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The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

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The DissidentThe Dissident

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955 Ratings

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Ratings: 955
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 892
Gots: 428 | FT: 31
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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 lackenhauser


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

I freakin hate wax capped bottles. I have said it before and will say it again. That being said...Pours a very nice coppery/chestnut color. Decent sized head. Great cherry/fruit aroma with a touch of woody and earthiness to it. Flavor is a pleasant mix of sour fruit with some oak or general wood like flavors. Rather tart/sour but not overly so. Retains some sweetness thoughout. Decent mouthfeel-slight puckering in the finish. Great beer overall. Fantastic US version for sure. Decent beer to cellar I would think. Thanks to jtrockchalk for the Secret Santa sample.

12-26-2008 00:48:48 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of sloejams


4.6/5  rDev +9.5%

Picked up a 22 oz. bottle of this at Texas Liquor, Carlsbad, CA for $14.99 a couple months back.

The bottle is gorgeous with a somewhat subtle sparse bird shadow drawing on the label and a waxed top. The wax is a bit of a chore to break thru when I'm dying to get to the goodness inside.

Pours a crimson-cranberry color with a tight sparkle on the head. The aroma is big: sour apple, cherry, cinnamon, clove and a slight cider vinegar. It takes over my kitchen, which is fine by me.

You get the sweet first with the clove, cinnamon and even a little rosé followed by the sour apple and cider viinger . The sourness is genuine and delicious.

Remarkable beer.

12-19-2008 17:41:19 | More by sloejams
Photo of johnd513


4.85/5  rDev +15.5%

Huge thanks goes to goodbyeohio for this one!
Smells of sweet and tart fruit with granny smith apples, cranberry, cherry and raspberries. The taste starts very tart and follows with flavors of cherries, cranberries and other tart fruits. The mouthfeel has medium body and has carbonation that tickles the tongue. Drinkability is high. I could not put this down and had no trouble finishing the bottle. This was my first sour beer and it leaves me wanting to try more. Highly recommended to those who want to try something different.

12-16-2008 23:53:29 | More by johnd513
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%

When I think "dissident" I think of Noam Chomsky...or a Pearl Jam song...or Judas Priest's "Dissident Aggressor"...or msubulldog25, who generously sent this. Hopefully next time I think "dissident" it'll be with visions of this bottle floating through my head. Let's see...

First, c'mon, the wax thing looks nice, very classy, but it's a hassle and a mess. Or maybe I'm too uncoordinated to deal with it. No points docked for this, of course. When I finally get the liquid into my Unibroue tulip, I'm looking at one gorgeous beer. The fluffy two-finger cap has tan highlights; the liquid is a gorgeous rusty red with burgundy shades, and a battalion of bubbles rush northward. A thick gob of lace swirls around the glass and this thing might as well get a perfect "5" for looks.

Aroma is fruit (cherry, cranberry), leather, and band-aid (or what my lovely wife calls "socks"). Quite fragrant and even flowery in the wildest sense, with a fresh bread dough essence in the background. Geez, so far, so great.

Flavor is what could be expected from the hints in the aroma. Tangy fruits--especially cranberry and currant--along with a wild, stinky yeastiness that thankfully doesn't go overboard. Woody, with earth/soil hints and fresh hot doughnut breadiness. Finish is tangy/fruity and slightly sweet. Yeast carries through into the finish as well.

Round and creamy, yet buoyant and alive. Puckers the mouth just enough to keep you wanting more. It's just right.

This is absolutely wonderful. Should be sought out by any fan of Belgian sour sales, Belgian wild ales, Belgian ales in general, and just damn great beer. The Belgians better watch their back--the Dissident is a bad-ass mutha of an Oud Bruin. There are actually Belgians who think no U.S. brewer could possibly brew a Belgian-style ale with any integrity (I won't name names). The Dissident smashes that notion once and for all.

