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The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
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963 Ratings
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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 896
Gots: 429 | FT: 31
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  rDev -4.8%

jh1982, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

thebouch01, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19%

SonicAlligator, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Brew33, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

codynevels, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

shuajw, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19%

avaldivia, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

wsucoug96, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Holland
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: looks a beautiful red/orange/amber color with a tan head that goes away to leave a very small ring.

S: smells of apple, pear, maybe citrus, and a slight hint of booze.

T: tastes of sweetness, apple, pear, sourness, and bitterness on the back end.

M: very nice mouthfeel, it's smooth and shifts to crisp with the change in the glass. Nice.

O: good beer, I'd have it again. It's really one of my first sours, so I'm likely not capturing the intricacies of the beer.

Holland, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky caramel not much head...no lace. Ring only.

S - Sour bitter astringent nose. Hint of malt.

T - Nice depth. Small caramel core surrounded by sour notes. Nice blend.

M - Light to medium body, fair balance, decent carb.

D - Masks the ABV pretty well. Tasty.

srandycarter, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

920th Review on BA
Bottle to Piraat Tulip
22 oz

2010 Bottle
Best After: 11/1/11

Huge thanks to Tmcelvain for this one!! Been sitting on this since Feb.

App- A bit of a red/pink/orange and yellow color. A huge puffy medium receding head. Big thick webbing and lace. A very vinegar looking consistency.

Smell- Opens with a slight cherry sweetness and then flows to a bit of lactic sourness and a little bit of wood note. A mix of some prickly tannins as well.

Taste- A pretty good sour. Has a bit of cherry flavors with only a mild tannin and lactic flavor. A good bit of oaky wood behind the cherry and brown ale flavors.

Mouth- A bit too light on the sour finish to me. A bit lactic on the finish with a certain light body and a bit of a medium semi bubbly carbonation. A good bit of cherry residual flavors.

Drink- Well I did it. I sat on it for 9 months and I appreciate the flavor profile in this one. It was a good sour but wasnt the most earth shattering but I am glad I waited on this one. Made it that much more enjoyable. According to Stormking47 who told me an 08 is much better. Quess I need to trade for one....damnit.

FosterJM, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 bottle. 3 days before the "Best after" date. Damn!

Appearance - Very clear red body, which is surprising. Vigorous head on the pour, but the retention is minimal and there's nary a hint of bubbles once it's gone.

Smell - Cherries, oak, and some sour notes. Red wine rounds out most of the flavors. The flavors blend nicely as none are notably stronger than the others. I do think it has a certain intensity that is off-putting, though I can't place it. It might be alcohol, but it's tough.

Taste - As expected from the smell, with a significant dose of oak. Not very sour, really. In fact, it's hardly sour. A lot of wine flavors, cherries, and again an intense flavor that might be alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Drier than most Oud Bruins, but it's not puckeringly dry. Not a lot of carbonation, but it isn't missed. I don't feel the alcohol, although that flavor still eludes me!

Overall - Not as good as I was hoping. Still a good Oud Bruin, but not anywhere near as exciting as some of its counterparts.

Alieniloquium, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of the 2008 vintage, allowed to warm some before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Deschutes The Dissident pours an opaque mahogany, and proper backlighting lightens the edges to more of a red-orange. The two pours churned up one and two fingers of very light tan foam serving as a head. Retention is minimal and lacing nonexistent, but I guess that's somewhat to be expected.The nose is heavy on cherry and dark fruits from the wine barrel aging. There's a bit of funk and a bit of tartness, but the aforementioned cherry/fruit really form the center of the aroma. The flavor allows the supporting notes to shine through a bit more. An acidity/tartness leads off and immediately grabs my tastebuds' attention. The cherry and red wine that so dominated the nose slide in and occupy things mid palate. The brett flavors finish the beer off, and it's nicely nuanced. Notes of leather and tobacco are a great way to close the beer. The mouthfeel is solid, yet unspectacular. It's not as dry as I would have expected, but still fairly well attenuated. The carbonation's not as expansive as is usually found in some other Belgian styles, but it's still active enough to let you know its there. 3 years later and this vintage of The Dissident is drinking very nicely. Another great offering from the brewery that's brought me The Abyss and Mirror Mirror.

axeman9182, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 Bottle, acquired at By the Bottle in Vancouver. Thanks guys!

Thick red wax on a 22 oz. bomber, poured into a Watou chalice.

Beautiful tan head from a gentle pour. Upon opening the bottle cloudy puffs of head gently ooze forth. Pouring into glass reveals a slightly hazy dark amber and ochre pigments.

The aroma hits you from a mile away. Sour barnyard and balsamic vinegar. Quite unique among sours and even Flanders style, the bouquet blew everyone away. A hint of cherries and wood.

Taste is quite pleasant but a slight letdown from the aroma. Like the 2010 Dissident it is thinner than many sours but this allows more subtle things to occur as well. Balsamic and toast, oak then a dry cherry finish that is dry and crisp. Close to a 4.5 but not quite.

Light and bubbly, this beer has held up well over three years. I picked up two bottles ($30 each) and I plan to age the second for at least another year. Mouthfeel gets high points in part due to my preference for dry sours - this has a nice clean finish that leaves a lingering cherry/wood combo.

Overall this was a very enjoyable experience. I think the 2008 still has a way to go, so there is no need to open it any time soon. If you have access to one, have fun. I opened this with a group of friends, some of whom had never had sour beer before, and everyone had good things to say. After Abyss, this is Deschutes best bottled brew I've had.

cavemanlawyer, Oct 13, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark ruby with a thin khaki head. Dots of lacing left down the glass.

