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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): 11.40%

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 everetends
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber I got from Wetpaperbag in the LNBA BIF. Been looking forward to this beer for quite a while. Figured I would celebrate the job with this bottle. Served up in a snifter.

A: Pours a dark, burnt orange in body. Almost a dark caramel, but there is just a bit more orange kicking around in here. The body has a good amount of haze to it, I can't see through to the other side. I got about a finger or so of light tan colored head off the pour. The head disappears slowly, falling down to a thin ring. For such a thin ring, it really throws up some good lace and coverage. Lace is web like, stringy. Off to a pretty good start.

S: All things start out here with some sour apple and cherry aromas. This is quickly followed by some nice funkiness. Lots of dusty, wet barnyard smells. Slight touch of vinegar on the nose. Touch of sour and tart floating around. This beer has some dynamic qualities here. My only wish is that some of the aromas were a bit more distinguishable.

T: This is nice for sure. Once again we start things off with some sour and tart fruits. Dark cherry meat along with some sour granny smith apple meat and skin. There is a light red wine quality, almost tannic. Funkiness comes in and plays almost a perfect role. We have wet and dusky wood, wet leather, and a touch of horseblanket. There is an oak character bringing forth some vanilla creaminess as well. This is pretty much the only sweet character in here and it calms down these tart and sour flavors. Everything blends together nicely. Greatly crafted flavors.

M: The body is a nice medium. Carbonation is medium as well, bringing an airy quality to this. The feel has a slight creaminess to it as well, maybe fluffy. Maybe its the year on it, but the 9% ABV is not even detectable. For having the tart and sour flavors, this beer is pretty damn clean and refreshing, not leaving much of aftertaste to be found.

D: This beer is damned drinkable. The flavors are very tasty and refreshing. This beer cools, rather than warms. Refreshes and tests the palate. I suppose it could be more dynamic, but it has a beautiful subtlty. Sadly this beer has gone much quicker than expected and remains my only bottle. Will absolutely have to track down some more bottles of this. Fantastic brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in September 2009.

Pours a dark ruby with a large white head. The smell is one of sweetness with a little bit of tart fruit coming in, mostly cherries. Hints of wood. Some slightly-roasted malt and accompanying sweetness. The taste is most prominent in the tart fruit department, with a bit of an alcohol bite. The mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Reserve

Thanks to Mikesgroove for this one

Poured into Ommegang Chalice

Pours 1 finger of slight tan head. Decent retention with some splattered lace. Color is hazed light burnt caramel.

Aroma: Vinegar/acidic a lot of wild notes, oak, sour cherries, very tart and mouth watering.

Taste: The wood flavors some out a lot more here with some vanilla. This beer has a huge vinegar taste. Very acidic with some lemon notes. Sour cherries.

Mouthfeel: Very tart and mouth puckering. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with pretty clean vinegar flavored aftertaste.

Overall, this beer seems to have a little too much vinegar to it. It is good and represents the style pretty well, but I would like to try this one fresh and reevaluate.

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

A - pours a dark ruby red with a frothy white head

S - sour cherries, funk, lemon

T - sour cherries, sour apples, funk, lemon, red wine on the finish, oak and spice

M - moderate to moderately high carbonation, viscous champagne yeast

D - VERY balanced, not too sour, not too funky

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Photo of philipquarles
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle thanks to paytoplay. Pours a really hazy red-brown with a small light tan head. Vinous and woody, with some light spice notes in the background. Smells somewhat tart with lactic notes and quite a bit of mustiness. Taste is a bit sour, again with lactic notes. Heavy oak with a lot of earthiness. Definite Brett notes. Lots of cherry and fruit. Very intense. Nice full body. Really impressive effort from Deschutes.

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Photo of vacax
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch one, red wax sealed bomber poure into a tulip glass. Thanks to my buddy Wilson in Portland for the case.

Pours a mysterious clouded brown with touches of red. Head is a light sandy tan, moderate to small size with dense pearly bubbles and outstanding lacing for a sour. The primary aroma I am picking up is definitely the funk! Tart and catty with sour cherries.

I have been lucky enough to sample this beer fresh, after about six months, and we are now closing in upon a year in a month or two. Thel last time I sampled this brew I noiced an increasing sour presence, and as of right now it feels like the funk is really taking precedence. I was ecstatic to try this beer when I heard Deschutes was making an Oud Bruin, and every time I taste how this beer is alive and ever evolving.

The Dissident's flavors are funkcentric at the moment. A mild-moderate sourness tempered with heady cherry funk is central. It is somewhat catty and lactic. If you are into funk this thing is just getting better and better, though personally I prefer a more lacto sourness that was evident earlier in the year. Medium body with a medium smooth effervescence. The carbonation is delightful, though could be a bit more prickly.

