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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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Agold, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Archimedes
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Archimedes, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
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.

ShanePB, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +16%

theminutemen, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of motorhed
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained from local shop. Stored in cellar for about 2 months prior to consumption.

A - Very dark brown, nearly black color with a darker-tan head. Overly carbonated, on first pour, it filled the entire tulip with head - disappointing.

S - First thing on the senses is the spices, almost Belgian. Mild brett, smells of aged (oak?) wood and sweet and sour going on.

T - This beer was definitely interesting. Starts sweet with lots of flavor from the dark fruits, in the middle i tasted oak and spice, then it a tart finish via the brett. Not overly sour but a nice balance with the other flavors.

M - Medium body with WAY too much carbonation. My bottle was a bottle bomb. As soon as i took the cork out, it overflowed then on the first poor it was 99% head. Something went wrong here with this bottle....I've seen highly carbonated brews, this beat them all by a mile.

O - I have higher expectations for Odell. While i enjoyed the beer, it was let down by the mess it made all over my table, glass, and sink. The over-carbonation of this beer is an issue, or at least in my case it was. The flavors of the beer and the style of what they were going for with this brew, they did well - i commend them for that. I've had a lot of top-notch brews from Odell and i was expecting the same from this however i cant say i was thrilled with it. Beware the carbonation.

motorhed, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of sholland119
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

sholland119, Apr 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

plumcrazyfx, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of dtx00
3/5  rDev -22.7%

dtx00, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.1%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

DarthGuitarHero, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of claytong
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

claytong, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of pigc
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with massive four finger brown sugar looking head.

S - Mild brett, slight hop presence with a bit of spice characteristic. A bit of clove, banana, and sort of belgian spice. Very complex.

T - Starts out with some vanilla notes, mild bubblegum, tropical fruit such as pineapple and kiwi. Finish is mild pepper, earthy hops. The brett is barely noticeable to me.

M - Medium body with abundant carbonation.

O - Very easy drinking brown ale. This is an excellent beer for people wanting to experiment with sour beers. The brett presence is there but not overpowering or overwhelming in the least. Sourness of the brett is very faint. This does not make you pucker like I was figuring. Well done wild ale done by Odell.

pigc, Mar 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

buffs9, Mar 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

CheapBeerBuzz, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +3.1%

bigbeers84, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of TenHornsProud
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights, slightly cloudy with a huge off-white head that lingers and laces.

Smell is of oak/wood with some tart cherry notes, vanilla, sweetness, and wild brett. It blends into a slightly stale and funky aroma.

Taste is up front brett/funk that goes into a slightly tart and astringent middle and ends on a sweeter pear, cherry, vanilla, oak note. The finish is nice enough, but the wild brett character rules over most of the taste. Reminds me of some infected homebrews I've had. Not bad but not really pleasing to my personal taste.

Medium to light body with medium to high carbonation and a warming alcohol body.

I find that I don't really enjoy the wild brett character, but everything else about the beer I do. A solid brew if you're into that particular medicinal brett character.

TenHornsProud, Mar 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

dav, Mar 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

ObeMaltKinobee, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of ChBass
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle from Goebel's in Wichita.

Beer is a near-pure clear brown with orange highlights. Heavy, heavy lacing sticks all around the glass. Nice looking beer.

The nose is that of a yeasty brown ale, with hints of plum. very little hints of Brett in the subtle smell.

The taste is sweet with some roasted malt & dark fruity flavors, followed by the oak barrel, and finishing with the clean tart provided by the Brett. It's a 3-act play: Brown Ale, Oak, Brett. Higher points simply for its complexity.

Mouthfeel is nice & light, with considerable carbonation, but nothing special.

Overall, I'm liking this beer more and more as the bottle goes on, but hopefully that's not from the 10% ABV... Good, complex beer with a subtle use of Brett.

ChBass, Feb 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

SalukiAlum, Feb 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Gatch, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of wrycon
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A quite deep mahogany. Against the light you can detect the deep ruby notes on the edges. Big, dirty-white head. Fat lacing and respectable retention. This head is sticking at a half-finger and going nowhere. Love the nose. Pungent, overripe fruit, wood, banana peel and the unmistakeable brett funk. Quite a bit of carbonation up front which dances on the tongue and peppers it with hits of funk and bready malt. That carries through the front 2/3rds and the back end flattens into a tangy, languid malaise. Truth be told, I like this beer a lot, but the back end nearly makes me question that decision.

Like It? It's good, but not great.

wrycon, Feb 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

BoLLoCKz, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

fuzzcherry, Feb 26, 2012
Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.