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Saboteur - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

280 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 112
Gots: 63 | 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 feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%

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???

feloniousmonk, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

whartontallboy, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of morimech
2.63/5  rDev -32.2%

The latest release. Even after chilling the bottle this was an explosive pour. Tulip was filled with foam. It took a long while before the foam settled to a thick cap. Curtains of lace is left on the glass. The liquid is a dark brown once it forms. Annoying pour throughout the bottle.

I smell wood. Not oak neccessarily, but decaying wood. I also get some mint and herbal elements. Not what I was expecting.

About the only exciting thing about the flavor of this beer is the woody flavor. And that is not all that impressive. It is earthy, I'll give it that. Very herbal and medicinal.

Seems the carbonation lost all its pop in the foam during the pour. It does nothing to really improve the body. The body is moderate in heft.

Another disappointing beer from Odell in the large format. I think I am done spending good money on these beers as I do not think I have enjoyed a one.

morimech, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of laymansbeerfan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

laymansbeerfan, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice dark mahogany with some nice dark amber hints on the edges and some nice molasses darkness. A nice 1.5 inch head pops up with some nice dense bubbles. The head has a nice light cream colored.

Caramel malt sweetness can be perceived immediately as well as some nice woody notes. There is definitely some slight vanilla sweetness and some hints of tartness on the back end. Pretty nice caramel malt body is felt in the nose mixed in with some nice Brett funk notes.

Starts off with some nice caramel and molasses slightly sweet notes. Followed by some bready notes that are pretty nice and earthy. Nice grain profile. Then there is a subtle nice tartness and funk that comes up with some slightly fruity notes. TEh tartness dies down quickly and smooths out whole the funk and wood notes continue to cover the tongue and play out in my mouth. The finish is nice and dry and there is a nice faint vanilla hint that finishes the beer off. Pretty nice. There is a typical Belgian fluffy and foamy mouthfeel.

Pretty good offering and take on the Brown Ale style mixed with the Brett. It has some pretty good qualities of both styles.

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

Kahlerbock, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

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

brentk56, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
2.33/5  rDev -39.9%

Thanks to d4radio for the bottle!

Pours a deep murky brown with a huge light tan head that's pretty foamy. Good retention.

The strongest smell I get is sour cherries. Can definitely tell there is some maltiness to this and lots of brett.

Starts out with some oxidized caramel sweetness. The brett takes over and adds a sour note although just general sourness, not the cherries from the nose. Finishes slightly earthy and bitter with a touch of oak. Sourness is very minor.

Lots of carbonation. A little too much really with a medium mouthfeel.

Odell missed the mark on this one. The flavor profile completely clash and it ends up just tasting like the one time my homebrewed brown ale got infected. The sourness does not at all complement the base beer in this case. Slightly better as it warmed, but still really difficult to get through a glass.

jmarsh123, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Pencible, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of DanInTheCan
5/5  rDev +28.9%

DanInTheCan, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

750ml bottle - most recent batch

BOOM! Cork shot out like a rocket, scaring my dogs half to death.

a - I let it settle for a good five minutes but still ended up with a snifter that has four fingers of an off white to tan head. Low clarity with some hazy deep mahogany. Brilliant lacing.

s - Sour cherries, sweet bread, bits of floral, honey, sweet tarts.

t - Very interesting which is exactly what I was looking for. Light fruits that ride the malts - hardly sour. Slight alcohol is well incorporated.

m - To me, this is the highlight of the beer. Really quite amazing. Bubbly velvet froth without the over carbonation annoyance that usually accompanies that. Really pleasant to drink.

o - Innovative and delicious. Maybe put on some safety goggles before cracking it though.

yamar68, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of rebeer18
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

rebeer18, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of sparx1100
4/5  rDev +3.1%

sparx1100, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of SIEVS
2/5  rDev -48.5%

SIEVS, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of siddhartha
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

siddhartha, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of micstache
4/5  rDev +3.1%

micstache, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of ratty918
4/5  rDev +3.1%

ratty918, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of vobr0002
4/5  rDev +3.1%

vobr0002, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of claspada
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

UPDATE: Adding recent early 2012 review sampled March 23, 2012. Differences, huge carbonation difference. So much more here which helps to add to the "sour" style. Helps to dry the palate compared to the first vintage which must have lost carbonation over the 2 years in the bottle which is sometimes the case with cork and caged bottles. Flavor profile is similar but I believe fresh this version has slightly more of a punch; whether that is the alcohol or the "freshness" I cannot tell. Definitely prefer this version and I am glad I have a couple more to enjoy.

