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The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

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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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Photo of cbarrett4
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So good I bought the t-shirt! Seriously. I bought the t-shirt!

Traditional flanders style ale but made in USA! This is a tart cherry heaven in a glass. That brett/lacto sour/tart thing going on. Some barrel aged notes. Really subtle though, not like the bright and up front Cascade sours. This reminds me of the high dollar Belgian sours that trickle over to the states.

I still wake up from dreams prominently featuring this beer and cursing myself for not buying more!

cbarrett4, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep red, one finger head, some carbonation as well.

S-Cherries, oak and some tartness as well.

T-More tart than sour. Subtle cherries and oak flavors. Very mild when compared to other sours but the flavors are well balanced and subtle.

M-Medium bodied, silky smooth and carbonated.

O-Not the most flavorful or most sour beer out there, however the flavors mesh well and their nuanced balance is wonderful.

rlee1390, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to my boy sincereNC for sharing this one with the table at the ORF '11 release. 2010 Vintage! Served from bottle into a sampler snifter. Poured bright red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, and funk. The flavor was of sweet amlt, sour, funk, tart, and dark fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The flavor and aroma on this one were quite good despite the fact that neither was very complex. With that, it must be known that I am a big sour head, so this was right up my alley. I think this one could have benefited from a small amount of acetic acid in the flavor and aroma, but that is about it. Definitely worth trying or trading for if you haven't had it already.

thagr81us, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage... Couldn't pass this up when I saw it on the bottle list at Toronado's 24th Anniversary party. Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a medium off-white head that disappears quickly. Scent is just how I like my Flanders-style beers. Nice tart cherry aromas with oak and vanilla. There are also some lovely Brett aromas. Smells like Supplication...lets see if it tastes as good as the RR classic... interesting... quite different. There are definitely aspects that are much like Supplication. The cherry and oak flavors are spot-on. TONS of oak, which I love. This beer is sweeter than I was expecting though. It is much sweeter than Supplication... quite a bit boozier too. That can be expected at being over 10%ABV though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry, tart finish. Drinkability is high, as long as the booze doesn't become overwhelming. Overall, I'm glad I got to try this one, and I would definitely purchase it again. It's a bit more sweet and boozy than I would like it to be though. More time would definitely do this beer some good.

DovaliHops, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of claspada
2.65/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2010 edition.

Pours a very clear dark copper color. Small tan head that dissipated fairly quickly with adequate lacing.

Aromas of apple cider, strong, bright cherry with a few darker fruits mixed in. Nothing too revolutionary.

The tastes begin fruity, but also somewhat medicinal. It's juicy and funky with more apple skin and minimal cherry flavors.

The mouthfeel is full with minimal carbonation, by the end of the glass pretty much flat. There is a soapy quality here I am not a fan of, not sure if this year's version or just this bottle are out of wack. Finish is moderately dry/crisp but at the same time quite full tasting. I guess that's what you should expect from a 10% Flanders style.

I was quite disappointed with this amongst the star sour beers I have had recently and just the good beers I have had from Deschutes. Overall this is not a winner for me especially with so many rock stars in this style/category these days. Apparently there have been some quality and varying bottle issues with this batch so I will refrain from totally discounting this beer in the future.

claspada, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz (2008 Reserve ) poured into Bruery Tulip

The amazing thing to me was that I literally opened this bottle and searched for the last time someone reviewed the 2008 vintage and the reviewer had also poured it into a Bruery Tulip.

A: Pour is a massive healthy light brown bubbly mixture with a cloudy brown body.

S: Aroma of lactic sour body mixing with tons of brett and oak. Sour Lemon is also stongly present battling with oak barrel in dominance.

T: This starts off with a very sour flanders presence mixing soon with the oak barrel and some lemon. Oak barrel funk and brett are close by with the brett flavors taking up the end taste and the aftertaste. I was left with a light puckering aftertaste and a light sour cream flavor. Lightly caramelized sugars taken over by lemons.

M: Medium to light mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation. I found after letting it sit for a bit it was more enjoyable to reduce some carbonation. It was nice to see the carbonation still in the bottle after three years where some other Flanders Oud Bruins have little to no carbonation.

