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RATINGS: 647   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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flatmatt (1563) - 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.

Ahuth (569) - Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2017
Bottle. Pours deep dark red. The smell is funk and cherries. Wood. Palate sticky. Taste is oaky woody cherries. Some funkiness. Complex flavors.

koleminer20 (3470) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2017
From notes. Bottle shared with ebone1988, Gus, and Aaron at Gus’ Birthday V2. 22 oz bottle, 2015 vintage. The pour is a nice ruby copper color with a thin tan head and a light soapy lace as it falls. The aroma is big time wine up front. There is a lighter, yet still decently sour, cherry that begins to roll in. There is a lactic acid that comes into play over the oak and it’s pretty good. Not great, but decent. The flavor is much of the same. There is a lot of woodiness. The lactic cherry begins to shine through, but it’s just a little messy. There is a stronger malt than I was expecting here. The mouth feel is a little softer than you’d expect. There is a brighter carbonation and a lingeringly lactic cherry and wine-soaked wood. It’s pretty interesting.

blueshockey24 (607) - Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2017
Bottle. Pours amber with tan head. Aroma is winey alcohol. Taste is sweet fruity (cherry) with a winey oak finish. Pretty good.

ebone1988 (1856) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2017
Bottle shared with koleminer20, Gus, and Aaron for Gus’ Birthday Part 2. Aroma is cherries, white wine, lacto, tart, sour, malt. Appearance is mostly red brown, light brown head, mostly clear. Taste is cherry, barrel, tart lactose, malt, heavy barrel, boozy, good. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, sour cherries and wine barrel aftertaste. Overall, it’s pretty decent.

MetalNHopHead (1891) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Aside from some notable exceptions, Flanders-style Oud Bruins tend to be a bit of a stumbling block for American brewers. There ARE great examples brewed in the states, but too often the effort seems to be phoned in or messy, even by seasoned brewers. The Dissident is anything but a half-assed obligatory release. This red-brown beer is extraordinarily complex. There’s barnyard, cherry, wood, caramel and citrus tones. It has a bright sourness, but it isn’t overwhelming. Some earthy funk, yet there’s some fruity and malty sweetness. You’re left with a gorgeously detailed representation of a niche style.

HuskerTan (2168) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - JAN 27, 2017
Bottle. A- Cherry, wine grapes, subtle oak, mild funk, caramel, subtle peat, slightly boozy, complex. A- Reddish brown color, cloudy liquid, off white head. T- Cherry, vinous, slightly boozy, oak, subtle funk. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, complex finish. O- This bottle had about 18 months of age on. Definitely holds up well. Nicely balanced too. Maybe didn’t quite meet expectation but still good.

bursprak (3183) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle @ Dangeroius Bottleshares v. ?. Fairly clear weakish reddish pour with a small head. Notes of booze, leather, caramel, red berries... A few years in the rot box has probably not done this one justice....

ghostbeer (213) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 16, 2017
This is the 2015 Reserve. Had high hopes but was not super interested since not big into fruity beers. Thin quickly dissipating head with ruby highlights but otherwise amber-brown. Can smell the funk of the Belgian yeast. Taste it too. The cherries lend a tart and boozy quality.

Rasmus40 (20318) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2017
Bottle courtesy of the Dangerous Bottleshare guys. Thanks :-) Hazy deep red brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, red berries, light herbal, wood and alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and light acidic. Sweet and light acidic finish with a little warming alcohol. Oily. 120117

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