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The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
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998 Ratings
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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 929
Gots: 427 | 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 DrDogbeer
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of PuckX
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of flexabull
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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).

Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Photo of joe1510
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber
$11.49
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.

Photo of peabody
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of magictrokini
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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!)

Photo of hellbilly
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of charlesw
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Anywho...

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.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rkuhnel
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bcm119
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of 100floods
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mid to dark copper, i want to say peach as well. Light head, heavy fizzing upon pouring. Smells of sweet citrus. You can slightly smell the sour, but not enough to give it away. This is definitely a sour. This hits the pallet with an intense grapefruit taste. Subtle malty notes hiding in the back to bring you down. It leaves a lemonade sweet flavor on my lips after each sip. This is one of the first sours I've really enjoyed. I can see this one getting good with age as well. Really different from the douches, but I get that's flemmish. Definitely a good beer for those who want to step up a level with sours.

Photo of kasper
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky, cloudy brown with a short creamy tan head that leaves brandy-like lacing as it settles to a ring and some floating bubbles.

S: Aromas of cherries, brett, cinnamon, a funky tang, wet oak and alcohol.

T: Weird. Not what I was expecting at all. Tastes like sour wine -- Mild vinegar, alcohol, and a real dryness the kicks in mid sip. Bit of sour apple. Totally weird. Sourness is kind of lactic.

M: Pretty heavy, slightly grainy like a red wine. Low levels of carbonation, some tingling from the alcohol.

D: I wouldn't call this highly drinkable. The alcohol is strong and I've had a lot more enjoyable sours. It's more acidic than sour.

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

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Dark Red Waxed

Poured into a tulip a very nice ruby red color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some nice small islands/sticky lacing. The nose is malty, yeasty, some raspberry, cheeries. The taste is malty, yeasty, sour, with some berries in there. Medium body, highly carbonated, the alcohol is hidden very well with this one. Very drinkable, this is a very nice brew, highly recommended, thanks Toby.

Photo of JoeMayo
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an amber-red color with a thin ring of foam around the glass.

S- The initial smell is EXTREMELY funky. Wet barnyard animals kinda funky. Beyond that, earthy tones of brett and notes of sour cherries are noted. It takes a lot to get past the inital stankyness though.

T- After a couple sips, I was able to ignore the ridiculous funk in the nose and really delve into the taste. Sour and funky notes balance a slight sweetness. Brett and sour cherriy notes balance the flavors of black cherries and caramel.

M- Crisp and tart with a lingering sour flavor.

D- This one needs to be sipped. The initial aroma is quite foul, but once you get beyond that, the beer is pretty enjoyable.

Photo of HopHeadinAZ
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle: Pours a reddish copper with a fine small tan head. I get tart.sour cherry on the nose with a hint of barrel notes. The taste is balanced for a Flanders which is why I think I like it so much. It has the sour acid characteristic with a very subtle hint of sweet. The mouth feel is fantastic with a nice weight, medium, that suits this very well. I rated the drink ability higher than I expected and it is good but not something I would want every day.

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

This brew has a lot of upside with 6-18 months of aging. Slight sour but different from other sours, more mild. Almost reminded me or barrel aged sour Lost Abbey brews. Some oak vanilla sweet notes. Didn't do my research to see if this is barrel aged, but it was that boosy quality. Super complex. Lots going on on the mid and finish. To the point where you scratch your head and ask if you like this or not? For me and the others I've shared this with it was a YES! 2008 Bomber.

Notes from Keg are very similiar to the bottle. Another sign of across the board quality.

Photo of 0110x011
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark amber with a tan, foamy head that recedes quickly to a thin collar. Caramel, sour cherries, earth and barnyard funk on the nose. Sour cherry, earth and dark fruit on the palate, with caramel sweetness and a lactic sour twang to balance things out. Finish is dry, and the body is surprisingly full. High drinkability.

This is a unique stab at the Flemish red style, full in body and high in ABV. Rodenbach on steroids. Very tasty.

The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.