The Dissident | Deschutes Brewery

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Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

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 mjl21
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 version. 22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. Comes in at 9%.

A-Pours a really interesting brownish-red color. It has a one and a quarter finger off white head that collapses to nice encrusting foamy layer. It has lots of active bubbles and leaves some nice lace.

S-Really nice sour/tart nose. Sour cherries are there, but not as strong as when it was originally released. Also notes of oak and detectable vinegar.

T-It is not mouth puckering when it first hits. There is a definite sour cherry flavor throughout. The sourness hits more towards the end of each sip. There is some evident sweet malt from the base beer along with some funk. Oak flavor lasts in between each sip.

M-Medium bodied and extremely crisp and dry from a lot of fizzy carbonation.

D-The abv is well hidden. Tasting good 16 months after it was first released.

As noted above, this beer has begun to lose some of its initial cherry flavor and has balanced out nicely. Really looking forward to the next batch in 2010.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz, 2012 vintage
Best after 8/20/13
Deschutes tulip

A: Pours a murky brown amber color. Initially some head, disappears to nothing within seconds. Carbonation bubbles coming up sides. Some alcohol feet. Pretty looking wild ale.

S: Pulling that tart cherry. Woodiness. Oak tannins. Vanilla. Vinous grapes.

T: Tart cherry up front. Provides that sourness. Very vinous. Very oak tannin like. The oak brings some vanilla notes. Rounds the flavors. Very nice. Dry slight pucker tannic finish. Booze is there in the back, but hidden very well.

M: Medium bodied. But feels fuller because of slight lack of carbonation. Maybe some time in bottle with help that.

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Photo of SargeC
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy, tea-brown colored brew with a frothy golden head. The head is made up of tight bubbles. Light carbonation flows freely.

Smell: Distinct vinegar presence, hints of cherries and oak. Funky yeast aroma.

Taste: Delicious brew that is not as acidic as it smells. Mild flavor of oak. A bit dirty and earthy throughout, with a good funky aftertaste that lingers.

Mouthfeel: Med body. Vibrant carbonation adds fullness. Semi-dry.

Drinkablity: Very drinkable brew that creeps up with its potency. Fits the style well, but has something indescribable that makes it unique. I enjoyed the bitter finish.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from 2012 bottling. Says best after 8/2013. Aged since 11/2012. Poured into Belgian ale glass directly from aging refrigerator so served around 52 degrees.

A) Reddish to cordovan, moderate carbonation bubbles. 2/3 finger head when poured, not very much retention, thin ring left.

S) Sour cherries, mustiness from yeast, maybe some citus or lemongrass

T) Very smooth and very complex. Cherries and citrus, not too much funk at all, not very sour at beginning. Finish is sweeter. Really well done.

M) Medium to full bodied, not as much carbonation as indicated by looking at it, really no evidence of the 11.4% alcohol content. This is really well-done.

Russian River Supplication has been surpassed. This is masterful. Will have to grab more than one bottle the next time they release.

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Photo of goethean
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage tasted at 58F. Pours into my wine tasting glass a beautiful red copper with a nice foamy head. Mild funky sour malt aroma. Delicate body is appropriate to style, but surprising to me, as I usually prefer more 'extreme,' big-bodied beers. Flavor is sour, malty and mildly funky, all three harmoniously merging together. Finishes dry, but no hops bitterness, flavor or aroma are detectable. There is a slight weird smoky or chocolate flavor towards the end. Overall, a sipping beer with the complexity and interest of a fine wine.

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Photo of GoreStorm
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beautiful ruby-brown color with a large puffy head.

sour and sweet smell

the flavor is the same, a bit of dark fruit. very good. i hope to find more of this stuff.

i could see this becoming a bit viscous and whatever, but i only had one and could see drinking this often.

the 11 percent alcohol doesn't come through that strong for me. delicious and deceptive.

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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle. Best after date Oct. 2015.

A: Thin translucent rusty brown.

S: Cherry oak. Really subtle.

T: Not sour initally. Good tannin profile on the pinot front. Oaky. Gets sour as it warms but the cherry oak profile blends nicely. Something you could crush with high abv. Very little alcohol presence.

M: Just incredible all around but again age will help in this aspect to smoothen things out. My favorite aspect of this one. The blending of oak, light tobacco, and deep ruby cherry. Good tannin quality almost not a sour.

