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RATINGS: 574   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
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2008
22oz from Bottletrek. Very tough wax to get off the bottle, but I guess Deschutes is into that for their special releases. Worth the wait? Absolute. A very impressive brown-to-ruby pour with a lively head and lasting carbonation. I’m a fan of the style and it’s very nice to see an American brewery doing such an excellent rendition, but not a mere copycat of, say, Liefmans Goudenband (the most obvious comparison in some sense). Nice pert nose, some dark cherries and such in there. The taste adds some rich yeasts to the equation and a verrrry subtle touch of vanilla and oak to make this one a bit distinct. High quality brown at the foundation, with very nice, interesting, and satisfying touches to round it out. Dry finish but not at the expense of the rich, nicely complex flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Bottle: Pours with a mahogany ruby color, deep red with a nice puffy head and nice lacing. The nose is nice and woody with a light fruit note and a residual cherry tartness and funky brett note. Very nice balance too, I was afraid at 9% that it was going to be too sweet. Cobbwebb notes abound in the flavor with a not-too-tart motuhfeel and a fruity nice tongue-ability in the tail. For their FIRST sour beer, Deschutes hit a homerun with this one. Wow! Pretty great, and the alcohol is so well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 28, 2008
2008 Bottle - First, a bitch to get a church-key through all of that wax...pours a rich amber (eventually), with a large slightly off-white head...aroma here is incredible, all the sour fruit and wood esters you would expect, flavour is ripe with contention...half the folks will think this is not sour enough, the other half (myself included) think this is one of the best examples of manipulating a wild strain...while this is not as puckering as an oude gueze or folie, it is much more enjoyable...the folks at Deschutes crafted a sour that plays on the bitter cherry and barrel nuances, rather than brute force funk...for the money, one of the best sours out right now..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Bottle from 08 Night of the Funk. Aroma opens with some citrus notes, followed by rich raspberry with touches of sweet liqueur as well as an odd appearance of butterscotch. Flavor of tart earth, berries, other fruits, definite alcohol presence. Alcohol is a bit off-putting, but otherwise good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3507) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a light brown with no head. Aroma of tomato sauce and light fruits and possibly something else that I couldn’t identify...Flavor of a slight sour tinge, alcohol, Belgian yeast, slight bitter hops, and oak barrel. Hmm, this beer doesn’t quite live up to its expectation but it certainly wasn’t bad. Good sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Pours a beautiful deep reddish-brown with a thick foamy off-white head that slowly fades. Aroma of dark sour cherries, red wine vinegar, sweet malt, funk and wood. Dark ripe cherries come through in the biting flavor as well, along with the vinegar, raspberries, sour citrus and a wine barrel element. Medium to full bodied on the palate, with a bit of tingly carbonation. Not as sour and/or funky as some, but highly enjoyable. It may be the fact that I have this thing for cherries...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2010 [Bottle] shared by KAF. This one definitely got better with some time on it. Pours hazy caramel with a soapy beige head. Aroma has some lactic tartness, a touch of cherry, some oaky character,and vanilla. Flavor is creamy and quite tart, with some caramel and cherry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2008
I was so glad to be able to get a hold of a bottle of this. Pours a reddish brown with a funky fruit/wood aroma. Some dark fruity flavor and some funky kick to it. Mildly sour (I was hoping it would be more sour). Great beer though, I enjoyed it a lot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Bottle @ Night of the funk. Deep reddish amber in color with a little off white head. Sour funky fruity woody aroma. Cherry yeasty notes. Light bret yeasty and dark fruity flavor. Plum and cherry notes. Full bodied. Smooth and balanced. Finish is nice and sour. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Tons or cherry pit elements to this beer. Fantastic aroma. Unfortunately, the finish is rather rough and woody. Perhaps some time in the bottle will make this truly world class.

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