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Saboteur - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

281 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 113
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 angrybabboon
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.

angrybabboon, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
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.

Goblinmunkey7, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

AlexFields, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of olympuszymurgus
2/5  rDev -48.5%

olympuszymurgus, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

acurtis, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Thirstygoat
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Thirstygoat, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of tswater
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

tswater, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of fehrminator
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

fehrminator, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of spoony
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml into a tulip.

A-The bottle opened with a pretty significant pop of the cork, but the beer (thankfully) didn't gush on me. Still, this brew proved difficult to pour without massive amounts of foam. Once things settled a bit, I was looking at a dark, dark brown beer that was nearly opaque. Just a slight hint of red. The foam was mocha-colored.

S-The beer gave off a funky, earthy, tart aroma of oak, vanilla, cherries, and a little brett. Fair amount of wood here.

T-The taste was earthy, mild malts combined with oak, leather, vanilla, raisin, and a touch of tart cherry. The alcohol was well-integrated and a bit herbal in character.

M-The beer was pretty smooth drinking and medium in body. Carbonation was noticeable, but not dominant.

O-I liked this brew. It was a unique combination of flavors and feel with little bits of brown ale, quad, and american wild ale all mixed together. Fortunately, I think the combination worked out to produce a tasty beer.

spoony, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

dt_gbpackersfan, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tulip at papago in Scottsdale.
Pours a deep brown with ambed hue and about 3 fingers of tan bubbly head.
Aroma is a bit vinegar meets peanut maybe? Its not horrrible but not amazing either. Deff some barrel wood aroma notes.
Taste is of woody wine barrel some slight dried fruit and ever so slight brett or wild flavor. Its a brown ale slightly soured in wood...its good. Some more dried fruit and somewhat nutty. Let this one warm up a bit...much better closer to room temp.
So so easy to drink and at the double digit abv, thats scary.
Its a great brew...I just wish it was a bit more infected with brett.

DrinkSlurm, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.1%

t0rin0, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

tuckerlikesbeer, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Avaak
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Avaak, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of seth72104
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

seth72104, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1591st Review on BA
Bottle to wine glass
750ml c/c

Thanks to thebishopco for this one

App- A very dark brown. The retained most of the brown ale, which I expected it to. The dense center looks good in the glass but gives a lighter edge. A nice and medium tan head is there and falls semi quick. Very nice lacing and cling

Smell- The malty brown notes open and as it opens and settles the brett takes over and gives a bit of a musty odor to this. The oak adds a bit of prickly char and the ABV is well hidden.

Taste- I had wanted to try this for a while and it was a good beer. The overall taste is much like a deep red wine. Tannic, leather, oak and malty. The brett adds a good depth of flavor and imparts and smoothness as well.

Mouth- A full medium body with a medium carbonation. The residual flavors are some light funk, malty backbone and a bit of fruit.

Drink- A nice and layered beer. Nice depth of flavors with good integration. Long time want and was better than I hoped.

FosterJM, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of poodog
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

poodog, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of joshwith
5/5  rDev +28.9%

joshwith, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of cestlavie
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

cestlavie, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of morningthief
4/5  rDev +3.1%

morningthief, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of TCMike
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Produced a big 3 finger head, (careful pouring this one). Thick head, nice lacing. The beer color is a dark mahogany, just barely translucent.
The aroma is of malts, dark fruit, wood, a hint of bret.
The taste is is amazing! Much bolder than the aroma. Similar to smell, but with a light caramel sweetness dueling with a slight tartness from the bret, High carbonation, and mdium mouth-feel. Little aftertaste, and no noticeable hop bitterness.
Incredible beer, and easy drinking for it's style.

TCMike, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of matttttYCE
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Just to note, the cork came out insanely easily with a load pop, so be cautious with this one.

The head formed is three fingers high and tan in color. Have to wait for it to die down for a while. Lacing is very nice though. The beer is a murky brown color with a ruby hue. Aromas of roasty malts, earthiness, brett funk, hinting at band-aids, leather and tobacco, caramel and toffee, bread, light citrus and tropical fruit, hints of wood/oak and sour cherries. Very interesting. Taste is very similar. Plenty of malts, caramel, earthiness, dark fruits, and light wood/oak, vanilla, tobacco and leather that keep this more of a brown for me than an American wild. However, there's also bretty funk, sour and tartness, though all on the lighter side. As I expected, the mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated. Medium-full body, smooth consistency, high carbonation, and light, dry finish.

Overall I think this one was just a bit too off, different for me to really endorse. Complex and interesting, yes, but not amazing.

matttttYCE, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of jessicapreuss
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jessicapreuss, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Travisnin
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Travisnin, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

duceswild, Sep 06, 2012
Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.