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The Dissident | Deschutes Brewery

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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): 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:
500
Ratings:
1,344
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.34%
 
 
Wants:
969
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661
For Trade:
56
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Photo of dar482
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark rusty reddish brown.

The aroma has tons of tart cherries, vinegar sourness, some alcohol.

The flavor follows with a punch of "old" sour cherries, vinegar, some caramel and toffee sweetness, oak, and then a hit of alcohol.

The alcohol is decently hidden, but still shines through as something that is quite big. 11% is not a huge surprise however. I prefer the beers in the style to be less alcoholic and more refreshing. Still a wonderfully complex and delicious beer.

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Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at a little bottle share at Tree House Brewery. Reviewed from notes. This is a 2010 vintage.

A - Poured into a Tree House glass a clear light mahogany with a thin, thin head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Very nice sour cherry notes along with a very, very light barnyard funk. Quite mellow with age.

T - Taste is solid, like the nose, with sour cherries and funk. That being said, its not nearly as sour as I was expecting it to be (which is a shame as it smelled like it was going to be puckering).

M - Mouthfeel is spot on, just spot on. The age has knocked down some of the carbonation resulting in a brighter, crisp, tart brew. Good.

O - Overall, this was a tasty beer from Deschutes. Wish it was more sour but it was still worth checking out.

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Photo of corby112
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a deep, dark ruby red/chestnut brown with mahogany edges and and a frothy 1.5 finger off-white head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Minimal splotches of lacing left behind.

Wonderful earthy oak aroma with a subtle hint of vinegar as well as hits of tart cherry, dark berries, oak and vanilla.

Medium bodied with slightly funky tartness. Puckering but not too much so with no acidity. It's more sweet really with lots of vinous dark fruit. Hints of grape, dark cherry, raisin and plum. Well balanced with earthy oak and a prominent vanilla character. Complex, well balanced and very quaffable.

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

A: Poured a orangish color with good carbonation at first but shortly fell flat

S: Sour, wild and tart cherries mostly

T: Tart of course but its dominated by fresh, wild cherries, sour and unripe cherries, vinegar, wood, Earth

M: Tart, medium body, light booze sting and acidic

D: Good for the style and easy to drink.

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Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 version. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear reddish brown with just a thin ring of khaki head that had no retention or lacing. The aroma was slightly sour with a hint of cherries, or other stone fruit, and just a whisper of grains.

There was a more noticeable taste of fruit and grain on the tongue. There was some sourness, but not as much as I was expecting. The body was far too thin, I want a Bruin to be full-to-heavy. Drinkability was nice, I shared a 22 with a friend and we could have easily drank another.

Overall, a very nice, but not great, brew. If you can grab a bottle go ahead, but don't knock yourself out trying to get one.

Edit 1/19/11: Just tried this on tap and it was a bit more sour than the bottle, but I still found this years version to not be up to level established by the first release.

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

I picked up a few bottles at Supermarket Liquors in Ft Collins. They went for $10.29 a bottle..

Damn wax.
This pours a clear dark copper colour with a small and quickly shrinking head of foam. Despite the lack of a lot of foam, there's some good lacing.

The smell has a very good pronounced sour nose along with notes of cherries. oak, more dark fruit, and some sweet malt.

The taste has a strong sour cherry flavour up front that's hitting my tastebuds very nicely. More dark fruit flavours pour in and I'm getting some of that Brett funk mixed in along with a light but right for me presence of oak. The more I sip, the more I notice the tartness and what I'm not noticing is the alcohol. Wow. This is 9%?? You could have fooled me because it's an easy drinker.

Mouthfeel is on the low end of medium, the carbonation is light, and it finishes with the cherry sourness and some light funk. Yum. I haven't had a lot of experience with Oud Bruins but Deschutes definitely made this one to my liking. Well done.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.74/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2010 release

A: Very little head poured into a tulip. Very clear. Color has picked up some orange; no longer the bright red color it was on release.

S: Strong, bright cherry aroma. A little plum.

