The Dissident | Deschutes Brewery

The DissidentThe Dissident
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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
Ranking:
#1,102
Reviews:
516
Ratings:
1,410
Liked:
1,292
Avg:
4.2/5
pDev:
10.24%
Alströms:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
971
Gots:
680
Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured reddish, not too thick. An aroma of spit and bacteria. Initially, the sourness well controlled by malt. Decent mouthfeel for a sour. Drinkable over a meal, tastes somewhat of a wild ale that builds up in the mouth over repeated sips.Intersting and worth seeking out.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Knownfactor for sending me this one!

Best after 11/1/11. Oh well, I am a few months early on this one.

Pours a slightly hazy copper orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small random spots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour cherries, wine grapes, wood, and funk/must/vinegar. Taste is of bitter sour cherries, sour grapes, wood from the barrels, and funk/must/vinegar. This beer has a good carbonation with a crisp and slightly dry finish. Overall, this is a good flanders oud bruin with some nice sour cherry flavors. I am glad I got to acquire 2 bottles of this. I am going to hold onto the other bottle for a while to see how it ages.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

just one of those classics for me. it looks a little thin, light brown color with a red hue to it. good carbonation is obvious, as a fizzy white head rises up. the nose is intense. lots of red wine vibes, although this isnt barrel aged in vino. also lots of sour in the aroma. brett and lacto at least, but this isnt acidic. there is some sweetness in the flavor from the malt, and that red fruit tone again. maybe something tart in fruit, like cranberries or something. more red wine tannins in the finish, and a puckery sour. the alcohol is well hidden, a superbly dirnkable bottle. medium body in the end, and bold carbonation just short of pop like. its expensive and rare, but it is just a beer that you need to seek out. its hard to describe because it stands alone. a sour yes, but its so much more than that. one of the more complex bottles of beer around.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured out as a brownish red color with a white head on top. The soapy looking head fades and leaves a ring of foam around the edge. The smell of the beer is tart on the nose some really nice cherry aromas. The taste of the beer is tart and sour. There is some sweetness in tere as well that is a little on the syrupy side. The mouthfeel of the beer is nicely carbonated with a medium body to it. Overall this beer is pretty good. I feel it could be a little more sour. It's still a pretty good brew.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As the traditional Flemish brown ale trends toasty, malty, tart and with nuance of sour fruit- its usual profile is a sour red with a blend of brown. Well... Deschutes version is all this but with a Frankenstein turn. Its monstrous tone is big, bold and woven of Europe's misfit pieces and parts.

The Dissident carries a sour tone across a copper-gold body with a depth of bronze through the center. Above its frothy ecru head, a rolling scent of sour cherries couple with toast, caramel and nuttiness while underneath, the flavors of sorghum, pecan and medium-char toast begin to frame the initial taste.

Its maltiness is short lived as the sourness steps in and slices, dices and julian's the malts and sequesters them to a mere counterpart to the taste of green cherry, green apple, cider vinegar, fig, sherry and date. As the taste develops, a deep and acidic taste goes from cider to rose wine, crabapple and sour white grape late. Final impressions are sweet and sour as the yin-and-yang of oude bruin stays tried and true.

Finishing medium bodied for a sour ale, yet trending malty-dry, the flemish beer trails with predominant souring power overshadowing the sweetness, but barely. Its final character is a spicy sourness with the alcohol adding acetone and solvent character that will surely improve with age. An medium-length aftertaste is one of sour fruit, peanut skin and brandy warmth.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz, red wax sealed bottle, 2014 Reserve edition, coming in at 10.7% ABV. Not going to bother with the 'Best After' suggestion on this one.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium bright orange-brick amber hue, with one finger of soapy and bubbly ecru head, which leaves a wash of melting iceberg lace around the glass as things gently subside.

It smells of bready, crackery caramel malt, sour cherries, vinous red grape juice, ethereal yeasty white cheese, a tame musty funk, lemon vinegar, and a soft leafy, earthy hoppiness. The taste is big bready, and mildly doughy caramel malt, underripe bing cherries, mushy strawberries, a touch of astringent wood, real vanilla, more mixed and moderately soused black orchard fruit, a rather subtle earthy and musty, cheesy funkiness, and pretty innocuous leafy, floral, and faintly perfumed hops.

