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RATINGS: 623   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
popway (173) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2015
I didnt give a yawn for Abyss, but this is quality cherry. Surprisingly carbonated and light opposed to my expectations of a darker beer. I like Supplication and this has the cherry depth and wine barrel aging that is complimentary and not cheap. A pale ruby appearance a cool ass crow design logo on the bottle. You would think light fizz AKA wine cooler , But, lo, behold a quality full bodied well blended cheery-esqe beer. What a nice find!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cobaink2 (480) - seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2015
2012 bottle. Very fruity esters and emons and tart overtones. The tastes are outstanding with a hint of barrel aging . Just all in the right place. Not overly puckering like some sours can be. Really stands up to age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (5850) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 27, 2015
(2014 Reserve - 10.7%ABV) 650ml waxed top bottle pours a clear red color with a fizzy white head that dissipates quite quickly and leaves only a few spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is cherries and wine grapes with some hints of yeast and funk. Taste is a cherry tartness with a malty sweetness and some earthy notes. Medium bodied with abundant carbonation leaving a tickle on the tongue. A tasty brew for the style and quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
coreyc1221 (309) - Truckee, California, USA - FEB 24, 2015
Pungent prune and sweet malt aroma. Darker mellow guild in color with thin if tan head. Mellow start with sweet wine and high berry dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jacowoo (2) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2015 does not count
One of my favorite Deschutes seasonals. Hard to find this year (2014) outside of the brew pub or public house (pdx), but definitely worth every effort to find it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (11361) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2015
2010 bottle. Pours a cloudy copper with small white head that diminishes to nothing. Aroma is some funk and sour fruit. Thin mouthfeel with light sour fruit, cherry skin and light tartness in finish. Very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2737) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Light funk fruity aroma and taste. Hazed Amber color. Notes: 2012 release on tap at Aces & Ales barrel aged event 2015. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JefVerstraete (3009) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle from a trade. Dark red colour, thin layer of foam. Aroma of sour fruit, cherries, vinegar and red wine. Oak and fruit. Light sweet, tart finish. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyW68 (1479) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Wow. Clear amber (at least in this light). Aroma is oak and sour cherries. Taste is sweet cherry. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
panajoe (1) - Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2015 does not count
I had the 2008 version. It was so very good, so complex so difficult to describe. It was a really unique taste. I kept to go back to the store to buy more of them.

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