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RATINGS: 599   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3575) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2009
22 oz. bottle courtesy of trades with both mashmaster and bitbucket. As an aside before I begin my rating, I have to say that I really like the label graphics for this beer, very cool. Thankfully, the wax on this bottle is soft and easy to cut through. The beer itself pours a deep golden amber with a thin off-white head. The aroma is pleasantly sour with just enough funk to give that barnyard smell but not be so strong as to mask the other attributes. A generous amount of sour cherry in the nose as well. The flavor is equally nice with old leather, barnyard funk, sour cherry and oak. The tannins in the finish remind me more of a cabernet than of beer. Sour ales are a style that I probably have the most difficulty with, as I really don’t enjoy (and I guess appreciate) the uber sour beers, but this one I thought was just excellent. My wife, who doesn’t like sours at all, also thought this was very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4457) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Thanks to durhambeer for sharing. Pours a translucent copper red with a creamy light tan head. The nose is spicy, woody, cherry skin and flesh, mild alcohol, sweet, caramel malt, fruity, fig. Flavor is spicy and woody, crisp hoppy bitterness, tannic feel, mild tartness, cherry skins. Crisp bitterness with a balancing tannic character round out the mouthfeel. Don’t feel 9%. Very tasty bruin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Bottle, shared graciously by darkguardian on 12/30/08. Pours ruby with a wispy cream head. Nose is funky, wood, acidity, quite tart and sour with a little acetic character, soft vanilla from the barrel. Softer acidity in the mouth than the nose would suggest, tart, the wood really comes through. Tannic, puckering drying, medium to low carbonation makes it smoother. Not prickly. Very good at this point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Thanks to Dark Guardian, I think. Somewhat light smell of sour apples, tart cherries and a dusty apartment. Tart cherries move into the flavor with some vinegar. Not overly sour tasting and much lighter than the aroma would suggest. Good, but I think would be better with even more sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 5, 2009
22 oz bottle. Nice looking amber beer. Nose is tart berries and wine. Flavor is sour as all get out, but there is a nice sweetness that balances the infected flavors well. Not a fan of sour beers, but this is pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5510) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2009
22 oz bottle, shared by Axilla. Pours a hazy amber body with a wispy beige head. The nose is fairly funky with some cider vinegar and a bit of brett. The flavor had a nice level of funk to it as well, not the most aggressive Sour, but it seemed pretty well balanced, some oak, tart fruit, it had a very vinous quality to it. I could use a bit more brett flavor, maybe that will come with time? Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with light carbonation and a slightly puckering acidity. Pretty decent, but not something that I loved.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LinusStick (3052) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Amazing sour courtesy Mr Stitch- Thanks man! Aroma was perfect- full and strong. Tart vinegar with sour fruit. Pour was also perfect. Medium brown with an amber hue and a nice pillowy 3 finger tan head. Taste was vinegar, sour raspberry and funk with woody undertones. Strong carbonation and very addictive. Near perfect in every way

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2009 thanks zeswaft. bottle pour. pours 1 inch tan foamy head and is burnt red and clear with lots of carbonation. smells pretty funky and farty, flavor isnt super sour ale as much as it is like a jolly pumpkin. but its actually a pretty good one. very mild infection flavors. pretty sweet. awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2008
22 oz. bottle shared by highibus - Pours a mahogany color with a thin off white head. Light lacing. The flavor and aroma is tart esters. Soft carbonation and medium body. A decent beer. Thanks Tom.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3548) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2008
Hand-waxed bottle shared with Theis, traded from toncatcher. Pours a beautiful clear red with strins of bubbles and an off-white head. Mildly sour with aromas of brett and berries. Medium body. Medium to soft carbonation. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Bitter, bretty finish with faint aromas of coconutmilk. ’Bit too much brett. Thanks Dennis.

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