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The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

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The DissidentThe Dissident

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

959 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 959
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 896
Gots: 427 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
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 stakem
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

2010 release bottle care of Joe, reviewed on 3/2/11.

Poured into a sniffer, this brew appears a clear ruby tinted color of copper. A finger's worth of yellowish froth sits atop the brew and fizzes away leaving anspotty amount of lace across th top of the brew. Patches of lace cling to the glass.

The smell of this brew is tart with Brett and cherry notes. A little lactic in character with funk. Quite a bit of evident alcohol. Sulfur notes come across a bit poopy at times with a light amount of woodsy scents. The cherry aspect increases in character as the brew warms with a touch of vinegar.

The taste is tart with a flavor of cherry, lactic notes, Brett and a light herbal hop bitterness. A pretty bold alcohol inclusion hides beneath the cherry that is pitted ad earthy. Some woodsy flavors and light vanilla smoothness runs across the tongue mid palate. A little sulfuric at times and somewhat medicinal when the bitterness mixes with the alcohol and cherry flavor. All together this is quite an earthy brew.

This is a medium bodied offering with modest carbonation. Quite bold with the abv not really hidden much however it is easy drinking. It has quite a clingy wild character that lasts inside the mouth. A good representation of the style but a little young tasting. Enjoyable all around, it's my fault for opening this prior to the best after date, I'm anxious to see how this one developes and enjoy again in a few months.

stakem, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

This is a very nice beer, not quite as sour and funky as the classic Belgian versions, but sharp enough and full bodied, creamy and delcious without being hot despite its 9% abv. The beer pours a classic reddish brown with a fair head that settles to a ring. The aromas are fairly light, but with some nice sour and creamy notes and a light metallic tang. Little spice. The taste exhibits some funk and tannins along with the sour tang and creaminess. Some slight spiciness throughout the taste. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel but with that sour tang and some firm tannins. Lovely to drink, this should age nicely. An impressive effort at a sour style by a brewery not known for them.

Georgiabeer, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

duceswild, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -4.8%

2008 Reserve

Thanks to Mikesgroove for this one

Poured into Ommegang Chalice

Pours 1 finger of slight tan head. Decent retention with some splattered lace. Color is hazed light burnt caramel.

Aroma: Vinegar/acidic a lot of wild notes, oak, sour cherries, very tart and mouth watering.

Taste: The wood flavors some out a lot more here with some vanilla. This beer has a huge vinegar taste. Very acidic with some lemon notes. Sour cherries.

Mouthfeel: Very tart and mouth puckering. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with pretty clean vinegar flavored aftertaste.

Overall, this beer seems to have a little too much vinegar to it. It is good and represents the style pretty well, but I would like to try this one fresh and reevaluate.

mothman, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -28.6%

ejimhof, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

afsdan, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%

2008 vintage wax dipped bottle recieved in a trade with Brotherliam. Thanks for the assist.

A- Deschutes Dissident pours out a rustic mix of red and brown bordering on burgundy. A nice 1 1/2 to 2 finger tan head rised up and left a decent amount of spotty patching around the glass. Pretty nice retention on the cap as I see a mass of bubbles rising to the top.

S- A lot of fruit in the nose up front with a nice amount of cherries, apples, ripe grapefruit and some lemon freshness. Oak is also apparent and upfront while the vinegar smell is not pronounced than in other versions of this style. Also getting some spices that I cannot place right now.

T- A nice mix of sweet and sour with spices added. A burst of the afformentioned fruits come in with the cherry and green apple taking the lead. A good amount of oak from the barrel is there and pleasant and creates a vanilla flavor as well. A bit of cinnamon among other spices, brown sugar as well. Dissident almost has a cider like quality to it. The spices in dissident is what sets it apart from others in this style.

M- Dissident is light to medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation but nothing overboard. It is definatly present on the tounge but created a smooth texture. I'm not getting any of the 9% which is probably drowning in all those spices. This does have a nice tartness in the mouth as well, not to puckering though.

D- A 9% Flanders Old Bruin, I don't think i've ever had one this high in ABV for this style but I had no problem killing the bottle. Not the most balanced in this style, but this is the first generation bottling so maybe some kinks will be worked out for future releases. This one demands that you take your time with it as I did, nursing it for about two hours.

