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The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

The DissidentThe Dissident

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895 Ratings

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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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Photo of MattyG85


4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. waxed bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. 2012 Reserve with "best after" date of 8/20/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep and very cloudy copper amber orange with a light tint of red. Moderate bubbles and a decent two fingers of off white head that quickly fade away. Moderate lacing left on the glass.

Smell: A nicely funky and fruity Belgian wine like aroma. Belgian yeast with a good amount of funk. Big hints of Brett and sour cherries. Hints of red wine, white grapes, apple, vanilla, oak, and vinegar. Also some hints of dark plum and prune. In the background is some light caramel malt and brown sugar. A very complex and well balanced aroma. Not overwhelming with the sourness or sweetness.

Taste: Tastes as full, complex, and good as it smells. Big taste of funky Belgian yeast with Brett. Big fruit esters, sour cherries, green apples, and grapes standing out the most. Also some notes of pear and dark fruits including prune and plum. Very wine like taste along with some vinegar. Sweet but nicely drying. Some of the barrel makes it into the taste with notes of oak and vanilla. Light malt character with some caramel along with a little brown sugar. A bold taste that is very well balanced. The funk, sourness, and fruity sweetness blend well. Really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy feeling body with a carbonation on the lower side of medium. Fairly tart and very smooth. Alcohol heat is hidden pretty well.

Overall: A really great Belgian style sour. Big fruity wine like flavors while the acidity and sourness is kept in check. Very complex and good tasting.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 07:33:52 | More by MattyG85
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into tulip glass.

2010 vintage.

Appearance: mahogony red bodied beer with a thin white head. Drops to a thin cap.

Smell: Vinegar, fruity, cherries, a wierd plastic note.

Taste: Cherrys, and white grapes. Mild vinegar and a mild tartness. Malty backbone that is eqaul to or stronger than the sour notes from this beer. Its got a plastic flavor it it as well.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation.

Overall: It was decent, but I was a little bit dissapointed by this beer. I think I need to try a fresh bottle to give it a fair shot.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 07:18:48 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of IKR


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:Light brown with a reddish hue. Small very light brown head that hung around.

Smell: Moderate funk, tart cherries, and some red wine notes.

Taste: Sour cherries, a bit of funk, and some oak from the barrels. Some leather notes and a bit of sweet cherries are also present. I also get a bit of a wine presence. The finish is rather dry with a slight tannic aftertaste

Mouth-feel: Fairly light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation results in a satisfying mouthful.

Overall: Good beer that I suspect will improve with some age. I have a feeling Deschute's "best after date" is really appropriate for this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 03:14:20 | More by IKR
Photo of denver10


3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours caramel with a slight amber hue and a small khaki head. Smells lacto sour, brown sugar, cherries and apples, a slight hint of some vanilla and the wine barrels. Some alcohol in the finish. Amazing flavor and quite complex. Some sour lacto, tart cherries, apple, a little funky, the barrels, and some leather. I expected more alcohol to be noticeable than there actually was which was a nice surprise. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, a really nice beer even 11 months prior to its best after date, I can only imagine how good it will be then.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 23:08:45 | More by denver10
Photo of harrymel


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2012
Best after 20AUG13

Pours amber with a cherry hue, etched surface with a rim of light cream foam. The smell was evident from a couple feet upon pouring - really richly cherry this year. There are notes of lacto, breat and oak with plenty of the wine character coming through and lots of nice, tart cherries. The flavor is tart up front with a bit of heat and plenty of cherry flavor. This is really remarkable in that it is very, very fruit forward and most in the style that I've had are more oak balanced. I think I prefer this approach. The tartness is not quite sour per se, but is richly enhancing the overall tone of the beer. There is much, much less wood and grain perceived this year than 2010 when fresh. Medium on light syrup body with limited, soft and fine carb with a watering finish. Nice beer. I am really glad I got a good stash of this vintage.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 05:37:28 | More by harrymel
Photo of bamadog


4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My buddy Jeff picked this one up for me while he was on a road trip out in Colorado, so muchas gracias to him. Review is from notes taken on 10/26/2012 and poured from the bottle (2010 vintage).

Appearance: Pour is a nice, ruddy caramel brown with a hint of ruby red to it; starts with a nice one finger, thick and lush head that is slightly off-white; head has good retention and it eventually fades down to a full, complete skim, albeit just a touch uneven; body is murky/cloudy, but shows strong enough carbonation bubbling up near the sides of the glass; plenty of lacing is left behind, but only where it swaths up to my mouth when I tip it to drink and none rests on the rest of the glass where it's been worked down.

