Deschutes The Dissident Beer

Deschutes The Dissident

Oud Bruin · 10.5% ABV · ~170 calories

Deschutes Brewery · Bend, Oregon

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  • Roofers Union

    24.7 miles away · 2446 18th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009

    Restaurant · Menu Updated: 01/27/2019

    22oz Bottle $36

  • The Pickering Creek Inn

    128.6 miles away · 37 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460

    Bar · Menu Updated: 03/01/2019

    22oz Bottle $25

  • Mix It Up Suffolk

    160.2 miles away · 5911 Harbour View Boulevard, Suffolk, VA 23435

    Beer Store · Menu Updated: 02/27/2019

    500ml Bottle $8.99

  • Potent Potables

    250.4 miles away · 115 East Main Street, Jamestown, NC 27282

    Bar · Menu Updated: 03/23/2019

    22oz Bottle $14.99

  • Hop Spot @ Poor Boys Hotspot

    369.4 miles away · 103 New Leicester Highway, Asheville, NC 28806

    Beer Store · Menu Updated: 03/21/2019

    22oz Bottle $14.39

  • Annie's Party Shoppe

    398.3 miles away · 535 West Commerce Road, Commerce Charter Township, MI 48382

    Beer Store · Menu Updated: 03/15/2019

    22oz Bottle $0.01

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Beer Description

The Dissident is a distinctive Oud Bruin, Flanders-style brown ale, with a fruity aroma and flavor.

Fermented for more than 18 months in isolation from the rest of the beers,
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.”

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