I wonder where this beer will go next. It was drinking great for me when it was first bottled, and even better after six months. Now it is getting more funk in the complexity arena. It is a bottle I would recommend sharing, but I am enjoying the ride.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby color with a brown tint and a large fluffy of white head.

Scent of sweet and tart cherries, oak, a hint of vanilla, and some caramel. A very savory aroma, excellent in every sense of the word.

Taste of pungent cherries and oak, with some vanilla and alcohol initially; a sharp molasses and oak flavor finish this one off. Very tasty, even with the alcohol this one has a nice sharp flavor after nearly a year.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A--Deep dark brown with a red hue, two full fingers of head when poured into my 25 oz. snifter

S--Tart apples, band aid, pears, grains, dandelions. Very deep and complex

T--The taste follows the nose quite well, only the tart apples are magnified. Lots of band aid also.

M--Medium bodied, lower levels of carbonation than I anticipated

D--Not something I would go for again, I think I still need to get worked into these sour beers slower. Not sure my palate is ready. I did enjoy this more than others I have tried though.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle I got in a trade. Thanks!!

A- Dark murky cedar colored body that pours with a 2-3 finger or so off-white head. Head eventually fades to a thick collar and has great retention from there. Some lacing is left behind in the glass. Body is somewhat translucent but the red light still shines through pretty well

S-Vinegar comes to the nose first followed by a metallic presence. Underneath this is additional sourness, oak, cherry and a yeasty funk. Its right on for the style-but maybe a little too metallic.

T-Upfront the oak and cherries really come through well and underneath is a slightly sour funk typical of the style of any Belgian brown. Some more sourness comes through for the finish-this sourness is more acidic than vinegarlike and is light to moderate in strength. What lingers on the palate is a slight acidic sourness, oak, a hint of cherry and a very slight metallc presence.

M- Wonderful. Light to medium carbonation and a smooth slightly yeasty body.

D- This is a very good beer. Much milder than other sours I have experienced recently. The oak and cherry are really the main characters for this brew. A well done brew by Deschutes and I look forward to trying others (have the Abyss 08 in my cellar).

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Photo of coastie04
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a treat to find a Flanders Brown Ale! I was shocked when I heard about it and of course rushed to our local beer shop and picked it up. The aroma was full of complex dark fruits and malt character with sour notes. When pouring, the aromas waft up out of the billows of frothy off-white head. The color is a pleasant medium brown with a few garnet highlights. Brilliant clarity and the head persists while drinking -slight lacing. I was impressed with the balance of flavors in this beer. It begins with toasty malt character and deep fruitiness thatlayers into the sour semi-dry finish. The hops are really not noticeable but there may be a touch of bitterness to counter point the sour and fruit character. The sourness of the beer is prominent but balanced with the other components of the beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slight drying, and the sourness has that to-style touch of astringency. Overall, the beer is very well-balanced and drinkable once your palate adjusts for the sourness. A beer well worth the purchase particularly for such a hard-to-find style.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trevor (lynx1245) brought this one down from Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. Thanks buddy!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Body is a deep brown-burgundy color, cloudy, and apparently generously carbonated. A 1.5 finger, fizzy, peachy-tan head crackles at the surface. Looks thin and slick. Head stops chattering after a minute or so, and soon settles to a creamy, tan crown.

Smell: Cherries, red wine vinegar, and lemon. Possibly some candi sugar and doughy malts? I'm not too sure. This is my first oud bruin. Upon opening the bottle, Trevor and I were greeted by aromas of black licorice and whiskey. Those flavors disappeared entirely as soon as the beer was poured.

Taste: Red wine vinegar, toasted bread, and sour cherries/cherry lemonade. Sour character slowly decays in the aftertaste, revealing more toasty, roasty flavors like coffee. This one started out shaky, but about midway through Trevor and I were both loving it.

Mouthfeel: Generously carbonated, sugary, thin, warm, and dry. Medium in body, I suppose. Carbonation wasn't over the top (something I feared after the initial pour); in fact, it was at a very enjoyable level.

Drinkability: All in all, that was awesome. I definitely had my doubts about this one, but it pulled through and was downright delicious toward the end. Maybe the sourness is on the tame side? I'm not sure. No stinging carbonation, which is something that's always bugged me about wild ales and lambics. This may be my gateway beer into sours. I'll be buying a couple bottles next time I see this.

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Photo of csmiley
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many tx to Tayner for sending this brew my way

A - Pours an odd combination of amber and brown. Not the prettiest color in the rainbow but I'll take it. Minor amounts of haze are present. The tan head tops out at over a finger deep and sticks around for a minute or two. It recedes to a cap that doesn't quite cover the surface fully. Lacing appears to be minimal.

