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RATINGS: 538   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2010 [Bottle] shared by KAF. This one definitely got better with some time on it. Pours hazy caramel with a soapy beige head. Aroma has some lactic tartness, a touch of cherry, some oaky character,and vanilla. Flavor is creamy and quite tart, with some caramel and cherry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2008
I was so glad to be able to get a hold of a bottle of this. Pours a reddish brown with a funky fruit/wood aroma. Some dark fruity flavor and some funky kick to it. Mildly sour (I was hoping it would be more sour). Great beer though, I enjoyed it a lot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Bottle @ Night of the funk. Deep reddish amber in color with a little off white head. Sour funky fruity woody aroma. Cherry yeasty notes. Light bret yeasty and dark fruity flavor. Plum and cherry notes. Full bodied. Smooth and balanced. Finish is nice and sour. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Tons or cherry pit elements to this beer. Fantastic aroma. Unfortunately, the finish is rather rough and woody. Perhaps some time in the bottle will make this truly world class.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2009 just opened a cellared bottle from ten months vintage. The wild yeast has become much milder in taste, with more barnyard funk, and some wonderful fruit and beef jerky flavorings. I’ve got to up my ratings now. Original 2009 rating: Bomber and a draft later from Malt & Vine. The particular yeast in this one takes over the nose, reminding me of a sour cider common to Frankfurt, Germany. Thin but lasting golden head. Rich red color appears lighter from tap. Bottle is also more carbonated, than draft, but both are smooth and balanced. Flavors of wild pawpaw, cherry, birtch bark, and plum. Not sure I have ever tasted a beer quite like this one. Deschuttes is on a roll this year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Bottle shared by Skyview. Light brown/amber pour. Light sour aroma with notes of dark fruit. Sourness comes through a liittle more in the flavor along with the dark fruit, malt and some spice. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - SEP 26, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 Got at Nugget Market. This one reminded me of RR’s Supplication. It had a sour taste, almost like wine. Excellent palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2323) - California, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Reddish brown color, moderate head with good lacing and retention. Aroma is funk, barnyard action, vanilla, cherries, light bret, fairly sweet. Medium to full body, quite sweet with a good amount of sourness. Probably their first Belgian style beer I’ve really liked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 25, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 On tap, pours a deep ruddy brown with no head. Funky, cherry nose and flavor. Not too tart and not too sweet. A decent sour, but loses a couple tenths due to lack of complexity. The finish goes gradually toasted almond and oak, but a bit too subtle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2008
22oz bomber, 2008 Reserve purchased at the Bottle Barn. My label also claims 9% ABV, not 11%. Clear reddish copper with a 1/2 finger light beige head, fair retention. First aroma is dark cherry pits and unripened cherries. Some leathery and bitter lemon rindy brett is also prevalent, with only a little bit of vinegar in the background. Flavor is fairly citrusy with the cherries toned back a bit. There are also some red wine tannins I didn’t pick up at first in the aroma until I tasted the beer. Dry lightly oaky finish with bitterness peaking at a 2-3, and tartness at a 4. Light to moderate carbonation with a creamy medium body. The alcohol merely warms my belly, other than that it is masked quite well.

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