A great take on the style and i am interested to see how this one progresses.

BARFLYB, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Dark Red Waxed

Poured into a tulip a very nice ruby red color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some nice small islands/sticky lacing. The nose is malty, yeasty, some raspberry, cheeries. The taste is malty, yeasty, sour, with some berries in there. Medium body, highly carbonated, the alcohol is hidden very well with this one. Very drinkable, this is a very nice brew, highly recommended, thanks Toby.

Wasatch, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Growler provided by mdfb79. Thanks Dan!

2010 Vintage

A: The Dissident appears a light brown hue and very slightly hazy. The beer has an inch of thick head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Cherries, funk, oak, earth, malt, sweetness. The aroma is the best aspect of this beer.

T: Wonderfully complex and well done. However, this vintage is noticeable sweeter and less tart than the initial release. The flavor is still tannic and has some pleasant acetic qualities, but this vintage seems to have lost some of the magic I found in the 2008 bottling.

M: Sweet first, followed by some nice vinegary tart notes. I definitely noticed the bump in alcohol percentage.

D: Less drinkable than I remember, though still very good. I definitely recommend The Dissident, especially if you have the opportunity to sample the first release.

Huhzubendah, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

22oz bottle obtained via Growling at the Moon from swnicholson. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Harpoon tulip, formed a 1 1/2" beige head over the cloudy reddish copper brew. Head continues to grow for awhile before slowly starting to fade, with chunky lacing. Aroma is bubblegum and tart cherries. Taste starts sweet, has a powerful tartness in the middle, and a lightly smoky clean close. Mouthfeel is effervescent, and drinkability is good also. Very impressed with how the sour stays in the middle, and doesn't dominate the entire flavor experience.

ppoitras, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Mebuzzard, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

2012 Vintage.

A: Pours a purple/burgundy color with a small off-white head that reduces quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: Slight acidity, a little red wine, some cherry and stone fruit. Faint tartness with a little sweetness on the finish.

T: Quite vinegary with some cherry and raspberry, its rather wine like and tannic. There is some oak and a bit of vanilla and red grapes.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly dry finish. On the acetic side.

O: Pretty good, not a sour as I'd hoped, but really like how the oak comes through and how forward the vanilla is. Excited to give it a try after the best by date.

mdaschaf, Dec 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

2008 Vintage enjoyed 09/10/09.

A dazzling, blushed shade of pomegranate that clearly adores having the light shined onto it. It gleams and it sparkles and it casts blood red tones onto my hand. Its complexion is clean but clarity is diluted. Most of the tapioca-like foam dissipates but a yarn sized coil continues to envelop the beer. It splatters jelly-fish shaped patterns of lace onto the glass.

The aroma kind of smells like a classic Flanders Oud Bruin... and it kind of doesn't. For the most part it does share all the charm of the vintage Belgians: the tannic mildewed oak, the tart long-since fermented cherries, the slightly vinegar-like acidity and everything and anything else that goes into producing that rustic, complex, distinctive lure of the style.

Where it departs, only ever so slightly, is the noticeable Brett character. I know full well the time-honored barrels used to age authentic Flemish ales are replete with critters and wild bacteria, but this aroma exhumes the lively, extremely bready, unmistakable character of Brettanomyces that I've come to readily associate with a handful of American brewers.

No matter - it is a most welcome addition. These funky little yeast renegades really liven up the taste and add an even further degree of complexity to the already bewildering cast of flavours that includes: wild honey, artisan balsamic, citrus zest, nut-encrusted pastries, sour cherries, tannin-rich oak and strong undertones of chocolate and red wine.

The alcohol is listed as 9% on the bottle and 11% according to the brewery's press release. It doesn't really matter, as far as I can tell this isn't a decimal over 6%. The Brett becomes a little overly drying once some warmth gets into it but the acidity seems to know its boundaries. Clearly, this was touched by the hands of a very skilled brewmaster.

It takes a beer like this to remind us that brewing can be a ritual suffused with beauty and spirituality. I suppose anything inoculated with wild yeasts, infused with cherries for a year and then aged in pinot and cabernet barrels is expected to be unique but Deschutes not only pulled off the traditional Belgian style extraordinarily, they also added their own trademark American stamp that made this something much more than a mere replication.

biegaman, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

On tap today at the Moon and Sixpence in Portland.

