The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery
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4.18/5 rDev -0.5%
Up front, a note - in the spirit of experimentation and for comparison purposes, I drank this 2012 bottle about 8 months before the "Best After" date stamped on the bottle. Finding myself with a couple of these brews, I wanted to get a baseline. That, and I'm extra-excited to try one!
Thanks to dujayhawk for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Peg's snifter glass.
A: Opaque medium brown, thin white foam floats on the top, low amount of visible carbonation. This isn't a particularly pretty beer.
S: The sour hits you from two feet away. Tangy, fruity, some oak sweetness and tannins. There's a bit of vinegar, a bit vinous...but overall, mouth-watering.
T: Tart and sour, and a fruitiness here (it's the cherry, I'm sure, but I don't know that I would have been able to pick that flavor out), oak tannins, some sweet malt. Sweet and dry simultaneously here. There is a vinous aspect as well. Dry finish.
M: Medium body, decent carbonation sensation, moderate alcohol presence.
O: This was very enjoyable, but I can't wait to see what happens over the next year or so. At present it just doesn't have the depth of flavor I'm looking for and expecting, but I was so far before the "best after" date...I have high hopes.
01-07-2013 04:26:35 | More by macrosmatic
3.8/5 rDev -9.5%
A: A grainy, yet creamy red and purple pour. Has a slight "Tsu-Xiao Province" look, for anyone who's visited the far east. The pour was memorable for many reasons. I cannot get into this.
S: My dude Dave came by as I was pouring and said "that damn beer smell like my FEET, bro", and I agree. Feet smell.
T: Smoky yet overall a taste of vinegar and slight taste of wine. There was also a very slight aftertaste that was unlike anything before. The only thing I can compare it to is it was 80% raspberry and 15% baseball glove and 5% man.
M: The Mouthfeel on this is as big and groovy as I've ever swished. Swish and you'll be a believer. Dave said "this feel like mustard", but that one I did NOT agree with.
O: I've never had a beer like this and I don't know if I ever will again. I only had enough money for one bottle, and I may let that stand as the greatest beer where I've only had money for 1 bottle.
01-05-2013 02:13:45 | More by BrewSnob
4.35/5 rDev +3.6%
2012 reserve 22oz bottle served into a Snifter
A: Ruby Red with a small head
S: Sour cherries and barnyard funk
T: Lots of of tart-sour cherry, light taste of vinegar and hints of oak/vanilla
M: Smooth and a medium body, nicely carbonated
O: Another A grade beer from Deschutes. Fire.
01-01-2013 06:54:07 | More by mnphish
4.08/5 rDev -2.9%
2012 Vintage poured in to snifter.
A - Murky brown with an orange glow around the edges. A thin layer of dirty white head formed an reduced to some scattered bubbles around the edges of the glass.
S - Sour/tartness and lots of funk up front with sour cherries and oak also present.
T - A big tartness is present up front without being overly puckering or sour. Sour cherries, oak and some dark fruit also come through. There is a vinegar-like flavour present throughout and a touch of barnyard funk.
M - Medium body; creamy. Light carbonation.
12-30-2012 14:42:37 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.18/5 rDev -0.5%
Classic looking Bruin - murky burnt caramel capped with a brief khaki fizz that settles down to form a neat collar that actually retains from start to finish. Pretty good amount of alcohol oil as well. The second pour shows something entirely different - thick head that, again, fades fast but forms a beautiful cap on the beer that laces as well as you could expect.
Extremely acidic... fresh vanilla oak qualities, tart cherries, plum, maybe a bit of mushy berries, the alcohol character plays an apparent role without offending any other part of the beer... orange flesh.
Mmm... tart cherry, ripe raisin, banana peel (?), fruity tannin like brightness, not quite as dominantly sour as I have heard from some, but it is sure smooth... a delicious beer indeed.
12-30-2012 01:33:16 | More by yamar68
4.73/5 rDev +12.6%
Wax sealed brown bomber with best by date on label. Too bad I ignored that and am drinking it 9 months early!
A: sidepour gets no head or cap or ring. That could be the 11% or so alcohol doing its work. Pours a cloudy red tinted brown. Exactly what I expected to see. And boy do it look tasty.
S: I don't even need to be near the glass to smell the sour cherry. Making me salivate. Nose to the glass gets more cherry and some alcohol. Bits of oaky vanilla and no hops.
T: tart cherry followed by more tart and some more tartness. A hint of sweetness followed by more tart delicious cherry. Wonderfully sour beer.
M: medium body, good and smooth.
O: this bottle is 9months shy of its best after date so it needs a little age. It is kinda harsh but where it is going is fantastic. Can mostly taste the sour not much maltyness.
12-29-2012 05:56:00 | More by N3rdM3t4l
British Columbia (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev -2.4%
'12 bottle from my father in law. Is it fair to review this before the "best after" date? Oh well...
Reviewed 12/25/12. Drank this one after the Christmas morning mayhem. Santa deserved it, even though it was only 10am.
Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-brown with a slight pink tint and a thin, off-white head.
Smell. Cherries and plenty of funky old dank wood. Just a little booze and a very faint whiff of sweet caramel malt.
Taste. Sour cherries, dry tannic wood and leather, some sweet caramel and dry earthy funk with just a hint of spicy Belgian yeast.
Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium carbonation, faint warmth in the back of the throat.
Overall. Nice (and big) Flanders style sour with a good amount of fruit flavour. Anxious to try the 3 bi-year vertical in the cellar now.
12-27-2012 21:21:45 | More by Rutager
3.68/5 rDev -12.4%
2012 reserve. Best after 8/20/13. 11.4%. Brown glass bottle with waxed over cap served into a Guinness goblet in a tasting in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof. Cost was $14.49.
Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a two finger head, fairly thin, of decent cream, and good retention. Body colour is a semitransparent amber-auburn. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Tart raspberry and cherry, bright fruit esters, amber malts, and excellent fruit esters. An average strength aroma.
T: Restrained tartness and bacteria. Very muted wild yeast. Balanced and enjoyable. Really pleasant. Too restrained. Balanced but a bit underwhelming. I wanted more. Built well.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Excellent carbonation. Great thickness. Good presence on the palate.
Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I'd have this again, but it's not an ideal sour. I've had far better. A tasty sour, but not Deschutes' beer.
12-24-2012 05:19:45 | More by kojevergas
4.33/5 rDev +3.1%
2010 vintage. Best after 11/01/11.
Nice carbonation on this beast. Can already get the cherry whiffs as soon as the cap is lifted. Pours a slightly murky brown/burgandy with a beige foamy head. Nice foam that hangs on throughout session.
The aroma is big time berry, tart cherry and light vinegar. Getting a lot of green olive too. Was a little worried about the green olive taste but worrying was not necessary.
The taste is acidic with some nice sour cherry and oak as the main components. A smidge of vinegar but the blend of the sour and oak is great. Not overly bitter or sour. A light sweetness on the finish. Oak aftertaste. The wine flavors are definitely there as well. Very flavorful.
Mouthfeel is good. Again, nicely carbonated after two years of bottle conditioning. The harshness is minimal like some Flanders can be.
Overall...believe the hype. This is a great beer and one of the best Sours that incorporates a ton of flavor and keeps a little sweetness in the mix. No way this is 11.4%. Deceptively drinkable and the palate fatigue just is not there.
12-23-2012 18:39:14 | More by kaseydad
The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
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