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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2008
On tap @ Hamilton’s Tavern. Pours a ruby red color with a nice sized beige head. Nose of tart cherries and some farmhouse funk. Flavor was slightly sour up front then got much sweeter towards the finish. I waited a LONG time to try this beer, it didn’t disappoint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2645) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Thanks to BOLTZ. First of what’s with having two layers of wax? Like one layer is not bad enough, but this pasteurized beer needs TWO LAYERS! Once I was done removing the wax, the beer poured with a small head that quickly faded into a strong halo lacing. Color is dark orange-ish copper, but completely clear. Some carbonation bubbles visible through the beer. Aroma is strong, it comes off as a super high octane Flanders Red made by an American brewer (as advertised, not exactly the best thing, imo). It is not like a BFM strong Sour Red but it’s got some similar characteristics. There is cherry, lightly syrupy sourness, but it also has a lot of alcohol and some leafiness coming off the oak. Taste follows with a little bit more alcohol coming through especially at the end of the flavor. It feels like I took a shot of liquor and I have a bit of an ethanol mistiness on the palate. It’s a little prickly and pear-like as well, some light acidity in there. It’s strong, definitely strong and some of that gets in the way of the Flanders aspects. Oak and alcohol on the back end, different, American, doable but I won’t be able to do the same with many other beers like it. Splitting the bottle with another person it was hard to keep drinking by the end with all the leafy oak and the alcohol.
22oz bottle, Cantillon short stemmed copita glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
19Ei8hty (1167) - Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2008
really great looking, ruby red body with light white frothy head. Big sour cherry bite uofront with a plethora of rustic, earthy notes highlighted by light oak and vanilla. Great drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9844) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2009 *** Re-rate*** Bottle... This beer rocks!... Only two months later than my original rating, the same batch has tartened up and dried out. World class brew! ***Original rating*** Bottle…3.8... Clear dark orange ale with ruby highlights and a small, creamy, khaki head. Fruity, vinous, funky aromas of old books, cobwebs, dark cherries, wood, aged cheese and red wine. Medium to full-bodied with lively carbonation. Well-balanced. Modest red wine and cherry sweetness layered upon moderate, moldy bitterness and bretty, funky dryness. Finishes up lightly acidic, mildly bitter, and then very dry. Kudos to smokepot23 for shipping this bottle my way!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBunker (745) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Poured a rusty brown with a foamy tan head. Nice carbonation. Delicious aroma of fruit, oakiness, malt, and sourness. Taste was of sour fruits including banana, cherries, and grapes. There was also toasty malt with oak flavors and yeast. No presence of alcohol in the taste. Lingering sour woodiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9382) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2008
22oz bottle shared courtesy of Axilla (I think). Poured a deeper and cloudy orangish-brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of cherries, brett, earthy, wood, and caramel. Tastes of cherries, caramel, wood, fruity, brett, and a little vinous. Nice sour finsih. I’m glad I have some more of this and will spend some quality time with the next one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6172) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Draft @ O’Bradys South Anchorage. Mahogany with a frothy tan head. Nicely oaked aroma with caramel tart cherry and lemon. Medium body and lightly carbonated. Mild to medium sour flavors are a good mesh of toasted caramel with cherry and lemon same as the aroma. No hint of the 11% in this draft version. Another hit from the Reserve Series.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5459) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Poured a murky brownish red color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of leather, sour cherries, nuts, toffee, apples, oak, and wild yeast. Taste of sweeter red apples up front, and bone dry, some oak, more wild yeast, grapes, and a sour finish, with a bit of alcohol in there as well. Thanks John!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Bottle from Liquor Max. Ruddy brown color, thin broken white head. Aroma is a subtle mix of sweetness and Brett plus a rich dark fruity malt base. The taste is tart and fruity balanced by a sweet grainy notes on the back end. Nice balance overall - certainly doesn’t taste like 9% - and it isn’t as tart as other Flemish reds, but is still tasty and refreshing.

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