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Saboteur - Odell Brewing Company

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280 Ratings

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 112
Gots: 62 | 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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Photo of gueuzer


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

Bomber poured into brandy snifters

App- Dark brown with an ever so slight rouge tinge. Very little toasty white head.

Sm- Definitely brett,but not an overwhelming funk. Roasted malts. A sour cherry tinge.

Ta- Roasted malts. Oak with sour cherries. Brett comes through with some barnyard, but fairly mild considering this is 100%. Slight caramel sweetness mid palate. Finishes medicinally/herby. Can't say I love that aspect but, adds complexity to a beer that is already got a lot going on.

MF- Fairly high level of carbonation for what I would expect with a barrel aged beer, but it seems to work.

Dr- Highly drinkable, minus the medicinal qualities, considering the ABV. All the strong flavors seem to takeover. Great bottle to split with two people.

08-30-2010 18:59:06 | More by gueuzer
Photo of bsp77


4.14/5  rDev +6.7%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Very dark brownish-black with persistent tan head and bubbly lacing lines.

Smell: Molasses, caramel, tart cherry, light oak and alcohol. The smell is actually more complex than described, but I can't identify most of it.

Taste: Sweet caramel, brown sugar and very fruity malt backbone, with a strong layer of tartness and earthiness enveloping it. Cherry, vanilla and light spice lasts after each sip.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, chewy body, semi-dry tart finish. Warming.

Drinkability: This is an odd one, albeit quite good. Slightly reminds me of Three Philosophers, which is a Quad with a touch of Kriek. Whatever this is, it is a great sipper, and very different from the 12 ounce bottles that Odell makes. Shows how versatile they are as a brewery.

08-29-2010 23:23:17 | More by bsp77
Photo of Jason


4.35/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

08-29-2010 03:47:25 | More by Jason
Photo of dpnelson1978


3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

750ml bottle into glass tulip.

A: Deep brown body with garnet edges topped with a thick creamy head of moderate retention that leaves little lacing, and a thin creamy cover.

S: Chocolate and coffee notes with just a hint of funk. Little hop character. Very intriguing.

T: The funk is more forward on the palate, but very subtle. The malt is subdued but lends an unassuming sweetness and coffee character. The booze is unmistakable, and probably a bit too strong, but would probably mellow with age.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Very smooth. Almost perfect.

D: A bit too boozy to be highly drinkable, but the flavor profile works great. This would compliment a juicy steak like a dream.

O: Fantastic beer. Best offering I have tasted from Odell. I plan to put some of this away to see how it ages.

08-25-2010 03:00:59 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of MEsquandoles


3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

750 into Great Divide glass (bigger version of the Goudenband glass).

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Trappist looking head.

Smells of cocoa, toffee, and chocolate covered sour cherries. Some Dubbel-y flavours and lil spice and pepper. Pineapple, a little wood-aged rum. Brett is not dominating. More funk in the aroma as it warms.

Taste like a Quad. A lot more roasty and wood than the aroma.
Where's the muthafuckin' Brett?!? There's definitely leather, but not the funk I was hoping for in a 100% Brett fermented.
Pineapple upside-down cake, chocolate and vanilla, caramel, and wood, a little rum and whiskey.
More spice and cola as it warms, banana and clove, warming finish.

Feels good. Full-bodied and creamy like a Quad, but a little drier and with some funky intent.

Not harsh, but not as drinkable as a "wild ale" that's more sour/funky and dry.

Worth trying, but def. to be shared with 1-2 people. I'd rather a Dissident for the price though. And I was reminded of Avery Brabant at moments, but prefer the Brabant. This was wel made though, but I bet they were expecting more from the Brett. I think this is def. more appropriate in the "Belgian Strong Dark Ale" category on BeerAdvocate than "Wild Ale".

The bottom of the bottle brings some funk and warmth, partly through an alcoholic presence.

08-24-2010 03:13:04 | More by MEsquandoles
Photo of brewdoc75


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

A: Brown with ruby hues. Strong, rocky off-white beige head. Moderate to strong carbonation. Looks good in my Duvel glass.

S: Strong pineapple, vanilla, toffee and chocolate. Faint aroma of funk in the end. Slightly tart, yet sweet. Some alcohol in the end as well.

