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RATINGS: 645   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (47622) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2009
Bottle 1pt. 6fl.oz. @ [ Thisted tasting ].
[ Courtesy of Maria ]. Clear medium red amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, caramel, sour berry, wood. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and ligh to moderate sour with a average to long duration. Body is medium to light, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft. [20090316]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (43243) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2009
From bottle, Papsoes blindtasting #22. Pours hazy deep amber to light brown with a small off-white head. Light fruity and acetone like aroma. Sweet and fruity with a light acetone note. Acidic and fruity flavoured into a sour and subdued sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (36442) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2009
Bottled. A hazy deep red beer with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt, fruit, and berries. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and berries, but also with and acidity and some lacto basilicus, leading to a tart finish. The body is thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (27272) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2009
Bottle #22 at Papss blindtasting. Cloudy orange coloured with a small off white head. Fruity and light acidic aroma of wood and rubber with notes of spices. Fruity and light acidic flavour of wood, berries and hops. Tart and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (26412) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 5, 2010
[email protected] 1st Vaasa CS/ES beer session (thanks JS). Reddish brown colour, small off-white foamy head. Aroma is sour wood, some tart fruityness as well as mild maltyness as well. Flavour is sour and tart fruits and wood along with some caramel. Very pleasantly balanced. Mild spicyness also after it warmed up a bit. Hides the ABV very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (25572) - Malm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours a reddish amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity tart aroma. Smooth and slightly tart fruity malty flavor with some hints of caramel. Has a fruity tart waeming finish with a slighlty sour aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2009
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of KimJohansen. Slightly hazy amber golden with an off-white head. Lightly tart, woody aroma. medium body, tart wood, sweetish brown sugar. Somewhat astringent sulpur. Finishes tart. 010509

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (24187) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2015 17th April 2009
Clear red brown beer. Crisp palate. Sour brown beer. Nicely balanced. Not overly sour with its sweetening alcohol in the finish. 3.3

1st July 2015
Tropical Croydonia Bottleshare. Hazy amber beer, no head. Palate is light and semi dry with a very fine crispness. Light malt cream. Savoury flavours in to a light vinegary sourness. Jammy fruits which are overtaken by mild geuezey wet wood. Light savoury finish. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (23609) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Draft at Beer Revolution. Flat cloudy amber color. Aroma of malty summer fruits. Taste is boozy lemon, grapefruit. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (20548) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2011
Bottle at a tasting, thanks to Paul. Pours clear amber with a fine, white head. Has a pretty dynamic aroma, featuring tart berries, caramel, toast, grapes, wood. Very sweet flavor with some detectable alcohol, tart berries, slight funk. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warm finish, medium tartness, booze, caramel, berries, sugar, wood. Very good stuff.

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