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RATINGS: 616   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 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 (3037) - 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 (2314) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Really, see dickinsonbeer’s comments. A bit medicinal cherry, maybe a little stoniness, and sweetness too. Can definitely develop into a richer melding and sourness. Good beer for sure. Thanks Geoff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (5882) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Life is about pleasure. Like opening a bottle of the Dissident when there is no one to share it with (the wife will never touch it; no friends nearby). Selfish? Or self-pleasure? Or both. Lots of Brett and sour in the aroma. All red, Flemish in its taste. Berry. Tart. Very wine-ish. Very nice. The hype is well deserved. I have one more bottle for sharing. I promise to do that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2008
bottles GABF 2008 & Skyview. The first sample was faintly sour with a watery finish. Not what I was hoping for. My second sampling of this beer was much more what I look for. Exceptionally tart in both body and aroma with a smooth body exceptionally more pleasant than the last time around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (8607) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 12, 2008
22oz bottle. This cherry red ale poured with a thin beige head and a fruity aroma. This is a wonderful sour brown ale that rivals some of the better Belgian versions. The care and aging used to produce this beer is reflected in the extremely complex flavor and lasting palate. The sourness is fairly subtle and very tasty and there is a bubble gum ester finish that is also pleasant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Pours out clear amber color with a little foam. Taste is tart ,fruity and funky. Nice cherry and oak notes with a crisp finish. Not the most sour brew, but its there. Worth checking out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2278) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Poured into a tulip wine glass. Strawberry preserves color, with a creamy pink/tan head. Tons of effervescence streaming up from the depths of the glass. Excellent retention and solid films of lacing. Aroma is chiefly black cherries, with smoldering oak, crabapple, and balsamic vinegar. An initial sweetish natural plum/cherry juice note is quickly tempered by a rush of winey tannins and fresh brettiness. The alcohol comes through occasionally, but it blends rather well with the other flavors, taking on a cabernet quality. Reasonably complex, but it’s a little boozy and young right now. This seems like a perfect candidate for a year of aging before a second sampling. The brett could fully blossom, the booze could mellow out, etc. Mouthfeel is a little astringent from the wine aging. Good carbonation, very short finish. A very good beer, but not quite a great beer.

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