T: Wonderfully complex with chocolate and vanilla maltiness. Toffee and caramel round out the malts. The brett kicks in with tons of pineapple, more vanilla and a pleasant funkiness. The beer isn't overly sweet, but tastes more like a desert than a session ale. Some roastiness in the end. The hops are present, with an earthy bitterness. Nicely complex but not too over the top.

M: Medium bodied and silky smooth. Finishes dry on the palate. Moderate carbonation. Refreshing.

D: A really solid wild ale. I really am not a fan of these in general, but this is a nice one. Not too sour to drink and not too funky. Lots of great balance and flavors throughout. Very nice.

08-21-2010 23:14:47 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of kbutler1


3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

Bottle. Dark red brown color with a tight little tan head. No real lace. Smells of sourness with hints of cherry but the brett is also really present. The aroma is actually pretty nice on this. The taste is decent with flavors of the cherry and brett. The brett takes center stage in this one. I really wish this tasted like it smells but then again this is a brand new bottle and with time this could get really good. Light/medium mouthfeel.

08-20-2010 16:58:17 | More by kbutler1
Photo of TMoney2591


3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

08-17-2010 07:26:29 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of pmlondrigan

New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

Hmmm, Sabotuer pours, well brown with a small bit of ruby highlights. With a heavy pour a small tan head is produced that leaves no real lacing. The aroma is faint but lovely. Bit of funk, bit of Brett, bit 'o barrel and loads of malty-ness. The aroma is probably the best part of this beer. Flavor is less then what I expeceted. A small amount of Brett and barrel flavor up front and way on the back end. Everything in between is tons of roasty, chocolaty brown ale malt. Long lingering after taste of strong malts. Mouthfeel is average for a strong brown ale, drinkability is eh, well, its a strong beer and I think by the time I'm finished I'll be happy to be finished.

08-16-2010 00:45:45 | More by pmlondrigan
Photo of JEdmund


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

Looks nearly black, like a porter, with just a tinge of burgundy. Small head, though will form a 1/4" cap with a hard pour. Inviting sour flavor, a bit of cherry. That wild yeast really gives it a distinct and enjoyable tart flavor, taking a big brown ale to a new realm. Texture is superb: feels extremely light and fluffy, like a true Belgian ale; hard to believe it's 10%. Finishes fairly light and leaves a nice tart fruit aftertaste. I'm really pleased with this! One-and-a-half glasses would have been perfect; drinking the whole bottle to myself was too much.

08-15-2010 19:28:42 | More by JEdmund
Photo of urwithdave


2.85/5  rDev -26.5%

Poured into my CCB snifter.

A- the best part of this beer. Pours dark brown in color with ruby highlights. 3 fingers of head with pretty solid retention. Nice lacing left on my glass.

A- sweet malts and some funk. Not a lot of funk. Mostly a sweet molasses. Nothing much else going on.

T- caramel, chocolate and vanilla. Maybe some toffee notes. The funk is subtle. I can appreciate where they were going here, but it's honestly a mess imo.

M- very thin. A sweet finish with little brett influence. Carbonation is good.

D- I am going to finish this bottle off. I will not revisit it though.

08-15-2010 02:56:46 | More by urwithdave
Photo of uturn


4.15/5  rDev +7%

750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into my Kastaar tulip glass.

A: There was a nice "pop" as the cork was pulled out of the bottle and this brew poured a bark brown with a fluffy two finger tan head.

S: The nose was minimally funky with some fruit notes of cherries.

T: You first get a bit of chocolate and toffee and maybe a hint of vanilla & what no sour or funk in this "Brett" infected beer. But just you wait a minute; you get a mild enjoyable funkiness in this beer as it starts to warn.

M: The mouthfeel was of a medium texture and your tongue and throat will get a nice massage from the medium level of carbonation and no hint of the alcohol level to hit you later on.

D: at 10%abv this is drinkable and refreshing.

If you enjoy a "Brown Ale" you would really enjoy this twist on the style. For those of you who are scared of "sour" beers and see the word "brett" on the label and run away, well don't fear this brew, just go for it. I'm curious to see how well this one will age. Since I enjoy some extra funk, I'm hoping that with a little age the "Brett" will have some time to do it's magic.

08-12-2010 20:39:14 | More by uturn
Photo of drabmuh


3.08/5  rDev -20.6%

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.

