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The Dissident | Deschutes Brewery

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The DissidentThe Dissident
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
487
Ratings:
1,323
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
17.31%
 
 
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Photo of theformula
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage

A: Dark cherry red/amber color, very clear with no sediment, heads recedes quickly, minimal lacing.

S: Cherries, big cherries. Fresh, pitted red cherries. Not much of the dark caramel and and vinegar aspects I expect from an Oud Bruin. A hint of caramel malt and tartness. Not traditional for the style but I'll go with it.

T: Sweetness takes hold with juicy, pitted red cherries and subtle caramel, gives way to an assertive, strong Brett funk that takes over the beer; finishes off very dry with that signature Brett funk and pitted cherry.

D: Alright, if we're going by style here then it gets low marks, Dissident is a hybrid style that's difficult to grade as there isn't too many "Imperial" versions of the style out there. It's a one-and-done beer for me. Unique and delicious but if you're looking for a proper Oud Bruin, this isn't it.

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Photo of STEG
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A special thanks to johndoe8 for this one.

Pours a clear iced tea color into a southern tier pumpking goblet head rises quickly and goes away just as fast.

Smell has brett, vanilla, black cherry, and a deep earthy wood undertone.

Taste is more of the same, up front you're hit immediately with the barrel flavors and then quickly after, the sour cherry, and ends with a lingering brett and darkfruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin with lively carbonation, very close to soda.

I'm happy with the bomber, can't say i'd drink 2 of these one right behind the other but it's certainly not a chore to drink. Alcohol heat is nonexistant.

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Photo of JoeMayo
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an amber-red color with a thin ring of foam around the glass.

S- The initial smell is EXTREMELY funky. Wet barnyard animals kinda funky. Beyond that, earthy tones of brett and notes of sour cherries are noted. It takes a lot to get past the inital stankyness though.

T- After a couple sips, I was able to ignore the ridiculous funk in the nose and really delve into the taste. Sour and funky notes balance a slight sweetness. Brett and sour cherriy notes balance the flavors of black cherries and caramel.

M- Crisp and tart with a lingering sour flavor.

D- This one needs to be sipped. The initial aroma is quite foul, but once you get beyond that, the beer is pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wax sealed brown bomber with best by date on label. Too bad I ignored that and am drinking it 9 months early!

A: sidepour gets no head or cap or ring. That could be the 11% or so alcohol doing its work. Pours a cloudy red tinted brown. Exactly what I expected to see. And boy do it look tasty.

S: I don't even need to be near the glass to smell the sour cherry. Making me salivate. Nose to the glass gets more cherry and some alcohol. Bits of oaky vanilla and no hops.

T: tart cherry followed by more tart and some more tartness. A hint of sweetness followed by more tart delicious cherry. Wonderfully sour beer.

M: medium body, good and smooth.

O: this bottle is 9months shy of its best after date so it needs a little age. It is kinda harsh but where it is going is fantastic. Can mostly taste the sour not much maltyness.

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

A- slightly hazy reddish-brown with lively bubbles et low head retention, not perfect but very inviting

S- cranberry, sour cherry candy, and a hint of connamon and allspice

T- tart and dry, with a mouth-puckering mix of cherry, vinegar, red grapes, oakiness, a hint of toasted malt, all surrounded by a booziness that intensifies the funk- but delicious!

M- crisp, big body, finishing dry with a good dose of alcohol warmth

D- it's amazing how a beer with so many wine-like qualities can be this enjoyable, since i've never been a big wine drinker

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Photo of brydeen
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed as part of Blind BIF round 8

A: Pours a murky, cloudy copper color. Very thin off-white head, holding only onto the edge of the glass.

S: An interesting sweet aroma with the subtlest underlying tart bite. A little cherry perhaps. A touch of honey possibly too.

T: Lightly acidic, but more sweet than anything. Cherries definitely on my mind, but I could be way off. I don't even think I know what style this is. It looks like a Barleywine, but it doesn't taste like one.

M: Medium bodied, somewhat creamy, with just the perfect amount of carbonation. Absolutely no alcohol detectable, which is impressive at 11.4.

O: This is a pretty tasty brew, and getting better as it warms. Sweet, but not overdone. Much lighter tasting than the alcohol would lead you to believe. Since I'm completely dumfounded here, I'll guess its so sort of American Barleywine, but I don't feel confident about it.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have been looking for this beer for 8 years, finally found it... woo here goes.

Looks like light red with wispy head that leaves some bubbles and lacing. Legit sour ale look.

Smell is complex and rich. I get vinegar, brown sugar and spice, orange, lemon, caramel, and toast.

Taste is superb, phenomenal, just right as far as a good flanders goes. Rich complex sour notes up front with a hit of alc, some burnt toast, caramel, and light fruit. Zest is in there too with some citrus, but its mostly rich and caramely. Some cherry and wine in the background, but its a compliment.

Feel is just right, not too much carb.

Overall I give this a 4.75 cause its that good, whats there not to like about this beer, I cant find anything.

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Photo of PBIU
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, that I was fortunate to find at a bottle shop. Past it's October 2015 best by date so here we go.

