The Dissident | Deschutes Brewery

1,404 Ratings
The DissidentThe Dissident

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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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Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark mahogany color and has a thin tan head. The nose is tart up front followed by some sweet malts and a bit of musty funk. The taste is similar. A good amount of sour fruits and big candy malts. I would like to see some more funk in both areas, however there is a unique sweetness that makes up for any loss in funk. Medium body is well carbonated. For a 9% sour, this is quite drinkable. Probably closer to a red than bruin, but still quite good. One of the better American versions of this style I've had. Probably could have used more time in the barrels

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Photo of WillClark
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of the 22oz bottle into a couple of goblets a firm reddish brown with minimal head and a super sweet, sultry salty, sour, and savoury scent. Sipping this sublime and sensual offering, a sheer sourness stings true but sees the sunshine on the finish with a spicy and salty sheet with small swallows.

This should be read aloud with a serious lisp.

P.S. this beer is great.

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Photo of buffettfan
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, into a tulip glass.

Poured dark almost red/purple. About an inch of head, decent lacing.

Smell, was fruity, like berries, and a stong cherry scent came out.

Taste was pretty sweet, and fruity, and quite sour. I could taste the cherries I smelled earlier. Had a little woody taste int he finish.

I liked this beer, not one I would drink on a normal occasion, but it was enjoyable.

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

Bought at Whole Foods in Bellevue, WA

A: dark brown/amber color with nice highlights of dark cherry/deep orange. A decent layer head forms from an aggressive pour leaving a 1/2 finger layer of lightly tan colored bubble foam that quickly disappears.

S: Mildly tart aroma...Lactic acid. Not as sour as I thought it would be. some spicy essence here, mostly clove, but also cinnamon possibly. Brandy like alcoholic aroma, with the fermented smell of ripe dark cherries, grapes. There's also an earthy woody feeling to this beer. Quite a lot of layers actually that take time to really appreciate. Take your time taking in the aromas of this one!

T&M: Ooo, I like this...a lot! This is actually quite an awesome beer. Taste is subtle tannins, slightly acidic with a uniquely balance of tart and sweet fruits. Mildly carbonated, easy drinking; not puckering at all. Tartness awakens the taste buds on the first sip, smooths out and provides a wonderful aftertaste of sweet woody cherries, almost wine like.

D: This is kind of similar to a Lambic in that it uses wild yeast, but the degree of sourness is VERY mild compared to beers such as Rodenbach and Cantillon. This is a very easy drinking tart beer that sweetens quickly and flows across the palate leaving you completely satisfied. All I can say is I'm glad I bought 6 bottles of this the day it was released. $60 well spent!

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Photo of Crosling
2.08/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Rusted brick colored brew with a well lasting white head. Really poor nose. Main complaint is the poor concentration and vibrancy and the aromatic elements that are present are mostly unpleasant, brash and unauthentic. Notes of sweet cherries, vanilla and oak are present in the nose, but mostly covered by the unpleasant aromas. Flavor is initially sweet in the front and mid-palate and then fades into a sour harshness towards the finish. Really poorly balanced and brash. Unauthentic and very hard to drink. Some serious problems with this beer: Sterile filtered and force carbonated, aging a portion in wood for only 3 months (not long enough and age the whole beer.) But the bottom line is the flavor and aroma suck. Blah.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brenda was kind enough to head to the store today after I found out the Dissident was finally in Boise... she picked me up a bottle for about $12... the anticipation is over... it's going into my smokestack goblet.

1" head.. good retention.. spotty lacing.. brew is brown until deep cherry juice red highlites are revealed when held to a light.

the aroma is way more complex than I can explain.. acetic.. subtle lactic... some cabernet and wood... fruity without being overdone.. cherries and a little bit of almond.

Flavor is also very complex.. but I'm gonna try. more than enough body to make all of the flavors stick around for a while.. tannic and oakey... but in a good way.. strawberry jam components with some balsamic vinegar.. some winey notes are fleeting.. with each sip something else jumps out at me.. all the flavors are soft yet separate.. very tasty.

the bigger body on Dissident and the fact that it isn't overly sour.. makes this a big drinker.. I am lovin it.


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Photo of GoreStorm
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beautiful ruby-brown color with a large puffy head.

sour and sweet smell

the flavor is the same, a bit of dark fruit. very good. i hope to find more of this stuff.

i could see this becoming a bit viscous and whatever, but i only had one and could see drinking this often.

the 11 percent alcohol doesn't come through that strong for me. delicious and deceptive.

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Photo of Overlord
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Have been greatly looking forward to this. Thanks Liquid Solutions!

Pours a clear brown. Held to the light, some reddish amber hues. Almost no head at first, then it builds to an inch or so of off-white foam.

