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Saboteur - Odell Brewing Company


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very good

271 Ratings

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.95%

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Oxymoron on 04-23-2010)
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4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2010 23:50:10 | More by CrossFitAlex
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4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 09:31:46 | More by rawfish
Photo of Clarkbar


4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 04:34:06 | More by Clarkbar
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4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 00:55:50 | More by TCMike
Photo of clickpush


4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 03:38:43 | More by clickpush
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4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 02:48:37 | More by bamadog
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4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 04:46:19 | More by SPThirtyThree
Photo of MenloBeer


4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 01:09:07 | More by MenloBeer
Photo of WhatsNewinBooze


4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 14:38:24 | More by WhatsNewinBooze
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 18:27:20 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 22:28:33 | More by mwilbur
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4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes:

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 18:59:00 | More by kkrez
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4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel Tulip Glass...

A - HUGE straw colored foamy head. Very little spotty lacing remains on the glass. Brew is very deep ruby red, almost a night colored maroon.

S - Nice Brett characteristics. Very smooth malt and toffee scents. Awesome scent. No heat or off-putting scents. Sour scent is very minimal and well hidden. Great scented brown ale underneath the funk.

T/M - Smooth buttery flavor with nice deep roasty flavors. There nothing smoky or off-putting. Not very sour. Very well done brew. No heat or bitterness. Perfect carbonation too. There's an awesome base beer under the wild characteristics. Yum.

O - I'm anxious to see where this brew goes with a year or two on it... Awesome brew, very underrated. Nice job Odell.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 02:17:13 | More by chugalug06
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4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled, poured into a La Maudite snifter. Dark brown pour with a desnse tan head. The nose is sour, with estery notes, a bit of barnyard and wine-like as well. Flavor is barnyard, dust, brett bitterness, caramel malt, and dark cherry. Finish is bitter with a slight hint of alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 18:16:04 | More by Ambiorix
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4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into New Belgium globe glass.

A-Pours a deep mahogany brown with ruby red accents. Cloudy, nearly opaque. Dense, rocky, tan head. Four fingers in depth and persists with Belgian lace clinging to glass.

S-Aroma is very complex and funky. Get initial lactic sourness followed by pineapple and tropical fruit blended with dark cherries, raisins, and currants. Faint earthiness and spice. Very little malt and oak in the aroma. No hops to speak of.

T-Taste is as complex as the aroma. Wide array of fruit flavors (similar to above). Faint chocolate and roast aromas at the end to complement the fruit. Slight hop bitterness. Little to no hop flavor, which is appopriate. Slight oaky, tannins of vanilla, cinnamon, and coconut. Balanced.

M-Despite the Brett, it is very chewy and full. Starts of sweet, but finishes tart and twangy at the end. However, it is not mouth puckering or astringent. Appropriate carbonation.

D-I am just getting into sour beers, but this is a very good, complex, easy drinking example of an American Wild Ale. Despite the 10.0% ABV and bottle size I could easily drink 4-5 pints of this without realizing it! Very smooth and refreshing!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 03:42:25 | More by Hoser77
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4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

Appears dark brown, reddish, with a large rocky tan head that continues to grow upward long after the pour.

Smells like sweet cherries, slightly acidic, with brett funk, bready malts, toffee, and vanilla.

Taste is heavy malts at first, roasty with dark fruit and vanilla. The dark fruit flavor transitions nicely into a lactic sourness with earthy tones and characteristic brett flavor. Lingering dry sweetness, faintly sour in the finish. Oak flavors become more prevalent as the beer warms.

Medium-full bodied, carbonation is hard to gauge. It manages to be both prickly and smooth.

This is much better than I was expecting, complex with a great balance.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 00:17:53 | More by Allpe45
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4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark brown color with ruby highlights. It had a two-finger tan of thick foam that had large bubbles of carbonation in the head.

S - It smelled of some barnyard funk, vanilla, bourbon, oak and malt. It is complex with none of the aromas overpowering the others.