Smell: Smell is so nice -- plenty of tart and acidic cherries, but there is also a certain sweetness laying in there with it, perhaps some caramel malt; definite funk, and the tartness is making my mouth water. Can't. Wait.

Taste: Tart cherries lead the way, and there is an acidic and strong bitterness (perhaps a bit lactic?) underneath it; just a touch of the sweetness mentioned in the nose as it's pretty much dominated by tart funkiness; alcohol is entirely masked.

Mouthfeel: Body is fairly light, a touch creamy; obvious pucker factor from the acidity and tartness, but it's not overwhelmingly so, so there's a nice balance to the body.

Overall: A great beer to be sure, but I'm not blown away by it like I was hoping to be. Perhaps is as good as it's supposed to be and I've only grown as an Advocate. I would love to have it again and again. I almost wish I would have drank it fresher to see if there would have been a difference, but I don't feel that it lost too much based upon reviews I've read.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 01:52:01 | More by bamadog
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle opened on 10/25/2012

A: A very nice reddish brown color. Very little head that dissipated immediately.

S: Smells great. Huge wine smell with yeast funk and oak.

T: I was a little let down by the taste. I was hoping for something a little more sour. You can definitely taste the cherry, some nice funk and plenty of citrus flavors. Hopefully some age will intensify the sour notes.

M: Medium body. A little light on the carbonation. Nice dry finish.

O: Definitely a good beer and well worth the $13. Hopefully some age will bring out some more sour notes. It smells great, but the taste was not as puckering as I'd hoped it would be. Still an excellent beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 01:53:20 | More by Rinkor16
Photo of kaniatron


2.78/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have a lot of mixed emotions about this beer. Its smells wonderfully of cherry, and the nose on it is very complex. Whispers of alcohol permeate from the snifter I am using. The faint foamy head dissipates quickly. My first drink into this beer tells me this moment is going to be quite awkward. My palate has cherry, oak, sweet caramel and a flush of acidity almost like a deep red wine such as a shiraz. It seems to be lacking of carbonation and has almost medicinal qualities. While I am not found of this beer I can appreciate the creativity and artistry it takes to develop a product such as this.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 00:35:55 | More by kaniatron
Photo of DonDirkA


4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best After 8/20/13. Pours a hazy reddish amber with a red tinged bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Nose is tart cherries, pinot noir, woody, slight vanilla, French oak (you can actually smell the difference between French and American oak), black plums, dark fruit and some spice notes. Taste is cherries, grapes, green apples, oak, plums, red wine, booze and a bit of some kind of spice, maybe cinnamon or clove. Something with a kick. This was the first sour ale I ever tried (the 2010 vintage) and it blew my mind. Its just as good as I remember. I'm psyched about the two I have put away til after 8/30/13. Its a long wait but it'll be worth it. I can definitely taste the parts of this that were in that Collage I had last night. Deschutes rules.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 08:39:29 | More by DonDirkA
Photo of inlimbo77


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz, 2012 vintage
Best after 8/20/13
Deschutes tulip

A: Pours a murky brown amber color. Initially some head, disappears to nothing within seconds. Carbonation bubbles coming up sides. Some alcohol feet. Pretty looking wild ale.

S: Pulling that tart cherry. Woodiness. Oak tannins. Vanilla. Vinous grapes.

T: Tart cherry up front. Provides that sourness. Very vinous. Very oak tannin like. The oak brings some vanilla notes. Rounds the flavors. Very nice. Dry slight pucker tannic finish. Booze is there in the back, but hidden very well.

M: Medium bodied. But feels fuller because of slight lack of carbonation. Maybe some time in bottle with help that.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 17:20:42 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of Brandywine


4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. 11.5% ABV. Poured into a tulip.
appearance: opaque reddish orange. Moderate alcohol legs. Tons of lacing around the glass. thin off white head dissipated almost immediately.
smell: sour yeasty goodness, cherries, fruity esters, strawberries, white grape, red wine.
taste: cherries, raspberries, red wine like a fruity zinfandel without any tannic overtones, little bit of grapefruit and orange, bright acidity. Tons of berries. It's tart and sour but with a subtle counterbalance of sweetness. Alcohol comes through more as it warms up but it's never off putting and just helps to clean the palate. There is an oaky note at the end of the tongue.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with not too much carbonation.
Overall: a fantastic sour filled with vinous and berry notes with some citric notes creeping in. Big and just a little oaky, this one will age with the best of them. Can't wait to see how it develops after a year or two. Buy several. Drink one and cellar the rest.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 03:26:20 | More by Brandywine
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

