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

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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 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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Photo of errantnight
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome to the wonderful world of... American Wild Ales vaguely crafted in the style of Flanders Reds/Brunes. Whatever this wants to be called, it's both a fine introduction, and also (I hope) a work in progress.

From an appearance and aroma standpoint, there's really nothing to improve on. A heady pour (finger plus) of relatively thick foam with solid organic lacing, relatively tenacious head with solid retention, hazy but luminscent, a beautifully muted amber (toward brown) that looks luscious and not tepid or dirty.

Aroma brings a solid perfume of sharp, sour fruit, deep funk (a bit of cat pee), vinegar and cherry. Great stuff.

And in fact, at first glance, the taste follows through. There's some early palate toasty, caramel malt sweetness that gives way to cherry sour, dry and tannic. Nice effervescence. There's a hint of alcohol late. The problem is that it's lacking a back palate, and what's there sits as an off, metallic bitter sourness that is mildly unpleasant. It's relatively clean, but too much minerality to this makes it feel hard. It seems to have more in common with Supplication in terms of body as opposed to the richer, sweeter Duchesse, or Liefmans, but it doesn't have the complexity of sourness of Russian River beer, I wonder if this is solidly lactic sourness I'm tasting and not the more aggressive pedio which I perceive as a more lemony, sharp sour note that hits earlier.

It's relatively clean (for a funky beer), properly built, gorgeous to look at and inhale, with no significant flaws... but it's in need of refinement. That said, considering the exploding price points of American Wild Ales, it's nice to see a brewer not start ramping up to the 15-30 dollar range before they've mastered the art (in that price range I still only trust Russian River, domestically, for wild ales... although I still end up buying others). Here's hoping each subsequent release pushes this beer from simply good to the realm of the truly great.

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Photo of goethean
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage tasted at 58F. Pours into my wine tasting glass a beautiful red copper with a nice foamy head. Mild funky sour malt aroma. Delicate body is appropriate to style, but surprising to me, as I usually prefer more 'extreme,' big-bodied beers. Flavor is sour, malty and mildly funky, all three harmoniously merging together. Finishes dry, but no hops bitterness, flavor or aroma are detectable. There is a slight weird smoky or chocolate flavor towards the end. Overall, a sipping beer with the complexity and interest of a fine wine.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extra special thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this one in a trade. Thanks man!

A: Deep red/light brown with a tan head, about half an inch thick. Excellent head retention. Tons of bubbles flowing up through the beer. Pretty fair lacing, nothing remarkable though. Quite an attractive beer.

S: Sour funk, apples, pepper, oak barrels, and red wine, very tart smelling, lots of funk, and sourness. I'm really thinkin this one is going to be wild all around. Roses, and sour floral accents as well.

T: Raisins, and sour funk, lots and lots of funk, tart berries, cinnamon, plums, um...lots of fruit notes. Not nearly as sour as I had expected, but its right up there. Lots of funk, slightly medicinal, really tasty, not quite the best sour I've ever had, but it is quite tasty.

M: Low carbonation, quite dry, nice puckering factor, and slight amount of booze burn when going down. Not too shabby at all.

D: Dangerous. At 9% this one could easily land one in trouble. I'm quite impressed with this beer, and hope to get my hands on another bottle soon. Excellent sour beer, but I wouldn't recommend it as a first sour.

Thanks Toby!

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Photo of Sammy
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured reddish, not too thick. An aroma of spit and bacteria. Initially, the sourness well controlled by malt. Decent mouthfeel for a sour. Drinkable over a meal, tastes somewhat of a wild ale that builds up in the mouth over repeated sips.Intersting and worth seeking out.

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

Pours a nice brown with a foamy head that disappears quickly.

Smells great, funky sour cherry lemon goodness.

Tastes of funk and Brett. Very light oak and fruit hints. Similar to a less fruity red poppy. More apple comes out as it warms. There is no trace of the alcohol content.

Mouth is medium in body and carbonation.

An excellent drink and dare I say my favorite from
Deschutes this far.

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Photo of bum732
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish brown, decent bubbly head leaving great lacing. Smells of caramel, red wine vinegar, some barnyard funkiness, cherries, rasberries, alcohol. Tastes of mild fruity sourness up front followed by an earthy almost woody finish. Lots of lemony sourness, but not too much. Lots of flavor up front with a very neutral finish. Good mouthfeel, great carbonation.

My first Flanders Oud Bruin, not bad, but not great. Especially compared to lambics and Flanders reds. There is nice flavor up front, but not much on the back end. Maybe thats par for the style. Still, a decent beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep reddish color ale with large foamy head with great retention and great lacing. Aroma of oak and tart notes are clearly dominant with some light funk also discernable. Taste is also dominated by some oak notes with a tart taste with some lactic funky sour notes also noticeable. Good body with great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. While I really enjoyed the sourness and the oak notes I thought the funky yeast didn't integrated that well with the rest of the flavors. Still very good nonetheless.

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Photo of abecall98
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this baby on tap at Sac Brew

A - looked amber-like, with a very light head(poured into a 4 oz. taster).

S - Oh boy, this beer had such a sour sour smell, it made my mouth water. Excellent aroma. I could smell sour grapes, almost like a very rich fresh wine.

T - This beer is good. Very sour, very tart, tangy, and makes your lips smack. I could tell there are tons of flavors in this, I could not pinpoint them.

M - very acidic, and crisp. Just what you expect from a nice champagn, only from a very fine beer.

D - not sure if I could nurse a whole bottle, or even a pint of this baby. The sour is very strong, and I feel that after too much, would ruin the beer near the end. I will have to try it from a bomber and review that to see if I am right.

Deschuttes keepes bringing out amazing brews. Keep up the good work.

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

Appearance: Pours a dull dark amber with a large head.

Smell: Dark fruit, citric acid, oak, touch of vinegar - and a musk/dank element.

Taste: Lots of dark fruit and cherries with a nice sourness, a tannic element from the oak, a soft brown sugar & honey sweetness, and a hint of black currant. The oak/wine influence is huge, along with a touch of musk that somehow makes it seem old. Not really any wild funk, the wine, dark fruit, and cherries hold the torch.

Mouthfeel: Full, but light & crisp. Very sharp with good (not great) carbonation.

Drinkability: It is good and drinks well, but I was a little disappointed; I had hoped for more in terms of taste and sour. It was good but not worth the trouble of acquiring - but if it was sold locally I would grab a few. It could have been just a little bit more sour, and a tad less sweet. It is a very mellow sour. The ABV is hidden, had no idea it was 9%.


I found the 2010 edition to much less flavorful and more watery than the 2008 edition and my score has decreased from 4.25 to 4.0

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The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,378 ratings.
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