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Saboteur - Odell Brewing Company

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87
very good

285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
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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Photo of Haybeerman
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown; almost black. Poured a 2 finger tan that dissipated to a half finger cap. Lots of sticky lace.

S: A lot going on here. Yeast esters, ooak, bourbon. Burnt toast and alcohol and yeaty funk.

T: Sweet then sour. Oak and alcohol. Very comples and a lot going on here too. Toasted malts like a brown ale, yeast notes like a wild alre and bitter in the finish for some stab at balance.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Warming and dry.

D: Very interesting, very complex. Definitely a sipper, but I can see keeping a bottle aroiund for beer geeks.

Haybeerman, May 15, 2010
Photo of bigbelcher
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unusal beer. Supposed to be a brettanomyces beer but the flavors and aromas of brett were muted. Actually somewhat sour like from Lactobacillus. Head was thick and creamy. Kind of like a Belgian farmhouse ale but something just wasn't balanced with the beer. Was not my favorite of the night by far.

bigbelcher, May 15, 2010
Photo of oakbluff
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on draft- muddled brown colour with minimal head and lacing. Nose- musty, nutty. Taste- brett flavour profile is strong, but doesn't mix well with the boozy hotness of the underlying beer. The alcohol heat was overpowering any malt subtleties. Some figs, nuts and caramel. A messy beer.

oakbluff, May 08, 2010
Photo of CrossFitAlex
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this at The Muddy Pig in Saint Paul, MN.

The beer is a dark brown color with almost no light penetration. A beautiful beer.

Tasting notes - Nutty. Pineapple and fruity nose. Low carbonation; a decent sour bite. Filling with good mouthfeel. Alcohol is present. Nutty flavors and sour brettanomyces balance great! Farmhouse feel.

CrossFitAlex, May 08, 2010
Photo of Phelps
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saboteur at first appears an inky brown with no light penetration. A hold to the overhead lamp, however, reveals some beauty: hues of deep amber, scarlet and black coffee shift and shimmer. A pillowy khaki head crowns the beer, receding ever so slowly and leaving thick trails of lace reminiscent of an ant farm. Has more bubbly effervescence than I've ever seen in a beer. It's a party in there.

Sour brett rules the nose, but it's balanced by an enticing sweetness. Notes of honey, rye bread and sauerkraut all make appearances, paired with burnt sugar and some orange citrusy hops. Remarkable.

So many brewers of sours let the funk take over the beer, but the flavors here are dialed in to perfection. Funky yet roasty, sour yet sugary. Bready and caramel sweet, with a roasted malt character imparting notes of dark chocolate at first, followed by the tartness of cherries and dark fruits. Very nice.

Feel is the slightest notch beneath medium. Carbonation is understated and perfect. A slight alcohol burn flames through the nostrils and down the throat.

I first tried Saboteur at a recent Odell beer flight, and it was far and away my favorite offering. I immediately bought a bottle. A supremely satisfying sour, and one I'll seek out wherever I can.

Phelps, May 06, 2010
Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml $13. This says it is a brett barrel brown ale and so I got confused into thinking it would be an oud bruin but it is not. Dark brown color of course and looks good enough to me as all beers usually do. It smelled very plain, there was some brettiness but the smell really disappointed me. The flavor made up for the smell, it was good. A bit of pineapple, a little wood, really interesting and tasty without much alcohol going on. Overall I would not buy this beer again unless they improved the smell and dropped the price a couple bucks.

ArrogantB, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ODell has done it agian. This beer pours a rich dark brown color with some reddish highlights and a thin off white head. The aromas are that of your typical brown ale with some citrus and a slightly sour funk from the yeast. The palate was both sweet and sour. A toasty brown ale with flavors of tart cherries, chocolate, caramel and dark fuits. I will definitely be picking up another one of these.

WhatsNewinBooze, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours a dark opaque brown with a large bubbly rocky off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is musty earthy yeast with a tart acidic sourness and lots of brett in the background.

The flavor is sweet sugary chocolate and caramel malts up front with some dark fruits that leads to an acidic brettiness in the finish with notes of bitter leather. As it warms some vanilla comes out. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, this didn't taste as good as the times I've had it on draft. This is maltier and sweeter with the weird leathery notes. The draft version seemed milder (lower alcohol?) with more brett present.

Beaver13, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
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.

GilGarp, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of Oxymoron
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.

Oxymoron, Mar 18, 2009
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Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.