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Odell DeConstruction Golden Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 271
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 18.23%
Wants: 102
Gots: 48 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 08-04-2010

A Golden Ale created by blending the final recipe with its own barrel aged pilot beers fermented with wild yeasts. Each individual barrel contributes a unique flavor from the wood chosen and the cultures resident to achieve subtle complexities that develop(ed) over time. A beer which starts sweet, filling the mouth with fruit-like esters and a mild spiciness, changing to a tart and lingering flavor reminiscent of grapefruit living amidst an earthy, citrusy hop aroma. Define flavor for yourself in this constantly evolving liquid expression.

26 IBU
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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 271
Photo of axeman9182
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of skycracksopen. It was poured into my Bruery tulip.

Deconstruction pours a lightly hazy orange, with about three fingers of fluffy white foam crowning the beer. Head retention and lacing are both surprisingly good for a high ABV wild ale. The nose is highlighted by some fruity white wine aromas, with supporting notes of alcohol and cracked black pepper. The flavor profile leads off with some peach centric stone fruit notes. Some clove and pepper phenols follow, before a vinous acidity jumps to the forefront. A muted earthy funk then fades in to provide a mild finish. The body is fairly dry, especially considering the ABV. Carbonation is a little low though, leading to the mouthfeel feeling just a bit flabby. I love the idea behind Deconstruction, and the end result is a very fine wild ale.

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Photo of seeswo
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind BIF 7 beer review:

Pours a dark golden color with an ample white head. 4.0
Big smell of Brett fats off the giant head. Further smelling leads to more flavors of Brett and additional light apple. Smells pretty nice. 3.5
The taste is confusing. The presumed Brett not only drives the flavor, but dries out the finish substantially. First pass, a bit of metallic joins smaller amounts of malt sweetness. More time and the beer opens up to bring more of that apple flavor, no more metallic and improved balance of sweetness. It reminds me of some odd combination of Fantome Extra Sour and Jacks Abbey Biere De Garde Brett beer. That slightly fruity sweetness that emerges over time and the (again presumed) Brett dryness are clearly not for everyone, but I am digging it as I explore further. 4.0
At first, this beer was over carbed with a medium body and some fear that I would never get through it. As its opened up, it's become highly drinkable. I am having trouble with the ABV because the sweetness that normally gives things away is covered by the dryness. 4.0
Overall, I was suspicious that this would not be all that great early, but it has really grown on me. 4.0

Reveal - Odell Deconstruction. Woah! Partially wine barrel aged blend of golden ales with "wild yeasts and lacto". The presumably white wine barrels totally threw me off. Very interesting! Thanks for the awesome start!

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden amber color with orange hues. A ton of frothy, white head (more than can fit in a glass, this one took a while to pour). When it settles the head just stay at around a finger. Nose is very sweet and sour. Tart white grapes, apple cider, pears, sugar, a sharp tartness and not a hint of the 10.5% ABV. The taste is really complex. Honey, white grapes, tartness, sugar, crisp apples (like a Honeycrisp), pears, apricots, bready malts, yeast, a hint of clove, ginger, pineapple, papaya, grapefruit and just a little tiny bit of bitterness. The alcohol never once shows itself. There might be a little heat down in the pit of your stomach but thats it. I usually don't like golden ales but this is beautiful. I'd like to get another one and put it away for a bit and see where the yeast takes it.

I feel like this beer is damn near perfect and its not even my favorite kind of style. It has so much complexity yet its elegant and it works well with itself. Sometimes the more complex beer have flavors that fight each other, but these work so well together that I actually had trouble picking out the individual flavors I was tasting beyond white grapes and honey. I just brought some of the scores down to 4.5 because it isn't quite perfect but its about as close as most beers could dream of being.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Latest offering, I presume.

At cellar temp, the cork shot out of the bottle when I removed the cage so, watch out!

The foam goes all crazy when I'm pouring..it keeps on growing and growing. The beer looks a slightly hazy gold but it still occupies only 1/4 of the glass.

The smell has a lot of but not necessarily strong malty and tarty notes to it. Spicy too. Faint hints of Brett. 42% aged in wine barrels...I expected a stronger tart presence.

The taste is spicy, has fairly big notes of bread, some mild tartness being of the fruity kind. Big booze here. Very warming and it's going to cut the drinkability big time. Some earthy malty notes is what I'm getting now. Whoa...this is a real beast of a beer. I predict I'll need to chew on a few Tums shortly.

