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RATINGS: 610   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
krumbum (794) - truckee, California, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Deep woody cherry aroma. Beautiful brown with a slight reddish. You can see through it, it has a light but lasting head. Rich tart cherry with oak undertones. Thick mouthfeel smooth coats your mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (15067) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2015
Bottle @ Odense Tasting January, 2015. 2010 Vintage. Trade with Hannont. Thanks. Pours ruby red with a off white head. Balsamic, puke and coconut. Tart and dry. Good cherries also. Mild almond. Quite in harmony. Tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewje41 (2024) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Draft pour at the Portland brew pub. Pours red with a quick fading fizz head. Sour fruit, wood, and wild yeast aroma as well as flavor. Wild yeast particularly stands out, though the sour fruit will linger for a while. Shocked at the ABV here. Drinks really easy, and the tartness isn’t too intense. Finishes a little wine like as well. Bonus points for being unique. This one isn’t like most sours. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1519) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2014
22oz bottle pours a reddy brown color with a bit of head. Mild sourness and nice cherry flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brentv (565) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2014
On tap at the brewery’s Portland pub. Chestnut color with small white head and slight lacing. Huge aroma of fruits and wild yeast. Taste is fruity with a bit of sour. Nicely sweet. Delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VT (2233) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a clear amber with a short lived white head. Aroma is oldish, cherry, wood, cheesy, vinegar. Flavor is fruits, cherry, red wine, barley sugar. Finish is very tart, fruity, dusty, oldish, woody. Lingering cherry, red wine and wood. Medium body, soft mouthfeel, average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gramity (1583) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
Red copper pour with an off white head. Aroma is sour cherry, wood,a hint of vinegar and funk. Taste is sweet and sour cherries, wood, just a hint of vinegar, and some funk. Finished with sweet cherries. A little acidic. Damn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (2400) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle..Pour is hazy gold..Nose is spice, vinegar, cherries, funk..Taste is cherries, spice, funk, oak, dry, tart..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiiruBierBeer (811) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Decent sour red with cherry smell. Medium carbonation with some foam. Taste is sour brown with a bit of tart cherry and some oddness to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (6498) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
bottle - red wax - from hoppypocket, thanks bro! pours unclear bright orange with a reviving off-white head, some lacing. leathery and cherry bretts, cherry meat, raspberry vinegar - aceticly not overdone, very spicy - cinnamon and pepper, bitter herbs, zesty citrus, chocolate hints. light carbonation - slightly foamy, medium body - oily, some sweetness although medium acidity, almost pungent, cuts easily through, semi-sweet, assertively tart if not sour and fragrant citrusy-spicy finish. very nice!

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