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The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

986 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 986
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 909
Gots: 423 | FT: 32
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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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Photo of bum732
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish brown, decent bubbly head leaving great lacing. Smells of caramel, red wine vinegar, some barnyard funkiness, cherries, rasberries, alcohol. Tastes of mild fruity sourness up front followed by an earthy almost woody finish. Lots of lemony sourness, but not too much. Lots of flavor up front with a very neutral finish. Good mouthfeel, great carbonation.

My first Flanders Oud Bruin, not bad, but not great. Especially compared to lambics and Flanders reds. There is nice flavor up front, but not much on the back end. Maybe thats par for the style. Still, a decent beer.

bum732, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep reddish color ale with large foamy head with great retention and great lacing. Aroma of oak and tart notes are clearly dominant with some light funk also discernable. Taste is also dominated by some oak notes with a tart taste with some lactic funky sour notes also noticeable. Good body with great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. While I really enjoyed the sourness and the oak notes I thought the funky yeast didn't integrated that well with the rest of the flavors. Still very good nonetheless.

Phyl21ca, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of abecall98
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this baby on tap at Sac Brew

A - looked amber-like, with a very light head(poured into a 4 oz. taster).

S - Oh boy, this beer had such a sour sour smell, it made my mouth water. Excellent aroma. I could smell sour grapes, almost like a very rich fresh wine.

T - This beer is good. Very sour, very tart, tangy, and makes your lips smack. I could tell there are tons of flavors in this, I could not pinpoint them.

M - very acidic, and crisp. Just what you expect from a nice champagn, only from a very fine beer.

D - not sure if I could nurse a whole bottle, or even a pint of this baby. The sour is very strong, and I feel that after too much, would ruin the beer near the end. I will have to try it from a bomber and review that to see if I am right.

Deschuttes keepes bringing out amazing brews. Keep up the good work.

abecall98, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of craytonic
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dull dark amber with a large head.

Smell: Dark fruit, citric acid, oak, touch of vinegar - and a musk/dank element.

Taste: Lots of dark fruit and cherries with a nice sourness, a tannic element from the oak, a soft brown sugar & honey sweetness, and a hint of black currant. The oak/wine influence is huge, along with a touch of musk that somehow makes it seem old. Not really any wild funk, the wine, dark fruit, and cherries hold the torch.

Mouthfeel: Full, but light & crisp. Very sharp with good (not great) carbonation.

Drinkability: It is good and drinks well, but I was a little disappointed; I had hoped for more in terms of taste and sour. It was good but not worth the trouble of acquiring - but if it was sold locally I would grab a few. It could have been just a little bit more sour, and a tad less sweet. It is a very mellow sour. The ABV is hidden, had no idea it was 9%.

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I found the 2010 edition to much less flavorful and more watery than the 2008 edition and my score has decreased from 4.25 to 4.0

craytonic, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of rhinos00
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this in a trade with Toby (JohnGalt1) a few months back. Thanks for the opportunity! 2008 vintage with a red waxed top. Poured into my Corsedonk tulip glass.

A- A mixture of red and brown hues give off a rust colored effect. Minimal half fingers width of white head forms and dissipate almost instantaneously.

S- Mildly pungent with a slight vinegar aroma. Little hints of acidic cherries, oak and wood are also prevalent.

T- I was expecting strong acidic, vinegar qualities but instead was greeted with something less. Initially there is a taste of sour cherries. As the beer develops in the mouth, vinegar qualities start to kick in, but never fully take on an acidic profile. It just seems to mellow out and give a slight sour twang, if you can even call it that. The beer finishes with a oak, wood flavor.

M- Medium bodied with super smooth qualities.

D- This one would have been more drinkable if it was more pronounced in flavor. The alcohol is virtually undetectable.

