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The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

The DissidentThe Dissident

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

895 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 895
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%


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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IvoryFoxhole

Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from 2012 bottling. Says best after 8/2013. Aged since 11/2012. Poured into Belgian ale glass directly from aging refrigerator so served around 52 degrees.

A) Reddish to cordovan, moderate carbonation bubbles. 2/3 finger head when poured, not very much retention, thin ring left.

S) Sour cherries, mustiness from yeast, maybe some citus or lemongrass

T) Very smooth and very complex. Cherries and citrus, not too much funk at all, not very sour at beginning. Finish is sweeter. Really well done.

M) Medium to full bodied, not as much carbonation as indicated by looking at it, really no evidence of the 11.4% alcohol content. This is really well-done.

Russian River Supplication has been surpassed. This is masterful. Will have to grab more than one bottle the next time they release.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 19:34:01 | More by IvoryFoxhole
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage. Batch 2. Best after 11/01/11. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Deschutes snifter glass. Acquired in a trade from nedvalton, thank you sir!

A- Pours a hazy, muddy brownish- maroon body with a two finger white head that reduces slowly to a white ring of foam.

S- Smells of funky brett, tart lactic acid, sharp sour lemons, grass, caramel/toffee, dark cherries, white wine, grapes. So complex, aromatic, and inviting. I can't wait to sip this.

T- Wow.. this is amazing. The first thing you notice is the tart cherries/citrus notes. I wouldn't call this acidic.. I'd call it on the higher end of tart. The tartness combines with some funkyness coupled with a slight astringent hoppiness. The finish is sweet with some very nice vanilla, caramel, toffee, burnt toast, charred bready notes. Very complex.

M- Medium body, good drinkability, medium carbonation.

I've really been looking forward to trying this beer and it didn't disappoint! Super complex and balanced. Very well done, Deschutes. 4 years has done wonders.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 01:21:10 | More by gcamparone
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dar482

New York

4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark rusty reddish brown.

The aroma has tons of tart cherries, vinegar sourness, some alcohol.

The flavor follows with a punch of "old" sour cherries, vinegar, some caramel and toffee sweetness, oak, and then a hit of alcohol.

The alcohol is decently hidden, but still shines through as something that is quite big. 11% is not a huge surprise however. I prefer the beers in the style to be less alcoholic and more refreshing. Still a wonderfully complex and delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 03:41:22 | More by dar482
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dgilks

Australia

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 21:53:39 | More by peensteen
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 2/2/13

Best after 11/01/11

Shared at a tasting by nrbw23. I had been wanting to try this beer for quite a while. Thanks Brad.

A) Dirty rust water brown. A thin, soapy head dies off but swirling helps. Spotty lace.

S) Lots of dark sour cherries with a pastry-like backing. Hints of vinegar. Interesting in that is has a sugary but not sweet smell.

T) Only moderately sour but it still has a good amount of sour cherries to it. Semi-sweet dark bread. Very faint hints of spices. Full, malty flavor but not terribly sweet. Very dry finish.

M) Medium body with slightly abrasive grittiness. Smooth, moderate feel. It's the sort of feel I can totally get behind.

D) Great to drink. I really like this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 02:38:57 | More by Ryan011235
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spoony

Colorado

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml waxed bottle (best after August 20, 2013) into a wine glass. 2012 vintage.

A-The brew is murky brownish-cherry in color. There is a short-lived soda-pop-like head of khaki foam. The visible, active carbonation keeps a patchy cap hanging around for a while. Pretty standard look for the style with a better than average reddish hue.

S-There is a lot going on here. Up front, there is sour cherry and green apple tartness paired with a big dose of funky oak that gives suggestions of vanilla. The oak also provides a nice bit of drying tannic-like smells. I also smell prune from the malts, but the prune isn't terribly sweet, and this beer is fairly dry and lacking in sugar sweetness for the style. The alcohol is spicy and warming.

T-The taste follows the smell mostly. I don't get much sour, only a light tartness with sour cherry being most noticeable. The prune and raisin component are stronger than expected, but the malty dark fruits pair well with the oaky vanilla and mild, earthy funk. The alcohol is spicy and warming, but well-integrated.