T: Very, very different from previous bottles of this vintage that I've opened. Fruity, but also somewhat medicinal. I have memories of really pleasant brett notes that are mostly missing here.

M: Very low carbonation, by the end of the glass pretty much flat. Moderately dry. Good linger.

O: I'm not sure what's going on here. 6 months ago, on release, it was drinking really nicely. Now it's practically flat and sweeter and less bretty. I bought one bottle of this vintage separately from the others, a couple weeks after the release. I wonder if perhaps this is that bottle and it was mishandled.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 650ml maroon waxed bomber poured into tulip 7/9/13, cheers Rutager for the bottle

A murky dark amber, looks thick with bubbles struggling to get to the surface, short lived finger of foam leaves no lace

S wet wood, cheesy funk, cherries and raspberries, brown sugar, vinous notes, more earthy funk and some vanilla and spice I can't place

T caramel and a little booze but considering it's 11.4% I'd say it's well concealed, wet funky wood and sour fruit

M full bodied with mellow carbonation, slick on the palate with just a little heat, funk and brown sugar linger

O a nice mix of funk, fruit, sugars and barrel, hard to believe only 20% of this was aged on wood, something I'd look for again and I'd love another bottle to age as I could see the funk coming out down the road

I rather liked this brew and would love to try an aged bottle or other vintages, in all honesty the only reason this one made it past its best after date is I forgot I had one

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Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via Growling at the Moon from swnicholson. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Harpoon tulip, formed a 1 1/2" beige head over the cloudy reddish copper brew. Head continues to grow for awhile before slowly starting to fade, with chunky lacing. Aroma is bubblegum and tart cherries. Taste starts sweet, has a powerful tartness in the middle, and a lightly smoky clean close. Mouthfeel is effervescent, and drinkability is good also. Very impressed with how the sour stays in the middle, and doesn't dominate the entire flavor experience.

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Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light acetic acid forms the initial aroma, with vinous notes, oak, and a touch of funk adding complexity. The cherry is subtle in comparison.

Slightly phenolic flavor. Wish it were more sour.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce wax capped bottle, 2014 vintage, best after date of 10/27/15, 10.7% ABV. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy reddish/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there isn't much lacing at all. The brew smells like tart cherries, red grapes/wine, oak, and some figs. Taste is similar to the aroma, there's tart cherry, oak, red grapes/wine, and some green apple and vinegar flavors noticeable. This is a brew that you don't want to drink too cold, I thought it only got better as it warmed up (and I took it out of the fridge for about 10 minutes before opening it). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and a bit coating with low/moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, I'll have to pick up a newer vintage of it! $14.99 a bomber.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says Best After 8/20/13

A- Pours a semi-murky reddish light brown color with a 1/8 inch light tan head that's short-lived and soon dissipates to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Aroma is bursting with lactic acid bringing notes of tart cherry, sour apple and wine-like alcohol fumes.

T- The oak comes through wonderfully in this beer as it meshes with the fruit and tartness to create a balanced and drinkable combination. Not incredibly sour and the alcohol is masterfully hidden. I almost wish there was just a tad more flavor but this pretty much hits the spot. Semi-astringent oak aftertaste.

M- Slight pucker but quite quenching. Low carbonation and a medium body.

O- This is one knockout of a sour but it's so subtle in its execution. A slow sipper but every one is a delight.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In review, a 2010 vintage.

A - Pours and amber red color with a light white covering and soapy white lacing ring.

S - Cherry tartness with light to moderate funk.

T - Tart bitter cherries from start to finish with some light caramel malt base mixed in, mild tart bitter finish, oak.

M - Medium to heavy medium body, light pricklies on the tongue, the tartness makes the tongue water on the side with a dry finish on top. Ends with tart/sour cherry coating and lingering bitterness.

