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RATINGS: 599   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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)

mattdev's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mattdev (74) - Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2011
2010 Vintage. When the bottle is first opened, you are immediately hit with this sharp pungency of fresh cherries. This aroma rapidly turns into a bit of a cherry cough syrup type scent, and then once poured the lacto begins to take over with hints of unripe cherries. There is a slight hint of vanilla in there (which I’m guessing is from the oak) as well as a nice forest quality, like fresh grass or the inside of a forest on a sunny day. The taste is quite surprising, especially when compared to the 2008 vintage. It’s sour, but only slightly and it’s sourness is masked by quite a bit of residual sweetness. There is a lot of dark cherry flavored, with some chocolate coming through as well. A bit of harshness comes from the wood and it is still quite boozy. I think that over time this will turn into something beautiful, but for now it is complex but a bit disoriented feeling. It finishes very much like cough syrup and burns for quite some time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (4132) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2015
Bouteille partagée avec madame ma femme. Vintage 2014. Merci Tony pour cette superbe bière! Une robe rougeâtre et une feuille de mousse. Des parfums riches de cerises dans leur sirop, de cuir, de fleurs brettées, de vinaigre fruité, de sucre brun, de biscuit Graham, d’agrumes. Le goût est tout aussi agréable avec ses fruits aigres complexes (cerises, mandarines, raisins, pommes), son acidité contrôlée, son alcool chargé par des sucres bruns, son chêne vanillé et bien d’autres choses qui altèrent mon jugement, ma perception, mes souvenirs, ma connaissance et mon ignorance. En bouche, voilà une texture liquoreuse qui ne montre que très peu de bulles. En finale, les cerises et d’autres fruits sont bercés par le fût et les sucres sont flattés par les bibittes. Très bon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebastokrator (1) - - NOV 22, 2015 does not count
Drinking the 2008 vintage. Light bodied, smells of cherries. The aging mellowed the tartness leaving a lot earthy, wine-like complexity. It has an excellent finish and is completely worthy of the praise it receives.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (3106) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle share, 2010 vintage. This one ages well, and I have high hopes for the 2014 bottle in my cellar. Smooth, and oily, the aging lends the character more Belgian ale notes and mutes the sourness, Dubbel and Belgian strong Ale come to mind. Pit fruit, mild sweetness with a bit of pucker.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (3120) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 14, 2015
2010 bottle thanks BuckeyeBoy a gentle pour keeps the light tan head at bay Lovely reddish Amber with a little haze Rich tart pitted fruit aroma Mild malty flavors tame sourness and smooth slightly papery trailer. A little ABV heat at the end

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
furthur (540) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - OCT 29, 2015
2015 Bottle, deep Amber, bubbly, cream colored head faded quickly. Aroma rich malt, lime, kombucha, vanilla, pears, hint of caramel and anise. Taste is honey, black pepper, lime, pineapple...this is awesome!!! Palate is smooth and rich, carbonation moderate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (1235) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 11, 2015
A clear orange, brownish colour. Aroma is sweet and sour, cherry, apricot jellly. Slightly funky, but muted. Not to bad, alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (6489) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle shared at the tropical Croydon tasting at Paul’s. 01/07/2015. Semi clear golden orange coloured pour with a thin white head. Aroma is complex, musty, tart apple, dirty nappy, acid and some varnish. Flavour is composed of sweet and sour, apricot, caramel, musty. Palate is medium bodied, highish carbonation. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (2224) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Hazy dark orange to dark copper pour with a thin, creamy, off white head that has great retention. Aroma is tart stone and vinous notes, caramel, light to no toast oak, a hint of sweet vanillalight caramel and some nutty notes. Flavor is sweet caramel, bread and stone fruit up front, some dusty citrus, tart and sweet vinous notes, light earthy/bretty funk, some acetic tartness, a hint of berry and slightly metallic minerality. Medium body, chewy, but dry and acidic feel, and a light, blanketing and somewhat sharp carbonation. Really damn tasty overall, nice balance between malt, tart, fruit, funk and yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
katrinaez (776) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Opened too soon. Husband didn’t see "best after date" listed. We opened 2 months earlier than we should have. Cherries are obvious. The funk is too much, hoping that would be lessened if we opened it at the correct time. Sour and some odd ipa hops. The barrels can be tasted lightly and the yeast is somewhat thick. Wish it was opened on time. Have a 2014 bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (14285) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle split at Scopesters on melt day, thanks to ??, 01/07/15. 2012 vintage. Hazed orange amber topped with a decent beige swirl. Nose is tarte red berry, fruit rinds, prunes, spice, wood must, toffee. Taste comprises dark fruit sourdom, wooded tones, spice, tarte berry, fruit balsam. Full bodied, fine carbonation, rising acidic bite in the close. Xolid Xour red/brown.

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