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The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

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462 Reviews

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Reviews: 462
Hads: 1,199
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 17.31%
Wants: 973
Gots: 586 | FT: 57
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
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 RickSawyer
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to TRIFECTA for this beer.

Pours cola amber,pretty clear. Nice merangue creamy head piles up and falls to an offwhite cap. Smell is full. Dark cherries, fig, bready malt, leather, raspberry, some nice tropical bouquet, pineappley brett notes. Taste begins with a bit of malt character, followed up with pineapple, orange, cherries. Very tart, not overly sour as some wild ales can be. Brett offers a very nice tropical fruity flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy, a bit heavy, lightly carbonated. Solid beer.

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Photo of jakon
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dana, thanks for the opportunity.

The coloring makes this a striking beer. Creamy head/lacing adds to the table appeal.

While sour beers aren't my fancy, this is a another beer with a tang that is just down right yummy. There is the "dark fruits"...malt, the wine quality and subtle barrel. Everything is so balanced.

The mouthfeel is light and creamy. Drinkability is pretty high. The 11% is well hidden. If I didn't know better, I'd open another bottle.

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Photo of youbrewidrink
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of scray24.

The aroma was pruney & tangy, the taste was complex with what appeared to be strong cherry & malt. The tartness was perfect and the alcohol well masked. I did however find a less than wonderful after taste that really effected the drinkability, I can't put my finger on it but it really lingered way too long.

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Photo of bifrostguard
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Note: This 22oz bottle is 9% not 11%

A - Pours a deep, translucent brownish amber color with a small light colored tan head that subsided fairly quickly. Somewhat effervescent.

S - Very interesting. Smells of fermented cherries, brown malt and has some subtle wine characteristics.

T - Sour cherries and acidic flavors dominate in the beginning. They eventually transition into a bitter alcohol end. This gets more interesting the further down the glass you go. The tartness from the cherries and oak from the aging really begin to balance each other out quite nicely.

M - Good for a sour beer with some nice carbonation

D - For the style this is pretty drinkable. The alcohol content will prevent you from drinking a large volume of this stuff and the flavor doesn't seem to fade too much with the quantity consumed. A bomber is about perfect.

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Photo of Mahlik
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Deschutes PDX Pub. Poured into Deschutes snifter glass. 2010 vintage.

A - Pours a clear ruby red with no head. No lacing either. However, it's a very attractive beer.

S - Sour cherries give off a noticeable tartness. Vinegar and yeasty funk give this beer a sour kick. Some oak notes come out. A medicinal aroma hangs in the background. Some alcohol hits the nose.

T - Tart cherries, yeasty funk, vinegar, oak and lactic sourness all hit the palate. This one is more sour than tart.

M - Light-medium body with a creamy feel. Above average amount of carbonation that only slightly pricks the tongue. Finishes dry with an acidic sourness.

O - Enjoyed this beer but I don't think it's amazing. I've had plenty of sours that bring a lot more to the table than this beer. Definitely worth a try though. If I wasn't used to drinking Russian River and Cascade sours on a semi-regular basis, I'd probably rate this beer much higher.

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Photo of slaintemhor
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently had a bottle of this which I found at a store this past January (2010) in Anchorage, AK when I was attending the GABBWF. I was quite surprised to find it as I haven't seen it in my native Oregon since it was released! The colour was a ruby-amber with no head. The aroma was both funky and fruity and nicely balanced between the two. On the palate it was quite tart, dry and musty with plenty of stone fruit flavours and a bit of horse blanket to round it all out.

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Photo of CruisaC
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Thanks to walows (I think) for this big time want.

Cherry amber in appearance out of the bottle. Almost an inch of tan head scatters quickly

Smells of sweet and sour cherries up front, with a good dose of funky brett coming through towards the end of the inhale. Very enjoyable

Taste is not quite on par with the smell, which is unfortunate because I was hoping for a little something else. The funk is very dominant in the beginning, fading to an almost salty cheese flavor, before finishing with a slight cherry sour cough medicine. I would have easily traded some of the funk for some sour, and this would have been sublime.

On the thinner end of things, which actually works well for the profile. Nice balanced carbonation.

Overall I was excited to try this beer big time. I've got a Mirror, Mirror, Jubel, and Abyss in the cellar but this had to come first for my introduction to Deschutes. This beer missed the mark just a bit with my expectations/preference but overall is a solid offering. I would not seek this out again in trade but would gladly share a bottle with someone in the future.

