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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: 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%

Kahlerbock, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A beautiful pour, with a massive, creamy tan head sitting on top of the chocolate colored liquid; the retention and lacing are both impressive

Smell: Intriguing aromatics, more like a BSDA than what I was expecting; dark fruit (fig and date), pineapple, chocolate powder, vanilla and caramel, with just a vague hint of earthy funk

Taste: What was intriguing on the nose doesn't quite come together on the palate; the sweeter BSDA flavors are prominent with all of the fruit, chocolate and vanilla elements coming through but the Brett is very subtle and the earthy elements create a jammy character that lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant carbonation; the mouthfeel is out of the ballpark

Overall: I really wish I liked this beer more than I do; Odell is one of my favorite brewers and this concept has a lot of potential; I just found that the flavors were not as balanced and the dominance of the sweeter elements was not what I was seeking

Thanks, SalukiAlum, for the opportunity

brentk56, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
2.33/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to d4radio for the bottle!

Pours a deep murky brown with a huge light tan head that's pretty foamy. Good retention.

The strongest smell I get is sour cherries. Can definitely tell there is some maltiness to this and lots of brett.

Starts out with some oxidized caramel sweetness. The brett takes over and adds a sour note although just general sourness, not the cherries from the nose. Finishes slightly earthy and bitter with a touch of oak. Sourness is very minor.

Lots of carbonation. A little too much really with a medium mouthfeel.

Odell missed the mark on this one. The flavor profile completely clash and it ends up just tasting like the one time my homebrewed brown ale got infected. The sourness does not at all complement the base beer in this case. Slightly better as it warmed, but still really difficult to get through a glass.

jmarsh123, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Pencible, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of DanInTheCan
5/5  rDev +28.9%

DanInTheCan, Feb 11, 2012
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.

yamar68, Feb 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

rebeer18, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of sparx1100
4/5  rDev +3.1%

sparx1100, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of SIEVS
2/5  rDev -48.5%

SIEVS, Feb 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

siddhartha, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

micstache, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

ratty918, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

vobr0002, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of claspada
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.

claspada, Jan 29, 2012
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...

beergoot, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of hays99
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

hays99, Jan 26, 2012
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.

chugalug06, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

coreyfmcdonald, Jan 22, 2012
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

hopfacebrew, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of ThirstyHerf
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

ThirstyHerf, Jan 22, 2012
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.

bamadog, Jan 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

TJBurgess, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of poppyjohn
4/5  rDev +3.1%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of schlimenhaumer
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.

schlimenhaumer, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

jophish17, Jan 20, 2012
Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.