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The Dissident | Deschutes Brewery

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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:
#1,128
Reviews:
520
Ratings:
1,422
pDev:
10.24%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
969
Gots:
683
Trade:
63
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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Reserve. Scintillating scarlet with topaz colored accents when backlit with sunshine. The firmly creamy golden beige crown was three fingers to start, looks wonderful, and is in the process of laying down a more than respectable array of sudsy lace.

The nose smells exactly like a well-crafted Flanders oud bruin brewed with Brettanomyces should smell. The wild yeast doesn't overpower the base beer and the Washington State cherries manage to have their say as well. This could be yet another world-class ale from Deschutes.

The Dissident was worth the wait. I'm not sure how it tasted fresh, but it's fandamntastic after sleeping in the cellar for the past 24 months. It will probably last at least that long from this point forward, if not longer. Not this bomber, though. This bomber is about to meet its fate in glorious fashion.

The acidity is not off the charts, which is always a boon to drinkability. There are some malt sugars running interference that add an underlying sweetness that one does not often experience in beer of this style. Tangy-tart-sour is still in the lead, as it should be.

This special release tastes more red than bruin (brown). That's probably because of the cherries and the fact that is was aged in Pinot Noir and Cabernet barrels. That intense vinousness and fruitiness is what puts it over the top for me. It's incredibly satisfying when great beer on paper turns into great beer in the glass. Brown bread and cherry preserves and red wine and farmhouse funk... oh my!

Warming allows what was meshing in the first few ounces to mesh even more seamlessly during the rest of the bottle. This offering is so complex that it's difficult to focus on just one aspect in any given mouthful. Best to just let it bathe the taste buds and revel in the result.

The mouthfeel isn't even close to letting down the rest of the beer. It's at least medium-full for the style and is much more lush and creamy than most. By the way, alcohol is buried without a trace.

Even though I had the foresight to buy several bottles of The Dissident back in '08, I was stupid enough to trade away all but this bottle. If I'm lucky enough to have access to the second release (scheduled for next month), that mistake will not be repeated. Bottom line: one of the best of 2010.

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Photo of drewone
3.95/5  rDev -6%

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12/12/10 notes. Brought a growler of this to a local tasting. 2010 batch.

a - Pours a dark amber red color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation

s - Smells of sour cherries and dark fruits, sweet fruit, vinegar, and a hint of oak.

t - Taste follows the nose, but not as sweet. Some sour and tart cherries, funk, and no real oak.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth, I liked the body.

d - I thought this was a really good flanders. Some people thought the first batch was more sour and had mroe oak; I've never had that batch but still really enjoyed this one. Would like to get a bottle of this to compare.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to the kind trader who sent me this one. I had been dying to try it but shut out at all attempts, glad I could finally succeed at one of them! Twenty Two ounce bottle, dipped in wax and served at cellar temperature in a snifter glass. Consumed on 10/05/2008.

The pour was rather interesting. A deep brown color came through almost immediately but with a more then decent reddish tint to it. Almost completely opaque, I was surprised to be honest with how full this one came off right away. Not really much in the way of a head on the first pour, though the second one produced some decent rise to about a half inch that quickly settled down and relaxed.

The aroma was rather nice, not as tart as I would have liked, but still more then decent. Nice notes of sour cherries, a hint of apple and some figs were all quite big here. There was a nice touch of sweetness built into it though that was subtle enough to offer some nice balance to it. The flavor too was very well done. Rich, and quite complex. Started with an interesting rush of grain, nice and full with a decidedly fruity taste. Light touches of cherries, sour apples, and a hint of almost currant like flavor coming through. Some light hoppiness which really came out of nowhere, but was quickly shunned aside by the sour cherry flavor. Long and drawn out finish was very dry and really let the flavor sit on the tongue, letting you take all of it in. Rich and creamy feel was a little bit bigger then what I would normally associate with the style, but still very nicely done. For 11% this one came out of left field. I would have sworn up and down this was no bigger then 6% until I really started feeling it towards the end.

Overall I would say this was a very solid beer. Not the best sour I have had recently,. But very well balanced and nicely put together. Rich enough to be an all-night sipper for sure. Not a bad release here and I would not be opposed to trying it out again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 bottle. 3 days before the "Best after" date. Damn!

Appearance - Very clear red body, which is surprising. Vigorous head on the pour, but the retention is minimal and there's nary a hint of bubbles once it's gone.

Smell - Cherries, oak, and some sour notes. Red wine rounds out most of the flavors. The flavors blend nicely as none are notably stronger than the others. I do think it has a certain intensity that is off-putting, though I can't place it. It might be alcohol, but it's tough.

Taste - As expected from the smell, with a significant dose of oak. Not very sour, really. In fact, it's hardly sour. A lot of wine flavors, cherries, and again an intense flavor that might be alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Drier than most Oud Bruins, but it's not puckeringly dry. Not a lot of carbonation, but it isn't missed. I don't feel the alcohol, although that flavor still eludes me!

Overall - Not as good as I was hoping. Still a good Oud Bruin, but not anywhere near as exciting as some of its counterparts.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Ebenezer's Pub 22oz bomber served cool in a taster - Thanks Chris!

