Saboteur - Odell Brewing Company

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very good

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 292
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 108
Gots: 62 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: Oxymoron on 04-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of maximum12
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found a bottle hanging around long after the Saboteur exited this part of the country & thought, what the heck. Split into two snifters while watching Game 7 of the 2011 World Series, making up in drama what it's lacked in crisp play.

Pour is quiet & still as a cup of coffee: cork barely popped, & the there's little if any carbonation. Dark brownish-red as it glares back at me. Smell isn't much to sneeze at, little buggy, little malty, oak.

Saboteur doesn't make much of an impression. Nice tart whip up front, taste of toasty malting, earthy oak...but not a lot of anything, just a sliver here & a slip there. Once it warms a bit, the finish goes from vanish to varnish, bullet of alcohol delivered on the cherry of the brett. Actually, this improves markedly as it warms up. Could use a few bubbles, too thick & heavy on the palate. Half a 750ML bottle of this brute is plenty.

Not wild about this (ha!) one. Pretty good beer, nice attempt at getting off the portage trails & into the wild (ha!), but a little off-center of my sweet spot. (1,050 characters)

Photo of Allpe45
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

Appears dark brown, reddish, with a large rocky tan head that continues to grow upward long after the pour.

Smells like sweet cherries, slightly acidic, with brett funk, bready malts, toffee, and vanilla.

Taste is heavy malts at first, roasty with dark fruit and vanilla. The dark fruit flavor transitions nicely into a lactic sourness with earthy tones and characteristic brett flavor. Lingering dry sweetness, faintly sour in the finish. Oak flavors become more prevalent as the beer warms.

Medium-full bodied, carbonation is hard to gauge. It manages to be both prickly and smooth.

This is much better than I was expecting, complex with a great balance. (674 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to Rake for sending me this one in a past trade! Shared this one with my doppelganger on my birthday while hanging out at his gun store! Served from bottle into a Russian River -tion chalice. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a one finger light tan to cream head that remained throughout the glass. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, funk, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, BIG funk, earthy, musty, and alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I really wish there would have been some sour/tart aspects going on in this one as the funk felt out of place with the roastiness I got in this one. Got easier to drink as it sat in the glass, as it was quite abrasive while cold. Definitely a sipper for sure... (893 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sadly, I am completely out of this beer now. Sucks to be me. Pours a nice dark brown color, almost mahogany, with a little light brown foam that doesn't stick around that long. A very inviting nose, with tons of oak, vanilla, caramel and toffee, with just a hint of brett. The first thing I notice on the palate was a good hint of sourness, along with more wood and a little bit of sweet malt. A very pleasant surprise; so much so that I ordered a second. (455 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish amber, burnt sienna in color/ cloudy with a small whispy offwhite head that left a light coating on the sides and bottom of the glass.

oak with a light funk are pressing here. Some light spice and as it warms up lots of cherries coming at me now.Cherries from the start, very nice. light oak and woody notes press in mid palate and as it warms a nice touch of spice starts to come through, almost peppery at times. Some light apple vinegar like flavor in the finish as a dry finish fades off.

A smooth, medium bodied ale, nice carbonation here prickled at the tongue at times. Coating and just right.Very smooth, with almost no hint of alchol hanging on this one at all. Very easy drinking here.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Not too heavy (761 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a generous Jake.

Pours brown with an off-white foam head.

Smells like a brett bomb, with overlapping funk, barnyard notes, and a bit of light citrus.

Taste is almost all funk, with just a tad of residual sweetness combined with a tangy, zesty sourness.

Decent. A bit one-note. Kind of makes me think of a sugary saison as I drank it. (349 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6/26/2011

Bottle shared by Jake at Sour Fest, thanks.

A: Dirty brown and nebulous with a small light brown head.

S: Vanilla, oak, light chocolate, bread, and wet leather Brett notes. Some vinegar. I get a little alcohol in the nose.

T: Lightly tart and lactic with moderate acetic acidity. Touch of chocolate and evident oak. A little acetone and vanilla. Finish has some astringency and booze. The 10% is fairly well hidden.

