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The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
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935 Ratings
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Ratings: 935
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 874
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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Acropora

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-11-2014 09:51:36 | More by Acropora
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captainwerd

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

11-10-2012 05:41:13 | More by captainwerd
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Arbitrator

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-24-2013 05:34:03 | More by Arbitrator
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anteater

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

11-07-2013 01:57:31 | More by anteater
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Lare453

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

04-25-2014 21:47:04 | More by Lare453
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DantheMan75

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

11-25-2013 16:30:24 | More by DantheMan75
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black13

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

12-18-2011 19:47:45 | More by black13
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poppyjohn

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-21-2012 21:23:01 | More by poppyjohn
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gpawned

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

11-24-2012 04:43:39 | More by gpawned
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parris

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

05-12-2014 14:13:24 | More by parris
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topdown

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

11-27-2013 06:10:23 | More by topdown
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tut2528

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: beautiful blood red in color, huge carbonation… creating a solid fingers worth of khaki colored head formation that dissipates quickly, but leaves a slight film.

S: huge cherry sourness right up front assaulting the nostrils. Picking up on a enormous raspberry character as well. Big vinous characters, huge French oak barrels are amazing as well… some slight touches of barnyard funk, hay and even a slight tinge of manure.

T: wow… not really what the smell had to offer. I was expecting more acidity and fruit forward beer due to the aromas, but this is not what getting. I pick up on huge French oakiness that dominates the palate. An enormous amount of sugary syrup. Cherries are definitely evident but they fall way behind the big oak. There is a big dryness here, with characters of hay and barnyard funk but the balance is off.

M: heavy side of a medium bodied brew (not quite full bodied for the style). The finish is an immense sugary sweet maple with an enormous dry oaky wine finish.

O: awesome appearance and awesome aroma. But it immensely lacks in balance, taste and mouthfeel. Very happy to split this bottle with one other person.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 23:55:51 | More by tut2528
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jethrodium

California

3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Beer Revolution. 2010 batch. Pours a reddish amber with a ring of white head around the outside of the glass. Leaves some small spots of lacing when swirled. The aroma is very oaky with strong cherries. A decent amount of vinegar comes through as well as a little bit of red wine, a little bit of mineralness and just a hint of alcohol. I don't really get any of the funk usually associated with brett. The initial taste is sweet with some lactic acid which goes into strong oak and cherries, as well as some tannic, red wine. The finish is very acetic. Not much alcohol in the taste. Light bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Pretty astringent. Overall, I was a little disappointed in this beer. It is really dominated by oak and vinegar.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 04:34:06 | More by jethrodium
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rkuhnel

California

3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Darn. I paid a lot for this ($10) and was really hoping for something really special. From the 22 oz bottle this poured a cloudy dark orange with a small off-white head and very little lacing. Nose was of sour cherry and vanilla. Mouthfeel medium and somewhat fizzy from what I assume is the carbonation. Flavor is of sour fruit and the finish is a bit acrid. Overall it was interesting, but I had a little trouble getting it all down. For me a bit of a disappointmentt. Maybe aged it would get better, but this is the only bottle I had and at this price probably the last.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 03:38:53 | More by rkuhnel
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StormKing47

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with cmurren25, Jwiss22, JayW73 and Lane23 at a little tasting, one of my favorite beers of my favorite style, but an interesting experience...

A- A nice and reddish brown color with an amber hue. Looks a little like exquisite Victorian furniture in a glass. Looks like cherry stained wood in a glass. Has a nice amount of carb with a thin off-white head.

S- Very subtle and faint tart cherries. A little surprising, but they are difficult to pick up. As it warms the aromas pick up. The nice and simple oaky aromas and melded well with the tart cherries and vanilla undertones. Also has a very subtle mustiness and nice lactic sour aroma. Very enjoyable.

T- Wow, a little let down. It opens up with a great acidic and strong lactic sourness with a slight tartness to finish. A little warming and the soft oak and vanilla subtleties come out and provide a great finish, but wait WHAT THE SHIT? NO CHERRIES! Damn I was robbed there is no sweet or tart cherries and this one has let me down a little.

M- A light coating with some syrupy qualities. A very good carb tingle with a nice lactic puckering, but no tartness to balance it out. Too much on the light side for this style.

D- It's light and refreshing, but not as complex as I would have liked. Has some nice aromas and looks awesome, but it is a work in progress and now I understand why they say to let some beers age.

I have had the pleasure of tasting an '08 vintage and it is mind blowing. This was a shell of what it can be, a good beer, but definitely LET IT AGE!!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 02:39:38 | More by StormKing47
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber colored beer, a little bit too clear. Bit of brown head that didn't stay around very long. Slight bit of lace left on the sides.

S - Pretty vinous, maybe a little too much as there's a lot of vinegar in there. Some oak, little bit of tartness and funk along with some fruit.

T - Slight tartness with some sweeter berries. Wood and vinegar. It's a little bit sour, with a little bit of funk. Not bad, but there's a slight bit of mineral or something on the end of this that I found a little unpleasant. Maybe the bottle has turned.

M - Full bodied, very full bodied. Soft carbonation.

O - Not a great beer, merely okay. Had some moderately decent tastes but there was some unpleasantness on the end I didn't care for. Not super easy to drink either.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 05:08:16 | More by AgentZero
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Poured from a dark red waxed 22 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a dirty, dark orange with 2 finger off-white head. Small trails and bubbles remain on the glass.

S- vinegar, tart cherries, some spice and earthiness.

T- vinegar and tart cherries for a brief moment then, very earthy, dirt vinous notes. This beer has a medicinal almost spoiled taste to it.