A - A deep hazed bronze w/ red highlights and ecru cap w/ tiny bead + a goodly amount of lace clings

S - The aroma of funk and fruit is strong - light cherry notes w/ a slight red grape skin hint and notes of bitter orange w/ slight grassy odor

M - A dry funked up texture which is phenolic and slightly astringent w/ mild carbonation - the feel has juiced and spiced elements w/ wildness very prominent in the mix and the finish is mildly tannic

T - A mild cherry flavor is noted as lots of brett greets the tongue and has a slight medicinal taste followed by biscuit and grapeskin elements w/ slight stone fruit weaving in and out w/ flavors that overlap w/ a hint of caramel malt as it finishes

D - A great wild ale, it has a nice balance of brett, fruit and subtle bitterness w/ the malt not being forgotten and making the experience pleasurable

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark amber/copper color with a minimal off-white head that has minimal retention.

S: A mild vinegary aroma as you might expect from a Flanders Red/Brown, along with a bit of oak and a mix of sour cherries and malty sweetness.

T: The cherry flavor is more pronounced and provides a balance of sweet and tartness. The vinegar character is moderate and overall the beer is not that sour for the style, nor is the oak all that present.

M: The body is medium with a smooth and somewhat light carbonation.

D: Not my favorite Flemish sour, but a decent representation. Only lightly sour, but a decent balance of sweetness and tartness.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.2/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler provided by mdfb79. Thanks Dan!

2010 Vintage

A: The Dissident appears a light brown hue and very slightly hazy. The beer has an inch of thick head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Cherries, funk, oak, earth, malt, sweetness. The aroma is the best aspect of this beer.

T: Wonderfully complex and well done. However, this vintage is noticeable sweeter and less tart than the initial release. The flavor is still tannic and has some pleasant acetic qualities, but this vintage seems to have lost some of the magic I found in the 2008 bottling.

M: Sweet first, followed by some nice vinegary tart notes. I definitely noticed the bump in alcohol percentage.

D: Less drinkable than I remember, though still very good. I definitely recommend The Dissident, especially if you have the opportunity to sample the first release.

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Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 release bottle care of Joe, reviewed on 3/2/11.

Poured into a sniffer, this brew appears a clear ruby tinted color of copper. A finger's worth of yellowish froth sits atop the brew and fizzes away leaving anspotty amount of lace across th top of the brew. Patches of lace cling to the glass.

The smell of this brew is tart with Brett and cherry notes. A little lactic in character with funk. Quite a bit of evident alcohol. Sulfur notes come across a bit poopy at times with a light amount of woodsy scents. The cherry aspect increases in character as the brew warms with a touch of vinegar.

The taste is tart with a flavor of cherry, lactic notes, Brett and a light herbal hop bitterness. A pretty bold alcohol inclusion hides beneath the cherry that is pitted ad earthy. Some woodsy flavors and light vanilla smoothness runs across the tongue mid palate. A little sulfuric at times and somewhat medicinal when the bitterness mixes with the alcohol and cherry flavor. All together this is quite an earthy brew.

This is a medium bodied offering with modest carbonation. Quite bold with the abv not really hidden much however it is easy drinking. It has quite a clingy wild character that lasts inside the mouth. A good representation of the style but a little young tasting. Enjoyable all around, it's my fault for opening this prior to the best after date, I'm anxious to see how this one developes and enjoy again in a few months.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off thanks Geof spreading your brewery to the other coastline, it adds much beer karma to your repertoire. I'm going to spread as much fan fare as possible for your wedding date in the PAC NW as soon as you respond to my beermail. Thanks for these fine brews and my Dissident sample! It appears a brillant blood burgundy semi clouded body with a a large light khaki head forming fine even bubbled lacing spread evenly with each sip have no worries this brew is refined and ready to roll.

Which leads me to aromatics tart cherries along with peels bringing on the earthiness that can't be denied. Wild funky notes of lactic character which ever infectious strain was added to this brew does so well, I can' t knock any portion of my 22 oz. sample. Semi viscous oak barrel characteristics blend well, continue to add opinions here.

Flavor is ridiculous, consists of mild apple vinegar notes with cherry soaked alcohol infused complexities, this brew is without a doubt one of the most amazing American brewed versions of the style. Tartness catches you by the balls, but an unrelenting version of Flemish style brown ales slaps you around into complacency. Wonderful!

Mouthfeel is of course dry in the finish with huge soaking aspects of brew that will dry your whole palate out before you know what hits you. Thank god the medium body and fuller spritzy carbonation really let's things air out a bit.

Drinkability, poured into my Gulden Draak chalice it let's itself work well upon the overall experience...very tart and dry apple cider notes, I can't express enough fine resilient notes our drying characteristics that offer up one exemplary flavor profile, continue to watch for updates...thanks again Geof, you're the man I'm glad I had a hand in your craft brew love affair.

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Photo of BMart
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a semi-hazy to burnt amber color with a quickly dissipating fizzy white head that left no lacing. The smell had some sour cherries up front with a subtle sweetness to it. Light woody character rounds it out. Subtle acceptable vinous grapes. The flavor rides on the sour cherries with the woodiness coming back dryly. Sticky sweet cherry to woody aftertaste leads into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping to sessionable quality about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the stickiness to build on my tongue, still acceptable for the most part. Overall, I say this was a pretty nicely done Flanders Oud Bruin that I would have again.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of SadMachine
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 1,422 ratings
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