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RATINGS: 660   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)

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beerplace (2515) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 25, 2018
650ml bottle from The Gull shared with George and Ilya. 2016 Reserve. Pours a hazy dark golden with a tan head. Aroma is cherries with bready notes. Taste is sweet with cherry and cherry stone botes. Too sweet.

Darwenus (1196) - Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2018
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2018 Bottled 10/17/16, opened 03/10/18. Pours dark copper/amber in color with thin creamy head. Aroma is red wine vinegar, caramel, gym socks, a lot of funk and oak. The Oak and warm notes are strong in the front, and the tart cherries come through on the swallow. Candied fruit and a little bit of liquor on the finish, implying the ABV. This is an assertive sour with a lot going on. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Learninbeer (714) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2018
2016 - Snifter. The aroma is fruit, caramel, a little raisin. Pours a dark amber with a reddish tan head fully diminishing and good lacing. The taste is sweet and sour. The body is medium, the texture creamy with a little syrupiness to it. The carbonation is soft and the finish long. Very nice beer.

barrelagedluv (107) - Pittsburg, California, USA - JAN 21, 2018
Pours into a tulip glass a rusty brown color with sparse carbonation and rapidly collapsing foam. Aroma of a funky sharp cheese. Flavor is mellow, with a tart cherry bittersweet quality and an apple cider vinegar element. Finish is a bit thin for a barrel aged wild ale, I suspect it could have benefited from longer aging. Not bad, but by far the least complex Flanders oud I’ve had.

czlowiekmotyka (659) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 16, 2018
I did not believe there are cherries. But there are. Super acidic one. Not a noble brew

zizzybalubba (1901) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2018
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Raleigh (North Hills). 2017 bottle listed as 10.5% ABV, bottled on August 28, 2017. Dark orange pour with a quick off-white head. Aroma of apple cider vinegar and tart lemons. Taste is tart cherries but well rounded with a solid oak presence that gives the beer an almost whiskey-like taste. A solid sour ale.

rami_pl (5391) - Warszawa, POLAND - JAN 14, 2018
Rami Rami is drinking The Dissident by Deschutes Brewery at Jugosłowiańska Bardzo ladny, slodkawy, owocowy, lekko octowy, waniliowy (!) flandersik

thomashall (1656) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2018 Bottle shared. Reddish brown pour. Aroma is cherries, lots of wine barrel. Taste similar, not really tart, lots of wood and wine in this. Very complex and good.

dalekliz (929) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2017
2016 bottle. Pours a murky reddish brown with a bubbly white ring that fades. Tart cherry aroma, with sugar, oak, vanilla, grapes, malt, and yeast. Taste is tart and sweet, lots of cherry and vanilla, oak and malt, with sparkly yeast. Lingering tart cherry-wood notes. I was the only one in my family who liked it but I think it's great!

DCLawyer (2972) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2017
Bomber->snifter. Deep clear copper with bare ecru head. A: acidic cherries, yeast, fruit esthers. T: malty cherries, booze, bread, bitter earth and hops. Hmm, ok.

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