M: Medium body with lower moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: A pretty good wild ale. No glaring flaws (though there's some nail polish in the terminus), but at the same time nothing to make me want to revisit it. (673 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter

A- Pours a dark brown color with orange hues, nice carbonation, 1 to 2 finger beige head, dissipates slowly to ½ finger bubbly ring around the glass, moderate lacing.
S- Complex aromas, brett and funk upfront but not overpowering, cherries dark fruits, grapes, some malt is present, slight smokiness.
T- Complex just like the aroma, big malt presence, smokey, with slight vanilla and sweet caramel tastes, brett is there but does not overpower the drink, pretty tasty with a nice oaky sourness.
M- Modium mouthfeel, good carbonation, dry.
O- Did not blow my mind away, but still a solid beer, easy drinkability alcohol is very hidden for 10%, well balanced, a little on the expensive end though. (741 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a decent white head and some lacing.

Aroma of tart cherry and oak mixed with a nice funk scent with some roasted malts.

Taste is good, it first surprised me with the mild sourness which I might have expected to be a little more in your face. There is a good brown ale malt backbone hanging out, overshadowed by tart cherry flavors, some char, and oak. Not overly sour, I would say that the aroma is slightly more sour than the actual taste comes through with. At the very end, I also get a strange medicinal flavor, slightly absinthe in taste.

Medium mouthfeel, high carbonation for a sour, and overall pretty good. Definitely better sours out there but it is relatively attainable which is a nice bonus. On the basis of this being a Wild Ale, I cant justify giving it top rankings , it is good , but tastes more along the lines of a brown ale with some brett thrown into the mix to make it more interesting. (946 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from Odell Single Serve tasting on 2.27.2011. Split bottle 5 ways.

Poured from bottle to an Odell's tulip glass. Body is a very dark brown with beautiful clear flashes of crimson when held up to the light. Capped with a dense tan 3 finger head with spectacular retention and sticky rings of lacing.

Robust roasted malts, chocolate with hints of smooth vanilla and smoke. Sweetness hidden beneath a pleasant layer of Brett induced funk, farmhouse, leather and fresh pulled weeds providing a dank aroma. Tartness surfaces very lightly, a rounded acidity like cherry and dark fruit. Can't really sense the barrel aroma as you often can with these type of beers but the roasted malts and Brett blends wonderfully.

Complex while maintaining a wonderful blend and balance throughout. Right before the drink a mix of roasted malts and Brett funk readies the palate for what is to follow. Smooth, layered roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and lightly smoked blended with oak and subtle vanilla bean which comes more from the aroma then the taste. Middle of the drink exudes more cocoa, brown sugar and oak flavor while beginning to blend with a mild acidity, pineapple, a touch of fig and cherries. Finishes with a hint of alcohol warmth with a drying mix of roasted malt and mild cherry tartness. This beer has so much layered character, and is incredibly well integrated.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel over a medium light body and low carbonation. Finish is drying but semi-sticky with no hop character and properly acidic. More body on this one would make it even better.

I love brown and Scottish style ales which blend a sweetness with roasted malts but the Brett character and oak & vanilla make this something really special. Comes as advertised with pineapple and vanilla layered into the taste without clashing, a subtle smooth, attempt of blending Brett and barrels Without a doubt the greatest beer to grace my lips thus far and showcases the brewing prowess of Odell. (1,981 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/27/11 notes. Had this one at a DC RB tasting, poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a mahogany color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, dark fruits, cherries, oak, and lots of roasted malts. The roasted malts mix quite nicely with the sourness in the smell.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, dark fruit, brett, oak citrus. Less brett than the smell for sure; more roasted than the smell and less funk/sourness.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a nice wild ale, though it didn't blow me away. The taste wasn't quite as sour or funky as the nose, but still a good beer. Would like to try it again sometime for sure. (683 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights, and a two-finger tan head that lingers, slowly recedes, and leaves a ton of lacing. This one looks quite tasty.

Smell is generally good, except that it has an off odor that doesn't sit well with me. It's mostly a pleasant yeast aroma and nice sweet, rich malts (quite well rounded). But there's a foul smell that comes in late, kinda like mildew or something worse, that really brings it down. If it weren't for that strange finish in the smell, it would rate a 4, but there's something not quite right about it.

