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Saboteur - Odell Brewing Company

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very good

288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 111
Gots: 62 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: Oxymoron on 04-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of MEsquandoles
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 into Great Divide glass (bigger version of the Goudenband glass).

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Trappist looking head.

Smells of cocoa, toffee, and chocolate covered sour cherries. Some Dubbel-y flavours and lil spice and pepper. Pineapple, a little wood-aged rum. Brett is not dominating. More funk in the aroma as it warms.

Taste like a Quad. A lot more roasty and wood than the aroma.
Where's the muthafuckin' Brett?!? There's definitely leather, but not the funk I was hoping for in a 100% Brett fermented.
Pineapple upside-down cake, chocolate and vanilla, caramel, and wood, a little rum and whiskey.
More spice and cola as it warms, banana and clove, warming finish.

Feels good. Full-bodied and creamy like a Quad, but a little drier and with some funky intent.

Not harsh, but not as drinkable as a "wild ale" that's more sour/funky and dry.

Worth trying, but def. to be shared with 1-2 people. I'd rather a Dissident for the price though. And I was reminded of Avery Brabant at moments, but prefer the Brabant. This was wel made though, but I bet they were expecting more from the Brett. I think this is def. more appropriate in the "Belgian Strong Dark Ale" category on BeerAdvocate than "Wild Ale".

The bottom of the bottle brings some funk and warmth, partly through an alcoholic presence.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a four-finger thick, nicely amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated, almost burnt amber color that shows flashes of a brilliantly clear, ruby hue when held up to the light. The head leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass and even forms a textured surface as it slowly subsides. The aroma has a buttery tartness to it up front that seems to be mainly contributed by the oak. Specific aromas of some sort of fruity tartness that I can't quite place, buttery oak notes, a spicy woodiness and a definite spicy oak character (peppery and a touch like Bourbon). Other aromas of light cocoa, toasted grain, rustic brown bread crust and, once you really start to dig for it, ample biscuit malt character and whole grain cracker notes. The nose actually is quite malt driven once you get past the initial oak and funk. Brettanomyces aromatics contribute a soft, musty funkiness that has a hint of muskiness to it; much of the Brett character seems to get muted by the fact that it is competing with all that oak character. The aroma is really quite fruit like, especially as the beer warms; it reminds me of notes of dates, ripe figs, caramelized raisins and perhaps a touch of cherries

Somewhat sweet tasting, though really this is more a complex, rich malt character that has lots of complex sugars and caramelized notes that aren't particularly sweet. The body is pretty thick and viscous, a beer to be savored even if it is not overly heavy. In a complete role reversal, the malt character is big enough in the flavor profile that the oak plays a much more subdued role. More subtly oak influenced flavors of barrel spiciness, a malt boosting buttery note and as the beer warms flavors of vanillin and a woody fresh sawed quality. Malt influenced flavors of caramelized brown bread crust, touches of molasses, ample crystal malt, touches of toasted grain husks, really chewy dense whole grain bread crumb and as the beer warms more lightly roasted malt character that can contribute significantly at times. The oak also seems to accentuate a spicy, warm, almost hot alcohol note in the finish (though this is a 10% alcohol beer too). As the beer warms up the otherwise very missed Brett character starts to contribute a funky cheesy quality to this brew as well as touches of foot funk, barnyard musk and evne a touch of light tartness noticeable just underneath the malt. An ample fruitiness contributes notes of rich, though not sweet, raisins, earthy figs and a big note that reminds me a lot of dates.

I had forgotten that this was only a Brettanomyces beer, for some reason I was expecting a sour; this is definitely not a sour beer, but it has definitely pleasantly surprised me none-the-less. With the ample fruitiness this reminds me of some sort of dark, barrel aged, Belgian'ish Strong Ale. The Brettanomyces is fairly subdued at this point and could almost, though not quite, be attributable to a funky Saccharomyces strain. The oak can be a bit too much in the aroma at times, but the balance of the flavor definitely makes up for this. Perhaps a warning to those that are planning on holding on to bottles of this, it is already approaching excessive carbonation and with all the body / residual sugars that are left in this beer it will only get more so (Brett is funny that way); watch out this might get explosive in a year or so.

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Masterful creation of oak barrelled ale, only a hint of sour, a sweetness that yields to spice and a little carob. Enjoyable drinkable. Very dark brown,slight horse aroma. Love the brett, a littl sugar.Smooth,appropriate carbonation, caramel.Well hidden alcohol.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into glass tulip.
55°F

A: Deep brown body with garnet edges topped with a thick creamy head of moderate retention that leaves little lacing, and a thin creamy cover.

S: Chocolate and coffee notes with just a hint of funk. Little hop character. Very intriguing.

T: The funk is more forward on the palate, but very subtle. The malt is subdued but lends an unassuming sweetness and coffee character. The booze is unmistakable, and probably a bit too strong, but would probably mellow with age.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Very smooth. Almost perfect.

D: A bit too boozy to be highly drinkable, but the flavor profile works great. This would compliment a juicy steak like a dream.

O: Fantastic beer. Best offering I have tasted from Odell. I plan to put some of this away to see how it ages.

Photo of bigaltemple
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rich, dark brown with ruby highlights at the edges. Pillowy, mocha-colored head. Really good retention with tons of lacing.

S - Instantly filled with Brett funk, then some subtle roastiness. Lots of oak, and some faint vanilla.

T/M - Mildly sweet before the earthy mustiness kicks in. Definitely gets better as it warms. Can tell it's a higher alcohol presence, but it's not overpowering. Nice creaminess coats the palate.

O - Glad I was able to find one of these at my local shop awhile back. Odell may have a couple misses here and there, but when they're on, it's hard to beat.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was a gift. Poured into a wine glass.

Deep brownish ruby capped by creamy and frothy head. There is a bit of lacing, but the head is thinner than it is sticky, so it only leaves sparse lacing.

Woody and funky with chocolate, cherry and tobacco in the nose. The flavor adds more roast, some plums and dates. There is cherry in the aftertaste with some light funky tannins. The tobacco and chocolate come through to bring this beer full circle.

Full bodied, and yet completely dry. A few bugs might improve the complexity of this, but it is still a compelling beer.

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Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.