23 | More by notsoprobeer
Photo of HopHead84


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured into my Lost Abbey snifter. The beer is dark amber with a reddish hue. The large and bubbly beige head is 1.5 fingers high and recedes in a minute. This beer was filtered, and as such is transparent. The aroma has sour and tart characteristics and notes of dark fruits. A gentle swirl of my glass releases an aroma of cherries and a lactic character.

Initial flavors are of tart cherries and alcoholic grapes. Some ripe plum. The Dissident has a lactic tartness to it and a slight puckering sourness to the finish with more alcohol.

Vinous mouthfeel with a dry and sticky effect on the palate. This is a really enjoyable beer. It's not overly sour or funky so I think it could possibly appeal to people who don't like sours.

01-18-2009 05:57:15 | More by HopHead84
Photo of Elendinn


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

2010 vintage, poured into my Deschutes snifter.  Love the artwork on the bottle.

Pours a gorgeous rusty-copper/reddish-orange with a thin ring of off-white head, a modicum of lacing, and noticeable plumes of carbonation.

The smell is rather faint and requires an unusual amount of olfactory attention, though what I'm able to discern is definitely pleasing. Brett is dominant, with wood, tart cherries, grapes, and berries rounding it out.

The taste follows suit, but is decidedly more powerful. Not as sour as Supplication, nor as sweet as La Folie, The Dissident occupies a realm somewhere in between. The flavors are well-balanced and surprisingly complex, with additions of red wine, port, apples, and spices; finishes dry with hints of bready yeast.

Very carbonated and medium-bodied. Crisp and refreshing.

Because it strikes a balance between the overtly-sour and the atypically-sweet, it is easily drinkable and suitable for either a warm summer's day or a frigid winter's night. A very solid sour, especially for the price, though, for the moment, lacking a bit in complexity. I expect great things from the Dissident with a couple of years on it.

01-09-2011 19:14:04 | More by Elendinn
Photo of drabmuh


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Growler provided by Dan, thanks Dan...a growler...really?

Beer is light brown and mostly clear with a head of large and small bubbles, mild carbonation and minimal lacing.

Aroma is mildly acetic with a bite to it. Good malt notes in there as well.

Beer is medium to light in body and sweeter than I expected. The lead off character is strongly malty and pretty sweet, this immediately gives way to a strong funky sourness, mostly lactic with an acetic and mildly citric brightness to it. The finish is clean and mildly tart in the corners of my mouth. A very good bruin.

12-14-2010 16:37:30 | More by drabmuh
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

just one of those classics for me. it looks a little thin, light brown color with a red hue to it. good carbonation is obvious, as a fizzy white head rises up. the nose is intense. lots of red wine vibes, although this isnt barrel aged in vino. also lots of sour in the aroma. brett and lacto at least, but this isnt acidic. there is some sweetness in the flavor from the malt, and that red fruit tone again. maybe something tart in fruit, like cranberries or something. more red wine tannins in the finish, and a puckery sour. the alcohol is well hidden, a superbly dirnkable bottle. medium body in the end, and bold carbonation just short of pop like. its expensive and rare, but it is just a beer that you need to seek out. its hard to describe because it stands alone. a sour yes, but its so much more than that. one of the more complex bottles of beer around.

10-16-2012 00:18:56 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of washburnkid

New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

I've been saving this beer for a few weeks now. I was so excited to try it, and I wasn't let down one bit. Poured into a tulip.

I usually don't comment on the presentation of a bottle, but this one is noteworthy. The mahogany double-layered wax seal and the tan with black shadow label was aesthetically pleasing.

A: Almost a finger of off-white, tan head that dissipates but only so much as to leave some froth here and there floating atop the beer. From top to bottom, the brew was copper, dark brown and red. Absolutely beautiful.
S: Sour fruits, like granny smith apples and other tart flavors paired with sweet malts. An incredibly inviting aroma.
T: Immediately sour, balanced out by sweet malts, including dark cherries and blackberries/raspberries. Reminiscent of a dark fruity lambic. Bitters gently touch the palate but can't overtake the dominant sweet/sour.
M: Medium body; balanced carbonation helps to emphasis the tartness.
D: The alcohol in this beer creeps up from behind. There are zero hop characteristics in this beer, which is an interesting change of pace. If you dislike lambics, you'll probably dislike this one. A very good and surprising beer for me.

