The Dissident (2018) - Aged w/ Oregon Marionberries
Deschutes Brewery

The Dissident (2018) - Aged w/ Oregon MarionberriesThe Dissident (2018) - Aged w/ Oregon Marionberries
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Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
4.09 | pDev: 6.6%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
The Dissident (2018) - Aged w/ Oregon MarionberriesThe Dissident (2018) - Aged w/ Oregon Marionberries
Notes: Aged for 9 months on 10,000 lbs of Oregon Marionberry puree.
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Relief. The pop of the waxed cap releases an enthusiastic gush, but to my surprise, does not transfer in appearance. A crystal clear berry red body wears an eager to leave purple tinted foam cap. Once descended, nothing but clean ruby and plum colors shimmer, reminiscent of church wine.

A small bill of aromas, yet each are abundant. The clear up front winner being the delicious black berry hybrid. Marionberry, Blackberry, Boysenberry. Take your pick. I'll go with the Marion as it delivers an added tartness to the senses. A lovely level of acidity opens the floodgates from the back of the mouth. Oak and cinnamon provide a savory and spicy aspect.

The first draw and I'm brought back to the ceremonial sip of communion. Luckily there is no metallic chalice flavor, nor the residue of 1,000 other lips from the congregation. But the berry influence is wine like. Concord grape sweetness meets blackberry tartness. A clean oak stave cuts through the middle with spices rounding out the edges.

Appropriately in line with the flavors, this has it all. Sour flows into sweet, then savory, then spicy, then full circle. The tartness not too puckering. There is seemingly little to no carbonation, but the acidity and dryness act in its place. The elevated 11.7 abv is undetectable other than it's altering effects.

This beverage had me very excited. In years past, The Dissident had eluded me year after year. When I finally had the pleasure, it was worth the wait. This variant is delicious, but not as great as its base in my opinion, which only slightly bums me out as the Marionberry is perhaps my favorite of the fruit world. Still, an exceptional treat and one not worth passing on.


Jan 27, 2019
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a77cj7 from South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 22, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Love the original dissident as a fun american take on the style, this? Not so much. A little darker than ruby with wisps of lace on the surface. Smell is what gets to me the most, like tart berry nail polish remover applied to oak. Waited for the beer to warm up, got some caramel sweetness and berry depth, but again the boozy nail polish remover dominated. Taste cuts this out thankfully with a more sweet tart complexion with the berries and oak. Want more of the malts and brown ale side of things though, berries tip the scales more to full on wild ale. Slightly acidic, plenty sweet and tart, thins near finish and oak tannin laden. Had high hopes, just an average oud bruin

Nov 26, 2019
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morrowd3 from Vermont

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 27, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark ruby colored with no head on top, but plenty of tiny, vibrant carbonation bubbles within the body. I'm smelling oak, barnyard funk, horse blanket, and marionberries. The tart horse blanket and barnyard funk are tempered by the fruity marionberries and the oak. The mouth is moderately carbonated, yet super smooth due to the oak aging.

Jan 06, 2019
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 26, 2018
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jpkand from Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 21, 2019
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krome from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 05, 2018
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Gobzilla from California

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 02, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat murked up pinkish brown with minimal head straight from the bottle. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Berries, cherry, leafy hops

T: Sour berries, tart lemon & cherry, intense dryness up front. Leather, oaky dryness, sour cherry & currants as this warms, a little acidity as well, plenty of berry tartness as well. Finishes super dry with a little acidity, tart berries & a little sour cherry & lemon

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, acidic, puckery

Pretty true to the style, a sipper for sure, wish the berries were a little more prominent. ABV is masterfully hidden

Aug 20, 2019
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pathman from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

1/17/19 draft @ The Brew Kettle Hudson

Jan 17, 2019
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mattreitz49 from Florida

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 08, 2020
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oldred1492 from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aromas are very sweet and smells scrumptious even if not usually what I would envision my beer smelling like. Pours with small amount of head with slightly amber coloring. Taste is tart. Nice sour beer start that ends with the berry flavor. When poured chilled was a poor combo but as warmed somewhere between cool and room temperature flavors melded together more smoothly.

Mar 02, 2019
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Allurex from Kansas

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nov 29, 2018
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khargro2 from Tennessee

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 17, 2019
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jason_nwx from Oregon

3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Jan 27, 2019
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VashonGuy from Washington

3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I love marionberries. I grow them. I make marionberry jam. I love Flanders Oud Bruins, one of my favorite beer styles. Deschutes is one of my top two breweries. Dissident is one of their best beers.

So put them all together, and you get Dissident 2018, made with marionberries.

