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Saboteur - Odell Brewing Company

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very good

276 Ratings

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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 113
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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Photo of DanInTheCan


5/5  rDev +28.9%

02-11-2012 05:08:14 | More by DanInTheCan
Photo of yamar68


4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - most recent batch

BOOM! Cork shot out like a rocket, scaring my dogs half to death.

a - I let it settle for a good five minutes but still ended up with a snifter that has four fingers of an off white to tan head. Low clarity with some hazy deep mahogany. Brilliant lacing.

s - Sour cherries, sweet bread, bits of floral, honey, sweet tarts.

t - Very interesting which is exactly what I was looking for. Light fruits that ride the malts - hardly sour. Slight alcohol is well incorporated.

m - To me, this is the highlight of the beer. Really quite amazing. Bubbly velvet froth without the over carbonation annoyance that usually accompanies that. Really pleasant to drink.

o - Innovative and delicious. Maybe put on some safety goggles before cracking it though.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 03:49:40 | More by yamar68
Photo of rebeer18


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-10-2012 00:59:16 | More by rebeer18
Photo of sparx1100


4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-09-2012 02:30:09 | More by sparx1100
Photo of SIEVS


2/5  rDev -48.5%

02-08-2012 23:03:37 | More by SIEVS
Photo of siddhartha


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-03-2012 17:17:16 | More by siddhartha
Photo of micstache


4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-31-2012 10:50:14 | More by micstache
Photo of ratty918


4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-31-2012 03:12:32 | More by ratty918
Photo of vobr0002


4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-29-2012 23:30:23 | More by vobr0002
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

UPDATE: Adding recent early 2012 review sampled March 23, 2012. Differences, huge carbonation difference. So much more here which helps to add to the "sour" style. Helps to dry the palate compared to the first vintage which must have lost carbonation over the 2 years in the bottle which is sometimes the case with cork and caged bottles. Flavor profile is similar but I believe fresh this version has slightly more of a punch; whether that is the alcohol or the "freshness" I cannot tell. Definitely prefer this version and I am glad I have a couple more to enjoy.

Bottle from the first release, spring 2010, courtesy of whartontallboy, shared with mrand01.

Pours a hazy deep dark amber, bordering brown with nice burnt sienna highlights. There is a small whispy off-white head that left a light coating on the sides of the glass and the head recedes.

The aromas begin fairly standard of a simple brown ale. Light cocoa, toasted grain, rustic brown bread crust and once you really start to dig for it, ample biscuit malt character and whole grain crackers. As it warms you get some sour fruits, oak, light leather and a bit of earthiness. I was expecting a lot more sour and tart aromas to be honest.

The tastes unfortunately follow the nose. Much more of a brown ale than I was expecting for a 2 year old soured brown ale. Malt influenced flavors of caramelized brown bread crust, touches of molasses, ample crystal malt, touches of toasted grain husks, really chewy dense whole grain bread and as the beer warms more lightly roasted malt character that can contribute significantly at times. As the beer warms up the otherwise very missed Brett character starts to contribute a funky quality to this brew; light barnyard musk is noticeable just underneath the malt. An ample fruitiness contributes notes of rich, though not sweet, raisins, earthy figs and dates. Once again not overly tart, and really delicious, just not what I was expecting.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with subdued carbonation. The finish is mildly chewy and semi-sweet, lightly tart. As for the alcohol, yeah there isn't any. This being 10% is crazy as I could pound this if I wasn't enjoying the flavor so much.

Overall while I was disappointed but the lack of a solid sour backbone, I was still pleasantly surprised and pleased with the flavor profile of this beer. Drinkability is off the charts due to its light tartness and extremely balanced flavor profile. Fruits, both dark and tart, plenty of "brown" malt for sweetness and a light drying character from the oak aging. Really just a great tasting beer. Definitely recommended and worth a go for fans of Odell and/or this style. Don't expect a huge sour beer though; maybe the newer release is different though. Hopefully I will be able to sample and find out for myself.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 14:27:37 | More by claspada
Photo of beergoot


3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark mahogany body with a rich, creamy head. Thick, sticky foam rings cling to the pint glass. The scent is something strange - dark malts and fruits, with a phenol-like pungent mustiness. The taste is rich and creamy. Very bitter chocolate notes, grass and wood, with a strong alcohol warmth. Pleasing bitterness on the finish.

