The Dissident | Deschutes Brewery

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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:
1,402
Reviews:
514
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.34%
 
 
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969
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4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage.

A: Pours a purple/burgundy color with a small off-white head that reduces quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: Slight acidity, a little red wine, some cherry and stone fruit. Faint tartness with a little sweetness on the finish.

T: Quite vinegary with some cherry and raspberry, its rather wine like and tannic. There is some oak and a bit of vanilla and red grapes.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly dry finish. On the acetic side.

O: Pretty good, not a sour as I'd hoped, but really like how the oak comes through and how forward the vanilla is. Excited to give it a try after the best by date.

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4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle, purchased last week at Toronado SF Abyss Night.

Appearance: Beautiful clear ruddy brown, with lots of lace from the lively head.

Smell: Sweet, funky, tart smell.

Taste: Fruity and funky, awesome cherry flavor. Moderate acidity, sweet finish. Some of the wine comes through but it is well balanced. The alcohol on this one (9%) comes through a bit, though in a good way. I wonder how the 2012 at 2% higher ABV will end up tasting..

Mouthfeel: That lively, happy, bubbly head comes through in the mouthfeel. Acidity from the barrel aging comes through distinctly.

Overall: This is the best American take on the Oud Bruin style I've had. It is delicious and well balanced at this age, though I wonder how it was after a year. I enjoy the prominent acidity, so I definitely want to hold onto a 2012 or two to have in 2016.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass, 2012 version, best after 8/20/13. This pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown color with a fizzy tan head which fizzes away to a little film. The smells are great, you get some obvious sour notes, vinegar, a load of cherries, some barnyard funk, some white grape, some obvious alcohol. The feel is medium. The taste is amazing, Deschutes knows how to make a beer, you get some bitterness, a little brett, some sour notes, vinegar, some cherries, the alcohol is also present though and a little age wouldn't hurt this.

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4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a brownish amber body with a thin tan head that quickly fades and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Strong amount of cherries hit me right in the face! There is also a nice strong sour smell that tingles the nose. It sort of has a bubble gum smell too

T: Like the taste, there is a good amount of cherries. There is also a nice sound of sourness that turns into a sweet fruity flavor. This is seriously one of the best beers that I have ever tasted

M: There is a tingle on the jaws that come from the sour. There is also a little bit of carbonation on the back of the throat as the beer goes down.

O: Deschutes does it again! Man this is one bad ass beer that instantly becomes one of my favorites of all time. I can't wait to try this beer after the "Best After" date

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4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 Vintage, Poured into Duvel Chalice.

Appearance - Cloudy, rust-brown. Almost the color of freshly made caramel sauce, but with some red dirt thrown in for fun. So excited to taste this beer...

Smell - Typical Oud Bruin funk, with leather, HEAVY cherry, clove, bell pepper, and wine barrel notes. You can seriously smell the Pinot Noir barrel on this beer... (I know. The brewmaster and I had a good conversation about the barrels they use) Vanilla and grape-skin are apparent in the nose too. Eek!!!

Taste - Everything I hoped for in this beer, and then some. Pinot Noir, vanilla and oak lead the palate, followed by the tart cherry notes, some more tobacco smoke / cigar box, and some creaminess out of left field. I cannot begin to explain the complexity in the flavor palate of this beer... All I can say is WOW. It could surely do with some time to mature, and transmogrify into something even more complex and beastly!

Mouthfeel - Sharp acidity akin to Oregon Pinot Noir (This flavor is pretty dominant in this beer), white grape/kumquat. Full and slightly creamy, which is somewhat strange for a sour. But round and perfectly effervescent, as it should be. Once again, I do not have enough words to perfectly describe this beer... But I will find them, when I open my other bottle, next year.

Overall - a phenomenal beer all around. The influence of the cherries, and wine barrel-aging impact this beer in a way that makes it unique, but a close friend to every Flemish-style sour ale on the face of the planet. Deschutes should be DAMN PROUD of this beer. Out of all the American interpretations of the Flemish style, this one is not only an amazing and spot-on homage to the style... it should be a preview of the next step in the evolution of sour ales. I am floored by this beer. You should drink it. (*Arnold Voice*) DRINK IT! DRINK IT NOW!!!

Cheers.

