The Dissident | Deschutes Brewery

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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

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1,447
pDev:
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4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deschutes Brewery "The Dissident"
1 Pint 6 fluid ounce brown glass bottle, capped and waxed, "BOTTLED ON 10/17/16"
$19.99 @ Wegmans, Collegeville, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: So I have before me a bottle from 2016. It's been in my fridge for some time but that doesn't change the fact that it's been aged. I should probably have a fresh bottle to review, but whatever, here goes. So it's poured a hazy chestnut brown beneath a limited head of khaki colored foam. There's some acidity in the aroma but mainly it's malty and darkly fruity. I'm getting some oak as well. The head has dropped at this point which is a little disappointing but understandable. It's not as funky as I thought it would be, but it's still certainly pleasant to sniff at. On to the flavor... now I see why it's not that funky, which is just because - it's not the funky. It's malty, and fruity, and I can definitely taste the cherries, but it's only a little tart and surprisingly clean. There's some fig and raisin and apple, and perhaps some red berry as well; and a little bit of earthiness and herbal character to balance that and I assume that's coming from the hops. The base beer reminds me of a Belgian dubbel, but with some extra residual malt. How strong is this? 10.9%?!!! Geez, I don't get that at all. This could be dangerously drinkable! Perhaps it will start to show as I progress through the glass, although there is a general sense that there's some strength to it, just not clear alcohol. Back to the flavor, the malt is caramelish, grainy, sweetish, subtly toasty, and sugary. The cherries come through but I think there's also some fruitiness from the yeast, and there's definitely some Belgian yeast phenols at play. It's more like an Abbey ale with cherries aged in oak than a Flanders Oud Bruin to me, but that's just my take. But does Deschutes describe it that way, as a Flanders-style oud bruin? Let me look it up... no, they don't give a style, just "Ale brewed with cherries, aged in oak.", at least on their website right now. The bottle reads 40% aged in French oak wine barrels" and that works for me. I get a fair amount of the oak in the finish and it helps to dry it along with the listed 25 IBUs (or 30, depending what source you're looking at. And there is some acidity to it as well but it's not that sharp. It's not like that "Oh, I just threw-up a little in my throat" sourness that you can get in some of the really sour beers. So where does that leave this? Well it's still good, and it's much more accessible to most people I'd guess. For myself I'd call it a great sipper to relax with at the end of the night, maybe reading, or maybe just watching TV, or even sitting on the back porch gazing up at the stars. So what did I miss? Medium-full in body, certainly dextrinous, and gently carbonated, which probably has to do with the lack of head retention and lacing as well but I guess that's a trade-off. I'd buy it again as I find it quite unique. It's a special beer, and I don't care that it doesn't match up as a Flander's oud bruin because why should we always just replicate? Maybe "barley wine meets oud bruin" would be a good descriptive sentence for it.
Review# 6,063

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4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

'14 Vintage.
look: hazy orange-copper. Off white modest sized head on the pour that recedes to a film with largish bubbly foam around the edges of the glass.
smell: Big nose with sour notes, malty notes, hints of sweetness, and tart fruit.
taste: The sour and tart notes take a back seat but compliment the malty and mostly dry body.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Reserve

A - Pours a clear reddish brown with a one finger off white head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is tart cherries, red vinegar and

T - The taste is tart cherries, raspberries, plums, brown sugar and oak.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a nice dry finish.

O - This is a well done Flanders. The flavors are spot on and the alcohol hardly noticeable.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 and 2017 vintage side-by-side. very much alike.

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Photo of larryi86
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to y2kawakami for this
22 oz bottle, 2017, poured into a teku

A- A clear lighter ruby red with a two finger off white head

S- Tart cherries with a mild sweetness, some candi sugar, touch of vinager, oak, touch of red wine.

T- Nice balance between tart and sweet cherries leaning a little heavier on the tart side, oak, touch of tannins, some red wine, mild candi sugar sweetness.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A very nice Flanders, cherries are well done. I really enjoy this, the base seems to have a little bit of a Quad like character.

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

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage
Light fizzy head, streaming bubbles, clear light auburn color

Nose nice souring funk, bacteria and acidity, mild toasted brownish malts, toffee maybe and candi sugar, plenty of cherry, sour cherry and little cough syrup, light vinous buttery oak barrel

Taste mild sweetness, candi sugar and a little toffee, toasted biscuity brown malts, big souring fun again, fair acidity flemmy, souring bacteria, tart fruity cherry notes but light, sour cherry, little cough syrup, hint of vinous barrel little oak, sticky flemmy acidic finish

Mouth is med to fuller bod, bit syrupy, acidic flemmy

Overall better than I thought it would be.

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Photo of Grackos
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hoonia
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2017 Dissident - No head to speak of. Burnt orange in color. Smells of sour cherries. Slight effervescence. You can taste the oak. It reminds me of tart sherry. Lots of depth. I love it.

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

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

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

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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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3.37/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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