I like the aroma. Some sour apple and cherry, maybe some barnyard funk lurking about. Taste is sublime, with a strong funky undercurrent that sweeps through everything with barnyard mustiness, but plenty of popping fruit flavors; cherry, unripe apple, and ... a bit of raisiny/pruney sweetness.

Can't taste the alcohol. Mouthfeel is decent. The vinegariness so prevalent in this style of beer is very, very muted.

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Photo of erikm25
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a darkened plum and thick raisined amber. Despite an aggressive pour there was a relatively minor reddish and copper hued head. Lacing was decent and the beer appears very heavy yet vibrant in the glass.

S: Tart cherry and cranberry aroma shocks the nose. A malt and fresh grape smell was thrown in for good measure. A ripened vinegar undertone is present but overall the smell hints that the taste will have some sour goodness.

T: Dominant sour cherry kick at the outset making the overall flavor tart and unique. There is a tinge of peppery vinegar and despite the 9% on the bottle it tastes (and inevitably feels) higher then that. A good balance between fruity bitterness and smoked oak honey. As the beer gets warmer the sweetness increases. I don't drink a lot of wine but it reminded me of the few times I have. I had no idea what to expect but enjoyed the sour and fruity aspects of this beer.

M: This is rather thin and slick in the mouth which is good considering the flavor and sour kick.

D: This beer does not hold back any punches. Maybe a good night cap or after dinner beer. I'm not that bright so it took me a little time to get this bottle open though that is pretty irrelevant. This is the first time I have tried this style and it was a welcome change from my norm. I will probably pick up another for long term storage.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice reddish, brown color with a decent amount of foam. Solid lacing left on the glass.

S: Cherries, sour fruit, other berries, and a hint of sweetness in the nose. Solid. What I would want from an Oud Bruin.

T: This is damn tasty. Damn. Tasty. Cherries, some sweetness, a decent amount of sourness. Not puckering, but close. I would actually love it if this were a bit more sour. Rich in flavor though. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden.

M: Smooth, effervescent, and easy going down. No alcohol burn in this one.

D: Damn. I could throw this down easily. Anytime, anywhere. It drinks smooth, and it drinks way easy. It's delicious, and were it readily available, I would be stocked up on it.

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Photo of BrewMonkey
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Note: Bottle indicates 9% ABV, not 11%.

Pours deep amber to brown with an inch or so of off-white head that recedes somewhat quickly leaving very little lacing behind.

Sourness dominates the aroma, with hints of cherry, berries, overripe fruit, candy and bready yeast.

Flavor is intensely sour and fruity, with loads of cherry flavor and sort of a rasberry sherbert bite on the pallate. Hints of oak barely break through the sourness. Mouthfeel is bubbly and smooth like carbonated juice.

Might be the first beer from Deschutes I did not enjoy, but I do not seem to have a pallate for sour ales, so I've based my scores on my wife's impressions, as she prefers these types of offerings more than I do.

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

Appearance: Ruby/brown with decent head that subsides to a ring of bubbles around my glass, with a baleen whale-shaped hamlet of smaller bubbles grazing in the middle. Not much haze and no sediment.

Smell: Sour cherries, a little tart apricot or nectarine, and some sweet cherry pie!!!! A little funk presence too. This beer was certainly not brewed with Speedstick, as I can smell a couple sweaty socks thrown in for good measure.

Taste: The flavor is predominated by sour cherries. Very tart, and somewhat dry finish. A little cider vinager. Not sourpunch overkill. I like.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium. Carbonation level comes correct, and complements the sour twang and dry finish nicely.

Drinkability: For a sour beer, pretty drinkable. BA claims Dissident is 11% ABV. The bottle says 9%. 9 sounds more accurate, based on the drinkability. Regardless, at a minimum, this should be sold in a smaller bottle in addition to the bomber.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a fluffy light brown head that left decent lacing. Typical Oud Bruin coloring, a deep mahogany. Very appetizing.

S: The first thing I get, besides cherries, is cinnamon and yeast. At this point my mouth is watering.

T: Very similar to Duchese de Bourgogne in execution, with a little more finesse. Tart from the cherries, but not overly so. Next comes the brown sugar, and a little bitt of oak. Almost has some characteristics of a good Monterrey Pinot Noir.

M: Smooth and well balanced. One of the best Oud Bruins I've had in quite a while.

D: If it were cheaper and more available, I would drink it all the time. Highly reccomended.