Overall, the oak flavor dominated and the sour, acidic profiles did not match the strength the nose led on to believe. The mellow flavors were just too weak and easily masked by the wood, oak flavors.

rhinos00, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Scoobydank
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta thank my boy Dyan for hooking me up, yet again.
L: Sharp poppin fizzy off white head 1/2 finger head. Dark beautiful ruby red with a touch of a brown tint. Clear with tiny bubbles constantly floating up.
S: Bright cherry with a nice sourness. Browned out caramel. Just a tiny touch of apple.
T: Sour aplles with a crip cherry. The sour is not over powering, it mixes in well with a touch of sweetness. A hint of wine peeks in and out. It finishes with a nice caramel flavor.
M: Thick and warm. Fat round bubbles slip into an aggressive tiny bubble frenzy.
D:Very cool beer. The sweet and sour continue ever after not having a sip for a few minutes. Very long lasting and memorable

Scoobydank, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of funkinsk8
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was excited to try this on tap. I've had it out of the bottle, and it was great. I'm a draft guy. I had a 5oz. pour in a small goblet.

A-slightly cloudy, very little head retention. No lacing at all.
Medium brown/light amber color

S-Very strong smells of oak and alcohol. Some fruit smells lurking in the background. Cherries? Raspberries? Both? Sweet and phenolic.

T-Complex wood character with a sour that isn't overpowering. The fruit on the nose really come out. Sourish to start with a mellow sweetness that kinda grows on you.

M-Coats your tongue and cheeks. You can still taste the sour fruits a full minute after you swallow. Full body feel with a light body taste if that makes any sense at all.

D-When i had it in the bottle it was 5 of us just barely getting a taste. This time I could have as much as I wanted. Although the 11% ABV comes through on the nose and in the taste I could have a pour before dinner and two after.
Delicious. Simply Delicious.

funkinsk8, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of soccerman7
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Red, brown, mahogany notes. an off white head that disappeared fast. just gorgeous. great bottle presentation.

S - Apples, lemon, funk. Leather notes.

T - Very complex. Apple and wine notes give way to malt and leather, almost a faint chocolate character. really fantastic.

M - exceptionally smooth. the apple notes linger.

D - this is a fantastic sour. I only hold Consecration higher than this. Really worth seeking out.

soccerman7, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got two bottles of this, one each from Skourtis and Wasatch. Thanks guys! Since I got the chance to try this at the Belgian Beer Fest I knew I would like it, so one is going to the cellar and the other is being consumed right now.

Took me awhile to pry the wax off of this one, but finally got it open and poured it into a tulip. A mahongey colored body with more red than brown in it. About two fingers of beiege head that doesn't seem to have a ton of retention, but leaves some sheets of lacing on the glass.

Some sweetness that is both malty and fruity. A touch of sourness and a little bit of oak.

Up front is a good dose of tartness and sourness that couples with a slight fruitiness. This combination brings sour cherries to mind. The middle is noticeably malty, with some light cereal and caramel notes, neither of which are especially strong or overpowering. The finish is where to oak flavors come through. Woody with a touch of vanilla to it. Aftertaste is a mix of sourness and wood. I swear there is a touch of bubble gum-type flavor in there too. A very good beer, just as I remember my 2oz sample being the first time I tried it.

On the heavy side of light bodied, but still pretty light. Highly carbonated, which works pretty well with this one. A quality mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable beer. Tasty, sour, and balanced. Not as good as Red Poopy, but still a damn good oud bruin.

Hojaminbag, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been saving this beer for a few weeks now. I was so excited to try it, and I wasn't let down one bit. Poured into a tulip.

I usually don't comment on the presentation of a bottle, but this one is noteworthy. The mahogany double-layered wax seal and the tan with black shadow label was aesthetically pleasing.

