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RATINGS: 557   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Rusted brick colored brew with a well lasting white head. Really poor nose. Main complaint is the poor concentration and vibrancy and the aromatic elements that are present are mostly unpleasant, brash and unauthentic. Notes of sweet cherries, vanilla and oak are present in the nose, but mostly covered by the unpleasant aromas. Flavor is initially sweet in the front and mid-palate and then fades into a sour harshness towards the finish. Really poorly balanced and brash. Unauthentic and very hard to drink. Some serious problems with this beer: Sterile filtered and force carbonated, aging a portion in wood for only 3 months (not long enough and age the whole beer.) But the bottom line is the flavor and aroma suck. Blah.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Tart little beer on tap at Deschutes and also experieinced from the 22 ounce bottle--Poured a deep almost burgundy hue. At about 30 IBU was well balanced and flavorful! Surprised that the to-go waxed dipped and artfully labeled 22-oz’er was cheaper than the beer on tap. Finished tart but not super puckering. My experience has also been that the bottled dissident is browner in body that the one on tap. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Tap at City Beer. Real nice loking beer, dark red with a nice white head. Nice flavor, not over the top on the sourness, hid the alcohol very well. Good stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
tried at Another Santee Sampling. this time at toncatcher’s house. Strong brett bruxelensis (howevery you spell it) phenolics. Red amber color. Lots of bite on the tongue. Kind of dirty tasting, which is cool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Tap. Caveat emptor: rumor has it that the bottle is more sour and that may well be. On tap it pours with a copper to brown color and a smaller head. It has great flavors of fruit and funk. The flavors are very balanced, there is tartness, perhaps more of a banana and caramel backbone and some more citrus in the foreground. Very smooth almost creamy palate. People who really like sours maybe a bit diappinted but I prefer these kinds of beers over an extreme one such as La Folie

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
9/20/2008 tasting at toncatchers house, with whetheral, weeheavy, fordest, alohac, and Jason. Thanks for all the great beers and good times. A little dissapointed, will this get more sour? I liked the tart fruit flavors but it just wasn’t sour enough. Still very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Bomber via Fordest at Toncatcher’s Tasting in Santee. Pours copper with a tan ring. Nose is sweet and tart and light. Taste is mellow and sour and tart its a little light on the sour, but overall a good beer, no firewood if you ask me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 20, 2008
22oz bottle, thanks to Hophead84. Pours hazy red brown with a thin white head, no lace. Smells of funky barnyard, with wood, cherry and some malt. Tastes cherry malty and funky, nice malt flavors and sweetness. Mildly sour with lots of acidity. Full body, good carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2008 Pours amber with a solid head that reduces abruptly leaving minimal lace. Aromas of sharp and sour spices. Medium nectar with superb carbonation almost reaching the creamy sensation I long for. As I ponder my notes I conclude that this beer is supreme. This may be the perfect beer, for me. Amazing balance is achieved to include all components. Mildly sour, dry, defined stonefruit, under ripened wild apple, leather, dusty granite. It’s wild and gamy yet friendly on the palate. The finish lingers with no change of flavor. TRUMP! I am pulling this beer from the shelf and hording it for myself =) You snooze you lose. Where’s the alcohol ? Totally non detectable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Big thanks to Skyview for hooking us up with this one! Copper color with no head. Lightly soured malt aroma, rounded off by some oak and vanilla. Much the same in the taste. Oak is a bit stronger. Quite a bit of sour cherries come out. Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Really, really good.

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