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RATINGS: 577   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Poured into a tulip wine glass. Strawberry preserves color, with a creamy pink/tan head. Tons of effervescence streaming up from the depths of the glass. Excellent retention and solid films of lacing. Aroma is chiefly black cherries, with smoldering oak, crabapple, and balsamic vinegar. An initial sweetish natural plum/cherry juice note is quickly tempered by a rush of winey tannins and fresh brettiness. The alcohol comes through occasionally, but it blends rather well with the other flavors, taking on a cabernet quality. Reasonably complex, but it’s a little boozy and young right now. This seems like a perfect candidate for a year of aging before a second sampling. The brett could fully blossom, the booze could mellow out, etc. Mouthfeel is a little astringent from the wine aging. Good carbonation, very short finish. A very good beer, but not quite a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2008 Thanks to Sparky27 for this! Murky brown pour fizzy off white head and minimal spotty lace. Brett on the nose. Caramel, leather, and cherry flavor with a slightly dry& tart finish. A little balsamic vinegar on the finish as it warms. I was expecting a little more sourness, but it is still a very decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2008
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of funk, fruit, berries, Brett, and light tartness. Poured deep amber in color with a small, creamy, khaki head that lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor was lightly sour. Tasted fruity with notes of caramel, cherry, Brett, and grains. Light to medium body. Dry texture. Lively carbonation. Dry, sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
waolsen (1367) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2008
bottle. copper pour with thin soapy head. apple, fig, barnyard, oak aroma. very nice aroma. full body. nice round fruity sourness. sour apple, oak, funk. very impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luttonm (2868) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2008
UPDATED: APR 7, 2010 Rating for draft (from Uber), have tasted (and cellared) the bottles so perhaps a comparison for later. Seemed darker appearance from draft, deeper amber/red with tight offwhite head. aroma is tart fruit and acidity. taste is wonderful tight and tart fruit (cherry) and cream. Brett dryness on the mouthfeel and especially in the finish. Lighter in body and taste than perhaps of the heavies, can’t wait to see this age. Lovely update, +.2 on tasting an aged bottle. Oaky, cherry and dry finish. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - OCT 10, 2008
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is ripe with sour cherries, sour cab grapes and brett. The taste is sour with cherries, wine, oak and brett. The mouthfeel is full, smooth and malty. The finish is long with lingering complex sour flavors. Overall: This is a superbly well crafted sour ale. I very much enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Bottle thanks brianK for sharing. Pours a light yellow orange body. A hint of sourness reminds me of the CL SFTO Wine barrel. Light barrel and hardly what the style suggests, mildy tart and not sour really. A bit of fruity esters. Simple and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2008
In a nutshell this beer is lacking. Sourness is present but lacks good character. No real funk here, just a fruity acidicness. Mildly dry finish. It’s not terrible, just lacking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Bottle from trade with jake65. Thanks again Jake! Pours a rich amber beer with a nice tan head. Aroma is wonderful of cherries, earthy, caramel malts, with a hint of the brett. Taste is complex and arousing. Flavor of sour cherries, tangy fruit and earthy funkiness all come togther well. Has a semi sweet finish. Very good !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2008
seems a bit disjointed....nice cherry flavor..but the acidity needs more kick and complexity.....perhaps it is because of the cherry variety choice?

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