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RATINGS: 562   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4745) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2014
2008 and 2010 bottle courtesy of Levi, 2008- Hazy red-gray-orange. Gushing bottle. Massive sour vinegar, yeast, a little musky. A pretty nice, big Flanders Red. Has a nice amount of depth, some nice malt undertones. Brett forward 2010- A different creature than the 2008 for sure. I get more lactic tones. Deeper, richer malts, balance it out. Superior mouthfeel. Whereas the 2008 is a little dried out, this is smooth and easier on the palate. Still has a puckering sour touch, but it is better incorporated. Nice beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (669) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Shared bomber with Sherm1016 and others at lake house NYE beer tasting; thanks! Late in the tasting. An eye opener of a sour/red ale. Very tasty. ---Rated via iPad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (4244) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2013
22oz 2012 bottle poured into a tasting glass. Pours brown/ruby with an off-white, lacy head. Aroma of sourness/leather, caramel malts, oak, and dark fruits. Flavor the same, with the leather being weird. Average texture. Sort of a disappointment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHangover (2865) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle, thnx to Secret Summer Santa, shared at Epic Sour Sourpuss Tasting. 2012 vintage. Pours a clear reddish, brown beer with a very thin off white head on top. Aroma is acidic, barrel characters, wild yeast and some tartness. Also touches of red fruits and vanilla are present. Flavor is medium sour, enjoyable and has a slight watery moutfheel. Alcohol is very well hidden, despite being 11,4%. Some citric notes are detected, alongisde bit fruity notes. Nice, great sipper. Amazing beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (5871) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle shared at the epic sour sourpuss tasting thanks to Mrhangover. Pours hazy brown with a ring tan head. Aroma is funky, tart red fruit, caramel. In the palate raisins come out with big leather and vinous aspects. Flavour is moderate sweet and acidic. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (5817) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
Sample fom a 66cl bottle shared with friends, thin white head. Hazy amber pour. Nice subtle sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1455) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
2008 version. Pours a bit of a dark orange with light head ring. Nose is baryard, and notes of cider, some pear, some sweet fruit and caramel. Light in the mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (10549) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
2008 version :A reddish copper ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity malt with light acetic notes, apple skins, so-so. In mouth, a sweet fruity malt with apples, cloves, honey, tired and sad. Xmas Ottawa gathering Dec 13 2013.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mathieuc (1568) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle from nate321, thanks! Pours a light copper with a short-lived head that won’t leave any lacing. Aroma is fruity and also showcase some light acetics notes. There is some red wine quality to it, too. Taste is tart but still approachable with a nice interplay between alcohol and fruity flavors. Acetic and lactic with none taking over the other. Carbonation level is medium-high and tickles the tongue. Mouthfeel is slightly oily. Alcohol is definitely there but supportive of the whole experience. Nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrymel (1504) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Vintage 2012 Best after 20AUG13 Pours amber with a cherry hue, etched surface with a rim of light cream foam. The smell was evident from a couple feet upon pouring - really richly cherry this year. There are notes of lacto, breat and oak with plenty of the wine character coming through and lots of nice, tart cherries. The flavor is tart up front with a bit of heat and plenty of cherry flavor. This is really remarkable in that it is very, very fruit forward and most in the style that I’ve had are more oak balanced. I think I prefer this approach. The tartness is not quite sour per se, but is richly enhancing the overall tone of the beer. There is much, much less wood and grain perceived this year than 2010 when fresh. Medium on light syrup body with limited, soft and fine carb with a watering finish. Nice beer. I am really glad I got a good stash of this vintage. Serving type: bottle 10-31-2012

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