just one of those classics for me. it looks a little thin, light brown color with a red hue to it. good carbonation is obvious, as a fizzy white head rises up. the nose is intense. lots of red wine vibes, although this isnt barrel aged in vino. also lots of sour in the aroma. brett and lacto at least, but this isnt acidic. there is some sweetness in the flavor from the malt, and that red fruit tone again. maybe something tart in fruit, like cranberries or something. more red wine tannins in the finish, and a puckery sour. the alcohol is well hidden, a superbly dirnkable bottle. medium body in the end, and bold carbonation just short of pop like. its expensive and rare, but it is just a beer that you need to seek out. its hard to describe because it stands alone. a sour yes, but its so much more than that. one of the more complex bottles of beer around.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 00:18:56 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Kevlee722


4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby color with mahogany highlights and a quickly fading khaki head despite an aggressive pour.
Nose is fantastic, sour cherries, yeasty funk, leather,oak and tannins. Very vinous, no doubt from the choice of barrels for the refermentation
Taste is similar, not overly puckering like a wild ale but a nice sour finish after a sweetness up front that follows with with vinegary cherries, oak and a slight medicanal flavor which is probably from the high abv for the style.
Medium to thick mouthfeel with tight playful carbonation and sourness that leaves the palate salivating for each next sip.
Awesome, awesome, awesome. I love this beer, a huge fan of wild ales and this is a wild ale that got dressed up and headed out to a formal affair. Deschutes caudled this beer and it shows. Can't wait to see how this develops with age. I have a 2010 yet to be cracked and will be laying a few of the 2012 down to try annually.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 07:46:40 | More by Kevlee722
Photo of sukwonee


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

A: Reddish brown color body with 1 finger head.

S: Very complex. Wine, yeast, oak, sweet-jam like aroma, sour, citrous.

T: While I really like the taste, I think this is a tad bit hot. Similar to the aroma, I get sourness (although not super sour or puckering), funk, yeast, wine and oak barrel, citrous, some fruits. I think aging will add significantly to this beer, although it is quite tasty as it is.

M: Quite thick for a sour beer. Dry finish.

O: I liked it quite a bit although not my favorite Flanders ale. I had several bottles of Collage this year and now I can see that Dissident is the most dominant smell and taste in that beer. I have another bottle to age. I will revisit after a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 03:59:26 | More by sukwonee
Photo of writerLJBerg


3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle picked up from the brewery. 2012 vintage. Consumed 10/5, reviewed from notes.

A: Fizzy lifting drink. Decently hard pour yields a quickly fading head. Dark cider colored copper.

N: Potent - don't even have to put my nose to the glass to smell. Very vinous with the red wine grapes. Plenty of oak and tannins. Pleasant funk from the vinegar/acetone. This smells much more like an Oud Bruin than the 2010. Lots of cherries and some leather.

T:Taste falls short of the nose, and when it's cold, it's really non-descript, unlike any other beer I've had. Cherry cola. Sourness level is about medium. As this warm, it gets better. Oak, cranberry, and blueberry. Sherry starts to shine, as does the French Oak.

M: On the heavier side for an oud bruin, but still in range. No alcohol burn.

O: I feel like the 2008 is a vintage not to be matched ever again. Hoping the yeast eats some of the sugars and gives this more depth. And a big warning about drinking this less than cool.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 03:11:49 | More by writerLJBerg
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery out of Oregon.
Score: 92

Batch 2 (November 2010 release) bottle served in a Stella Atrois chalice and enjoyed on 08/15/12.

Appearance: The beer is a murky, blood-orange color that fades from a yellow to ruby when tilted and held up to light. Two fingers of fizzy yellowish tan head at pour settles to a thick ring around the glass with a thin foggy layer in the center. Excellent lacing and retention/cling. 4.5/5

Smell: Cinnamon, rose pedals, and horchata. There is some sweet vinegar and a lactovallus-common aroma too, a light amount of cherry and a little platicky funkiness. I am really digging the slightly floral horchata nose. It is very unique and was entirely unexpected. 4.5/5

Taste: The taste is much different than the nose led on. There is some "Red Hots"-like cinnamon flavor upfront and in the finish with some sweet and sour vinegary lacto flavor mixed in. The sourness is extremely mild; no pucker and it is mostly confined to the "middle" of the beer and washed away by the finish. There is an ever growing cherry flavor on the midpalate that becomes somewhat medicinal as it warms up. A little layering funk on the back of the tongue as this beer warms as well. As the beer approaches temperature, I find myself enjoying it less. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Dryly sweet (almost like a red wine) mouthfeel. 4/5

Overall: An excellent and unique nose with a more traditional, slightly funky flavor for the style. The nose is what really makes this beer in my opinion.