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Photo of IgotsHops
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was amazing. Gorgeous nut brown with lace and very clear. Begged to be consumed. Smelled sour, with brown sugar and fig. Tasted the sourness upfront, but backed with a solid sweetness of brown sugar, fig, some dark and red fruit, toasty malt, and buscuity malt.
The flavors and carbonation danced around on the tongue, and the layers of flavor kept changing. The mouthfeel was exceptionally balanced with carbonation and viscosity of the beer. Smooth, crisp, warming, and intriguing.
I felt like I was drinking this all night, and not being conservative, but I didn't even finish my snifter. Oddly enough, I felt totally satisfied.
One of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of SexyDrZaius
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Opening this beer was a task and my only one complaint. Once I Scraped enough of the wax off the top to get at the cap and pry it off everything went perfectly.

I poured from my 750 mL bottle into a wine glass.

The color was brown with a touch of red light.

The sent of the beer was roasted malts, cinnamon and some yeast.

This is where I was blown away. From the smell I was expecting something more malty and richer. I was quite surprised. The beer was refreshingly tart. I had read that there was wild yeast on the bottle but I wasn't expecting something this fruity. It tastes like Bananas, Tangerines, a touch of Chocolate, Black Cherries and a lingering yeast on the back of my tongue.

The mouth feel was also great. The beer wasn't too dry and didn't have any noticeable presence of alcohol. Smooth all the way down. Not over/under carbonated.

This beer made me feel just a little like Goldilocks. It was "Just right."

I'm going to be picking up a few more bottles of this guy by the end of the week. Time to share this great find with my friends and family. Not to mentions hoard a little for my self.

NOTE: ABV was 9% on the bottle

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Photo of madtappers
1.9/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

For $10 this has to be one of the worst ales I've ever had, or maybe just not my cup of tea.

Poured with a red color nice whiteish brown head.
The cherry taste is to overpowering and leaves an awful after taste.

Not a very drinkable beer in my opinion.

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Photo of froghop
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear brown with a red tint, small tan head that dissipates quickly, above average carbonation, good lacing.

smell is sour, fruit, malt, alcohol, some woodiness to it.

taste is tart, raspberry, sour malt, oak, ends dry and bitter, leaves the mouth tart.

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

A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a frothy, somewhat large bubbled, initially three-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is dark amber / plum color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, light cranberry color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite wine like as it smells of dark fruit and oak. Further inspection yields a noticeable, but light, lactic tartness that accentuates aromas of sour grapes, tart plums and fermented raisins. The oak is the most dominant part of the nose with spicy oak notes, a woody tannic sort of thing, a touch of butterscotch, and some light vanillin notes towards the finish. This actually gets fairly toasty towards the finish (a bit like lightly browned saltine crackers) that is definitely malt induced but could also be from some toasty oak influence. The fruit aromatics get a touch jam like as the beer warms up a bit too.

Fairly thick and chewy with a tart, fruitiness that sort of clings to the palate, but doesn't provide much, if any at all, sweetness. The oak character seems to have contributed lots of tannic structure that has influenced the body and mouthfeel of this beer. this has quite a bit of berry-accented red wine like flavors to it as well as just a touch of perceived fruity sweetness. The finish has a fair amount of oak influence, but it is only one part of this beer and does not play the leading role that it did in the aroma. The tartness is actually less than it was in the aroma too, even though it was fairly light there. This has a substantial, flavorful, though somewhat soft, sour cherry flavor to it, especially as the beer warms up; both the flavorful tannic skin contributes to the flavor as does a fleshy cherry fruitiness. As it warms it also picks up some concord grape flavors as well as definitely getting more sweet.

This is a really easy drinking sour beer; it is very soft for a wild fermented beer and quite clean. The wine barrels and cherries almost seem to be more influential than the wild bugs, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. This is actually on the simplistic side for something that could have been funky and challenging; on the plus side though it is quite refined. This is fantastically drinkable, especially considering its alcohol content & I definitely like the bright fruit character that is here as well as the balance provided by the oak character.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this brew from the Bier Stein, Eugene, OR. Let's see if it's been worth the wait.

Pours a beautiful deep amber color, with a thin white head that settles fairly quickly, leaving some light lacing. Aroma is an amazing cider vinegar sour, with a hint of a cinnamon. Sour beers can be hit or miss. This one hits it out of the park. I love the sour cider flavor, but the fact that it has some depth to it is what does it for me. Mouthfeel is very crisp, maybe a little thin. Very drinkable, as far as sour beers go. DEFINITELY worth a try.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought from Roths Vista Market,Salem,OR Bright brown beer with a tan head, thats pretty small and bubbly,leaves goodly lace. Marvelous aroma to this one: malty,spicy, fruity( green apple and sour plooms), fresh lemon juice or good vinegar.Lovelly stuff. Tartness,semi-sweet malts compete..with a building yet gracious sourness building to coat the tongue, soor plooms aagain , and a bite of cooking apple/crab apple.Slight "barnyard" and oaky residue . Lovelly and lively on the tongue..great long lasting sourness. Overall a very nice beer. I m far from being even competent in this style..but this was most enjoyable.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap ot O'Brady's on Huffman.

