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The Dissident by Deschutes Brewery, Inc.
Sour Ale
11.40 % ABV

Review by everetends on 07/04/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2010
Old Review
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.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 10-08-2009 05:06:04

Served In: Snifter

Review by joe1510 on 05/12/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 2 8 14 4 7 2010
22oz Bomber
Liquid Solutions

Dissident fills my glass a surprisingly clear handsome mahogany. A few tiny particles float here and there but in no way affect the clarity. The body absolutely glows when backlit as the tiny carbonation bubbles scatter to the surface. The khaki head grew to two fingers without a problem and slowly fell to a respectable cap that gets creamier and creamier as it settles. This head leaves behind some tight, sticky, intricate lacing. It makes me want to dive right in.

I really enjoy the smell of this brew, slightly acidic with a nice damp oakiness. The cherries are there but way in the back with a solid underlying sweetness. Each swirl to bring the head back to life brings forward more of the sweetness but after the head settles back down the somewhat tart acidity comes back to the forefront. I'm a big fan of the tartness in the nose and the wet oak but the sweetness is a little on the cough drop side but that fades quickly.

The flavor is exactly what the nose suggested. A quick flash of acidic vinegar and damp oak get things started in a nice way. The cherries come through with a nice tartness in the middles that segues into the acidity again on the swallow. This beer has all the makings of being excellent. Unfortunately the overall flavor seems to be somewhat flat and watery. The flavors are just lacking.

The body is medium when it first hits the tongue but the active carbonation adds some frothiness to the backend. There's a bit of tartness in the back that lingers slightly. This brew has a good body.

The flavor didn't come together as well as I would have liked but this beer is super drinkable, even for the high abv. Each glass I poured was gone before I knew it. The Dissident really goes down easy.

I enjoyed The Dissident quite a bit even though it didn't come together like I hoped it would. It did go down super easy and I'd like more of it now that my glass is empty. I don't know what some time will do but I doubt it will do much. Hopefully things get a little better here.

Reviewed: 12/6/08

Price: $11.49 Served In: Tulip

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 16 4 7 0
Thanks go to Reino for this one!

Pours an earth, dark amber - almost brown color. One finger of almond colored head takes to the top, only to succumb rather quickly. A close look reveals light, slow carbonation on the rise, feeding the collar of fine bubbles desperately clinging to the side of the glass, and this in turn leads to some strands of lacing.

Upon popping the cap, I turned to cleaning up the wax mess.... when I get aromas of sour cherries wafting from the bottle. I drop the wax, grab the bottle, and cram it as far into my nose as I can - yep, sour cherries lead the way. Some sweet spice then follows - cinnamon, anise, quickly trailed by brown sugar and sweet, candy-like sugar. Quite malty. Now for the sour: sweet balsamic vinegar. And wrapped around the sour is the funk: wet leather, just off the horse. Nice.

Again, sour cherries lead the charge here... and along with the cherries, there are hints at green apple and perhaps even pear. Nice subtle spiciness, again with the cinnamon, perhaps even nutmeg - just a faint touch. Good lactic acid sourness - not too unlike that found in molasses. The wild yeasts are certainly throwing their funk around, as this aspect melds with the sour very nicely. A definite oaky-ness to this as well, especially in the finish.

Medium in body, smooth, acidic and dry mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot on.

I really am enjoying this. Great sour and funk. However, it just seems that somewhere, something just isn't blending correctly - it seems a bit muddled, and this throws the funk out of balance towards the finish, making it seem somewhat medicinal... not that I am complaining. Just wish it was a bit more "sharp", for the lack of a better word. As it is - I really do enjoy it, can't wait to see what some time does for this one!
Thanks again Drew!

Served In: Snifter

Review by tayner on 12/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2008
22 oz brown bottle with a raspberry colored wax applied very thick

pours an amber color, clear as if it is filtered, with a small white head.

smell is tart, brett, acidic, woody, everything I have come to love about flanders oud bruin style

taste is tart up front with a sweet and sour cherry background. midpalate i get some slight funkiness from the brett but I cannot help but feel like this is underdeveloped and will greatly improve with aging. the finish is clean and crisp.

This one is definitely drinkable now, i put down the entire bomber in an hour or so and could have had a second one if they werent 9.99 each.

I think this one will hold up well, and even improve, with some time in the cellar. definitely worth seeking out and trying.

Served In: Snifter

Review by Tip Top on 11/23/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 10 14 3 7 2008
A - Pour produces a nice toffee colored head that is about a inch and a half tall and made up of varying sized bubbles. A nice skim stays on the surface the whole way through along witha thick bead around the edge. Body is light brown with a little bit of an orange hue to it. Clean and clear.

