Saboteur - Odell Brewing Company
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4.8/5 rDev +23.7%
I had this at The Muddy Pig in Saint Paul, MN.
The beer is a dark brown color with almost no light penetration. A beautiful beer.
Tasting notes - Nutty. Pineapple and fruity nose. Low carbonation; a decent sour bite. Filling with good mouthfeel. Alcohol is present. Nutty flavors and sour brettanomyces balance great! Farmhouse feel.
05-07-2010 23:50:10 | More by CrossFitAlex
4.8/5 rDev +23.7%
Notes from Odell Single Serve tasting on 2.27.2011. Split bottle 5 ways.
Poured from bottle to an Odell's tulip glass. Body is a very dark brown with beautiful clear flashes of crimson when held up to the light. Capped with a dense tan 3 finger head with spectacular retention and sticky rings of lacing.
Robust roasted malts, chocolate with hints of smooth vanillaand smoke. Sweetness hidden beneath a pleasant layer of Brett induced funk, farmhouse, leather and fresh pulled weeds providing a dank aroma. Tartness surfaces very lightly, a rounded acidity like cherry and dark fruit. Can't really sense the barrel aroma as you often can with these type of beers but the roasted malts and Brett blends wonderfully.
Complex while maintaining a wonderful blend and balance throughout. Right before the drink a mix of roasted malts and Brett funk readies the palate for what is to follow. Smooth, layered roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and lightly smoked blended with oak and subtle vanilla bean which comes more from the aroma then the taste. Middle of the drink exudes more cocoa, brown sugar and oak flavor while beginning to blend with a mild acidity, pineapple, a touch of fig and cherries. Finishes with a hint of alcohol warmth with a drying mix of roasted malt and mild cherry tartness. This beer has so much layered character, and is incredibly well integrated.
Creamy smooth mouthfeel over a medium light body and low carbonation. Finish is drying but semi-sticky with no hop character and properly acidic. More body on this one would make it even better.
I love brown and Scottish style ales which blend a sweetness with roasted malts but the Brett character and oak & vanilla make this something really special. Comes as advertised with pineapple and vanilla layered into the taste without clashing, a subtle smooth, attempt of blending Brett and barrels Without a doubt the greatest beer to grace my lips thus far and showcases the brewing prowess of Odell.
05-04-2011 09:31:46 | More by rawfish
4.68/5 rDev +20.6%
Produced a big 3 finger head, (careful pouring this one). Thick head, nice lacing. The beer color is a dark mahogany, just barely translucent.
The aroma is of malts, dark fruit, wood, a hint of bret.
The taste is is amazing! Much bolder than the aroma. Similar to smell, but with a light caramel sweetness dueling with a slight tartness from the bret, High carbonation, and mdium mouth-feel. Little aftertaste, and no noticeable hop bitterness.
Incredible beer, and easy drinking for it's style.
10-06-2012 00:55:50 | More by TCMike
4.68/5 rDev +20.6%
Great brew served in a tulip on tap. I would second the comments about being surprised by aroma, drinkability and desire to order another. I would disagree with the comments about the ABV being obvious, on the contrary seemed rather integrated. Compared to the aromas of a lambic (where I was preparing myself) and what was in the glass it was a great brew with dark oak, coco/chocolate, spices. I didn't rate the smell as high because the aroma and taste were on opposite ends of the spectrum. I'm intrigued by the ability to make that happen, but can't go 5 because I like the aromas to prep my tongue for what's next. Finish was great - definitely lasting and styled close to a porter or stout for my palate.
06-11-2010 04:34:06 | More by Clarkbar
4.65/5 rDev +19.8%
Had this one sitting around for about 2 years now -- thanks to my buddy Jeff for bringing this back from Colorado while visiting family. Review is from notes taken on 1/21/2012 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.
Appearance: Pour is a dark brown that is a little murky and looks like dark toasty malt; starts with a fluffy 2 finger light tan head with decent retention that never seems to totally disappear and remains at about 3/4 finger of a foamy cap; body is murky as mentioned, and nearly opaque; carbonation is strong and fast near the sides of the glass where I can actually see into the drink; multiple spots and a few big swaths of lacing cling to the sides of the glass.
Smell: Smell is fantastic -- sour and tart cherries and it's reminiscent of a dark red wine, perhaps even sherry; some sweet vanilla and oakiness balances out the tartness; bit of a funky Brett presence.
Taste: Holy crap. Fantastic. This may be the best wild ale I've had yet... Fantastic sweet and toasty caramel maltiness is a vivid and up front presence, and following it is the sour and tart cherries; bit of a funk and slightly leathery brett presence; flavors are solid and not especially overwhelming and I'm really surprised and pleased with the amount of caramel maltiness; I have to say that for being 10%, the alcohol is entirely masked.
Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and the carbonation is soft, yet still very present; a thick and very sticky coating is left all over the palate and it really holds the sweeter flavors of vanilla and caramel flavors long into the aftertaste; despite the tart sour nature, the caramel prevents any overwhelming pucker that some sours bring to the table; belly is left a little warm from the tartness and perhaps the alcohol.
Overall: Overall, this beer is great, and I think Odell needs to start making it year round and distributing it to wherever I happen to live. Great flavors and excellent balance, makes for a nice night cap and would likely be good any time of year. I can only regret only having the one bottle to enjoy.
01-22-2012 02:48:37 | More by bamadog
4.65/5 rDev +19.8%
Dark brown w ruby against light. Very slight head, barely a halo w no cap. Tiny bubbles around cap.
Nose is chocolate and brett. Dark cocoa awesomeness. Plums, lactic. Hot chocolate & raisinettes right out the bottle.
