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The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

throwback, Dec 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Rfunk, Dec 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

cdwil, Dec 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

bsuedekum, Dec 05, 2012
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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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4.58/5  rDev +9%

2008 bottle, purchased last week at Toronado SF Abyss Night.

Appearance: Beautiful clear ruddy brown, with lots of lace from the lively head.

Smell: Sweet, funky, tart smell.

Taste: Fruity and funky, awesome cherry flavor. Moderate acidity, sweet finish. Some of the wine comes through but it is well balanced. The alcohol on this one (9%) comes through a bit, though in a good way. I wonder how the 2012 at 2% higher ABV will end up tasting..

Mouthfeel: That lively, happy, bubbly head comes through in the mouthfeel. Acidity from the barrel aging comes through distinctly.

Overall: This is the best American take on the Oud Bruin style I've had. It is delicious and well balanced at this age, though I wonder how it was after a year. I enjoy the prominent acidity, so I definitely want to hold onto a 2012 or two to have in 2016.

flaran, Dec 03, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass, 2012 version, best after 8/20/13. This pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown color with a fizzy tan head which fizzes away to a little film. The smells are great, you get some obvious sour notes, vinegar, a load of cherries, some barnyard funk, some white grape, some obvious alcohol. The feel is medium. The taste is amazing, Deschutes knows how to make a beer, you get some bitterness, a little brett, some sour notes, vinegar, some cherries, the alcohol is also present though and a little age wouldn't hurt this.

DavidST, Dec 01, 2012
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4.73/5  rDev +12.6%

A: The beer pours a brownish amber body with a thin tan head that quickly fades and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Strong amount of cherries hit me right in the face! There is also a nice strong sour smell that tingles the nose. It sort of has a bubble gum smell too

T: Like the taste, there is a good amount of cherries. There is also a nice sound of sourness that turns into a sweet fruity flavor. This is seriously one of the best beers that I have ever tasted

M: There is a tingle on the jaws that come from the sour. There is also a little bit of carbonation on the back of the throat as the beer goes down.

O: Deschutes does it again! Man this is one bad ass beer that instantly becomes one of my favorites of all time. I can't wait to try this beer after the "Best After" date

gtermi, Dec 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

slinkie, Nov 30, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +16.2%

2012 Vintage, Poured into Duvel Chalice.

Appearance - Cloudy, rust-brown. Almost the color of freshly made caramel sauce, but with some red dirt thrown in for fun. So excited to taste this beer...

Smell - Typical Oud Bruin funk, with leather, HEAVY cherry, clove, bell pepper, and wine barrel notes. You can seriously smell the Pinot Noir barrel on this beer... (I know. The brewmaster and I had a good conversation about the barrels they use) Vanilla and grape-skin are apparent in the nose too. Eek!!!

Taste - Everything I hoped for in this beer, and then some. Pinot Noir, vanilla and oak lead the palate, followed by the tart cherry notes, some more tobacco smoke / cigar box, and some creaminess out of left field. I cannot begin to explain the complexity in the flavor palate of this beer... All I can say is WOW. It could surely do with some time to mature, and transmogrify into something even more complex and beastly!

Mouthfeel - Sharp acidity akin to Oregon Pinot Noir (This flavor is pretty dominant in this beer), white grape/kumquat. Full and slightly creamy, which is somewhat strange for a sour. But round and perfectly effervescent, as it should be. Once again, I do not have enough words to perfectly describe this beer... But I will find them, when I open my other bottle, next year.

Overall - a phenomenal beer all around. The influence of the cherries, and wine barrel-aging impact this beer in a way that makes it unique, but a close friend to every Flemish-style sour ale on the face of the planet. Deschutes should be DAMN PROUD of this beer. Out of all the American interpretations of the Flemish style, this one is not only an amazing and spot-on homage to the style... it should be a preview of the next step in the evolution of sour ales. I am floored by this beer. You should drink it. (*Arnold Voice*) DRINK IT! DRINK IT NOW!!!


StuporJew, Nov 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

tuckerlikesbeer, Nov 29, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

2012 release

Deep and murky redish brown, with a tan colored head that is about a finger high. Lace is moderate and the head retention is so-so. Sour notes from the get-go. Plenty of tartness, cherries, vinous noes, some vinegar, citrus tones, earthiness, light funk, dark fruits, and possibly some leather. The taste comes with more vinegar, earthiness, and red wine than the aroma but still plenty of sourness, vinegar, tart cherries, citrus bite, plum, with white grapes, green apple, oak, and some spice undertones. Mouthfeel is medium. Moderate feeling and a bit filmy consistency, medium range carbonation, slightly heavier than medium body, and a medium-long finish.

Overall, a damn fine sour beer. A couple years back I took a chance on this when I saw it on tap and I was both surprised by and impressed with this beer. This beer certainly opened my eyes to a portion of the beer world I had been missing out on and it remains my favorite Oud Bruin of those that I've tried.

matttttYCE, Nov 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

ejimhof, Nov 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

gpawned, Nov 24, 2012
The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
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