02-12-2009 07:04:18 | More by washburnkid
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Thanks to Beerzebub for this.

A: Really nice looking brownish red color. Poured with a finger of slightly off white head.

S: A nice subtle mix of sour and sweetness. Cherries are in the back but not that strong.

T: The taste is really nice. A nice blast of sour up front. You really get a hint of the barrel right after that. A nice warming blast of booze after that. The barrel does give it something nice but it cuts down on the sour. A nice earth mustiness in the finish.

M: Rather boring mouthfeel but that is a hallmark of the style.

D: As others have said not as sour as I would have liked. That being said this is a nice beer. Totally american. A barrel aged Flanders? Why not. Definitely glad I got the chance to try this. Thanks again.

10-15-2008 23:05:10 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of dgilks


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Cloudy cloudy cloudy. Amber. Small tan head. Poor head retention.

Cherries and tart fruit. Light malt. Goaty funk.

Big fruity flavour followed up by sourness. Nice earthy character than combines with lactic acid. Cherries really pop.

Moderate body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

Excellent beer. The tartness and fruit works well. Nice stuff.

01-18-2014 07:52:39 | More by dgilks
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev -1%

Bottle shared by Liam, batch 3

Hazed red colour, ring of off white head, not much in the way of lace either. Smell is full of cherry and oak, vinious and fruity, red berry, alcohol at points and some malt/wheat as well. Taste is of cherry but also fairly malty before getting to oak and tart fruits, drying sour berry with a bit of alcohol flavours on the back end. Medium drying carbonation, medium body. Quite good, but I feel this would benefit from a bit more time but would have it again gladly anytime.

11-07-2013 21:53:39 | More by peensteen
Photo of yamar68


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

Classic looking Bruin - murky burnt caramel capped with a brief khaki fizz that settles down to form a neat collar that actually retains from start to finish. Pretty good amount of alcohol oil as well. The second pour shows something entirely different - thick head that, again, fades fast but forms a beautiful cap on the beer that laces as well as you could expect.

Extremely acidic... fresh vanilla oak qualities, tart cherries, plum, maybe a bit of mushy berries, the alcohol character plays an apparent role without offending any other part of the beer... orange flesh.

Mmm... tart cherry, ripe raisin, banana peel (?), fruity tannin like brightness, not quite as dominantly sour as I have heard from some, but it is sure smooth... a delicious beer indeed.

Lovely stuff.

12-30-2012 01:33:16 | More by yamar68
Photo of djeucalyptus


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a rich woody amber with light brown and caramel highlights. A sand colored thin head of fairly large bubbles rose up and receded quickly, leaving behind a nice bit of sticky oily lacing.

This one packs quite an aroma. Sour apples and sour cherries up front, receding to a more woody, almost oaky rich earthiness. Some spicing of cloves, cardamom and pink peppercorns add more depth, incase the funky sour yeast aroma wasn't enough.

Sweetness from the apples and cherries hits first on the tongue followed closely by an earthy astringent tartness of grapefruit pith and grapefruit seeds. Woody and green in the middle with some sap and maple notes, finishing with a sweet-sour tannin-like dry finish. Lots of stuff going on, and it verges on rough at time.

Mouthfeel is slick, verging on oiliness, with a definite syrupy sweetness present. Low carbonation still manages to deliver a prickly and tingly tannin bite as a result of the dryness. Personally, I'm loving the mouthfeel, though I can easily see how others aren't as pleased. Definitely unique, and possibly a bit unfinished.

Beautiful on the whole, and an amazing brew considering the relatively mainstream nature of Deschutes. A valiant effort that produced decent results. Not necessarily world class, and it tastes and feels like it could use a touch of work, but on the whole, it's impressive and I definitely look forward to cracking the other bottles.

11-28-2008 19:26:29 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of sukwonee


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

2012 Vintage

A: Reddish brown color body with 1 finger head.

S: Very complex. Wine, yeast, oak, sweet-jam like aroma, sour, citrous.

T: While I really like the taste, I think this is a tad bit hot. Similar to the aroma, I get sourness (although not super sour or puckering), funk, yeast, wine and oak barrel, citrous, some fruits. I think aging will add significantly to this beer, although it is quite tasty as it is.

M: Quite thick for a sour beer. Dry finish.

O: I liked it quite a bit although not my favorite Flanders ale. I had several bottles of Collage this year and now I can see that Dissident is the most dominant smell and taste in that beer. I have another bottle to age. I will revisit after a year or so.