A: Almost a finger of off-white, tan head that dissipates but only so much as to leave some froth here and there floating atop the beer. From top to bottom, the brew was copper, dark brown and red. Absolutely beautiful.
S: Sour fruits, like granny smith apples and other tart flavors paired with sweet malts. An incredibly inviting aroma.
T: Immediately sour, balanced out by sweet malts, including dark cherries and blackberries/raspberries. Reminiscent of a dark fruity lambic. Bitters gently touch the palate but can't overtake the dominant sweet/sour.
M: Medium body; balanced carbonation helps to emphasis the tartness.
D: The alcohol in this beer creeps up from behind. There are zero hop characteristics in this beer, which is an interesting change of pace. If you dislike lambics, you'll probably dislike this one. A very good and surprising beer for me.

washburnkid, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Traded like heck to stock up on a couple of these bottles well after the release. Made for a higher level of anticipation.

Second opportunity to taste this. This time around had half a bottle to form an impression.

Unibroue tulip. Brown/red color with a head that appears a bit gray. Musty aroma.

Noticed cherry and raison sweetness flavor and aroma halfway through. Strange, overwhelmingly flavorful early finish - perhaps a bit too ripe. Hard to describe. Sweet and dry. I suspect and hope this one will benefit from aging.

Tartness and sweetness towards the very impacts drinkability to the minus.

Yetiman420, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at 48 degrees.

Appearance: A deep mahogany reddish brown color. There is a one finger head that dropped to a half finger. The head is billowy and frothy with an ivory color. The clarity of the beer is good and clear. There is lacing on the snifter glass.

Nose: A sour notes hits my nose, there is raisins, tarty cherries, oranges, and treacle. There is a malty earthiness to the beer with toffee like hints.

Taste: A malty sourness to the beer. There is raisins tarty cherries, oranges, and treacle. The beer has a very nice earthy with toffee and some sherry notes.

Overall: This is the first Flanders style beer I have tried. The beer has a pleasant sourness to the beer, but it is not vinegary. The mouth feel is a medium body with some sweetness and some tartness to the beer. The finish lingers on the palate and is surprisingly refreshing and tasty. The first sip of the beer I kinda puckered my face but it was only for a moment. I like this beer it is like a breath of fresh air.

colts9016, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage wax dipped bottle recieved in a trade with Brotherliam. Thanks for the assist.

A- Deschutes Dissident pours out a rustic mix of red and brown bordering on burgundy. A nice 1 1/2 to 2 finger tan head rised up and left a decent amount of spotty patching around the glass. Pretty nice retention on the cap as I see a mass of bubbles rising to the top.

S- A lot of fruit in the nose up front with a nice amount of cherries, apples, ripe grapefruit and some lemon freshness. Oak is also apparent and upfront while the vinegar smell is not pronounced than in other versions of this style. Also getting some spices that I cannot place right now.

T- A nice mix of sweet and sour with spices added. A burst of the afformentioned fruits come in with the cherry and green apple taking the lead. A good amount of oak from the barrel is there and pleasant and creates a vanilla flavor as well. A bit of cinnamon among other spices, brown sugar as well. Dissident almost has a cider like quality to it. The spices in dissident is what sets it apart from others in this style.

M- Dissident is light to medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation but nothing overboard. It is definatly present on the tounge but created a smooth texture. I'm not getting any of the 9% which is probably drowning in all those spices. This does have a nice tartness in the mouth as well, not to puckering though.

D- A 9% Flanders Old Bruin, I don't think i've ever had one this high in ABV for this style but I had no problem killing the bottle. Not the most balanced in this style, but this is the first generation bottling so maybe some kinks will be worked out for future releases. This one demands that you take your time with it as I did, nursing it for about two hours.

A great take on the style and i am interested to see how this one progresses.

BARFLYB, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of Biggness
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an orangy brown with a 1 fingered head and a decent amount of lacing. The smell is huge of sour. The taste has alot of sour mixed with a nice borwn ale. This was strange due to tasting the Russian river earlier where the oak flavor was nearly nonexistant, but this one you have a big brown ale flavor, must be tons of dark malts in this brew. A nice mouthfeel with a good carbonation level and a nicely drinkable brew.