I say this is full bodied, carbonation is lighter than I expected after the cork shot out of the bottle.

Overall, a rather difficult beer to drink as is and imho, not one I'd see improving with age, but I could be wrong. I guess I won't find out. One and done, for me. I'll stick with The Meddler, thank you very much.

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Photo of yamar68
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky crimson gold, pretty still, two fingers of dense white head that laces nicely.

Rich smelling stuff - warm boozy grains, funky corn starch, pale fruits... blueberry & melon, a touch of citrus, invitingly sweet but balanced nonetheless.

When I had this last year I remember thinking it was overwhelmed by the wine barrel - not the case here. Funky hot fruits play alongside sweet bread/caramel. I actually wish there was more wine barrel here... I'd be very interested to see how this one evolves with time. Not quite enough 'wild' for my liking but still plenty of other complexities to keep things interesting.

Surprisingly drinkable, exceedingly delicate.

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Photo of beergoot
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The cork popped out on its own immediately upon loosening the cage - sounded like a gunshot!

Poured a deep gold color, slightly hazy with lots of carbonation; thick and chunky head. Aroma came out with a mixture of floral hops, fruit (oranges & lemons), caramel, and a bit of spice. Bitter and tart flavor with a nice malt-like backbone; slightly buttery; a decent alcohol warmth creeps in near the finish. Crisp and sharp, medium-bodied; acrid, tingly and zesty on the tongue.

I don't have a lot of experience with wild ales, but this one holds my interest. Crazy mixtures of flavors and feel combine into an odd but appealing taste overall. An interesting beer to sip and discover and experience a variety of nuanced tastes.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is pretty epic stuff, worth the 15 dollar price tag for sure. pours a rich autumnal red color with a tall and dense off white head last leaves pretty lacing all over the glass. the smell has a lot going on, im picking up red wine, oak, spicy yeast, alcohol, golden raisins, and something tart and puckery. the flavor is equally complex, fruity from the yeast but made almost hot on the front of the tongue from the alcohol and the funky lacto making this beer rather piquant. iver never had anything quite like this. the barrel aging does a lot of the flavor, adding some dank earthy tones and some acidic properties and fruit esters. the feel is great, fuller body for a golden ale, just layered in texture. ultra effervescent carbonation and high abv make it sting a little bit. overall one of the best odell brews out there, which is saying something, because everything they make is excellent. it went perfectly with some homemade yak sausage over smashed purple potatoes, and heirloom tomato salad, and fresh green beans. it brings summer and fall together like no other beer ive had can do. deconstruction is much more than the some of its parts, this is special liquid.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge bang comes with the pop of the cork. Head rises large and with white foam. Brew is cloudy light brown with lots of orange and some slight red. Some rather strange spotted lacing too.

Funky red grape scent. Smells slightly tart. Green apple is also present. Lots of farmy scents. Tangerine is there too.

Very smooth middle with rough edges; its a good thing. Heat is mildly detectable, but will fade with age I'm sure. No tartness, but quite funky in a great way. Heavy carbonation and medium body.

Another very solid brew from Odell.. Please keep these great brews coming.

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Photo of denver10
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden with a touch of brown to it. Slight white head and lacing. Smell and Flavor follow match with a nice oak element, some sweet green grapes and apples, and all being held together from the strong malt backbone providing further sweetness. A nice full bodied, creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a good beer and definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, as a self-described golden ale, this hits the nose on the appearance. Gold, semi clear...some haze. BIG head, fluffy, white, rocky, sticky. Yum

Aroma is faint. Apple, pear, some tartness. A touch of alcohol and florals. Spicy, white pepper

Taste follows the nose. A quick burst of sweet biscuit dough up front. Floral and spice in the middle. Apple, pear and persimmon towards the end. The end is sharp, spicy and dry.

A very nice beer. Flavor could be a bit more put together. This beer seems to concentrate on feel first...and it feels purrty good.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: large frothy head with excellent retention on a clear golden with amber hues body. decent lacing.

S: pineapple, orange and grapefruit very sweet citrus. Lots of corriander, pepper zest, spicey yeast and mild oak.

T: this one is very sweet and takes a little while to get used too. Almost like a reisling wine. Lots of citrus, herbal notes, corriander, honey and mild oak.

M: oily and medium degree of body with moderate carbonation

Overall: good tasting beer but strange. Lots of white wine character with the bourbon and oak more of a distant note.

