739: The Dissident

739 - The DissidentName: The Dissident
Brewery: Deschutes Brewery
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Bend, Oregon
Style: Flanders Oud Bruin
Alcohol Content (ABV): 11.40%
First Brewed: 2006
Price: $14.99

Tasting Notes
Magically tart and sweet at the same time, the fruit and acidity makes this beer very food friendly, cutting the heaviness of creamy dishes or cooling spicy ones. Thanks to the cherry notes, the need also pairs well with chocolate.

Ricky’s Thoughts

We haven’t reviews a “list” beer in a LONG time. It has been nearly a month. But, we have been busy. I started a new job, and we are working our way through some beers we brought back from San Diego over Thanksgiving. However, Sheryl got caught up (mostly) this week, and I wanted to review a beer tonight. So I let her choose. She had three to choose from, and she picked a bottle of The Dissident. This is a 2012 reserve, so it has had time in the fridge to age. I could smell the tart as soon as I popped the top, so I hope this proves to be sour.

Speaking of sour beer, I was just chatting with my buddy Evo Terra. He don’t care for sour beers. That’s too bad, because I haven’t met a sour I didn’t like. Tim Weable is even turning me on to these Brett beers. He would be so proud. Oh, and Evo is an author. He wrote a book about beer. About drinking beer. About drinking beer and being on a diet. Read it!

OK, let’s drink The Dissident. Cheers!

In the Glass: The label says this is a brown ale, but BeerAdvocate calls it a Flanders Oud Bruin. Regardless, I am excited to drink it. The bottle has a couple of years on it, and has been just sitting there int eh fridge every time I grab a beer. I was just talking to Erick earlier about beer… Asking if my palate was gone. I have been bored with what I have been drinking. I hope not. Beer is too good to not drink. Plus, we are drinking a beer every day in 2014 and sharing photos of the bottles on Facebook.

Nose: Wow, holy cherry tart sauce. That is what I am smelling. I am talking cuts through the air and overwhelms your palate with tart cherry aromas. I love it! This is what a sour beer is all about. I am going to smell it again, but then we drink. I can’t wait!!!

Flavor: Oh. My. God. That is SO good. That is SO sour, too. Holy crap, that is good. There is so much sour, I don’t even know what to say. They used Brett in this, and if I was drinking this without even knowing what it was, I would think it was a Belgian sour. I mean, so much character around the edges and just an incredible flavor. I mean… Wow. That is good.

Erick, I take what I said earlier back. There IS good beer out there. It’s in my fridge!

Mouthfeel: I don’t feel much. This beer is so sour, it sort of numbs the my palate a little bit. But there is a lot of character around the edges of my tongue. It has a nice carbonation that I can appreciate. I just tried swishing it around in my mouth, and just when I didn’t think it could get better, it did. I have to see what Sheryl thinks of this beer. Holy crap, that’s good.

Aftertaste: The sour continues for a few minutes, but I can barely sit here and wait. I just want to take another sip. I am going to see if this gets better as it heats up, but man. That is ridiculous how good that is. Deschutes has done it again! This is our last beer from them, too. Going out with a bang!

The Dissident – The bottle says: “Introducing our wildest brew yet. The Dissident – a distinctive Belgian-style brown ale. Fermented with wild yeast, we have to isolate this brew as to not influence the others . Otherwise, we just might have anarchy on our hands. Here’s to solitary confinement! And shared exploration.

If you can find a bottle of this, get it. Drink it fresh and get another bottle to age. I don’t know what this is like fresh, but man that is a fantastic beer with 2 years on it. Brown ale? Ha. This is Flanders Oud Bruin all the way. Cheers!

Rating: 5/5 (Can I rate this a 6/5? Sort of like turning the volume to 11!)

Sheryl’s Thoughts

It’s been a while since we did a beer from the book. This one has actually been sitting in our refrigerator (or on our counter) for a while. I think I remember when Ricky got it. It should be a good one, at least I hope.

It looks really thick in the glass. It didn’t have a ton of head when it was poured out, or at least mine didn’t. It’s kind of a brown sugar brown color, with a bit of a reddish tint to it. And it smells very sweet and somewhat fruity. I’m expecting good things. I hope I’m not disappointed! Let’s find out.

Wow. It’s very sour. More sour than I expected, that’s for sure. I bet Ricky really likes it, as he seems to really enjoy sours. It definitely packs a punch, that’s for sure. After sitting here sipping it for a while, I like it. If I was looking for something sour, I might buy it again, if it was available for a decent price. It’s not over the top sour, and it has a nice thick mouthfeel to it. It’s surprisingly balanced and smooth. If you like sours, I’d say definitely give this one a try.

Rating: 4/5

738 bottles of beer on the wall…

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