S - Some sour cherry starts it all rolling. Cherry seems to have a multifaceted aroma - sweet and tart at the same time. The brew is musty throughout. Gingerbread comes out midway. Alcohol is barely noticeable on the end. Good job of covering up that 9%.

T - The sour fruit that I was expecting is really subdued in the flavor. The flavors that are present are balanced extremely well. Nothing really steps up and takes control in this brew. Just a smooth balance all the way. Some sweet cherry and unripened apple have a showing. Alcohol is noted a little more in the flavor and has an overall warming effect. Could be some caramel and toffee that come in at the end. They are hard to pick up though. Also, musty from start to finish.

M - Medium bodied with a nice and smooth carbonation level. A little creamy overall. Finish starts out tart and ends sweet and sticks around for a few minutes.

D - Drinkability is very good. Not the best example of the style but a remarkable beer in it's own right. It is a stronger brew but the abv does not seem to hinder how easy it goes down. One bomber in a session is enough for me but I would love to visit this brew again. Smooth + balanced = winning beverage in my book.

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Photo of youbrewidrink
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of scray24.

The aroma was pruney & tangy, the taste was complex with what appeared to be strong cherry & malt. The tartness was perfect and the alcohol well masked. I did however find a less than wonderful after taste that really effected the drinkability, I can't put my finger on it but it really lingered way too long.

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Photo of mtrentm
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a deep crimson color with a pillowy 2 finger off-white head that leaves behind nice lacing.

S: WOW! Love the aroma of this take on a flanders! The aroma is very fruity I get a lot of sour cherries with a slight apple cider vinegar smell to it followed by some oak & earthy aromas. There is a slight band-aid/medicinal smell from the bret.

T: My taste buds are screaming with the first sip! Fruity and slightly sweet upfront but the sweetness gets cut nicely by the sourness and sour cherry flavors. The medicinal flavors from the bret are present but just slightly.

M: This is a medium-bodied beer with carbonation and mouthfeel that remind me of a nice Champagne. It also has a nice tartness that doesn't go overboard as being too sour.

D: This is big in alcohol for a flanders style @ 9% but the the alcohol doesn't come through as over powering making it very drinkable.

This beer has mellowed out a bit since the first time I had it when it was released. I have a couple more bottles cellaring and can't wait to see how it develops the next time I pop one!

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

Huge thanks csmiley for splitting the bomber. You're the man, dood.

The Dissident pours a somewhat light toasted brown sort of color. It's hazy, but quite a bit light gets through and reveals some nice red undertones. It's topped with a vanilla colored head that stretches just over a finger or so deep. It receded quickly to a surface level covering and left light lacing behind. The Sam Adams glass kept the surface covered for a while.

It features nice sour cherries notes up front. It certainly smells sour and tart, but it doesn't smell overly strong. There's some musky and funky notes, but they're not overly strong. It seems like there's some Brett here, but I'm not completely certain. It doesn't smell quite as funky or barnyard-ish as some Brett beers I've encountered before. It could go either way. It's fruity and a little sweet smelling. There are some apple, pear, and berry aromas. Sweet malty notes take up the middle. It has a nice yeasty smell that complements the other elements well. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. This is a nice smelling beer. I won't go as far as 'special,' but it is quite good.

The flavor profile is actually a little more impressive. Yeah, it deserves a score bump here. Sour cherries are tart and a little sour up front. It's far from an overwhelming sour flavor, rather it's nicely restrained and very pleasant. The flavor profile seems to confirm that Brett is present. It's musky and funky, but not overly so. It's a nice complementary flavor and really performs well. Some apple, pear, and berry fruit flavors emerge in the second half and add a little more sweetness. It's a little earthy and grainy. That musky flavor reemerges on the tail. Once again, alcohol is blended very and is not noticeable at all. Pretty impressive for 9% abv. It finishes a little sour, fruity, and grainy.

Its body is medium and is nice and smooth. Carbonation is active, but somehow has light bubbles that don't get in the way. Not quite lush, but close. Drinkability is good. This is good stuff. It's got a nice flavor and goes down easy for such a big beer. The sour and funky flavors are pretty well restrained and don't come across as overly strong. At the end of the day, it is a 9% beer, but it's good.

The Dissident is very good beer. I like it quite a bit. It's really grown on me with each passing sip. I really like its subtle and deceptive approach. The flavor is somewhat tame for a sour, funky Flanders Oud Bruin, but it's a big time beer that will creep up on you. The flavor is nicely refined and enjoyable. It's rather artful (if that makes any sense). Overall, it's a very nice success and proves once again how talented the fine folks at Deschutes are. Nice job guys.

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Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, capped and waxed.

Poured into a tulip, it produces a nice, medium sized tan head atop a dark brown beer with reddish highlights.
Aroma is initially funky and tart, and as it warms up, oak and vanilla notes start playing a role. Grapes, cherries, raisins are all present.
Medium bodied, decent carbonation, it has a vinous characteristic, oaky and grape like. Cherries eventually come into play, tart and somewhat sour, but never puckering. Other dark fruits come and go in the background.
Nice and solid, pleasant and refreshing, but short of great.