T - It tasted of sourness, bourbon, vanilla and sweet caramel, toffee and touches of chocolate.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with an alcohol warmth.

D - This is a really good wild brown ale. I couldn't believe it had a few low scores because I thought it was fantstic.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 21:57:49 | More by zeff80
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4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle provided by and shared with nonstick. Thanks Chris! Review #400! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a deep, dark brown - almost opaque - just a hint of lighter brown highlights when held to the light. A finger of creamy tan foam sits atop the beer and leaves nice sheets of creamy lacing when it falls after a few minutes.

S - Earhty/dirtlike, chocolate, sour cherries, oaky wood, coffee, cola maybe rootbeery. Different, interesting, and quite good.

T - Wow...different than I was expecting. Major woodiness up front, earthy dirt, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, very mild sourness. Mild alcohol warmth.

M - Light to medium in body with medium carbonation level. A little bit of warmth from the alcohol. The high earthiness gives a bit of an artificial grittyness to it (think this is in my mind actually).

D - This was really nice. 3rd wild ale of the night...all of them different. This one is quite enjoyable - very different - more brown ale, maybe even stout like, but with a nice sour coloring to it, funk and a bunch of woody character. This is unique and really good. Definitely seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 22:44:54 | More by portia99
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4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sadly, I am completely out of this beer now. Sucks to be me. Pours a nice dark brown color, almost mahogany, with a little light brown foam that doesn't stick around that long. A very inviting nose, with tons of oak, vanilla, caramel and toffee, with just a hint of brett. The first thing I notice on the palate was a good hint of sourness, along with more wood and a little bit of sweet malt. A very pleasant surprise; so much so that I ordered a second.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 06:14:36 | More by emmasdad
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4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Already had it on tap (though that was the '09 version), now trying it from the bottle ('12 version).

Dark brown with a huge, foamy khaki head. I had to wait for around 10 minutes for it to recede enough to begin drinking it. A full aroma of sweet bready malt, apples, cherries, wild yeast, and just a hint of wood. A touch of alcohol shows itself too. Flavor starts off sweet and fruity with just a hint of tartness from the yeast, the oak kicks in mid stream perhaps a touch too strong, and it closes out with the brown ale showing itself along with some vanilla, a chewy and sugary kind of finish. Again, a touch of alcohol shows itself. Medium bodied, creamy, some activity. Overall, Odell continues to win me over with their beers. A very nice take on a brown ale, enjoyed this more from the bottle than on tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 01:40:28 | More by denver10
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured out in snifters at capones.

A- huge billowy three fingers of creamy tan head with the lasting power to impress. Dark red brown in color.

S- spicy and funky with a nice roasty malt and an interesting fruitiness.

T- rich and malty up front then the wild kicks in. Dark malts with chocolate and dark bread nice roast. Toasted nuts and a hint of coffee. Then a total turn around with funky yeast and sour wood. Mild tartness with some sour grapes and under ripe berries.

M- rich and creamy with a medium to a bit more in body and a perfect carb.

D- wow for 10 abv on a wild its amazingly drinkable. I've never had a wild ale like this and that's why I love wild ales no two are alike.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 19:35:21 | More by oglmcdgl
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4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown; almost black. Poured a 2 finger tan that dissipated to a half finger cap. Lots of sticky lace.

S: A lot going on here. Yeast esters, ooak, bourbon. Burnt toast and alcohol and yeaty funk.

T: Sweet then sour. Oak and alcohol. Very comples and a lot going on here too. Toasted malts like a brown ale, yeast notes like a wild alre and bitter in the finish for some stab at balance.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Warming and dry.

D: Very interesting, very complex. Definitely a sipper, but I can see keeping a bottle aroiund for beer geeks.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 20:34:48 | More by Haybeerman
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4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saboteur Brett Barrel Brown Ale

"Intense earthy undertones. And notes of vanilla and pineapple come together with a sour silhouette. Aged in American oak barrels."

