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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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

stampfler07, Sep 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Auror, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
3/5  rDev -22.7%

standardcherry, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

mendvicdog, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. We opened this at the August Baltimore BA get together.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy mahogany color with a finger of off white head. The bubbles are rather large and the head fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Getting the brett up front with some dark fruit and carmel malt showing up as well.

Taste: Brett tartness showing throughout. Malty underneath with a mild caramel sweetness. The finish is rather tart. This is a very different beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tons of carbonation, way too much in fact. The finish is dry.

Overall: This was a really weird beer for me. The malt with the tartness never quite blended. Could have been a bit less carbonated.

oline73, Aug 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

dhbiker0889, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of MFauver35
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

MFauver35, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of AlexChillton
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

AlexChillton, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

The cork shot into the ceiling upon opening. Huge tan head that coats the glass with sticky lacing. The beer is fairly hazy and appears a chestnut brown color.

The aroma brings roast, barrels, chocolate, wine, fruit, alcohol. Quite complex, but not as inviting as some of the upper tier beers in this genre.

Nutty flavor, with a vinous character. Red wine comes through quite a bit. Additional notes of fruit, chocolate. Ok. Not particularly tart or sour. A light fruity sweetness throughout.

Medium bodied and rich. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, this was ok. One small glass is plenty.

Huhzubendah, Jul 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

lalaloveyou, Jul 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

GRG1313, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of TwinButte
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong sour dark fruit smell emitting from a very dark redish brown pour. Enticing. Taste is that of dates or raisins but sweeter. More grape flavored. Reminds me a little of a barley wine with that level of sweetness and low bitterness. It is very smooth going down with little hint of the high ABV. That really surprised me.

A very well done sour/wild. Love the taste and the sweetness of it.

TwinButte, Jul 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

hiphopj5, Jun 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

larbush, Jun 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

carteravebrew, Jun 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

eawolff99, Jun 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

dirtyskunk, Jun 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

clutchbeyers, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of denver10
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Already had it on tap (though that was the '09 version), now trying it from the bottle ('12 version).

Dark brown with a huge, foamy khaki head. I had to wait for around 10 minutes for it to recede enough to begin drinking it. A full aroma of sweet bready malt, apples, cherries, wild yeast, and just a hint of wood. A touch of alcohol shows itself too. Flavor starts off sweet and fruity with just a hint of tartness from the yeast, the oak kicks in mid stream perhaps a touch too strong, and it closes out with the brown ale showing itself along with some vanilla, a chewy and sugary kind of finish. Again, a touch of alcohol shows itself. Medium bodied, creamy, some activity. Overall, Odell continues to win me over with their beers. A very nice take on a brown ale, enjoyed this more from the bottle than on tap.

denver10, Jun 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

cletetron, May 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

DaveHack, May 31, 2012
Photo of Soneast
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Soneast, May 28, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Dennis Brothers in late 2010. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving, noisy, cola-esque foam that settles to a thick collar and wispy, partial cap. Very dark cherrywood body, with a few bubbles adhering to the bottom of the glass.

S - Lots of blue cheese, leather, earthen basement, tobacco, and a touch of sour cherry, oak, and vinegar. Alcohol is quite well-hidden, and improves significantly as it warms up.

T - The taste has significantly more brown ale characteristics. Sweet fruity and nutty malts, carob, vanila-infused cola, and only a mildly earthy and tropical brett finish. Not as wild as the aroma suggests.

M - Medium-full body, with nice chewy heft and viscosity. Sticky finish, although it holds some oaky dryness as well. Moderately active carbonation keeps things from getting to weighty, but this is otherwise quite smooth and creamy. Again, only modest alcohol presence.

D - It delivers exactly as promised - it's a 10% barrel-aged brown ale with brett. I don't think the premise was a particularly well-chosen one, but others may beg to differ. In any case, doesn't suffer from any obvious flaws, just isn't a beer I'd want in 750ml (or probably even 12oz) servings.

MasterSki, May 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

BrooklynBrewers, May 01, 2012
Photo of stxSS07
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a tulip courtesy of matttYCE. Not sure on the vintage.

A- Huge bomb of a cork. Pours a dark ruby/brown with a tan 3 finger rocky/ice cream head that leaves awesome lacing. Recedes and holds a one finger cap

S- Deep earthy brett funkiness, big bready notes, caramel, a bit of citrus fruit, and just a tinge of sour at the end. Pretty nice smelling.

T- Mostly caramel/vanilla/sweet malts with a bit of roast. There is a nice bit of funkiness to it along with just a bit of tartness...like generic lemonade-level. Finishes with some nice caramel and vanilla smoothness, a touch of roast, and just a bit of brett funk.

M- Medium-slick mouthfeel with pretty high carbonation that blasts the flavors off of your tongue pretty quickly...just how a "sour" should be.

O- This is a weird one for me. The smell is good regardless, but if I'm grading the beer as a wild it falls short in other categories. Grading it as a brown ale would have resulted in much higher scores.

stxSS07, Apr 30, 2012
Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.