12-16-2008 22:51:12 | More by Metalmonk
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4.63/5  rDev +10.2%

A. Bright copper, somewhat of a mahogony color or maroon. Head is light brown 1/2" and sporadic. Brilliantly clear. What a beautiful looking beer.

S. Honestly, I poured this beer and left it on the table. I can smell it from where I'm at. Scents of sour cherries, lemons, light band aid from the funk, over ripened grapefruit, and light white grapes.

T. The same sour cherry carrying over with lemon zest, oranges, slight woodsy taste, the same funk carrying over offering up horseblanket and medicinal like tastes.

M. Light and zingy in the mouth. Perfect for style.

D. Not overly puckering and sour, but nice and complex. Great representation of style in all aspects and a beer that I hold high on my all time list.

12-15-2008 14:15:42 | More by MMAJYK
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a Cabernet glass. Appears a beautiful amber hue, with a creamy head that dissipated quickly into spotty lacing. Smells of oak, funk and fruit. The cherries really show through on this beer, as well as the pinot noir from the barrels. 18 months did this beer justice. Mouthfeel is thin and dry and dissipates rather fast coaxing me into drinking it faster. Very drinkable, but be cautious, if it warms up to much, the funk becomes a little challenging.

12-13-2008 21:42:05 | More by BevMoPatrick1
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 1: Sour/Wild Ales. i contributed this one, scored in a recent trade with westsidemiller. thanks steve!

22oz bottle topped with burgundy wax. sampled nov 27/08.

pours reddish brown with a bit of haze. a small yellow head forms, dropping fast and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is good. lemon. bit of malt vinegar. white bread and crackers. dark fruit. bit of citrus.

taste is good. light caramel sweetness. dark fruit. bit of light citrus. touch of lemon. very light vinegary component. light alcohol. bread and cracker. bit of biscuit.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. restrained sourness and funk. good balance. hides the 9% alcohol fairly well. good stuff!

12-11-2008 01:03:29 | More by grub
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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%

Big thanks to Djeucalyptus for this baby! Poured into a tulip. Nice dark auburn/brown with a thin, wispy off white head. First pour (mine) seemed to dissapate quickly. Smell was divine. Lots of sour apple, vinegar and dark sour fruit. Taste was similar. Got the sour fruit, cherries, apple, etc. Also got a phenolic, medicinal tone. Interesting. Good, full mouthfeel. Served barely chilled, this one was good, not great.

12-10-2008 23:57:44 | More by DrDogbeer
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

This is the first of this style I have ever had. Not what I expected, but overall a pleasant experience.

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Amber with slightly off-colored head, moderate lacing.

S: Smells of apples

T: Sour apple, but not in a bad way, borderline cider.

M: Creamy with a crisp finish.

D: Not bad, matter of fact pretty refreshing.

I had no idea of what to expect with this style so I cannot speak to how true to the style it stays, but pretty tasty no less. I enjoyed this beer to the full extent and recommend that if you haven't yet tried it you want to. I will be again.

12-10-2008 23:32:57 | More by PuckX
Photo of flexabull


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

Bottle courtesy of BrewMonkey, thanks again!

Pours a nice amber / brown color with a nice off white head.

Aromas are sour, but not overly so. Some vinegar and cider as well as some earthiness and oak. Very nice nose.

Taste is sour, slightly sweet, oakey, crisp, and of green apple cider. A bit creamy, with a really nice soft brett sourness that lingers all along the finish but isn't at all overpowering.

Nice thick mouthfeel, good carbonation, with a really fullness.

Drinkability is quite good. Not a big sour beast like a lot of the sours I have tried. This one is thick feeling, but the sourness provides a nice tart back drop instead of being in your face. Very nicely done Deschutes.

12-08-2008 04:29:23 | More by flexabull
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Big thanks to grub for opening this on Day 1 of the 2008 Biergotter Tasting.
Deep tawny amber, clear, with a bit of a reddish hue. It had a sticky beige cap that left some spotty lacing on the glass. A bit sharp on the nose, mildly acetic but quite tart overall. Slightly earthy with some cinnamon spiciness and light horsey funk. The flavour was full of tart fruit and berry, some earthy brett and dried fruit towards the end. Oak and vanilla, plus a bit of molasses appeared as it warmed. Medium to light bodied with average carbonation. The bubbles were quite light on the palate though, giving it a smooth texture. Nicely balanced, quite a mellow sour (at least after the other monsters we imbibed).

