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RATINGS: 622   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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)


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2009
22oz bottle $8.99. I poured this into a snifter and put on Pearl Jam (because I am corny and the namesake of this beer is a good song). Clear, ruby red which seems odd but then I am no expert on flanders reds or oud bruins. First whiff gave off burnt rubber but quickly moved on to a lightly sour vinegar aroma with cherries with the rubber still darting in from the back and a slight touch of alcohol. Nice sour flavors of cherries, just enough to make my mouth slightly pucker but nothing like Supplication or La Folie sour, much more muted and that rubber makes a brief appearance in the flavor. I actually wanted to like this more but I have had too many good sours this year and I am not sure I could taste any hint of wood and the rubber aromas and flavors were off-putting. This is not hard to drink however and does get better as it warms (like most beers). update 10/12/08 The second bottle contains no rubber and tastes/smells better. Maybe because I drank some Isabelle just prior? Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-30-2008 02:59:27

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Thanks to fogdog for this beer! Pours reddish brown with orangy highlights. Aroma is fairly subtle for the style, but I welcome the lack of sour assault. Oak, dust, cherries, some amount of mustard and vinegar, and hints of the caramel malt foundation. Taste is malty and sour, but not as sweet as some. Cherries, sour fruit, big oak, mustard, light vinegar and a bit of caramel, almonds and bread. Finishes fairly bitter, oaky, dry and cobwebby. I’m not the world’s biggest sour beer fan, some the effortless creamy palate really won me over. Smooth and silky, big, but without much weight, and so so rounded. Just the right hint of heat, but it’s mild. This is a real treat, a lovely sour ale for those who want something a bit between Goudenband and La Folie, but with a bigger and silkier body than either.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Poured a golder amber color with an off-white head. The aroma was just how I like it. Tart with big leathery notes. Mildly tart, as in less than the aroma would have led me to believe. Earthy leather notes. Light to medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5221) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Bottle. Dark amber and mainly clear. Mild subtle Brett and other organisms. Soft, low, flat carbonation and silky mouthfeel. Nice and mellow. Lots of fruit pits, natural seed bitterness, mainly cherry pits. One to get to know.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (15651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2009
Hazy reddish-orange. Raw nose is woody, very fruity and slightly balsamic. Livelly body has a fruity, funky taste. It’s a dynamic brew that way...it has a lot of potential but I think I’d prefer more tartness.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rwaters (27) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle. Brown colored with a hint of reddish/gold. Aroma is sour cherry with earthy tones. Sour fruit up front taste followed by a woody/nutty taste that leaves a lingering tingle. Not quite as sour as I was hoping for.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 1, 2009
reddish brown with tiny white head. aroma is very sour and fruity. the flavor isnt very fruity, but still sour and acidic. it tastes kind of woody.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle and shared with tjthresh (I think I got this from Jon, not sure but thanks anywho): Bronze hued with a small fizzy head and spotty lace, when the worst part of the beer is the appearance you know you got a winner. The aroma is tart cherry and red grape, lacto acid, earthy, some caramel, woody oak chips, hints of grains of paradise as well. The taste has a nice moderate fruity snap supported by light spice and a backbone of sweet malts. Nutty note lead towards the woody barrel influenced finish. The mouth feel is dry yet mouth watering refreshing. Very well done and quite to style of an Oud Bruin IMO. Mikey Likey and wants another.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Courtesy darkguardian. Pours a very lightly hazy, dark crimson color. A frothy, well-retained head of tan foam leaves sticky arches of lacing on the glass. The nose shows elements I never thought I would encounter in a brew of this type. The requisite sour cherry and oaky vanilla is there, along with some tannic grape notes, but unexpected scents of powdered sugar candy (Necco wafers!) and spicy candied ginger are a real treat. Flavors aren’t quite as adventurous, as the sour cherry and aggressive, woody oak take over. Floral hopping is surprisingly substantial for the style. Medium-full, tart, and dry, the palate is satisfying. Sour cherry and vanilla linger on the finish. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Yum! Earthy and sour with a vanilla/citrus finish that delightfully drips with wooden character.


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