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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Nice fruity/cherry aroma - lots of wood, and a touch of the tart. Really reminded me of Hair of the Dog ’Fred from the Wood’ on the nose. Coppery mahogany color with a medium frothy light-brown head. Flavor started sweet, then swiftly showed the Flanders tart/sour (though lightly), some oak, and slowly dried out a bit. Lingering tart/sweet/alcohol/oak finish. Very nice - expected more, but a really well made beer.

rdixon77 (3064) - Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2017
Thanks Yetsko for bringing me a vintage 12 bottle! Nice mellowed sour brown. Lots of dark fruit, slight vinegary tartness, still very rich tasting sour. Love the bottle

donandres (681) - Makati, PHILIPPINES - NOV 13, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017 12:50 PM
From tap to taster glass at the Bend BreweryTasting room
Sight: brown liquid, small foam, seems slightly hazy
Smell: fragrant aroma of the barrel
Taste : Excellent, low bitterness, sour but well balance and not overpowering
Mouth feel: very good, good carbonation
Overrall: excellent beer, one of the best

Fatehunter (2622) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2017
Has a woody and cherry flavor. Nice and mellow. Dry texture. Smells fruity.

tightslice (1446) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 8, 2017
Bottle from BevMo! in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is cherries, mild brett funk, mild red wine, oak. Taste is mildly sour, tannic, cherries, earthy brett, mild earthy spice, dry oak. An interesting sour with tannic / dry wine vibes.

klm1 (1891) - Bled/SF, - OCT 26, 2017
0.65l bottle, release 2016 with 10.9%abv.: pours hazy redish brown with tiny dissipating off-white head. Aroma-flavor# Toasted, cherries/fruity esters, moderate brett character, fruity & woody tannins, acidity. Both provide slight astringency and dryness. Medium bodied, smooth texture, moderate medium carbonation.

Ktwse (5551) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2017
Pours clear copper with low white head. Aroma of cherries, berries, dried fruit and wine barrels. Taste is mild tart, boozy sweet, rich finish. Rich and smooth body with soft carbonation.

Jayb0 (1218) - 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 (1101) - 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 (3868) - 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 (4145) - 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.

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