Unfortunately, it's a disappointment. To me, the powerful flavor of the marionberries seems to fight with the Oud Bruin flavor profile. It's more sour than I would expect. And the finish is more medicinal than beery.

There's still a lot to like here. The combination of fruit, funk, and oak is terrific. It's nicely carbonated.

I guess I'm a traditionalist when it comes to Oud Bruins. The Dissident is a great series of beers. Leave the marionberries alone, Deschutes, and you'd probably be wise to avoid loganberries as well. Better luck next time.

On tap, to a growler.

Feb 16, 2019
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Montanabeerz from Montana

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 10, 2019
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JerryHelper from Arizona

4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 25, 2018
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npachl from Wisconsin

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 19, 2019
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whatthehull from California

4.89/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a GoT Omme Gang glass

A - A deep cherrywood brown, little to no head (that is off white) and a bit of stickiness.

S - Lots of wood, wild yeast, cherries, berries, slight hop and a very nice mix of dry and sweet grains/malts

T - The original Dissident comes through, for sure. Then an explosion of berries and wild yeast and the grains/malts come together at the end, with a hint of hops, lots of wood and no booze as far as I can tell

M - Medium plus body, well balanced, nice complexity, plus acidity (in the best way) and medium carbonation

D - While being near full-bodied and awesome, this is a beast of an ale. It hits hard, yet refreshing, it smells funky, yet tastes crisp and smooth. Love this variation, I do hope they don't make to many as not to ruin the original, but a few more would be fun. Goes great with pot pie, steaks and BBQ chicken.

Final Thoughts - This ale is amazing and around $20 per 500ml, don't think you can get this on tap, but I'd pay a pretty penny for this 11.7% ABV cousin of The Dissident.

Apr 19, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i saw this one around a bit when it came out, thought i had missed it entirely, so stoked to have encountered it last night. its cool they played around with the beer, the fruit adds a lot, but man, was this always so strong and boozy? an intense drink to say the least, and a little bit feels like plenty to me. it doesnt have much head from the tap, a light pink tint to it, some shine, and some viscosity, pretty clear though. i smell a ton of red wine, earthy and jammy, some tart and sweet fruit too, tannins and oak, vanilla and berries, some obvious bacterial sourness, but great complexity, a little sweet. the flavor is nice, blackberry, black cherry, even rhubarb to it, jammy and tart at the same time, but not overly fruited to me, lots of red wine, the barrels are out in front here. it gets a little sharp and acidic the more i drink it, but there is a little grain and fruit sweetness running through it for balance. the booze is enormous, i dont remember this being so intense in that regard, even fusel to me as it warms. very mature, its apparent that this is long aged and well developed, some sweaty funkiness along with the bright acid. its tasty beer, flavorful and different, but im not sure i prefer it over the original in its best form. more bubbles would be appreciated, but that could just be a product of its age. neat stuff, a cool twist on a classic, always great to drink the funky deschutes stuff!

Feb 07, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As the roots of the Flemish brown ale trends toasty, malty, tart and with nuance of sour fruit- its usual profile is a sour red with a blend of brown. Well... Deschutes version is all this but its marionberry version is even more of a Frankenstein flavor than the original dissident ale. Its monstrous tone is big, bold and woven of Europe's misfit pieces and parts with American craft ingenuity.

The Dissident Marionberry carries a sour tone across a foggy, tawny bronze body with a depth of crimson through the center. Above its short ivory froth, a rolling scent of dark berries, sour cherries couple with toast, caramel and nuttiness while underneath, the flavors of taffy, fruit juices, pecan and toast take a lead on the early palate.

Much of Its maltiness is short as the sourness steps in and dissects the malts and renders them to a balancing agent to accessorize the taste of cherry, crabapple, cider, balsamic, fig, sherry and date as well as those stewed blackberry-like flavors from marionberries. As the taste develops, a deep and acidic taste goes from cider to bordeaux wine, apple brandy and sour red grapes late. Final impressions are sweet and sour medley with mulled wine and balsamic vinegar impressions.

Finishing medium bodied for a sour ale, yet trending malty-dry, the flemish beer trails with predominant souring power overshadowing the sweetness. Its final character is a spicy sourness with the strong alcohol adding acetone and solvent character that leads to a medium-length aftertaste of sour fruit, pectin fruit skins and a piquant brandy warmth.

May 07, 2019
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scottiethebody from California

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 30, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. Poured out a dark, dark amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled fruity with dark stone fruits and sweet toffee. Nice sour fruitiness with sweet malt and toffee.

Apr 09, 2019
The Dissident (2018) - Aged w/ Oregon Marionberries from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 38 ratings