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RATINGS: 645   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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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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4.1
   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.

4
   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.

4
   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4598) - San Francisco, California, USA - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
That1Guy (2231) - 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.

4.5
   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5868) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Purchased 22-oz bottle from Liquidsolutions.biz. Pours a hazy reddish copper sour ale with a thin off-white head that slowly dissipates to a fine film top. Aroma of Brett, yeast funk, some black cherry, light brownish malt, and some cinnamon. Taste is medium bodied, plenty of tartness with flavors of Brett yeast, sour red berries, a hint of vanilla and some barnyard funk. Finish continues the tart berry aftertaste with plenty of dry yeast.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2009
Bottle courtesy of beerbill. Many thanks. Deep garnet pour. Aroma is softly sweet with a light cherry sweetness. Softly vineous with a very soft lactic tartness. A really rich cherry note and a bit of light balsamic character as well. Rich cherry/berryish aroma that accents the soft tartness. Soft cherry and light berryish fruit with a lovely balance of fruit and lean pale malt. Light funky aroma and a bit of sweetness as well. Pretty solid brew. More Flemish Red than Flemish brown to me, but either way, its pretty nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (4088) - Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2009
2008 Vintage 22 oz. bottle courtesy of bvc. This bottle is double wax sealed, which is interesting. Aroma of acidic black cherry fruit and oak woodiness right off the bat. Behind that is boozy grainy maltiness. The Brett yeastiness is present, though certainly in the background. Overall, a nice balanced nose. Taste is black cherry tartness with the oak booziness. The sour funk is present as a liner around the overall taste experience. Nice melding, though the alcohol is pretty bright. Palate is smooth and silky, medium and really drinkable. This was a fun one, thanks for sending it my way Brandon!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Cheeseman strikes again! Pours a lightly hazy copper maroon, with a light white head. Smells of yeast, sweet fruits, mild acidity and tannins, with a noticeable maltiness. Very sharp biting sourness up front right away. Nice acidic tannins and sweet sour fruits mixed together. Not overly sweet which I enjoyed, but not totally dry either. Nice little balance to it. Not an upper echelon sour, but certainly better than average for me.


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