Biggness, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JWD, piclee and Bitterbill for each sending me a bottle!

22 oz. wax-capped bottle, poured into tulip glass.

Pours ruby brown with a tan head that descends to a thin cover that lasts through most of duration before becoming patchy. Some lacing sticks. Very nice colour.

The smelll is sweet and sour with a spicy breadiness and a slight herbal backing.

The taste is sweet and sour with a "wild" yeast touch, giving it a "funky" flair. Well-balanced, malty, yeasty, with a touch of mild herbal bitterness. Sweet caramel/toffee maltiness ties things together nicely. Alcohol well-covered. Finishes dry.

It has a creamy medium body.

A nice take on the style. Very drinkable. Enjoyable without being overpowering. Unique, yet "in-style".

jwc215, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber that I got from Ummagum. Was dipped in dark red wax. 2008 Edition. It was ruby red in color with some carbonation and no lacing. It had a small fizzy light beige head that quickly evaporated leaving nothing.

The aroma was very subtle. Oak, cherries, slightly earthy. What was there was good but very light. Would have liked a bigger punch. The taste was very similar to the aroma. What was there was good but again very subdued. Good oak and cherry backbone but missing the sour bite that I love in the style. Mouthfeel was good but again missing the sour bite.

Overall, a good beer that just misses on being great. Would like to try another as other reviews mention a good sour bite so possibly mine is off. Recommend but do go crazy getting it.

TexIndy, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got bottles of this from some kind BA's - Chris, John, Joe, thanks a bunch! Out of my cellar and into my Duvel tulip

A: Crystal clear ruby red with some visible carbonation. A finger-thick beige head caps this beer, leaving some lace in it's wake. Exceptional clarity.

S: Wonderful vingegar sourness with some horsey funk present. While this does not smell syrupy, there's plenty of sweetness to balance things out, oak and vanilla dominate. Fruity with sour cherries on the nose. The acetobacter has had time to get a hold of this brew, yielding a sharp acidity to the nose. Pretty darned good!

T: Wow! Puckering acetic character up front with a solid vanilla and oak component to balance things out. Cherries are present with a very pleasing fruity tartness. Acetic on the finish with oak present. Tannins don't stand out but they're present, providing a counter to the vanilla sweetness and the tartness. Pretty darned good, maybe a little too acetic? But that's nitpicking, really.

M: Medium-to-light in body, moderately carbonated with a dry, tart finish.

D: At 9%, it just might be a little too strong for it's own good , but will I be one happy camper after this bottle!

**Edit 20 Oct 2012**
2012 release, 11.4% ABV.

The nose is quite vinous and sour, with a blend of tannic red wine, strong acidity and a mild funk. The cherry character is sharp as well, and almost currant-like. Some cinnamon-like spiciness is also present. A lot of fruity sweetness forms the backbone for this beer.

The palate is not that great. Dark cherries, mildly medicinal bitterness, a moderate sourness that's a blend of acetic and lactic acid, a little meaty too. There is a sweetness to this beer, again, rather medicinal and slightly artificial. Moderately funky with a strong Brett character, there's a little bit of clove and some grass/hay notes that don't necessarily work in a dark sour IMO, especially considering how fruity and vinous this beer is. The cocoa character is nice. Drying on the finish, vinous, fruity and mildly tannic with a lingering cherry pit bitterness, this beer is medium-light in body and rather highly carbonated. The alcohol is well-hidden, but ultimately, this vintage is disappointing.
4/3.5/2.5/3/3

**Edit 22 Oct 2012**
Drinking my last bottle of the 2008 vintage after the disappointment that is the 2012 vintage.

This pours a whole lot clearer, and smells and tastes a whole lot better too. Well balanced with a blend of funk that's spicy and mildly grassy (much less so than the new vintage), a mild sour cherry aroma and some vinegar and lactic acid. A mild sweetness with a little cocoa/smoke character is also present. Cherry skin character is noticeable, and I'm impressed and happy with how low the vinous notes are in the mix

