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RATINGS: 622   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours cloudy reddish brown with nice off white head. Nose is sour. Taste is sour cherry and funk. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WABeerFiend (392) - - APR 27, 2015
Best after 10.27.15 date. Poured from a bomber into a Deschutes snifter on 03.31.15. A: Sour cherry and some barrel oakiness. It’s tart and sweet. A: 1 1/2 finger head that recedes to a ring of fluff and a layer of thin spots of foam. Hazy dark red body with bubbles streaming from the bottom to the surface. T: Sour cherry that fades into sweetness and white grape dominate. Oak barrel woodiness, vanilla, farmhouse funk, and brown sugar are subtle. P: Slightly astringent. O: I went from wanting to dump it to liking it. The sourness fades after the first sip. It has a very nice barrel flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asceticbrewer (69) - Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2015
2014 bottle, poured into tulip. Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown, with an orange coloring on the edges. Has an thick orange brown head. Aroma is sweet red wine, cherries, sour, and funk. Taste is tart, brett funkiness, cherries, wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (1676) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a super thin ring of head. Aroma of wood and tartness. Taste of wood, booze, and some tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (5145) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle shard by jheath99. Pours reddish-brown with thin head. Aroma is oak, tart cherries, light vanilla, faint rum, red grapes, and faint leather. Flavor is dark, vinous fruit, leather, barrel character, soft sweetness, and soft acidity. Medium/full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
6ROW (461) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Brown to red pour with a a fleeing white head. Big oak aroma, sweet taste not heavy on the cherry taste. heavy carbonation . This would be a good one to start someone on sours. Not an every day beer but I may have to put one up for aging

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagerboy (1958) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2015
Bomber, 2012 Reserve, Best After: 8/20/13. Unclear red brown, tan foam fades fast. Aroma of tart fruity funk and wine barrel. Taste is lightly sweet n’ sour fruity funk, richer maltiness, woody and vinous. Softer carbonation, medium bodied, low hopped. Nicely balanced, well worth the wait. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4351) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy darker amber color with a smallish off-white head on there. I get wine and nose up front in the aroma, then the cherries start to come through later. Taste is fairly sour and definitely smacks of cherry. Long aftertaste that makes you pucker for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 2, 2015
Delicious. 2014 edition, drinking well before the "Best after" date but I did purchase a second bottle to age. Fizzy red pour - almost no head (dinging an appearance point for that) and 0 lacing which was a bit disappointing. Aroma of sour grapes, cherries, and wine. Quite a complex flavour, largely fermented cherries and white wine, but also has some yeasty funkiness and oak tones. Very worth checking out, and definitely worth aging. Current rating: 3.5 (as of March 2, 2015). We’ll see what it goes up to with a good cellaring!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
popway (167) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2015
I didn’t give a yawn for Abyss, but this is quality cherry. Surprisingly carbonated and light opposed to my expectations of a darker beer. I like Supplication and this has the cherry depth and wine barrel aging that is complimentary and not cheap. A pale ruby appearance a cool ass crow design logo on the bottle. You would think light fizz AKA wine cooler , But, lo, behold a quality full bodied well blended cheery-esqe beer. What a nice find!

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