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 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 dikebrewery
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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Photo of Jkolls
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle
best after date was october 2016 so I'm cracking this 6 months early i guess.
Really strong scent and flavor from the wine barrels
Look was a light red, fairly translucent, decent head, faded quickly.
quite tasty, have 2 bottles i plan to age a bit.
tastes absolutely great, cherries , wine barrel etc.

4.36 rating

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Here comes like up until Flanders Giant, the biggest Flanders I've ever seen. Looks like one of those cool west coast orange ipas. Fine, 1/5" head. Aroma was of cherries, citrus and oak. Enjoyable and saliva inducing.

Taste was probably somewhere around a 4 on the 1-10 sour scale. Lots of malt underneath some citrus, vanilla, wood notes. Almost grape skin like feels.

This is like equal parts wild ale and flanders. Definitely too big for tradition. Fun, but its the same price as Oude Tart, so this prolly won't be a repeat too often for me.

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Photo of Beervana
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best after 10/30/2016. Oops, a little impatient!

Pours a beautiful bronzy/red colour with a small but lively off-white head. A lot going on in the nose, some cherry, a touch of generic red berry, a distinct woodiness, and definitely a hit of alcohol in the nose, almost like a dessert-wine. Taste has that same cherry note but some spice to go with it, almost peppery, a bit of a floral component going on as well, definitely some grape juice character, some brown sugar sweetness, and a hint of that oaky vanilla flavour. Very complex. Feel is definitely on the dry side, medium body, well-carbonated, slightly acidic but nothing over the top.

Overall a really interesting beer, surprisingly complex, even before its best after date, should be even better with age. Definitely let this one warm a bit in the glass, cellar temp is much better than fridge temp here. Cheers!

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Photo of arizcards
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 2014 bomber from Tempe Bevmo on 12/24/14 for $16.99. Best after 10/27/15.

Beer poured an amber red with minimal head that dissipated quickly. The interesting thing is that it looked more like wine than beer.

Nose is primarily cherries on oak.

Taste is cherry wine forward with hints of a belgian beer base.

Feel is medium bodied and not particularly smooth.

Overall this was not a bad beer but there is nothing great about it - it is a strong cherry ale with no redeeming qualities. I admittedly am not big on cherries or sours but i definitely did not catch the wild factor overwhelming. It seems Deschutes Belgians of late are leaning towards a hybrid wine-beer style which is not a good thing in my book. I like wine and like beer of course but this is "worlds colliding" as George Costanza once said!

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Photo of bobv
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Dissident.
2012 vintage
Best After 8/20/2013
Nice little head, 2/3 inch or so. Dissipates rather quickly to a thin ring.
Smells of cherry and oak, wonderful.
Taste follows nose and is just so good.
Very nice mouthfeel.
Overall, I am ISO more, as this was my first and only one.
I had this in my cellar for 3 years!
Want, want, want!!!

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Photo of leaddog
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage 10.7%

Appearance - Pours a garnet with a finger of bubbly off white head.

Smell - cherries, oak, vinous aromas, fruity esters of fig, raisins, and plum, and caramel malts with a sherry like aroma.

Taste - A harmonious blend of the cherries, oak, and vinous aromas. The fruity esters of fig, raisins, and plum follow and then the caramel malts with the sherry like aromas help to finish off the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes off dry with a pleasant tartness lingering.

Overall - A brew that demonstrates the fine art of aging. The cherries and oak flavours pair well together to make this a true stand out of a beer.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best after some date in 2016:

Man. This is one of those delicate sours that taste great young, but (if you're familiar with sours) understand that if you held onto this one for 3+ years, know that with age this would be unreal. Tons on oak and sticky barrel. Almost syrupy while staying clean for the high ABV. Not as tart as I'd like but age will take care of that. At this age, the barrel has all the influence and I'm impressed. But this young, doesn't compete with RRBC or Madame Rose. Impressive none the less. This one needs time. Time WILL pay off. Recommended.

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Photo of user-951
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had the 2015 version shortly after release.. and again in January 2016.