O - Aged nicely.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Brothers Craft Brewing during Resolute Day. The fruit and tart funk stand out in the nose, and follow in the taste. Perfect level of tartness goes with the cherries. This is very well done!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Here comes like up until Flanders Giant, the biggest Flanders I've ever seen. Looks like one of those cool west coast orange ipas. Fine, 1/5" head. Aroma was of cherries, citrus and oak. Enjoyable and saliva inducing.

Taste was probably somewhere around a 4 on the 1-10 sour scale. Lots of malt underneath some citrus, vanilla, wood notes. Almost grape skin like feels.

This is like equal parts wild ale and flanders. Definitely too big for tradition. Fun, but its the same price as Oude Tart, so this prolly won't be a repeat too often for me.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle of the 2014 vintage. Served in a snifter glass 1/18/2016.

Pours a clear, dark ruby red body, one finger white head, minimal retention, no lacing. Smells of plastic Twizzlers. Actually that's about it. Not much else in terms of complexity. Minimal acidity, not much barrel. Flavour is cherry, plastic, licorice, dark fruit, mild acetic presence, not a whole lot else. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit sticky, low in carbonation. This one disappointed quite a bit, and well, definitely doesn't live up to the billing from past vintages.

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Photo of tigg924
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear, reddish-brown in color with 1/3 inch head. Smells like fresh fruit. Taste is amazing: cherry--dark and sweet, cedar, and sour mix. Light bodied, airy, moderate carbonation, and slightly sour. Super smooth. A Flander Oud Bruin has no business being this smooth. This beer just jumps out with flavors. One of the best examples of a style that I like. Well worth seeking out--super tasty.

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

poured into tulip glass.

2010 vintage.

Appearance: mahogony red bodied beer with a thin white head. Drops to a thin cap.

Smell: Vinegar, fruity, cherries, a wierd plastic note.

Taste: Cherrys, and white grapes. Mild vinegar and a mild tartness. Malty backbone that is eqaul to or stronger than the sour notes from this beer. Its got a plastic flavor it it as well.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation.

Overall: It was decent, but I was a little bit dissapointed by this beer. I think I need to try a fresh bottle to give it a fair shot.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015. Tons of cherry and mild pith. Lot's of vinous notes. Woody and malty with enough acetic character for balance. Pretty nice stuff that lives up to the hype.

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

Big thanks to grub for opening this on Day 1 of the 2008 Biergotter Tasting.
Deep tawny amber, clear, with a bit of a reddish hue. It had a sticky beige cap that left some spotty lacing on the glass. A bit sharp on the nose, mildly acetic but quite tart overall. Slightly earthy with some cinnamon spiciness and light horsey funk. The flavour was full of tart fruit and berry, some earthy brett and dried fruit towards the end. Oak and vanilla, plus a bit of molasses appeared as it warmed. Medium to light bodied with average carbonation. The bubbles were quite light on the palate though, giving it a smooth texture. Nicely balanced, quite a mellow sour (at least after the other monsters we imbibed).

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

I got bottles of this from some kind BA's - Chris, John, Joe, thanks a bunch! Out of my cellar and into my Duvel tulip

A: Crystal clear ruby red with some visible carbonation. A finger-thick beige head caps this beer, leaving some lace in it's wake. Exceptional clarity.

S: Wonderful vingegar sourness with some horsey funk present. While this does not smell syrupy, there's plenty of sweetness to balance things out, oak and vanilla dominate. Fruity with sour cherries on the nose. The acetobacter has had time to get a hold of this brew, yielding a sharp acidity to the nose. Pretty darned good!

T: Wow! Puckering acetic character up front with a solid vanilla and oak component to balance things out. Cherries are present with a very pleasing fruity tartness. Acetic on the finish with oak present. Tannins don't stand out but they're present, providing a counter to the vanilla sweetness and the tartness. Pretty darned good, maybe a little too acetic? But that's nitpicking, really.

M: Medium-to-light in body, moderately carbonated with a dry, tart finish.

D: At 9%, it just might be a little too strong for it's own good , but will I be one happy camper after this bottle!

