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RATINGS: 546   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (1856) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2013
October 26, 2013 - bottle shared by the TG lady at Darkness Day. Brownish orange pour that was partially in my glass and partially on the chair next to me as I spilled while digging the pen out of my pocket to rate this. I was geeked to finally try this and was underwhelmed. Sour, fruity and wood in aroma and taste. I would like to try again in more optimal drinking conditions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (6559) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Bottle. Hazy reddish pour. Smaller off white head. Nice oak and sour in both the aroma and taste. Really good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beardaxe (183) - - OCT 20, 2013
Sampled at GABF. Impressed by this. Ugly, light pale brown color. Smells quite sour, but the flavor is surprisingly mellow. The sourness is a participant here, but not the only thing going on. The brown ale canvas is allowed a little room to express itself with a touch of sweetness. The oak also comes in and plays, which is something I don't see too often, even in wood aged sours. While some sourheads may see this beer as too tame, I really appreciated tasting a sour beer that used sour flavors as a contributor to a beer with a diversity of flavors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (2270) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Sampled at GABF 2013. Gold? and clear appearance with a white head. Tart and fruity aroma and flavor. Did I get the right beer?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlowOffTube (482) - Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Wow. Pours a dirty red brown with a white head. Aroma hints that its a very sour cherry wine beer but its actually very mellow. Nice oak characters with hints of grape through. Cherry notes are slightly hidden. Vanilla and oak in the middle. Nice dry finish you would expect. Wish it was a tad bit more sour, but very interesting and very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (3800) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2013
2012 Bottle: Pours murky brown with a minimal head. Apple vinegar aroma. Taste is cherry, woody, slightly lactic. A little acidotic...fairly pronounced alcohol note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3344) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2013
On draft at the GABF 2013. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Flavors of caramel and tart apple. Smooth tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmikolich (1458) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2013
22oz bottle 2012 vintage, best after 8/20/13 consumed 10/7/13, shared with Lizardville staff. A nice murky pour with brown red color, limited head, but tons of woody barrel characteristics coming through, sharp notes hit the tongue and finish with more woody drying. really nice sour, not gut turning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (7727) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Bottle. Musty vinegar and cherry malt aroma. Amber with small head. Surprisingly sweet cherry-apple malt initially with a musty dry vinegar finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2013
2012 Pours murky mahogany with a three finger off white head. Smell is a funk bomb. Fig and dark fruit, raisin and cherry, lactic. Taste is astringent bandaid. Light fruity citrus sour. Thick, full bodied. Ok

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