Look - Reddish brown color that is surprising clear. Head dissipated quickly, but lively carbonation.

Smell - Sweet Cherries/Dark Fruit and Oak character all the way in this one. Some funk and alcohol legs creep up there as well.

Taste - Sticky and sweet with this one with the dark fruit and cherries taking front stage here. But mid palate you get this nice malt balance. Alcohol is somewhat hidden with it being 10.7%.

Feel - Medium bodied and lively in the carb.

Overall - Fantastic representation of a sour with some added nuance with the cherries. The blending between the two beers works here and I am very glad I found this. I may even go back for another bottle to share at an upcoming party we are hosting. Cheers!

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Photo of kmatlack
2.43/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

At last, the dissident. Been wanting this guy for a while now. Finally landed two of them. 2010 reserve, best after 11-01-11

A- Pours a still red orange with very little bubbles. No head, very clear. Some bubbles riding up the side of the glass.

S- Smells promising. Vinegar, cherries, apple peels, lemon juice. Uh Oh. Southern Comfort...gross. Smells extremely acidic and cherry like. Slight oak notes.

T- Sonofabitch. This tastes like sour Southern Comfort. Cherry zing bouncing all over in my mouth, very little sour, really sweet, bitter oak tannins. No, no, no, this is all wrong.

M- Thin mouthfeel, dry, low carbonation.

O- Nothing pisses me off more than putting a beer up on a pedestal and having it not live up to your expectations. This is the first time i have not liked a sour beer OR a beer by Deschutes. Tragic. FT: The Dissident ISO: Better sours

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cherry brown with a fuzzy 1 inch head

Smell - sweet cherries and sour cherries in the end. The sourness is detected in the smell.

Taste- lots of sweet cherries up front with a cherry brett kick in the aftertaste.

Overall- its very easy to drink and crisp. The tastebuds beg for more. No hint of any alcohol. My fav sour.

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Photo of mnapier
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 50 degrees. Service Glassware, 12 ounce tulip.

Appearance, is burgundy and clear with a medium off white foamy head that recedes leaving an island of head and a ridge-line of lace inside the glass.
The nose is very complex, with a transcinding of oak, red grape, clove, minor brown sugar, and alcohol.
The mouth on this beer is both medium and dances between a slight phenol, a medium sourness, some cloying, and a minor strawberry.

An interesting edition to the Deschute's line of specialty beers. I welcome more, ;)

Cheers

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

On Tap into the tastign glass at SAVOR

A - A good rubby red body with a large foamy head and strong lacing - It looks bubbly and well carbinated.

S - Funky funk - Oaky Oak - and cherries. A great combination of all three and they play nicely together.

T & M & D - The taste has an awesome level of funk to it, the fruits have good tart characteristics without being overly tart and sour. The beer gets nicely oaky on the back end. The whole taste is very well balanced in my opinion and it finishes so smooth becasue of the oak in the back. Great mouthfeel because of a medium light body and great carbination. Very very drinkable.

O - One of my favorites at SAVOR - nuff said

-Cheers

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Photo of hellbilly
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

huge whiff of fresh cherries as the top is popped...

pours crystal clear a red cherry-ish amber color with a one inch pale tan head.

initially lots of cherry in the aroma which fades to unveil metal, blood/iron/mineral, woody vanilla and cement-like bretty funk. it smells fairly sweet (for the style).

i get a lot of cinnamon flavor... along with ripe cherries, vanilla, caramel, toasted nuttiness and mineral-y bretty stink. there's a touch of malty sweetness to start. but, by the time the sip is over my tongue is dried off completely.... thanks brett! it's tart and sour but not overly on either. the aftertaste lingers long into the night as fresh cherries. alcohol does come into play as it warms the sinus and chest the same way wine does... it's quite pleasant. the medium body leans heavily on full. the carbonation gives it a creamy soft mouth feel which coats my mouth entirely yet it is spicy and prickly with a twangy kick.
8/3/8/5/16/4.0 we'll see...

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Photo of 0110x011
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark amber with a tan, foamy head that recedes quickly to a thin collar. Caramel, sour cherries, earth and barnyard funk on the nose. Sour cherry, earth and dark fruit on the palate, with caramel sweetness and a lactic sour twang to balance things out. Finish is dry, and the body is surprisingly full. High drinkability.

This is a unique stab at the Flemish red style, full in body and high in ABV. Rodenbach on steroids. Very tasty.

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Photo of paytoplay
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a lot of upside with 6-18 months of aging. Slight sour but different from other sours, more mild. Almost reminded me or barrel aged sour Lost Abbey brews. Some oak vanilla sweet notes. Didn't do my research to see if this is barrel aged, but it was that boosy quality. Super complex. Lots going on on the mid and finish. To the point where you scratch your head and ask if you like this or not? For me and the others I've shared this with it was a YES! 2008 Bomber.

Notes from Keg are very similiar to the bottle. Another sign of across the board quality.