**Edit 20 Oct 2012**
2012 release, 11.4% ABV.

The nose is quite vinous and sour, with a blend of tannic red wine, strong acidity and a mild funk. The cherry character is sharp as well, and almost currant-like. Some cinnamon-like spiciness is also present. A lot of fruity sweetness forms the backbone for this beer.

The palate is not that great. Dark cherries, mildly medicinal bitterness, a moderate sourness that's a blend of acetic and lactic acid, a little meaty too. There is a sweetness to this beer, again, rather medicinal and slightly artificial. Moderately funky with a strong Brett character, there's a little bit of clove and some grass/hay notes that don't necessarily work in a dark sour IMO, especially considering how fruity and vinous this beer is. The cocoa character is nice. Drying on the finish, vinous, fruity and mildly tannic with a lingering cherry pit bitterness, this beer is medium-light in body and rather highly carbonated. The alcohol is well-hidden, but ultimately, this vintage is disappointing.
4/3.5/2.5/3/3

**Edit 22 Oct 2012**
Drinking my last bottle of the 2008 vintage after the disappointment that is the 2012 vintage.

This pours a whole lot clearer, and smells and tastes a whole lot better too. Well balanced with a blend of funk that's spicy and mildly grassy (much less so than the new vintage), a mild sour cherry aroma and some vinegar and lactic acid. A mild sweetness with a little cocoa/smoke character is also present. Cherry skin character is noticeable, and I'm impressed and happy with how low the vinous notes are in the mix

The palate opens with a refreshing tartness that's a blend of red wine vinegar, cherries and a little lactic acid. Less vinous, less sweet, less fruity and less grassy than the new Dissident (and for the better), this is a well-balanced beer. Mildly spicy with some clove and a little cinnamon, this beer is mildly sweet on the finish with a nice, cleansing acidity that's bright and refreshing. Moderately carbonated, this beer feels good on the palate. Solid, good even, though it has fallen off from its peak.
4/3.5/3.5/4/3.5

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Photo of sweemzander
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best after 11/01/11. I got this almost a year ago in a trade and I cannot remember from whom; thank you whoever you were!

(A)- Pours a hazy crimson red color. Some white froth and lace.

(S)- A nice oaky tart cherry leather and tobacco character to it. Nice and dynamic with out being sweet. Very subtle funk.

(T)- Heavy on the oak but a dense cherry fruit to it with some subtle Brett and band aid character. Some tartness, but subtle.

(M)- A good carbonation level to it. A decent balance too, but slightly strange and medicinal.

(D)- A decent flanders, though I think it still possibly needs more time to develop better. The medicinal note became more and more prevalent as it warmed.

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

Big thanks to grub for opening up this one, good thing I have a few bottles waiting at my parents place. Day 1 of insane DrJay visit epic tasting.

Pours a clear reddish orange, light brown hues, eggshell head forms, thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick around. Smell is neat, brown sugar, sour fruit, oak, vanilla, alcohol, cherries and strawberries, cinnamon spice and some raisins, pretty cool, nice sourness. Taste is very fruity, oak, brown sugar and vanilla, honey, sour fruit, cinnamon and a neat spiciness, sour fruit in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Very nice stuff, need to have it again though, it was in some tough competition that night. Thanks Russ!

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

2010 22oz bottle poured into my Deschutes Snifter glass.

A - Pours a reddish/orange with a light tan head that forms only on one half and along the edges.

S - Lots of cherries, plum, and some berries.

T - Cherry, plums, and orange.

D - Low sweetness, mild sourness. Lots of carbonation.

O - A great sour, nice balance.

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

What a vibrant orange color, looks like an awesome ipa! A little amount of head to it, no lace. Great sour aroma, cherries, orange, oak.

Taste, wasn't the sour bomb I was expecting, balanced I guess, tartness and sour is there, but I wouldn't describe it as dry. Hides the alcohol quite nicely, aspect of vanilla in there.

Would love to try this again, had a bit of a stomach virus when I had this, and it took away from the overall enjoyment I suspect. A little pricey.

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The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,344 ratings.
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