The Dissident | Deschutes Brewery

The DissidentThe Dissident
BA SCORE
91.6%
Liked This Beer
4.2 w/ 1,411 ratings
The DissidentThe Dissident
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:
#1,103
Reviews:
516
Ratings:
1,411
Liked:
1,293
Avg:
4.2/5
pDev:
10.24%
Alströms:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
971
Gots:
680
Trade:
62
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,411 |  Reviews: 516
Photo of Budlum
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DaverCS
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light Amber color with moderate carbonation and a 1/2 finger of head.

Aroma is very earthy with ample barrel character. No distinct cherry on the nose, more of a sweet malt concentrate poured over oak chips. Some funk also is present.

Taste is sweet and on the thicker side. Mild amount of tartness, which feels more influenced by the cherries than true lactic tartness. A solid amount of wood character melds with a surpringly high level of malt sweetness. The finish is slightly bitter with a continued sweetness.

Overall, this is a unique beer that lends itself to those that prefer tartness to be balanced with sweetness. It's a pleasant beer that leans a bit too much on the sweet side for me. Good barrel character, but the overall beer is neither refreshing nor incredibly complex, warranting extended sipping. I see it pairing well with pulled pork tacos with pickled chili peppers. It gets a 84/100.

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Photo of madelf66
3.1/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For purpose of tge review, a 2014 vintage was sampled after 3 years of cellaring.

Appearance - The beer poured with a red- hue and an off-white head.

Smell - The nose reminded me of a dry cherry wine, with oak sidetracking the sweetness.

Taste - The initial taste was oaky, peppery cherry. As it balanced out, the taste makes me think of barrel aged twizzlers with a hint of spice. There was a definite warming presence with a dry kick in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The beer was full bodied with carbonation that survived the aging. The alcohol was well masked.

Overall - I am not certain if the extra three years of cellaring did this, but I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of onlymurderers
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage.

Look: One finger brown-white head, red-orange body.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Cherries, raspberries, plum, brown sugar, oak, some cinnamon, some mild caramel, some lemon.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation, quite tart and acidic, but also mildly sweet. You can barely tell the alcohol is there, this tastes like a 5%.

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Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jtk21351
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of vfgccp
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewSTL
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AMarkle6524
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dustin22martin
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maz
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Vonerichs
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky reddish brown with a lot of floaters, especially the second pour. Decent 1/2" of head when poured into the tulip, good retention.

Strong nose of cherries, tannins, and brown sugar.

The tart cherries taste great. There's a dry sweetness about it. Tannic. Wood.

Full body with spot on carbonation. It's boozy and the carbonation cuts it well.

A fantastic flanders that really showcases the cherries.

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

Photo of Casey_L
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Jacobus79
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjgiant
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 10/2016 (6 months old):
Pours a lovely clear ruby color, with the thin head dissipating fairly quickly. Random bubbles meander to the edge before popping. Obviously no lacing. This beer should be decanted, as there is a definite cloudy/muddy haze on the finishing pour.

Nose is huge on the cherries, a nice tart versus sour or sweet, and almost exactly what I think of when I think of cherries. There is also a light vanilla and an almost imperceptible woody note that offer enough of a contrast to differentiate from cherry juice. Deeper whiffs bring these together and can give the impression of a semi dry red wine with a little raisin. There is also evidence of alcohol.

The beer starts off with the wood being more prevalent than the nose led me to expect. It still plays second fiddle to the cherry, but hits first before yielding the front of the stage. A clean, crisp feel also yields other notes from the nose - vanilla, wine grape, and a definitive alcohol presence. Side note: on the last pour mixed with the top pour, the flavors mellow a tad, including the alcohol. A little less exciting and clean, but also a little softer.

The flavors I experienced are like I read them from the bottle. Cherries are a huge part, but the wine barrel gets its say as well. The almost 11% ABV doesn't go unnoticed either. A very nice beer that I think might be even a little nicer with a bit less alcohol.

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dactrius
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage

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The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 91.6% out of 100 with 1,411 ratings
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