12-08-2008 01:48:51 | More by DrJay
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Big thanks to grub for opening up this one, good thing I have a few bottles waiting at my parents place. Day 1 of insane DrJay visit epic tasting.

Pours a clear reddish orange, light brown hues, eggshell head forms, thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick around. Smell is neat, brown sugar, sour fruit, oak, vanilla, alcohol, cherries and strawberries, cinnamon spice and some raisins, pretty cool, nice sourness. Taste is very fruity, oak, brown sugar and vanilla, honey, sour fruit, cinnamon and a neat spiciness, sour fruit in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Very nice stuff, need to have it again though, it was in some tough competition that night. Thanks Russ!

12-07-2008 16:57:13 | More by Viggo
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3.88/5  rDev -7.6%

22oz Bomber
Liquid Solutions

Dissident fills my glass a surprisingly clear handsome mahogany. A few tiny particles float here and there but in no way affect the clarity. The body absolutely glows when backlit as the tiny carbonation bubbles scatter to the surface. The khaki head grew to two fingers without a problem and slowly fell to a respectable cap that gets creamier and creamier as it settles. This head leaves behind some tight, sticky, intricate lacing. It makes me want to dive right in.

I really enjoy the smell of this brew, slightly acidic with a nice damp oakiness. The cherries are there but way in the back with a solid underlying sweetness. Each swirl to bring the head back to life brings forward more of the sweetness but after the head settles back down the somewhat tart acidity comes back to the forefront. I'm a big fan of the tartness in the nose and the wet oak but the sweetness is a little on the cough drop side but that fades quickly.

The flavor is exactly what the nose suggested. A quick flash of acidic vinegar and damp oak get things started in a nice way. The cherries come through with a nice tartness in the middles that segues into the acidity again on the swallow. This beer has all the makings of being excellent. Unfortunately the overall flavor seems to be somewhat flat and watery. The flavors are just lacking.

The body is medium when it first hits the tongue but the active carbonation adds some frothiness to the backend. There's a bit of tartness in the back that lingers slightly. This brew has a good body.

The flavor didn't come together as well as I would have liked but this beer is super drinkable, even for the high abv. Each glass I poured was gone before I knew it. The Dissident really goes down easy.

I enjoyed The Dissident quite a bit even though it didn't come together like I hoped it would. It did go down super easy and I'd like more of it now that my glass is empty. I don't know what some time will do but I doubt it will do much. Hopefully things get a little better here.

12-06-2008 05:01:31 | More by joe1510
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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours out a really clear reddish amber like strong Ice Tea with two fingers of off-white suds.
Smell is malty cherries and school glue. Smells sour but not like a Cantillon at least not as fruity.
Taste is like dark cherry juice and bitter lemon peel. Aftertaste has a sweetness then the Alum taste comes in.
Mouthfeel is really creamy for such a bubbly concotion. Some sugar coats the mouth but is gone by the time you are ready for another sip.
Drinkability is OK here but it is so hard to find a bottle around here in KY.

12-06-2008 00:41:44 | More by peabody
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours hazy auburn with a short off-white head. I agree with Ernest, the wax cap nearly drove me insane trying to carve off enough to open the bottle. Aroma is malty, with funky cherries and earthy wood. Not like other sours. Smooth and warm cherry, malt, oak, and vanilla. When the sour comes, it is mellow. Mostly brett and cherries, but in a vinuous/sherry way. Drinks more like a liquer than a funky, sour pucker-bomb. Excellent beer.

