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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Pours a deep red/brown with no head whatsoever, even with a vigorous straight pour into my Orval goblet. I could already smell the ample aroma wafting out of the bottle. Once in the glass, the aroma opens up even more. First impression is of Rodenbach (which makes sense). There is some other complexity underlying in there. The funk and sour smell is more subdued, but there is also ample cherry, oak, and vanilla aroma. Taste is quite sour, though not Rodenbach Grand Cru sour. Fairly easy drinking for a sour beer. The oak and cherry flavors are more pronounced than usual, which is nice. I think that this may be a great gateway sour for people. Would pair well with cheeses and spicy foods. There is a little tiny bit of sludge in the bottom of my bottle, but I have heard from multiple sources that it is pasteurized/not bottle conditioned, so I don’t have very high hopes for aging this one, which is a shame. In fact, I heard that Deschutes is doing that to all their beers, even this sour and their high alcohol special releases...they need to get with the program for cellaring enthusiasts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Bottle pours light brown with off white head. Has a medium body. Flavor is fruity, sour, has some funk, and is a real nice drinking sour. There is some cherry, oak, vanilla, brett, and vanilla. Its really smooth. Overall I really enjoyed this brew. It has other flavors not typical in sours and I can’t wait to age one. Thanks Eric!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14178) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Bottle from Marcus. Red copper color with a slight white head. Aroma is mildly sour, like a red wine needing a bit of aeration. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is incredibly full and vinous. I’ve got 4 more tucked away. Hope I can hold off. This is full of oak and dark cherry. I even think the cab is showing. F*** wine. This is much better. If a cab showed this body and flavor the world would be agog. Finish just seems to continue, though perhaps the fruit and wood are marrying up a bit. Get as many as you can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2008
Shared with Pyrozoid. Slightly cloudy copper poor with a small off-white head. Aromas of red wine vinegar, bourbon vanilla, cask wood, strawberries and kiwi. Thick full bodied, creamy, alcohol, slightly bitter but just nicely sweetened. Slightly acid as well. Flavors of Cherry, oak or cask, unripenned strawrberries... Ibiscus or Roses?... Amazing sour ale with a twist!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2008
Bouteille - Dégusté avec french tickler - Trade avec mlutton - Une biere de couleur ruby avec un mince collet moyennement collant. Odeur d’alcohol, cerises, sucre, petite sensation de vin. Gout de cerises, alcohol, tres bonne équilibre.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2009 22oz bottle. Thanks to Mark for this one and the Cable Car. Both for the SATRG. Pours a dense reddish brown. Whitish head, vineagar nose with lots of brett wood funkiness and lots of cherry skin and vanilla. Taste is heavy up front with some acidic cherry and a bit of alcohol, a lingering cherry pit flavor with a slight dash of hops and a light sour twinge at the end. Well done, with a few years this will be a world class beer. Re-rate 5 months later at Redlight, Redlight. This beer has matured alot in just 5 months. Alot of the brettiness that was restrained when it was young are really starting to come out and the carbonation is much smoother, this beer is alot more balanced now. Really a terrific sour from Deschutes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2008
Pours a reddish brown with a decent size white head. Aromas of cherry, brett, and some balsamic vinegar, and some heat comes through on the nose. Flavors again with the brett, balsamic vinegar, with a nice tart finish. good beer, would like to try again in a year or so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 16, 2008
ON tap at Liar’s Club. Dark brown with a small fluffy tan head. Sour and oak aroma. Nice sour green apple, caramel, and oak taste with a dry finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle: (Thanks mashmaster!) Pours a deep amber with tan head. Nice and fruity aroma. Some very subtle toffee is covered with tart fruit notes- passion fruit, strawberry, and a good amount of toasted oak. The flavor has a nice Belgian malt base- providing some toffee character under tart raspberry, mild earthy cherry pit/brett notes and a solid toasted oak presence. Has a nice tartness now, but with age may get nice and funky as well. I like the oak presence in this as well. Solid stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2359) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Bottle from South Bay Drugs and Liquor. I was anxious to try this the moment I bought it but just needed some time to sit down with it to drink and think. Pour is a thin liquid of reddish brown color with small formation of fizzy foam that turns into an O-ring. The aroma is very similar to a red wine because of the sour grape, wood, and faintest scent of alcohol present. Also, smells sort of close to potpourri too. Beer is bold and rich with sour and tart tastings that then leave behind a sweet sugary residue around my lips. Flavors can be defined as a red wine with a lingering sour grape and hint of wood barrel s while there is a sweet sugar or rose water aftertaste.

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