Bottle from the first release, spring 2010, courtesy of whartontallboy, shared with mrand01.

Pours a hazy deep dark amber, bordering brown with nice burnt sienna highlights. There is a small whispy off-white head that left a light coating on the sides of the glass and the head recedes.

The aromas begin fairly standard of a simple brown ale. Light cocoa, toasted grain, rustic brown bread crust and once you really start to dig for it, ample biscuit malt character and whole grain crackers. As it warms you get some sour fruits, oak, light leather and a bit of earthiness. I was expecting a lot more sour and tart aromas to be honest.

The tastes unfortunately follow the nose. Much more of a brown ale than I was expecting for a 2 year old soured brown ale. 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 and as the beer warms more lightly roasted malt character that can contribute significantly at times. As the beer warms up the otherwise very missed Brett character starts to contribute a funky quality to this brew; light barnyard musk is noticeable just underneath the malt. An ample fruitiness contributes notes of rich, though not sweet, raisins, earthy figs and dates. Once again not overly tart, and really delicious, just not what I was expecting.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with subdued carbonation. The finish is mildly chewy and semi-sweet, lightly tart. As for the alcohol, yeah there isn't any. This being 10% is crazy as I could pound this if I wasn't enjoying the flavor so much.

Overall while I was disappointed but the lack of a solid sour backbone, I was still pleasantly surprised and pleased with the flavor profile of this beer. Drinkability is off the charts due to its light tartness and extremely balanced flavor profile. Fruits, both dark and tart, plenty of "brown" malt for sweetness and a light drying character from the oak aging. Really just a great tasting beer. Definitely recommended and worth a go for fans of Odell and/or this style. Don't expect a huge sour beer though; maybe the newer release is different though. Hopefully I will be able to sample and find out for myself.

claspada, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of beergoot
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

Deep, dark mahogany body with a rich, creamy head. Thick, sticky foam rings cling to the pint glass. The scent is something strange - dark malts and fruits, with a phenol-like pungent mustiness. The taste is rich and creamy. Very bitter chocolate notes, grass and wood, with a strong alcohol warmth. Pleasing bitterness on the finish.

As a wild ale, I'm not sure how to rate this overall. My experience with wild ales is pretty limited, yet I'm intrigued with this one. Very complex components to this beer. Based on its ingredient mix and ABV, I'm inclined to think this one will age in a most interesting (and most likely enjoyable way). Worth checking out for the adventurous beer hound...

beergoot, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of hays99
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

hays99, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

chugalug06, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

coreyfmcdonald, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

Picked up a bottle of this on a recent trip to Arizona as I hadn't seen it locally (Colorado) in months. Price was great so I couldn't pass on it.

A - Poured from the undated 750ml bottle to a tulip. Beer pours a thick muddy dark red brown color with a huge 3 finger bubbly tan head with impressive retention and lacing.

S - An intriguing blend of mild chocolate, Brett, roasted malt, tropical fruit, oak, and vanilla. Very complex yet subtle and refined.

T - Perhaps one of the most complex beers I've had to date. Very similar to the nose in that the tang of the Brett and sweetness of the malt lay the ground work while the rush of complimenting flavors follow: smooth vanilla, oak, more of a semisweet chocolate, mild bitterness, cherry, pineapple. Really not what I was expecting. However each drink seems to increase the complexity of the beer. So much character yet everything works very well to compliment. Very good.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Creamy and smooth and slightly dry on the finish. Hides the alcohol very well.

O - Overall, an impressive offering from Odell. I really enjoyed it. I will certainly keep my eyes open for any lingering bottles here locally and if not perhaps arrange for a trade to sample more. I really enjoyed it.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-22-2011 13:32:30

hopfacebrew, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of ThirstyHerf
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

ThirstyHerf, Jan 22, 2012
Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.