The palate opens with a refreshing tartness that's a blend of red wine vinegar, cherries and a little lactic acid. Less vinous, less sweet, less fruity and less grassy than the new Dissident (and for the better), this is a well-balanced beer. Mildly spicy with some clove and a little cinnamon, this beer is mildly sweet on the finish with a nice, cleansing acidity that's bright and refreshing. Moderately carbonated, this beer feels good on the palate. Solid, good even, though it has fallen off from its peak.
4/3.5/3.5/4/3.5

DefenCorps, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of Mauerhan
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

yet another goodie that i have decided to open with my new to the brew scene buddy craftsman21. so here it goes.

pours a thin light brown into my glass a small light tan head appears and then fades.

smell is tangy, sweet. cherries/ grapes.

taste is interesting. not great. but good. slight sour. nothing to over the top. paul says it has a few wine-esk qualities to it. i can see it. not to sure if im crazy about this. but i am also interested in seeing what happens to the bottle that is in my cellar.

mouth is very tangy. moderate carbonation. not over powering but it makes a nice appearance.

not at the top of my list but i would try it again. nice hustle deschutes

Mauerhan, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of younger35
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a bottle of this as an extra from 0110x011, what a guy!! I've been really excited to drink this for quite some time and the season premiere of LOST seemed like a good enough reason. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a dark reddish crimson with a fairly fluffy bright white head that recedes fairly slowly. A light wispy cap and collar remain leaving a bit of random lacing.
Smell- Slightly tart with a light cherry start and some terrifically sharp green apples. Very vinous as well with a nice crisp white wine like quality. The oak is nice and soft and somewhat tannic with a bit of soft vanilla. Not exactly 'funky' like I was expecting. Really just sorta fresh and clean and fruity.
Taste- Starts with a bit of dry tartness that is woody and quite tannic. The cherry is also pretty tart and fleshy and like the nose suggested, quite wine like. Its pinot noir meets a bit of light dirty blanket. Oak and vanilla are very light and really not perceivable until it warms. Somewhat pruney at times with something like musty leather and tobacco. A long lingering green apple finish is dirty and somewhat quenching.
Mouthfeel- Amazingly full and hearty with a almost creamy feel and light tingly carbonation.
Drinkability- I really liked this brew quite a bit. I'm not a huge style guideline dude and I think plenty of people have knocked the score down a bit but I love what's going on here. The fruit plays a nice roll and adds that tart fleshy bitter like aspect that I enjoy. Tasty ass shit here, thanks again Matt!

younger35, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A large billowy white head fades more slowly than I had expected. A rich ruby body with hugh carbonation fuels the head. Huge amounts of lacing cling in rings to the sides of the glass with each sip.

S - Sour cherries, vinegar, wild grasses, underripe drupes (apricot or white peach).

T - Initial sourness (tart sour cherries that are bordering on puckering), earthy copper and grassy hops. A bit of horse blanket that grows toward the finish to overtake the lingering sour presence.

M - Smooth (discounting the sour), medium body (as I watched it pour, I had assumed it would be thinner) and very refreshing.

D - Ah!!! Oud Bruin - one of my favorite styles that I've rarely had. I wish more American Breweries would try their hand at this one. A wonderful brew from a wonderful brewery. I love Deschutes! Keep 'em coming, I'll keep drinking.

mrasskicktastic, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Lost Abbey snifter. The beer is dark amber with a reddish hue. The large and bubbly beige head is 1.5 fingers high and recedes in a minute. This beer was filtered, and as such is transparent. The aroma has sour and tart characteristics and notes of dark fruits. A gentle swirl of my glass releases an aroma of cherries and a lactic character.