12-05-2008 23:19:41 | More by magictrokini
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Earth brown ale, firmly hazy yet clear. A beautiful but small pillow of clingy dense white foam rests on top and provides sharp visual contrast. Very nice but it needs more foam to qualify higher ;-)

Mellow funky aroma of infected beer, a barn of hay and horses, and dusty brown malt.

Tart and medicinal. Sticky but not very sweet. Woody, with lots of cool non-carmel specialty malts. Suggestions of sour cherries. Delicate soft water profile. The thickness softly speaks up but is overpowered by refreshment. Kind of like a sour candy the moment it just starts to fade and show sweetness (and minus the initial sour shock).

Carbonation is natural and light. It lends a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Quite a great stab at the style, and drinking great at about 5 months after the release. I'm quite happy to drink it anytime.

I'm also delighted this style is being produced by more brewers these days. Its always been one of my favorites. Cheers!

Edit: Just noticed the alcohol content is 9%?? Drinks like a 5.5% abv beer (uh oh, I thought it was!)

12-05-2008 07:23:14 | More by rayjay
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

huge whiff of fresh cherries as the top is popped...

pours crystal clear a red cherry-ish amber color with a one inch pale tan head.

initially lots of cherry in the aroma which fades to unveil metal, blood/iron/mineral, woody vanilla and cement-like bretty funk. it smells fairly sweet (for the style).

i get a lot of cinnamon flavor... along with ripe cherries, vanilla, caramel, toasted nuttiness and mineral-y bretty stink. there's a touch of malty sweetness to start. but, by the time the sip is over my tongue is dried off completely.... thanks brett! it's tart and sour but not overly on either. the aftertaste lingers long into the night as fresh cherries. alcohol does come into play as it warms the sinus and chest the same way wine does... it's quite pleasant. the medium body leans heavily on full. the carbonation gives it a creamy soft mouth feel which coats my mouth entirely yet it is spicy and prickly with a twangy kick.
8/3/8/5/16/4.0 we'll see...

12-04-2008 05:25:42 | More by hellbilly
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New York

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%

So... It's not surprising, to me, that this took gold at gabf but the brute took silver. But, hey, that's me. First off... Thanks to mikesgroove for the opportunity to try this one! Mike... You rock!


This comes across as... As an approachable sour ale. As a great place to start drinking sour ales. As in, I see why this got the gold - it's because anyone can see what there is to enjoy in it. The Brute, if I can compare again, is something that you cannot approach until you've gained an appreciation for the sour style.

So, does approachable equal good? Well, it has the characteristics of a sour ale and yet remains well balanced and easily drinkable - even on this a wicked bitterly cold night. So, yeah. I'd have to say that it does equal good.

12-03-2008 03:52:08 | More by charlesw
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a rich woody amber with light brown and caramel highlights. A sand colored thin head of fairly large bubbles rose up and receded quickly, leaving behind a nice bit of sticky oily lacing.

This one packs quite an aroma. Sour apples and sour cherries up front, receding to a more woody, almost oaky rich earthiness. Some spicing of cloves, cardamom and pink peppercorns add more depth, incase the funky sour yeast aroma wasn't enough.

Sweetness from the apples and cherries hits first on the tongue followed closely by an earthy astringent tartness of grapefruit pith and grapefruit seeds. Woody and green in the middle with some sap and maple notes, finishing with a sweet-sour tannin-like dry finish. Lots of stuff going on, and it verges on rough at time.

Mouthfeel is slick, verging on oiliness, with a definite syrupy sweetness present. Low carbonation still manages to deliver a prickly and tingly tannin bite as a result of the dryness. Personally, I'm loving the mouthfeel, though I can easily see how others aren't as pleased. Definitely unique, and possibly a bit unfinished.

Beautiful on the whole, and an amazing brew considering the relatively mainstream nature of Deschutes. A valiant effort that produced decent results. Not necessarily world class, and it tastes and feels like it could use a touch of work, but on the whole, it's impressive and I definitely look forward to cracking the other bottles.

