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RATINGS: 644   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Pours hazy amber with a ruby hue. A quarter inch head rose up before settling down to a placid surface, with a few errant dots of lacework. Aromatics hit the nose as soon as the beer goes into the glass, with fruity acid wafting up. Cherries, red wine, balsamic vinegar, ripe malt, and warming spice. Hints of cinnamon, peppercorns, cedar, sherry, and rhubarb follow through. Medium bodied, with a lightly prickled mouthfeel, and drying. Ripe, red fruits, acid, and oaky tannins are supported by a malty base on the palate. As the brew warms hints of subtle spice step forward. Nutmeg, anise, and Schezuan peppercorns. Plenty of acid without being lactic or sour. Finishes with cherries, sherry, balsamic, pepper-studded earthy cedar, and warming alcohol. Wowza. Great beer now, but just wait a few years for this one to really meld, mellow, and complexify. The Pinot Noir barrels add a tremendous depth that is not typically found in Oud Bruins. The tartness level now is firm, but allows the brew to be very drinkable. I’m curious to see if some cellar time will add much sourness. Do yourself a favor and let this one warm up to room temperature. Big ups to BA Urwatuh8 for answering the call once more!

Jayb0 (1215) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2017
I was excited to try this and it did not disappoint. I love the Oud Bruin style and cherries are by far my favorite fruit in beers. Here it's a near perfect marriage of sweet malt, wild sourness, and juicy cherry. The cherry is not overly candy-ish but more natural, which is a very good thing. For 11% is still fairly bright and lively, perfect for pairing. Yum!

stantheman (1098) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2017
A 65 cl bottle from Bottle Jockey in Burnaby. A dark amber beer with generous yellow head and a sour fruity nose. Moderately sour and moderately sweet. Big dried fruit flavors here. Very nicely balanced. Beautiful! 4

kryon (3805) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2017
Pours reddish brown with low light bronze head Aromas tart of sour and marinated cherries, caramel, oak, marinated raisins, some brown sugar, grapes Taste has sweet and light tart notes of marinated cherries, raisins, cherry seed, caramel, oak

ansalon (4102) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2017
Pours hazy reddish brown with a moderate off white head. Aromas of marinated cherries, almonds, oak, raisins, grapes, caramel. Taste is fruity and sour with prominent oak and almond notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

zoucrew102 (2048) - - MAY 30, 2017
Bomber, 2015 vintage. Tart cherry aroma with notes of Brett funk, vinous white grape and some oak. Pours cloudy amber-redddish colored with a thin white head that has little retention or lacing. Starts with tart cherry flavors with notes of vinous white grape flavors. Finishes smooth and dry with Brett funk and a little bit of oak. Very nice sour.

Pegboy (22) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAY 28, 2017
Good. Reminds me of Consecration. Not as good. And more expensive. And here's more characters for my 75 letter review. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

drjoeng (1358) - SINGAPORE - APR 14, 2017
2016 Bottling: 10.9% 10.9% ABV. Barrel-aged red/sour. Poured out deep amber. 16 SRM. Nose is sour and fruity with some wood and maybe a faint wet hay. On first approach suggestive of a saison or farmhouse style, but on further reflection there’s not that funkiness, no manure or wet clay. Wine and vinegar in the nose. Mouthfeel is watered honey. Syrupy. Palate has fruitiness with sour and sweet. Wood with broad oakiness. The cherry flavor is fruity with no candy and more body. Hops if any are woody. Finish is surprisingly clean given the vintage of this brew.

JStax (7125) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2017
22 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. The beer is a clear copper color with a beige head of foam. The aroma is vinous and earthy. Mild acidity comes through in the taste. Dry and earthy finish. Big body and medium carbonation.

onceblind (10322) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2017
10.9% 2016 vintage aged only 5 months. Deep dark amber with a light beige bubbly head that recedes awful fast. Amazing nose of earthy tasty tartness with a bit of cherries, wood, and dark amberish Belgian funkiness. Mellow dark amber and lightly brownish malt base with a dry, earthy, woody funk and medium-light tartness with a mellow cherry undertone. Woody funk at the end with a Belgian cherry malty funk.

ehaak26 (658) - - MAR 6, 2017
Bottle from Liquor Barn. Very complex aroma, includes cherries, earthy yeast, fruit as well.

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