08-11-2010 21:26:02 | More by drabmuh
Photo of FreshmanPour77


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

Reviewed on 8-6-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured 2 fingers of foam, good layer of lacing, carbonation was present

S - Bready roasted malt, dark chocolate, sour lime aroma

T /M - Medium bodied, sour taste reminded me of not so fresh limes, stronger tastes came out after it warmed a bit

D - Very drinkable Wild ale, not big into this style but this one turned my head, I recommend picking one of these up. Big thanks to Phidelt sharing this one. I will for sure have this brew again. Interesting to see what this brew will taste like with some age!

08-10-2010 03:15:57 | More by FreshmanPour77
Photo of mwilbur


4.55/5  rDev +17.3%

Poured from 750 mL bottle into NBB snifter.
A: Pours a dark burgandy with hint of brown (more reddish with backlighting around the edges). Beautiful 2 inch thick light tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.
S: Citrus, sweet caramel malt, pineapple, and restrained funk (from the brett). Vinous and chocolate notes linger in the background. Wonderfully whimsical and complex.
T: Malty sweet brown ale up front with horseblanket funk, vinous, citrus-pineapple, leather, bitter chocolate, melon, and mint rising up from time to time. Amazingly complex, but toeing the line and nearly becoming jumbled...nearly. The brown ale base keeps it all together. Vanilla comes through with warming.
M: Smooth and fresh to start, transitioning to tart with a mild boozy burn mid-way through. Finish is alternatingly sweet/smooth and mildly bitter.
D: Extremely drinkable, especially for ABV (10%!) which is nearly indiscernable. A wonderfully complex experimental brew...one of its kind. Seek it out!

08-08-2010 22:28:33 | More by mwilbur
Photo of clarkm04


2.7/5  rDev -30.4%

I really wanted to like this beer but just did not. I love almost everything in Odell's line and love experimental beers and am into sours and bretts but this beer just did not cut it in my humble opinion.

Appearance- A nice dark brown color

Smell- Lots of interesting aromas but lighter than I expected. Interesting chocolate notes and some slight sour notes coming through.

Taste - Really flat in my opinion. Not super sour or brown. I just felt it was inoffensive and slightly messy. No notes really stuck out. I was pretty disappointed given how outstanding Odell's specialty beers typically are. The beer seemed at odds with itself.

Mouthfeel- Average mouthfeel not heavy or light.

Drinkability- The beer is drinkable but just not remarkable.

Overall - Fairly disappointing. I plan to buy another bottle and might revisit this review but at this juncture, I would not recommend this beer as there are more interesting and impressive sours/bretts/wilds on the market that are the same price or cheaper.

08-08-2010 03:17:15 | More by clarkm04
Photo of Halcyondays


4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

08-07-2010 01:39:43 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of russpowell


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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 ..

08-06-2010 03:02:31 | More by russpowell
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev 0%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Can't remember who sent this, but thank you! Having had a few bottles of Captain Lawrence Barrel Select 1 recently, I was expecting something along those lines; boy, was I off base.

Pours a dark brown color, allows very little light to pass and has a nice creamy, thick tan head with nice retention and sticky lacing. Aroma is intoxicating and unique, though I'm still not sure if I like it or am turned off by it. Dominated by earthy, forest-y notes, hearty meat and vegetative flavors, sweet sugary and cinnamon spice, mild brett funk, and sweet oak. Flavor follows the nose with a balanced contradiction of the meat and vegetative flavors, sour fruit, funky brett and spice and some smooth oak. Mouthfeel is medium thick with creamy, full soft carbonation and a lingering meaty, boozy, slightly oaky finish. I can't quite wrap myself around everything going on in this beer right now to decide if I love it or hate it. That's not a bad thing to me though, and I'll happily try this again in the future.

08-02-2010 01:19:41 | More by yourefragile
Photo of homebrewhawk


4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

750ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a Tank 7 tulip. Poured a pretty reddish-brown with two finger of light tan head. Bottle conditioned. Great aroma, plenty of brett, along with some fruit. Decent amount of sourness right off the bat. Some dark fruit. Some chocolate malt, that came out a bit more as it warmed. Dry malty finish with a slight bit of hop bitterness. Alcohol was not evident at all. I found it to be very easy drinking. Flavors were more pronounced as it warmed. An interesting American take on the style. The chocolate malt put me off a little at first, but I got over it!

