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Deschutes The Dissident

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RATINGS: 553   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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Fermented for more than 18 months in isolation from the rest of the beers, The Dissident is a distinctive Oud Bruin, Flanders-style brown ale, with a fruity aroma and flavor, the first wild yeast beer made by the award-winning Deschutes Brewery.

To give The Dissident its characteristic sour taste the brewery used a wild yeast strain called Brettanomyces (also known as Brett) during fermentation. Known throughout the wine world for creating earthy undertones found in many European wines, Brett is used in the beer fermentation process to create strong flavors typically associated with Belgian beers. Unlike English varieties that use traditional inoculated yeasts in the fermentation process, beers made with Brett take much longer to ferment and require additional barrel finishing time to balance the sour flavoring. In the Dissident’s case, this meant aging a portion of it in pinot and cabernet barrels for over 3 months. Another key flavor component comes from the Central Washington cherries that were added twelve months ago.

Due to the wild yeast , The Dissident required special treatment and was held in isolation under lock and key apart from the rest of the brewery’s beers to avoid any cross-contamination. A secondary bottling line was also brought in from an outside contractor to facilitate The Dissident’s bottling and insure the beer and wild yeast never touched the brewery’s machinery. With a beer this wild and truly unique, Deschutes needed a special label to alert consumers to what lay inside. The resulting image immediately sets The Dissident apart from the other Deschutes Brewery beers, even the Reserve Series beers.

The fruit and acidity in The Dissident make it ideal for pairing with a wide variety of dishes - the high acidity is perfect for cutting creamy dishes or cooling spicy ones. Because of the fruity characteristics derived from the cherries, the beer also pairs well with chocolate. Deschutes Brewery President and Founder Gary Fish recommends pairing the Dissident with “anything chocolate, the darker the better, soft cheeses like Brie and creamy dishes like spaghetti carbonara, or macaroni and cheese.”

A very limited amount of The Dissident will be available September 1st as part of the brewery’s Reserve Series in hand-waxed 22-ounce bottles...

Draft: 11% ABV
2008 Bottling: 9% ABV
2010 Bottling:10.5% ABV
2012 Bottling:11.4% ABV
30 International Bitterness Units (IBU)


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (1693) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle..Pour is hazy gold..Nose is spice, vinegar, cherries, funk..Taste is cherries, spice, funk, oak, dry, tart..

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiiruBierBeer (221) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Decent sour red with cherry smell. Medium carbonation with some foam. Taste is sour brown with a bit of tart cherry and some oddness to it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4613) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
bottle - red wax - from hoppypocket, thanks bro! pours unclear bright orange with a reviving off-white head, some lacing. leathery and cherry bretts, cherry meat, raspberry vinegar - aceticly not overdone, very spicy - cinnamon and pepper, bitter herbs, zesty citrus, chocolate hints. light carbonation - slightly foamy, medium body - oily, some sweetness although medium acidity, almost pungent, cuts easily through, semi-sweet, assertively tart if not sour and fragrant citrusy-spicy finish. very nice!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (4672) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle@HWT’14: 2010 vintage: Served in a taster: Medium sized creamy head. Hazy amber red colored beer. Aromas of red fruit, light dusty, some wild yeast, syrup, berries, light wood, Flavour is a subtle mix between red fruit and yeasty woody smooth tartness and is completely in balance. Aftertaste is a mix of red fruit, yeast, tartness, light woody, light funk. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium to full bodied and a creamy texture.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (8749) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle 2010 Vintage [from trade with Scopey] shared with Countbeer. Hazy reddish color, full sized fairly quickly diminishing off-white head. Aroma is lightly sour and a lot of red fruits, mainly cherries and strawberries. Taste red fruits, strawberries, cherries, lightly sour, slightly yeast. Very balanced. Very nice!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GG (2323) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
22oz bottle - 2012 bottle, red wax. This was still a rather young beer, with the brett character just getting it’s foothold. Flavor is very dry, has a good amount of funk to it with lots, and lots of lemon-rubbed leather. Not a kick-you in the nuts sour, but quick complex even right now. Some light wine notes and green apple also showing up. I didn’t get much cherry, but did get a fair amount of citrus. Very nice from Deschutes!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (3438) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle - 2012 vintage. Pours hazy reddish hazel - really a weird neon candy orange actually, medium fizzy tan head that dissipates quickly leaving decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is hella oak, some basement funk, lemon, tart cherry. Flavor has a bit of initial sweetness, then dries out to light plus tartness and a light funk. Flavors of cherry, oak, basement must. Medium body, rich mouthfeel. After the first few sips and as it warms it gets very woody and a bit harsh; some floor cleaner notes coming through.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MacBoost (1353) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2014
2010 edition, making this beast 4 years old. Fuck the wax. Pours a hazed Amber with a decent sized head. Aromas of tart cherries and oxidized wood. Taste is semi sweet and sour. How the fuck is this not dried out after 4+ years? Flavors of dried cherries, oak and some funk. Not very sour, a tad on the sweet side and noticeable alcohol. Meh. Pretty underwhelmed.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4602) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2014
Bottled (2010) @ Zeebra#2. The aroma has some lactic acidity, grape, cherry. Hazy, orange coloured beer with a thin, white head. The taste is tart, citric, has some berries and woody tones. Okay.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RumRunner101 (803) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2014
Pours murky light brown, white head. Aroma is red grapes, oak, must, toffee sweetness. Flavour is tart grapes, green apple, with great sweet malt balance. Finish has wet wood a lingering tart notes. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden. Great.


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