O: This is my favorite Descutes beer and consistent at that. I can see gains with age but it's not hot now like a fresh abyss. Way better than abyss and not carrying that hype. Its a great take on a flanders oude bruin

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Photo of Wasatch
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber
Dark Red Wax/Capped
2015 Reserve
Best After: 10/30/16
ABV: 11.1%

Been A Long Time Coming!

Poured into a chalice a very nice clean/clear golden reddish/amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some very nice islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some nice cherry notes. The taste is very nice malty, yeasty, kinda funky, very nice cherry notes, tart. Medium body, ABV hidden very very well. Overall, still a very tasty brew, nice to see it available to me.

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Dark Red Waxed

Poured into a tulip a very nice ruby red color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some nice small islands/sticky lacing. The nose is malty, yeasty, some raspberry, cheeries. The taste is malty, yeasty, sour, with some berries in there. Medium body, highly carbonated, the alcohol is hidden very well with this one. Very drinkable, this is a very nice brew, highly recommended, thanks Toby.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 reserve. This year was 65% aged in French oak wine barrels, 35% brewed with cherries.

Brownish copper color, translucent, and little to no head.

Cranberries and wine in the nose.

Tart and acidic, more fruit joins the party. Crisp and clean.

Low carbonation and a nice light feel.

Wonderful beer. Looking forward to opening another bottle up in a year once it has some age on it.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice reddish, brown color with a decent amount of foam. Solid lacing left on the glass.

S: Cherries, sour fruit, other berries, and a hint of sweetness in the nose. Solid. What I would want from an Oud Bruin.

T: This is damn tasty. Damn. Tasty. Cherries, some sweetness, a decent amount of sourness. Not puckering, but close. I would actually love it if this were a bit more sour. Rich in flavor though. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden.

M: Smooth, effervescent, and easy going down. No alcohol burn in this one.

D: Damn. I could throw this down easily. Anytime, anywhere. It drinks smooth, and it drinks way easy. It's delicious, and were it readily available, I would be stocked up on it.

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Photo of Floydster
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce double red waxed dipped bottle picked up at City Beer by Murchmac up in San Francisco, thanks for sending this one my way, think the original price on this was around ten dollars, poured into my St. Feuillien snifter tonight

A-Dark red with some brown tones, very light on the top when held up to the lamp, thin 3/4 inch beige creamy head that lasts a good ten minutes, great retention, lacing most of the time
S-Lots of cherries, wild yeast, sour aromas, blackberries, brown sugar, toffee, underlying nuttiness, faint vinegar, roasted malts, funk, and sweetness
T-More sour at first with a slight vinegary taste mixed with some tart, taste was popping with a limited finish, once it warmed there was some sweetness mixed in and the brown ale characteristics came out of this Flanders, roasted nutty maltiness in the middle, finish was still pretty sour but definitely had more of a sweet cherry taste, aftertaste stuck around a lot longer too, almost think tasted better at room temperature rather than at first after spending thirty minutes in the fridge, nice balance between the malt and wild yeast, provided an enjoyable sweet and sour experience
M-Tart, sugary, sweet, and slightly dry mouthfeel, when first served and it was cool there was a large amount of carbonation, still some around later as it warmed but not nearly as much, medium bodied, taste lingered nicely
D-Drank the whole bomber and could have had more, alcohol was hidden beautifully, went down easy, not overly tart, sweet, or hot, smooth and easy to drink, drank over a two hour span while watching the game

I liked this better than Black Butte XX but not as much as Abyss, even though they are totally different styles, those are the other two in Deschutes reserve series as of now for those of you who do not know, first experience with this new brew, this a damn good Flanders and glad to see this brewery branching out, wish more of this came down into our area, do not know how this will age but it should hold up for a year or two, would like to drink again, recommended

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Photo of samtrillo
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Edition.

Pours an effervescent and translucent red-purple with no head or lacing.

Nose features funky yeast, fermented cherry, sour red wine tartness.

Taste is sour-sweet cherry with some hints of oak. Not the most sour, but it definitely fits the bill. It's almost like fermented black cherry juice aged in oak barrels... not a beer. Which is impressive. The woodiness is there on the back end but the aftertaste is red wine and cherry. The after-after taste (a minute since last sip) feels like a sweet Zinfandel. Which is also nice and very impressive. I can for sure see this mellowing out with a year on it. Becoming less sweet and less tart and more Pinot Noir like, but this is what I got now. Not sure I can afford to a age second one of these.

For the price I paid, and the ABV, and the style... this beer, ale, sour, wine like drink.. is surprisingly... quaffable. Yet, the next time you bring it to your lips, you want to savor it. Worth the price? Depends on your curiosity. I'm not a rich man and I can say I'm happy I bought this.

