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RATINGS: 630   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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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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2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mattdev (74) - Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2011
2010 Vintage. When the bottle is first opened, you are immediately hit with this sharp pungency of fresh cherries. This aroma rapidly turns into a bit of a cherry cough syrup type scent, and then once poured the lacto begins to take over with hints of unripe cherries. There is a slight hint of vanilla in there (which Im guessing is from the oak) as well as a nice forest quality, like fresh grass or the inside of a forest on a sunny day. The taste is quite surprising, especially when compared to the 2008 vintage. Its sour, but only slightly and its sourness is masked by quite a bit of residual sweetness. There is a lot of dark cherry flavored, with some chocolate coming through as well. A bit of harshness comes from the wood and it is still quite boozy. I think that over time this will turn into something beautiful, but for now it is complex but a bit disoriented feeling. It finishes very much like cough syrup and burns for quite some time.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bursprak (2722) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle @Dangeroius Bottleshares v. ?. Fairly clear weakish reddish pour with a small head. Notes of booze, leather, caramel, red berries... A few years in the rot box has probably not done this one justice....

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ghostbeer (169) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 16, 2017
This is the 2015 Reserve. Had high hopes but was not super interested since not big into fruity beers. Thin quickly dissipating head with ruby highlights but otherwise amber-brown. Can smell the funk of the Belgian yeast. Taste it too. The cherries lend a tart and boozy quality.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (18367) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2017
Bottle courtesy of the Dangerous Bottleshare guys. Thanks :-) Hazy deep red brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, red berries, light herbal, wood and alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and light acidic. Sweet and light acidic finish with a little warming alcohol. Oily. 120117

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RasmusOtt (2563) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2017
Bottle thanks to Bursprak. Pours murky orange brown with a white head. Aroma of caramel cow stable, butterscotch, butter, cola, plums and oxidation. Taste of sweet caramel, dark fruits, slight cherries, lactic notes, butter, butter scotch and oxidation. So ahm. I actually thought this was going to be pretty good haha.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Klimaet (2234) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2017
Bottle @ Dangerous Bottleshares 1st of 2017 share. Vintage 2012. Pours hazy muddy orange brown with a small white head. Aromas of caramel, cherries, balsamico, malt, sweet butterscotch, vinegar. Taste is malty, cherries, balsamico, light vinegar, caramel, oxidized. Ugh

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (1924) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2017
From bottle thanks to Bursprak. Long time want! Pours a hazy dark reddish rusty brown with a fizzy, off white head. Aroma has oak, caramel, cola, toasted malts, butterscotch, oxidised, sweet cherries, old. Taste is sweet, sour, malty, funky, oaky, light cheesy. High carbonation, slight boozy and a surprisingly light body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmacklin (978) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2016
650ml bottle. 2016 reserve. (10.9% ABV) Pours a clear red-amber with a small, fizzy, fully dissipating, off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, cherries, red wine and oak. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, cherries, red wine, oak, brett and vinegar in a dry, tart, acidic finish. Medium body with an oily texture and average carbonation. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (6488) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2016
Bottle a few years back, 11.4% pours ruby brown with medium head and random, spotty lace. Smell and flavor were sour oak, wine, brown sugar, and berries. Slightly acidic. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (3840) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2016
22 oz bomber pours brown with a off white head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, malts and some funk. Taste is cherries, tart and very good.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emeister84 (2283) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2016
2014 vintage. Aromas of vanilla, toasted coconut, shortbread cookies, doughy, tart and funky cherry. Clear murky red with a somewhat lasting white head. Flavor starts out great, vanilla-driven, toasty barrel-aged flavors, tart cherry, then funky wet dog and broken balance. Medium-full bodied.


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