The Dissident | Deschutes Brewery

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
1,390 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
Ratings:
1,390
Reviews:
510
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.34%
 
 
Wants:
966
Gots:
680
For Trade:
60
User Ratings & Reviews
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 650ml maroon waxed bomber poured into tulip 7/9/13, cheers Rutager for the bottle

A murky dark amber, looks thick with bubbles struggling to get to the surface, short lived finger of foam leaves no lace

S wet wood, cheesy funk, cherries and raspberries, brown sugar, vinous notes, more earthy funk and some vanilla and spice I can't place

T caramel and a little booze but considering it's 11.4% I'd say it's well concealed, wet funky wood and sour fruit

M full bodied with mellow carbonation, slick on the palate with just a little heat, funk and brown sugar linger

O a nice mix of funk, fruit, sugars and barrel, hard to believe only 20% of this was aged on wood, something I'd look for again and I'd love another bottle to age as I could see the funk coming out down the road

I rather liked this brew and would love to try an aged bottle or other vintages, in all honesty the only reason this one made it past its best after date is I forgot I had one

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a wax sealed bomber into a goblet in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. The "best-after" date is August 20, 2013.

A- Small, mostly clear head with active carbonation and large bubbles. Deep reddish-brown color. Slightly hazy.

S- Powerful wild yeast scent. Vinous and boozy aroma with some cherries. Strong, wild smell with distinct notes of aging. Clear it is very alcoholic.

T- Tartness and definite notes of barrel-aging. Woodenness that lends itself to chocolate and tobacco flavorings. Cherries and some red wine tannins. Complex, flavorful beer that surprisingly hides the wine-like alcoholic notes quite well. Has an aura of scotch whisky about it as well. Interesting.

M- Vinous feel with subtle carbonation. Wet finish.

O- Apart from the feel, which was just above average, this was an outstanding beer. Glad I waited to drink it. ...although I wonder what it would be like fresh.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first bottle of the 2012 reserve. Best after 8/20, have two more bottles I'm aging so I'll re-review then. Poured into a snifter

Pours a rich brassy copper that gets nice and cloudy in the middle. Little transparency, little carbonation. Had a half finger of foam which receded quickly, moderate retention. Not bad looking for the style. Smells of cherries, oak, apple, vinegar, some citrus and some malt. Taste is upfront sour cherry and apple, which quickly turns from sour to a mild bitter. Malty after taste, gets a bit sweeter with each sip. Feel is a little bland, doesn't finish with a bang. Pretty sticky though, acids leave a nice tingle. Overall it's pretty good, and should really improve with age. The malts and yeast still have a lot of work changing over the next year hopefully leaving this beer with a tangy and sweeter kick. Looking forward to popping another in August
4.5/4.5/4/3/4

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Re-review, 8/30/13. Hit the best after date, bomber to a snifter, 2012 reserve

Pours a nice color- caramel, amber, copper, mahogany. A very vibrant shade between red and brown. A finger of foam has quickly receded to a ring a froth in the center. A thin but steady stream of carbonation shooting from the center. Good lacing and legs, transparency near 90%, perfect score

I have a bit of a stuffy nose but the smell seems a bit muted. When I really get in there- sour cherries, oak, red wine, vinegar, apple, and a sweet malty finish. Smell has gotten a lot sweeter, melds well with the sour

Taste is with the nose, sour cherry along with some apple with the fruits, strong oak coming through along with the wine. Sweet malts come through with the finish, some good complexity

Feel is a medium body, medium sourness that's balanced nicely with the sweetness from the malts. Nice tingle on the tongue, pretty drinkable. Most all the alcohol is concealed, very smooth

Overall: Better color, development of legs, oak and wine coming through much stronger on nose and taste, sweeter finish, better feel. Has definitely improved through the aging and very nicely, can't wait to get more this year, I'll re review a third time when I open the third

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Props to joemcgrath27 for sharing this tasty brew with me.

A - Pours a murky ruby colour, thin layer of head which quickly dissipates and leaves no real lacing.

S - Musty funk, wooden oak, sour cherries.

T - Sour cherries with subtle undertones of oak. Reminiscent of a sour cherry blaster candy but the sweetness is subdued and complemented by some earthy funk. ABV is barely noticeable with the exception of a bit of heat that lingers in your chest.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - Incredibly flavourful with a high voltage ABV that goes completely undetected. A true privilege to have had the chance to enjoy it, and an even more stoked to share it with my BA bro in crime.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - murky red brown, head quickly fizzled, definitely unique looking
S - sour cherry, yeasty funk, lite woody background
T - sour cherry candy, woody with late grape, yeasty funk and lite herbs
M - tart and lite, no sign of the high octane other than a very late chest warmth, dangerously drinkable
O - a true original, so tasty and easy drinking, a must try for any beer advocate

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,390 ratings.
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