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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3.25/5 rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
My review doesn't reflect my appreciation for getting the bottle. Thank you Geoff for sending it. 750 ML bottle split with a friend poured into a tulip style glass. Comes out very dark brown, close to black. Deep mahogany highlights. Crazy big foaming white head, a lot o carbonation with a pour that wasn't even that hard.
Smell is decent, sort of tart and sour aromas as the strong point. Some candied sugar, maybe some dried figs and charred caramel. A bit of that Belgian yeast to it.
Taste is a step down from the smell. More like a Belgian brown style beer but "Imperial" because you can tell it's bigger with more alcohol. Some sweetness to with and some natural bitterness. Doesn't really taste sour; more like it's just past it's prime or an infected beer that wasn't intended to be that way.
Mouthfeel is alright, but odd. I don't think this beer knows what it's supposed to be, it has a lot going on. Not very smooth, a bit gritty. Sort of has a fermented fruit feel to it. Somewhat drinkable but overall I gotta just list this beer as "okay." Never could've finished the bottle by myself.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2014 00:23:02 | More by AndyAvalanche
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 277 ratings.