08-01-2010 22:54:07 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of brownbeer


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured into a chalice. It's looking to be deep mahogany in color with ruddy highlights and an ultra thin layer of brown foam spread across the top.

This is a very complex beer, especially the aroma. Black currant, black cherry, vanilla, subtle brett, a devil's food note in there. Very nice. It's important to note how tame the brett is at this stage. It's in there, but not dominating at all. Very well done.

It doesn't taste quite as good as it smells, for me. It's chocolaty and medicinal, an odd combo. Dark berries friending the medicinal brett character on facebook, working together nicely. There is some red wine character. The alcohol is noticeable and ever so slightly distracting. It's full-bodied with very fine carbonation, which starts out a bit strong, but opens up nicely and starts to work in its favor as I drink on.

Great beer. One to contemplate.

07-31-2010 02:40:52 | More by brownbeer
Photo of cpetrone84


4.15/5  rDev +7%

A-pours a dark nutty brown with red edges and a fluffy bubbly tan colored head.

S-the nose is interesting, the brett melds in with the presence of the brown ale, lots of malt body to it with caramel and chocolate malt, a nice nutty aroma. a malty spice to it with a good bit of dark fruity sweetness in the back. pretty interesting.

T-the brown ale is strongest in the flavor, the rich chocolate and caramel malt flavors are quite strong. the brett might be in there faintly, a light, lightly sour, dark fruit in the back, notes of oak and bourbon with a touch of heat.

M-this is full bodied and rich, lots of carbonation to balance out the big body, a crisp wet finish, smooth up front and a little hot in the back.

D-this is a pretty good beer, I actually really like the big malt presence with the faint sourness to add some complexity. the flavors work really well together and make something I haven't seen before. Solid beer!

07-27-2010 02:26:56 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of champ103


3.63/5  rDev -6.4%

A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. A two finger tan head rises, and falls to a ring in a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: Light tart dark fruits of figs and cherries. A malty sweetness in the finish. Very light chocolate lingers.
T: Follows the nose. Light tart fruits. The fruity flavor vanishes quickly, and leaves a chocolate flavor lingering.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. I am having no problem finishing this. The alcohol is well hidden. A good beer to sip on.

Very good, but not one of the top Wild Ales that I have had. The tart and chocolaty character is at odds with each other. Neither one wants to take the for front, and leaves you with kind of a week feeling. Still. very much worth a try.

07-19-2010 00:27:47 | More by champ103
Photo of portia99


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%

750ml bottle provided by and shared with nonstick. Thanks Chris! Review #400! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a deep, dark brown - almost opaque - just a hint of lighter brown highlights when held to the light. A finger of creamy tan foam sits atop the beer and leaves nice sheets of creamy lacing when it falls after a few minutes.

S - Earhty/dirtlike, chocolate, sour cherries, oaky wood, coffee, cola maybe rootbeery. Different, interesting, and quite good.

T - Wow...different than I was expecting. Major woodiness up front, earthy dirt, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, very mild sourness. Mild alcohol warmth.

M - Light to medium in body with medium carbonation level. A little bit of warmth from the alcohol. The high earthiness gives a bit of an artificial grittyness to it (think this is in my mind actually).

D - This was really nice. 3rd wild ale of the night...all of them different. This one is quite enjoyable - very different - more brown ale, maybe even stout like, but with a nice sour coloring to it, funk and a bunch of woody character. This is unique and really good. Definitely seek this one out.

07-17-2010 22:44:54 | More by portia99
Photo of brow1901


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

A- Nice dark color almost black. Slight brown tinge to the fluffy head. Leaves nice lacing and has pretty good retention.

S- I really like the smell of this brew, excellent funky scents. Pick up lots of pineapple not so much barnyard. Also the base brown beer adds some nice malt scents and a touch of hop.

T- Not as much sour as I would like but that always seems to be the case, it just needs a year or two to dry out a touch and sour up. Besides the slight sourness the base beer adds nice coffee flavors and roasted malt flavors.

M- Perfect mouthfeel. The slight sourness adds enough scrubbing power to wash away the stickyness of the thick brown ale.

D- Pretty good drinkability especially for 10% abv. I had no trouble finishing the 750ml.

07-16-2010 03:07:08 | More by brow1901
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87 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.