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RATINGS: 546   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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thome50 (1047) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle from Mark way back when. 2011 bottle? Pours a clear brown/red. Slight tan head. Aroma of raspberry, cherry and slight sour. Taste is raspberry and cherry forward. Some cough syrup notes and slightly sour. The alcohol here is notable in that it is too sweet versus sour. Lower the ABV here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (7847) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 10, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein trübes rötlichbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch säuerlich, reife Kirschen, Holzfass. Geschmack säuerlich fruchtig, sehr reife Kirschen, holzig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (534) - Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2014
2012 bottle. Musty aroma of wet leather, sweet cherries, pungent oak, and red wine. Murky reddish-brown with a creamy white head and thin lacing. The taste is tart and sharp initially, with traces of red wine vinegar, tart cherry-pie filling, tannins, and mineral water. The cherry and vinous flavors turn sweet midway through the snifter. Smooth texture with a prickly, tart finish (though the acidity is fairly moderate for a Brett beer). This bottle was much better than the 2010 draft release I tried a few years ago.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (2130) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2014 (reserve 2012): Un nez de brett délicat, cerise, cassonade, un brin de vinaigre et de tanins, tout en subtilité. Le flot de liquide est somptueusement rondelet avec les saveurs vendues par le nez tout en équilibre. Très peu d’acidité, un sucre qui supporte bien le fruité de la cerise, alcool enfouie dangereusement. Seul un vide de saveurs en milieu de bouche l’empêche de dépasser la barre des 4.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4565) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2014
2008 and 2010 bottle courtesy of Levi, 2008- Hazy red-gray-orange. Gushing bottle. Massive sour vinegar, yeast, a little musky. A pretty nice, big Flanders Red. Has a nice amount of depth, some nice malt undertones. Brett forward 2010- A different creature than the 2008 for sure. I get more lactic tones. Deeper, richer malts, balance it out. Superior mouthfeel. Whereas the 2008 is a little dried out, this is smooth and easier on the palate. Still has a puckering sour touch, but it is better incorporated. Nice beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (650) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Shared bomber with Sherm1016 and others at lake house NYE beer tasting; thanks! Late in the tasting. An eye opener of a sour/red ale. Very tasty. ---Rated via iPad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (4031) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2013
22oz 2012 bottle poured into a tasting glass. Pours brown/ruby with an off-white, lacy head. Aroma of sourness/leather, caramel malts, oak, and dark fruits. Flavor the same, with the leather being weird. Average texture. Sort of a disappointment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHangover (2524) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle, thnx to Secret Summer Santa, shared at Epic Sour Sourpuss Tasting. 2012 vintage. Pours a clear reddish, brown beer with a very thin off white head on top. Aroma is acidic, barrel characters, wild yeast and some tartness. Also touches of red fruits and vanilla are present. Flavor is medium sour, enjoyable and has a slight watery moutfheel. Alcohol is very well hidden, despite being 11,4%. Some citric notes are detected, alongisde bit fruity notes. Nice, great sipper. Amazing beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (5413) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle shared at the epic sour sourpuss tasting thanks to Mrhangover. Pours hazy brown with a ring tan head. Aroma is funky, tart red fruit, caramel. In the palate raisins come out with big leather and vinous aspects. Flavour is moderate sweet and acidic. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (5461) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
Sample fom a 66cl bottle shared with friends, thin white head. Hazy amber pour. Nice subtle sourness.

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