Recommendation: Not for casual beer drinkers, but this is a good beer for fans of the style who don't mind a little funkiness and medicinal cherry flavor.

Pairings: Chocolate Cake

Cost: $12.99

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 16:56:00 | More by jegross2
Photo of Gobzilla


4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

O08 vintage bottle

A: poured a murky crimson red in color with brownish highlights and a thin head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: definitely a lot going on but garden floral notes pop out first to me with a variety of fruits such as apples, citrus lemons, cramberries, and dark cherries. I was able to sniff out brett funk, acidic vinegary qualities but with hints of spice and oakiness.

T: very interesting combinations of flavors with cranberry cherry tart dry fruitiness, slight vanilla oakiness, mild bitter dry vinous kick, hints of acidic citrus, vinegar tones, and very well hidden booze character with a touch of earthy bretty spice accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight spice, oaky, acidic, fruity,mild boozy and tart finish.

O: very tasty and intresting beer that was very elusive for me but very happy to finally try. I definitely would love to try the 2010 version.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 15:17:38 | More by Gobzilla
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage with a best after 11/01/11 bottle date.

Copper color with a tall head of sudsy brass colored foam.

Sweet and sour nose with hints of ripe cherry and oak.

Wow, completely different flavor than expected. I was thinking sour all the way, but not the case at all. A bit of a mellow start then a lactic acid and moderate sweet taste with a long hop like bitterness and oak presence. Red wine with just a hint of cherry underneath with a mild alcohol presence.

Smooth and full with just a touch of prickliness to the carbonation. Very dry on the finish.

I was pleasantly surprised by this. So glad it wasn't a big sour beer like I was expecting. This is actually quite drinkable, especially given the ABV. A wine-like brew. A nice change from what I usually drink and a solid overall beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 01:23:37 | More by jera1350
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

June 20, 2012 notes.
I've had this beer on a number of occasion, usually on tap during releases and special Deschutes events but a couple times from a bottle. This version was from a 2010 bottle, 22 oz. and marked 'Best After: 11/01/11'. Opened on a Wednesday after work, with pasta leftovers; poured to a wide tulip. Just because.

Maroon wax (double layer) over the cap. A mild gusher when opened. A label design that's among the most striking I can recall.

A: Bourbon-y ruddy amber hue with a moderate level of small carbonation. Complexion is nice and clear, topping is maaayyybe 1/2 finger of beige cream, one that fades quickly to a slim crescent. Spotty film and a few lace speckles hold tightly.

S: Nostril-tweaking tartness, a hint of acetone burn. Confounding musty floralness - it's almost 'rosy', like damp petals and wet soil.

T: Mushy, over-ripened fruitiness - sweet with a touch of vinegary decay. Vinous, dry wood and a grape-like tannic backing. Oak aging shares some vanilla and a hint of char. More of the 'flower petal' bittering I picked up in the scent. Really interesting stuff.

M: Remarkable smooth and creamy, with tanginess that barely creeps in toward the finish. Phenomenal balance and super-hidden alcohol... seriously, this is 10+%???

O: REALLY enjoyable beer now, beautifully aged! Still a bit bitter and 'rooty', with nice cherry tartness and spicing. Glad to have more of these in the cellar, will try not to wait too much longer before having another.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 04:50:09 | More by msubulldog25
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split 3 ways into tulips (I got a larger share). 2010 vintage, "Best After 11/1/11," drank 5/31/12. Thanks to BA KevSal for sending me this awhile ago in a trade!

Appearance: Pours a semi-opaque red brown. Small spots of lacing.

Smell: Oak and lactic sourness, with some Brett tang underneath. Predominantly woody. Despite the 3 distinct aromas, very restrained in magnitude. Interesting though.

Opens up with some booziness in time, but never really takes off.

Taste: Bretty, hard candy sweetness, anise, a little acetic. Harsh bitter finish leads to some chocolate in the aftertaste. Overall impression: kind of medicinal. Some creamy vanilla oak notes underneath, overpowered by the more abrasive elements.

