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RATINGS: 622   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 20/20
Caskalefan (165) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2008 I’m in love with this rendition of a Flanders style Oud Bruin/Kriekbier. The color, head, and particularly the lacing are exquisite. The nose is quite refined, and redolent of sour cherries, some restrained, and even elegant banyard/horseblanket (an amazing paradox in itself) very subtle hints of baker’s chocolate, and a touch of something like pomegranite. The body is not too rich, but nicely mouthcoating, and the flavors echo the aromas, with the pinot noir, and cabernet barrel aging quite evident. There is a nice tartness, although it is somewhat muted compared to the nose...this contributes to this ale’s elegance, but restrains its wildness. Perhaps the Brett will open up with some more aging, but even if it doesn’t, I’m thrilled with how this beauty turned out, (in fact, I’m sort of hoping it doesn’t, since that might impact negatively on the refined elegance the beer has already) It’s my hands-down favorite among The Deschutes Reserve series, thusfar, and one of my favorite three beers ever (the other two being Olde Curmudgeon, and Stillenacht Reserve 1996).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2008 Pours amber with a solid head that reduces abruptly leaving minimal lace. Aromas of sharp and sour spices. Medium nectar with superb carbonation almost reaching the creamy sensation I long for. As I ponder my notes I conclude that this beer is supreme. This may be the perfect beer, for me. Amazing balance is achieved to include all components. Mildly sour, dry, defined stonefruit, under ripened wild apple, leather, dusty granite. It’s wild and gamy yet friendly on the palate. The finish lingers with no change of flavor. TRUMP! I am pulling this beer from the shelf and hording it for myself =) You snooze you lose. Where’s the alcohol ? Totally non detectable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
phildorsey (161) - Fort Carson, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2013
1pint 6oz Bottle...pours brown and heavy on the fizzy side. This beer shocked my Palate...not sure what I was expecting. Wife brought home with the Black Butte XXIV. The finish is fruity...like a barley wine or gluwine (Spelling???) from Germany. Completely out of the ordinary but fun and the alcohol content was absolutely on the knock you on your but side. I thought this beer was different but very tasty...recommended!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jerm719 (170) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2013
2012 release. Beautiful red amber color. Huge nose! Tart cherry, some barnyard. Nice and sour, tangy cherries, bit of earthiness. Some woody notes. Long finish. AMAZING !

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bchifley (5) - Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2016 does not count
A perfect Flanders Oud Bruin/Red, just the right amount of sourness and wood. Should age well.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 26, 2012
This was truly fantastic. A nice sour cherry aroma and a good reddish color. The flavor has a great sour tartness to it that isn’t really sweet so it’s easily drinkable. Easily worth the price. Spectacular.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
krumbum (991) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SudsMcDuff (8112) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 4, 2009
pours a light murky tan/tawny/red colour, with a light head .. . sour cherries and pure sour goodness ... super smooth, and lip smacking! .. . sweet/sour playing on my tongue, really indescribable goodness here .. . The nicest sour yet!! god i wish i had more!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
WithEmptyWords (7) - California, USA - DEC 14, 2010 does not count
I love this beer so much it’s hard to put it into words. The 2008 release was one of the first "sour" brews I’ve ever had and I was hooked. Drank the last 2008 bottle I had the other night. Currently sipping the 2010 release. Fantastic! Sour aroma to begin which is met with sweetness that’s honestly cherry. No funk in the nose. First flavor is amaretto followed with almonds then straight into the tart cherries and sourness that lingers perfectly. This is probably one of the most perfect brews I have ever tasted. Thank You, Deschutes. Cheers!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2009
22oz bottle cellared at least 1 year. aroma is burinng hot sour/tart note of shoes, socks and BO. strong rotten white wine. awesome head retention and burnished amber color, huge nucleation -- this bottle gushed as predicted by my mate gonzoillini right on cue, begging to escape the confines of its container. the ultimate treat is the crunchy candi end, ultra dry -- typically found only in unblended lambics and near perfect geuze. big raspberry flavor comes to the table and bends your facial expression with its sourness that begins to delve into club soda and then tonic water with its wild, uncontrollable dryness. perhaps the nearest perfect beer i will ever sample.

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