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The Dissident | Deschutes Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

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
Fourth release (10.7% ABV) - December 2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,332
Reviews:
538
Ratings:
1,479
pDev:
10%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,479 |  Reviews: 538
Photo of HarveyL
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jpkand
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful Amber with off white head that leaves a ton of lacing . Lots of oak on the nose with some overripe stone fruit. On the palate it is reminiscent of some ultra dry ciders I've had. More oak, ropy, and brightens up at the end with some cherry flavor. Smooth even with the carbonation. A great and unique beer. Highly recommend.

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Photo of TheHopsman
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Gorman1776
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A well balanced Sour. No harsh taste, just smooth and consistent. Had a nice medium dark amber brown color, aroma has faint cherries, with the taste a being stronger, which it should as a 2018. No jarring notes, just a smooth, tart flavor.

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Photo of heddar33
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my first oud bruin, which I know little about. Bottled 8/20/18 - hopefully not opened too early. Pours cloudy amber with smallish head that eventually fades to nothing. Interesting vinous aromas of cherry, and quite funky. A hint of caramel. Tartness is dominant in the taste, although it's an easy-drinking, not mouth-puckering tartness. There's some cherry flavor that very much helps conjure up tart cherries. It's pretty boozy with a strong, and kind of funky, white wine-like flavor in the background and finish. Little to no bitterness, and lightly sweet.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hayley_86
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keepnitrl
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015

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Photo of EMV
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wax-sealed bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. 2016 edition

L: Slightly cloudy burgundy pour. 2 fingers of fizzy head falls fast. Modest ring of lacing.

S: Tart cooking cherries and mild funk. Smells like cherry cordial.

T/F: Surprisingly sweet... fruit and cherry up front... only modest tartness and definitely more sweet-forward than expected. Cherry pie filling, sherry, and faint funk. Sweet white wine... delicious and dessert-like with some oak character. Medium bodied and sticky on the tongue. More fruit and berry at the finish.

O: A great beer... sweeter than I expected and more of a dessert drink than a sour. Great cherry flavor and really enjoyable.

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Photo of jheimbigner
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a light reddish brown that looks like bronze topped by a dense finger of cream colored head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of sour cherries, funk and a little leather with some hints of caramel
T: Taste is nice light sourness and cherries with some funk, light furniture polish notes and leather with some spice notes and caramel. Interesting middle with the furniture polish and acetone kind of dominating with a little band aid and medicinal note. On the swallow this one is lingering tartness with more cherries, leather, slight funk, and furniture polish
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with a slightly slick feel on the palate. Carbonation is on the lower end but still effervescent while the beer has a drying finish from the acidity.
O: Overall this one is really nice. The time seems to have not imparted any off flavors. The cap didn't show any signs of bubbling which was shocking but this one tastes like it was packaged well along with spending the majority of its life at cellar temp. Definitely worth a try if you like the style and don't mind hanging onto a beer for a year after it is released.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hreb
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 reserve, bottled on 8/28/2017, wax cap, and safely aged in my beer fridge. For 2017 the label describes this only as "ale brewed with cherries, aged in oak" -- no disclosure of what sort of oak or what it previously held. 10.5% abv. Served in a tulip.

Beer is a pinkish amber, not too pale and not too dark. Aroma is still potent with fruity, sour cherries. I actually really love the smell of this, but it makes me recoil a little bit, because I'm afraid this beer that I've been so looking forward to savoring is going to be extremely sour. On the contrary, the initial flavor on the tongue is sweet, with that same cerise flavor, with hints of marashino. It finishes drier and with a pronounced sourness, but there's balance here. Just enough to pucker the lips, but leave the tongue wanting more. Really, really good.

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Photo of beerguy04
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red copper color with a white head. Smell is sour cherries. Taste is that of a sour sweet wine, with cherry flavor aftertaste. Mouthful is light, but very sour and acidic. Overall, very good sipping beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blazer22
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sparx1100
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwg782
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 1,479 ratings