The carbonation is pretty low-key, just a plainly supportive frothiness abounding, the body a decent medium weight, and more or less smooth, these particular acids not in the mood to meddle, apparently. It finishes well off-dry, the sturdy base malt buoyed by the complex sweet and sour fresh and barrel-borne fruitiness.

A rather pleasant and engaging wood-treated version of the style - it's not going to challenge Rodenbach or the Duchesse, but instead sit amicably right next to them in the limited pantheon of sour Flemish ales available around here. Fruity, certainly, and yet balanced, especially when it comes to addressing that elephant kicking back in the middle of the room (no, I'm not seeing things) - yeah, the 21+ proof booze is really hard to come by, it would seem.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 reserve. Best after 8/20/13. 11.4%. Brown glass bottle with waxed over cap served into a Guinness goblet in a tasting in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof. Cost was $14.49.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head, fairly thin, of decent cream, and good retention. Body colour is a semitransparent amber-auburn. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Tart raspberry and cherry, bright fruit esters, amber malts, and excellent fruit esters. An average strength aroma.

T: Restrained tartness and bacteria. Very muted wild yeast. Balanced and enjoyable. Really pleasant. Too restrained. Balanced but a bit underwhelming. I wanted more. Built well.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Excellent carbonation. Great thickness. Good presence on the palate.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I'd have this again, but it's not an ideal sour. I've had far better. A tasty sour, but not Deschutes' beer.

High B

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Monsone for this one!

Served in a Duvel glass. Deep red, ruby jewel tone with high clarity. One finger of tan foam initially, that sizzled with an audible crackle against the ear. Spotty bits of lace, but not much. Even the etching in the glass doesn't keep the head from disappearing into a thin ring. Swirling does regenerate it, but it just doesn't retain itself all that well.

Initial first whiff from the bottle was a pleasant funky ripe cheese note. After pouring it seemed to quickly blow off and was replaced by a woody cherry aroma.

Tart and tangy, yogurt like, moderately acidic. Cherry pit, no sweetness from the fruit. Wood and leather in the aftertaste. A spicy tingle from the alcohol. Creamy, with a full body that contributes a pleasant vinous mouthfeel. The finish has a definite tanginess about it, rather than sour.

Rodenbach Grand Cru is still the benchmark to me, although this is in the ballpark. Actually it bears more resemblance to JP La Roja. The potential is there...it just seems to lack an extra degree of complexity that would make it exceptional. Still a successful experiment that I was happy to enjoy.

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Photo of brentk56
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy russet color with a thick head that retains exquisitely and sheets the tulip with lace

Smell: Tart cherries, oak, green apple, peaches and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Fresh peaches, up front, though it is just a moment before the tart cherry and green apple flavors arrive to overwhelm the palate; the oaky aspect figures into the profile before the swallow, but what ensues is a surprisingly sweet character and yeasty funk (vanilla included) that lingers underneath the sour flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but prickly carbonation; somewhat creamy, nevertheless

Drinkability: An outstanding achievement by the brewery - not previously known for their sours

Note: I preferred the 2008 to the much boozier 2010, which was a bit overwhelming

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a reddish amber with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Fruity, sour vinegar with some sweet malt. Smells like it is going to be quite sour.

Taste: Some mildly sweet malt up front with a fruity sourness. Red wine notes with a mild metallic/nickel flavor. The finish is sour and a little bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a finish that is a bit slick.

Overall: This is a really good sour that could have been fantastic but there was a mild metallic note in the taste. The alcohol was almost nowhere to be found. Not sure if I would hunt down another one given the rarity.

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3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper/rust color with a thick, foamy, white, one-finger head. It left a little soapy lace.

S - It smelled funky and of horse blanket. It had a light toasted caramel aroma, too.

T - It had a mellow yeasty quality and the funkiness builds with a nice caramel malt backbone.

M - It was very sharp and crisp with a very dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good brew. I've never had this style, but I've enjoyed it.

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The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 91.6% out of 100 with 1,410 ratings
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