Flavor is lovely. A tasty, rich, sweet, caramel malty brown ale, with a unique slightly sour finish. Mostly, I get nice brown sugar and sweet dark fruits, with some smoky and earthy notes in the background. Then it moves into this interesting realm that's hard to describe - a combination of slightly sour and pungent yeast. Doesn't linger much in the mouth beyond that; no bitterness or pronounced hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium-bodied and on the high end of carbonation for a brown ale (which is how I see this beer).

Categorized as a wild ale on BA. For me, it drinks much more like a brown ale with a twist. That twist, which I assume comes from the brett, adds some interesting flavors, and I think, in sum, makes it a more enjoyable beer. The finish of the flavor is really quite unique, and I wish I could hold onto it a bit longer to try to pick it apart. I take that as a good sign. Unfortunately, the smell has something off that really brings it down. I may or may not seek it out again, but I definitely enjoyed drinking it. (1,606 characters)

Photo of craytonic
2.61/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Enormous head, not really any lacing. Dark mahogany-amber pour.

Smell: Off diaper element and a metallic twang. Behind that lots of dark fruits and brown sugar.

Taste: Again, by the diapers and a metallic twang, with buttery chardonnay elements, dark fruits, brown sugar, and balsamic vinegar. Slightly sweet with tons of malt. Very messy and muddled.

Mouthfeel: Slightly aggressive carbonation; medium body.

Overall: Definitely some off flavors in this one; not my favorite AWA (494 characters)

Photo of csiewert
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a chocolate color with a little tan head that leaves some lacing as you drink. The aroma has hints of cherry and malty sweetness. The taste starts malty sweet and has some hints of cherry, then ends with some alcohol flavors. The moutbreak is overcharged and finishes somewhat harsh. Overall worth a try. (320 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Generously shared by Drew - thanks again, pal.

Appearance -- Pours a chocolate brown hue with rosy highlights and sudsy beige head.

Smell -- Toasted malt, sour cherries and dark fruit, earthy brett character. Overall, lots of roast and impeding sourness.

Taste -- Roast malt, dry cocoa, and vinous dark fruit flavors arise from the malting. Prominent woody oak, earthy funk, and no small amount of lactic tartness. There were a few detracting flavors that I had a hard time getting around: a medicinal menthol flavor throughout the palate and a harsh acetone finish.

Mouthfeel -- Thin body, highly overcarbonated. Not a fan.

Drinkability -- Very unique. Certainly the most roast-forward wild I've tried yet. Fun ride, but I'm not in a rush to get back on. (760 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to BA codewarrior for including this bottle as an extra in a recent trade!

Appearance: Steady pour yields a three inch rocky, bubbly tan head that dissipates very slowly leaving thick rings and islands of lacing, and a dollop of foam. Pours a semi-translucent dark red brown. Lacing is such that the glass looks like a map densely packed with archipelagos and small continents.

Smell: From the bottle: Tangy (but not dirty) Brettanomyces and pineapple, as advertised. In the glass: sweet malt, a little chocolate, mild Brett. Everything but a prominent, good-but-simple brown ale smell fade. No booze.

Taste: Follows how the smell started out: tangy Brett and sugary sweetness up front, leading to a thick, sweet malt attack with lots of oaky vanilla in the middle, with an acidic, slightly sour finish.

The flavor gets deeper with each sip. Or maybe it's not so much that it gets deeper as it is that there is too much going on for me to notice right away. There's a light, semisweet chocolate flavor from the malt that goes great with the oak, and some nice dark fruit and cherry melding with the chocolate. This beer would be excellent even if they hadn't added Brett. However, they certainly *did* add Brett, and the tangy, slightly musty (I guess it's "basement" not "barnyard" if that makes sense to you) Brett informs the taste from start to finish. A mild bitterness shows up at the end, welcomely cutting all the rich sweetness.

I'm not sure if these flavors sound good or like they should make sense, but they are, and they do. The flavor is that of a really well-made English brown ale with an aggressive American oak influence, and some Brett tang throughout. This is apparently what Odell was shooting for, and they hit their target dead on.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Just enough carbonation. Slight bitterness at the end, and a mild dryness.

