The Dissident | Deschutes Brewery

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4.2/5
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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:
#1,157
Reviews:
521
Ratings:
1,435
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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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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Photo of spav
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Noles9585
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of boisehack
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The only reason I don't rate the beer higher is because I am not that familiar with the style, but I like this beer a lot. The first time I drank it, it was just a sample, at the Bitter Creek Ale House in Boise, and I could barely finish it. But weeks later, for some reason, I wanted more. That was years ago. This is round 2.

Bought from an end cap at the Boise Consumer Coop, poured into a simple pint glass. A product of 2017.

The beer is not brown, like a Newcastle's, but it is more like tawny. You must pour vigorously to get a head on it, and then it is about one-half an inch. That collapses quickly, leaving a persistent skim of tiny bubbles.

The smell reminds me of rotten apples, like when you step in them at the orchard, and you think you have stepped in dog poop, but realize you haven't, because of the sweetness and fruitiness. Awesome characteristics for a beer! It takes me back to when I would stay with my father in the summers in Indiana, and my job was to mow the fields on a riding lawnmower, and there were apple trees in one part, and I would have to cruise through there, and rotting apples would be ejected from the mower, and all these bees would get upset because they were feeding on the fetid pulp and I was intruding on all their fun. Funny how smells can take you back to your childhood.

The taste: It has warmed a bit now, maximum flavor, it's not really vinegary, but certainly tart, and a smokey dried fruit comes in, like prunes, and almost a burnt rubber, not quite though, because of the fruitiness. This teeters on the edge of being bad, but that is what is so cool about it. It is definitely an acquired taste. There are definitely overtones of tannins, and my mouth puckers anew with each small sip, I want it to last. A bit of dried banana? I do not taste the alcohol.

The feel is almost syrupy, sticky, which is wonderful, it keeps the taste going long after the swallow. I do feel the alcohol in my tummy, though.

Two fingers left, there is the faintest of lacing, and very tiny bubbles around the edge, and a diaphanous nebula of something in the middle. And it smells now a bit of Grampa's medicine chest from the 50s (More nostalgia! Odors are incredible that way). There are cherries in this? They have been boiled down to something intense, this ain't no cherry lambic!

I have been playing around with this beer for more than an hour now, and it has to end sometime. I actually feel that I am a different person for having drunk this beer. It is not just a beer. it is a shining example of what folks can do with yeast and bacteria and malt and water. I am assuming hops too. This brew is like a god, and I am a mere mortal, sampling a godly nectar.

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Photo of gandres
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sunday, November 12, 2017 12:50 PM
From tap to taster glass at the Bend BreweryTasting room
Sight: brown liquid, small foam, seems slightly hazy
Smell: fragrant aroma of the barrel
Taste : Excellent, low bitterness, sour but well balance and not overpowering
Mouth feel: very good, good carbonation
Overrall: excellent beer, one of the best

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4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | 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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3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Sabtos
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Burnt red-copper with a thin tan collar.

Smells like bing cherry actually, with raspberry gummies, peppery oak and a touch of acetic acid.

Taste is sweeter at first than expected, yet also comes with a mature burn on the way down. It's very cherry forward, like a sucker, while also a little medicinal and not as oaky as I thought it'd be. Boozier than expected as well--my other half said it was like a vodka drink.

Semi-dry and sticky while also frothy soft with a medium body.

2016 vintage

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Photo of Dr_Fox
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jpb123
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 offering.

This beer is absolutely beautiful. It's clear deep amber to slightly reddish hued color is hypnotizing. It has a small white head that compliments it perfectly by disappearing into its depths, keeping you focused on it's brilliant appearance.

The smell bursts upon the pop and fizz of the cap, intoxicating the surroundings with intense sour vinegar and sweet dark cherries.

The flavor was not at all what I was expecting. A slight hint of vinegar is quickly overcome with dark cherry, molasses, and oak.

The feel is so unique. A tad under cough syrup with a touch of prickly spice, smooth, mild carbonation, sweet and tart, but none of those attributes are overwhelming.

Overall, few beers are worth such a long wait, as this beer has eluded me since its first release. An absolutely phenomenal beer that I would gladly pay the nominal fee again and again for such a treat. I think I'm in love. Cheers!

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Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 1,435 ratings