O: Time to get some November 2010 releases. Not the best Flanders I have had, but it is definitely good.

alpinebryant, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap into the tastign glass at SAVOR

A - A good rubby red body with a large foamy head and strong lacing - It looks bubbly and well carbinated.

S - Funky funk - Oaky Oak - and cherries. A great combination of all three and they play nicely together.

T & M & D - The taste has an awesome level of funk to it, the fruits have good tart characteristics without being overly tart and sour. The beer gets nicely oaky on the back end. The whole taste is very well balanced in my opinion and it finishes so smooth becasue of the oak in the back. Great mouthfeel because of a medium light body and great carbination. Very very drinkable.

O - One of my favorites at SAVOR - nuff said


CuttDeez, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of theformula
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage

A: Dark cherry red/amber color, very clear with no sediment, heads recedes quickly, minimal lacing.

S: Cherries, big cherries. Fresh, pitted red cherries. Not much of the dark caramel and and vinegar aspects I expect from an Oud Bruin. A hint of caramel malt and tartness. Not traditional for the style but I'll go with it.

T: Sweetness takes hold with juicy, pitted red cherries and subtle caramel, gives way to an assertive, strong Brett funk that takes over the beer; finishes off very dry with that signature Brett funk and pitted cherry.

D: Alright, if we're going by style here then it gets low marks, Dissident is a hybrid style that's difficult to grade as there isn't too many "Imperial" versions of the style out there. It's a one-and-done beer for me. Unique and delicious but if you're looking for a proper Oud Bruin, this isn't it.

theformula, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 22oz bottle poured into my Deschutes Snifter glass.

A - Pours a reddish/orange with a light tan head that forms only on one half and along the edges.

S - Lots of cherries, plum, and some berries.

T - Cherry, plums, and orange.

D - Low sweetness, mild sourness. Lots of carbonation.

O - A great sour, nice balance.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of kscaldef
2.7/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2010 release

A: Very little head poured into a tulip. Very clear. Color has picked up some orange; no longer the bright red color it was on release.

S: Strong, bright cherry aroma. A little plum.

T: Very, very different from previous bottles of this vintage that I've opened. Fruity, but also somewhat medicinal. I have memories of really pleasant brett notes that are mostly missing here.

M: Very low carbonation, by the end of the glass pretty much flat. Moderately dry. Good linger.

O: I'm not sure what's going on here. 6 months ago, on release, it was drinking really nicely. Now it's practically flat and sweeter and less bretty. I bought one bottle of this vintage separately from the others, a couple weeks after the release. I wonder if perhaps this is that bottle and it was mishandled.

kscaldef, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of badboyrsl84
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cherry brown with a fuzzy 1 inch head

Smell - sweet cherries and sour cherries in the end. The sourness is detected in the smell.

Taste- lots of sweet cherries up front with a cherry brett kick in the aftertaste.

Overall- its very easy to drink and crisp. The tastebuds beg for more. No hint of any alcohol. My fav sour.

badboyrsl84, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of depechemode1983
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - Slightly Cloudy mahogany in color. 2 finger tan head withe moderate retention. There is just little spots of lacing here and there.

S - Vinegar, green olives, sour cherries and grapes are present. It has somewhat of a soy sauce smell. Very acidic. Very Sour.

T - Semi sweet and sour. Lots of vinegar and sweet/sour cherries, green apples. Acidic and astringent with undertones of sweet caramel. Basically very red wine like.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation is bubbly and pleasant. Not bad.

O - Damn. Ive only had a few of these wild tasting beers and this is the best one so far. Hope I can land another. gkunkle
hooked me up with the bottle. Thanks man.

depechemode1983, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Knownfactor for sending me this one!

Best after 11/1/11. Oh well, I am a few months early on this one.

Pours a slightly hazy copper orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small random spots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour cherries, wine grapes, wood, and funk/must/vinegar. Taste is of bitter sour cherries, sour grapes, wood from the barrels, and funk/must/vinegar. This beer has a good carbonation with a crisp and slightly dry finish. Overall, this is a good flanders oud bruin with some nice sour cherry flavors. I am glad I got to acquire 2 bottles of this. I am going to hold onto the other bottle for a while to see how it ages.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08 vintage on tap at City Beer Store. Poured into a fluted glass.

3.5 A: Opaque amber brown color. Came with a small, frothy beige head. Retention wasn't too great and little lacing was left.