Drinkability: Really good. This beer satisfies several different cravings, since it does so many different things well (Pronounced enough Brett, check, way above average American-made English brown ale, check, barrel aged goodness, check). The ABV is nowhere to be found in the taste (10%??), and the beer only tastes fuller and better as I get through the bottle.

Saboteur is an impressive beer. The ambitions of the brewers are fairly obvious, and they accomplish what they set out to do perfectly. If you like malty brown ales, the vanilla influence of oak barrels, and Brett beers, you're pretty much guaranteed to love this beer. I like all three of those things, so this beer is a homerun for me. (2,624 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark brownish amber in color and has a thin film of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The smell is rather sour and has some hints of orange aroma.
T: The taste is quite sour and tart; it is quite complex and has hints of chocolate, grapes and oranges in the flavor. There are also some hints of pineapple in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and slightly thick with a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable for the style because the alcohol is well masked from the taste and the Brettanomyces does not make the sourness overpower the smell or taste. (611 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into wine glass - thanks to morimech

Pours a surprisingly dark mahogany cherry color with a full collar of head on top, retaining a filmy residue on top of the beer. A few traces of lacing on the glass while drinking.

A zing of tartness in the nose with some underlying barnyard funkiness. Tones of cherry and dried fruit with a bit of sweetness.

Somewhat strong bitterness up front accompanied by brett sourness. Not overly tart or puckering but a noticeable funkiness with some cherries and dried dark fruit. A layer of sweetness breaks up the funk/tart characteristics along with some earthy woodiness. A hit of vanilla is also present. Finishes dry and lightly sour with a hint of warmth.

Fuller medium body, a little creamy, decent carbonation. Drinks nicely, the alcohol is masked really well for 10%, but the vanilla and sweetness was a bit of a negative for me. Still a decent wild ale though. (928 characters)

Photo of Hoser77
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into New Belgium globe glass.

A-Pours a deep mahogany brown with ruby red accents. Cloudy, nearly opaque. Dense, rocky, tan head. Four fingers in depth and persists with Belgian lace clinging to glass.

S-Aroma is very complex and funky. Get initial lactic sourness followed by pineapple and tropical fruit blended with dark cherries, raisins, and currants. Faint earthiness and spice. Very little malt and oak in the aroma. No hops to speak of.

T-Taste is as complex as the aroma. Wide array of fruit flavors (similar to above). Faint chocolate and roast aromas at the end to complement the fruit. Slight hop bitterness. Little to no hop flavor, which is appopriate. Slight oaky, tannins of vanilla, cinnamon, and coconut. Balanced.

M-Despite the Brett, it is very chewy and full. Starts of sweet, but finishes tart and twangy at the end. However, it is not mouth puckering or astringent. Appropriate carbonation.

D-I am just getting into sour beers, but this is a very good, complex, easy drinking example of an American Wild Ale. Despite the 10.0% ABV and bottle size I could easily drink 4-5 pints of this without realizing it! Very smooth and refreshing! (1,183 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahoghany color, a bit murky, with racing visible carbonation. Some lacing arcs around the edges, with a firm cap of foam.

Smells like musty cellar, red wine, and bakers chocolate.

Dry Brett funk, wet hay and cherry pits, earthy dark malts and a some cocoa in the back. An interesting blend, the funk and malt dominate, with a mild tartness in the back. Residual dry bakers chocolate, and vinous dried fruit. Pretty interesting and not your typical dark wild ale. Brett gets less intense and more palatable as time goes on. No trace of the 10% abv. (555 characters)

Photo of clickpush
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown w ruby against light. Very slight head, barely a halo w no cap. Tiny bubbles around cap.
Nose is chocolate and brett. Dark cocoa awesomeness. Plums, lactic. Hot chocolate & raisinettes right out the bottle.
Taste is chocolate from start to finish. Brettcomes up the center of the tongue. Pit fruit punches in randomly around the mouth. Alcohol blends w the chocolate heat wave. Oaky tannins.
MF is sparkly and lacks a bit of the creamy, full-bodiness that I like, but given the oak it seems fitting.
Amazing dark ale. Forever drinkable. (551 characters)

Photo of Radome
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Beautiful beer. It is deep mahogany brown with a hint of red. Very clear. The head is a full inch thick and tan colored. It lasts as a creamy layer all through the session. Great lacing.

