The Dissident | Deschutes Brewery

The DissidentThe Dissident
1,416 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml waxed bottle (best after August 20, 2013) into a wine glass. 2012 vintage.

A-The brew is murky brownish-cherry in color. There is a short-lived soda-pop-like head of khaki foam. The visible, active carbonation keeps a patchy cap hanging around for a while. Pretty standard look for the style with a better than average reddish hue.

S-There is a lot going on here. Up front, there is sour cherry and green apple tartness paired with a big dose of funky oak that gives suggestions of vanilla. The oak also provides a nice bit of drying tannic-like smells. I also smell prune from the malts, but the prune isn't terribly sweet, and this beer is fairly dry and lacking in sugar sweetness for the style. The alcohol is spicy and warming.

T-The taste follows the smell mostly. I don't get much sour, only a light tartness with sour cherry being most noticeable. The prune and raisin component are stronger than expected, but the malty dark fruits pair well with the oaky vanilla and mild, earthy funk. The alcohol is spicy and warming, but well-integrated.

M-The feel on this year-old bottle is very soft for the style with smooth, ultra-fine carbonation. Heft is medium to full.

O-A nice effort. This brew is quite drinkable for 11.4% ABV. I originally was hoping for more tart flavors, but after about two sips, I started to really enjoy the less sweet (for the style) malt-forward character. It is complex and balanced and the taste really grew on me. I'm not sure what food this would pair with, but it drank well on its own after dinner. This is a great (and powerful) take on the style.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

October 2012 bottle shared generously by who else but cbutova. Had a 'drink after' date of August 2013.

Pour is darkish amber with some haze. A small off-white head forms a ring after some time and stays as such. Nose brings a good balance of tart dark fruits, red wine, and oak.

Taste once again brings an impressive balance. It's tart and oaky but not puckering or over the top. Dark fruits, red wine, brown sugar and vanilla. Incredibly smooth for 11+% with moderate carbonation, very drinkable.

Like The Abyss, this is a testament to making a complex 11% beer very subtle. Low-end sourness and acidity sets this apart some for the style and lets the wine barrel show through a bit more.

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2012 bottle, best after August 24, 2013 I think it said. Reviewed from notes taken last night. Split with my usual tasting buddies.

A- Murky blood red pour into five glasses. Appears brown in the middle with the red around the sides. Small fizzy off-white head but looks like carbonation is gonna be low. Small foamy ring after lackluster head retention and almost no lace in sight.

S- Spicy figs and dark red fruits like cherries mixed with a nice amount of wine grapes and some vinegar acetic acid hints. Slight dark brown sugar.

T- Pretty big Belgian yeast spice opens up in the flavor. The nice acetic acid and cherries carries over from the nose as well as that dusty Flanders tart funk feel. Some molasses, brown sugar and oak hints. As with the nose the wine influence is nice with grapes and some sweetness.

MF- Fairly low carbonation but the high ABV and flavors allows this to not be a huge deal. Pretty oily and moderately thick on the palate. Tart vinous bitters in the finish.

Authentic Flanders fruit vinegar feel mixed with nice Belgian yeast spice and some good darker sugar flavors. Like the wine grape and oak complexity. ABV is also non-existent.

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The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 1,416 ratings
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