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 cjgiant
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 10/2016 (6 months old):
Pours a lovely clear ruby color, with the thin head dissipating fairly quickly. Random bubbles meander to the edge before popping. Obviously no lacing. This beer should be decanted, as there is a definite cloudy/muddy haze on the finishing pour.

Nose is huge on the cherries, a nice tart versus sour or sweet, and almost exactly what I think of when I think of cherries. There is also a light vanilla and an almost imperceptible woody note that offer enough of a contrast to differentiate from cherry juice. Deeper whiffs bring these together and can give the impression of a semi dry red wine with a little raisin. There is also evidence of alcohol.

The beer starts off with the wood being more prevalent than the nose led me to expect. It still plays second fiddle to the cherry, but hits first before yielding the front of the stage. A clean, crisp feel also yields other notes from the nose - vanilla, wine grape, and a definitive alcohol presence. Side note: on the last pour mixed with the top pour, the flavors mellow a tad, including the alcohol. A little less exciting and clean, but also a little softer.

The flavors I experienced are like I read them from the bottle. Cherries are a huge part, but the wine barrel gets its say as well. The almost 11% ABV doesn't go unnoticed either. A very nice beer that I think might be even a little nicer with a bit less alcohol.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage. Reddish brown in color. Tastes like cherries with sourness, red wine, and lots of sweetness. My first Oud Bruin beer so I can't compare it to anything, but being a Deschutes Vintage I find it hard to believe I'll find too many better than this. Once again, another incredible beer by Deschutes.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer itself is a nice reddish brown that is clear and looks pretty nice. The smell and taste are interesting but extremely different notes come out in each. The smell consists mostly of a funky note with a nice wood note that hovers around a nice sweet cherry and a light sugar note. The wood and funkness work pretty well. The taste has a strong cherry note with moderate funk and slight sugar notes that are pretty good. The feel is nice and smooth with a medium body with very light and tingly carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good and powerful beer.

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Photo of FFreak
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 Reserve poured into a wine glass. An almost clear dark copper-red colored beer with a thin, thin head that disappears but continuous fine bubbles appear. Smell is of fermented cherries - slight sourness. Taste is delicious, with sour cherries, vanilla, red wine, and oak. Mouth feel is not as super dry as you'd expect...there's some sweetness left and it really makes this beer. Overall, a fantastic beer.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deschutes The Dissident 2016, Belgian sour brown ale brewed with cherries, 40% aged in French oak wine barrels. 10.9% ABV.

A: Clear, deep red in the glass. Clear honey yellow in the dimple. Solid, highly visible sheeting. Nice lacing.

S: Sour cherry, with a touch of funk. Slight sweeter cherry note in the back. Malty, raisin-y backbone peeking below the surface. Slight sweetart edge.

T/MF: Ooh. Multi-tiered. Mildly sweet black cherry up front, moving to a more rum-soaked black cherry at the end. Raisin skin/stem in the middle. After a few sips, the cherry gives way to more of the malt notes, ranging from a touch of almost sickly sweet tree sap to apple fritter bread. The sourness is actually fairly mild, but rounds the beer out nicely. I'd say it's a fairly accurate American take on a Belgian sour brown ale. Nice blend of sweet, sour, and bitter.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Derek
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Nice red colour, pours a little head but it quickly dissipates.

Aroma is sweet and fruity like candy, seems somewhat artificial.

Surprisingly sweet, with only a slight tartness and maybe a hint of funk. Cherry seems a little medicinal.

Moderate body has a modest carbonation. Light residual sweetness, alcohol is hidden.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smell: tart cherries oak vanillalots of red wine some funk and earthiness

Taste: initially you get a slight tart cherry presence but is taken over pretty quickly by a syrupy sweet cherry presence and vanilla middle of the mouth the red wine starts to show it self dry dark fruit skin some booziness in the finish you get more of that red wine along with the oak and some funky earthiness.

Overall: medium body really creamy the beer goes down smooth. Semi dry finish not as dry as you would except it to be.

Overall: smelling the beer you expect it to be more tart but it's not the red wine and oak really shine in this beer. The cherry flavor is more sweet then tart. I'm a fan of this. The base beer works incredibly well with the French oak wine barrels. Would gladly buy and drink this again!

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Photo of BKotch
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm afraid I'm strongly influenced by the ready availability of the less expensive Rodenbach Grand Cru... This is a 2015, so maybe it still needs more age: there's a sweet funk that's overpowering the sourness and fruit. Still, not bad, just not as good as I had hoped from one of my favorite US brewers.

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Photo of Radcpa
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber appearance with a good size head and a little too much carbination. Mild fruity aroma. Taste is a disappointing mild fruity one with more alcohol aftertaste than expected.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015. Tons of cherry and mild pith. Lot's of vinous notes. Woody and malty with enough acetic character for balance. Pretty nice stuff that lives up to the hype.

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Photo of tigg924
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear, reddish-brown in color with 1/3 inch head. Smells like fresh fruit. Taste is amazing: cherry--dark and sweet, cedar, and sour mix. Light bodied, airy, moderate carbonation, and slightly sour. Super smooth. A Flander Oud Bruin has no business being this smooth. This beer just jumps out with flavors. One of the best examples of a style that I like. Well worth seeking out--super tasty.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A hazy deep red brown. The head is very small and leaves no lacing.

Taste is cherries followed by malt and some citrus notes from the hops really tamper down the initial tartness. Melds together quite beautifully. As it warms it improves. The tartness of course holds down the end. Is smooth despite a healthy carbonation.