S - The smell is classic barnyard and leather, but muted enough to not turn me off right away. There is some fruit in there also, mainly maraschino cherries. I don't get any malt or hops on the nose.

T - The taste is very similar to the smell--mostly Brett character, with some sharp acidic bitterness. There is no real malt flavor to round things out until the aftertaste. The alcohol is well-hidden. As the beer warms, some more brown ale tastes emerge mid-palate.

M - The body is medium to heavy, which matches the beer. The carbonation is smooth and creamy.

D - Overall I enjoy the beer and find it easy to drink, but I'm a little disappointed. From the name, I hoped for a more balanced approach with some brown ale malt characteristics to balance the wild yeast aspects. This is too one-dimensional on the wild yeast flavors for my taste. (1,085 characters)

Photo of hopstradamus
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Dark chocolate brown with an opaque haze. Almost dirty looking with a dense 2 finger head that leaves wide-open lace as it falls down the glass.

S. Sour cherries and figs along with coffee and caramel. There is dark malt sweetness and less sourness than I expected.

T. The taste is a near mirror image of the smell with the addition of oak and vanilla flavors. the sour taste is there but it takes a back seat to both oak and the heavy malt backbone. Hops are present and amazingly enough are not overshadowed by everything else.

M. Medium bodied with good carbonation. It is both edgy and smooth. The sourness is just enough to open the taste buds to all the other flavors without overpowering them.

D. Extremely drinkable. For a Brett barrel aged beer this one is not very sour, which personally I like. I enjoyed the beer for the balance, not the Brett. (863 characters)

Photo of MenloBeer
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked it up on a recent trip to the Four Corners Area. We were near Durango because of the cliff dwellings.

A - A beautiful dark brown beer. Moderate lacing, with a classic tan head to top it all off.

S -Brett is immediately apparent; the sour-sweet smell is inescapable. Oak from the aging progress shows up, as do some of the malty grains. There's a distinct biscuit aspect to this beer, but the spice presence is front and foremost.

T - I thought this beer was pretty good. Brown, but not overly sweet -- because of the the brett addition. It was not sour in terms of a typical brett-infused brew, but the inoculation was evident. A little sweet, somewhat milky. I liked it.

M - Medium body, not overly carbonated.

D - Drinkable, and special. This is a beer that I saved for the holidays, and I ended up sharing it with a few folks. Everyone loved it.

Serving type: bottle (883 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, opened by me for a Browns game and shared with friends. Poured into a snifter.

The beer certainly is a brown ale. It's solid with very little different colors within, even on the edges when held to the light. Just a touch of red at the very bottom of the glass. A nice tan ring of head. There's not a ton of lace, but that's OK for a 10% American Wild.

The smells are interesting and unique. Some cherry and sour fruit are the first things to reach my nose. Then, the malty brown ale base comes across as carmael. The wood and bugs hit next, along with some hoppiness that adds citrus notes of grapefruit and pineapple. The wood leaves some coconut, vanilla and even oaky notes. There's a good deal of brett, which comes off as funky and horsey. This is really complex and pleasant - something new for a change. Nice!

The taste is great! There are huge notes of sour, brett, vanilla and caramel. The sour is not too puckering, and adds some cherry and just a touch of raspberry to the mix. The brett is funky but doesn't have the drying horsehair qualities of, say, a Dupont. The vanilla and barrel treatment add some unique notes of wood and perhaps a touch of pineapple and coconut. The malt has some mild roast, giving it a touch of chocolate and some prominent sweetness. This comes together in a way I never thought possible, the only bad thing is some slight metallic notes coming from the malt. But that just reminds me this is man-made and not some freaky nectar of the gods.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some medium viscosity. There's some nice carbonation that stops the beer from being too dense and chewy for the style. But this doesn't sparkle like many wild ales and that's a good thing! A bit of booze becomes apparent when this warms up, but the beer does an excellent job of offering tons of flavors to bury the alcohol. This is a great beer from Odell and a really unique offering I'd like to see more brewers attempt in the future. (1,975 characters)

Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.