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Saboteur - Odell Brewing Company

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144 Reviews
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Reviews: 144
Hads: 292
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 108
Gots: 61 | FT: 3
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 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. (262 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
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! (872 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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 (1,022 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of zeff80
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. (586 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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 (761 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. We opened this at the August Baltimore BA get together.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy mahogany color with a finger of off white head. The bubbles are rather large and the head fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Getting the brett up front with some dark fruit and carmel malt showing up as well.

Taste: Brett tartness showing throughout. Malty underneath with a mild caramel sweetness. The finish is rather tart. This is a very different beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tons of carbonation, way too much in fact. The finish is dry.

Overall: This was a really weird beer for me. The malt with the tartness never quite blended. Could have been a bit less carbonated. (728 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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 .. (1,003 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado.

A: Pours a six finger head of white colour, decent cream, good thickness, and amazing retention for the 10% abv (probably six minutes). Colour is an incredibly dark caramel amber.

Sm: Brett yeast/funk. That's it! A mild strength aroma.

T: A bit simple, with muted bretts. Structurally brief. Some lingering grape continues after the finish. Not a whole lot is going on here. Nicely nutty. It's pleasant and enjoyable for what it is, but needs more to be truly great. Pleasant yeast. I do like what's there. It's balanced, but there aren't too many notes to balance.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavour well.

Dr: Highly drinkable for the ABV. Conceals the alcohol extraordinarily well. (845 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (1,222 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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??? (1,779 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/27/11 notes. Had this one at a DC RB tasting, poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a mahogany color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, dark fruits, cherries, oak, and lots of roasted malts. The roasted malts mix quite nicely with the sourness in the smell.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, dark fruit, brett, oak citrus. Less brett than the smell for sure; more roasted than the smell and less funk/sourness.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a nice wild ale, though it didn't blow me away. The taste wasn't quite as sour or funky as the nose, but still a good beer. Would like to try it again sometime for sure. (683 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.07/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for cracking this one.

Poured into Duvel glass.

Pours 1/4 finger of light tan colored head. Color is a dark murky brown.

Aroma: Sour notes, cherries, oak, light brett, light vinegar notes. Needs a bit of time imo.

Taste: Has a smoked/roasted malt taste with the sourness right behind it. Cherries, but not very tart. Has oak and funk. More brett showing. Also some vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Funky, crisp, and dry. Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation. Ends dry with some light funk to it.

Overall, this beer is odd. Smells pretty good. Taste is not as good. Not very tart, but I think it might get pretty sour with time. The malt doesn't go well with the beer. Maybe time will help it. (715 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml corked & caged bottle
Served into a tulip glass

A: Dark brown body with a huge sudsy, foamy off-white head. The bottle conditioning evidence is obvious. Dissipation was slow leaving a thick head around for a while, along with patchy lacing on the walls. A bit overdone and annoying, but it is what it is.

S: Very bland and basic. Earthy malts from the Brown Ale base come through with very little toasting, some caramel, hints of faint bitter chocolate and a big funky brett overlay. Nothing tart or sour, just big funk.

T: Funky earthy-like brett qualities, caramel malts, young oak wood, and touches of toasted grains. There's really not too much going on here in terms of diversity. Yeah, it's a Brown Ale but the brett did nothing to really make this beer better. Having said that, I never had the base beer alone but in my opinion I just don't quite understand what they were trying to accomplish with the addition of the brett.

M: Highly carbonated, bubbly and a bit fizzy on the palate. Some dryness from the brett and barrel in the finish.

This was just okay. There wasn't anything that stood out in this beer. It tasted like a mediocre Brown Ale thrown a barrel with brett (which it was), but nothing more. Good to try? Sure. Nothing worth seeking out though. (1,280 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

The cork shot into the ceiling upon opening. Huge tan head that coats the glass with sticky lacing. The beer is fairly hazy and appears a chestnut brown color.

The aroma brings roast, barrels, chocolate, wine, fruit, alcohol. Quite complex, but not as inviting as some of the upper tier beers in this genre.

Nutty flavor, with a vinous character. Red wine comes through quite a bit. Additional notes of fruit, chocolate. Ok. Not particularly tart or sour. A light fruity sweetness throughout.

Medium bodied and rich. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, this was ok. One small glass is plenty. (624 characters)

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. (3,445 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a snifter at Capone's for a Philly Beer Week O'Dell's event. I love this city and da burbs.

Looks black in the middle with some dark shoe polish brown towards the edges. Big thich sheet of bright white head on top with tightness, small streaks down the glass. Smell is kinda wild, kinda fruity and very malty. The malt is up there, kinda sweet, very large. Getting some brett funk but not much, some other wild yeast maybe. Some barns including horses. Chocolate, caramel, faint nuttiness. Taste is muted with the sour/tartness under all that malt and accompioning ingredients. Some underwhelming funk with high malts and dark fruit including plum, apple. Alot of dark red grapes imparting a vinious nature. Some chocolate, werther's originals. Some baked bread and dfark fruits at the end. Feel is malty and winey with a slight hotness, small on the carb. A coating beer that is not all that sour, just small funk qualities. I like this beer but I dont love it. Good for a gander. (994 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, solid off-white head, good lace.

S: Striking dark chocolate off the bat, nuts, dark nose.

T: Heavy chocolate and nuts as with the nose, with a hint of lemon/lactic acidity. Leather there as well, lots of dark malt flavours.

M: Medium-bodied, very mild acidity i.e. this is not a sour. Smooth, creamy.

D: A really good Brett beer that doesn't go over the top in any direction. Full flavoured, good stuff. (446 characters)

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Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.