The Dissident | Deschutes Brewery

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The DissidentThe Dissident

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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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

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Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz, red wax sealed bottle, 2014 Reserve edition, coming in at 10.7% ABV. Not going to bother with the 'Best After' suggestion on this one.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium bright orange-brick amber hue, with one finger of soapy and bubbly ecru head, which leaves a wash of melting iceberg lace around the glass as things gently subside.

It smells of bready, crackery caramel malt, sour cherries, vinous red grape juice, ethereal yeasty white cheese, a tame musty funk, lemon vinegar, and a soft leafy, earthy hoppiness. The taste is big bready, and mildly doughy caramel malt, underripe bing cherries, mushy strawberries, a touch of astringent wood, real vanilla, more mixed and moderately soused black orchard fruit, a rather subtle earthy and musty, cheesy funkiness, and pretty innocuous leafy, floral, and faintly perfumed hops.

The carbonation is pretty low-key, just a plainly supportive frothiness abounding, the body a decent medium weight, and more or less smooth, these particular acids not in the mood to meddle, apparently. It finishes well off-dry, the sturdy base malt buoyed by the complex sweet and sour fresh and barrel-borne fruitiness.

A rather pleasant and engaging wood-treated version of the style - it's not going to challenge Rodenbach or the Duchesse, but instead sit amicably right next to them in the limited pantheon of sour Flemish ales available around here. Fruity, certainly, and yet balanced, especially when it comes to addressing that elephant kicking back in the middle of the room (no, I'm not seeing things) - yeah, the 21+ proof booze is really hard to come by, it would seem.

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Photo of MLDucky
2.89/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I didn't see this as the style it's described as. More pinot flavor than anything, not much acidity or tartness. I'll revisit this again after the best after date.

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Photo of FutureMan91
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks and smells the part but boozy/bitter city with slight tart and slight cherry. Nothing to write home over. 2014 vintage but didn't wait until "enjoy after date." compared to befuddlement this is literally bland and more like a red ale. Not a sour...

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish color with hints of brown. Mild haze. One finger cream colored head. Decent lacing left behind as the head dissipates.

Aroma of tart cherry, red grape, ripe plum and some oak. Mild acetic acid, leather, and citrus.

Tart cherry again on the tongue. Wine notes of red grape, oaky barrel notes, and ripe plum. A hint of diacetyl. Some vinegary tartness. Lemony citrus, hints of tart raspberry, vanilla and caramel.

Moderate mouth feel going towards thin. Medium carbonation. Some tartness but no where near sour. Dry on the finish.

This is a nice tart beer with notable wine characteristics. A bit of diacetyl on the flavor was slightly off-putting but it had plenty of other positive notes to offset that. This had a best after date of about 9 months in the future so I'm looking forward to cracking open my 2 other bottles down the road.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle. Updated tasting after some well done bottle aging. Showing a lot better this time. A beautiful Flanders sour, probably one of the best that I've ever had. Can't wait to taste in one year!!

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So close to being so awesome. Needs a little more pucker, more...something. I liked it, but I think it needs more, I don;t know, time? Sourness? I really like the cherry flavor. I enjoyed this beer but I think it needs something more to make it memorable.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden Amber beer with thin soapy head and great clarity. Some burnt sugars, sour cherry, fruit salad, pineapple, tangerine with a slick oily mouthfeel.

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

2014 Edition.

Pours an effervescent and translucent red-purple with no head or lacing.

Nose features funky yeast, fermented cherry, sour red wine tartness.

Taste is sour-sweet cherry with some hints of oak. Not the most sour, but it definitely fits the bill. It's almost like fermented black cherry juice aged in oak barrels... not a beer. Which is impressive. The woodiness is there on the back end but the aftertaste is red wine and cherry. The after-after taste (a minute since last sip) feels like a sweet Zinfandel. Which is also nice and very impressive. I can for sure see this mellowing out with a year on it. Becoming less sweet and less tart and more Pinot Noir like, but this is what I got now. Not sure I can afford to a age second one of these.

For the price I paid, and the ABV, and the style... this beer, ale, sour, wine like drink.. is surprisingly... quaffable. Yet, the next time you bring it to your lips, you want to savor it. Worth the price? Depends on your curiosity. I'm not a rich man and I can say I'm happy I bought this.

