Saboteur - Odell Brewing Company
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Reviews by jampics2:
4.15/5 rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
750ml bottle, opened by me for a Browns game and shared with friends. Poured into a snifter.
The beer certainly is a brown ale. It's solid with very little different colors within, even on the edges when held to the light. Just a touch of red at the very bottom of the glass. A nice tan ring of head. There's not a ton of lace, but that's OK for a 10% American Wild.
The smells are interesting and unique. Some cherry and sour fruit are the first things to reach my nose. Then, the malty brown ale base comes across as carmael. The wood and bugs hit next, along with some hoppiness that adds citrus notes of grapefruit and pineapple. The wood leaves some coconut, vanilla and even oaky notes. There's a good deal of brett, which comes off as funky and horsey. This is really complex and pleasant - something new for a change. Nice!
The taste is great! There are huge notes of sour, brett, vanilla and caramel. The sour is not too puckering, and adds some cherry and just a touch of raspberry to the mix. The brett is funky but doesn't have the drying horsehair qualities of, say, a Dupont. The vanilla and barrel treatment add some unique notes of wood and perhaps a touch of pineapple and coconut. The malt has some mild roast, giving it a touch of chocolate and some prominent sweetness. This comes together in a way I never thought possible, the only bad thing is some slight metallic notes coming from the malt. But that just reminds me this is man-made and not some freaky nectar of the gods.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some medium viscosity. There's some nice carbonation that stops the beer from being too dense and chewy for the style. But this doesn't sparkle like many wild ales and that's a good thing! A bit of booze becomes apparent when this warms up, but the beer does an excellent job of offering tons of flavors to bury the alcohol. This is a great beer from Odell and a really unique offering I'd like to see more brewers attempt in the future.
Serving type: bottle
11-24-2010 16:12:49 | More by jampics2
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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
4.28/5 rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
750ml cork&cage tasted blindly in Blind BIF #8. Poured into Crooked Stave snifter.
Appearance: The beautiful darkish brown color of a Belgian Strong Dark comes crashing down into the glass to leave a full finger of light beige head. Spotted lacing.
Smell: Fig/grape, a bit of cherry. Very fruity. Sweet malt (candy sugar?), and a bit of funk hiding in there.
Taste: Very complex. Dark fruits, belgian yeast, and indeed a hint of brett that I thought I smelled. Definitely an oak presence on the backend with a slight bit of alcohol heat. I can't tell if it's plain oak barrel and heat from the high alcohol, or some form of liquor barrel aging. Going to guess a wine barrel here - in fact I swear I taste wine tannins as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky. Carb level a bit on the high side, but not distractingly so.
Drinkability: A slow sipper. There is a lot going on here, and it's a beer you'll want to enjoy over the course of a variety of temperatures.
Overall: I'm not entirely sure what this beer is, but I like it quite a bit, and would seek it out again. Outside the box of your typical Belgian Strong Dark ale, which is my favorite style.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2013 00:44:11 | More by cbeer88
Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.