4.0 S: Funky and more tart than sour. Lots of fruitiness with focus on cherry, plum, and maybe some grape and peach as well. Earthy, dank funkiness.

4.5 T: Again, good funky - earthy, sweat sock type funkiness. Lots of cherry, plum, and tangy lactic acid fruitiness. Moderate tannic astringency. Light oak and a decent amount of vanilla.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and super smooth.

4.5 D: Really tasty and certainly good with some age on it. I went back for another glass.

DavoleBomb, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 22oz bottle.
2010 Vintage.

A - Pours a gorgeous deep orange color with a very nice thin light cream head. Absolutely gorgeous color. Looks like an intense DIPA.

S - Slight malty sweetness in the nose. Oak and maple wood in teh nose. Some slight mint notes as well as some nice funk and tartness. The tartness seems mild on the nose but yet the beer is quite funky like a saison on steroids. There are some nice citrus hop hints present as well surprisingly.

T & M - Taste starts off very woody and funky. The flavor is quite complex. Very intriguing. There is some nice malt sweetness that comes up mixed in with the wood. The tartness is present and very complimentary as opposed to overpowering. There is some perceived mint in the palette and maybe some anise spice. The beer is complex and delicious. The tartness more than other sours I've had is only a component instead of the main player. As it warms the cherry sweetness is more palpable and come sin with some nice fruit tartness as well. Awesome brew. Delicious. Mouthfeel is nice and medium bodied with some good carbonation and a clean bitter and tart finish.

O - Quite delicious and complex brew. Very well crafted beer with a myriad of flavors that are all well represented.

JoEBoBpr, May 27, 2011
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on draft into a 10 oz snifter

A- ½ finger head that dissipated right away, orange/brown very clear appearance, nice lacing.
S- Brett up front right away, definitely funky, wild yeast, nice earthy sour notes, vinegar as well as slight sweetness.
T- Very tasty, well balanced sourness, spicy, wild funk to it, taste barn yard funkiness and sour tart cherries
M- Medium mouth feel coats the palate, slight carbonation, very dry aftertaste.
O- Was excited to try this one on tap at the Happy Gnome for MN Craft Beer Week, very good, complex, delicious, very nice funky sour beer, was a bit of a sipper for me, alcohol was present but did not take away from the experience. Solid offering from Deschutes.

Chriscrundwell12, May 23, 2011
Photo of CanisLupis
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Flemish brown with an all around sour flavor - in the nose, the taste, and the finish it's sour. Wild cherries obviously come to mind.
As far as sours go, this probably is one of the easiest to stomach for the masses. All and all, a very enjoyable beer with cheese or berries.

CanisLupis, May 19, 2011
Photo of bfields4
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Amber clear body. Small head but highly carbonated as i can hear it bubbling up very nice lace.

Sour cherries hit first. A nice malt sweetness The barnyard funk is very present, but not too much.

Wow they nailed the cherry flavor sweet, but natural. Nice tartness from begging to end. Lots of Belgian spices present. The oak mellows out nicely at the end. The alcohol bite is lurking but nicely blended into the beer.

A little bit heavy of body for the style, but nice carbonation. A very approachable sour.

bfields4, May 13, 2011
Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to billyhilly for getting me this beer. thanks bro!

2010 vintage

served into tulip

Color: A vibrant maroon colored beer with some haziness at the core. Very nicely carbonated, leaves behind minimal lacing, and it form a finger thick withe head that disappears at a steady pace.

Nose: Big sour cherry smell followed by earthy tones and yeast funk. At the core of this beer hints of oak present themselves along with light spice.

Palate: Mellow sourness immediately makes it self present. The cherries float on the tongue accompanied by what feels like apples and easter like textures.

Finish: Tart and long. Full of an array of flavors and craftmanship. The alcohol is so well masked in this beer that you can barely notice it on the finish. An excellent example of this style of brewing by the folks at Deschutes. Well done!

schmoopsbeer, May 12, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After missing this one in bottles (didn't have the right connections at the time) I finally got to try it on tap. Poured a reddish-amber color with a moderately full light brown head. Very funky, sour and tart, with aromas of juicy cherries and brett. On the palate, light bodied, with flavors of tart cherries, red wine, brett and a little caramel. Very tart and acidic.

emmasdad, May 12, 2011
Photo of trodersark
2.65/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 2010 Bottle, into a Tulip.