M-The feel on this year-old bottle is very soft for the style with smooth, ultra-fine carbonation. Heft is medium to full.

O-A nice effort. This brew is quite drinkable for 11.4% ABV. I originally was hoping for more tart flavors, but after about two sips, I started to really enjoy the less sweet (for the style) malt-forward character. It is complex and balanced and the taste really grew on me. I'm not sure what food this would pair with, but it drank well on its own after dinner. This is a great (and powerful) take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 03:11:53 | More by spoony
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

October 2012 bottle shared generously by who else but cbutova. Had a 'drink after' date of August 2013.

Pour is darkish amber with some haze. A small off-white head forms a ring after some time and stays as such. Nose brings a good balance of tart dark fruits, red wine, and oak.

Taste once again brings an impressive balance. It's tart and oaky but not puckering or over the top. Dark fruits, red wine, brown sugar and vanilla. Incredibly smooth for 11+% with moderate carbonation, very drinkable.

Like The Abyss, this is a testament to making a complex 11% beer very subtle. Low-end sourness and acidity sets this apart some for the style and lets the wine barrel show through a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 12:00:41 | More by Chico1985
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle, best after August 24, 2013 I think it said. Reviewed from notes taken last night. Split with my usual tasting buddies.

A- Murky blood red pour into five glasses. Appears brown in the middle with the red around the sides. Small fizzy off-white head but looks like carbonation is gonna be low. Small foamy ring after lackluster head retention and almost no lace in sight.

S- Spicy figs and dark red fruits like cherries mixed with a nice amount of wine grapes and some vinegar acetic acid hints. Slight dark brown sugar.

T- Pretty big Belgian yeast spice opens up in the flavor. The nice acetic acid and cherries carries over from the nose as well as that dusty Flanders tart funk feel. Some molasses, brown sugar and oak hints. As with the nose the wine influence is nice with grapes and some sweetness.

MF- Fairly low carbonation but the high ABV and flavors allows this to not be a huge deal. Pretty oily and moderately thick on the palate. Tart vinous bitters in the finish.

Authentic Flanders fruit vinegar feel mixed with nice Belgian yeast spice and some good darker sugar flavors. Like the wine grape and oak complexity. ABV is also non-existent.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 01:44:52 | More by cbutova
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 650ml maroon waxed bomber poured into tulip 7/9/13, cheers Rutager for the bottle

A murky dark amber, looks thick with bubbles struggling to get to the surface, short lived finger of foam leaves no lace

S wet wood, cheesy funk, cherries and raspberries, brown sugar, vinous notes, more earthy funk and some vanilla and spice I can't place

T caramel and a little booze but considering it's 11.4% I'd say it's well concealed, wet funky wood and sour fruit

M full bodied with mellow carbonation, slick on the palate with just a little heat, funk and brown sugar linger

O a nice mix of funk, fruit, sugars and barrel, hard to believe only 20% of this was aged on wood, something I'd look for again and I'd love another bottle to age as I could see the funk coming out down the road

I rather liked this brew and would love to try an aged bottle or other vintages, in all honesty the only reason this one made it past its best after date is I forgot I had one

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 03:44:52 | More by wordemupg
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Murrhey

Montana

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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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first bottle of the 2012 reserve. Best after 8/20, have two more bottles I'm aging so I'll re-review then. Poured into a snifter

Pours a rich brassy copper that gets nice and cloudy in the middle. Little transparency, little carbonation. Had a half finger of foam which receded quickly, moderate retention. Not bad looking for the style. Smells of cherries, oak, apple, vinegar, some citrus and some malt. Taste is upfront sour cherry and apple, which quickly turns from sour to a mild bitter. Malty after taste, gets a bit sweeter with each sip. Feel is a little bland, doesn't finish with a bang. Pretty sticky though, acids leave a nice tingle. Overall it's pretty good, and should really improve with age. The malts and yeast still have a lot of work changing over the next year hopefully leaving this beer with a tangy and sweeter kick. Looking forward to popping another in August
4.5/4.5/4/3/4

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Re-review, 8/30/13. Hit the best after date, bomber to a snifter, 2012 reserve