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Photo of bort11
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another kidney punch from mikesgroove and the Fight Club Project Mayhem BIF.

22 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang tulip. Crisp sounding tan head that has a thin lacing. Color is a tawny brown with thin clarity.

Smell is tart and sour with a mild hint of malt sweetness. Taste is a tart puckering sour. Great wild yeast character. Very dry and crisp carbonation.

Blipped "Dissident Aggressor" by Judas Priest

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Bailey's Taproom in PDX.

The color is an brownish red with a very light head. The lacing that this beer leaves on the glass is just amazing... It smells of very sweet fruits and slight sourness. The taste is extremely tart raspberries and sour apple. Dissident has a very thin light body which makes it extremely easy to drink. I truly enjoyed this gem.

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Photo of Redwood21
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

JohnGalt1 you cheeky bastard, thanks for this beer.

A: The color is gorgeous with subtle hues of red and brown but the head is lacking and that's the only knock i can give this beer when it comes to the beauty pageant part.

S: very fruit forward like a port with a little bit of alcohol in the nose. its very crazy and fragrant. the sweetness is not overpowered and doesn't overdo anything. i poured this into the glass and was immediately smiling wanting to try it... so yes the aroma is good

T: very fruit forward like the nose, but like the nose it does not overpower. its extremely smooth there is a touch of alcohol but its more mealy than that and a bit thicker. it has a dry finish and sits on your tongue even after you have finished it

M/D: this beer is exceptional good in my opinion i was surprised in a good way, never had the style and now ill seek it out. its a bit sweet but good.

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Photo of drseamus
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly cloudy red body with a yellowish head.

S: Super tart nose. Good vinegar plus barnyard.

T: Great tartness. Good vinegar. More barnyard in the flavor than the aroma, but enters late.

M: Thin to medium body, right for the style.

D: The funk is deliciously intense.

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Photo of duffextracold
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown color, very small head. Smells like sour fruit, with a bit of malt. I'm not really sure what to compare this too... But i was pleasantly surprised. slight vinegar taste, not too sour. just enough to give it a nice twang. slightly spicy and peppery. Medium carbonation level. the sourness does a nice job of scrubbing the palate. I like this beer. i haven't had too many sours before, so i don't have much to compare it too... but i like it.

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

a: This was a very pretty ruby color with some coppery highlights. It poured with a long lived, sticky, and fizzy light tan head.

s: Beautiful, but hard to describe. Tart fruity aromas of rhuhbarb, lemon and apple cider vinegar. Also, some damp, earthy hay blanketed by gentle warmth.

t: Difficult to describe and I just want to enjoy this one, so I'll be general. The funk is there, but it isn't all that harsh. I didn't even get heartburn. The abv is extremely well masked and there is subtle something sweet that works really well. Because of my lack of experience, I can't speak to the authenticity of this offering. I can just say I loved it.

m: Chewy and big bodied with carbonation that lasted the entire hour and a half.

d: Big thanks to stellar JohnGalt1 for this gem. What an extraordinary beauty form the PNW. Thanks again Toby!

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Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper/rust color with a thick, foamy, white, one-finger head. It left a little soapy lace.

S - It smelled funky and of horse blanket. It had a light toasted caramel aroma, too.

T - It had a mellow yeasty quality and the funkiness builds with a nice caramel malt backbone.

M - It was very sharp and crisp with a very dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good brew. I've never had this style, but I've enjoyed it.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, grapefruit rind ruby color. Thin off-white head with swirly retention and moutain silhoutte sticky lace. Due to the wax seal, this beer was a sonovabitch to open.

Smells sour...like my socks after I run a marathon sour. Also, Yankee Candle holiday candles, gingerbread and clove. I'm kind on the fence about the aroma: I'm pretty sure it's supposed to smell sour, but should some one really make a beer that smells like socks?

Tastes sour but not obnoxiously so. Gingerbread sweetness and Djarum Black clove cigarettes almost balances out aforementioned sour.

Overall, one of the most interesting beers I've had in awhile.

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4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany body sits regal in the glass. Hosts a bread crust colored speckled deep tan head that stands at an inch and fades in a minute. Nose is very attractive with tones of sweet, tart cherries, doughy yeast and dark fruit resins. Keeps with that yeasty feel as you take first sip followed by an initial sweet tart tingle on the tongue. The tart feel turns slightly vinegary but still nice. The sour feel stays on the back of the tongue and creates a mouthfeel of sour dry bitter. Almost turns to a citrus bitter on the back of the tongue. Drinkability is good.

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The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,330 ratings.
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