From Bend Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery comes “The Dissident 2012 Reserve” a Flanders Oud Bruin style sour ale. This beer was released in August 2012 and has an open bottle date of 08/20/2012 (I opened my first bottle in January 2013). This beer is aged for a full 18 months in wine barrels before release and they recommend a full year of ageing in bottles. This just shows the time that can be required for a good beer to be ready for consumption. This Oud Bruin poured a reddish/brown with an off white head. The aroma consisted of sour cherries, vinegar and some oak. The flavour was of sour cherries, vinegar, tartness and some oak. The alcohol content comes in at 11.4% and the IBU is 18. This beer at 6 months tasted amazing! I can not wait for the 1 year point for bottle number 2.
Commercial Description: 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.
Food pairing as per Deschutes Brewery: Dark Chocolates, Brie, Spaghetti Carbonara, Macaroni & Cheese