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Saboteur - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

277 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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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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vonnegut21

New York

2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

08-05-2013 14:55:49 | More by vonnegut21
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GABrew

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.1%

08-05-2013 12:35:10 | More by GABrew
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

07-30-2013 17:27:39 | More by beernads
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bird22

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-03-2013 21:11:57 | More by bird22
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Achoo_Bacca

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-01-2013 22:11:03 | More by Achoo_Bacca
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml cork&cage tasted blindly in Blind BIF #8. Poured into Crooked Stave snifter.

Appearance: The beautiful darkish brown color of a Belgian Strong Dark comes crashing down into the glass to leave a full finger of light beige head. Spotted lacing.

Smell: Fig/grape, a bit of cherry. Very fruity. Sweet malt (candy sugar?), and a bit of funk hiding in there.

Taste: Very complex. Dark fruits, belgian yeast, and indeed a hint of brett that I thought I smelled. Definitely an oak presence on the backend with a slight bit of alcohol heat. I can't tell if it's plain oak barrel and heat from the high alcohol, or some form of liquor barrel aging. Going to guess a wine barrel here - in fact I swear I taste wine tannins as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky. Carb level a bit on the high side, but not distractingly so.

Drinkability: A slow sipper. There is a lot going on here, and it's a beer you'll want to enjoy over the course of a variety of temperatures.

Overall: I'm not entirely sure what this beer is, but I like it quite a bit, and would seek it out again. Outside the box of your typical Belgian Strong Dark ale, which is my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 00:44:11 | More by cbeer88
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illidurit

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

06-29-2013 00:31:11 | More by illidurit
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-28-2013 02:23:24 | More by JAHMUR
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tectactoe

Michigan

2.59/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Thanks to Jeff for the bottle share. It pours a deep, deep, burnt-brown color, almost appearing pitch black once it finally makes it to the glass. It's completely opaque, capped off with a thick and lasting, foamy tan head; it's huge, vibrant, and leaves some nice patches of chunky lacing on its way down.

The aroma is pretty enigmatic; a mild fruity and heavily floral mixture, bombarded with a slew of many, many other things. Mild cocoa powder, vanilla hints, plums and dates, licorice, dry oak, weird spices like sage or coriander, and a hefty dose of cheese-cloth funk, moldy hay, and horsey barnyard. Doesn't smell very tart, mainly just floral and funky. Not bad, but really, really weird.

Some roast and chocolate exhibits the first sip; this beer is surprisingly not sour at all. I kind of went into thing expecting something along the lines of a Flanders Oud Bruin, a la La Folie, but I was quite mistaken. The flavor profile is more strange and weird than the aroma, and I already know I'm going to have a difficult time describing this one.

Earth, dirt, deep black licorice, heavy perfume and florals, laced with rotten cherry, wet and moldy wood, funky cheese, sweat, horseblanket and musty cellar, and a touch of pineapple from the Brett. Unabashed funk, to an unnecessary degree. This beer is not very good, and as it got warmer, it only got worse. The funk leaves a pretty rough aftertaste and makes this beer hard to drink.

The problem is the lack of balance. All funk and pungent, perfume-like floral notes combine on your palate to form the worse aftertaste imaginable. Where is the tartness that everyone else seems to pick up? Medium bodied, ample carbonation, and a someone oily and sticky mouth feel. I tried to like this beer, and it sounds like something I'd love, but it's just a rambling attempt at a Bretted brown and actually pretty difficult to finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 11:30:24 | More by tectactoe
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roostor07

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-27-2013 17:04:45 | More by roostor07
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Photekut

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-19-2013 16:48:35 | More by Photekut
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml, 2012 vintage (I think?)
Mini pint glass

A: Pours a murky brown color. Tons of carbonation. Over carbed and/or that Brett has really takin' over this one. Light tan head. Lots of lacing.

S: Smells a little oxidized actually. Some of that Brett character. Some nutty notes. Some slight roast character. Nothing too memorable.

T: Taste follows the nose. It's OK, but seems to be lacking and seems like the age might have got to this one. Some tartness initially from the Brett. Then you get that base brown ale character. Finish is slightly dry.

M: Medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 15:15:28 | More by inlimbo77
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-04-2013 08:17:56 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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egrace84

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-01-2013 00:44:45 | More by egrace84
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jvillefan

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-04-2013 23:16:08 | More by jvillefan
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G-Hawk

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +16%

03-10-2013 23:07:19 | More by G-Hawk
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-06-2013 06:42:04 | More by bennetj17
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nzerbe

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-05-2013 02:38:28 | More by nzerbe
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

2.53/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

At first I just marked this as a had and gave it a 2.

But I decided that I would expand to write a full review. Had this bottle about a year. I could not finish the bottle.

Cracked it open and it smells very musty. Not really appealing to me. Overally funky. Damp wood scents come through as well.

Pours dingy brown abundant white, foamy head. And tastes very funky a little sour. The flavors comming through are musty, sour pineapple. Seems to be some off flavors comming through that were not completely intentional.

Poured out much of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 15:00:32 | More by Powderhornphil
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Swonkie

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-20-2013 17:05:30 | More by Swonkie
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danwho

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-20-2013 16:49:00 | More by danwho
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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
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to buffs9 for the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown. Some dark red highlights. Minimal carbonation. No lasting cap or collar. What head does appear on is off-white and bubbly.

Smell: Earthy with a slid hit of oak. Powdery Brett runs throughout. Slight lactic tartness. Some citrus. Worn leather. Distinctly nutty. Some wood. Slight roasted element. Some lighter herbal notes. Touch of acetic tartness. Vinegar and wood. Mushrooms.

Taste: Nutty. Incredibly nutty. Some caramel malt sweetness coupled with some light cocoa elements. Underlying powdery yeast. Mild funkiness. Grass and hay in the back. Earthy. Straight up mushrooms. Some leathery elements. Truffles. Roasted edges. Cooked. Something like brown rice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with almost no carbonation. Lingering nuttiness.

Overall: It's time for a paradigm shift.

You want to know what nutty is? Drink this. Nutty and faintly funky. Mushrooms, rice, and nuts. Good, but odd. Bonus points for being unlike anything else.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 02:19:52 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-11-2013 21:37:37 | More by AlexFields
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olympuszymurgus

California

2/5  rDev -48.5%

01-06-2013 01:30:05 | More by olympuszymurgus
Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.