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RATINGS: 629   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Bottle. Dark amber and mainly clear. Mild subtle Brett and other organisms. Soft, low, flat carbonation and silky mouthfeel. Nice and mellow. Lots of fruit pits, natural seed bitterness, mainly cherry pits. One to get to know.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (16088) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2009
Hazy reddish-orange. Raw nose is woody, very fruity and slightly balsamic. Livelly body has a fruity, funky taste. Its a dynamic brew that way...it has a lot of potential but I think Id prefer more tartness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rwaters (27) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle. Brown colored with a hint of reddish/gold. Aroma is sour cherry with earthy tones. Sour fruit up front taste followed by a woody/nutty taste that leaves a lingering tingle. Not quite as sour as I was hoping for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 1, 2009
reddish brown with tiny white head. aroma is very sour and fruity. the flavor isnt very fruity, but still sour and acidic. it tastes kind of woody.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle and shared with tjthresh (I think I got this from Jon, not sure but thanks anywho): Bronze hued with a small fizzy head and spotty lace, when the worst part of the beer is the appearance you know you got a winner. The aroma is tart cherry and red grape, lacto acid, earthy, some caramel, woody oak chips, hints of grains of paradise as well. The taste has a nice moderate fruity snap supported by light spice and a backbone of sweet malts. Nutty note lead towards the woody barrel influenced finish. The mouth feel is dry yet mouth watering refreshing. Very well done and quite to style of an Oud Bruin IMO. Mikey Likey and wants another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Courtesy darkguardian. Pours a very lightly hazy, dark crimson color. A frothy, well-retained head of tan foam leaves sticky arches of lacing on the glass. The nose shows elements I never thought I would encounter in a brew of this type. The requisite sour cherry and oaky vanilla is there, along with some tannic grape notes, but unexpected scents of powdered sugar candy (Necco wafers!) and spicy candied ginger are a real treat. Flavors arent quite as adventurous, as the sour cherry and aggressive, woody oak take over. Floral hopping is surprisingly substantial for the style. Medium-full, tart, and dry, the palate is satisfying. Sour cherry and vanilla linger on the finish. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Yum! Earthy and sour with a vanilla/citrus finish that delightfully drips with wooden character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4365) - Sofia, BULGARIA - JAN 29, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 On tap at City Beer Store, then later a bottle at Toronado. Well done sour ale. Reddish-brown color with an off-white head. Aroma of fruit and some brettanomyces. Flavor is complex with strong cherries, brett, caramel malts - sweet and sour at the same time. Very smooth palate. Pretty drinkable for what it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
That1Guy (2216) - Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra. Belgian brown/sour eh? Quite sour, fruity nose. Flavor is the same with a great tart finish. A damn fine whatever-style-it-happens-to-be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 Powerful yet smooth sour brown ale. Nose is of dark cherries, raisins, figs, plums, toffee and chocolate. Medium bodied and mouth filling, with a tart and slightly tannic aspect to it. Flavors similar to the nose, but slightly more wood, earth and slight toast and caramel. Not overtly farmhouse or barnyard, the brett flavor is subdued, but the sourness and cherries pervade.

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