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The Dissident | Deschutes Brewery

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Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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

Added by MisterClean on 08-19-2008

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Ratings: 1,422 |  Reviews: 520
Photo of boisehack
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The only reason I don't rate the beer higher is because I am not that familiar with the style, but I like this beer a lot. The first time I drank it, it was just a sample, at the Bitter Creek Ale House in Boise, and I could barely finish it. But weeks later, for some reason, I wanted more. That was years ago. This is round 2.

Bought from an end cap at the Boise Consumer Coop, poured into a simple pint glass. A product of 2017.

The beer is not brown, like a Newcastle's, but it is more like tawny. You must pour vigorously to get a head on it, and then it is about one-half an inch. That collapses quickly, leaving a persistent skim of tiny bubbles.

The smell reminds me of rotten apples, like when you step in them at the orchard, and you think you have stepped in dog poop, but realize you haven't, because of the sweetness and fruitiness. Awesome characteristics for a beer! It takes me back to when I would stay with my father in the summers in Indiana, and my job was to mow the fields on a riding lawnmower, and there were apple trees in one part, and I would have to cruise through there, and rotting apples would be ejected from the mower, and all these bees would get upset because they were feeding on the fetid pulp and I was intruding on all their fun. Funny how smells can take you back to your childhood.

The taste: It has warmed a bit now, maximum flavor, it's not really vinegary, but certainly tart, and a smokey dried fruit comes in, like prunes, and almost a burnt rubber, not quite though, because of the fruitiness. This teeters on the edge of being bad, but that is what is so cool about it. It is definitely an acquired taste. There are definitely overtones of tannins, and my mouth puckers anew with each small sip, I want it to last. A bit of dried banana? I do not taste the alcohol.

The feel is almost syrupy, sticky, which is wonderful, it keeps the taste going long after the swallow. I do feel the alcohol in my tummy, though.

Two fingers left, there is the faintest of lacing, and very tiny bubbles around the edge, and a diaphanous nebula of something in the middle. And it smells now a bit of Grampa's medicine chest from the 50s (More nostalgia! Odors are incredible that way). There are cherries in this? They have been boiled down to something intense, this ain't no cherry lambic!

I have been playing around with this beer for more than an hour now, and it has to end sometime. I actually feel that I am a different person for having drunk this beer. It is not just a beer. it is a shining example of what folks can do with yeast and bacteria and malt and water. I am assuming hops too. This brew is like a god, and I am a mere mortal, sampling a godly nectar.

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Photo of gandres
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sunday, November 12, 2017 12:50 PM
From tap to taster glass at the Bend BreweryTasting room
Sight: brown liquid, small foam, seems slightly hazy
Smell: fragrant aroma of the barrel
Taste : Excellent, low bitterness, sour but well balance and not overpowering
Mouth feel: very good, good carbonation
Overrall: excellent beer, one of the best

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Photo of Montanabeerz
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BarleyAndBrett
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of csmrx7
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Burnt red-copper with a thin tan collar.

Smells like bing cherry actually, with raspberry gummies, peppery oak and a touch of acetic acid.

Taste is sweeter at first than expected, yet also comes with a mature burn on the way down. It's very cherry forward, like a sucker, while also a little medicinal and not as oaky as I thought it'd be. Boozier than expected as well--my other half said it was like a vodka drink.

Semi-dry and sticky while also frothy soft with a medium body.

2016 vintage

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Photo of Dr_Fox
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jpb123
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 offering.

This beer is absolutely beautiful. It's clear deep amber to slightly reddish hued color is hypnotizing. It has a small white head that compliments it perfectly by disappearing into its depths, keeping you focused on it's brilliant appearance.

The smell bursts upon the pop and fizz of the cap, intoxicating the surroundings with intense sour vinegar and sweet dark cherries.

The flavor was not at all what I was expecting. A slight hint of vinegar is quickly overcome with dark cherry, molasses, and oak.

The feel is so unique. A tad under cough syrup with a touch of prickly spice, smooth, mild carbonation, sweet and tart, but none of those attributes are overwhelming.

Overall, few beers are worth such a long wait, as this beer has eluded me since its first release. An absolutely phenomenal beer that I would gladly pay the nominal fee again and again for such a treat. I think I'm in love. Cheers!

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DangerDawg
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SadMachine
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Furley80
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a small off white head.

S - Cherry, dates, oakiness and red wine all present themselves in the aroma.

T - Some red wine in the taste, along with cherries, oak, fig, and a very light tartness to it.

M - Very smooth with hardly any carbonation, goes down thick and creamy, leaving a little bit of a dry finish.

O - I would definitely buy this again if I see it available.

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Photo of TylerJ
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Budlum
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DaverCS
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light Amber color with moderate carbonation and a 1/2 finger of head.

Aroma is very earthy with ample barrel character. No distinct cherry on the nose, more of a sweet malt concentrate poured over oak chips. Some funk also is present.

Taste is sweet and on the thicker side. Mild amount of tartness, which feels more influenced by the cherries than true lactic tartness. A solid amount of wood character melds with a surpringly high level of malt sweetness. The finish is slightly bitter with a continued sweetness.

Overall, this is a unique beer that lends itself to those that prefer tartness to be balanced with sweetness. It's a pleasant beer that leans a bit too much on the sweet side for me. Good barrel character, but the overall beer is neither refreshing nor incredibly complex, warranting extended sipping. I see it pairing well with pulled pork tacos with pickled chili peppers. It gets a 84/100.

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Photo of madelf66
3.1/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a semi-hazy to burnt amber color with a quickly dissipating fizzy white head that left no lacing. The smell had some sour cherries up front with a subtle sweetness to it. Light woody character rounds it out. Subtle acceptable vinous grapes. The flavor rides on the sour cherries with the woodiness coming back dryly. Sticky sweet cherry to woody aftertaste leads into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping to sessionable quality about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the stickiness to build on my tongue, still acceptable for the most part. Overall, I say this was a pretty nicely done Flanders Oud Bruin that I would have again.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For purpose of tge review, a 2014 vintage was sampled after 3 years of cellaring.

Appearance - The beer poured with a red- hue and an off-white head.

Smell - The nose reminded me of a dry cherry wine, with oak sidetracking the sweetness.

Taste - The initial taste was oaky, peppery cherry. As it balanced out, the taste makes me think of barrel aged twizzlers with a hint of spice. There was a definite warming presence with a dry kick in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The beer was full bodied with carbonation that survived the aging. The alcohol was well masked.

Overall - I am not certain if the extra three years of cellaring did this, but I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of onlymurderers
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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