The Dissident | Deschutes Brewery

The DissidentThe Dissident
BA SCORE
91.6%
Liked This Beer
4.2 w/ 1,409 ratings
The DissidentThe Dissident
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,102
Reviews:
516
Ratings:
1,409
Liked:
1,291
Avg:
4.2/5
pDev:
10.24%
Alströms:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
971
Gots:
680
Trade:
62
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,409 |  Reviews: 516
Photo of bshefftz
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Casey_L
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of anon
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jacobus79
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjgiant
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dactrius
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage

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Photo of andrewh995
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
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 -1.9%
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 BigTuna1066
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mantooth
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rfgetz
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RobinLee
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FFreak
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Biggiekrock627
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerhemoth
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mig100
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of A_Hoppy_Man
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TruePerception
4.37/5  rDev +4%
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 jschott75
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duffman79
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brittonkay
3.27/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sour beer profile

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Photo of Derek
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2016.

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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The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 91.6% out of 100 with 1,409 ratings
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