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Saboteur - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

280 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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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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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

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
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-01-2013 16:40:15 | More by acurtis
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Thirstygoat

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16%

12-29-2012 23:40:29 | More by Thirstygoat
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tswater

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

12-28-2012 18:33:35 | More by tswater
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fehrminator

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-24-2012 23:03:04 | More by fehrminator
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spoony

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

12-16-2012 18:18:28 | More by spoony
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dt_gbpackersfan

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-14-2012 05:52:31 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

12-11-2012 02:13:33 | More by DrinkSlurm
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-03-2012 03:56:41 | More by t0rin0
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tuckerlikesbeer

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-29-2012 05:14:33 | More by tuckerlikesbeer
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Avaak

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +28.9%

11-17-2012 16:13:53 | More by Avaak
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seth72104

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

11-02-2012 04:11:56 | More by seth72104
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FosterJM

California

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

10-29-2012 15:05:11 | More by FosterJM
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poodog

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

10-24-2012 14:44:21 | More by poodog
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joshwith

Colorado

5/5  rDev +28.9%

10-24-2012 04:15:12 | More by joshwith
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cestlavie

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

10-15-2012 04:15:28 | More by cestlavie
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morningthief

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-13-2012 13:56:33 | More by morningthief
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TCMike

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +20.6%

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.

10-06-2012 00:55:50 | More by TCMike
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matttttYCE

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

10-04-2012 05:02:48 | More by matttttYCE
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jessicapreuss

Brazil

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

09-25-2012 22:54:00 | More by jessicapreuss
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Travisnin

Idaho

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

09-14-2012 05:51:39 | More by Travisnin
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

09-06-2012 04:58:15 | More by duceswild
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stampfler07

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.1%

09-06-2012 03:10:16 | More by stampfler07
Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.