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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle. Best after date Oct. 2015.

A: Thin translucent rusty brown.

S: Cherry oak. Really subtle.

T: Not sour initally. Good tannin profile on the pinot front. Oaky. Gets sour as it warms but the cherry oak profile blends nicely. Something you could crush with high abv. Very little alcohol presence.

M: Just incredible all around but again age will help in this aspect to smoothen things out. My favorite aspect of this one. The blending of oak, light tobacco, and deep ruby cherry. Good tannin quality almost not a sour.

O: This is my favorite Descutes beer and consistent at that. I can see gains with age but it's not hot now like a fresh abyss. Way better than abyss and not carrying that hype. Its a great take on a flanders oude bruin

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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 jsurfs82
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyable interesting beer. Not overly sour and alot going on with aroma and on the palate. Drinks just about as easy as the lower ABV brothers of this style. I'll drink this over Abyss any day. A great beer from Deschutes!

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Photo of Celtics17
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Big wine character in the taste. The aroma leads with big cherry notes, and in the taste you get some cherry in the front, and a slight puckering effect at the end. I know this gets better with age..

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Photo of Poti0nseller
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has a complex yet cohesive profile. The wild blend opens the pallet to the tart, fruit cherry and closes with a suddle, dry flavor of the oak barrels. I enjoyed the 2014 reserve and would gladly buy again.

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Photo of BrAdequate
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A whole lot of wine shines here even though on 35% of it sits in pinot noir barrels. Not enough cherry as expected. Beautiful deep red and brown with a very light cream color head. A bit heavy in the nought and lingers forever in the back. Very good but was hoping for something more from the barrel and the cherries.

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Photo of jakewatt135
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 reserve.

Great beer, personally my favorite point is with 2 years age on it. Really allows the fresh cherries to meld in and add some nice depth to the flavor but thy are definitely still there. I get a great sherry flavor too going with the age.

If you like the more fruity element drink fresh. If you don't mind losing a little fresh fruit to get some more flavors and rounded out beer go for 2 years. I had the 2010 reserve when buying the 2014 and thought it had fallen off considerably.

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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 LambicPentameter
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moving on to the fourth and final component beer in the Collage deconstruction tasting, I have to thank BA Deschutes_Fan for sending this bottle to me in a trade and completing the final missing piece of the tasting. Heck, that's where I got the idea for the tasting in the first place, as well as the recommended order, so cheers to Deschutes_Fan! Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with the 2012 vintage marked clearly on the front of the label and a "best after" date of 8/20/13. Poured into an old fashioned glass.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a caramel brown colored body with a hazy disposition that prevents much ability to see into or through the liquid. Similar to The Stoic, it was hard to coax much of a head out of this one, instead resulting in a half finger of effervescent head that that shrunk away into near obscurity almost immediately, leaving an off-white ringlet with a tannish tint and a smattering of islands of film across the survace of the beer.

Smell (4.25) - Well, any disappointment that might've come from the appearance has quickly been waved off, as the aroma is a wonderfully acidic blend of apple cider vinegar and sour cherry; it almost nose run because of that excellent acidic profile. There is also a small measure of musty funk, partially from the barrel-aging I imagine, but also due to the use of Brett.

Taste (4.25) - Picking right up where the aroma left, there is an excellent note from the sour cherries, but not overpowering, letting the base oud bruin beer do it's thing. Balsamic, red wine vinegar and granny smith apples all seem to make an impression on my tastebuds before giving way to a nice bit of malty sweetness that prevents my face from puckering in on itself.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with an initial puckering feel on the tongue followed by a dry finish.

Overall (4.25), a really nice take on the style, with the cherries giving it a bit of a kriek feel, but a bit sweeter from the base beer than you'd get from a kriek. Probably my favorite individual beer of the group of beers that make up Collage.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark, murky orange with a white ring of head.

S: Very oud-bruiny nose, stale fruit, dark candied fruit.

T: Some lemony, citrus rind, stale fruit, cherry, and a slight bitterness.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: An excellent sour, recommended to any fans of any of the sour beer styles. One of Deschutes best.

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Photo of BobbySue22
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a medium brown color, almost looked liked bourbon. Very little head that dissipated very quickly.

