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:
#1,157
Reviews:
521
Ratings:
1,435
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
967
Gots:
685
Trade:
65
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Ratings: 1,435 |  Reviews: 521
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Resuin
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -14.3%
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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Photo of panajoe
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -10.7%

Photo of MattyG85
4.62/5  rDev +10%
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 +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into tulip glass.

2010 vintage.

Appearance: mahogony red bodied beer with a thin white head. Drops to a thin cap.

Smell: Vinegar, fruity, cherries, a wierd plastic note.

Taste: Cherrys, and white grapes. Mild vinegar and a mild tartness. Malty backbone that is eqaul to or stronger than the sour notes from this beer. Its got a plastic flavor it it as well.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation.

Overall: It was decent, but I was a little bit dissapointed by this beer. I think I need to try a fresh bottle to give it a fair shot.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.88/5  rDev +16.2%

The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 1,435 ratings