The Dissident | Deschutes Brewery

The DissidentThe Dissident
BA SCORE
91.6%
Liked This Beer
4.2 w/ 1,409 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:
#1,102
Reviews:
516
Ratings:
1,409
Liked:
1,291
Avg:
4.2/5
pDev:
10.24%
Alströms:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
971
Gots:
680
Trade:
62
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of DLucky
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Murrhey
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of AutumnBeerLove
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of jaydoc
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofstarside
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of beerhan
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of acc88
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Hopsiam14
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of BugattiRoo
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of andrenaline
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of SGToliver
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of AdamP
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of st9647v3
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Elprico
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Theortiz01
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of leodarko
2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 650mL bomber. This is the 2012 run of Dissident, drank July 24, written from my notes.

Nose: As soon as the seal was broken the scent of sour cherries hit my nostrils. Very tart, sharp aroma. It's a familiar smell from other sour cherry ales, but Dissident is stronger, sharper than anything else I've had. Lots of cherry here, but not overly sweet - the funkiness is very much there. Some oak, vinegar as well.

Taste: Wow, reminds me of Driftwood's Belle Royale but on steroids. That great cherry sourness hits pretty solidly right away, moderately sweet. Very dry finish and it has a sharpness that I'd liken to extra old cheddar - this last trait is what's unique about Dissident for me. It actually wasn't until I had drank about 200mL that I noticed the ABV - I had assumed it was similar to other sour cherry ales I've had but it was significantly higher at 11.4%. This surely has a lot to do with that sharpness I found.

Overall: Really good if not a little overly acidic for me. I find it so powerful that it has to be a special occasion beer - it lacks the accessibility of some of the less potent sour cherry ales, but accessible is not something it's going for.

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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of Tertullian007
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of hopswap1
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of schmidtmattsays
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of GaToWyo
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 91.6% out of 100 with 1,409 ratings
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