10-13-2012 03:59:26 | More by sukwonee
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

2008 vintage

Reddish, clear, and pink tinted body. Fizzy white head of half finger settled into a thin collar.
Smells of cranberries and dark cherries with a slight oaky note. The flavor adds a strong tartness and a slightly odd yeasty finish. Very dry and bretty.

Body is medium with a hair too much carbonation.

Overall-- this is waaaay better than the 2010... This is quite a tasty beer here, I'm sad to say this is my last bottle.

01-20-2012 05:06:05 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of waltonc


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Ruby/brown with decent head that subsides to a ring of bubbles around my glass, with a baleen whale-shaped hamlet of smaller bubbles grazing in the middle. Not much haze and no sediment.

Smell: Sour cherries, a little tart apricot or nectarine, and some sweet cherry pie!!!! A little funk presence too. This beer was certainly not brewed with Speedstick, as I can smell a couple sweaty socks thrown in for good measure.

Taste: The flavor is predominated by sour cherries. Very tart, and somewhat dry finish. A little cider vinager. Not sourpunch overkill. I like.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium. Carbonation level comes correct, and complements the sour twang and dry finish nicely.

Drinkability: For a sour beer, pretty drinkable. BA claims Dissident is 11% ABV. The bottle says 9%. 9 sounds more accurate, based on the drinkability. Regardless, at a minimum, this should be sold in a smaller bottle in addition to the bomber.

09-17-2008 03:04:18 | More by waltonc
Photo of macrosmatic


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

Up front, a note - in the spirit of experimentation and for comparison purposes, I drank this 2012 bottle about 8 months before the "Best After" date stamped on the bottle. Finding myself with a couple of these brews, I wanted to get a baseline. That, and I'm extra-excited to try one!

Thanks to dujayhawk for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Peg's snifter glass.

A: Opaque medium brown, thin white foam floats on the top, low amount of visible carbonation. This isn't a particularly pretty beer.

S: The sour hits you from two feet away. Tangy, fruity, some oak sweetness and tannins. There's a bit of vinegar, a bit vinous...but overall, mouth-watering.

T: Tart and sour, and a fruitiness here (it's the cherry, I'm sure, but I don't know that I would have been able to pick that flavor out), oak tannins, some sweet malt. Sweet and dry simultaneously here. There is a vinous aspect as well. Dry finish.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation sensation, moderate alcohol presence.

O: This was very enjoyable, but I can't wait to see what happens over the next year or so. At present it just doesn't have the depth of flavor I'm looking for and expecting, but I was so far before the "best after" date...I have high hopes.

01-07-2013 04:26:35 | More by macrosmatic
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured on draft into a 10 oz snifter

A- ½ finger head that dissipated right away, orange/brown very clear appearance, nice lacing.
S- Brett up front right away, definitely funky, wild yeast, nice earthy sour notes, vinegar as well as slight sweetness.
T- Very tasty, well balanced sourness, spicy, wild funk to it, taste barn yard funkiness and sour tart cherries
M- Medium mouth feel coats the palate, slight carbonation, very dry aftertaste.
O- Was excited to try this one on tap at the Happy Gnome for MN Craft Beer Week, very good, complex, delicious, very nice funky sour beer, was a bit of a sipper for me, alcohol was present but did not take away from the experience. Solid offering from Deschutes.

05-23-2011 06:35:30 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

huge whiff of fresh cherries as the top is popped...

pours crystal clear a red cherry-ish amber color with a one inch pale tan head.

initially lots of cherry in the aroma which fades to unveil metal, blood/iron/mineral, woody vanilla and cement-like bretty funk. it smells fairly sweet (for the style).

i get a lot of cinnamon flavor... along with ripe cherries, vanilla, caramel, toasted nuttiness and mineral-y bretty stink. there's a touch of malty sweetness to start. but, by the time the sip is over my tongue is dried off completely.... thanks brett! it's tart and sour but not overly on either. the aftertaste lingers long into the night as fresh cherries. alcohol does come into play as it warms the sinus and chest the same way wine does... it's quite pleasant. the medium body leans heavily on full. the carbonation gives it a creamy soft mouth feel which coats my mouth entirely yet it is spicy and prickly with a twangy kick.
8/3/8/5/16/4.0 we'll see...

12-04-2008 05:25:42 | More by hellbilly
The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
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