Saboteur - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

287 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.69%
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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.