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RATINGS: 577   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2301) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Light funk fruity aroma and taste. Hazed Amber color. Notes: 2012 release on tap at Aces & Ales barrel aged event 2015. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JefVerstraete (1836) - Ghent, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle from a trade. Dark red colour, thin layer of foam. Aroma of sour fruit, cherries, vinegar and red wine. Oak and fruit. Light sweet, tart finish. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyW68 (1188) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Wow. Clear amber (at least in this light). Aroma is oak and sour cherries. Taste is sweet cherry. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
panajoe (1) - Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2015 does not count
I had the 2008 version. It was so very good, so complex so difficult to describe. It was a really unique taste. I kept to go back to the store to buy more of them.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lizardking3 (166) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Pours gorgeous reddish brown. Aroma is sour cherries and tons of oakiness. Taste is massive cherries and oak and tannins. Really nice dry finish with lots of Cherry skins. This is really something special, and the high ABV is very discreet

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dchester (32) - - JAN 23, 2015
Damn good winey dessert notes and obvious oak barrel presence. Deschutes plz dont go corporate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hanuta06 (369) - Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Serving: from tap at Deschutes Brewery & Public House. Aroma: paint thinner. Appearance: no head. Clear, medium-red body. Taste: lightly sour, leathery initial flavor and lightly sour, woody finish with long duration. Palate: light bodied with dry texture and soft carbonation. Overall: interesting.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
krumbum (581) - truckee, California, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Deep woody cherry aroma. Beautiful brown with a slight reddish. You can see through it, it has a light but lasting head. Rich tart cherry with oak undertones. Thick mouthfeel smooth coats your mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (14258) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2015
Bottle @ Odense Tasting January, 2015. 2010 Vintage. Trade with Hannont. Thanks. Pours ruby red with a off white head. Balsamic, puke and coconut. Tart and dry. Good cherries also. Mild almond. Quite in harmony. Tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewje41 (981) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Draft pour at the Portland brew pub. Pours red with a quick fading fizz head. Sour fruit, wood, and wild yeast aroma as well as flavor. Wild yeast particularly stands out, though the sour fruit will linger for a while. Shocked at the ABV here. Drinks really easy, and the tartness isn’t too intense. Finishes a little wine like as well. Bonus points for being unique. This one isn’t like most sours. Great stuff.

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