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RATINGS: 556   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1431) - 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 (10439) - 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 (1490) - 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 (1503) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (1047) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Pours clear reddish brown with fast fading head, aroma is nice funky sweet malt, taste is light tart and funk with a sweet funky finish, tasty beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rxeight (1509) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Sample at FOBAB. Had several sours last night. This was the worst. Overrated. Not impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrFecesious (1091) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
Shared bottle with Tristan. Thanks bud. Cloudy burnt orange with minimal cap. Aroma is terrific. Vanilla, raisin, spices, caramel, honey. Taste is nice sour fruit, vinegar, raisin, spices. Great carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merc7186 (2238) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
A:Brownish/Reddish Hue, Passes Mild Light, Thin White Head, Mild Lacing S: Bitter Cherry, Red Plum, Red Wine T: Bitter Cherry, Boozy, Red Wine, Mild Currants M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bitter, Mildly Fruity Overall, nice bitter cherry, red fruit and red wine taste but a little milder than I would want...possibly the age took it down a notch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Rated on 5-30-2009 (2008 Reserve Bottle) This beer forms a small tan head, no visible carbonation, one ring of lacing, and a reddish brown body. The Aroma is earthy, oak, sweet malt, cherries, brett, and sour. The Taste is sour, cherries, lightly spicy, boozy, and sweet. The Palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. All-in-all, this beer is too funky and sour tasting for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (2874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle at home with friends. 2012 Vintage. Pour is murky caramel with a small cream head that quickly dissipated. Big sour fruity, vinegar, citric acid, green apples, lemons, caramelly, and bready aroma. Taste is big sour apples, pears, light cherry, heavy vinegar, citric, toffee, and caramel with a big sour finish. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. OK, but much too acetic for my liking.

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