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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)

raphael's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raphael (1173) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Glad to read they went to so much trouble to make this. but its still the flavor that counts. The two other guys I split this with, only drank a bout half a glass. The aroma dominated by sour cherry, with a caramel back. the off white head came and went quickly. only a little red blush to the slightly cloudy body. A little thin and flat int he mouth. Flavor is less sour than the aroma, still cherry dominated, with some dark grape and honey. Clean finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (3680) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2016
22 oz bomber pours brown with a off white head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, malts and some funk. Taste is cherries, tart and very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emeister84 (2174) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2016
2014 vintage. Aromas of vanilla, toasted coconut, shortbread cookies, doughy, tart and funky cherry. Clear murky red with a somewhat lasting white head. Flavor starts out great, vanilla-driven, toasty barrel-aged flavors, tart cherry, then funky wet dog and broken balance. Medium-full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4758) - Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2016
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; 2015 vintage, best after 10/30/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense offf white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big sour cherry, berries, green apple, lemon, red grape, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, hay, straw, oak, and musty funk; with lighter notes of pepper, vanilla, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, wine barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, berries, green apple, lemon, red grape, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, hay, straw, oak, and musty funk; with lighter notes of pepper, vanilla, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/acidic tartness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, berries, green apple, lemon, red grape, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, hay, straw, oak, funk, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, wine barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from acidic/tannic notes, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly acidic/creamy, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Flanders Oud Bruin! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, wine barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. One of the most balanced in the style that I have had. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TEJA (2469) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2016
Bottle shared by Karl Meyer thanks. No head and clear dark amber color. Big clean lactic aroma. The aroma and taste is like a good Flanders red beer. Big lactic acidity

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (3188) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2016
Refrigerated brown 2014 bomber poured into a Teku. Clear medium red with small off-white head. Aroma is really nice cherry, medium/light body, medium carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is cherry and some wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drpimento (3185) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Aroma is decent. Flavor is OK except for the finish, where it gets very funky, boozy, and not so good.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrettTaylor (738) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2016
Pours a reddish gold with white head. Sour and just a touch of funk underneath. Medium sour with some light brett character. Totally absolutely delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 3, 2016
A- pours a clear ruddy amber with a thin dirty white head that thins and clings to the glass. Nice lacing. S- sour oak, cherries, raspberries and vinous notes are all strong. Some vanilla, coriander, thyme, and like zest. Slightly musty. M- light to medium sticky body with a light burn. Decent carb. T- cran cherry juice and edited sugars seems strong on the palate. Muddled berries, lemon and lime sprite. Werther's originals towards the end. Ending is quick and clean with faint zincs and grasses followed by a lingering cherry. A little bit of cough syrup too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1848) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2016
22 ounce wax capped bottle, 2014 vintage, best after date of 10/27/15, 10.7% ABV. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy reddish/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there isn’t much lacing at all. The brew smells like tart cherries, red grapes/wine, oak, and some figs. Taste is similar to the aroma, there’s tart cherry, oak, red grapes/wine, and some green apple and vinegar flavors noticeable. This is a brew that you don’t want to drink too cold, I thought it only got better as it warmed up (and I took it out of the fridge for about 10 minutes before opening it). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s smooth and a bit coating with low/moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, I’ll have to pick up a newer vintage of it! $14.99 a bomber.

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