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RATINGS: 643   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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BuckeyeBoy (7979) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Double wax dip Bottle (what a pain) Pours out a murky amber with red highs topped with a small ring tan head. Aroma was of berrie, sweetness and some of the 9%. Tast was more of the berrie but lots of bitterness at the end like grapefruit peel. A little tart. Not to bad.

Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Bottle. Body-Dark iced tea with a thick ring of bubbles. Nose-sour, woody, light funk, cherry, toothpicks. Taste-brown ale, little tart, dry, sharp bite on the back end that isn’t from the funk, sour cherries, dry wood, lots of tannins, straw, hay. A very nice mild sour.

haggis03a3 (198) - Orinda, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Brown with dissipating tan head. Aroma is of tart cherries, caramel. Flavor is the same plus some tart apple. Acidic, tart, slightly bitter with some sweetness at the end. The alcohol is well hidden. Very good, but could be more balanced. I would like a bit more malt flavor.

Fin (10624) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2009
Bottle that was handed over in a trade in NYC Nov’ 08 from the marvellous Miketd consumed 27-02-09, cheers Mike you’re a solid gold star Pours brown with a bit of reddiness, head is white. Aroma is sour, some tart cherries, warm wet woodland and even a bit of porcini mushrooms steeped in hot water. Mmmmmhhh flavour is lovely, bit woody, nice sourness though not to tangy. At times I reminded of Rodenbach and even Suffolk Strong, woodiness is top of the list on taste but there is a deecent fruity sourness. I could happily drink this all night, great beer. A8 A4 F8 P4 OV16 4.1

Boutip (6397) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle: Poured a deep reddish color ale with large foamy head with great retention and great lacing. Aroma of oak and tart notes are clearly dominant with some light funk also discernable. Taste is also dominated by some oak notes with a tart taste with some lactic funky sour notes also noticeable. Good body with great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. While I really enjoyed the sourness and the oak notes I thought the funky yeast didn’t integrated that well with the rest of the flavors. Still very good nonetheless.

slowrunner77 (12162) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 27, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2014 "this one was fun. i had it at a beer tasting party, and although there were a few others that people didn’t totally agree on, this one was polarizing. it was like democrats & republicans in there. our host, who spit his out, was in the "hate it" crowd, while i was on the opposite end of the spectrum. i have even more respect for Deschutes for creating a beer like this. It pours a ruby brown color and you’re immediately hit with a complex aroma of musty apples &/or cherries, with so many other things underneath, I can’t describe. The flavor is a wonder. more of the same. tart, complex beyond my expectations with a great finish. this beer stands on it’s own incredibly well or would bring out the flavor in numerous foods. HIGHLY recomended!!! One of the most unique beers I’ve had." Still a hightly rated elegant sour, but complexity has never been the same since the first release (4.7)...4.4 or so since.

Odeed (1805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
(sample from enniskillen and irishboy)clear red with a light brown head.light funk in the aroma with some caramel.flavor is much of the same with some brown sugar thrown in.

IrishBoy (4212) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Bomber the Chevron station in Port Angeles WA. Nose of caramel, light Horseblanket, and toffee. Clesr rusty brown with a small offwhite, glass lacing head. Flavor was very lightly tart and horse blanket, caramel, and toffee. Tasty but not a very sour ale!

arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2009
22oz bottle $8.99. I poured this into a snifter and put on Pearl Jam (because I am corny and the namesake of this beer is a good song). Clear, ruby red which seems odd but then I am no expert on flanders reds or oud bruins. First whiff gave off burnt rubber but quickly moved on to a lightly sour vinegar aroma with cherries with the rubber still darting in from the back and a slight touch of alcohol. Nice sour flavors of cherries, just enough to make my mouth slightly pucker but nothing like Supplication or La Folie sour, much more muted and that rubber makes a brief appearance in the flavor. I actually wanted to like this more but I have had too many good sours this year and I am not sure I could taste any hint of wood and the rubber aromas and flavors were off-putting. This is not hard to drink however and does get better as it warms (like most beers). update 10/12/08 The second bottle contains no rubber and tastes/smells better. Maybe because I drank some Isabelle just prior? Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-30-2008 02:59:27

RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Thanks to fogdog for this beer! Pours reddish brown with orangy highlights. Aroma is fairly subtle for the style, but I welcome the lack of sour assault. Oak, dust, cherries, some amount of mustard and vinegar, and hints of the caramel malt foundation. Taste is malty and sour, but not as sweet as some. Cherries, sour fruit, big oak, mustard, light vinegar and a bit of caramel, almonds and bread. Finishes fairly bitter, oaky, dry and cobwebby. I’m not the world’s biggest sour beer fan, some the effortless creamy palate really won me over. Smooth and silky, big, but without much weight, and so so rounded. Just the right hint of heat, but it’s mild. This is a real treat, a lovely sour ale for those who want something a bit between Goudenband and La Folie, but with a bigger and silkier body than either.

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