Pours a nice color- caramel, amber, copper, mahogany. A very vibrant shade between red and brown. A finger of foam has quickly receded to a ring a froth in the center. A thin but steady stream of carbonation shooting from the center. Good lacing and legs, transparency near 90%, perfect score

I have a bit of a stuffy nose but the smell seems a bit muted. When I really get in there- sour cherries, oak, red wine, vinegar, apple, and a sweet malty finish. Smell has gotten a lot sweeter, melds well with the sour

Taste is with the nose, sour cherry along with some apple with the fruits, strong oak coming through along with the wine. Sweet malts come through with the finish, some good complexity

Feel is a medium body, medium sourness that's balanced nicely with the sweetness from the malts. Nice tingle on the tongue, pretty drinkable. Most all the alcohol is concealed, very smooth

Overall: Better color, development of legs, oak and wine coming through much stronger on nose and taste, sweeter finish, better feel. Has definitely improved through the aging and very nicely, can't wait to get more this year, I'll re review a third time when I open the third

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 05:16:43 | More by lordofstarside
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Props to joemcgrath27 for sharing this tasty brew with me.

A - Pours a murky ruby colour, thin layer of head which quickly dissipates and leaves no real lacing.

S - Musty funk, wooden oak, sour cherries.

T - Sour cherries with subtle undertones of oak. Reminiscent of a sour cherry blaster candy but the sweetness is subdued and complemented by some earthy funk. ABV is barely noticeable with the exception of a bit of heat that lingers in your chest.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - Incredibly flavourful with a high voltage ABV that goes completely undetected. A true privilege to have had the chance to enjoy it, and an even more stoked to share it with my BA bro in crime.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 22:28:11 | More by andrenaline
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - murky red brown, head quickly fizzled, definitely unique looking
S - sour cherry, yeasty funk, lite woody background
T - sour cherry candy, woody with late grape, yeasty funk and lite herbs
M - tart and lite, no sign of the high octane other than a very late chest warmth, dangerously drinkable
O - a true original, so tasty and easy drinking, a must try for any beer advocate

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 23:52:45 | More by joemcgrath27
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JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 650mL bomber. This is the 2012 run of Dissident, drank July 24, written from my notes.

Nose: As soon as the seal was broken the scent of sour cherries hit my nostrils. Very tart, sharp aroma. It's a familiar smell from other sour cherry ales, but Dissident is stronger, sharper than anything else I've had. Lots of cherry here, but not overly sweet - the funkiness is very much there. Some oak, vinegar as well.

Taste: Wow, reminds me of Driftwood's Belle Royale but on steroids. That great cherry sourness hits pretty solidly right away, moderately sweet. Very dry finish and it has a sharpness that I'd liken to extra old cheddar - this last trait is what's unique about Dissident for me. It actually wasn't until I had drank about 200mL that I noticed the ABV - I had assumed it was similar to other sour cherry ales I've had but it was significantly higher at 11.4%. This surely has a lot to do with that sharpness I found.

Overall: Really good if not a little overly acidic for me. I find it so powerful that it has to be a special occasion beer - it lacks the accessibility of some of the less potent sour cherry ales, but accessible is not something it's going for.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 06:18:43 | More by JasonLovesBeer
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says Best After 8/20/13

A- Pours a semi-murky reddish light brown color with a 1/8 inch light tan head that's short-lived and soon dissipates to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Aroma is bursting with lactic acid bringing notes of tart cherry, sour apple and wine-like alcohol fumes.

T- The oak comes through wonderfully in this beer as it meshes with the fruit and tartness to create a balanced and drinkable combination. Not incredibly sour and the alcohol is masterfully hidden. I almost wish there was just a tad more flavor but this pretty much hits the spot. Semi-astringent oak aftertaste.

M- Slight pucker but quite quenching. Low carbonation and a medium body.

O- This is one knockout of a sour but it's so subtle in its execution. A slow sipper but every one is a delight.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 04:04:56 | More by Immortale25
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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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brydeen

Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed as part of Blind BIF round 8

A: Pours a murky, cloudy copper color. Very thin off-white head, holding only onto the edge of the glass.