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4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 release

Deep and murky redish brown, with a tan colored head that is about a finger high. Lace is moderate and the head retention is so-so. Sour notes from the get-go. Plenty of tartness, cherries, vinous noes, some vinegar, citrus tones, earthiness, light funk, dark fruits, and possibly some leather. The taste comes with more vinegar, earthiness, and red wine than the aroma but still plenty of sourness, vinegar, tart cherries, citrus bite, plum, with white grapes, green apple, oak, and some spice undertones. Mouthfeel is medium. Moderate feeling and a bit filmy consistency, medium range carbonation, slightly heavier than medium body, and a medium-long finish.

Overall, a damn fine sour beer. A couple years back I took a chance on this when I saw it on tap and I was both surprised by and impressed with this beer. This beer certainly opened my eyes to a portion of the beer world I had been missing out on and it remains my favorite Oud Bruin of those that I've tried.

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4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 Reserve served from a bomber into a Golden Monkey Goblet. Wax dipped bottle top. Bottle reads: best after 08/20/13 so I'll be sure to throw some of these in the cellar and review again in a year or so.

Appearance: A lovely rose-brown color pours into the glass and leaves a couple cm of white, thin head which dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Sour, but not overbearing. Some cherry and tart flavors meet the nose. Definitely an enjoyable scent.

Taste: Tart cherries, the perfect amount of sour, and the alcohol is extremely well balanced to make this beer exceptional. The 11.4% ABV is extremely well integrated, not to mention well-hidden.

Mouth-feel: Wonderful and balanced. A good amount of carbonation - this is definitely one to pause with a little before swallowing. That being said, it's pretty light - typical of a sour-type beer.

Overall: Such a well balanced Flanders Oud Bruin, especially for its strength. I could drink this one all night. The cherries used in brewing definitely come out and add to this beer. This is definitely a beer to savor, it is delicious and gets even better as it warms, after opening.

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3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Poured from a dark red waxed 22 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a dirty, dark orange with 2 finger off-white head. Small trails and bubbles remain on the glass.

S- vinegar, tart cherries, some spice and earthiness.

T- vinegar and tart cherries for a brief moment then, very earthy, dirt vinous notes. This beer has a medicinal almost spoiled taste to it.

M- medium body and carbonation. Abv is hidden well and has a dry finish.

O- wish I would have had this a year or so ago. Not sure how this is fresh but I think this beer is well past it's peak.

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4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is one amazing beer. The taste is so far from what a typical beer is, but at the same time there is no doubt that this is a beer. There are so many tastes and flavors that I can't pick anything out to describe. I drank from a bottle so I don't know what it's appearance is like. This is not just another craft beer that tastes like just hops. This is beer art. Conceptual art applied to beer. Beer taken to an extreme that makes it something else but still keeping with the primacy of what beer is. This is my favorite beer. Sadly, I have moved from the west coast and I can't find anything from Oregon. I even love the packaging, it's art also.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. waxed bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. 2012 Reserve with "best after" date of 8/20/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep and very cloudy copper amber orange with a light tint of red. Moderate bubbles and a decent two fingers of off white head that quickly fade away. Moderate lacing left on the glass.

Smell: A nicely funky and fruity Belgian wine like aroma. Belgian yeast with a good amount of funk. Big hints of Brett and sour cherries. Hints of red wine, white grapes, apple, vanilla, oak, and vinegar. Also some hints of dark plum and prune. In the background is some light caramel malt and brown sugar. A very complex and well balanced aroma. Not overwhelming with the sourness or sweetness.

Taste: Tastes as full, complex, and good as it smells. Big taste of funky Belgian yeast with Brett. Big fruit esters, sour cherries, green apples, and grapes standing out the most. Also some notes of pear and dark fruits including prune and plum. Very wine like taste along with some vinegar. Sweet but nicely drying. Some of the barrel makes it into the taste with notes of oak and vanilla. Light malt character with some caramel along with a little brown sugar. A bold taste that is very well balanced. The funk, sourness, and fruity sweetness blend well. Really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy feeling body with a carbonation on the lower side of medium. Fairly tart and very smooth. Alcohol heat is hidden pretty well.

Overall: A really great Belgian style sour. Big fruity wine like flavors while the acidity and sourness is kept in check. Very complex and good tasting.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,402 ratings.
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