My second (third?) tasting of this beer. First was on tap in sampling glass. This review is of 22oz bottle poured into SanTan brewing specialty glass.

A: Thick, dark pour with an inch of smooth creamy head that sits atop the beer through the duration of the tasting, accenting the rich mahogany color of the beer and goading you into taking another sip.

S: The sweet aroma of this beer wafts out as the cork is removed from the bottle, hitting you with fruity notes from the pineapple. Once in the glass, the fruitiness no longer overpowers you and the oak comes into play along with the caramel malts.

T: The vanilla was not prominent for me in aroma, but comes into play when tasting. I'm glad it sits more in the background; too many beers these days overwhelm with vanilla if they deign to use it. Sourness of the Brett blends with the pineapple and oak to give a different type of sourness and to mask the 10% alcohol (yeah, I think the booze barrels actually help hide the alcohol of this one). As you swallow the beer, the sourness slowly follows, trickling down your throat and leaving you with a mellow dark malt & vanilla flavor.

M: The intriguing flavor profile and medium body combine with just the right tingle of carbonation to provide a well-rounded mouth feel. Leaves me feeling a little boozy, but that is understandable as the beer has high ABV and lingers on the tongue for a moment after swallowing.

D: By far my favorite offering from Odell. Wonderful color and flavor arouse the senses and expand the palette. Not a typical beer. Good for long sessions as well as samplings and lunch/dinner pairings. I don't agree with pairing with cheese though.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 19:47:53 | More by melliott2811
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4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle.

Decent lacing on the glass, not pitch black but close. Big aroma of dark malt, toasty wood, tart cherries and minty phenols. Medium body with an all around decent smoothness and crisp bite. Creamy maltiness pulls hard on the palate with a drying woody flavor. Light on the hops though the peppery alcohol and herbal phenols help to balance. Kiss of tart cherries. Slight roasted grain is dry and bready. A breath of alcohol, dry finish with wood fading fruit.

The 10% plays like it is not that big, Brett and barrel have won my taste buds over.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 03:47:25 | More by Jason
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4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Odell Saboteur. Brett Barrel Brown Ale. Alc. by Vol. 10%. Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins, CO. Let's skip the gobbledygook, and open 'er up.

Beautiful brown coloration, with crimson highlights, peeking at the bottom. Lush head of tan foam, lacy and lasting. Looks great.

Smellin' it: warm, funky, …and oddly bourbon-y. Does "brett barrel" mean a particular kind of barrel? It's very whiskey-ish. Let's peek at the geek speak. "American oak barrels." Could mean bourbon, doesn't explicitly state it. Has the vanilla and oak, some cherry. And alcohol.That covers it.

Tastin' it: Sour cherry and oak take the palate first. Starts strong, and mellows down. Begins sharp and strong, whiskey feeling still hangs in there, driving the character of the ale more than the brett affects it. Sour factor is light and unobtrusive, just enough a kick in there to keep it interesting. Alcohol kick continues, as well, but doesn't grow too noisy. Halfway into this bottle, I'm not too afraid of what'll happen to me when it's empty. Close, but not quite.

One thing's for certain, and that's that this is a long, luxuriant sipper of an ale. Mmmm, mellow, yet powerful. Sumptuous. Satisfying. (Though I'm sure many of sour head has complained about the "lack" of Brett.)

"Our brewers created an unpretentious, yet sophisticated brown ale. Then they plotted and dosed this full-bodied ale with brettanomyces, the ultimate adversary of wineries. Embracing this vintner's nemesis resulted in a complex and wonderfully drinkable beer. Intense earthy notes of vanilla and pineapple come together with a sour silhouette. Aged in American oak barrels, and then bottle conditioned, Saboteur offers a luxurious texture and depth of flavor to discerning palates."

wait a minute…Pineapple???

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 04:08:12 | More by feloniousmonk
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Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.