A welcoming aroma consisting of sweet cherries, mild vinegar, some stinging sourness, and a hint of oak.

The flavor doesn't succeed quite as admirably as the aroma. The sweet cherries and mild sourness are present and enjoyable, though there's a wet cardboard flavor throughout. Not one of my favorites, though I would drink it again.

Medium mouthfeel.

Not my favorite within the style. A sweet Flanders Oud Bruin, though there's also an unappealing wet cardboard flavor throughout.

ehammond1, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I consider myself lucky to have snagged a growler of this at Malt & Vine in Redmond. This is the 2010 vintage, poured into a tulip.

Appearance: rich tawny amber hue with a thin finger of ivory foam atop. Pretty nice looking.

Smell: rich, sweet malt with quite a bit of sourness to it. A little fruitiness adds to the enjoyment.

Taste: very good, smooth malt flavor with just the right amount of sourness. I thought from the aroma that this might be a hair too sour but I was thankfully quite wrong. Flavor starts out with some orchard fruit character in with the malt, then the sourness builds to the end. It finishes smooth, though, with a light sweetness and a little bitterness. I love the flavor and dynamism.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a somewhat low level of carbonation, this beer is a little more silky than it is creamy. I like the feel of it, though; it doesn't feel overattenuated, despite the high alcohol and acidity.

Overall: just an excellent beer. I imagine, maybe, that having a bottle with a little more carbonation might work some good here, but I'm quite satisfied indeed with my Dissident growler experience.

flagmantho, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of flannelman808
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange amber in color topped off with just off white head. Great lacing and pretty good clarity.

S: Sour lemon and hints of metal shavings.

T: Lots of funky spicy flavors meld with oxidized cherries and overripe strawberry. Subtle fruity tartness with a touch of acetic acid (acetone/shoe polish like).

M: Prickly

O: I'm thinking this has some potential to age into something nice but I think it will take 3-5 years to do so.

flannelman808, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of jamescain
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, poured into a sniffer, thanks to BeerZach for sharing this one.

Appearance: Pours a light reddish brown with an off white head about a centimeter thick and fades into a thin lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Subtle sour cherry aroma mixed with other fruits and oak. The wine is subtle but it is definitely there and gives it a spicy character.

Taste: Sour cherries, spicy pinot noir, cranberries, a hint of vinegar, and oak.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium light body, medium low carbonation with a sour acidic finish.

Overall: This is a very good beer, exceptional comes to mind. I'm not that experienced with the style, but I enjoyed it very much.

jamescain, Sep 14, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 On-tap at Beachwood BBQ. Pours a very murky brown with a golden red tint. The head is about a finger high of off white foam with exploding pin bubbles. Pretty attractive brew. The nose is instant sour tartness up front with cherry, banana and oak aroma's following. The taste has a very pleasant slight smokiness to it and is dominated but tart fruits, mainly cherry. It has very good carbonation with a medium body, tart tingle and some heat from the alcohol. Been searching this out for awhile and I'm glad I got some.

BdubleEdubleRUN, Sep 12, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a ruby red when held up to the light with an inch of off-white foam that slowly faded to a ring of bubbles arond the glass.
S - nice cherry aroma, a deep breath reveals some sweet and sour cherries with a bit of ripe sourness
T - nice brown base flavor with a hint of sourness, not very sour but nice and mild with some oak flavor as well. Just a hint of a cider flavor, Very nice mild flavor, though I wish it was a bit more flavorful.
M - crisp carbonatin, medium bodied, a bit of a sour flavor but not overly so. Very easy to drink and enjoy. I think this could be enjoyed by any drinker that is willing to try something new. I wish it was more easily attainable for me.
D - I would love to have this again and hopefully I can come across another bottle soon.

mikereaser, Sep 11, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.
Best After: 11/01/11

Pours a dark red with a slight burnt-orange hue and a tan foam across the top.

The is tart, with a pleasant cherry and oak backing.

The taste is a bit more tart than the nose, with more fruit notes as well. Cherry is the most prominent with, with some pleasant cider notes as well. It finishes with light vinous, oak and vinegar notes. The alcohol is very well hidden.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp with light, slightly prickly carbonation.

A very nice sour, easy drinking and tart yet not over bearing. The flavors are nothing too complex, but still interesting and enjoyable.

vkv822, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of youradhere
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 Vintage
Pours an effervescent cream colored head, bright copper hues in the body, lots of carbonation bubbles trace the sides. Smells of cherries, pineapple, mango, oak, vanilla, toffee. Tastes of tart lacto up front, followed by more muted cherry, maraschino cherry to be exact, toffee, vanilla, slight chocolate, fig. Mouthfeel is medium, thin for the ABV, you can still feel the alcohol heat on this one, carbonation is great and mellows as it sits. Great oude bruin, my favorite style and a great rendition of it.

May 08 2010
2008 Vintage
Had this at a tasting at Jakes 5th anneversary. Nice hazy copper color capped with a beige head that quickly fades. Smells of sour cherries and funk still after these few years. Tastes of cherries up front followed by musty horse and a barely perceptable alcohol burn. Light body and very drinkable.

youradhere, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle. Pours a clear dark cherry red with a thick head. Nose is fairly sharp, sour, citric. Pretty balanced and enjoyable, and bright. Mouth is soft, flavor profile opens with a fair amount of wine barrel and sour cherries. Sweet, sour, much darker than the nose, not as bright or citric. Acidity on the back end. Really wet and wine barrel-heavy, a quality that I don't really dig in sours. Reminds me of some 2009-2010 era McKenzie stuff. Still, this is a bit more refined, interesting, and has some nice aromatic qualities. Pretty nice.

JAXSON, Sep 09, 2011
The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
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