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Saboteur - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

286 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 113
Gots: 62 | FT: 5
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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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Gueuzedude, Oct 15, 2010
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.

bigaltemple, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of Swonkie
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Swonkie, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Sammy, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

buffs9, Mar 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

incubuscience, Jan 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

wtfuggles, Jan 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

stampfler07, Sep 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

lalaloveyou, Jul 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

bigbeers84, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Big_Dave, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
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.

NittanyBeerFan, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

danwho, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

GABrew, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

rbrefbeerman, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

crobinso, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

4DAloveofSTOUT, May 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

sparx1100, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

DaveHack, May 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Kahlerbock, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Achoo_Bacca, Jul 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

mattmarka1, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of Duhast500
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tasting glass.

The color is a dark brown with some maroon highlights and finger of foamy brownish head with slight lacing.

The smell is a bit funky with some sweet malt and a little molasses flavor. There is a little fruit flavor in the background as well.

The taste is chocolate and some toffee flavor. Soem light funky flavor is present but is a little muted.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied. It seems to be a bit thin but goes down well with a nice finish.

Duhast500, Nov 09, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

dirtyskunk, Jun 03, 2012
Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.