As a wild ale, I'm not sure how to rate this overall. My experience with wild ales is pretty limited, yet I'm intrigued with this one. Very complex components to this beer. Based on its ingredient mix and ABV, I'm inclined to think this one will age in a most interesting (and most likely enjoyable way). Worth checking out for the adventurous beer hound...

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 00:37:49 | More by beergoot
Photo of hays99


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-26-2012 00:39:36 | More by hays99
Photo of chugalug06


4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel Tulip Glass...

A - HUGE straw colored foamy head. Very little spotty lacing remains on the glass. Brew is very deep ruby red, almost a night colored maroon.

S - Nice Brett characteristics. Very smooth malt and toffee scents. Awesome scent. No heat or off-putting scents. Sour scent is very minimal and well hidden. Great scented brown ale underneath the funk.

T/M - Smooth buttery flavor with nice deep roasty flavors. There nothing smoky or off-putting. Not very sour. Very well done brew. No heat or bitterness. Perfect carbonation too. There's an awesome base beer under the wild characteristics. Yum.

O - I'm anxious to see where this brew goes with a year or two on it... Awesome brew, very underrated. Nice job Odell.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 02:17:13 | More by chugalug06
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

01-22-2012 22:13:28 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of hopfacebrew


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this on a recent trip to Arizona as I hadn't seen it locally (Colorado) in months. Price was great so I couldn't pass on it.

A - Poured from the undated 750ml bottle to a tulip. Beer pours a thick muddy dark red brown color with a huge 3 finger bubbly tan head with impressive retention and lacing.

S - An intriguing blend of mild chocolate, Brett, roasted malt, tropical fruit, oak, and vanilla. Very complex yet subtle and refined.

T - Perhaps one of the most complex beers I've had to date. Very similar to the nose in that the tang of the Brett and sweetness of the malt lay the ground work while the rush of complimenting flavors follow: smooth vanilla, oak, more of a semisweet chocolate, mild bitterness, cherry, pineapple. Really not what I was expecting. However each drink seems to increase the complexity of the beer. So much character yet everything works very well to compliment. Very good.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Creamy and smooth and slightly dry on the finish. Hides the alcohol very well.

O - Overall, an impressive offering from Odell. I really enjoyed it. I will certainly keep my eyes open for any lingering bottles here locally and if not perhaps arrange for a trade to sample more. I really enjoyed it.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-22-2011 13:32:30

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 19:43:40 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of ThirstyHerf


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

01-22-2012 18:09:43 | More by ThirstyHerf
Photo of bamadog


4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one sitting around for about 2 years now -- thanks to my buddy Jeff for bringing this back from Colorado while visiting family. Review is from notes taken on 1/21/2012 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a dark brown that is a little murky and looks like dark toasty malt; starts with a fluffy 2 finger light tan head with decent retention that never seems to totally disappear and remains at about 3/4 finger of a foamy cap; body is murky as mentioned, and nearly opaque; carbonation is strong and fast near the sides of the glass where I can actually see into the drink; multiple spots and a few big swaths of lacing cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smell is fantastic -- sour and tart cherries and it's reminiscent of a dark red wine, perhaps even sherry; some sweet vanilla and oakiness balances out the tartness; bit of a funky Brett presence.

Taste: Holy crap. Fantastic. This may be the best wild ale I've had yet... Fantastic sweet and toasty caramel maltiness is a vivid and up front presence, and following it is the sour and tart cherries; bit of a funk and slightly leathery brett presence; flavors are solid and not especially overwhelming and I'm really surprised and pleased with the amount of caramel maltiness; I have to say that for being 10%, the alcohol is entirely masked.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and the carbonation is soft, yet still very present; a thick and very sticky coating is left all over the palate and it really holds the sweeter flavors of vanilla and caramel flavors long into the aftertaste; despite the tart sour nature, the caramel prevents any overwhelming pucker that some sours bring to the table; belly is left a little warm from the tartness and perhaps the alcohol.