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Photo of Kevlee722
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby color with mahogany highlights and a quickly fading khaki head despite an aggressive pour.
Nose is fantastic, sour cherries, yeasty funk, leather,oak and tannins. Very vinous, no doubt from the choice of barrels for the refermentation
Taste is similar, not overly puckering like a wild ale but a nice sour finish after a sweetness up front that follows with with vinegary cherries, oak and a slight medicanal flavor which is probably from the high abv for the style.
Medium to thick mouthfeel with tight playful carbonation and sourness that leaves the palate salivating for each next sip.
Awesome, awesome, awesome. I love this beer, a huge fan of wild ales and this is a wild ale that got dressed up and headed out to a formal affair. Deschutes caudled this beer and it shows. Can't wait to see how this develops with age. I have a 2010 yet to be cracked and will be laying a few of the 2012 down to try annually.

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Photo of Brandywine
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. 11.5% ABV. Poured into a tulip.
appearance: opaque reddish orange. Moderate alcohol legs. Tons of lacing around the glass. thin off white head dissipated almost immediately.
smell: sour yeasty goodness, cherries, fruity esters, strawberries, white grape, red wine.
taste: cherries, raspberries, red wine like a fruity zinfandel without any tannic overtones, little bit of grapefruit and orange, bright acidity. Tons of berries. It's tart and sour but with a subtle counterbalance of sweetness. Alcohol comes through more as it warms up but it's never off putting and just helps to clean the palate. There is an oaky note at the end of the tongue.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with not too much carbonation.
Overall: a fantastic sour filled with vinous and berry notes with some citric notes creeping in. Big and just a little oaky, this one will age with the best of them. Can't wait to see how it develops after a year or two. Buy several. Drink one and cellar the rest.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brenda was kind enough to head to the store today after I found out the Dissident was finally in Boise... she picked me up a bottle for about $12... the anticipation is over... it's going into my smokestack goblet.

1" head.. good retention.. spotty lacing.. brew is brown until deep cherry juice red highlites are revealed when held to a light.

the aroma is way more complex than I can explain.. acetic.. subtle lactic... some cabernet and wood... fruity without being overdone.. cherries and a little bit of almond.

Flavor is also very complex.. but I'm gonna try. more than enough body to make all of the flavors stick around for a while.. tannic and oakey... but in a good way.. strawberry jam components with some balsamic vinegar.. some winey notes are fleeting.. with each sip something else jumps out at me.. all the flavors are soft yet separate.. very tasty.

the bigger body on Dissident and the fact that it isn't overly sour.. makes this a big drinker.. I am lovin it.

4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5

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Photo of stumac
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Onslow for this one....

this brew pours up a red amber color with a small off white head. the nose has a slight sour note to it, subtle fruits, apricot maybe. the taste has a slight sourness to it as well, subtle sweetness, fruits again, some citrus. medium bodied and low carbo.

I'ld like to get my hands on another bottle of this but I think my chances of that are rather bleak.

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Photo of jakon
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

This beer pours auburn with a small amount of foam.

The aroma consists of sour cherries, pits, whiskey, brett, fructose, baker's chocolate, and purple grapes.

The taste is nicely tart, with a surprisingly assertive bitterness on the finish. All the aforementioned characteristics are clearly perceptible, along with a distinct cranberry flavor.

Overall, this is an excellent beer that will undoubtedly get better and better as the years pass.

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Photo of riored4v
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 7/10/10 with a properly aged 08 vintage

Poured into a tulip. Very hazy, murky, amber/brown body. Thin, tan head that faded to a faint ring.

Smell had good notes of cherry. Tart, acidic and dark fruit with cherry being the strongest. Some notes of oak. Slight maltiness with some nice funkiness. Notes of raisin.

Flavor had an appealing tartness with a nice acidic aftertaste. Good cherry flavor with some notes of caramel and oak. Presence of the yeast was also subtle, but noticeable.

Mouthfeel was medium body with a medium-high carbonation and an excellent, dry finish.

Drinkability was very good. No signs of abv

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Photo of flexabull
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of BrewMonkey, thanks again!

Pours a nice amber / brown color with a nice off white head.

Aromas are sour, but not overly so. Some vinegar and cider as well as some earthiness and oak. Very nice nose.

Taste is sour, slightly sweet, oakey, crisp, and of green apple cider. A bit creamy, with a really nice soft brett sourness that lingers all along the finish but isn't at all overpowering.

