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RATINGS: 573   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Stunning brew with tons of complexity. Odd also, with a malty but a sour that creaps in but not like any other sour I have had. Should age nice for a couple years. Better out of bottle than Keg. Aroma and the unique sourness makes this beer outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (10728) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2008
Bottle from mashmaster, thanks! Reddish brown color. Vinous aroma with caramel, cherries, marzipan. Malty, fairly alcoholic, quite oaky flavor with hints of marzipan and cherries. Sour with caramelly and coffee notes. Horseblanket. A good complexity, but just lacking a bit in balance. Nevertheless a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5695) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Strong aromas of oak, brett, and a little lighter aspect of tart cherries. Pours auburn with a thin head and sticky lace. The flavors has notes of tart cherries initially, a touch of sweetness. Oak follows and creates a dry sourness. Bretty funk comes in the finish and lingers with a touch of booze too. The tartness level is medium, the carbonation is rather bitey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (3533) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Darn. I paid a lot for this ($10) and was really hoping for something really special. From the 22 oz bottle this poured a cloudy dark orange with a small off-white head and very little lacing. Nose was of sour cherry and vanilla. Mouthfeel medium and somewhat fizzy from what I assume is the carbonation. Flavor is of sour fruit and the finish is a bit acrid. Overall it was interesting, but I had a little trouble getting it all down. For me a bit of a disappointment. Maybe aged it would get better, but this is the only bottle I had and at this price probably the last.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8902) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Sample at the Columbus Ratebeer gathering at ogglethorp’s 11/20/08: This beer is a cloudy ruddy orange/amber color with a thin off-white head that dissipates slowly, leaving a ring around the outside. Stringy lacing. The aroma is sour cherries and apples, plus touches of vanilla. Medium-bodied with flavors of sour fruit, yeast and earthy malt. Interesting spice character in the background too. The finish is fruity with a vinous aftertaste. Pretty enjoyable overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RSRIZZO (1872) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Aroma is a sour fruit scent. Color is a deep dark reddish brown with good carbonation and a thin tight head. Taste is big, bold and sour. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a crisp twang. Finish comes in with a bold sour taste that has cheery and oak tones, then there’s a dry vanilla taste. In the after taste the sour feels almost sweet and yet dusty. This is an interesting sour its complex but yet its delicate and bold all at once.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bomber. Pours a clear dark amber color with a soapy, medium sized off white head. Has the appearance of a traditional Brown Ale. Aroma is sweet maltiness, caramel, slight sour cherries. This smells like a Barley Wine with just a touch of cherry tartness and a dash of acetic acid. Some vanilla and wood notes are also noted. Taste is malty, very slightly tart with some cherry fruitiness though it is subtle. I expected this to be much more sour. One positive note I can say is this hides its alcohol extremely well. Other than that it pretty much tastes like a brown ale with some cherry syrup added. I have another bottle of this that I’ll give some more time to age and hopefully this will sour up. As of now this is hugely disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2008
22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Pours a fairly clear copper red with a small creamy white head that lasts as a cap for the duration and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is full of sweet and tart fruits - certainly some cherry and raspberry notes. There is some funkiness, but nothing overpowering. Brown sugar and a bit of wood round out the nose. The taste starts out with a tart fruit kick and gives way to the sweetness of the fruits and sugar. The finish is slightly dry with a definite wood presence. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation that enhances the complex sweet/tart flavor mix. This is a very drinkable Flanders and one that is not overpoweringly tart or funky. That makes it a very good beer in my book. I’ll definitely revisit this one over time and see how it ages.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
onecrazybreeze (21) - , Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle. Poured dark reddish brown. Nose was funky with some tartness of cherry. Taste started sour and ended on a sweeter note. Overall a good beer and a great experimental beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (961) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2008 Bottle from Texas Liquor. Despite their high normally high prices, this bomber was worth the $12.99 I paid for it. Shared with Katie. Took me a while to dig through the liberal use of wax covering just to open the bottle. Pours a beautiful, dark ruby-brown color with a thick and frothy beige head. Perfect appearance here. Lovely nose of red wine, oak and yeast biscuit. Medium sourness flavor with caramel, earth and light chocolates. Finishes up tart with notes of cherries and brett yeast. Nicely carbonated on the palate with a lasting oak wood character. Well-played.

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