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Photo of Scoobydank
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta thank my boy Dyan for hooking me up, yet again.
L: Sharp poppin fizzy off white head 1/2 finger head. Dark beautiful ruby red with a touch of a brown tint. Clear with tiny bubbles constantly floating up.
S: Bright cherry with a nice sourness. Browned out caramel. Just a tiny touch of apple.
T: Sour aplles with a crip cherry. The sour is not over powering, it mixes in well with a touch of sweetness. A hint of wine peeks in and out. It finishes with a nice caramel flavor.
M: Thick and warm. Fat round bubbles slip into an aggressive tiny bubble frenzy.
D:Very cool beer. The sweet and sour continue ever after not having a sip for a few minutes. Very long lasting and memorable

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Photo of abecall98
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of organicbrewer
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber obtained in my first trade.

a=Clear deep amber with a small light tan head that fades to a ring.

s=Nose is tart cherry, malt vinigar with light burnt rubber phenols. Some biscuity brett as the glass warms.

t= Light tart cherries soaked in malt vinigar (notice a pattern). Pleasantly tart. Slightly astringent but not out of style. Very low hop bitterness. No hop flavor.

M= Medium-big bodied. Puckering tartness. Medium carbonation, little more co2 might make the beer appear dryer and make this easier to drink but i'm nit picking.

d= This is a great beer. More tart than the leifmans oud bruin but right on par with the oerbier reservas and other world class examples of this style.

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Photo of mikedashg
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best domestically brewed barrel aged sours! It is not quite as fruity as the Flanders beers but this is the closest thing I have tasted to a true Flanders that wasn't. The nose and the palate are loaded with red and dark fruit flavors with some slight spice malts that blance out the fruity flavors. The carbonation is just perfect with a thin fizzy head and really fine bubbles that are almost champagne like. I always look forward to the release of this beer.

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Photo of BrewMonkey
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Note: Bottle indicates 9% ABV, not 11%.

Pours deep amber to brown with an inch or so of off-white head that recedes somewhat quickly leaving very little lacing behind.

Sourness dominates the aroma, with hints of cherry, berries, overripe fruit, candy and bready yeast.

Flavor is intensely sour and fruity, with loads of cherry flavor and sort of a rasberry sherbert bite on the pallate. Hints of oak barely break through the sourness. Mouthfeel is bubbly and smooth like carbonated juice.

Might be the first beer from Deschutes I did not enjoy, but I do not seem to have a pallate for sour ales, so I've based my scores on my wife's impressions, as she prefers these types of offerings more than I do.

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Photo of soccerman7
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Red, brown, mahogany notes. an off white head that disappeared fast. just gorgeous. great bottle presentation.

S - Apples, lemon, funk. Leather notes.

T - Very complex. Apple and wine notes give way to malt and leather, almost a faint chocolate character. really fantastic.

M - exceptionally smooth. the apple notes linger.

D - this is a fantastic sour. I only hold Consecration higher than this. Really worth seeking out.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with EliottJW. Thanks again! Poured into my Troegs pint glass.

Appearance: Ruby red with a big brownish head. Head lingers and never fully disappears. Left some lacing in its wake.

Smell: Big oak and cherry aroma's. Tart. Vinegar.

Taste: Might be the most sour beer I've had so far, at least at the start. As it warms the tartness subsides considerably and a mellow sweetness comes forward, intertwined with a dark fruit character that tastes mostly of cherry's. A little funk mixed with the sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with what I'd call medium carbonation. This beer finishes with more of a velvety smoothness than other Oud Bruin's I've had, but I like it. Flavors linger instead of the tartness, which is also different but enjoyable.

Drinkability: No hint of the 9%. If you can survive the initial blast of sour and funk at the beginning, the rest of the slightly warmer bottle is a delight.

Great beer. So glad I started trying sours beers.

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Photo of duffextracold
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown color, very small head. Smells like sour fruit, with a bit of malt. I'm not really sure what to compare this too... But i was pleasantly surprised. slight vinegar taste, not too sour. just enough to give it a nice twang. slightly spicy and peppery. Medium carbonation level. the sourness does a nice job of scrubbing the palate. I like this beer. i haven't had too many sours before, so i don't have much to compare it too... but i like it.

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Photo of yeastsipper
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wax-topped bomber poured into a snifter. Have been saving this bottle for a while - my second Dissident but with significant time passing between the first and second.

Beer pours a beautiful mahogany brown, with a small head that dissipates quickly. It exhibits legs with an almost wine-like quality.

This beer is tart! Tartness dominates, with smells of redwine vinegar and especially cherries. There are also raisin and clove notes. The brett is very obvious as well.

The Dissident is complex and changes sip to sip. It is drier than the nose would leave you to believe. Initial flavors consist of a deep, woody quality and dark stone fruits. The sour, vinegar-like flavors along with the tart cherries then kick in. It ends with a pleasant tangy tartness, which becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. A real pleasure.