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Photo of johnd513
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks goes to goodbyeohio for this one!
Smells of sweet and tart fruit with granny smith apples, cranberry, cherry and raspberries. The taste starts very tart and follows with flavors of cherries, cranberries and other tart fruits. The mouthfeel has medium body and has carbonation that tickles the tongue. Drinkability is high. I could not put this down and had no trouble finishing the bottle. This was my first sour beer and it leaves me wanting to try more. Highly recommended to those who want to try something different.

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 650mL bomber. This is the 2012 run of Dissident, drank July 24, written from my notes.

Nose: As soon as the seal was broken the scent of sour cherries hit my nostrils. Very tart, sharp aroma. It's a familiar smell from other sour cherry ales, but Dissident is stronger, sharper than anything else I've had. Lots of cherry here, but not overly sweet - the funkiness is very much there. Some oak, vinegar as well.

Taste: Wow, reminds me of Driftwood's Belle Royale but on steroids. That great cherry sourness hits pretty solidly right away, moderately sweet. Very dry finish and it has a sharpness that I'd liken to extra old cheddar - this last trait is what's unique about Dissident for me. It actually wasn't until I had drank about 200mL that I noticed the ABV - I had assumed it was similar to other sour cherry ales I've had but it was significantly higher at 11.4%. This surely has a lot to do with that sharpness I found.

Overall: Really good if not a little overly acidic for me. I find it so powerful that it has to be a special occasion beer - it lacks the accessibility of some of the less potent sour cherry ales, but accessible is not something it's going for.

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Photo of kasper
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky, cloudy brown with a short creamy tan head that leaves brandy-like lacing as it settles to a ring and some floating bubbles.

S: Aromas of cherries, brett, cinnamon, a funky tang, wet oak and alcohol.

T: Weird. Not what I was expecting at all. Tastes like sour wine -- Mild vinegar, alcohol, and a real dryness the kicks in mid sip. Bit of sour apple. Totally weird. Sourness is kind of lactic.

M: Pretty heavy, slightly grainy like a red wine. Low levels of carbonation, some tingling from the alcohol.

D: I wouldn't call this highly drinkable. The alcohol is strong and I've had a lot more enjoyable sours. It's more acidic than sour.

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Photo of 7ways
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 batch. It wasn't until after I opened it that I saw the best after date of November 2011. I've read the discussions on this kind of dating, and I still think it's a ridiculous concept.

What a beautiful pour! Crystal clear burnished ruby and orange with a vanishing white head. Sometimes it just looks really damn good for no reason. Maybe I'm just thirsty.

The cherry is somewhat obvious on the nose, but it's hidden by slight acetone, salt, and oak. Smells more funky than sour. I'm going to go on record and say that it's really hard to get a good idea of aroma from many wild/sour beers, maybe from lack of head. If I swirl this thing any more it's going to go flat.

There are some great, some interesting, and some not too good flavors in this beer. Very, very complex; it changes a lot from sip to swallow. Mild acetic sourness complements flavors of old wood, sharp black cherry, tart candy, rhubarb, and bitter medicine lingering a little too long on a super dry finish.

Medium full body, and rather low carbonation. It would be nice if there were more bubbles to "wash away" the vinegar.

Nice Flemish sour, but I'd rather have Red Poppy or several Belgians any day.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C: Clear
H: Amber
N: Sour Cherries, Hint of Funk (Bret), and Hint of Booze

First of all big thanks to DimenHetfield for bringing this sexy wax topped bottle back from Cali to share with me.

BEST AFTER 11/01/2011…….AFTER? REALLY? Yep….I never followed directions well. Tough.

Beer was an amazing experience that was subtle sour cherries hints of other berries, and then some funk. A very light beer that reminded me almost of Sour Apple Juice. Good…DAMN STRAIGHT IT WAS! I would buy a few bottles to maybe drink after the date suggested on the bottle. Sadly, we don’t get this beer in Florida and it is a pretty hard bottle to come by otherwise. Regardless this was a class act beer! Great entry level sour.

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Photo of RickSawyer
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to TRIFECTA for this beer.

Pours cola amber,pretty clear. Nice merangue creamy head piles up and falls to an offwhite cap. Smell is full. Dark cherries, fig, bready malt, leather, raspberry, some nice tropical bouquet, pineappley brett notes. Taste begins with a bit of malt character, followed up with pineapple, orange, cherries. Very tart, not overly sour as some wild ales can be. Brett offers a very nice tropical fruity flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy, a bit heavy, lightly carbonated. Solid beer.

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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 LittleBreeze
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dana, thanks for the opportunity.

The coloring makes this a striking beer. Creamy head/lacing adds to the table appeal.

While sour beers aren't my fancy, this is a another beer with a tang that is just down right yummy. There is the "dark fruits"...malt, the wine quality and subtle barrel. Everything is so balanced.

The mouthfeel is light and creamy. Drinkability is pretty high. The 11% is well hidden. If I didn't know better, I'd open another bottle.

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Photo of youbrewidrink
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of scray24.

The aroma was pruney & tangy, the taste was complex with what appeared to be strong cherry & malt. The tartness was perfect and the alcohol well masked. I did however find a less than wonderful after taste that really effected the drinkability, I can't put my finger on it but it really lingered way too long.

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The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.
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