The Dissident | Deschutes Brewery

1,407 Ratings
The DissidentThe Dissident

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 AndyEdgar
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Beejay
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

I got two bottles of this, one each from Skourtis and Wasatch. Thanks guys! Since I got the chance to try this at the Belgian Beer Fest I knew I would like it, so one is going to the cellar and the other is being consumed right now.

Took me awhile to pry the wax off of this one, but finally got it open and poured it into a tulip. A mahongey colored body with more red than brown in it. About two fingers of beiege head that doesn't seem to have a ton of retention, but leaves some sheets of lacing on the glass.

Some sweetness that is both malty and fruity. A touch of sourness and a little bit of oak.

Up front is a good dose of tartness and sourness that couples with a slight fruitiness. This combination brings sour cherries to mind. The middle is noticeably malty, with some light cereal and caramel notes, neither of which are especially strong or overpowering. The finish is where to oak flavors come through. Woody with a touch of vanilla to it. Aftertaste is a mix of sourness and wood. I swear there is a touch of bubble gum-type flavor in there too. A very good beer, just as I remember my 2oz sample being the first time I tried it.

On the heavy side of light bodied, but still pretty light. Highly carbonated, which works pretty well with this one. A quality mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable beer. Tasty, sour, and balanced. Not as good as Red Poopy, but still a damn good oud bruin.

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Photo of Overlord
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Have been greatly looking forward to this. Thanks Liquid Solutions!

Pours a clear brown. Held to the light, some reddish amber hues. Almost no head at first, then it builds to an inch or so of off-white foam.

I like the aroma. Some sour apple and cherry, maybe some barnyard funk lurking about. Taste is sublime, with a strong funky undercurrent that sweeps through everything with barnyard mustiness, but plenty of popping fruit flavors; cherry, unripe apple, and ... a bit of raisiny/pruney sweetness.

Can't taste the alcohol. Mouthfeel is decent. The vinegariness so prevalent in this style of beer is very, very muted.

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Photo of bsp77
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Bright brownish-amber with almost a pinkish hue. Not much head or lacing after the initial pour.

Smell: Tart cherries, brown sugar, pepper and a light farmhouse funk. Overall impression of vinegary olives - per my wife but I agree.

Taste: Strong cherry, with a biting tartness. More biting than truly sour. There is both an underlying caramel sweetness and an underlying peppery dryness, which complement one another nicely. Strong oak finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, slightly smooth medium body, tart and dry finish.

Overall: I used to think this had too much cherry. After more experience with sours and cherry flavors, I can emphatically state that this is an exceptional beer. Not the epitome of the style, but the barrel aging is great.

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

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 1: Sour/Wild Ales. i contributed this one, scored in a recent trade with westsidemiller. thanks steve!

22oz bottle topped with burgundy wax. sampled nov 27/08.

pours reddish brown with a bit of haze. a small yellow head forms, dropping fast and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is good. lemon. bit of malt vinegar. white bread and crackers. dark fruit. bit of citrus.

taste is good. light caramel sweetness. dark fruit. bit of light citrus. touch of lemon. very light vinegary component. light alcohol. bread and cracker. bit of biscuit.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. restrained sourness and funk. good balance. hides the 9% alcohol fairly well. good stuff!

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Photo of archero
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

2010 reserve. Best after 11/01/11 but I'm choosing to have it 01/11/11. Who cares?

The wax is pretty but a struggle to get off. The cap congradulates me with the words 'bravely done' printed on the inside.

Served cool into my Watou goblet, the Dissident is a glowing golden red color with just a slight haze. The head is fizzy and settles quickly, no lace.

The aroma is sweet and sour with promisses of sour cherries and brett yeast. A little vanilla comes through too.

The flavor is really nice - a perfectly blended combination of mild Belgian brown ale and a sour cherry lambic. Tart without being puckeringly so and a really nice balance of sweet, sour, tart, and bitter. Probably in that order too. It finishes pretty dry as the alcohol evaporates off the tongue. The only hint of it's strength being in the gentle warming of my chest.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with just enough carbonation to get by. Good balance and almost no evidence of it's high alcohol content.

