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The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 1,070
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
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Gots: 513 | FT: 41
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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:
Beer added by: MisterClean on 08-19-2008

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
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Photo of flannelman808
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of jamescain
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of mikereaser
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of vkv822
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of youradhere
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of JAXSON
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of cbarrett4
4.62/5  rDev +10%
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!

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.

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.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of claspada
2.68/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

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.

Photo of CuttDeez
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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


Photo of theformula
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of kscaldef
2.74/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of depechemode1983
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of CanisLupis
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of bfields4
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
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