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RATINGS: 646   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 Dissidents 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 brewerys beers to avoid any cross-contamination. A secondary bottling line was also brought in from an outside contractor to facilitate The Dissidents bottling and insure the beer and wild yeast never touched the brewerys 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 brewerys 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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   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 (769) - 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 (1986) - 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 isnt much lacing at all. The brew smells like tart cherries, red grapes/wine, oak, and some figs. Taste is similar to the aroma, theres tart cherry, oak, red grapes/wine, and some green apple and vinegar flavors noticeable. This is a brew that you dont 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, its smooth and a bit coating with low/moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, Ill have to pick up a newer vintage of it! $14.99 a bomber.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Anova167 (361) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - FEB 17, 2016
2015 version. Beautiful brown clear fizzy pour. Aroma is almost sickeningly sweet. Cherry pie, candi sugar, and just a hint of funk and wood. They flavor on the other hand is awesome. First hit with cherry tartness, then follows with earthy brettish funk finishes dry with hints of oak and some alcoholic heat. The vinious quality is definitely there. This is pretty awesome, but definitely a supper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (14402) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
[1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! 2010 bottle. Orange-amber. Oak, caramel, fruitiness, a bit spicy. Sour, slightly sweetish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
seymour (1975) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Tasted on tap at 2016 Wolpertinger Fest in glass German beer mug. It poured a hazy deep orange (not red) colour with no foam nor lace. Passable as a Flanders Red I guess, but not a good one. Tart, a little malty, a little funky. Despite the brewers deScription, theres far more lacto and pedio sourness than brett complexity. Extremely light body, low carbonation (intentional?), boozy heat, hint of digestive stink. Thats putting it kindly. I had to work hard to cleanse my glass for subsequent samples. Deschutes missed the mark on this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrMeadMan (75) - Amesbury, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2016
(2015 bottling, 11.1%ABV) Oak conditioning comes through in the aroma along with a good nose of cherries. Sour bite is front and center with the cherries adding a great complement to the overall flavor. Astringency of oak present but not overpowering or objectionable. Smooth for a high alcohol brew. Definitely a "sipper" but also definitely worth savoring every drop!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thepatrickman (1286) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Bottle shared at tbub18s place back in June. One heck of a sour -- this thing is big, boozy, and super tart. There are some funk and barnyard smells working here, but the overall impression was sour and tang. Mighty fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers (4183) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle, shared by me... in my dining room... just now.
Pours a deep reddish orange, sort of rust like color with a fluffy off white head and some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is certainly inviting with plenty of tart cherry, earthy funk, and wood galore. It absolutely comes off as boozy in the aroma, which is really the downfall to the bouquet here considering all the pleasantries.

The flavor is nice but far far too wood forward at this age (2015 bottling)... The sourness is restrained and pleasant, there is almost no detectable acetic character, its reasonably dry & its got a good tart cherry thing happening. But damn if it isnt boozy. The overwhelming wood & booze just really are put offs for me with this beer, scale those two things back and this is an out of the park flanders red, but its really hard to dig past the dominance of those two flavors & the whole thing ends up hot and unbalanced.

This is a beer Ive waited to try for easily 5+ years, Im not wholly disappointed, but I was hoping for something... different.
Would it age well? Probably, but Im not paying another $17 to find out.

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