Not as intense as I expected (or as some may have hoped) but it's a very drinkable 10.5% sour ale. One worth having now and saving away for years to come.

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4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of herman77
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from notes on 12/10/10. On tap at Pracna

A: Reddish brown with a very small white head. No lacing.

S: A bit sour with tart cherries and a bit of funkiness to it.

T: Sour with more tart cherries and sour green apple. A touch of carmel maltiness. The finish has an olive juice like taste, very odd, but surprising good.

M: Medium to lighter body, moderate carbonation. Very slick feeling.

D: More of a sipper and you definitely gotta be in the mood for this one. A 10 ounce pour was enough for me.

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Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of woemad
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Pint served on-tap at Hill's in Spokane for $6 as Eastern Washington mounted an improbable comeback against North Dakota State and won in overtime, advancing to the 1-AA semifinals. Go Eagles!

Poured a reddish brown that took on an almost raspberryish hue when held up to the light. Very little head, and what there was disappeared fairly quickly, but I didn't expect much given the style and alcoholic potency.

Big nose on this one. Tart cherries, figs, pears, vinegar, a little bit of oakiness and a whiff of farmhouse funk.

Not as sour tasting tasting as I was expecting, though the fruity sweetness I noticed in the scent was pretty well bulldozed as well. While there are some sour elements, the most overriding flavor characteristic was a pucker-inducing tartness. Vinegar flavors were present, but with a low enough intensity that they melded well with the tart, fruit flavors. No hop flavor to speak of, probably the first time I've ever found that to be the case when drinking a beer from Deschutes.

Medium bodied, with a prickly yet coating mouthfeel.

Definitely not a session beer, but very pleasing on a stand-alone basis. This would probably make a good counterpoint to an overly sweet dessert. If you dig tart, Belgian-style beers, this is a good choice.

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Photo of Crosling
2.08/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Rusted brick colored brew with a well lasting white head. Really poor nose. Main complaint is the poor concentration and vibrancy and the aromatic elements that are present are mostly unpleasant, brash and unauthentic. Notes of sweet cherries, vanilla and oak are present in the nose, but mostly covered by the unpleasant aromas. Flavor is initially sweet in the front and mid-palate and then fades into a sour harshness towards the finish. Really poorly balanced and brash. Unauthentic and very hard to drink. Some serious problems with this beer: Sterile filtered and force carbonated, aging a portion in wood for only 3 months (not long enough and age the whole beer.) But the bottom line is the flavor and aroma suck. Blah.

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Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of einman
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Duffman79
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | 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 jampics2
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bottle from the first release, savored in Montego Bay, Jamaica almost 2 years after it departed the Deschutes brewery. Yeah, I brought a sour beer with me on my honeymoon. This was a great change of pace from drinking pinky-up frozen concoctions and Red Stripe.

Into a snifter (probably meant for Appleton, but, hey, at least I had some decent glassware), the beer looks a brownish orange color. There are also some red and maybe even yellow highlights around the edges. The head retention is really nice and overall the Dissident is a winner in terms of appearance.

The smell is amazing - there is a ton of brett going on, lending a wild edge to the sour cherry base. Notes of spicy oak, lemon and green apple make this deep and very intricate. There's just a touch too much wood for my liking, but it's very pleasant in adding tannins, vanillin, and mild toast. That continues to the taste. A fantastic Flanders Bruin with all the requisite flavors and some great malty grain to anchor things down. Like all things in life, personal preference plays a role in our beer reviews. This beer fits well within the style, but the oak is just a touch heavy-handed to my palate. That being said, someone who likes a lot of oakiness in their Flanders Bruin would have found a new favorite beer. And they're perfectly in the right; it's just not an exceptional smelling or tasting beer to me as that oak dominance makes some smaller notes get swept up.

The beer manages to come off as rich in my mouth, but the carbonation is a touch heavy. Still, its medium body and lack of any perceivable alcohol make it a winner. At 9%, this beer has brought a ton of vast flavors that make it rich and delicate, while the prominent sourness, wood and wild edges make it brash and bold. That duality makes the Dissident something every sour beer fan should try.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Finally after years on my wants list,got one in shoprite fairless hills.

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Photo of seeswo
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev -3.8%

The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,407 ratings.
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