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RATINGS: 647   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 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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3.9
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Bottle, shared graciously by darkguardian on 12/30/08. Pours ruby with a wispy cream head. Nose is funky, wood, acidity, quite tart and sour with a little acetic character, soft vanilla from the barrel. Softer acidity in the mouth than the nose would suggest, tart, the wood really comes through. Tannic, puckering drying, medium to low carbonation makes it smoother. Not prickly. Very good at this point.

3.7
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Thanks to Dark Guardian, I think. Somewhat light smell of sour apples, tart cherries and a dusty apartment. Tart cherries move into the flavor with some vinegar. Not overly sour tasting and much lighter than the aroma would suggest. Good, but I think would be better with even more sourness.

3.5
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 5, 2009
22 oz bottle. Nice looking amber beer. Nose is tart berries and wine. Flavor is sour as all get out, but there is a nice sweetness that balances the infected flavors well. Not a fan of sour beers, but this is pretty good.

3.7
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2009
22 oz bottle, shared by Axilla. Pours a hazy amber body with a wispy beige head. The nose is fairly funky with some cider vinegar and a bit of brett. The flavor had a nice level of funk to it as well, not the most aggressive Sour, but it seemed pretty well balanced, some oak, tart fruit, it had a very vinous quality to it. I could use a bit more brett flavor, maybe that will come with time? Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with light carbonation and a slightly puckering acidity. Pretty decent, but not something that I loved.

4.3
LinusStick (3447) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Amazing sour courtesy Mr Stitch- Thanks man! Aroma was perfect- full and strong. Tart vinegar with sour fruit. Pour was also perfect. Medium brown with an amber hue and a nice pillowy 3 finger tan head. Taste was vinegar, sour raspberry and funk with woody undertones. Strong carbonation and very addictive. Near perfect in every way

4.3
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2009 thanks zeswaft. bottle pour. pours 1 inch tan foamy head and is burnt red and clear with lots of carbonation. smells pretty funky and farty, flavor isnt super sour ale as much as it is like a jolly pumpkin. but its actually a pretty good one. very mild infection flavors. pretty sweet. awesome.

3.6
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2008
22 oz. bottle shared by highibus - Pours a mahogany color with a thin off white head. Light lacing. The flavor and aroma is tart esters. Soft carbonation and medium body. A decent beer. Thanks Tom.

3.5
sunevdj (4084) - 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.

4.3
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.

3.7
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2009 Bottle at Sune’s - 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)


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