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RATINGS: 649   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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Pegboy (23) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAY 28, 2017
Good. Reminds me of Consecration. Not as good. And more expensive. And here's more characters for my 75 letter review. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

drjoeng (1380) - SINGAPORE - APR 14, 2017
2016 Bottling: 10.9% 10.9% ABV. Barrel-aged red/sour. Poured out deep amber. 16 SRM. Nose is sour and fruity with some wood and maybe a faint wet hay. On first approach suggestive of a saison or farmhouse style, but on further reflection there’s not that funkiness, no manure or wet clay. Wine and vinegar in the nose. Mouthfeel is watered honey. Syrupy. Palate has fruitiness with sour and sweet. Wood with broad oakiness. The cherry flavor is fruity with no candy and more body. Hops if any are woody. Finish is surprisingly clean given the vintage of this brew.

JStax (7163) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2017
22 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. The beer is a clear copper color with a beige head of foam. The aroma is vinous and earthy. Mild acidity comes through in the taste. Dry and earthy finish. Big body and medium carbonation.

onceblind (10528) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2017
10.9% 2016 vintage aged only 5 months. Deep dark amber with a light beige bubbly head that recedes awful fast. Amazing nose of earthy tasty tartness with a bit of cherries, wood, and dark amberish Belgian funkiness. Mellow dark amber and lightly brownish malt base with a dry, earthy, woody funk and medium-light tartness with a mellow cherry undertone. Woody funk at the end with a Belgian cherry malty funk.

ehaak26 (707) - - MAR 6, 2017
Bottle from Liquor Barn. Very complex aroma, includes cherries, earthy yeast, fruit as well.

kevinator (2704) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Subtle sour with a lot going on. Herbal, tart, earthy and acidic. Dark fruits predominate but with an oak barrel influence. Really nice full palate.

bwa5879 (959) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2017
Murky medium red brown pour, thin khaki head quickly disappeared. Musty funky barnyard aroma with a bit of wet dog, lots of tart fruit, mostly raspberry, some oaky red wine, hint of caramel. Mellow carbonation, tingly mouthfeel, dry finish. Very oaky weathered wood flavor, definite cherry, elements of brown ale with hints of caramel with copper, tart raspberry and grape as well. Kind of tastes like a sour rustic American strong ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

rougeau13 (3183) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2017
Bottle from Liquid Town. Almost no head. Hazy reddish-brownish-orangish. Aroma of tart cherry, raisin, wood, cream, funk, chocolate and just a touch alcohol. Tastes woody, fruity, sweet and sour. Dry, softly carbonated and medium bodied. Good.

copestx (227) - Vesterbro, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2017
Purchases from Whole Foods in Austin. 2016 Vintage. Pours a cherry wood red/brown with very little head and no noticeable lacing. Low carbonation. Lots of earthy, oaky tones and tons of red wine. Fig, cherries and other dark fruits. A little bit of vinegar but nothing like a Rodenbach or Duchesse. Long, earthy, tart aftertaste. Definitely a beer that should be had a cellar temp, it really opens up once out of fridge temp. This is a tough style to do well and this is definitely a sold offering. The wine notes overwhelm a bit, but that relates to a personal preference, and def. not a knock on the brewer. A very solid offering.

flatmatt (1608) - Northville, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2017
22 oz bottle. Pours a lightly hazy orange-red amber with an off-white head. Tart red fruit/berry aroma, brett. Flavor is sour berry, tart and bretty. Red grape, touch of molasses. Strong and tasty.

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