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The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 1,078
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 949
Gots: 517 | FT: 42
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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 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.

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!

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.

Photo of trodersark
2.75/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

Photo of DosBeerigos
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of rawfish
3.57/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of mikeyv35
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of CruisaC
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 2010 Reserve bottle into a snifter. The hue is a deep reddish brown and there isn't too much haze. Head starts at at about a half inch but diappates rather quickly.
The smell hits as soon as the bottle is popped. Sour cherry, dark, fruity malts and plenty of funk. Tiny bit of booze on the nose as well.
The taste doesn't quite bring as much to the table as the nose suggests. The sour cherry is right up front, a medicinal taste follows leaving a very dry aftertaste. Certainly not bad, but not great. My notes to the brewer, little less booze and more of the flavor might come out a bit more.
The mouth is a bit thin.
I'm glad I gave it a go and look forward to the next release (looks like an every two year deal). Being that the reviews for the last release were a bit more positive, I have no doubt that the next one will be fun to try as well.

Photo of kyjaffa
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- This beer has a surprising color. It’s a vibrant amber with a hint of red, and a pours a cream colored head.

Smell- There is no doubt that this is a sour ale. The scent of the Brett yeast is powerful and takes over much of the pallet. There are some subtle hints of oak as well.

Taste- Brace yourself, and drink back that distinctly sour Brett yeast flavor. You’ll never have another beer that has that distinctly pungent flavor. The alcohol is also most present at the front of the beer. It slowly fades into a somewhat smoked cheese flavor, and ends with a pleasantly sweet cherry aftertaste. This is never offensive and always delicious.

Mouthfeel- The feel is smooth, and carbonated. It comes across as slightly thin, but with a beer of this robustness its a welcome texture.

Overall- This is a great beer. If you missed it this time around, wait until 2012. Rumor has it a new incarnation of The Dissident will be released then. hopefully we’ll see it make it’s way into our fine state.

Serving Type- Bottle

Photo of projectflam86
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 reserve. Probably drinking it a little bit too young ;)

A- Pours a clear cherry red color with a nice foam that leaves decent lacing. Looks really nice.

S- Definitely some tart cherry aroma with a bit of musk and malt. Some other light fruit aromas come through as well with very little hop presence.

T- Ok, theres the Brett! Sharply tart and acidic upfront but not as overpowering as some of the other popular sours. Nice red tart cherry flavor with a quick snap of sour and alcohol in the finish. Can certainly pick up some red wine flavors along with just a touch of sweet malt.

M- Medium/full bodied with nice carbonation. The alcohol is there but it doesn't get in the way of the tart cherry qualities. An impressive feat considering the 10.5% ABV is easily the strongest sour that I tasted so far.

O- Overall a truly nice beer. I'm going to have to hold onto my last 2010 for a few years to see how this one hadles a bit of age.

Photo of Trueant1
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

STYLE NOTES: From beer advocate.com

Flanders Oud Bruin
Oud Bruins, not restricted to, but concentrated in Flanders, are light to medium-bodied, deep copper to brown in colour. They are extremely varied, characterized by a slight vinegar or lactic sourness and spiciness to smooth and sweet. A fruity-estery character is apparent with no hop flavor or aroma. Low to medium bitterness. Very small quantities of diacetyl are acceptable. Roasted malt character in aroma and flavor is acceptable, at low levels. Oak-like or woody characters may be pleasantly integrated into overall palate. Typically old and new Brown ales are blended, like Lambics.
2010 vintage

Pours a one finger tan head, that goes down quick. Nice dark amber brown color. Carbonation present.
Smells of Old cherries, rice vinegar, alcohol, and some smoke present.
According to the style above, this brew is dead on. The taste is smooth and sweet. The only bitterness is from the alcohol. Nice roasted malts. I even get lime/lemon citrus flavors. There is a medicinal aftertaste that lingers on the tongue.
What really stands out with the Dissident, is the smooth but yet dry mouthfeel. My first review of this style. Love it.

Photo of ne0m00re
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review of a bomber of the 2010 courtesy of Oakedcanuck and Jefe73 (best after 11/01/11).
A: Clear reddish amber, it poured with a one-finger cream head that died to a collar and film with lacing.
S: Distinct blue cheese, tart cherries and sweet cherry syrup, and a bit of woodiness with an oaky character.
T: Cherry cream soda mixed with a more subtle, earthy cheese and a brown sugar backbone that lingers with the woody rustic character. Simple, but good.
M: Interesting... the mouthfeel is kind of like an aged cheddar cheese with that dry stickiness on the finish. Moderate body and quick frothiness. It fits the beer pretty well.
O: This is kind of like cherries and blue cheese mix. Pretty good.

