The Dissident | Deschutes Brewery

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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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Photo of Brandywine
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. 11.5% ABV. Poured into a tulip.
appearance: opaque reddish orange. Moderate alcohol legs. Tons of lacing around the glass. thin off white head dissipated almost immediately.
smell: sour yeasty goodness, cherries, fruity esters, strawberries, white grape, red wine.
taste: cherries, raspberries, red wine like a fruity zinfandel without any tannic overtones, little bit of grapefruit and orange, bright acidity. Tons of berries. It's tart and sour but with a subtle counterbalance of sweetness. Alcohol comes through more as it warms up but it's never off putting and just helps to clean the palate. There is an oaky note at the end of the tongue.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with not too much carbonation.
Overall: a fantastic sour filled with vinous and berry notes with some citric notes creeping in. Big and just a little oaky, this one will age with the best of them. Can't wait to see how it develops after a year or two. Buy several. Drink one and cellar the rest.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

just one of those classics for me. it looks a little thin, light brown color with a red hue to it. good carbonation is obvious, as a fizzy white head rises up. the nose is intense. lots of red wine vibes, although this isnt barrel aged in vino. also lots of sour in the aroma. brett and lacto at least, but this isnt acidic. there is some sweetness in the flavor from the malt, and that red fruit tone again. maybe something tart in fruit, like cranberries or something. more red wine tannins in the finish, and a puckery sour. the alcohol is well hidden, a superbly dirnkable bottle. medium body in the end, and bold carbonation just short of pop like. its expensive and rare, but it is just a beer that you need to seek out. its hard to describe because it stands alone. a sour yes, but its so much more than that. one of the more complex bottles of beer around.

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Photo of Kevlee722
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby color with mahogany highlights and a quickly fading khaki head despite an aggressive pour.
Nose is fantastic, sour cherries, yeasty funk, leather,oak and tannins. Very vinous, no doubt from the choice of barrels for the refermentation
Taste is similar, not overly puckering like a wild ale but a nice sour finish after a sweetness up front that follows with with vinegary cherries, oak and a slight medicanal flavor which is probably from the high abv for the style.
Medium to thick mouthfeel with tight playful carbonation and sourness that leaves the palate salivating for each next sip.
Awesome, awesome, awesome. I love this beer, a huge fan of wild ales and this is a wild ale that got dressed up and headed out to a formal affair. Deschutes caudled this beer and it shows. Can't wait to see how this develops with age. I have a 2010 yet to be cracked and will be laying a few of the 2012 down to try annually.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

A: Reddish brown color body with 1 finger head.

S: Very complex. Wine, yeast, oak, sweet-jam like aroma, sour, citrous.

T: While I really like the taste, I think this is a tad bit hot. Similar to the aroma, I get sourness (although not super sour or puckering), funk, yeast, wine and oak barrel, citrous, some fruits. I think aging will add significantly to this beer, although it is quite tasty as it is.

M: Quite thick for a sour beer. Dry finish.

O: I liked it quite a bit although not my favorite Flanders ale. I had several bottles of Collage this year and now I can see that Dissident is the most dominant smell and taste in that beer. I have another bottle to age. I will revisit after a year or so.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle picked up from the brewery. 2012 vintage. Consumed 10/5, reviewed from notes.

A: Fizzy lifting drink. Decently hard pour yields a quickly fading head. Dark cider colored copper.

N: Potent - don't even have to put my nose to the glass to smell. Very vinous with the red wine grapes. Plenty of oak and tannins. Pleasant funk from the vinegar/acetone. This smells much more like an Oud Bruin than the 2010. Lots of cherries and some leather.

T:Taste falls short of the nose, and when it's cold, it's really non-descript, unlike any other beer I've had. Cherry cola. Sourness level is about medium. As this warm, it gets better. Oak, cranberry, and blueberry. Sherry starts to shine, as does the French Oak.

M: On the heavier side for an oud bruin, but still in range. No alcohol burn.

O: I feel like the 2008 is a vintage not to be matched ever again. Hoping the yeast eats some of the sugars and gives this more depth. And a big warning about drinking this less than cool.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of jegross2
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery out of Oregon.
Score: 92

Batch 2 (November 2010 release) bottle served in a Stella Atrois chalice and enjoyed on 08/15/12.

Appearance: The beer is a murky, blood-orange color that fades from a yellow to ruby when tilted and held up to light. Two fingers of fizzy yellowish tan head at pour settles to a thick ring around the glass with a thin foggy layer in the center. Excellent lacing and retention/cling. 4.5/5

Smell: Cinnamon, rose pedals, and horchata. There is some sweet vinegar and a lactovallus-common aroma too, a light amount of cherry and a little platicky funkiness. I am really digging the slightly floral horchata nose. It is very unique and was entirely unexpected. 4.5/5

Taste: The taste is much different than the nose led on. There is some "Red Hots"-like cinnamon flavor upfront and in the finish with some sweet and sour vinegary lacto flavor mixed in. The sourness is extremely mild; no pucker and it is mostly confined to the "middle" of the beer and washed away by the finish. There is an ever growing cherry flavor on the midpalate that becomes somewhat medicinal as it warms up. A little layering funk on the back of the tongue as this beer warms as well. As the beer approaches temperature, I find myself enjoying it less. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Dryly sweet (almost like a red wine) mouthfeel. 4/5

Overall: An excellent and unique nose with a more traditional, slightly funky flavor for the style. The nose is what really makes this beer in my opinion.

Recommendation: Not for casual beer drinkers, but this is a good beer for fans of the style who don't mind a little funkiness and medicinal cherry flavor.

Pairings: Chocolate Cake

Cost: $12.99

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

O08 vintage bottle

A: poured a murky crimson red in color with brownish highlights and a thin head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: definitely a lot going on but garden floral notes pop out first to me with a variety of fruits such as apples, citrus lemons, cramberries, and dark cherries. I was able to sniff out brett funk, acidic vinegary qualities but with hints of spice and oakiness.

T: very interesting combinations of flavors with cranberry cherry tart dry fruitiness, slight vanilla oakiness, mild bitter dry vinous kick, hints of acidic citrus, vinegar tones, and very well hidden booze character with a touch of earthy bretty spice accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight spice, oaky, acidic, fruity,mild boozy and tart finish.

O: very tasty and intresting beer that was very elusive for me but very happy to finally try. I definitely would love to try the 2010 version.

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The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,392 ratings.
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