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RATINGS: 599   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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 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?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2008
Sample @ Tucson Tasteing courtesy of highibus. Fermented sour aroma hits the nose. Amber body with thin head. Has a sour flavor like style dictates but little too tart and dry for me anyway. Some fruity flavor in the mix also. Thanks Tom.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2135) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2008
Brought a bottle to Toncatcher’s tasting. Tart aromas of cherry and other fruits. Flavor was a little less sour, but still a decent funk was detectable. Pretty yummy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Draft. Rich amber beer with an off-hite head. Light tart, light fruity aroma. Tart flavor without being very sour with some cherry fruit, oak, and malt. Medium body. Lingering tartness, cherry, malt, and oak. I hear the bottles are better than the draft version and this left me slightly disapointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2628) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Bottle. A reddish brown color with foamy lush tan head. Caramel, rich sour berries, cherry, earthy aromas that are quite inviting. Sour, tangy, acidic, earthy woods, and full of rich berry flavors. It finishes strong with plenty of pucker. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2008
750ml bottle. Initial impression of the beer was rather positive, but as the beer opens and warms slightly, things start to fall apart a bit. Still, a rather enjoyable beer. Pours a heavily filtered dark copper/amber with some ruby throughout. Nose yields an immense blast of pinappley brettyness. Raspberry and cherry skin. A rather thick malty base. Some earthiness and leaf pile. The smallest hint of barrel tannin is detected as well. Flavor is fairly tart and acidic. Fruit skin tartness. Pineapple. Apple cider vinegar. Light tannic wood notes. The brett and oak are quite nice, but the malt body is rather flabby and cumbersome. Medium to full bodied. Very creamy with average carbonation. The acidity is rather clean on the finish. I would like to see a little more length and grit. The malt profile is rather distracting from an otherwise better than average sour. Thanks Jake!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2008
A very large sour ale... I do not have a lot of experience with sour ales, however we (my family) enjoyed this one over ribeye steak with potatoes... it actually did a nice job of matching the meal. Deep nose of sour Washington bing cherries.. since I live in the state and ate a lot of those things off the tree, you can definately feel them... to continue, the taste was definately dark fruit dominant due to the aging and cherries. The fragrance is a little perfumey with the cherries’ sourness... palate was smooth and creamy with nary a hint of alcohol... this is the best beer that the NW has to offer and it is fantastic... squirrel it away folks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad (5120) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Pint - Eastside Club Tavern - Olympia, WA
Aroma – Nice sour cherries aroma from the start.
Appearance – Reddish amber in color, clear, with a thin head.
Flavor – This was a deep sour ale flavor. Huge cherry flavor which where very sour. With a light lingering of fresh cherry flavor. Some oaky and wine flavor.
Palate – Great Mouthfeel, Good texture with a dry sour finish.
Overall – One of the best Sour ales I have ever had. This had flavor to give and was just right in all ways. I loved this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3011) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Bottle: Pours a gorgeous brown with a crimson tint, a large and creamy beige head. Aroma is sweet with vinous and barrel notes. Some tartness. A great predecessor to the taste. Very rich with oaky and barrel notes, vinous qualities, and a sweet/tart sensation. Nice blend of flavors and mellow balance into a light lip-puckering finish.

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