Grows on me as it gets boozier and the flavor smooths out. Somehow the harsh bitterness and medicinal character combine to become a pleasant counterbalance to the emerging vanilla oak flavor. Hot finish, though maybe not 10.5%~ hot. The alcohol provides a soft, pleasing burn that compliments the other flavors.

By the time I finish my glass, I want more. Great flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little on the fuller side. Low to moderate carbonation. Bitter and warming.

Overall: Starts out challenging, but ends up very pleasing. Worth taking the trouble to seek out (though I got it more from KevSal's generosity than any effort on my part).

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 05:00:35 | More by Pahn
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4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 Vintage. Best after 11/1/11. Reviewed 3/24/12.
Big thanks to daysinthewake for sharing this.

Pours a ruby body that's very murky, with a minimal head. What's there is reddish-brown.

Tons of cherries on the nose. Funky, with some vinegar. Medicinal, band-aid aromas. Lovely!

Full, juicy, cherry flavors, with a little tartness. Oaky, woody flavors. Medicinal funk, with some band aids and acetic sourness. Good dose of spicing, leaving a peppery warmness in the mouth.

Fantastic. The benchmark of the style for me. Could not get enough of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 04:02:16 | More by litheum94
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dissident 2010 vintage, labeled best after 11/01/11 - reddish brown, very transparent, pretty bad head retention, but the beer glows. Big, huge cherry in the nose. Light, light funk with some faint lactic sour hints. No acetic acid. Little bit of sweet and sour candy, and a hint of oak. A fantastic smelling ale. Big sour cherry flavor hits you over the head, kinda of a rough biting sourness. Faintly reminding me of cough syrup on the finish. Very low in the funk department. Really no vinegary sourness to speak of it is more of a lactic / natural fruity sourness. A bit of a bitter quality that is off putting. But show cases a nice oud bruin charecter. Surprisingly not thin on the mouthfeel, but it is dry and vinous which is nice. Altogether while this is not my favorite take on the style it is a good interpretation. I get it, I just don't know if I'm a huge fan. I repeat though I feel Deschutes carried through on this well.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 00:19:23 | More by pmlondrigan
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slight haze on a copper, deep copper beer. Depth of color is insane. Head is dirty-white and drops to a thin ring quickly. Faint cap on the top. Tiny hints of lacing.

Smell: Slight funk over a lingering sweetness and a nice sour bite. Fresh cherry flesh and some woody, earthy notes. Tart and slightly funky. Floral in good measure with a big fruity component. Nice depth and complexity.

Taste: Less sour than the nose would imply. Bigger funk component is musty and hay-filled. Cherry makes itself known in tart, fleshy form. Some malt sweetness with a decidedly tart edge. Lingering tartness adds a brightness that helps balance the funky, woody aspect. Cherry juice and flesh in good measure. Very well balanced with a nice depth. Powdery funk. So much deliciousness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a nice solid carbonation. Very dry on the finish with a lingering sour edge.

Overall: If the first bottle release is better than the second, I don't think my brain could handle it. So much flavor and just enough sour and funk to keep things exciting. Loads of flavor and a great balance. Seriously Deschutes, stop being so good at things. It makes me sad that I can't get it...

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 20:53:44 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Review adapted from notes taken 1/22/12

Note: 2010 reserve

Appearance: Hazy, dark orange/amber - nice, little off-white cap, spotty, wispy lacing

Smell: Lightly, delicately sour - some floral funk, some tartness - some Belgian notes - Belgian yeast funk, some clove - pale and cooked malts, some light fruit

Taste: Light sourness, tart, Belgian funk - some light fruits, bananas, apples, cherries, clove - slightly acidic, pretty wet - pale malts, caramel malts, lightly toasted bread for balance - minimal bitterness - pretty mellow overall - as I'm uploading this review, I honestly can't believe this was 10.50%

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, nice carbonation, lingering tartness

Overall: A great sour

Deschutes has an immaculate track record with me, and this is no exception. The Dissident is nicely sour and nicely balanced. I really don't understand how it was 10.50%. It could be a bit more complex, but it's still great. Nice label art, too!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 06:32:21 | More by angrybabboon
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage

Reddish, clear, and pink tinted body. Fizzy white head of half finger settled into a thin collar.
Smells of cranberries and dark cherries with a slight oaky note. The flavor adds a strong tartness and a slightly odd yeasty finish. Very dry and bretty.

Body is medium with a hair too much carbonation.

Overall-- this is waaaay better than the 2010... This is quite a tasty beer here, I'm sad to say this is my last bottle.

Serving type: bottle

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