Initial flavors are of tart cherries and alcoholic grapes. Some ripe plum. The Dissident has a lactic tartness to it and a slight puckering sourness to the finish with more alcohol.

Vinous mouthfeel with a dry and sticky effect on the palate. This is a really enjoyable beer. It's not overly sour or funky so I think it could possibly appeal to people who don't like sours.

HopHead84, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of deliriumfest
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 1/13/08

2008 Reserve

Poured a dark red/copper color with small white head that vanished almost instantly. The aroma was that of brett - sour/funk - with cherry and fruity smells that permeated the tartness. The taste was exactly that of the aroma with a lingering harsh fruit flavor typical of the style. The mouthfeel was smooth while going down and the drinkability was easy due to the medium-full creamy body. Overall, enjoyed this beer due to my love for brett and fruity funk.

deliriumfest, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of yeastsipper
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wax-topped bomber poured into a snifter. Have been saving this bottle for a while - my second Dissident but with significant time passing between the first and second.

Beer pours a beautiful mahogany brown, with a small head that dissipates quickly. It exhibits legs with an almost wine-like quality.

This beer is tart! Tartness dominates, with smells of redwine vinegar and especially cherries. There are also raisin and clove notes. The brett is very obvious as well.

The Dissident is complex and changes sip to sip. It is drier than the nose would leave you to believe. Initial flavors consist of a deep, woody quality and dark stone fruits. The sour, vinegar-like flavors along with the tart cherries then kick in. It ends with a pleasant tangy tartness, which becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. A real pleasure.

I dont know that I could, or would want to, drink this beer every night, but it it is a very enjoyable experience. Great nose and complex, sour taste. A fantastic beer and worth checking out.

yeastsipper, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of midaszero
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bgramer for hooking me up with this bottle.

ARGH double waxed tops are the bain of my existence ... *suffer* *suffer* *suffer* *suffer* *suffer* ... ok time to review

A - Hazy ruby amber with a small tan head and a little bit of lacing

S - Raspberry tart, sour and funky. I guess more funky than anything but the fruity tartness just stands out for some reason.

T - Just like the nose but more candy cherry instead of raspberry. The funk is still on top but the tartness is still what stands out to me.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - This beer is damn enjoyable but I think the funk could have been pushed down some and it would have been more more enjoyable.

midaszero, Jan 13, 2009
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4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off thanks Geof spreading your brewery to the other coastline, it adds much beer karma to your repertoire. I'm going to spread as much fan fare as possible for your wedding date in the PAC NW as soon as you respond to my beermail. Thanks for these fine brews and my Dissident sample! It appears a brillant blood burgundy semi clouded body with a a large light khaki head forming fine even bubbled lacing spread evenly with each sip have no worries this brew is refined and ready to roll.

Which leads me to aromatics tart cherries along with peels bringing on the earthiness that can't be denied. Wild funky notes of lactic character which ever infectious strain was added to this brew does so well, I can' t knock any portion of my 22 oz. sample. Semi viscous oak barrel characteristics blend well, continue to add opinions here.

Flavor is ridiculous, consists of mild apple vinegar notes with cherry soaked alcohol infused complexities, this brew is without a doubt one of the most amazing American brewed versions of the style. Tartness catches you by the balls, but an unrelenting version of Flemish style brown ales slaps you around into complacency. Wonderful!

Mouthfeel is of course dry in the finish with huge soaking aspects of brew that will dry your whole palate out before you know what hits you. Thank god the medium body and fuller spritzy carbonation really let's things air out a bit.

Drinkability, poured into my Gulden Draak chalice it let's itself work well upon the overall experience...very tart and dry apple cider notes, I can't express enough fine resilient notes our drying characteristics that offer up one exemplary flavor profile, continue to watch for updates...thanks again Geof, you're the man I'm glad I had a hand in your craft brew love affair.

WVbeergeek, Jan 12, 2009
The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.