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


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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

Photo of kingmaker
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 kept in dark, mostly cool conditions. Aged well.

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Photo of zachary80
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

10/17/16, 10.9%
Somewhat astringent and not the acid/sour profile that's common with Flanders style. Cherry is subtle.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. 2017, properly cellared bottle. Pours a medium, slightly reddish orange with a slight head and no lacing. Aroma of plums and cherries and light wild yeast tartness. Flavor is cherry, hints of plum, wild yeast, a little vinegar and oak. Tart finish with residual cherry and oak. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation despite the still pour. Hits the dark fruit and wild yeast notes of the oud bruin style with the pleasant addition of fresh sour cherries that really brighten up the flavor. Mild oak notes. This is the only sour style I like even a little bit and this is one of the better ones. I'm a big Deschutes fan and glad I finally got to try this classic barreled old bruin from them.

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Photo of goodbeergoodfood
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tillmac62
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 Reserve, BOD 8/28/17. Clear pour with a nice rub cast over the light brown base. Head volume was outstanding while lacing and retention were normal for the 11.4% ABV and style.

The nose is light cherry over a slightly sour base. Light notes of oak compliment this very good aroma.

The mouthfeel is thin but is to be expected. The carbonation / body balance is very good but lacks the punch and flavor enhancement that a bit more carbonation would provide. The finish is slightly prickly. Overall, the mouthfeel is very good to borderline outstanding considering the style and age.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding, bordering on World Class. Delivered is an ale using Brett that has a world class balance with just enough sourness. The underlying sweetness is also perfectly balanced to make the cherries pop. Oak makes an appearance near the finish. Search and you shall find a hint of nutty malt typical of browns. The finish is a fade of sweet and sour cherries. As the finish lingers astringent alcohol becomes partially uncovered. To cover 11.4% alcohol until the finish is no small brewing task.

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Photo of mschrei
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Guess this is my first of this style. I love it. Bottled 10/17/16, so almost 21 months old (I think). Dirty light brown, creamy lacing, lot of particulates. Tangy cherry on the smell, slight wine/earthy barrel underneath. Taste is tart and tangy cherry juice with a back bite. Plenty of smoky wood with hints of vanilla and grape. Full bodied, mild burn, lot of flavor and well balanced. Warms well and brings out more flavor. Glad I let it age. Still sharp, still flavorful, but not hot or overpowering with any one flavor. Deschutes may be my favorite barrel aged program.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.15/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2014 release opened in July of 2018. Poured from a bottle into a MadTree tulip. The pour is burnt orange in color and quite hazy with very low carbonation (even lower than average for a sour ale). Lots of sour cherries and apple cider vinegar on the nose.

Medium body with a tart flavor. Sour cherries up front, then cough syrup at mid-palate and a finish that has a lot of acid. Not overly tart, but quite unpleasant tasting to me. There is far more vinegar to the flavor than the welcome dark fruit sweet and sour flavors one looks for in this style. Perhaps this is not a good candidate for bottle aging and it tastes better shortly after release. I had heard good things about this beer so I'm a bit disappointed. There are far better examples to be found out there at much better prices.

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4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deschutes Brewery "The Dissident"
1 Pint 6 fluid ounce brown glass bottle, capped and waxed, "BOTTLED ON 10/17/16"
$19.99 @ Wegmans, Collegeville, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: So I have before me a bottle from 2016. It's been in my fridge for some time but that doesn't change the fact that it's been aged. I should probably have a fresh bottle to review, but whatever, here goes. So it's poured a hazy chestnut brown beneath a limited head of khaki colored foam. There's some acidity in the aroma but mainly it's malty and darkly fruity. I'm getting some oak as well. The head has dropped at this point which is a little disappointing but understandable. It's not as funky as I thought it would be, but it's still certainly pleasant to sniff at. On to the flavor... now I see why it's not that funky, which is just because - it's not the funky. It's malty, and fruity, and I can definitely taste the cherries, but it's only a little tart and surprisingly clean. There's some fig and raisin and apple, and perhaps some red berry as well; and a little bit of earthiness and herbal character to balance that and I assume that's coming from the hops. The base beer reminds me of a Belgian dubbel, but with some extra residual malt. How strong is this? 10.9%?!!! Geez, I don't get that at all. This could be dangerously drinkable! Perhaps it will start to show as I progress through the glass, although there is a general sense that there's some strength to it, just not clear alcohol. Back to the flavor, the malt is caramelish, grainy, sweetish, subtly toasty, and sugary. The cherries come through but I think there's also some fruitiness from the yeast, and there's definitely some Belgian yeast phenols at play. It's more like an Abbey ale with cherries aged in oak than a Flanders Oud Bruin to me, but that's just my take. But does Deschutes describe it that way, as a Flanders-style oud bruin? Let me look it up... no, they don't give a style, just "Ale brewed with cherries, aged in oak.", at least on their website right now. The bottle reads 40% aged in French oak wine barrels" and that works for me. I get a fair amount of the oak in the finish and it helps to dry it along with the listed 25 IBUs (or 30, depending what source you're looking at. And there is some acidity to it as well but it's not that sharp. It's not like that "Oh, I just threw-up a little in my throat" sourness that you can get in some of the really sour beers. So where does that leave this? Well it's still good, and it's much more accessible to most people I'd guess. For myself I'd call it a great sipper to relax with at the end of the night, maybe reading, or maybe just watching TV, or even sitting on the back porch gazing up at the stars. So what did I miss? Medium-full in body, certainly dextrinous, and gently carbonated, which probably has to do with the lack of head retention and lacing as well but I guess that's a trade-off. I'd buy it again as I find it quite unique. It's a special beer, and I don't care that it doesn't match up as a Flander's oud bruin because why should we always just replicate? Maybe "barley wine meets oud bruin" would be a good descriptive sentence for it.
Review# 6,063

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

'14 Vintage.
look: hazy orange-copper. Off white modest sized head on the pour that recedes to a film with largish bubbly foam around the edges of the glass.
smell: Big nose with sour notes, malty notes, hints of sweetness, and tart fruit.
taste: The sour and tart notes take a back seat but compliment the malty and mostly dry body.

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