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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Poured a rusty brown with a foamy tan head. Nice carbonation. Delicious aroma of fruit, oakiness, malt, and sourness. Taste was of sour fruits including banana, cherries, and grapes. There was also toasty malt with oak flavors and yeast. No presence of alcohol in the taste. Lingering sour woodiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11888) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2008
22oz bottle shared courtesy of Axilla (I think). Poured a deeper and cloudy orangish-brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of cherries, brett, earthy, wood, and caramel. Tastes of cherries, caramel, wood, fruity, brett, and a little vinous. Nice sour finsih. I’m glad I have some more of this and will spend some quality time with the next one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Draft @ O’Bradys South Anchorage. Mahogany with a frothy tan head. Nicely oaked aroma with caramel tart cherry and lemon. Medium body and lightly carbonated. Mild to medium sour flavors are a good mesh of toasted caramel with cherry and lemon same as the aroma. No hint of the 11% in this draft version. Another hit from the Reserve Series.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6233) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Poured a murky brownish red color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of leather, sour cherries, nuts, toffee, apples, oak, and wild yeast. Taste of sweeter red apples up front, and bone dry, some oak, more wild yeast, grapes, and a sour finish, with a bit of alcohol in there as well. Thanks John!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Bottle from Liquor Max. Ruddy brown color, thin broken white head. Aroma is a subtle mix of sweetness and Brett plus a rich dark fruity malt base. The taste is tart and fruity balanced by a sweet grainy notes on the back end. Nice balance overall - certainly doesn’t taste like 9% - and it isn’t as tart as other Flemish reds, but is still tasty and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2008
22oz bottle as given to me as another bonus by hophead22. you rock man....well this officially is my 800th rating and i wish i had given this more attention but i already had a long night.... pours a dark amber brown with a light film of light brown head....aroma had a decent essence of oak with a sweet malty aftertone. almost resembling a red fruit cider in nature..... flavors had an abundance of sweet cherry, oak, and good degree of tartness as well. medium carbonation and a somewhat lively mouthfeel....this was pretty good and close to a 4 for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 24, 2008
cranberry, sugar, cereal aroma; dark copper body, dark orange-ruby highlight, small and fizzy light tan head; sweet, sour, vinegar--cranberry flavor mostly; the palate has some spritz; nothing offensive, nothing bad, and nothing great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2008
On tap at Hamiltons 2nd Anniversary Party. Pours with a deep red body topped by a thick head with some lacing. It’s sour and fruity with a slight bitterness and a light sweetness. Light bodied, smooth and dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Sampled on 10/23/2008. This sour ale pours a deep reddish brown color from a wax topped 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head with excellent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is woody, tart, with cherries and some funk. A medium bodied sour ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. There are also some tart cherry, oak, yeast and barnyard flavors here as well. The hops are floral and earthy. Lightly acidic and funky, the sourness is kind of delicate. Nice balance between the oak, fruity, tartness and funk. A very easy drinking sour ale. Very soft, yet lively carbonation. Soft and subtle tasting, one would expect more harsh flavors form a wild fermentation. Hides the alcohol very well. Its not as bold ad La Foille or Rodenbach Grand Cru, but I think it does an excellent job of recreating the Oud Bruin style. It would be nice to see what this beer tastes like in a year or two. Mouthfeel is full and round. The finish is clean and smooth. The aftertaste is slightly sweet with some sourness in the background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BritAlesRule (216) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Very beautiful deep garnet color. Head quickly dissipates. Bold nose of sour old fruits, mostly cherries, and malt. Not too horsey, but rainy barnyard dominated by an unattended orchard maybe, where most of the overripe fruit has split and decayed on the ground. Wet diaper underneath. That was fun, now to taste: Nose becomes slightly medicinal as it heads toward my lips, Crisp and vinegary on the tongue. Pithy fruit skins with an apple-cider vinegar, sour candy and brett chaser. In my humble opinion it leans a little toward geueze in taste just because it’s very sour and bitey and complex compared to say, the Duchess or Goudenband (RIP) Flemish browns. With the alcohol content, this is a bottle of dynamite. Way to go, Deschutes.

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