M- medium body and carbonation. Abv is hidden well and has a dry finish.

O- wish I would have had this a year or so ago. Not sure how this is fresh but I think this beer is well past it's peak.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 03:17:02 | More by kawilliams81
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rawfish

California

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split with a buddy. Poured into a Odell tulip, standard earth brown with ruby read highlights on the edges. Head is as big as you want to make it, 3 and 5 fingers worth in the two 6 oz. pours I had, fizzy and thin, off white with surprising retention but fades all the way down to the body.

Tart cherries dominate the nose, paired with a barnyard funk composed of hay and leather. Vinegar and slight sweetness appear in bursts on inhale. Interesting aroma.

Snappy flashes of tart cherry on the finish but the overall flavor seems to be a bit thin, very slight brett here and there but I expected more from the nose. Overall sweet but thin fruit and malt, some vanilla and perhaps wood. Breathy alcohol on the finish as well.

Biting carbonation enhances the tartness but the mouthfeel is thin on the palate and in body. Exceedingly boozy as the beer warms on the finish, hard to put up with at times.

Ah, I think this 2010 vintage is still slightly hot, it was worth buying but not a beer that I thoroughly enjoyed, appreciated the cherries and complexity of the flavors. Would've liked either a greater malt or brett presence, either would've taken this offering to new heights.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 23:07:14 | More by rawfish
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aasher

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage, courtesy of Alewatcher, thanks Jeff!

This beer pours a stained cherry wood red in color with a soapy off white lacing around the glass. The nose consists of band aids and cranberries. Despite the adjectives, it's not over the top or off putting. The flavors consist of dry, bretty, band aids with an array of pomegranate and cranberry, pretty interesting. The brett is strong in this one. It goes in between fruit and yeasty dryness. I don't think I've had this style this big and this dry before. It's an interesting drink. The alcohol is well hidden and I consider this a sipper for the style. It makes me wonder what the more recent batches are like.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 04:57:36 | More by aasher
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A--Deep dark brown with a red hue, two full fingers of head when poured into my 25 oz. snifter

S--Tart apples, band aid, pears, grains, dandelions. Very deep and complex

T--The taste follows the nose quite well, only the tart apples are magnified. Lots of band aid also.

M--Medium bodied, lower levels of carbonation than I anticipated

D--Not something I would go for again, I think I still need to get worked into these sour beers slower. Not sure my palate is ready. I did enjoy this more than others I have tried though.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 21:17:31 | More by alcstradamus
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kevanb

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, 2012 Reserve poured into a Deschutes snifter.

The beer pours a great dark cherry color, touches of burgundy and garnet when struck by the light, a fizzy, bone colored head appears briefly but vanishes instantly with no lacing left behind. The aroma is heavy on sour cherry, light oak with some strong vinegar presence, a bit of strawberry is noticeable as well. The aroma is very intense, from the moment the bottle is cracked open, the immediate area is blasted by the sour cherry fragrance. The flavors are very similar, lots of cherry, leaning towards dried cherry rather than fresh cherry, smooth sweet oak with a touch of red grape. There is some strong vinegar and acidity on the tongue, at times a bit overdone and off-putting but as the beer warms and opens up these effects tone down and the beer becomes a bit more smooth and rounded. The body is very lively, zesty and prickly on the tongue, very fizzy with high carbonation with a fairly abrasive finish.

Verdict: A decent Flander’s Red from Deschutes, lacking in complexity and subtlety as the harsh sour and vinegar qualities really dominate this beer at times. I’m left wishing the cherry flavors came across as fresh fruit rather than dried as they never really pop. My one praise is that you would never know it’s 11.4% as the alcohol is artfully hidden.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 02:05:24 | More by kevanb
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100floods

California

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mid to dark copper, i want to say peach as well. Light head, heavy fizzing upon pouring. Smells of sweet citrus. You can slightly smell the sour, but not enough to give it away. This is definitely a sour. This hits the pallet with an intense grapefruit taste. Subtle malty notes hiding in the back to bring you down. It leaves a lemonade sweet flavor on my lips after each sip. This is one of the first sours I've really enjoyed. I can see this one getting good with age as well. Really different from the douches, but I get that's flemmish. Definitely a good beer for those who want to step up a level with sours.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 02:30:15 | More by 100floods
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kasper

New York

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky, cloudy brown with a short creamy tan head that leaves brandy-like lacing as it settles to a ring and some floating bubbles.

S: Aromas of cherries, brett, cinnamon, a funky tang, wet oak and alcohol.

T: Weird. Not what I was expecting at all. Tastes like sour wine -- Mild vinegar, alcohol, and a real dryness the kicks in mid sip. Bit of sour apple. Totally weird. Sourness is kind of lactic.

M: Pretty heavy, slightly grainy like a red wine. Low levels of carbonation, some tingling from the alcohol.

D: I wouldn't call this highly drinkable. The alcohol is strong and I've had a lot more enjoyable sours. It's more acidic than sour.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 00:42:35 | More by kasper
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ehammond1


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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 16:56:31 | More by ehammond1
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Murchmac

California

3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 version.

Had the earlier version when it came out and didnt like it then, this one was mildly better.

Pours brilliant, looks amazing clear champagne cherry red, some brown highlights. beautiful.

Smells great too. Beautiful cherry nose, some earth, funk. Amazing smell, best aspect to the beer.

This beer tastes better as it warms, you get more of the cherry tartness and can taste the brown ale base beer. At first its like a cough syrupy vinegary mess, no real sweetness.

I can see why people like this beer, I didnt like it when it first came out and this version isnt much better.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 05:00:11 | More by Murchmac
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