It poured a hazy golden dark orange color, with little to no head. Looked like a darker flanders oude bruin. It smelled like it was going to taste extremely sour. You could smell the bacteria that was used to sour the brew. Once I tasted it, I was completely dissappointed. It tasted bitter and undrinkable. (did I have an infected bottle? I've opened 3 and they've all tasted the same) Mouthfeel was mediocre, effervescent but not bubbly enough. Overall, I didn't enjoy this brew at all.

trodersark, May 10, 2011
Photo of DosBeerigos
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C: Clear
H: Amber
N: Sour Cherries, Hint of Funk (Bret), and Hint of Booze

First of all big thanks to DimenHetfield for bringing this sexy wax topped bottle back from Cali to share with me.

BEST AFTER 11/01/2011…….AFTER? REALLY? Yep….I never followed directions well. Tough.

Beer was an amazing experience that was subtle sour cherries hints of other berries, and then some funk. A very light beer that reminded me almost of Sour Apple Juice. Good…DAMN STRAIGHT IT WAS! I would buy a few bottles to maybe drink after the date suggested on the bottle. Sadly, we don’t get this beer in Florida and it is a pretty hard bottle to come by otherwise. Regardless this was a class act beer! Great entry level sour.

DosBeerigos, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of rawfish
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split with a buddy. Poured into a Odell tulip, standard earth brown with ruby read highlights on the edges. Head is as big as you want to make it, 3 and 5 fingers worth in the two 6 oz. pours I had, fizzy and thin, off white with surprising retention but fades all the way down to the body.

Tart cherries dominate the nose, paired with a barnyard funk composed of hay and leather. Vinegar and slight sweetness appear in bursts on inhale. Interesting aroma.

Snappy flashes of tart cherry on the finish but the overall flavor seems to be a bit thin, very slight brett here and there but I expected more from the nose. Overall sweet but thin fruit and malt, some vanilla and perhaps wood. Breathy alcohol on the finish as well.

Biting carbonation enhances the tartness but the mouthfeel is thin on the palate and in body. Exceedingly boozy as the beer warms on the finish, hard to put up with at times.

Ah, I think this 2010 vintage is still slightly hot, it was worth buying but not a beer that I thoroughly enjoyed, appreciated the cherries and complexity of the flavors. Would've liked either a greater malt or brett presence, either would've taken this offering to new heights.

rawfish, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of mikeyv35
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Date: 04/26/2011
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2010
Glass: Portsmouth Tulip

Pours a light brown mahoghany in color w/ slight ruby red highlights w/ a 1 finger bubbly white head, that left light lacing. Aromas of vinegar, oak, cherries, and fresh cut hay. The taste was very odd! Started w/ a big strange funkiness(bandaids/oak/leather), and finishes w/ a light cherry mustiness. Where is the sour? I really had a hard time pinpointing the exact flavors in this one as it was a strange beast. Medium bodied. Tough to get thru this bomber alone, a few ounces would be good for me.

Overall, one of the most unique tasting brews I have had in awhile! Unique and different, but not really my thing. Would have liked some sour to go with my funk, but that never happened. Not a big fan and will not be seeking any more of this brew out.

mikeyv35, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of CruisaC
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Thanks to walows (I think) for this big time want.

Cherry amber in appearance out of the bottle. Almost an inch of tan head scatters quickly

Smells of sweet and sour cherries up front, with a good dose of funky brett coming through towards the end of the inhale. Very enjoyable

Taste is not quite on par with the smell, which is unfortunate because I was hoping for a little something else. The funk is very dominant in the beginning, fading to an almost salty cheese flavor, before finishing with a slight cherry sour cough medicine. I would have easily traded some of the funk for some sour, and this would have been sublime.

On the thinner end of things, which actually works well for the profile. Nice balanced carbonation.

Overall I was excited to try this beer big time. I've got a Mirror, Mirror, Jubel, and Abyss in the cellar but this had to come first for my introduction to Deschutes. This beer missed the mark just a bit with my expectations/preference but overall is a solid offering. I would not seek this out again in trade but would gladly share a bottle with someone in the future.

CruisaC, Apr 27, 2011
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