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The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

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The DissidentThe Dissident

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995 Ratings

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 926
Gots: 425 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From notes.
Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A Pours a redish copper topped off with a white head.

S Lots of sour cherry and some funky barnyard brett.

T Some sour cherry with more funk however the taste wasn't as sour as the nose would lead you to believe.

M Lots of carbonation with a full body.

Overall while I thought that this was a pretty good beer, to me it seemed like a lesser version of Supplication by RR. Still good just not great.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, 2012 Reserve poured into a Deschutes snifter.

The beer pours a great dark cherry color, touches of burgundy and garnet when struck by the light, a fizzy, bone colored head appears briefly but vanishes instantly with no lacing left behind. The aroma is heavy on sour cherry, light oak with some strong vinegar presence, a bit of strawberry is noticeable as well. The aroma is very intense, from the moment the bottle is cracked open, the immediate area is blasted by the sour cherry fragrance. The flavors are very similar, lots of cherry, leaning towards dried cherry rather than fresh cherry, smooth sweet oak with a touch of red grape. There is some strong vinegar and acidity on the tongue, at times a bit overdone and off-putting but as the beer warms and opens up these effects tone down and the beer becomes a bit more smooth and rounded. The body is very lively, zesty and prickly on the tongue, very fizzy with high carbonation with a fairly abrasive finish.

Verdict: A decent Flander’s Red from Deschutes, lacking in complexity and subtlety as the harsh sour and vinegar qualities really dominate this beer at times. I’m left wishing the cherry flavors came across as fresh fruit rather than dried as they never really pop. My one praise is that you would never know it’s 11.4% as the alcohol is artfully hidden.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes, 12/9/10. Pours a brownish red color with a somewhat fizzy head, beige. Head dissipates quickly. It might be starting to thin out a bit, but this beer is still quite good. Lots of fruit - sour cherries and berries. Some vinegar and acid. Medium sour. Soft feel. A very good beer, though not quite up to the best of this wonderful style. Edit: 2010 version. Draft. Very good, again. Much more funky oak flavor than I remember from the last batch. Very woody dry. Sort of a cheesy flavor. Sour cherries are delicious and don’t overwhelm. Refined and complex. Full mouthfeel. The mouthfeel of Dissident is noticeably best from a fresh keg, in my opinion. Not too sour yet. Edit 2012: My opinion on Dissident has gone done somewhat. It seems a bit too sweet and the flavor is muddier than I remember. I'll revisit this review again at some point, but I'm lowering my scores for now.

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The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.