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Photo of BigIslandfarmer
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Reddish brown with very little head and constant streams of bubbles. Smell is tart cherries, oak, funk, stone fruits. Tastes less sour than it smells. The barrel dominates. Good balance of sweet, tart, and funk. Cherries are more noticeable as it warms. The ABV is not noticeable. Mouth feel is decent. Carbonation gives it life on the tongue. Overall, a decent beer. Not my favorite example of the style. Smell is the best feature of this beer. Not sour enough for an oud bruin.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber pour with a thin, soapy head & moderate carbonation. Aroma is a nice balance between the traditional oud bruin notes - tanned leather, oak & some lacto - that is softened with some wine notes (grape must). Missed the cherries / candied sugar on the nose. Taste is very unique, and not in the "I don't know how to describe this" way. It is fairly sweet upfront with underpinnings of a cherry liqueur - cherry pit & some raw alchohol - that segues into a more delicate oud bruin with some of that tannin / oak / sandalwood funk. Sweet and funky. The wine notes are more of a faint background but it helps anchor the beer. Most flanders are a little too vinegary for me, but the aging really smooths this out and adds some really great flavors. Top notch.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Burnt brown with a tint of red, zero head. Smells of sour cherries, oak barrels. Sour oak, a little funky, white wine. Interesting beer, I like Flanders but would prefer a smaller format

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Photo of Slack
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber in color with 1/2 inch of head that settles to a nice ring. Very prevalent lacing.

Nose is fruity but sour, vinous, cherry, oak, and some malt.

Taste is malty, sweet, cherry, oak, and sour.

Mouthful is medium and smooth. Carbonation is above average. Finish is dry.

This style when done right is really good and this hits the mark. The aging of this bottle gives it an excellent sherry like quality. The nose, taste, and mouthful are all spot on. Too drinkable at 11.40%! Highly recommended to age a bottle.

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Photo of MFMB
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light cherry to amber. The nose is of tart cherries, grape skins and bit of light vinegar. While the nose is of tart cherries the taste is much more subtle and sweet that is followed up by a tart kick on the back end. The barrel is there but not overpowering. minimal notes of oak and wine. Medium body with dry finish.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Nick the other day, thanks man.

This one pours a light reddish color, mostly clear, with a small head, and no lacing.

This one smells like macerated cherries, red wine vinegar, red grapes, oak, and a slight lactic sourness.

Like most of Deschutes' barrel aged stuff, this shows some nice restraint. The cherry flavor is very nice, sweet but mostly sour, with wet oak, sour grapes, a slight breadiness, and a very light sourness. This would be much improved if there was a stronger malt backbone.

The alcohol level is not present at all. That is amazing. It has a light mouthfeel, with a slightly thin body, and a good level of carbonation.

This is really well put together, but doesn't approach some of the best of this style from Belgium.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the City Beer Store in San Francisco. Pricey. Most I ever paid for a bottle. But it is on the list of "1001 Beers To Have Before I Die," so you gotta pay the price sometimes to enjoy life more fully. I also shared it with my wife and her friend... And as much as I tried to convince them that Oud Bruin is an acquired taste, they could not transcend the sourness. (I did not bother to tell them it was a $60 bottle.)

I occasionally find an American rendition of this style that tempers its sourness enough for my palate, but The Dissident is not one of them. However, my next bottle of any Oud Bruin will be paired with creamy dishes so the sour, at least, is put to work cutting the fat.

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Photo of Ale_Lover
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A fairly good Flanders sour brown. Pours a clear, dark ruby red body, minimal lacing, Not a whole lot of complexity but a nice beer. Minimal acidity, not much barrel. Flavour is cherry and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, Light carbonation. Happy with this offering.

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; 2015 vintage, best after 10/30/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense offf white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big sour cherry, berries, green apple, lemon, red grape, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, hay, straw, oak, and musty funk; with lighter notes of pepper, vanilla, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, wine barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, berries, green apple, lemon, red grape, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, hay, straw, oak, and musty funk; with lighter notes of pepper, vanilla, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/acidic tartness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, berries, green apple, lemon, red grape, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, hay, straw, oak, funk, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, wine barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from acidic/tannic notes, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly acidic/creamy, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Flanders Oud Bruin! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, wine barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. One of the most balanced in the style that I have had. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle. Big red wine tannins and flavors. The tartness is like a crisp apple or tart cherries. No acidity or pucker just a long oaky and rich finish.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into snifter 2014 version

A: Small tight off white head looked soapy drops to a fizzy film body is a clear redish hue with what looks like decent carbonation.

S: wine grapes, vinegar, a little sour apple, cherries and a little oak

T: nice bit of wine flavors up front with a touch of sour giving way to some sweetness and residual sugars with maybe a little plum taste on the end with some lingering sweetness

M: sweet a touch cloying and a little prickly on the end makes the beer feel syrupy and a dryish finish

O: It isn't bad, very different the wine is definitely present but without that sour or bitterness. I think I would have a hard time telling you this was a belgian beer maybe from the candied residual sugars. It is a decent beer but not extraordinary either.

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Photo of bnes09
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dense and malty with a moderate boozy quality. Mild tartness. No funk detected. Muted cherry flavor underneath the dense malt. Descent but overrated in my opinion. Would be much better if it were lighter, more tart and had more cherry flavor.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 bottle, best after 10/27/15

Pours a a hazy orange with deep mahogany glints. The crackly, shortlived head manages to muster up a bit of lace. Cherry, malts, toasted oak and a bit of barnyard funk in the nose. Sour cherries and vanilla mix with the aforementioned in the taste. Tannins and gape must add more complexity. Some bourbon alcohol notes in the back. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a light carbonation. Cherries, malt, oak and alcohol heat in the long finish.

A big Oud Bruin. Extremely complex and luscious, but a bit immodest with the alcohol presence and could be a touch dryer. Still worth trying.

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