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 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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Photo of stortore
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 2014 twenty two ounce bottle into a snifter. Best after 10/27/15.

Pours a mostly clear copper color, not much head, nor lacing. Looks better than I just made it sound. Smell is malt, dates, plums, figs, cherries, some yeast and caramel, some wine aroma. Taste is a little tart up front, a little sweet on the back end. Malt, cherries- much more than the nose, figs, plums, dates, raisins, caramel, red wine, some oak. Smooth, appropriate level of carbonation, taste lingers.

Great flavors and aroma, very enjoyable to drink. A little lighter bodied than others of the style, but that really is just a difference, not a negative. Well worth a purchase, if you can find the 2015.

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

650ml bottle of the 2014 vintage. Served in a snifter glass 1/18/2016.

Pours a clear, dark ruby red body, one finger white head, minimal retention, no lacing. Smells of plastic Twizzlers. Actually that's about it. Not much else in terms of complexity. Minimal acidity, not much barrel. Flavour is cherry, plastic, licorice, dark fruit, mild acetic presence, not a whole lot else. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit sticky, low in carbonation. This one disappointed quite a bit, and well, definitely doesn't live up to the billing from past vintages.

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Photo of Mcastaneda224
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quite a delectable, cherry tart Flanders brown from Deschutes. I'll be concise -- abv is well-hidden, aroma and taste are both very wine-like (I'd take this over both Almanac Grand Crus any day). My guess is the flavors would be more pronounced once aged, but this is a superb brew, even when enjoyed fresh. Great Flanders Oud Bruin.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 reserve. Pours a murky dark amber color with a fingers worth of off white head. You definitely get a wine barrel smell with tart cherry. The barrel flavor is prominent in the beer with a slight sourness and cherry flavor. There is a very good balance in the flavor. It's a very smooth beer with very little carbonation. This is a wonderful beer. I'm not a cherry fan but the flavor is balanced so well by the barrel aging.

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Photo of BbyDigital
2.58/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I thought this beer was completely awful. Worst flanders ale/sour beer that's ever touched my lips. Maybe I got an infected bottle or something but me and both my friends I was sharing it with ended up pouring about half our glasses down the drain.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased from the public house. Perfectly balanced sour. Like someone here already said, nothing dominates the flavor, it all works together beautifully. The sour is toned down to meld with the tartness of the cherries. The oak comes through, hiding behind the cherry, very tasty. One of those rare beers that allows you to taste all the constituent parts within. I'd like to age one of these.

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Photo of homersimpson67
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Okay I will admit I am a complete hophead so I wasn't sure what to expect when my beer guy gave me this bottle of sour cherries. I sat on this for a few months as the bottle suggested(2014) label said best after 10/27/15 to enjoy, and today just cracked open and poured into a snifter and let warm for a few hours.

L= Pours a reddish copper and very thin apple cider look to it, small quarter finger of head quickly dissipates to a very clear reddish copper wine look.
S= smells of sour cherries and brandi, a hint of dank cinnamon and perhaps clove, and certainly some acidic alcohol
T= Sweetness up front, very much like wine and vinegar, not sure, perhaps just not used to the style. I think it is getting better as it is warming up a bit.
F= Its like wine, with a sweet/sour flavor to it, nothing special to me, again perhaps it is because I am not used to this style of beer.
O= I truly want to like this ale but I am not sure. Maybe I should have sat on it longer. I am such a fresh hop junkie it is a big diversion for me. It did grow on me as it warmed and I would definately enjoy trying it again in the future. Thanks Mark!!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy red brown with a very frothy half finger of active foam that dissipates quickly.

Crisp acidity, mashed cherries, oak, and vinous.

Cherry character really stands out in the flavor, followed by a sour apple tart acidity, subtle vanilla and oaky tones, and a definite wine-like character.

Light-medium bodied, high carbonation, soft, crisp, slightly sticky, tart, and a dry finish.

Overall, I was enthusiastic to try this one after glancing over the other reviews. As a fan of this style, I've got to say that this could use a little less wine barrel notes as it has plenty going on as it is and muddies the overall flavor of the base beer. That being said, this was still delicious and worth a try.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Brothers Craft Brewing during Resolute Day. The fruit and tart funk stand out in the nose, and follow in the taste. Perfect level of tartness goes with the cherries. This is very well done!

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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle share, 2010 vintage. This one ages well, and I have high hopes for the 2014 bottle in my cellar. Smooth, and oily, the aging lends the character more Belgian ale notes and mutes the sourness, Dubbel and Belgian strong Ale come to mind. Pit fruit, mild sweetness with a bit of pucker.

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The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
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