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RATINGS: 650   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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CanIHave4Beers (4233) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle, shared by me... in my dining room... just now.

Pours a deep reddish orange, sort of rust like color with a fluffy off white head and some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is certainly inviting with plenty of tart cherry, earthy funk, and wood galore. It absolutely comes off as boozy in the aroma, which is really the downfall to the bouquet here considering all the pleasantries.

The flavor is nice but far far too wood forward at this age (2015 bottling)... The sourness is restrained and pleasant, there is almost no detectable acetic character, it’s reasonably dry & it’s got a good tart cherry thing happening. But damn if it isn’t boozy. The overwhelming wood & booze just really are put offs for me with this beer, scale those two things back and this is an out of the park flanders red, but it’s really hard to dig past the dominance of those two flavors & the whole thing ends up hot and unbalanced.

This is a beer I’ve waited to try for easily 5+ years, I’m not wholly disappointed, but I was hoping for something... different.

Would it age well? Probably, but I’m not paying another $17 to find out.

kaser (6409) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Poured from 22oz bottle at home. Amber clear color. Sour and yeast, cranberry and raisin notes. Pretty tasty. Boozy

Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JAN 10, 2016
2014 bottle. It says best after "10/27/15."
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a semi-hazy to burnt amber color with a quickly dissipating fizzy white head that left no lacing.
The smell had some sour cherries up front with a subtle sweetness to it. Light woody character rounds it out. Subtle acceptable vinous grapes.
The flavor rides on the sour cherries with the woodiness coming back dryly. Sticky sweet cherry to woody aftertaste leads into the finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping to sessionable quality about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the stickiness to build on my tongue, still acceptable for the most part.
Overall, I say this was a pretty nicely done Flanders Oud Bruin that I would have again.

robinvboyer (4783) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2016
2010, 10.5%. Cloudy reddish brown, with a large off white head. The aroma right off the bat is funk! Some big lambic style barnyard aromas, wet hay, with alot of vinegar, sour cherries, earthy wood, overly ripe fruit, and lactic overtones. Solid mouth feel, good carb, surprisingly good carb considering the beer is 5 years old. The finish is sour, and funk, with big sour cherries, and general soured fruit. Big wet hay, and lambic style funk. Great stuff.

doublebock (558) - California, USA - DEC 28, 2015
Appearance: Clear reddish brown with little head
Aroma: sour cherry and charred oak
Taste: Oaky with a sour bite. Some tart cherries and tobacco.
Overall: very similar to a traditional Kriek flavor oud bruin

furiousdman (12) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Beautiful foam and bronze color. Subtle yet strong flavor. Nice mild funk with lingering sourness. I had the 2008 thanks to IrishBoy. Thanks!

bulldogops (2740) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2015
Rating #1491 - Bottle from Wine & Beyond Windemere 12.03.2015 - Sour N Funk Fest Prep - Pours a deep reddish brown with a bubbly head that disapparates rather quickly. Aroma is wild cherries, sour plum tartness - rich, fruity texture. Palate is well balanced - lots of tart cherry, sweetness from the barrel component - lovely sour/bruin.

jbruner (5401) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2015
2015 reserve. Pours a deep brownish red from the bomber with bubbly off-white head that dissipates quickly to leave light lace. Aroma of lactic sour up front, dark fruits, hint of spice, big oaky tannins on the back end. Taste is like a big flanders red, booze is a little high, but nothing too extreme. Soft, bubbly carbonation, lingering acidity that fades to fruitiness. Just really really nice.

SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2015

Bouteille partagée avec madame ma femme. Vintage 2014. Merci Tony pour cette superbe bière! Une robe rougeâtre et une feuille de mousse. Des parfums riches de cerises dans leur sirop, de cuir, de fleurs brettées, de vinaigre fruité, de sucre brun, de biscuit Graham, d’agrumes. Le goût est tout aussi agréable avec ses fruits aigres complexes (cerises, mandarines, raisins, pommes), son acidité contrôlée, son alcool chargé par des sucres bruns, son chêne vanillé et bien d’autres choses qui altèrent mon jugement, ma perception, mes souvenirs, ma connaissance et mon ignorance. En bouche, voilà une texture liquoreuse qui ne montre que très peu de bulles. En finale, les cerises et d’autres fruits sont bercés par le fût et les sucres sont flattés par les bibittes. Très bon.

sebastokrator (129) - - NOV 22, 2015
Drinking the 2008 vintage. Light bodied, smells of cherries. The aging mellowed the tartness leaving a lot earthy, wine-like complexity. It has an excellent finish and is completely worthy of the praise it receives.

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