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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Day 332 Drink: Deschutes 2010 The Dissident

Deschutes Brewery is a great Oregon brewery, located along the Deschutes River in Bend, Ore. They started making beer in 1988 in a small brewpub and have expanded with their reputation. In addition to a production brewery, they have also added a brewpub in Portland that is worth a stop.

Deschutes 2010 The Dissident spent two years aging. It is the only wild yeast beer the brewery makes, featuring Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus. Whole Washington cherries were added to the beer. Deschutes has created a Flanders-style Oud Bruin that weighs in at 10.5 percent alcohol by volume. The beer pours a reddish golden color with an off white head. There is a slightly tart nose to the beer. The Dissident has a funky, woody base to the falvor. The cherry notes are in the background, but clearly present. Overall, the mouthfeel on this beer is a little lighter than you would expect, but it is a satisfying sour.

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