I dont know that I could, or would want to, drink this beer every night, but it it is a very enjoyable experience. Great nose and complex, sour taste. A fantastic beer and worth checking out.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle. Updated tasting after some well done bottle aging. Showing a lot better this time. A beautiful Flanders sour, probably one of the best that I've ever had. Can't wait to taste in one year!!

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Photo of tprokop7
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice reddish color, not too much head and it fades fairly quickly. Smells nice, but not overly sour. Taste is a little different than I expected. Definite sour aftertaste, but a nice earthy/farmy taste through the middle. A fellow BA says it tastes like a "creature of the farm," but he means that in the best way possible. A solid effort from a great brewery, I can't wait to try it with a little age on it.

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Photo of FutureMan91
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks and smells the part but boozy/bitter city with slight tart and slight cherry. Nothing to write home over. 2014 vintage but didn't wait until "enjoy after date." compared to befuddlement this is literally bland and more like a red ale. Not a sour...

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Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to billyhilly for getting me this beer. thanks bro!

2010 vintage

served into tulip

Color: A vibrant maroon colored beer with some haziness at the core. Very nicely carbonated, leaves behind minimal lacing, and it form a finger thick withe head that disappears at a steady pace.

Nose: Big sour cherry smell followed by earthy tones and yeast funk. At the core of this beer hints of oak present themselves along with light spice.

Palate: Mellow sourness immediately makes it self present. The cherries float on the tongue accompanied by what feels like apples and easter like textures.

Finish: Tart and long. Full of an array of flavors and craftmanship. The alcohol is so well masked in this beer that you can barely notice it on the finish. An excellent example of this style of brewing by the folks at Deschutes. Well done!

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Photo of goethean
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage tasted at 58F. Pours into my wine tasting glass a beautiful red copper with a nice foamy head. Mild funky sour malt aroma. Delicate body is appropriate to style, but surprising to me, as I usually prefer more 'extreme,' big-bodied beers. Flavor is sour, malty and mildly funky, all three harmoniously merging together. Finishes dry, but no hops bitterness, flavor or aroma are detectable. There is a slight weird smoky or chocolate flavor towards the end. Overall, a sipping beer with the complexity and interest of a fine wine.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Much thanks to my buddy impMA in Phx AZ for hooking it up.

Gorgeous deep brown with a burgundy-mahogany hue beneath. That Brett carbonation that has the tiny, off-white cosmic bubbles that gather round the edges of the glass and leave little round clusters sticking to the glass above the liquid level.

Aroma: 5. Complex and wonderful. Dark cherries, cranberries, red wine, some wood, peaches and apples, Brett damp earthiness. Belgian farmhouse-y. Some damp rose petals beneath. Some sweetness that does not come through as much in the flavor.

Same flavours as above in the taste.
Dry finish with lasting flavours of tart cherries, cranberries, peaches, and especially plum. The most caramel-malt flavours I've tasted in a sour. There is a sense of cloying that evolves in the taste and then that I feel in my stomach. Oh well, the aroma and taste are fantastic - to the extent that I've said wow a few times. The Brett is actually relatively "clean" - perhaps because of the 30 IBU? I might taste a touch of grassy hops at the end, followed by the honeyed figgy-plums. I also attribute the sense of a somewhat subdued Brett funk to all the other things going on - cherries, wine barrels, and the thickness.

Feel is nice. Thick and definitely has that Brett-effect.

I thought I'd have no problem finishing this bomber solo, but it's starting to get a little too sweet - I'm sensitive to sweetness in beer - but there are still enough redeeming qualities to finish the bomber without too much discomfort. Drinkablity has come done a bit and overall enjoyment has waned since sips 1-8, but not because the alcohol has become noticeable; it just seems heavier and not as refreshing now. Oh well. Next time I'll prolly split it. I might prefer this to Goudenband. I'd love to do a side-by-side, but that hasn't been in Austin in about half a year, and it seems Dissident has been gone for months.

It tastes a little more Belgian-y with the yeast/sediment poured it. Also more muddled and thick. I'm glad I waited until the end to dump it in.

I started off loving it, buy still enjoyed finishing it. Definitely recommended for it's aroma alone, and it's uniqueness, and is worth seeking out.

Tasted and contemplated with m83's saturday=youth

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Photo of madtappers
1.9/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

For $10 this has to be one of the worst ales I've ever had, or maybe just not my cup of tea.

Poured with a red color nice whiteish brown head.
The cherry taste is to overpowering and leaves an awful after taste.

Not a very drinkable beer in my opinion.

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The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.