The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 1,001
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 931
Gots: 435 | FT: 33
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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: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

At last, the dissident. Been wanting this guy for a while now. Finally landed two of them. 2010 reserve, best after 11-01-11

A- Pours a still red orange with very little bubbles. No head, very clear. Some bubbles riding up the side of the glass.

S- Smells promising. Vinegar, cherries, apple peels, lemon juice. Uh Oh. Southern Comfort...gross. Smells extremely acidic and cherry like. Slight oak notes.

T- Sonofabitch. This tastes like sour Southern Comfort. Cherry zing bouncing all over in my mouth, very little sour, really sweet, bitter oak tannins. No, no, no, this is all wrong.

M- Thin mouthfeel, dry, low carbonation.

O- Nothing pisses me off more than putting a beer up on a pedestal and having it not live up to your expectations. This is the first time i have not liked a sour beer OR a beer by Deschutes. Tragic. FT: The Dissident ISO: Better sours

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Harrymel for sending me a couple of bottles of this in January or February of 2011. Thanks Harry!

2010 Reserve; Best after 11/1/11.

Poured into my DuClaw Colossus snifter.

A: Poured an extremely clear, brownish-red color, with a very wimpy mildly off-white head that stuck around for a while.

S: Smelled much more like a spirit than a beer, with tons of brandy notes, along some brown sugar, and melted "Astro-Pop." After I got used to the intensity of it, I thoroughly enjoy the smell on this one.

T: A bit of aging has done WONDERS for this one! My favorite part is the peppery, buttery finish that lingers in the mind, but not on the palate. The sourness was most prevalent in the mid-palate range, with a bit of lingering nuttiness immediately following.

M: The low carbonation was great, the sweetness (which is often a common complaint I hear lots with this brew) has obviously dropped off considerably, and sourness hit just the right note.

O: The Flanders Oud Bruin is quickly becoming my favorite style and this is ranked up there here on BA amongst the best of them (presently #6 in its style class here on BA). "The Dissident" did NOT "Dissapoint." [I spelled that wrong intentionally...

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A - Amber colored beer, a little bit too clear. Bit of brown head that didn't stay around very long. Slight bit of lace left on the sides.

S - Pretty vinous, maybe a little too much as there's a lot of vinegar in there. Some oak, little bit of tartness and funk along with some fruit.

T - Slight tartness with some sweeter berries. Wood and vinegar. It's a little bit sour, with a little bit of funk. Not bad, but there's a slight bit of mineral or something on the end of this that I found a little unpleasant. Maybe the bottle has turned.

M - Full bodied, very full bodied. Soft carbonation.

O - Not a great beer, merely okay. Had some moderately decent tastes but there was some unpleasantness on the end I didn't care for. Not super easy to drink either.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Another awesome beer sent from johngalt1...

A- Beautiful, rusty amber ruby colored beer. Has a cm of pale khaki head, dense and clingy.

S- Tart cherries, and a slight vanilla aroma. Some horse blanket funk, but mostly just a fruity tartness.

T/M- WTF is in my mouth? Incredibly different. I get a hefty dose of plastic and all around funk in this. Not much tartness in the flavor, but its more of a funky and spoiled maraschino cherry syrup. Finish has an acetic character, but overall it's just bleh. Nice body and smooth carbonation. Great feel!

O- I like different, but this was too different. Not the typical Oud Bruin. It did get better as it warmed, but all in all I didn't feel crazy about this. I appreciate it, but didn't really enjoy it...

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The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
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