11-28-2008 19:26:29 | More by djeucalyptus
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3.53/5  rDev -16%

Darn. I paid a lot for this ($10) and was really hoping for something really special. From the 22 oz bottle this poured a cloudy dark orange with a small off-white head and very little lacing. Nose was of sour cherry and vanilla. Mouthfeel medium and somewhat fizzy from what I assume is the carbonation. Flavor is of sour fruit and the finish is a bit acrid. Overall it was interesting, but I had a little trouble getting it all down. For me a bit of a disappointmentt. Maybe aged it would get better, but this is the only bottle I had and at this price probably the last.

11-27-2008 03:38:53 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of cswhitehorse


4.03/5  rDev -4%

The Dissident poured a dark reddish brown with a 2 finger foam head that took off into a thin foam layer of tight tiny bubbles. It seemed to have thousands of bubbles flowing from the bottom like champagne. The aroma was of sour fruit and deeply roasted sugar.

The taste smooth and tart to the heart of the buds then softly dissipated. You really get the fruity esters and the taste of sour cherries in the drink. It is not abrasive at all which I thought it might be due to the funk-ness. It seems lightly bittered. You also get a tad bit of a beer that has been oak conditioned. A little bit of wood with this one. Overall a interesting beer that was worth the money.

11-21-2008 04:43:17 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of gford217


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours a fairly clear copper red with a small creamy white head that lasts as a cap for the duration and leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is full of sweet and tart fruits - certainly some cherry and raspberry notes. There is some funkiness, but nothing overpowering. Brown sugar and a bit of wood round out the nose.

The taste starts out with a tart fruit kick and gives way to the sweetness of the fruits and sugar. The finish is slightly dry with a definite wood presence.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation that enhances the complex sweet/tart flavor mix.

This is a very drinkable Flanders and one that is not overpoweringly tart or funky. That makes it a very good beer in my book. I'll definitely revisit this one over time and see how it ages.

11-20-2008 02:43:42 | More by gford217
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a lackluster tan head. Sharp aromas of sour cherry and yeast; vibrant and fruity. Starts off tart and fizzy, with bouncy apple and sour cherry flavors. Needs to warm up significantly from refrigerator temps to show all its complexity. As it warms, the tight sour notes open up to more vinous dark fruit and wood. Some toasty oak/vanilla notes, almost like a rich California chard, come through in the nose, and again in the finish, at warmer temps. By the end it is supple and soft, with some black fruit and red grape skin flavors, but it becomes a little watery. It has some fleeting moments where it could pass for an Oregon pinot noir from a very rainy year. Interesting beer, but seems to come out of the gate too fast and then fades at the finish. Nonetheless, a treat from one of my favorite breweries.

11-18-2008 04:03:36 | More by bcm119
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

Thanks to psprings for this one.

A - Hazy brownish, amber, ruby with a thin tan head.

S - Sweet and sour at the same time. Sour cherries, musty oak and a slight red wine characteristic. Very nice.

T - Very tart at the start followed by cherry and mixed berry, then a touch of sweetness, alcohol sting on the tongue and rounded out with grape like, red wine tannins and dark fruits.

M - Medium bodied with prickly carbonation, some tongue numbing alcohol and a dry red wine like finish that lingers.

D - Very interesting. A nice combo of flanders and red wine qualities although the flanders qualities disipate as it warms. This one would be great with a little more funkiness.

11-18-2008 02:23:24 | More by brewcrew76
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

This is a very nice beer, not quite as sour and funky as the classic Belgian versions, but sharp enough and full bodied, creamy and delcious without being hot despite its 9% abv. The beer pours a classic reddish brown with a fair head that settles to a ring. The aromas are fairly light, but with some nice sour and creamy notes and a light metallic tang. Little spice. The taste exhibits some funk and tannins along with the sour tang and creaminess. Some slight spiciness throughout the taste. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel but with that sour tang and some firm tannins. Lovely to drink, this should age nicely. An impressive effort at a sour style by a brewery not known for them.

11-18-2008 00:46:28 | More by Georgiabeer
The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 955 ratings.