Photo of Gatch
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Papago Brewing Company in Scottsdale, AZ for the Deschutes Base Camp Week event.

This is by far the best I've had of the style. Granted, I haven't had too many, but I thought I just wouldn't like this style because of the versions I've had. Since this was from Deschutes, one of the most consistent breweries in the nation in my opinion, I decided to give this a try.

Copper color with no head.Sour and sweet, smooth, and nothing dominates as a stand out flavor. Not too sour and not the typical smell and taste of sweaty feet. The smell is pungent and bitter as is the taste, but it finishes so well.

Highly recommended.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, the dissident...how I've held off cracking you open for as long as I could, but tonight...the time has come. Another big thanks to 2beerornot2beer for the HUGE Deschutes hook up. Bottle says best after 11/01/11 (oh well, patience is a virtue I simply don't have).

a - Always classy (and annoying) to open a waxed top bottle..just more of a special experience and begs to be held onto (although tonight, you shall be mine).After much work I got the 2 layers of wax off enough to open the cap to reveal "Bravely Done" written on the inside of the cap...classy to the max. Poured a ruby brown with super even and consistent carbonation. I watched the bubbles dance on the surface after the minimal head vanished.

s - Sour oak, sweet tart, cheeries. Quite yummy...the smell jumped into the air as soon as I opened the cap.

t - Much like the nose, tart cherries...but even more tart than the nose suggests. Tastes like vino.

m - Smooth like the fonz. Lively carbonation.

o - Overall, Deschutes RULES! Another fine fine beer from the masters. The nose kills it, the flavor is a bit too tart and took some time to get adjusted to. Very enjoyable beer.

Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 release bottle care of Joe, reviewed on 3/2/11.

Poured into a sniffer, this brew appears a clear ruby tinted color of copper. A finger's worth of yellowish froth sits atop the brew and fizzes away leaving anspotty amount of lace across th top of the brew. Patches of lace cling to the glass.

The smell of this brew is tart with Brett and cherry notes. A little lactic in character with funk. Quite a bit of evident alcohol. Sulfur notes come across a bit poopy at times with a light amount of woodsy scents. The cherry aspect increases in character as the brew warms with a touch of vinegar.

The taste is tart with a flavor of cherry, lactic notes, Brett and a light herbal hop bitterness. A pretty bold alcohol inclusion hides beneath the cherry that is pitted ad earthy. Some woodsy flavors and light vanilla smoothness runs across the tongue mid palate. A little sulfuric at times and somewhat medicinal when the bitterness mixes with the alcohol and cherry flavor. All together this is quite an earthy brew.

This is a medium bodied offering with modest carbonation. Quite bold with the abv not really hidden much however it is easy drinking. It has quite a clingy wild character that lasts inside the mouth. A good representation of the style but a little young tasting. Enjoyable all around, it's my fault for opening this prior to the best after date, I'm anxious to see how this one developes and enjoy again in a few months.

Photo of trevorjn06
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 4th time I have had this beer.
Color is amber/copper with one finger of tan head that recedes slowly, no lacing.
Aroma is very light toasted malt, some caramel, tart cherries and hints of oak.
Taste is interesting. Begins with malt and hop bitterness, hints of toasted caramels and a wee bit of cherry. This moves into acidity with fruitiness and oaky/vanilla flavors. It finishes with tartness, oak and hop bitterness. VERY drinkable for a 10% beer.
Mouthfeel it medium with medium carbonation.
Overall this beer is very drinkable and good, but not amazing. There is a bit too much hops bitterness and body, not enough sour for my taste. I know the high ABV makes it hard for bugs to sour this beer but lower ABV and more sourness would have been a plus to me.

Photo of jethrodium
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Beer Revolution. 2010 batch. Pours a reddish amber with a ring of white head around the outside of the glass. Leaves some small spots of lacing when swirled. The aroma is very oaky with strong cherries. A decent amount of vinegar comes through as well as a little bit of red wine, a little bit of mineralness and just a hint of alcohol. I don't really get any of the funk usually associated with brett. The initial taste is sweet with some lactic acid which goes into strong oak and cherries, as well as some tannic, red wine. The finish is very acetic. Not much alcohol in the taste. Light bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Pretty astringent. Overall, I was a little disappointed in this beer. It is really dominated by oak and vinegar.

The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,078 ratings.