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Saboteur - Odell Brewing Company

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87
very good

277 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 112
Gots: 61 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Oxymoron on 04-23-2010)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 19:04:30 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-03-2012 03:56:41 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-13-2011 22:05:31 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark crimson color. A bit of an off white head with some pretty decent lacing. The nose brings some sour cherries, funk, oak, light leather, a bit of earth, and some mild fruits. The taste is a bit of cherry and dark fruits along with earthy funk. Really nice combination of sour and funk in the feel with a bit of tartness. Drinks pretty well and is pretty good overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 15:15:01 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark brownish amber in color and has a thin film of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The smell is rather sour and has some hints of orange aroma.
T: The taste is quite sour and tart; it is quite complex and has hints of chocolate, grapes and oranges in the flavor. There are also some hints of pineapple in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and slightly thick with a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable for the style because the alcohol is well masked from the taste and the Brettanomyces does not make the sourness overpower the smell or taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 13:32:09 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A beautiful pour, with a massive, creamy tan head sitting on top of the chocolate colored liquid; the retention and lacing are both impressive

Smell: Intriguing aromatics, more like a BSDA than what I was expecting; dark fruit (fig and date), pineapple, chocolate powder, vanilla and caramel, with just a vague hint of earthy funk

Taste: What was intriguing on the nose doesn't quite come together on the palate; the sweeter BSDA flavors are prominent with all of the fruit, chocolate and vanilla elements coming through but the Brett is very subtle and the earthy elements create a jammy character that lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant carbonation; the mouthfeel is out of the ballpark

Overall: I really wish I liked this beer more than I do; Odell is one of my favorite brewers and this concept has a lot of potential; I just found that the flavors were not as balanced and the dominance of the sweeter elements was not what I was seeking

Thanks, SalukiAlum, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 01:08:08 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +16%

11-18-2011 03:32:48 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish amber, burnt sienna in color/ cloudy with a small whispy offwhite head that left a light coating on the sides and bottom of the glass.

oak with a light funk are pressing here. Some light spice and as it warms up lots of cherries coming at me now.Cherries from the start, very nice. light oak and woody notes press in mid palate and as it warms a nice touch of spice starts to come through, almost peppery at times. Some light apple vinegar like flavor in the finish as a dry finish fades off.

A smooth, medium bodied ale, nice carbonation here prickled at the tongue at times. Coating and just right.Very smooth, with almost no hint of alchol hanging on this one at all. Very easy drinking here.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Not too heavy

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 16:19:53 | More by mikesgroove
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-01-2013 16:40:15 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LtDan for sharing this one at the Bruery 2nd Anniversary.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with some reddish highlights and a tan head.

S: A pleasant and mild tartness with a somewhat substantial funk. A solid fruit and sweet malt presence as well, which is interesting.

T: The tartness is in the form of fruits, perhaps cherries, and provides a nice counterpoint to the sweetness of the base beer. There are some barrel and booze notes, which is odd for a wild beer, but not off-putting.

M: The body is medium with plentiful carbonation and a somewhat dry finish and a touch of warmth.

D: A really nice beer, and one that seemed kind of like it could go either way. I'd be interested to see how this one ages.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 04:18:25 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

04-24-2012 04:02:11 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

5/5  rDev +28.9%

11-17-2011 08:58:02 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

12-23-2013 03:57:33 | More by jaydoc
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GRG1313

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%

07-01-2012 23:05:28 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Another offbeat offering from my beer-o'-the-month club. This one pours a surprisingly opaque black-brown topped by an effervescent finger or so of light tan foam. The nose comprises a solid whiff of musty dank, backed by toasted walnuts, cinnamon, cardboard, ammonia, and straight lemon juice. The taste holds notes of graham crackers, toffee, cobwebs, oak, hay, and a small dose of brett in the background, which fades into a sort of sour cherry/raspberry. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a rather smooth, creamy feel. Overall, a solid, somewhat unique wild; it's easy to drink, but I can't see drinking it very often.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 07:26:29 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahoghany color, a bit murky, with racing visible carbonation. Some lacing arcs around the edges, with a firm cap of foam.

Smells like musty cellar, red wine, and bakers chocolate.

Dry Brett funk, wet hay and cherry pits, earthy dark malts and a some cocoa in the back. An interesting blend, the funk and malt dominate, with a mild tartness in the back. Residual dry bakers chocolate, and vinous dried fruit. Pretty interesting and not your typical dark wild ale. Brett gets less intense and more palatable as time goes on. No trace of the 10% abv.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 00:13:24 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

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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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-28-2013 02:23:24 | More by JAHMUR
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Jason

Massachusetts

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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MasterSki

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Dennis Brothers in late 2010. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving, noisy, cola-esque foam that settles to a thick collar and wispy, partial cap. Very dark cherrywood body, with a few bubbles adhering to the bottom of the glass.

S - Lots of blue cheese, leather, earthen basement, tobacco, and a touch of sour cherry, oak, and vinegar. Alcohol is quite well-hidden, and improves significantly as it warms up.

T - The taste has significantly more brown ale characteristics. Sweet fruity and nutty malts, carob, vanila-infused cola, and only a mildly earthy and tropical brett finish. Not as wild as the aroma suggests.

M - Medium-full body, with nice chewy heft and viscosity. Sticky finish, although it holds some oaky dryness as well. Moderately active carbonation keeps things from getting to weighty, but this is otherwise quite smooth and creamy. Again, only modest alcohol presence.

D - It delivers exactly as promised - it's a 10% barrel-aged brown ale with brett. I don't think the premise was a particularly well-chosen one, but others may beg to differ. In any case, doesn't suffer from any obvious flaws, just isn't a beer I'd want in 750ml (or probably even 12oz) servings.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 03:05:47 | More by MasterSki
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Macaddodles in Joplin, MO...

Pours a bright chestnut/mahogany color with 2 fingers of spongy tan head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Much sourness & some barn yard, & a little bit of cherry as well

T: Caramel, oakyness, faint leafy hops & more present grapefruitty hops, along with some figgy notes wrapped around some woody sourness. More sourness on offer as this warms along with cherries & figs, raspberry sourness/funkyness really starts to pick up along with figgyness, along with dryness. Finishes dry, sour with figs & cherries

MF: Medium bodied to chewy with subdued carbonation, enough to work with the flavors on offer. Becomes more warming; once warm

Drinks really easy for the style & the 10% ABV is stealthily hidden here, approach with caution. Real sour freaks may find this too restrained, but I will pick a few more bottles given the chance to see how this one ages, doing well so far. I consider this a great entre' /step up offering to this style ..

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 03:02:31 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sorry Odell's, this beer was quite disappointing. Bottle shared at a recent tasting. Beer is brown and a little hazy. Beer forms a decent head that falls away quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Looks pretty good.

Aroma is nearly absent, I keep trying to get something out of it but all I get is a mild brett character in there. Maybe some odd woody funk.

Beer is really thin and mild in flavor. There is an odd brett back flavor to this beer that seems abandoned by the rest of the palate. There is a growing mild funk in the mouth too, this is helped slightly by the dryness of the beer. Honestly not my favorite at all and I'm not interested in this beer. I won't have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 21:26:02 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is brett with some oak and cherries. The flavor starts off as that of a nutty brown ale and then you get a lot of lot of complexity. I get some cherries, bourbon, brett, oak, vanilla and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A unique beer and one that I think really works well.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 18:46:00 | More by Mora2000
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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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Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
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