Split the bomber with my friend both times. Color was impressive and the taste was perfect for us. Not too sour but also not too oak-y. Not really a flanders red (based on my limited experience) but still a well crafted ( and booze-filled) beer that shows respect to the style.

Deschutes most impressive release in my eyes.

*no notes... this is from my terrible memory. might update after the next tasting.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce wax capped bottle, 2014 vintage, best after date of 10/27/15, 10.7% ABV. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy reddish/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there isn't much lacing at all. The brew smells like tart cherries, red grapes/wine, oak, and some figs. Taste is similar to the aroma, there's tart cherry, oak, red grapes/wine, and some green apple and vinegar flavors noticeable. This is a brew that you don't want to drink too cold, I thought it only got better as it warmed up (and I took it out of the fridge for about 10 minutes before opening it). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and a bit coating with low/moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, I'll have to pick up a newer vintage of it! $14.99 a bomber.

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Photo of rarigney
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 Reserve in a 22 ounce bottle. Pours a beautiful clear, reddish copper, with minimal head and lacing. Initial aroma is of sour fruit. This is not my favorite style of beer, so my review, compared to others, reflects that personal taste. The taste of sour fruit and Cabernet is dominate, with the alcohol well hidden, but it creeps up on you quickly.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber to red in color with no lingering head retention. The body itself appears to be fairly clear. The aroma is of tart sours cherries and woodsy oak. The initial taste is very tart cherry forward with notes of cabernet and oak. The mouth is exceptionally dry and crisp likely from the oak barrels. 2014 vintage.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 reserve. This year was 65% aged in French oak wine barrels, 35% brewed with cherries.

Brownish copper color, translucent, and little to no head.

Cranberries and wine in the nose.

Tart and acidic, more fruit joins the party. Crisp and clean.

Low carbonation and a nice light feel.

Wonderful beer. Looking forward to opening another bottle up in a year once it has some age on it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As the traditional Flemish brown ale trends toasty, malty, tart and with nuance of sour fruit- its usual profile is a sour red with a blend of brown. Well... Deschutes version is all this but with a Frankenstein turn. Its monstrous tone is big, bold and woven of Europe's misfit pieces and parts.

The Dissident carries a sour tone across a copper-gold body with a depth of bronze through the center. Above its frothy ecru head, a rolling scent of sour cherries couple with toast, caramel and nuttiness while underneath, the flavors of sorghum, pecan and medium-char toast begin to frame the initial taste.

Its maltiness is short lived as the sourness steps in and slices, dices and julian's the malts and sequesters them to a mere counterpart to the taste of green cherry, green apple, cider vinegar, fig, sherry and date. As the taste develops, a deep and acidic taste goes from cider to rose wine, crabapple and sour white grape late. Final impressions are sweet and sour as the yin-and-yang of oude bruin stays tried and true.

Finishing medium bodied for a sour ale, yet trending malty-dry, the flemish beer trails with predominant souring power overshadowing the sweetness, but barely. Its final character is a spicy sourness with the alcohol adding acetone and solvent character that will surely improve with age. An medium-length aftertaste is one of sour fruit, peanut skin and brandy warmth.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a hard time with this one and couldn't finish it. The higher ABV was just too much for my palate. I expected this to drink like the barrel aged Avery sours, but it missed the mark. Way too boozy for the style and it drowned out the barrel and tartness.

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Photo of PBIU
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, that I was fortunate to find at a bottle shop. Past it's October 2015 best by date so here we go.

Look - Reddish brown color that is surprising clear. Head dissipated quickly, but lively carbonation.

Smell - Sweet Cherries/Dark Fruit and Oak character all the way in this one. Some funk and alcohol legs creep up there as well.

Taste - Sticky and sweet with this one with the dark fruit and cherries taking front stage here. But mid palate you get this nice malt balance. Alcohol is somewhat hidden with it being 10.7%.

Feel - Medium bodied and lively in the carb.

Overall - Fantastic representation of a sour with some added nuance with the cherries. The blending between the two beers works here and I am very glad I found this. I may even go back for another bottle to share at an upcoming party we are hosting. Cheers!

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The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,366 ratings.
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