Aroma: A full aroma that contained hints of bourbon, dark fruits, and red wine.

Taste: Sour but not overwhelmingly so. Very strong but balanced flavors of cherries, acid, and wine. Flavors are layered and each taste offers a different amount of each flavor.

Mouthfeel: A medium-bodied beer that tastes lighter due to the light carbonation.

Overall: Very good sour beer. Not lip-puckering sour but very drinkable. The aroma gives off a bourbon hint but the beer was not aged in bourbon barrels and each taste is a little surprise with the different flavors in the beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Vintage 2012. Best after 20 August 2013.

A: No head. Hazy auburn.

S: Flatly tart in a very Oud Bruin sort of way. Top notes of lemon zest. Deeper red-fruitier scents as well.

T: Mmm. Interesting. This is basically a barleywine with a hint of lambic tartness. As it warms up, I realise I'm completely wrong and the truth is the opposite. This is an honest Oud Bruin, true to the style,

M: Tart then sweet...sweet then tart...tart then sweet...This beer is a pendulum.

O: This is an incredible beer. Highly recommended. Want to have again.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Tasted 30 May 2014.

Pours a murky medium brown. Just a little head, gone fast, not much lacing - but that's typical of a sour.

Smell is tart, with vinegar, dark fruit, and red wine. A delightful combination, quite sour, but the aroma is full and potent.

Taste is a complex blend of acidic sour, red wine vinegar, and cherries. So many shades of sour, teasing me with different delights each time I taste it. Again, it's full-flavored, and quite multidimensional. I love the depth and variety it brings.

Feel is top-notch. It's medium-bodied, heavier than many similar beers, but with prickly carbonation that lightens it and makes the flavors dance. That combo of heavy and light is fantastic.

The more I drink this, the more I like it. The level of complexity in the flavor is impressive, and the feel is a perfect complement. An excellent, robust sour.

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Photo of Ri0
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 22oz bottle into teku. Drink after 8/2013

A - It pours a dirty ruby with an off white 2.5 finger head that fizzes. Fades quickly into a collar and leaves behind a few traces of lace.

S - Faint cherries, dark tart fruit, and red wine. Some oak and brown sugar round it out.

T - Red wine and oak seem to be the most prevalent with some medicinal cherry flavor. Not very sour and only somewhat tart. Dark fruits and brown sugar fill in on the finish. There is a booziness to this beer.

M - Carbonated and light bodied, very dry.

O - This was good, but I didn't like as much as most. A bit too much red wine and the cherry flavor was medicinal for me. Good, but not exceptional.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from 2012 bottling. Says best after 8/2013. Aged since 11/2012. Poured into Belgian ale glass directly from aging refrigerator so served around 52 degrees.

A) Reddish to cordovan, moderate carbonation bubbles. 2/3 finger head when poured, not very much retention, thin ring left.

S) Sour cherries, mustiness from yeast, maybe some citus or lemongrass

T) Very smooth and very complex. Cherries and citrus, not too much funk at all, not very sour at beginning. Finish is sweeter. Really well done.

M) Medium to full bodied, not as much carbonation as indicated by looking at it, really no evidence of the 11.4% alcohol content. This is really well-done.

Russian River Supplication has been surpassed. This is masterful. Will have to grab more than one bottle the next time they release.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage. Batch 2. Best after 11/01/11. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Deschutes snifter glass. Acquired in a trade from nedvalton, thank you sir!

A- Pours a hazy, muddy brownish- maroon body with a two finger white head that reduces slowly to a white ring of foam.

S- Smells of funky brett, tart lactic acid, sharp sour lemons, grass, caramel/toffee, dark cherries, white wine, grapes. So complex, aromatic, and inviting. I can't wait to sip this.

T- Wow.. this is amazing. The first thing you notice is the tart cherries/citrus notes. I wouldn't call this acidic.. I'd call it on the higher end of tart. The tartness combines with some funkyness coupled with a slight astringent hoppiness. The finish is sweet with some very nice vanilla, caramel, toffee, burnt toast, charred bready notes. Very complex.

M- Medium body, good drinkability, medium carbonation.

I've really been looking forward to trying this beer and it didn't disappoint! Super complex and balanced. Very well done, Deschutes. 4 years has done wonders.

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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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