The Dissident | Deschutes Brewery

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The DissidentThe Dissident
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

Added by MisterClean on 08-19-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,390
Reviews:
510
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.34%
 
 
Wants:
967
Gots:
679
For Trade:
60
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Ratings: 1,390 |  Reviews: 510
Photo of BigIslandfarmer
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Reddish brown with very little head and constant streams of bubbles. Smell is tart cherries, oak, funk, stone fruits. Tastes less sour than it smells. The barrel dominates. Good balance of sweet, tart, and funk. Cherries are more noticeable as it warms. The ABV is not noticeable. Mouth feel is decent. Carbonation gives it life on the tongue. Overall, a decent beer. Not my favorite example of the style. Smell is the best feature of this beer. Not sour enough for an oud bruin.

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

Photo of ajm5108
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber pour with a thin, soapy head & moderate carbonation. Aroma is a nice balance between the traditional oud bruin notes - tanned leather, oak & some lacto - that is softened with some wine notes (grape must). Missed the cherries / candied sugar on the nose. Taste is very unique, and not in the "I don't know how to describe this" way. It is fairly sweet upfront with underpinnings of a cherry liqueur - cherry pit & some raw alchohol - that segues into a more delicate oud bruin with some of that tannin / oak / sandalwood funk. Sweet and funky. The wine notes are more of a faint background but it helps anchor the beer. Most flanders are a little too vinegary for me, but the aging really smooths this out and adds some really great flavors. Top notch.

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Photo of Ajlvt
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraigP83
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Burnt brown with a tint of red, zero head. Smells of sour cherries, oak barrels. Sour oak, a little funky, white wine. Interesting beer, I like Flanders but would prefer a smaller format

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Photo of Slack
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber in color with 1/2 inch of head that settles to a nice ring. Very prevalent lacing.

Nose is fruity but sour, vinous, cherry, oak, and some malt.

Taste is malty, sweet, cherry, oak, and sour.

Mouthful is medium and smooth. Carbonation is above average. Finish is dry.

This style when done right is really good and this hits the mark. The aging of this bottle gives it an excellent sherry like quality. The nose, taste, and mouthful are all spot on. Too drinkable at 11.40%! Highly recommended to age a bottle.

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Photo of MFMB
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light cherry to amber. The nose is of tart cherries, grape skins and bit of light vinegar. While the nose is of tart cherries the taste is much more subtle and sweet that is followed up by a tart kick on the back end. The barrel is there but not overpowering. minimal notes of oak and wine. Medium body with dry finish.

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

Bottle shared by Nick the other day, thanks man.

This one pours a light reddish color, mostly clear, with a small head, and no lacing.

This one smells like macerated cherries, red wine vinegar, red grapes, oak, and a slight lactic sourness.

Like most of Deschutes' barrel aged stuff, this shows some nice restraint. The cherry flavor is very nice, sweet but mostly sour, with wet oak, sour grapes, a slight breadiness, and a very light sourness. This would be much improved if there was a stronger malt backbone.

The alcohol level is not present at all. That is amazing. It has a light mouthfeel, with a slightly thin body, and a good level of carbonation.

This is really well put together, but doesn't approach some of the best of this style from Belgium.

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Photo of smi69
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Beginner2
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the City Beer Store in San Francisco. Pricey. Most I ever paid for a bottle. But it is on the list of "1001 Beers To Have Before I Die," so you gotta pay the price sometimes to enjoy life more fully. I also shared it with my wife and her friend... And as much as I tried to convince them that Oud Bruin is an acquired taste, they could not transcend the sourness. (I did not bother to tell them it was a $60 bottle.)

I occasionally find an American rendition of this style that tempers its sourness enough for my palate, but The Dissident is not one of them. However, my next bottle of any Oud Bruin will be paired with creamy dishes so the sour, at least, is put to work cutting the fat.

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Photo of Davit
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBlueJerzzzz
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ale_Lover
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A fairly good Flanders sour brown. Pours a clear, dark ruby red body, minimal lacing, Not a whole lot of complexity but a nice beer. Minimal acidity, not much barrel. Flavour is cherry and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, Light carbonation. Happy with this offering.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; 2015 vintage, best after 10/30/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense offf white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big sour cherry, berries, green apple, lemon, red grape, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, hay, straw, oak, and musty funk; with lighter notes of pepper, vanilla, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, wine barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, berries, green apple, lemon, red grape, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, hay, straw, oak, and musty funk; with lighter notes of pepper, vanilla, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/acidic tartness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, berries, green apple, lemon, red grape, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, hay, straw, oak, funk, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, wine barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from acidic/tannic notes, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly acidic/creamy, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Flanders Oud Bruin! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, wine barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. One of the most balanced in the style that I have had. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle. Big red wine tannins and flavors. The tartness is like a crisp apple or tart cherries. No acidity or pucker just a long oaky and rich finish.

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Photo of morrowd3
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mtn
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of knicks19947
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MeLoynes
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hallertau
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hermit990
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ER527
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,390 ratings.
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