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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Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #36
Ranked #10,208
4.12 | pDev: 5.1%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
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.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 26
Reviews by scottiethebody:
Photo of scottiethebody
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jpkand
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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.


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Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

1/17/19 draft @ The Brew Kettle Hudson

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Photo of oldred1492
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Allurex
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jason_nwx
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VashonGuy
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Montanabeerz
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JerryHelper
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npachl
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours ruby in color, clear with mi imal head. Taste is sweet berry, brett, and sour mix. Heavy bodied, sweet, sour with moderate carbonation. Makes for a solid sour.

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

Photo of CaptainHate
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 7/1/2018 550 ml bottle into a DFH tulip. Small frothy white head disappeared quickly over a rich clear ruby body which became yellowish amber when tilted against the sides. Because it's warm, kind of but not obnoxiously so for August, I put the bottle from my cellar fridge at 50-55 into the colder regular fridge and as a result the best qualities stayed hidden until it warmed up. The smell was of sourness and berries. I have no idea what marionberries are like (I just looked up that they're somewhat of an Oregon product) but the berry smell was very inviting. Likewise the taste starts out sour and hits the back of the palate that way before the berry presence takes over. Mouthfeel was a bit thin but still refreshing. This was a good experience.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500mL waxed bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 7/1/2018.

Appearance: rich, deep amber hue with a clear body and absolutely zero head. I guess the lack of head is not totally unusual in a sour like this, but it's still not great. The color is amazing, though.

Smell: a nice, light sourness accompanied by a bit of fruity character. I wouldn't have guessed marionberries, but there is a little bit of blackberry character here.

Taste: a bit of tartness that makes its presence known up front and finishes with a quick zip, but isn't overpowering at all. The fruit are a little less characterful than in the aroma, but is still present and tasty. The base beer's slightly sweet malt backbone is also still present, and continues to work well. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a light carbonation and an interesting fizziness, if not a lot of creaminess.

Overall: a super drinkable and satisfying sour. Not overpowering, but with plenty of interest to keep me sipping.

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The Dissident (2018) - Aged w/ Oregon Marionberries from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 26 ratings