The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
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Reviews: 451
Hads: 1,148
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 965
Gots: 568 | FT: 52
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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
Fourth release (10.7% ABV) - December 2014
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Photo of Yetiman420
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of colts9016
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (1,841 characters)

Photo of Biggness
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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". (747 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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 (3,301 characters)

Photo of Mauerhan
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
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 (678 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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! (1,549 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of deliriumfest
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of yeastsipper
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (1,021 characters)

Photo of midaszero
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (1,788 characters)

Photo of organicbrewer
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber obtained in my first trade.

a=Clear deep amber with a small light tan head that fades to a ring.

s=Nose is tart cherry, malt vinigar with light burnt rubber phenols. Some biscuity brett as the glass warms.

t= Light tart cherries soaked in malt vinigar (notice a pattern). Pleasantly tart. Slightly astringent but not out of style. Very low hop bitterness. No hop flavor.

M= Medium-big bodied. Puckering tartness. Medium carbonation, little more co2 might make the beer appear dryer and make this easier to drink but i'm nit picking.

d= This is a great beer. More tart than the leifmans oud bruin but right on par with the oerbier reservas and other world class examples of this style. (705 characters)

Photo of MEsquandoles
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Much thanks to my buddy impMA in Phx AZ for hooking it up.

Gorgeous deep brown with a burgundy-mahogany hue beneath. That Brett carbonation that has the tiny, off-white cosmic bubbles that gather round the edges of the glass and leave little round clusters sticking to the glass above the liquid level.

Aroma: 5. Complex and wonderful. Dark cherries, cranberries, red wine, some wood, peaches and apples, Brett damp earthiness. Belgian farmhouse-y. Some damp rose petals beneath. Some sweetness that does not come through as much in the flavor.

Same flavours as above in the taste.
Dry finish with lasting flavours of tart cherries, cranberries, peaches, and especially plum. The most caramel-malt flavours I've tasted in a sour. There is a sense of cloying that evolves in the taste and then that I feel in my stomach. Oh well, the aroma and taste are fantastic - to the extent that I've said wow a few times. The Brett is actually relatively "clean" - perhaps because of the 30 IBU? I might taste a touch of grassy hops at the end, followed by the honeyed figgy-plums. I also attribute the sense of a somewhat subdued Brett funk to all the other things going on - cherries, wine barrels, and the thickness.

Feel is nice. Thick and definitely has that Brett-effect.

I thought I'd have no problem finishing this bomber solo, but it's starting to get a little too sweet - I'm sensitive to sweetness in beer - but there are still enough redeeming qualities to finish the bomber without too much discomfort. Drinkablity has come done a bit and overall enjoyment has waned since sips 1-8, but not because the alcohol has become noticeable; it just seems heavier and not as refreshing now. Oh well. Next time I'll prolly split it. I might prefer this to Goudenband. I'd love to do a side-by-side, but that hasn't been in Austin in about half a year, and it seems Dissident has been gone for months.

It tastes a little more Belgian-y with the yeast/sediment poured it. Also more muddled and thick. I'm glad I waited until the end to dump it in.

I started off loving it, buy still enjoyed finishing it. Definitely recommended for it's aroma alone, and it's uniqueness, and is worth seeking out.

Tasted and contemplated with m83's saturday=youth (2,272 characters)

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to inflatablechair for this one. 22oz. wax sealed bottle. Served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a reddish copper with a thin off white head. Nice lacing. Great sour fruit aroma. Not quite as sour as the aroma might suggest, but the yeasty tang is there. Medium bodied with a spritzy mouthfeel. Sour cherry flavor develops, as well as a little wood in the finish. Very refreshing and drinkable. Alcohol is not evident. Very enjoyable. (434 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap today at the Moon and Sixpence in Portland.

The beer pours a honey red color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose.... sigh. I could easily mistake this beer for a Belgian Red Flanders. There is a huge aroma of wet blanket, barnyard, sweet and sour, and dead moose. Jeeze Loueeze!!! Alas, the flavors on the palate perfectly replicate the nose, and this is without doubt one of the most authentic domestically brewed red flanders, oud bruin beers I've ever come across. The beer is at most medium bodied and I guess drinkability is pretty good. The alcohol is certainly well disguised, but how can you call a beer that smells and tastes like this "drinkable?"

Absolutely disgusting stuff.... Deschutes should be ashamed of themselves for making something like this. Very, very impressive.... (812 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a light brown with no head. Aroma of tomato sauce and light fruits and possibly something else that I couldn't identify...Flavor of a slight sour tinge, alcohol, Belgian yeast, slight bitter hops, and oak barrel. Hmm, this beer doesn't quite live up to its expectation but it certainly wasn't bad. Good sour.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5) (382 characters)

Photo of onecrazybreeze
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a clear dark reddish brown with an average, off-white head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is mainly funky, like horse blanket and farmhouse, with notes of cherry and wood. Taste started sour and funky at first and ended on a sweeter note, not so overly sour that it can only be enjoyed by those that love the style, but not so sweet that the flavor gets wrecked. I'd say a great first try at the style by Deschutes. (440 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (568 characters)

Photo of sloejams
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (665 characters)

Photo of johnd513
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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. (532 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,894 characters)

The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.