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RATINGS: 645   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SudsMcDuff (8319) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 4, 2009
pours a light murky tan/tawny/red colour, with a light head .. . sour cherries and pure sour goodness ... super smooth, and lip smacking! .. . sweet/sour playing on my tongue, really indescribable goodness here .. . The nicest sour yet!! god i wish i had more!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2009
bomber thanks to bleeng. Shared at the March Houston Tasting. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose of sour fruit and malt. Taste of sour fruit and malt and vinegar. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Not as sour as many others.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2009
In short: A funky, sour and very acidic ale that is also very sweet (caramel, maraschino cherries) and overly tannic. An Intense sipper better in small servings.
How: Bottle 22oz, was-top. 2008 batch (first one). Consumed when about 6 months of age. Sent to me by Oakbluff. Thank-you so very much Scott.
The look: Beautiful red-brown-amber body topped by a medium beige head with low retention
In long: The nose is moderately wild with a sweet maraschino cherries. Taste is surprisingly caramelized. Caramelized malts, oak, maraschino cherries, a lot of earth, some vinegar. Very heavy, especially for the style. I dont think Ive ever had a sour ale that was so sweet while remaining very sour and very acidic. The beer is extremely astringent, too much so. A strong sensation of red wine tannins and thats where the beer lost its appeal to me. Far from highly drinkable. The high average score of this beer can only be due to people sharing bottles. So tannins/puckery sensation is so strong that it me about 30 minutes to go through my bomber. Its a Dissident alright, it did not go down without giving a strong opposition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2009
I had some of this at a tasting. It followed three other fruit beers. There is definitly a fruit taste to this one but unlike the other beers previous to this one, this one had more of a hops flavor to it. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2009
Thisted tasting. Courtesy of After4ever, thanks Tom. It is a very beautiful red-brown beer with a creamy head. The aroma is sourish/fruity with notes of malt and berries. Te flavour is sourish and slightly sweet with light notes of vinegar, malt, caramel, berries, fruit and light horse blanket. It is a very well balanced and nice sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChapelThrill (52) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Bottle - Still new to the sours and this was one of my first, and after trying a few I wanted to rate this one again. Great flavors of cherries, and slight undertones of oak and red wine. Not that tart, but enough to let you know the brett is there. Overall a great sour, and if you are just trying this style out, a great place to start b/c it is pretty mild and very easy drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GMCC2181 (1606) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Bottle shared at stateline.. Thanks to tytoanderso for sending this one to me a while back... Ruby red in color, not much head. Tart aroma with some fruits. Taste is close to the nose, tart, with some fruityness. Probably the most enjoyable sour beer I have had to date.. Light/medium texture, super easy to drink. Overall, this beer really impressed me and is one of my favorite Pearl Jam songs!! Which has nothing to do with the beer..... Thanks ty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (6103) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2009
22oz bomber shared with Pineypower, thanks Dean. Murky brown body with a small slick of off white head that quickly and totally disipates. Funky tart aroma of sour cherries and vinegar. Earthy flavor which is comprised of cherry and vinegar. Rather full bodied for a sour with a good dose of carbonation and an almost creamy finish. The individual components of this beer are good but overall its just to earthy and thick or it could have rated higher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2009
GABF 2008. Amber pour with tan head. Aroma is wine, dusty cherries and some apples. Flavor is tart cherries, vinegar and slight sourness, but less than what I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (3260) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle 2008. Pours out a cloudy slightly reddish tinged brown with a small lacing off white head. Aroma is vinous with some wood, cherries and some funky yeast notes. Taste is complex with a nice sourness, cherries, earthy notes and a nice brett tartness, slight alcohol in there, very smooth for 9%. Well done.

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