S: An interesting sweet aroma with the subtlest underlying tart bite. A little cherry perhaps. A touch of honey possibly too.

T: Lightly acidic, but more sweet than anything. Cherries definitely on my mind, but I could be way off. I don't even think I know what style this is. It looks like a Barleywine, but it doesn't taste like one.

M: Medium bodied, somewhat creamy, with just the perfect amount of carbonation. Absolutely no alcohol detectable, which is impressive at 11.4.

O: This is a pretty tasty brew, and getting better as it warms. Sweet, but not overdone. Much lighter tasting than the alcohol would lead you to believe. Since I'm completely dumfounded here, I'll guess its so sort of American Barleywine, but I don't feel confident about it.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 01:04:20 | More by brydeen
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SanFranJake

California

4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In the interest of full disclosure, I was pretty bombed when I cracked this bomber...solo.
I'm not a huge sour-style fan but I grabbed two of these upon release and tossed them away...until last night.
Smelled like bottled Cherry Clan's...if you remember what those are.
Poured a nice golden hue into a tulip glass...minimal head.
Each sip got better and better...but it could also be my buzz that got better and better (its 11+%) and was super enjoyable.
As I said, I'm not big into this style but if this was the benchmark, I'd be into it all day.
A very enjoyable beer, even if its a month before its "best after" date.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 02:19:11 | More by SanFranJake
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark, clear copper-like color with a half finger of foamy, light tan head which fizzles out pretty quickly to a ring. So-so retention and no lacing.

S: Bright cherries meld nicely with lactic sourness, fruity Jolly Ranchers, a little acetic acid, and mild toasted oak.

T: Oak and chocolate, a little vanilla, and cherry Jolly Rancher way underneath, with a short/abrupt finish. Vague tartness and off dry and tannic on the finish. Kind of a mess: it's a shame that the fruit is hidden under all the barrel flavor.

M: Medium body, a little tannic/drying, with light effervescent carbonation. No alcohol is evident.

O: Not bad, but nothing to recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 05:15:16 | More by pmarlowe
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a cloudy, syrupy looking auburn with no head or carbonation. The nose is a tad tart, sweet with notes of raisin and candi sugar, masked booze, and no bitterness. The taste is definitely modestly tart, sweet, a touch of cherry and raisin in the finish, no bitterness. The mouthfeel is sweet upfront, slightly tart, no bitterness, and only very slightly dry finish. This beer is excellent and almost like a rodenbach on steroids...

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 22:44:38 | More by ThePorterSorter
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Brown bourbon looking hue; virtually no head or lacing but still beautiful and pretty on par for the style

S: Tart and sour; subtle vinous and cider vinegar notes: lots of tart fruits

T: Oh man, this is tart and balanced: malty and fruity and oaky and tart and man that's good

F: Medium body; kind of sticky and thick

O: This is a darn good boozy, oaky, and tart beer

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 18:37:18 | More by dbossman
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into tulip - 2010 bottle

Pours a hazed dark cherry color with some brownish tones. Crop of beige head bubbles up, fading into a collar of film with some spotty lacing.

Scents of lactic sourness with dark cherry, red wine and warming oak. Smooth alcohol warmth, funky yeast and currants.

Nice bite of sour right up front (you can feel it in your gums), featuring black cherry, overripe red grape and a touch of raisin. Dark malted tartness continues with oak, red wine, leather and soft dark fruit sweetness. Finishes warm and sour with lingering yeasty notes.

Medium body, decent carbonation, bubbly and dry on the tongue. A top tier Flanders Oud Bruin with a decent balance between the higher abv and fairly aggressive dark sourness.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 14:37:04 | More by xnicknj
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured out as a brownish red color with a white head on top. The soapy looking head fades and leaves a ring of foam around the edge. The smell of the beer is tart on the nose some really nice cherry aromas. The taste of the beer is tart and sour. There is some sweetness in tere as well that is a little on the syrupy side. The mouthfeel of the beer is nicely carbonated with a medium body to it. Overall this beer is pretty good. I feel it could be a little more sour. It's still a pretty good brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 02:03:10 | More by Knapp85
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 16:05:18 | More by smakawhat
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The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 895 ratings.