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RATINGS: 586   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerardgathier (511) - - MAY 8, 2014
Backnote, had this beer at the zeebra extreem beer festival 2014. superb beer, 2010, sour woody fruity

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5762) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
Bottled @ Zeebra #2, small sample. Hazy orange to red color, short head. Aroma of light red fruit. Bit sweet, bit sour, yoghurt, lactic acid. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (2643) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 4, 2014
At Zeebra Beer Festival, THX to everybody sharing today’s beers. 2010 APPEARANCE: clear darker blond/reddish beer, small unstable off white head. NOSE: sour, fruity, wood, some brett. TASTE: sour, fruity, wood, lacks decent sourness or nice fruitiness...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (2789) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
Great beer. Has a sour oaky body, but with a smooth vanilla touch due to the aging. Balanced and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mjhall89 (36) - - APR 25, 2014
Sour cherries and slight wine flavor. Complex flavor but easy on the palate. Very light lingering flavor is very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK (3688) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bottle from the bridge. Pours brown with a brown head. Big vanilla and red wine notes on the nose. Doesn’t leave any lacing. Nice Brett and fruit notes on the tongue. Hides it’s booze very well. Finished fairly clean. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (6913) - Helsinge, DENMARK - APR 25, 2014
Bottle at home. 2010 edition. Thanks Mike for providing. It's a hazy mahogany colored beer with a creamy dense yellow head. The aroma has lots of ripe berry notes with cherry in front. Sweet malt and light brett. Bit marmalade like from the aging. Thx flavor contains a great mix of sweet fruit, sweet cherries, almond and is well balanced by the brett. You feel the complexity and high abv in the finish. Awesome! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GRM (3271) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
Brown bottle, 1 pint 9 ounces, 2008 vintage, from and with Luc Bourbonnière (merci!), savoured on December 13 2013; eye: golden with an orangey hue, clear, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: wild yeasts, acridness, light fruity; mouth: wild yeasts, acridness, light fruity, finale in wild yeasts with presence of acridness, medium body, average carbonation, slick texture; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 9 onces, millésime 2008, de et avec Luc Bourbonnière (merci!), savourée le 13 décembre 2013; œil : dorée avec une teinte orangée, limpide, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : levures sauvages, âcreté, léger fruité; bouche : levures sauvages, âcreté, léger fruité, finale en levures sauvages avec présence d’âcreté, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, texture coulante; en résumé : correct

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
umich03jm (2702) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2014
2012 Bottle thanks to mrebeks for sharing. Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a medium bubbly head that fades to a ring. Aromas are cherry juice, vinegar, oak, and a hint of barnyard. Taste is hard for me to decribe. Tannic cherries and vinegar for sure but there’s a wine-like booziness that throws it off for me. Not very sour either. Thick body doesn’t seem to fit and makes it taste like a pulpy juice. Not bad but pretty messy to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2014
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 [Bottle / 2012] Thanks, Mike! Cloudy, orangey body with a mild red hue glazed throughout; beige cap sinks to a foamy ring in record time. Aroma contains light vinegar, dry cherry skins, spicy oak, & perhaps a little sour apple trailing towards the back-end. Hint of lacto sourness? Taste is not as sour as the aroma leads on... Quite sweet, & actually a little boozy. Warm oak, booze, spicy barrel tannins, sweet cherry with only the lightest hint of tartness that’s more akin to a vinous, wine-like acidity than anything. Finish of more sweet cherries, boozy grapes, wine, & oak. Didn’t get as much vinegar at first, but it becomes more pronounced with time. Quite heavy bodied for the style... Overall, I would’ve like to see some more tartness with this one, & perhaps a step back on the level of apparent booze. Good, but a slight letdown based on expectations.

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