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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2008
An absolute beauty of a beer. Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber, with a perfect, thick and frothy head. I let this one warm up a bit before drinking and had a fair amount of lacing. Aroma is a bit off, but smells like a typical farmhouse ale. Flavor is very good...sweet and sour like a lemon/llime soda, fruity (banana, raisin), and tons of yeast. Its like a eating a perfect loaf of warm sourdough bread. Palate is medium/heavy bodied, and much creamier than I expected. I’m not a huge fan of this style, but overall this is one of the best sours I’ve encountered. I agree with trokini and Erenest...lose the wax cap. It was a pain in the ass to cut through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Pours hazy auburn with a short off-white head. I agree with Ernest, the wax cap nearly drove me insane trying to carve off enough to open the bottle. Aroma is malty, with funky cherries and earthy wood. Not like other sours. Smooth and warm cherry, malt, oak, and vanilla. When the sour comes, it is mellow. Mostly brett and cherries, but in a vinuous/sherry way. Drinks more like a liquer than a funky, sour pucker-bomb. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7478) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2008
Bottle (with annoying wax-coated cap, when will brewers stop this nonsense?). Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), trace yeast (barnyard), with notes of apple skin, cherry, wood. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. This sadly shows little effect of the advertised 18 months of aging (other than the usual cherry and wood notes), and almost no Brett character. That said, the aroma is still attractive and without flaws. The flavor balance is good, if a tad syrupy sweet. There certainly is ample tartness, but this is about half as sour as, say, La Folie. The alcohol is hidden well. All in all, it comes up short of greatness, but it’s still a pleasant approximation of the targeted style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - OCT 21, 2008
22oz. bomber, pours a clear iced tea brown, with a foamy two finger head that lingers, moderate lacing. Aroma brings a nice nose full of fresh cherry, oak, light vanilla, spice and a hint of sour and funk; I enjoyed the aroma on this quite a bit. Flavor is stronger on the sweet and tart cherry, with background notes of oak and vanilla, followed by a lingering gentle sourness. I found this to be very easy to drink, and pretty darn tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3895) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2008
Reddish brown in color, with a small but lasting beige head.Sour cherry nose. Flavor has earthy overtones, and as it should be, tart and puckery. Light cherry overtones, and a hint of oak. Astringent mouthfeel, some Belgian lacing on glass. In my personal database, this is beer #3000

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Deep amber hue with an off-white head. Great carbonation level. Smooth texture with a quenchy zing. Light toast, grains, earth and faint brown sugar. Some curious yeasty flavors and aromas. Wholesome tartness blended with some mildish bitterness. Citrusy orange and lemon nips were nice. Pleasant beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 V - one finger thin density head, pale yellow on initial pour, darkening to a cloudy light orange A - mildly cherry and slight vinegar arona 8 T - malty sour mix, reminds me strongly of a sour whiskey 8 P - well balanced, a little sour lingers, palate is slightly carby, just a little zing to go with the sour. O - very pleasent 16

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Pours a deep red/brown with no head whatsoever, even with a vigorous straight pour into my Orval goblet. I could already smell the ample aroma wafting out of the bottle. Once in the glass, the aroma opens up even more. First impression is of Rodenbach (which makes sense). There is some other complexity underlying in there. The funk and sour smell is more subdued, but there is also ample cherry, oak, and vanilla aroma. Taste is quite sour, though not Rodenbach Grand Cru sour. Fairly easy drinking for a sour beer. The oak and cherry flavors are more pronounced than usual, which is nice. I think that this may be a great gateway sour for people. Would pair well with cheeses and spicy foods. There is a little tiny bit of sludge in the bottom of my bottle, but I have heard from multiple sources that it is pasteurized/not bottle conditioned, so I don’t have very high hopes for aging this one, which is a shame. In fact, I heard that Deschutes is doing that to all their beers, even this sour and their high alcohol special releases...they need to get with the program for cellaring enthusiasts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Bottle pours light brown with off white head. Has a medium body. Flavor is fruity, sour, has some funk, and is a real nice drinking sour. There is some cherry, oak, vanilla, brett, and vanilla. Its really smooth. Overall I really enjoyed this brew. It has other flavors not typical in sours and I can’t wait to age one. Thanks Eric!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14492) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Bottle from Marcus. Red copper color with a slight white head. Aroma is mildly sour, like a red wine needing a bit of aeration. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is incredibly full and vinous. I’ve got 4 more tucked away. Hope I can hold off. This is full of oak and dark cherry. I even think the cab is showing. F*** wine. This is much better. If a cab showed this body and flavor the world would be agog. Finish just seems to continue, though perhaps the fruit and wood are marrying up a bit. Get as many as you can.

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