Saboteur - Odell Brewing Company
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4.3/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
750mL corked and caged bottle.
Served cool - about 50 degrees - into my St. Bernardus Watou glass.
Saboteur has a rich dark brown color with red highlights when held up to light. The thin off-white head settles almost immediately. A thin sheet of lace is left behind.
Aroma is evident as soon as the cork is popped and it's simply wonderful. A seemingly simple brown ale base with a light toast is overlain with mild sour funk from the wild yeast and vanilla from the oak barrels.
Flavor is quite special as well. Again, flavor is similar to a toasty brown ale, almost a porter. Then the wild yeast comes through with tart cherries and port wine. There's a little sweetness in the way of caramel and toffee. The oak is nicely judged - good vanilla. Very complex and good depth of flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body with ample carbonation (maybe too much) and alcohol that could be a bit on the high side. These factors are probably the main downside of an otherwise a great beer.
Overall very tasty brew. The brett is mild but this would be a great intoduction to wild beers. I think this one will age really well given the alcohol content and that the funk will further develop with the passing months or even years. I'm looking forward to Odell's future offerings - they're definately getting pretty creative. Of course their regular offerings have always been impressive.
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2010 01:06:00 | More by GilGarp
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Had a pint at Odell's and was shocked to see a brett beer. Shocked! Sampled a mostly cloudy dark brown color with more of a chestnut brown hue throughout. A soft white head that didn't last through the tasting but did last a while. Decent lacing as well.
The nose is soft on the brett character. The malt comes out with a soft chocolate and malt aroma. Some lighter bready and toffee notes but subtle. The brett is noticeable with some clean horse blanket and funk aromas. Some minor goaty and herbal notes. The brett is very distinct but is very clean and specific. Not much sour which is ok. Some grassy hop notes that surprisingly blend well.
The taste is similar. The brett comes out a bit more versus the nose. A nice goaty and horse blanket taste that again is very distinct from the rest of the beer. Almost like it was added secondary to the beer. Some light funk notes that linger into the finish, but just distinct brett notes. The malt it there with a more malty taste and hints of chocolate and toffee. Very clean with a light lingering hop aroma. The brett comes out more as it warms and leaves a distinct brett flavor that lingers into the finish.
The body is moderate and a lighter carbonation. But this does allow the brett to come out more. Overall a subtle brett beer that blends well as a base beer and a brett beer. Would have liked to see this after some time, too bad you can't fill a growler up.
Serving type: on-tap
03-18-2009 22:16:25 | More by Oxymoron
Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.