Saboteur - Odell Brewing Company
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Reviews by eclipse54:
3.38/5 rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A corked and caged 750 mL bottle that I purchased today at the co-op; from the most recent release. Poured into a DFH signature glass.
Cork removes with practically no effort, and an extremely loud “pop” follows. I actually made towards the sink at this point, expecting a gusher, but luckily it all stayed in the bottle. A gentle pour produced a 50/50 mix of liquid and head in the snifter, roughly three finger’s width of each. Body is a dark, opaque brown that appears nearly black. Head is very fluffy and frothy, light tan/khaki in color. Generous lacing, and highly impressive retention; in fact, I haven’t taken a single sip of this that hasn’t had some foam on top.
Aroma is of tart fruits (date, plum, raisin, grape), hefty caramel, some toffee, and dark cocoa. Some faint yeast aroma is also present.
It tastes starkingly different, with the brown ale flavors dominating and any semblance of sour fruit amiss. Caramel, toffee, light cocoa, a hint of vanilla, some oak, and something reminiscent of lager yeast are all present in abundance. Only a very small amount of raisin, plum, and maybe date are present. It's not sour at all, and there is a noticeable alcohol presence on the finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated, but this actually helps lift the otherwise sticky base off of the tongue. The sugars linger a bit, giving a dry finish.
Overall, it's a gorgeous looking beer, but a bit of a let down after that. Not at all sour, making it just a brown ale in essence. It's very good for a brown ale, but I was expecting some form of enamel ripping goodness. The barrel is more subdued than anticipated. In sum, a good brown ale, not a sour ale. I'd say leaving it in the bottle for longer periods of time may help, but it was already overcarbonated, so perhaps it's best stored away from other fragile bottles/objects.
Serving type: bottle
01-09-2012 02:04:13 | More by eclipse54
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3.26/5 rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Big khaki head atop a brown body. Great retention.
Smell - A little bretty. Deep caramel notes. Some chocolate.
Taste - Bretty and earthy. Lots of deep caramel and chocolate. Dry.
Mouthfeel - A little heavy. Well carbonated.
Overall - A clash of flavors. Meh.
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2013 00:59:22 | More by Alieniloquium
Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.