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Saboteur - Odell Brewing Company

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very good

277 Ratings

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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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3/5  rDev -22.7%

05-28-2012 19:06:06 | More by Soneast
Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer. A one-time release? Sure, why not?

Consumed 1/19/13

Appearance: Pours brown, with some red around the edges - some clarity - small, off-white head, fades to absolutely nothing - no head, no cap, no lacing, sad times

Smell: Musty, damp, sour, and tart - a damp, musty cellar - some intentional Brett - funky and woody - some brown malts - genuinely smells like something pulled out of a wet barrel from a damp, moldy basement

Taste: Sour, tart, damp, and wet - the sourness is interesting, but it's a bit much, like an accidental brett infection - some brown malts - a ton of wood and barrel, with way too much alcohol - sour, but not particularly interesting - some sweetness

Mouthfeel: Full body, minimal carbonation, smooth, but almost syrupy

Overall: Listen all y'all, it's a sabotage

Odell makes some fantastic beers. Honestly, I'm both surprised and disappointed that this isn't one of them. Yes, it's sour and tart, but it's also a boozy mess. Interesting, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 02:32:28 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of EyePeeAyBryan


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

08-15-2013 17:57:08 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
Photo of kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

08-07-2013 22:03:12 | More by kjyost
Photo of chugalug06


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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4.65/5  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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District of Columbia

2.6/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Enormous head, not really any lacing. Dark mahogany-amber pour.

Smell: Off diaper element and a metallic twang. Behind that lots of dark fruits and brown sugar.

Taste: Again, by the diapers and a metallic twang, with buttery chardonnay elements, dark fruits, brown sugar, and balsamic vinegar. Slightly sweet with tons of malt. Very messy and muddled.

Mouthfeel: Slightly aggressive carbonation; medium body.

Overall: Definitely some off flavors in this one; not my favorite AWA

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 03:41:18 | More by craytonic
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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
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Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 19:10:47 | More by Duhast500
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-18-2011 13:57:34 | More by pokesbeerdude
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

04-11-2012 15:55:05 | More by plumcrazyfx
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

11-17-2011 13:27:55 | More by sideshowe
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

02-29-2012 04:05:25 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
Photo of bort11


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle poured into a Karmeliet goblet. Large and chunky tan head takes forever to settle. That leaves a foamy whipped cream cap on the surface. Body color is a dense murky brown. With a tilt of the glass you can see a little bit of light around the edges and underneath the foam.

Smell starts off with a mild brett-y funk and then moves to a smoky malt. Mild vanilla and and pitted fruit aromas come in from the barrel aging. I get some chocolate malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a sticky full body with a mild fuzzy carbonation. A little slick in the finish. A lot of complicated flavors balance each other out to make an approachable flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 03:56:41 | More by bort11
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

05-23-2014 01:41:57 | More by vande
Photo of spoony


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

From a 750 ml into a tulip.

A-The bottle opened with a pretty significant pop of the cork, but the beer (thankfully) didn't gush on me. Still, this brew proved difficult to pour without massive amounts of foam. Once things settled a bit, I was looking at a dark, dark brown beer that was nearly opaque. Just a slight hint of red. The foam was mocha-colored.

S-The beer gave off a funky, earthy, tart aroma of oak, vanilla, cherries, and a little brett. Fair amount of wood here.

T-The taste was earthy, mild malts combined with oak, leather, vanilla, raisin, and a touch of tart cherry. The alcohol was well-integrated and a bit herbal in character.

M-The beer was pretty smooth drinking and medium in body. Carbonation was noticeable, but not dominant.

O-I liked this brew. It was a unique combination of flavors and feel with little bits of brown ale, quad, and american wild ale all mixed together. Fortunately, I think the combination worked out to produce a tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 18:18:28 | More by spoony
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3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a decent white head and some lacing.

Aroma of tart cherry and oak mixed with a nice funk scent with some roasted malts.

Taste is good, it first surprised me with the mild sourness which I might have expected to be a little more in your face. There is a good brown ale malt backbone hanging out, overshadowed by tart cherry flavors, some char, and oak. Not overly sour, I would say that the aroma is slightly more sour than the actual taste comes through with. At the very end, I also get a strange medicinal flavor, slightly absinthe in taste.

Medium mouthfeel, high carbonation for a sour, and overall pretty good. Definitely better sours out there but it is relatively attainable which is a nice bonus. On the basis of this being a Wild Ale, I cant justify giving it top rankings , it is good , but tastes more along the lines of a brown ale with some brett thrown into the mix to make it more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 00:10:49 | More by alpinebryant
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

06-15-2012 23:28:40 | More by carteravebrew
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

10-15-2012 04:15:28 | More by cestlavie
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-28-2012 20:23:39 | More by Gatch
Photo of denver10


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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3/5  rDev -22.7%

09-03-2012 08:25:45 | More by standardcherry
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-05-2013 02:38:28 | More by nzerbe
Photo of yeahnatenelson


3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Generously shared by Drew - thanks again, pal.

Appearance -- Pours a chocolate brown hue with rosy highlights and sudsy beige head.

Smell -- Toasted malt, sour cherries and dark fruit, earthy brett character. Overall, lots of roast and impeding sourness.

Taste -- Roast malt, dry cocoa, and vinous dark fruit flavors arise from the malting. Prominent woody oak, earthy funk, and no small amount of lactic tartness. There were a few detracting flavors that I had a hard time getting around: a medicinal menthol flavor throughout the palate and a harsh acetone finish.

Mouthfeel -- Thin body, highly overcarbonated. Not a fan.

Drinkability -- Very unique. Certainly the most roast-forward wild I've tried yet. Fun ride, but I'm not in a rush to get back on.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 22:57:53 | More by yeahnatenelson
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-20-2013 16:49:00 | More by danwho
Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.