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Deschutes Brewery Week: The Dissident

Much has been written already about Deschutes Brewery’s The Dissident—for instance, here, here, and here—and indeed, there is much to write about. This is easily the boldest beer Deschutes has ever brewed, for a number of reasons:

With that kind of pedigree, it’s no surprise the Brewery released this under their Reserve Series, in wax-dipped 22-ounce bottles retailing at $10 per bottle. At 9% alcohol, this is a beer you won’t soon forget.

Appearance: Brown-colored with a generous beige head. Nice deep crimson when held to the light.

Smell: Sour cherries, sour in general (though not unappealing), a touch of funk. Some Belgian candi sweetness. More Belgian yeast subtleties emerge as it warms.

Taste: Tangy, sour, and a little bit horsey right up front. Puckery! A cherry tartness and a taste of wood (cherry pits?). Sour! You don’t taste the alcohol at all… Some green apple tartness, tannins, the spiky tart-tangof underripe raspberries. More of the horsey Brett comes into play particularly in the back of the mouth as it follows the sour and other notes.

Mouthfeel: Tart, puckery, a very fine fizz of carbonation. Finishes fairly dry, and leaves a tangy aftertaste.

Overall: Very different, very good… I can’t judge on the technical merits (my experience with sour beers is pretty limited), but I think they’ve pulled off an amazing beer.

On BeerAdvocate, it scores an overall grade of A-. (RateBeer is still unavailable at this writing.)

And, as a bonus, I couldn’t resist taking a picture of the wax leavings: