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RATINGS: 647   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 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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stevoj (4953) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle share, 2010 vintage. This one ages well, and I have high hopes for the 2014 bottle in my cellar. Smooth, and oily, the aging lends the character more Belgian ale notes and mutes the sourness, Dubbel and Belgian strong Ale come to mind. Pit fruit, mild sweetness with a bit of pucker.

IndianaRed (4542) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 14, 2015
2010 bottle thanks BuckeyeBoy a gentle pour keeps the light tan head at bay Lovely reddish Amber with a little haze Rich tart pitted fruit aroma Mild malty flavors tame sourness and smooth slightly papery trailer. A little ABV heat at the end

furthur (1157) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - OCT 29, 2015
2015 Bottle, deep Amber, bubbly, cream colored head faded quickly. Aroma rich malt, lime, kombucha, vanilla, pears, hint of caramel and anise. Taste is honey, black pepper, lime, pineapple...this is awesome!!! Palate is smooth and rich, carbonation moderate.

dresden (1581) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 11, 2015
A clear orange, brownish colour. Aroma is sweet and sour, cherry, apricot jellly. Slightly funky, but muted. Not to bad, alcohol well hidden.

mR_fr0g (11894) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle shared at the tropical Croydon tasting at Paul’s. 01/07/2015. Semi clear golden orange coloured pour with a thin white head. Aroma is complex, musty, tart apple, dirty nappy, acid and some varnish. Flavour is composed of sweet and sour, apricot, caramel, musty. Palate is medium bodied, highish carbonation. Interesting beer.

fidelis83 (2396) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Hazy dark orange to dark copper pour with a thin, creamy, off white head that has great retention. Aroma is tart stone and vinous notes, caramel, light to no toast oak, a hint of sweet vanillalight caramel and some nutty notes. Flavor is sweet caramel, bread and stone fruit up front, some dusty citrus, tart and sweet vinous notes, light earthy/bretty funk, some acetic tartness, a hint of berry and slightly metallic minerality. Medium body, chewy, but dry and acidic feel, and a light, blanketing and somewhat sharp carbonation. Really damn tasty overall, nice balance between malt, tart, fruit, funk and yeast.

katrinaez (1894) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Opened too soon. Husband didn’t see "best after date" listed. We opened 2 months earlier than we should have. Cherries are obvious. The funk is too much, hoping that would be lessened if we opened it at the correct time. Sour and some odd ipa hops. The barrels can be tasted lightly and the yeast is somewhat thick. Wish it was opened on time. Have a 2014 bottle.

Theydon_Bois (19189) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle split at Scopesters on melt day, thanks to ??, 01/07/15. 2012 vintage. Hazed orange amber topped with a decent beige swirl. Nose is tarte red berry, fruit rinds, prunes, spice, wood must, toffee. Taste comprises dark fruit sourdom, wooded tones, spice, tarte berry, fruit balsam. Full bodied, fine carbonation, rising acidic bite in the close. Xolid Xour red/brown.

The_Osprey (7881) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle share in Croydon. Thanks! 2012 reserve. Hazy dark orange / brown, lightly sparkling, small foamy white head. Aroma is bretty lemon, apple skin, musty spice. Body is medium to light, low carbonation, quite foamy. Taste is sour and acidic with tart lemon brett. Some earthiness. Hides the booze really well but, overall, this was just too acidic for me.

dagimp (1008) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2015
From a 220z into an oversized wine glass. No head. Pours a reddish brown. Sweet wine Manishevitz aroma. Mazel Tov! Mouthfeel is sticky. Taste is sweet with lots of wine characteristics. Grapes wood oak cinnamon bourbon brown sugar and dark fruit. Really good beer. Drank this before the best after date. Next year I'll try holding on to it longer so the sweetness dies down and the funkyness rises. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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