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RATINGS: 630   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (4012) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2008
Hand-waxed bottle shared with Theis, traded from toncatcher. Pours a beautiful clear red with strins of bubbles and an off-white head. Mildly sour with aromas of brett and berries. Medium body. Medium to soft carbonation. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Bitter, bretty finish with faint aromas of coconutmilk. ’Bit too much brett. Thanks Dennis.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Tasted 11/15/08. 22oz bomber. Filtered with a golden amber hue. Spiraling off-white head. Tart berry nose. Woody and vinuous. Cranberries and vanilla oak. Big nose. Medium to full bodied and bitter. Red and black berries and totally tart. Almost a wine and beer meld. Good flavors and a great palate. Big yet drinkable. Robust yet balanced. Tart fruity and vinegar, just what a sour should be! Great job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2009 Bottle at Sunes - thanks. Clear dark deep red/brown - white head. Dark malty, red berries, brett, coconut, light sourish, light wood, spicy, soil, light flowery. Nice - but a bit too much brett, needs more balsamic caracters.... Again: #22 - Amerikaner Blind-Smagning 01-Maj-2009 hos Papsoe. Bottle. (6/3/6/3/14)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Very pretty dark red with dirty white head. Pungant aroma of stinky cheese, dirty sweat socks, and ripe cherries. Oddly enough, all are good here. The flavor is pretty approachable. Robust vinager, lactic, a bit of fruit, and even a bit of malt character. Medium body and easy to drink. Very dry. I like this one quite a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 27, 2008
22oz. wax sealed bottle. Served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a reddish copper with a thin off white head. Nice lacing. Great sour fruit aroma. Not quite as sour as the aroma might suggest, but the brett flavor is spot on. Medium bodied with a spritzy mouthfeel. Sour cherry flavor develops, as well as a little wood in the finish. Very refreshing and drinkable. Alcohol is not evident. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Bottle...murky amber pour with a sizeable white head. Nose has hints of granny smith apples, pears, lightly funky, a bit of sour cheese. Medium body with great carbonation...flavor has a massive amount of sour apples which leads to a bread dough and sour cherry finish. Very solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2010 9/15/2008 huge whiff of fresh cherries as the top is popped... pours crystal clear a red cherry-ish amber color with a one inch pale tan head. initially lots of cherry in the aroma which fades to unveil metal, blood/iron/mineral, woody vanilla and cement-like bretty funk. it smells fairly sweet (for the style). i get a lot of cinnamon flavor... along with ripe cherries, vanilla, caramel, toasted nuttiness and mineral-y bretty stink. there is a touch of malty sweetness to start. but, by the time the sip is over my tongue is dried off completely.... thanks brett! it*s tart and sour but not overly on either. the aftertaste lingers long into the night as fresh cherries. alcohol does come into play as it warms the sinus and chest the same way wine does... it*s quite pleasant. the medium body leans heavily on full. the carbonation gives it a creamy soft mouth feel which coats my mouth entirely yet it is spicy and prickly with a twangy kick. 8/3/8/5/16/4.0 we will see...

2008 bomber via superdave on 7/4/10. its not nearly as tart and fruity as it originally was but it is for sure much more funky. seems brett came in to dry the shit out of this! mmm

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12479) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Bottle. Pours clear tawny with an average, fizzy, off-white head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, hay, meal), average hops (flowers, grass), heavy yeast (horse blanket, barnyard) with notes of cherry and wood. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a sour finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle from the Co-op in Davis, CA. I;m always a little wary of sours. They tend to be a little too sour for me, but this one had a the perfect amount of sour. Nice balance of sour with sweet fruity flavors. Will try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarrettB (1525) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
I bought The Dissident without really knowing what it was. I mean, I didnt even see who the brewer was. But the label was so cutting, so dark, so angsty I couldnt say no. The effect was only made more profound by its solitude on the shelf - no other Dissident in sight. Very appropriate. Also, Im not sure why, but from purchase to refrigeration, I thought the Dissident was going to be a deep, dark stout. Imagine my surprise when I saw the less than dense pour and the smell of vinegar. Instead, the beer is somewhat translucent, taken to the color of oak tree bark and a thin lily pad head of tan bubbles. Alcohol commands the aroma, guiding vinous, wine-like qualities and a vinegar bite into my nose, resembling a Flemish Sour Ale in its woody, winey, sour scent portfolio. The flavor is immediately familiar, but I cant label it at first. Then I take a gander at the label. Of course! The Brett! This beer is all about the Brett, bolstered by a dense traffic of carbonation, flavors of black cherries and oak, and a good, sharp ethanol bite. The oak dryness and the alcohol cut almost to excess, but keep decorum where it counts, making this a very tasty, drinkable beer. It may not have been an oil stout, but its got a lot of good flavor, and affirms that Brettanomyces has hurdled over the acquired taste status into a well loved and familiar flavor.

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