Pours an unusually clear amber ruby color with a decent white head. Nose is next to perfect here with solid tart brett, slight cherry. Taste follows with a good, but not overbearing tartness, less tart than your average oud, but still there for sure. The cherries in here both compliment the tartness as well as balance it out with a little bit of sweetness. Could be just a bit richer. Although very subdued for the abv, the alcohol is here does battle just a bit with the tartness. I like the use of the barrels in this, as they compliment it quite well, especially on the finish. Big thanks to Gary and the deschutes crew for ignoring the cries of us impatient craftlovers and leaving it in those barrels until they thought it was done. Mouthfeel is quite nice, nothing unreal about it, but a good solid representation. Drinkability is very good, and quite dangerous, as this one drinks like your average belgian oud bruin, but is quite high in content for the style. The 9 (11?)% alcohol in this beer is very well hidden.

Overall, I like it. It is not the most amazing oud bruin in the world, and the bottles (to be reviewed later) are quite spendy. What is most exciting about this oud bruin to me, is that it is a very fine representation of the style, (despite the high abv) and it is brewed in america. I am glad we are starting to see some breweries getting some good flemish style ales on the market. It shows much promise for the future of american brewing, as far as the somewhat more obscure belgian styles. A good beer, and a solid representation of the style (aside from the beefed up abv!) haha.

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Photo of largadeer
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 batch:

Appearance: 22 oz bottle dipped in crimson-colored wax, which is ridiculously thick. Awesome label and presentation. The beer itself pours a dark but clear reddish-brown with two fingers of off-white head forming from a vigorous pour. The beer is just barely transparent in my tulip glass. Head retention is decent for the style.

Smell: Funky, horsey brett is apparent as soon as my bottle has been uncapped. Once it's actually in my glass, the tart aroma of cherries is evident as well along with a hint of red wine.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tart cherries through and through, it's far and away the dominant character. Sourness and acidity are fairly spot-on for the oud bruin style, which is to say that they're in balance with the rest of the flavors rather than being completely in-your-face like a lambic. Sweetness is minimal, faintly present in the background, tasting more like remnants of fructose from the cherries rather than from the malt. The use of wine barrels for aging is most evident in the finish, where for a moment it actually fools you into thinking that you're drinking a glass of pinot noir. Acetobacter is practically non-existent here, which is absolutely a good thing in my opinion. The mouthfeel is pleasantly light and dry, perhaps slightly tannic from oak aging.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable. I'd never guess this was 9%, and with expertly balanced acidity this goes down far too easy.

Overall: I'm impressed. Deschutes has managed to create a beer of surprising authenticity, quite a feat given that this is their first attempt at the style.

2010 batch:

Boozy and astringent, though still decently complex and fruity. Not as enjoyable as the previous release.

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

22 oz brown bottle with a raspberry colored wax applied very thick

pours an amber color, clear as if it is filtered, with a small white head.

smell is tart, brett, acidic, woody, everything I have come to love about flanders oud bruin style

taste is tart up front with a sweet and sour cherry background. midpalate i get some slight funkiness from the brett but I cannot help but feel like this is underdeveloped and will greatly improve with aging. the finish is clean and crisp.

This one is definitely drinkable now, i put down the entire bomber in an hour or so and could have had a second one if they werent 9.99 each.

I think this one will hold up well, and even improve, with some time in the cellar. definitely worth seeking out and trying.

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Photo of bifrostguard
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Note: This 22oz bottle is 9% not 11%

A - Pours a deep, translucent brownish amber color with a small light colored tan head that subsided fairly quickly. Somewhat effervescent.

S - Very interesting. Smells of fermented cherries, brown malt and has some subtle wine characteristics.

T - Sour cherries and acidic flavors dominate in the beginning. They eventually transition into a bitter alcohol end. This gets more interesting the further down the glass you go. The tartness from the cherries and oak from the aging really begin to balance each other out quite nicely.

M - Good for a sour beer with some nice carbonation

D - For the style this is pretty drinkable. The alcohol content will prevent you from drinking a large volume of this stuff and the flavor doesn't seem to fade too much with the quantity consumed. A bomber is about perfect.

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

22oz bottle

This beer pours auburn with a small amount of foam.

The aroma consists of sour cherries, pits, whiskey, brett, fructose, baker's chocolate, and purple grapes.

The taste is nicely tart, with a surprisingly assertive bitterness on the finish. All the aforementioned characteristics are clearly perceptible, along with a distinct cranberry flavor.

Overall, this is an excellent beer that will undoubtedly get better and better as the years pass.

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The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,404 ratings.
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