The beer pours a honey red color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose.... sigh. I could easily mistake this beer for a Belgian Red Flanders. There is a huge aroma of wet blanket, barnyard, sweet and sour, and dead moose. Jeeze Loueeze!!! Alas, the flavors on the palate perfectly replicate the nose, and this is without doubt one of the most authentic domestically brewed red flanders, oud bruin beers I've ever come across. The beer is at most medium bodied and I guess drinkability is pretty good. The alcohol is certainly well disguised, but how can you call a beer that smells and tastes like this "drinkable?"

Absolutely disgusting stuff.... Deschutes should be ashamed of themselves for making something like this. Very, very impressive....

John_M, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of smakawhat
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%

Poured from the bottle at Smoke & Barrel for the DC bottle share. Bottle brought by ? From notes. Vintage 2012 I assume.

Good sample pour brings a falling tan soapy looking head, collapsing on to a faint orange bronze body, seems quite light for a bruin but otherwise fine.

Nose has a mild sense of acid with a nice good malt sweetness. Some nice citrus orange sensing fruit peeks out a bit mixing with a sense of sour orange. Very unique and different, quite pleasant actually.

Palate though just seems odd. A good moderate sense of tartness and bringing the fruit orange on the nose, but a very fizzy strange almost medicinal finish. Finish doesn't really compliment much of the light sweet malt and good balanced acid on the palate. Mouthfeel seems perfectly acceptable but a bit with higher than expected carbonation feel, but luckily doesn't detract from the palate.

There's some interesting things going on here, but first sip was a bit of a strange shock and quite odd. It does have some good qualities to it and a future visit might be in the cards, but by no means my favorite bruin at all. Strange aftertaste.

smakawhat, Mar 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Kelp, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Big thanks to grub for opening up this one, good thing I have a few bottles waiting at my parents place. Day 1 of insane DrJay visit epic tasting.

Pours a clear reddish orange, light brown hues, eggshell head forms, thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick around. Smell is neat, brown sugar, sour fruit, oak, vanilla, alcohol, cherries and strawberries, cinnamon spice and some raisins, pretty cool, nice sourness. Taste is very fruity, oak, brown sugar and vanilla, honey, sour fruit, cinnamon and a neat spiciness, sour fruit in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Very nice stuff, need to have it again though, it was in some tough competition that night. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Dec 07, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

sendbeer, Feb 03, 2014
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Big thanks to grub for opening this on Day 1 of the 2008 Biergotter Tasting.
Deep tawny amber, clear, with a bit of a reddish hue. It had a sticky beige cap that left some spotty lacing on the glass. A bit sharp on the nose, mildly acetic but quite tart overall. Slightly earthy with some cinnamon spiciness and light horsey funk. The flavour was full of tart fruit and berry, some earthy brett and dried fruit towards the end. Oak and vanilla, plus a bit of molasses appeared as it warmed. Medium to light bodied with average carbonation. The bubbles were quite light on the palate though, giving it a smooth texture. Nicely balanced, quite a mellow sour (at least after the other monsters we imbibed).

DrJay, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%

Brenda was kind enough to head to the store today after I found out the Dissident was finally in Boise... she picked me up a bottle for about $12... the anticipation is over... it's going into my smokestack goblet.

1" head.. good retention.. spotty lacing.. brew is brown until deep cherry juice red highlites are revealed when held to a light.

the aroma is way more complex than I can explain.. acetic.. subtle lactic... some cabernet and wood... fruity without being overdone.. cherries and a little bit of almond.

Flavor is also very complex.. but I'm gonna try. more than enough body to make all of the flavors stick around for a while.. tannic and oakey... but in a good way.. strawberry jam components with some balsamic vinegar.. some winey notes are fleeting.. with each sip something else jumps out at me.. all the flavors are soft yet separate.. very tasty.

the bigger body on Dissident and the fact that it isn't overly sour.. makes this a big drinker.. I am lovin it.

4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5

JohnGalt1, Sep 24, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Zaphog, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

liamt07, Sep 11, 2013
The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
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