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RATINGS: 574   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RumRunner101 (835) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (1013) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Taster at Strong Beer Fest. 2010 vintage. Pours medium amber with no real head. Aroma is sour and dried cherries, slight acetic. Flavor is caramel, tart dark cherry. Mellow and smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle from Lectvay, thanks again! Ruddy brown pour with a light tan head. Wonderful aromas of oak wine barrels, cherries, and plenty of acidic sourness. Flavor is tart cherries with notes of the wine barrel coming through. Very well balanced. Just the right amount of sourness to it. Just a really impressive beer all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (4057) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2014
(Backlog) Bottle at fantasy tasting at Paul’s. Dark brune pour with tan head. Tart fruit, brett, sour, darker spice and fruit tones. Nicely tart sour with some belgian tones.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brenn79 (1628) - Idaho, USA - JUL 19, 2014
22 oz bottle 2012 vintage, aged in the aging fridge for almost three years- Pours lightly hazy reddish orange with a thin off white head that reduces leaving just a thin collar (3 year old beer it looks pretty good!). Aroma is extremely tart, cherries are prominent, oak, very appealing. The taste is mellower than I was expecting, the aroma was more tart than the taste, oak is there but not overbearing, everything really blended wonderfully, cherries. Body is medium full and carbonation is medium. Very good if not great, from what I hear this can be extremely harsh when drank young, really glad I waited on this one. The only question now is when will we ever see this one again? The last glass tasted completely different from the first, it started really tart and fresh, then finished not so tart, blended, and creamy as hell, never had a beer change so drastically as this one, but as i look at my scores i can’t find a reason to up any of them, so they stay the same.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3862) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 14, 2014
22 ounce 2010 bottle. Pours golden orange with a small beige head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, and wine. Taste is tart cherries, wine, yeast, vinegar, and wood. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJvd (938) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2014
Small sample from bottle @ Zeebra II. Pours hazy dark orange/brown with a ring off-white head. Aroma is a bit tart with wood, some caramel and lactic acid. Taste is slightly sweet with some lactic acid, wood, some fruitiness, a bit of alcohol and a soft sourness. Medium body and carbo. Too alcoholic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (4099) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle @ tasting, thanks John! Aroma is sour cherries, lactic acied, red fruits. Flavour is medium sour, quite fruity, mostly red, some barrel notes. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerardgathier (489) - - MAY 8, 2014
Backnote, had this beer at the zeebra extreem beer festival 2014. superb beer, 2010, sour woody fruity

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5469) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
Bottled @ Zeebra #2, small sample. Hazy orange to red color, short head. Aroma of light red fruit. Bit sweet, bit sour, yoghurt, lactic acid. Nice stuff.

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