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The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

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941 Ratings

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Ratings: 941
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 877
Gots: 426 | FT: 30
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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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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle marked as 2008 reserve, BA user JohnGalt1 sent me this a bit back in an awesome box...served in a Stone Levitation glass

A - poured a huge amount - at least three inches of light tan colored foam, frothy and bubbly. the beer is a bold amber color, clear with a small amount of active bubbling in the glass. falling at a decent pace, leaving spots of lace all over.

S - filled the room when poured...slightly sour and acidic...fruity, cherries, apricot. some vinegar, balanced by sugar cane sweetness, vanilla. a tiny bit of alcohol creeps in, reminiscent of cherry cough syrup. oak is there but very subtle near the end. really opening up as it warms and settles, sourness bumped up a notch while some yeast joins in and the oak comes alive.

T - starts of a bit mellow, missing that big sour/tart punch of a lot of beers of this style. meshes nicely into a somewhat complex brew...slightly sour black cherries, caramel, red grapes, oak, nuts. sourness kicks in and vanishes in a flash, just slightly tart. bits of yeasty funk here and there, which grows as it warms. aftertaste is slightly vinegary, turning into dried fruits.

M - quite subtle carbonation, quite nice and lets the other characteristics do the talking. a bit creamy, but turns quite dry on the swallow. leaves the mouth feeling quite prickly and dry, begging for the next sip.

D - a very subtle and complex Oud Bruin, not flashy by any means (maybe the age had something to do with this?). quite drinkable, would go great with some earthy or slightly funky cheese. at and ABV of 9%, a bit dangerous as it is completely undetectable. really impressed with how much it is changing over the past 15 minutes, opening up and growing. fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 03:35:06 | More by Stigs
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a recent BIF. Glad to get the chance to try this one. Deschutes makes some great brews. 2008 Vintage. 22oz bottle...

A: Murky brown and ruby red blend with a thick 2 inch light tan head that fades quickly to a bubbly lace atop the brew. Very good.

S: I get smell this one as soon as I popped the cap. Smells of tart cherries and raspberries upfront. Some nice oaky characteristics with some boozy bit blended in. A sour sugary backend. Good.

T: Hmm, kind of an interesting sour. My first reaction is this is a brown ale blended with a sour. So a sour brown ale. I get some sugary breadiness upfront quickly overtaken by a tart raspberry middle. Some toffee / caramel notes hidden in the back. Good.

M: Full body with a heavy carbonation. Definitely mouth puckering, but not brutal. Leaves some sticky tart flavors on the palate Good.

D: This is a pretty easy drinker. For a sour, it's not brutally sour so it makes this one more appealing to me. Very good.

All in all, this is a good brew. I am not a sour fan, so I might not be the best judge of the style, but, this seems like a moderately sour brew. Not intense, but still very noticeably sour. Good to try at least once if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 02:01:22 | More by steve8robin
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-08-2013 14:23:28 | More by scotv
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

03-01-2014 04:48:10 | More by DaftPatrick
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-05-2012 03:45:49 | More by standardcherry
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3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 2010 Reserve bottle into a snifter. The hue is a deep reddish brown and there isn't too much haze. Head starts at at about a half inch but diappates rather quickly.
The smell hits as soon as the bottle is popped. Sour cherry, dark, fruity malts and plenty of funk. Tiny bit of booze on the nose as well.
The taste doesn't quite bring as much to the table as the nose suggests. The sour cherry is right up front, a medicinal taste follows leaving a very dry aftertaste. Certainly not bad, but not great. My notes to the brewer, little less booze and more of the flavor might come out a bit more.
The mouth is a bit thin.
I'm glad I gave it a go and look forward to the next release (looks like an every two year deal). Being that the reviews for the last release were a bit more positive, I have no doubt that the next one will be fun to try as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 23:46:45 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-03-2014 16:58:43 | More by dkw0063
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

12-16-2012 03:22:29 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 04:02:16 | More by litheum94
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-17-2012 01:45:06 | More by vrbulldog22
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-04-2013 11:24:48 | More by BuckTuckian
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

02-09-2014 07:48:02 | More by ucsbmullet
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-14-2013 01:38:17 | More by MNBeerGeek
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3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Got a bottle at Tacoma Boys. Says 2012 on the label. Cool packaging with the Makers Mark style wax covering, but was kind of a pain in the ass to open. Aromas of vinegar. Very sharp and sour fragrance. Amber orange in color with a tan head that doesn't sustain very long, but leaves nice lace on top. Can tell it's highly carbonated as it look and sounds explosive. Wow. This is a bomb to the palate. Heavy alcohol notes. Very tart and light sourness. The alcohol has an immediate warming effect. Fruity, sour apple and cherry flavors. Alot of red wine in the mix as well. I don't care for the aftertaste. It's very metallic and just off somehow. Too bad. Maybe not as carbonated as it looks at first but I think it lost alot of it sitting in the glass. Very interesting beer and I love the primary flavor, just don't like the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 04:55:17 | More by Braz
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a wax sealed bomber into a goblet in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. The "best-after" date is August 20, 2013.

A- Small, mostly clear head with active carbonation and large bubbles. Deep reddish-brown color. Slightly hazy.

S- Powerful wild yeast scent. Vinous and boozy aroma with some cherries. Strong, wild smell with distinct notes of aging. Clear it is very alcoholic.

T- Tartness and definite notes of barrel-aging. Woodenness that lends itself to chocolate and tobacco flavorings. Cherries and some red wine tannins. Complex, flavorful beer that surprisingly hides the wine-like alcoholic notes quite well. Has an aura of scotch whisky about it as well. Interesting.

M- Vinous feel with subtle carbonation. Wet finish.

O- Apart from the feel, which was just above average, this was an outstanding beer. Glad I waited to drink it. ...although I wonder what it would be like fresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 04:02:19 | More by Murrhey
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

09-29-2013 15:05:24 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-18-2013 20:25:38 | More by dcloeren
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-19-2012 19:20:46 | More by theminutemen
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

11-18-2013 03:17:27 | More by Jordy777
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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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New York

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly cloudy red body with a yellowish head.

S: Super tart nose. Good vinegar plus barnyard.

T: Great tartness. Good vinegar. More barnyard in the flavor than the aroma, but enters late.

M: Thin to medium body, right for the style.

D: The funk is deliciously intense.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 18:13:21 | More by drseamus
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Y'all going to kill me for introducing this one from memory. Poured for me at the Oregon Brewers Dinner on 7/23/08. Stoked to get a sneak preview. You may just want to shell out the $50 next year, it's worth it ;)

A - Pours a murky brown, with little head and retention. Leaves slight legs though.

S - Wow sour! I love the sourness of flemish style ales, and this one is potent. Lots of brett, slight banana ester, and dark cherries.

T - Dark cherries and brett dominate the taste with a slightly earthy finish.

M - The sourness really kicks you in the teeth. Almost makes you pucker and practically esconds the cherries.

D - This would be an excellent dessert beer to pair with a hearty cheese or a nut based dessert (walnuts or cashew). A solid effort and a great beer by Deschutes, though I felt they went a little nuts on the yeast and could have left more of a cherry flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2008 05:21:15 | More by MisterClean
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-23-2014 00:29:01 | More by Yeti1979
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-05-2012 05:14:18 | More by IpeeA
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 05:00:35 | More by Pahn
The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
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