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RATINGS: 546   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (1962) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2013
moderate fruitiness to the aroma, with some balsamic notes. Flavor is tart, but not overpowering. A touch of papery like oxidation and thin-ness to the flavor and mouthfeel. Significant alcohol warming that is almost hot. (2012, so 11+%). I can’t say I’m a huge fan. The malt is one dimensional, lacks richness and complexity, and the sourness is just sour. The cherries are kinda lost in it all. Good, not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1302) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle of the 2012. Clear ruby coloured with a small pale head. Aroma is cherry, brown sugar. Nice balance on the palate, medium bodied, slightly fruity finished. Taste is cherry, chocolate, plum, baked apple. Has developed well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Aromatics were not one noted with wild/ sour noes which was pleasant! Lots of sour filled with a rustic brown ale that was complex deep and offered lots of different avenues for smells. Taste was also complex and outside of simplistic sour notes, this was fantastic. Overall, well done and a great experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
queenholly (2987) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle 2012. Sour cherry, funky lactic, vinous woody aroma. Hazy rusty red with a small yellowed ivory head. Sour cherry, funky lactic, spicy oaky, vinous, boozy flavor. Medium body, moderate to lively carbonation. Seemed slightly rough around the edges, but I suspect that would soften up with a little more aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6886) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 11, 2013
(from backlog of RBAG 2013 ratings notes). Bottle, 2012 vintage. Deep garnet red colour. Lovely aroma of sour cherries with vinous and funky undertones. Tart cherry fruit with lactic sourness complimented nicely by smooth vanilla sweetness, presumably from the oak. Finish is sour enough to dry things out without being pucker-inducing or astringent. Elegant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43 (1756) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2013
2012. bottle alone at home.. Pour is red, really nice lasting head. Aroma is tart cherries and wine. Flavor is similar to aroma but includes some barrel characteristics. Incredible palate. not overwhelmingly sour. awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ICEatALAMO (944) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2013
2012 vintage bottle. The color is copper. The aroma is a sour bomb. The taste is a cherry sour bomb, intense and nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcane7 (1666) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2013
2012 bottle with Ray, Chris and Jay. Pours a hazy reddish amber with fluffy beige head and nice lace. Nose of caramel, funk, vanilla, oak. Medium body, very sweet with light tartness. This would probably do well with a couple more years of aging.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Wilsonales (3) - Grand Forks, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2013 does not count
Basement aromas. Great sour nice blend.............................................

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1923) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Bottle split with my brother and some other guy. Aroma is horseblanket funk, tart cherries, strawberry stems, and a hint of feta. Pours dull peach pink with a decent but short-lived head. Taste is reserved with tart cherries, barnyard funk, floral yeast, and a caramel finish. Pleasant. Reminds me of some of Iron Hill’s sour offerings.

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