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RATINGS: 622   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
furiousdman (12) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Beautiful foam and bronze color. Subtle yet strong flavor. Nice mild funk with lingering sourness. I had the 2008 thanks to IrishBoy. Thanks!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bulldogops (2250) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2015
Rating #1491 - Bottle from Wine & Beyond Windemere 12.03.2015 - Sour N Funk Fest Prep - Pours a deep reddish brown with a bubbly head that disapparates rather quickly. Aroma is wild cherries, sour plum tartness - rich, fruity texture. Palate is well balanced - lots of tart cherry, sweetness from the barrel component - lovely sour/bruin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (3999) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2015
2015 reserve. Pours a deep brownish red from the bomber with bubbly off-white head that dissipates quickly to leave light lace. Aroma of lactic sour up front, dark fruits, hint of spice, big oaky tannins on the back end. Taste is like a big flanders red, booze is a little high, but nothing too extreme. Soft, bubbly carbonation, lingering acidity that fades to fruitiness. Just really really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (5090) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2015
Bouteille partagée avec madame ma femme. Vintage 2014. Merci Tony pour cette superbe bière! Une robe rougeâtre et une feuille de mousse. Des parfums riches de cerises dans leur sirop, de cuir, de fleurs brettées, de vinaigre fruité, de sucre brun, de biscuit Graham, d’agrumes. Le goût est tout aussi agréable avec ses fruits aigres complexes (cerises, mandarines, raisins, pommes), son acidité contrôlée, son alcool chargé par des sucres bruns, son chêne vanillé et bien d’autres choses qui altèrent mon jugement, ma perception, mes souvenirs, ma connaissance et mon ignorance. En bouche, voilà une texture liquoreuse qui ne montre que très peu de bulles. En finale, les cerises et d’autres fruits sont bercés par le fût et les sucres sont flattés par les bibittes. Très bon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebastokrator (70) - - NOV 22, 2015
Drinking the 2008 vintage. Light bodied, smells of cherries. The aging mellowed the tartness leaving a lot earthy, wine-like complexity. It has an excellent finish and is completely worthy of the praise it receives.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (3933) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle share, 2010 vintage. This one ages well, and I have high hopes for the 2014 bottle in my cellar. Smooth, and oily, the aging lends the character more Belgian ale notes and mutes the sourness, Dubbel and Belgian strong Ale come to mind. Pit fruit, mild sweetness with a bit of pucker.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (3791) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 14, 2015
2010 bottle thanks BuckeyeBoy a gentle pour keeps the light tan head at bay Lovely reddish Amber with a little haze Rich tart pitted fruit aroma Mild malty flavors tame sourness and smooth slightly papery trailer. A little ABV heat at the end

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
furthur (903) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - OCT 29, 2015
2015 Bottle, deep Amber, bubbly, cream colored head faded quickly. Aroma rich malt, lime, kombucha, vanilla, pears, hint of caramel and anise. Taste is honey, black pepper, lime, pineapple...this is awesome!!! Palate is smooth and rich, carbonation moderate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (1460) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 11, 2015
A clear orange, brownish colour. Aroma is sweet and sour, cherry, apricot jellly. Slightly funky, but muted. Not to bad, alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (9266) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle shared at the tropical Croydon tasting at Paul’s. 01/07/2015. Semi clear golden orange coloured pour with a thin white head. Aroma is complex, musty, tart apple, dirty nappy, acid and some varnish. Flavour is composed of sweet and sour, apricot, caramel, musty. Palate is medium bodied, highish carbonation. Interesting beer.

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