Taste is chocolate from start to finish. Brettcomes up the center of the tongue. Pit fruit punches in randomly around the mouth. Alcohol blends w the chocolate heat wave. Oaky tannins.
MF is sparkly and lacks a bit of the creamy, full-bodiness that I like, but given the oak it seems fitting.
Amazing dark ale. Forever drinkable.
12-24-2010 03:38:43 | More by clickpush
4.63/5 rDev +19.3%
The bottle boasts an interesting description of the beer. Served at 48°F, caged and corked. A focused effort was required to pry out the cork and unleash the fog.
A: Heavy carbonation leaves a four-finger head atop the beer after pouring into a goblet. Darker than I'd expected, this deep brown ale is clear enough to let ruby highlights through when held to the light. The cap is creamy, thick, and rocky, and stays until the glass is empty, leaving smears of sticky Belgian lace on the glass.
S: Saboteur has an amazing nose, hitting first with strong notes from the oak barrel. After the vanilla and wood, malty, caramel sweetness come through, competing with a slight sourness. The Brett yields aromas of wet leather, an abundance of minty spiciness, other phenols, and a hint of smoke. Wood, however, is definitely the headline.
T: O'Dell has found the perfect balance for an exceptional brown. A menagerie of flavors mingles in your mouth: biscuity, toasted, bread-like malt; a touch of chocolate and sprinkle of vanilla; some deeper roasts and smoke; a touch of pineapple; and tart, funky flavors to restore balance. The finish is warming from the alcohol, but the 10% ABV is definitely well-hidden.
M: Saboteur's mouthfeel is creamy, and medium-full bodied.
D: High. This beer is a fantastic example of a barely-sour brown, which is complex but maintains good balance between the varying flavorings. The high alcohol content does make Saboteur dangerous, though.
10-19-2010 04:46:19 | More by SPThirtyThree
4.63/5 rDev +19.3%
Picked it up on a recent trip to the Four Corners Area. We were near Durango because of the cliff dwellings.
A - A beautiful dark brown beer. Moderate lacing, with a classic tan head to top it all off.
S -Brett is immediately apparent; the sour-sweet smell is inescapable. Oak from the aging progress shows up, as do some of the malty grains. There's a distinct biscuit aspect to this beer, but the spice presence is front and foremost.
T - I thought this beer was pretty good. Brown, but not overly sweet -- because of the the brett addition. It was not sour in terms of a typical brett-infused brew, but the inoculation was evident. A little sweet, somewhat milky. I liked it.
M - Medium body, not overly carbonated.
D - Drinkable, and special. This is a beer that I saved for the holidays, and I ended up sharing it with a few folks. Everyone loved it.
Serving type: bottle
11-30-2010 01:09:07 | More by MenloBeer
4.6/5 rDev +18.6%
ODell has done it agian. This beer pours a rich dark brown color with some reddish highlights and a thin off white head. The aromas are that of your typical brown ale with some citrus and a slightly sour funk from the yeast. The palate was both sweet and sour. A toasty brown ale with flavors of tart cherries, chocolate, caramel and dark fuits. I will definitely be picking up another one of these.
04-26-2010 14:38:24 | More by WhatsNewinBooze
4.56/5 rDev +17.5%
this is dacadent, absolutely exquisite! pours almost black into a tulip glass. nice tall lacy white head. nose is really complex. malts roasted dark up front, brett in the back, with vanilla, fruit, and woody notes interplaying in the middle. flavor is very different from any brown ale on the planet. a little smokey with tons of acidic fruit going on, tart but not sour brett finish. this beer constantly evolves in the mouth, and as it warms it gets even better, with notes of cocoa and a stronger alcohol burn coming to life. mouthfeel is good too, a little thicker than i am used to for a brown, but it works here. i continue to be blown away by almost everything odell's does, all of their cork and cage releases are out of this world, and all their regular bottles are some of my staple beers. this one tops the charts for me! worth all of the $13.29 i paid for it!
01-07-2012 18:27:20 | More by StonedTrippin
4.55/5 rDev +17.3%
The latest from Odell’s Single Serve Series, Saboteur is a rarity that you do not want to pass up. They brewed a monster chocolately brown ale, added some brettanomyces for the secondary fermentation and through it into oak barrels to age for four months, and what an end product!
The nose smells of chocolate malt, slight barnyard funk, smoke, vanilla, and oak.
The taste has a lot of the same and more. Every sip brings on something new. The huge chocolate malt and the light brett funk play off each other harmoniously. The 10% alcohol is hidden beautifully.
The mouthfeel is perfectly heavy, and slightly creamy.
This is one of the best uses of brettanomyces in a beer that I’ve had, not too funky, not too tart or sour, just perfect. Big cheers to Odell for pushing the envelope and trying something new.
11-06-2011 18:59:00 | More by kkrez
4.55/5 rDev +17.3%
Poured from 750 mL bottle into NBB snifter.
A: Pours a dark burgandy with hint of brown (more reddish with backlighting around the edges). Beautiful 2 inch thick light tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.
S: Citrus, sweet caramel malt, pineapple, and restrained funk (from the brett). Vinous and chocolate notes linger in the background. Wonderfully whimsical and complex.
T: Malty sweet brown ale up front with horseblanket funk, vinous, citrus-pineapple, leather, bitter chocolate, melon, and mint rising up from time to time. Amazingly complex, but toeing the line and nearly becoming jumbled...nearly. The brown ale base keeps it all together. Vanilla comes through with warming.
M: Smooth and fresh to start, transitioning to tart with a mild boozy burn mid-way through. Finish is alternatingly sweet/smooth and mildly bitter.
D: Extremely drinkable, especially for ABV (10%!) which is nearly indiscernable. A wonderfully complex experimental brew...one of its kind. Seek it out!
08-08-2010 22:28:33 | More by mwilbur
Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
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