Nice thick mouthfeel, good carbonation, with a really fullness.

Drinkability is quite good. Not a big sour beast like a lot of the sours I have tried. This one is thick feeling, but the sourness provides a nice tart back drop instead of being in your face. Very nicely done Deschutes.

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Photo of coastie04
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a treat to find a Flanders Brown Ale! I was shocked when I heard about it and of course rushed to our local beer shop and picked it up. The aroma was full of complex dark fruits and malt character with sour notes. When pouring, the aromas waft up out of the billows of frothy off-white head. The color is a pleasant medium brown with a few garnet highlights. Brilliant clarity and the head persists while drinking -slight lacing. I was impressed with the balance of flavors in this beer. It begins with toasty malt character and deep fruitiness thatlayers into the sour semi-dry finish. The hops are really not noticeable but there may be a touch of bitterness to counter point the sour and fruit character. The sourness of the beer is prominent but balanced with the other components of the beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slight drying, and the sourness has that to-style touch of astringency. Overall, the beer is very well-balanced and drinkable once your palate adjusts for the sourness. A beer well worth the purchase particularly for such a hard-to-find style.

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Photo of JamisonM
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 edition

A: quite clear, deep mahogany red. small head goes away quite fast.

S: slightly sour big brett notes here lots of funk sour cherry with a small amount of acid on the smell.

T: hit with a wave of sourness, first sip is always kind of a shock to the system but in a good way. beer has funky brett notes and cherry notes in there wonderfully complex

M: light mouth with med carbonation

D: very drinkable given the style and abv

Overall: wow one of the best American sours or wild ales I have had I am very impressed they are such a good brewery. They really do nail most of the beer they brew. They do make mistakes and there mistakes have been well documented in the beer world but I that was mainly in 2009 and I am sure they have learned from that and will move forward and continue to make great beers such as this.

Video review up here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_TuZTHGxRI

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Photo of boMD
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Back Log Rating... From a tap handle, this poured into a snifter looking foggy, reddish with an off white head that created a ring around the glass throughout the whole brew. Aroma of wine-like characters and almost lambic in nature. Really thick palate that filled and expanded nicely in the mouth. This brown style had a little more bitterness and darker malt notes than its Red counterpart, and it seemed the wild yeast really did a nice job. You could taste a hint of barley-grains in the finish.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby color with a brown tint and a large fluffy of white head.

Scent of sweet and tart cherries, oak, a hint of vanilla, and some caramel. A very savory aroma, excellent in every sense of the word.

Taste of pungent cherries and oak, with some vanilla and alcohol initially; a sharp molasses and oak flavor finish this one off. Very tasty, even with the alcohol this one has a nice sharp flavor after nearly a year.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz (2008 Reserve ) poured into Bruery Tulip

The amazing thing to me was that I literally opened this bottle and searched for the last time someone reviewed the 2008 vintage and the reviewer had also poured it into a Bruery Tulip.

A: Pour is a massive healthy light brown bubbly mixture with a cloudy brown body.

S: Aroma of lactic sour body mixing with tons of brett and oak. Sour Lemon is also stongly present battling with oak barrel in dominance.

T: This starts off with a very sour flanders presence mixing soon with the oak barrel and some lemon. Oak barrel funk and brett are close by with the brett flavors taking up the end taste and the aftertaste. I was left with a light puckering aftertaste and a light sour cream flavor. Lightly caramelized sugars taken over by lemons.

M: Medium to light mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation. I found after letting it sit for a bit it was more enjoyable to reduce some carbonation. It was nice to see the carbonation still in the bottle after three years where some other Flanders Oud Bruins have little to no carbonation.

O: Time to get some November 2010 releases. Not the best Flanders I have had, but it is definitely good.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to babyismycat (my b.i.l.) for the 2010 bomber as my Christmas gift!

Poured into a festival tasting flute. This review is based on the notes that I took on Christmas Eve 2010.

A: Clear copper--small head that completely disappears as the beer settles; good carbonation continues throughout though.

N: Tart; sour cherry and sourdough toast.

T/M: While cool, sour cherries and vanilla (possibly from the oak) is quite evident, with the cherry flavor dominating. As it warms, the is a definite note of pinot grigio. No "alcohol flavoring", but slight warming in the back of the mouth. Sweet, despite the tartness of the overall flavor.
The beer is smooth with a light finish; not a heavy mouth feel at all, but the sourness definitely helps you enjoy this one a bit slower, like you would with a tart lemonade. Very impressive!

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The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,327 ratings.
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