S - Tart and funky. Lots of stale, earthy farmhouse funk coming at me. Almost a lambic like funk. Sweet, sour cherries. Some oakiness. Quite nice.

T - Very dry right up front, the flavors start off lighter than expected. Tartness starts low and increases gradually as it goes. Sour cherries and light sweet malt flavors. Funk is much lighter on the palate than it is on the nose. Earthy. Light woodiness.

M - Medium to light bodied. Fine, agressive carbonation.

Overall - The taste really let me down from the aroma. Carbonation is too hard and abrasive. This is a good beer, but lacks the layers of complexity needed to rise to great or elite status in my opinion. Could be interesting to see what some age will do to it though.

Served In: Tulip

Review by beastiefan2k on 11/17/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 2 8 14 3 7 2008
Thanks to BOLTZ from RB. First of what’s with having two layers of wax? Like one layer is not bad enough, but this pasteurized beer needs TWO LAYERS! Once I was done removing the wax, the beer poured with a small head that quickly faded into a strong halo lacing. Color is dark orange-ish copper, but completely clear. Some carbonation bubbles visible through the beer. Aroma is strong, it comes off as a super high octane Flanders Red made by an American brewer (as advertised, not exactly the best thing, imo). It is not like a BFM strong Sour Red but it’s got some similar characteristics. There is cherry, lightly syrupy sourness, but it also has a lot of alcohol and some leafiness coming off the oak. Taste follows with a little bit more alcohol coming through especially at the end of the flavor. It feels like I took a shot of liquor and I have a bit of an ethanol mistiness on the palate. It’s a little prickly and pear-like as well, some light acidity in there. It’s strong, definitely strong and some of that gets in the way of the Flanders aspects. Oak and alcohol on the back end, different, American, doable but I won’t be able to do the same with many other beers like it. Splitting the bottle with another person it was hard to keep drinking by the end with all the leafy oak and the alcohol.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by cjsell on 10/15/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 12 17 4 8 2008
A: Poured a dark amber/berry color with minimal head that disapated quickly.

S: An amazing aroma came off of this while being poured. Consisting of oak, fruit and raisins.

T: Tartness hits your palate immediately. That is followed by some cherry/berry flavor which is almost winelike.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty smooth for a sour, but you still get that tartness stuck on your tongue.

This is a very good beer, however I'm not sure it's worth all of the hype. I'm impressed that the alcohol doesn't come out more in this one and I can imagine it will only get better as Deschutes gets to work on it in the upcoming years. I will be trying it again when it comes out for sure.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Fro on 09/23/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
Solid offering for Deschuttes first attempt at a sour (Sour Brown).

Any young beer warrior looking to expand his skillset to do battle in the sour arena might make this tasty yet easy to drink sour as his first opponent and avoid execution altogther from the genre by the likes of Russian River's Supplication.

If I had Al Czervik's Golf bag, this would be my drink of choice to come out of the tap.

Price: $9.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 09/13/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 9 15 4 8 2008
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a frothy, somewhat large bubbled, initially three-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is dark amber / plum color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, light cranberry color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite wine like as it smells of dark fruit and oak. Further inspection yields a noticeable, but light, lactic tartness that accentuates aromas of sour grapes, tart plums and fermented raisins. The oak is the most dominant part of the nose with spicy oak notes, a woody tannic sort of thing, a touch of butterscotch, and some light vanillin notes towards the finish. This actually gets fairly toasty towards the finish (a bit like lightly browned saltine crackers) that is definitely malt induced but could also be from some toasty oak influence. The fruit aromatics get a touch jam like as the beer warms up a bit too.

Fairly thick and chewy with a tart, fruitiness that sort of clings to the palate, but doesn't provide much, if any at all, sweetness. The oak character seems to have contributed lots of tannic structure that has influenced the body and mouthfeel of this beer. this has quite a bit of berry-accented red wine like flavors to it as well as just a touch of perceived fruity sweetness. The finish has a fair amount of oak influence, but it is only one part of this beer and does not play the leading role that it did in the aroma. The tartness is actually less than it was in the aroma too, even though it was fairly light there. This has a substantial, flavorful, though somewhat soft, sour cherry flavor to it, especially as the beer warms up; both the flavorful tannic skin contributes to the flavor as does a fleshy cherry fruitiness. As it warms it also picks up some concord grape flavors as well as definitely getting more sweet.

This is a really easy drinking sour beer; it is very soft for a wild fermented beer and quite clean. The wine barrels and cherries almost seem to be more influential than the wild bugs, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. This is actually on the simplistic side for something that could have been funky and challenging; on the plus side though it is quite refined. This is fantastically drinkable, especially considering its alcohol content & I definitely like the bright fruit character that is here as well as the balance provided by the oak character.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Price: $9.95 Served In: Pint Glass

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