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RATINGS: 587   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edmajorjoe (80) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Beautiful amber appearance with a long lasting thin head. Sour scent/taste that resembles a jolly rancher. Fruity palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Draught: The aroma literally made my face light up with joy. Very complex but not to overpowering. The grapes and cherries bland so well with the oak and hops. Decedent. Dark ruby red, almost velvety, a delicately carbonated head. Gorgeous. Flavor: starts off with sweet berries, cherries, blackberry, fructose, and strawberries. Mellows into this oak like syrup and then balances into a smooth hop finish. The palate is fantastic, it’s complex. but smooth, full but drinkable. Very solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Bottle. Reddish brown pour with a little off-white head. Aroma is light sour cherries, slightly tart, some caramel malt underneath. Lightly funky tart taste, just a small amount of sour fruit, a little sweet and maybe slightly roasted as well. Wet grainy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2008
BBF 08. Sample from Bomber. Pours a nice deep woody amber with some ruby highlights slightly hazy with an ok lasting fizzy head. Aroma is sweet and sour cherries, cherry pit, almond-like- slight acetobacter- typical young flemish red-like with some malt sweetness remaining. Flavor is more oaky and earthy, some toasted malts, sweetish caramel malts, light char, wine-like astringency- tannic, sour cherries- some aceto light vinegar at this point but should increase with time. Good overall funk to it, but still a bit low as of now- again should pick up with age. Smooth finish and a nice acidity almost sour but will continue to get more complex with a lot of age. nice beer, but needs time to develop. There were about 3-4 other sours like this at the fest and all were about the same or better at this point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12147) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2008
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of barrel, leather, sweet tarts, vinegar, and cherries. Flavor of leaves, earthiness, and mild sourness with a dry oak finish. Quite bland for a sour at this time, but would like to try again after the brett has developed and the oak has subdued.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bumpskier (33) - Sonoma, California, USA - OCT 3, 2008
First of all I would like to say that I hate the wax on the top of the bottle. Ok. With that out of the way I must say that I am more than a little pleased with this fine beer. Pours a deep red with very little head. Carbonation allowed this beer to remain smooth on the palate. The richness of fruit and sour linger for quite a long time. Aroma of cabernet in the barrels is wonderful and I am going to buy more to age. Thank you Deschutes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Bomber courtesy of BOLTZ7555. Pours a clear maroon with one finger light tan head. Nose is unripe cherries, lemon juice, vinegar and a light malt background. Taste is oak, sour cherries, a touch of funk and a dry wine-like finish. Not as funky as most sours I’ve had and a lot more malty. It’s an easy smooth drinker and hides the alcohol completely. Medium, prickly mouth feel. This is very good. The sweeter cherry flavors really come alive as it warms. I’ll age my other for 6 months or so and revisit. Thanks Jason!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
twoskylights (11) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Wow! What a shock to the mouth! Not exactly the kind of beer I’d go out of my way for, but I appreciate a good jolt. Everything leading up to the tasting was sublime. Amazing appearance in both keenly designed bottle and handsome, amber, copper, rust color. The head wasn’t much of anything, but that seems normal for this style. The aroma! Delish!! Earth, chocolate, rain, orange and lemon peel, coca cola even! Very complex and very alluring. But watch it! When the juice hits the tongue, you are in for a whopping surprise. This is a remarkably sour beer--not so much in a bad way. I do appreciate that this is quality all around. But I do believe that it fully lives up to its name. The taste is not only sour, though. There is a wine element to this which is unmistakable. And there is an unmistakable bite that comes from the 9% ABV. This ain’t your pappys beer...nor is it your comfort beer. This is a dissident. and very much worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Bottle generously shared by hopsleeroy. Thanks!
Porus a gorgeous cranberry color with a light beige head. Very rich looking for a sour. Smell is sweet, and tart cherry. Also, some light funk is in the nose. Taste is tart, and dry cherry like with a rich flavorful and almost lightly chocolatey subtleness going on in the background. Light alcohol, but not bad for 9%, and still feels like a sour, however with perhaps a bit richer body and slightly less bubbly carbonation. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2009 Bottle. Poured a deep garnet-brown color with a thin beige head that faded to a ring. Aroma of tart, funky brett with some fruit including light apple and cherry. Smooth, lightly sweet entry with some light cherry and grape fruitiness leads into a lightly tart brett funkiness and a moderate acedic character that finishes dry with a bit of light fruitiness and just a touch of oak. Smooth on the palate with light carbonation, not much tart bite. Sour? I don’t know, it was somewhat funky, but I don’t think I would say sour. Not much oak present either, and the alcohol was pretty obvious for the style. Worth the hype it is receiving? No.

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