Overall: Overall, this beer is great, and I think Odell needs to start making it year round and distributing it to wherever I happen to live. Great flavors and excellent balance, makes for a nice night cap and would likely be good any time of year. I can only regret only having the one bottle to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 02:48:37 | More by bamadog
Photo of TJBurgess


3/5  rDev -22.7%

01-22-2012 00:29:08 | More by TJBurgess
Photo of poppyjohn


4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-21-2012 21:57:07 | More by poppyjohn
Photo of schlimenhaumer

New York

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass at altitude in Denver. Thanks to blakelive784 for bringing this one along.

A: Pours a dark reddish caramel color with one of the biggest heads I’ve ever seen and an incredible amount of retention. Needless to say this leaves some pretty impressive lacing as well. Very appealing.

S: Brett yeast with some brown ale-like nutty notes and a bit of booze in the background.

T: Rich nutty notes up front give way to Brett yeast and some heat on the finish. Good flavors and well built, but not the most complex beer in the world.

M: Full-bodied and smooth with a slightly dry finish. Not bad, but could be a little more interesting to break the monotony.

D: There are some definite alcohol notes here that make this a little bit of a sipper. The Brett yeast flavors weren’t as complex and funky as I would have liked, and unfortunately those yeast notes were about the only flavors present It’s a good beer, but not groundbreaking. I would try some of Odell’s other bomber offerings if given the choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 17:14:36 | More by schlimenhaumer
Photo of jophish17


2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

01-20-2012 22:22:42 | More by jophish17
Photo of TheFlern


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light molasses color. Khaki head that is thick. It keeps bubbling up even after I stop pouring! Lots of sticky lacing in the glass.

Smell: Sour notes come through first. Lots of oak as well. Not as sour as I'd like. The base beer is lost behind the oak aging.

Taste: The oak dominates. Slight tart sourness is detectable. I hope this one develops into a much funkier beer. Once again, the base beer is all but lost in the taste as it was the nose. However, it comes through more in the taste and is rather nutty.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth. Good amount of carbonation. The 10% ABV is not even detectable.

Overall: This is a beer I expected more out of. It isn't as funky as I'd like it to be. I was expected James Brown levels of funk and ended up having to settle for Guns N' Roses. Still good but not what I was looking for.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 23:20:06 | More by TheFlern
Photo of wtfuggles


4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-15-2012 02:18:11 | More by wtfuggles
Photo of patm1986

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-10-2012 06:50:24 | More by patm1986
Photo of eclipse54


3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle that I purchased today at the co-op; from the most recent release. Poured into a DFH signature glass.

Cork removes with practically no effort, and an extremely loud “pop” follows. I actually made towards the sink at this point, expecting a gusher, but luckily it all stayed in the bottle. A gentle pour produced a 50/50 mix of liquid and head in the snifter, roughly three finger’s width of each. Body is a dark, opaque brown that appears nearly black. Head is very fluffy and frothy, light tan/khaki in color. Generous lacing, and highly impressive retention; in fact, I haven’t taken a single sip of this that hasn’t had some foam on top.

Aroma is of tart fruits (date, plum, raisin, grape), hefty caramel, some toffee, and dark cocoa. Some faint yeast aroma is also present.

It tastes starkingly different, with the brown ale flavors dominating and any semblance of sour fruit amiss. Caramel, toffee, light cocoa, a hint of vanilla, some oak, and something reminiscent of lager yeast are all present in abundance. Only a very small amount of raisin, plum, and maybe date are present. It's not sour at all, and there is a noticeable alcohol presence on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated, but this actually helps lift the otherwise sticky base off of the tongue. The sugars linger a bit, giving a dry finish.

Overall, it's a gorgeous looking beer, but a bit of a let down after that. Not at all sour, making it just a brown ale in essence. It's very good for a brown ale, but I was expecting some form of enamel ripping goodness. The barrel is more subdued than anticipated. In sum, a good brown ale, not a sour ale. I'd say leaving it in the bottle for longer periods of time may help, but it was already overcarbonated, so perhaps it's best stored away from other fragile bottles/objects.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 02:04:13 | More by eclipse54
Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.