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The Dissident | Deschutes Brewery

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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:
#1,128
Reviews:
520
Ratings:
1,422
pDev:
10.24%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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969
Gots:
683
Trade:
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle at Smoke & Barrel for the DC bottle share. Bottle brought by ? From notes. Vintage 2012 I assume.

Good sample pour brings a falling tan soapy looking head, collapsing on to a faint orange bronze body, seems quite light for a bruin but otherwise fine.

Nose has a mild sense of acid with a nice good malt sweetness. Some nice citrus orange sensing fruit peeks out a bit mixing with a sense of sour orange. Very unique and different, quite pleasant actually.

Palate though just seems odd. A good moderate sense of tartness and bringing the fruit orange on the nose, but a very fizzy strange almost medicinal finish. Finish doesn't really compliment much of the light sweet malt and good balanced acid on the palate. Mouthfeel seems perfectly acceptable but a bit with higher than expected carbonation feel, but luckily doesn't detract from the palate.

There's some interesting things going on here, but first sip was a bit of a strange shock and quite odd. It does have some good qualities to it and a future visit might be in the cards, but by no means my favorite bruin at all. Strange aftertaste.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer Review # 500! Best After date of 8/20/13

Appearance - Pours a hazy, somewhat dull copper with a white half finger head that displays a slight orangish hue. Fair retention, leaves behind a thick film of microbubbles on the surface, which clump ever so more around the edges. Lacing is spotty with little stick.

Smell - Sour cherries hit right off the bat. Green banana. Bubblegum. Yeast funkiness. Faint touches of oak.

Taste - Wow that's sour! Near overpowering cherry sourness upfront. Touches of funk and green banana come through once the sourness dissipates. Under-ripened plum. Sourness lessens as the beer warms, though it's still the driving force behind the brew. Lesser hints of bubblegum on the tongue than on the nose, but it definitely comes through near the end. Speaking of which, finishes sour for sure, but with a faint citrus zest bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Smoothly drinkable, despite the sourness. Crisp. Bone dry finish.

Overall - Well, I hope you like cherries. I do. Love 'em. This beer is right up my alley... sort of. It's very, very sour, especially at first. Okay, so I opened it 5 months before the recommended date, but that's on me. I wanted this beer to be my 500th review, and I wasn't gonna wait that long to do another beer review, damn it! Or... maybe it's on the brewery? Hey guys, maybe don't release your beer until the 'Best After' date has passed, you bastards! No, I'm kidding! I still love you Deschutes, but seriously. Okay, I'm rambling.

Obviously I'm in a festive mood. Happy 500, me!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a ruddy brown, clear, with a good amount of billowy white head that dissipates almost instantly. A good sign of the high ABV. I can swirl up a millimeter or so of head, but it settles to a small ring quickly. Definite cherry and some oak aroma, as advertised, with a strong sour vinegar, which I'm guessing is what's hiding the high ABV. Digging a little deeper, we get leather, strawberries, some raspberry, and a little milk chocolate. Oak dominates the palate with some dark chocolate and slight vanilla. Sourness comes through, but its pretty slight. I also get all the fruit mentioned earlier in the nose. There is also a bitterness that mixes with the sourness that suggests turned fruit. Kinda weird in the finish, but as it warms this strangeness fades away. The feel is somewhat thin and prickly with carbonation, despite the appearance, finish is dry.

This is definitely a nice treat, and at 11% it should be treated as such. It's not as sour as the aroma would suggest, which makes me want to age the second bottle for a couple years.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at a little bottle share at Tree House Brewery. Reviewed from notes. This is a 2010 vintage.

A - Poured into a Tree House glass a clear light mahogany with a thin, thin head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Very nice sour cherry notes along with a very, very light barnyard funk. Quite mellow with age.

T - Taste is solid, like the nose, with sour cherries and funk. That being said, its not nearly as sour as I was expecting it to be (which is a shame as it smelled like it was going to be puckering).

M - Mouthfeel is spot on, just spot on. The age has knocked down some of the carbonation resulting in a brighter, crisp, tart brew. Good.

O - Overall, this was a tasty beer from Deschutes. Wish it was more sour but it was still worth checking out.

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The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 1,422 ratings
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