I was pretty psyched to finally crack the wax off of this 2010 vintage of Deschute’s “The Dissident”. Brewed in 2008, 2010, and 2012, this Oregon brew is brewed with cherries and wild yeast. From the Deschutes website:
“The Dissident is an Oud Bruin, a distinctive Flanders-style sour brown ale, with a heavenly aroma and flavor. Our first and only wild yeast beer, we use Brettanomyces to give The Dissident its characteristic sour taste. Our stiffest brewing challenge, it must be fermented in isolation from our other beers for a full 18 months, partly in pinot and cabernet barrels. The words coddled and “worth it” come to mind.”
Here’s my full review:
Final Rating: 4.41/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2010 vintage. Batch 2. Best after 11/01/11. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Deschutes snifter glass. Acquired in a trade from nedvalton, thank you sir!
Appearance- Pours a hazy, muddy brownish- maroon body with a two finger white head that reduces slowly to a white ring of foam.
Smell- Smells of funky brett, tart lactic acid, sharp sour lemons, grass, caramel/toffee, dark cherries, white wine, grapes. So complex, aromatic, and inviting. I can’t wait to sip this.
Taste- Wow.. this is amazing. The first thing you notice is the tart cherries/citrus notes. I wouldn’t call this acidic.. I’d call it on the higher end of tart. The tartness combines with some funkyness coupled with a slight astringent hoppiness. The finish is sweet with some very nice vanilla, caramel, toffee, burnt toast, charred bready notes. Very complex.
Mouthfeel- Medium body, good drinkability, medium carbonation.
I’ve really been looking forward to trying this beer and it didn’t disappoint! Super complex and balanced. Very well done, Deschutes. 4 years has done wonders.