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Photo of nickfl
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a huge head of white foam that rises over time rather than settling down. Excellent retention and thick rings of lace.

S - A spicy, phenolic aroma of coriander, cloves, champagne, and pepper.

T - Bready malt and spicy yeast notes up front with clove and pepper. A hint of juicy pear in the middle that is quickly pushed aside by sharp, spicy notes of lemon peel, coriander, dry white wine, and pepper.

M - A medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - I don't quite know what to think about this one, the spicy character is really strong and almost comes across as harshly phenolic. The malt is strong and while it finishes sweet, it has so much sharp spice character that is seems relatively balanced. There is a very champagne-like quality to this beer and if you are a fan of that sort of thing you may enjoy this, I however am not big on champage and this beer doesn't do much for me either.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage purchased at Dennis Brothers on the way to Darkness Day that year. Finally got around to cracking this for July 4th, 2012. Served in a pint glass.

A - Slow but persistent gusher. Big white foam settles to a chunky cap and splotchy lace. The initial pours are a largely transparent golden, but subsequent ones get increasingly murky.

S - Lots of oak presence, along with some spicy yeast, bourbon, and brett flavors. Mildly phenolic, with some lightly vinous character as well. Some sweet pale malts round out the profile, and this has a slightly aged quality to it. I get the feeling I'm not the biggest fan of Odell's house brett strain.

T - The taste has a bit more malt backbone, with some doughy caramel and buttered biscuit sweetness. Barrel influence is heavy, with spicy oak dominating and bourbon in the periphery -perhaps a bit of dill too. Mildly phenolic and peppery notes, along with some fruity esters, rounding things out. Alcohol is pretty tame at this stage. I'm surprised I get any vinous character with only 2% of the blend coming from that type of barrel. Mildly tangy and sour brett finish.

M - Very dry, with lots of tannic oak. Fairly big in body, with medium-low carbonation and mild acidity in the finish. Again, alcohol is well-disguised.

D - This was enjoyable for about 8oz, but quickly grew fatiguing afterward. There are a lot of flavors here, and they don't always work in harmony - the malt bill seems oversized and at odds with the brett and bourbon flavors. Perhaps this would be better as a 7% beer?

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Photo of GoldHorde
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first time I have sampled a style called American Wild Ale. Very much towards the Belgian category in flavor and appearance. The head was almost impossible - it just kept rising no matter how it was poured. Even the "special" Samuels Adams glasses couldn't contain them. I've had quite anumber of styles aged in bourbon casks or with bourbon chips snd they are usually the darker porters, stouts or black IPAs. This was very light golden (thus the name I guess) - it even could pass for bourbon in color appearance ('cept for the carbo and head of course). A VERY COMPLEX flavor profile; I warmed up to the flavor gamut by the time I finished the 1st glass.

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Photo of rawfish
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle (2010 version, batch 1).

Very carbonated beer, first pour into a Odell tulip fills the glass with effervescent white foam easily 5 fingers high. Next pours were much less vigorous netting 2 fingers of creamy white froth over a elegant gold body. Ridiculous retention, took 10 minutes to get the first glass filled. Leaves fluffy white lacing all over the glass.

What a nose on this, unique and complex. Immediately hit with a light amount of barnyard funk, acidity and floral fruity notes. C hops add complexity with grapefruit, orange blossom coupled with fruit complexity from the Fester yeast and wine barrels. Apple, pear, white grapes skin, lemon zest and cherry tartness. Barnyard funk and a peppery sharpness on the end. So far none of that oak, bourbon or malt bill. Still incredible.

Starts off with a bit of sweet pale malt and honey and quickly begins to set off fruit notes of green apple, pears and white grapes and funk. Evolves with less hoppiness than let off in the nose with a slight grapefruit which smooths out with a touch of vanilla and nuttiness. Finishes with a light tart kiss of cherry and lemon zest. Didn't get too much of the barrel in the flavor but the yeast and wine barrels really shine.

Carbonation is such a big player in this one, lively and even biting at times. Really helps to stir up the flavor over a medium body and well hidden alcohol.

Saved reviewing this for my 200th review on BA. Incredible beer. Wonderfully complex, balanced and comes with good memories each time I've opened one wish I had more bottles of this.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled December 2011
A soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip nets me over 6 fingers worth of pale tan colored foam; this beer is definitely excessively carbonated. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a mostly clear, amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of tart apples, woody oak, perhaps a touch of buttery oak, a toasted oak and pale grain note, a hint of bourbon like fruitiness, lots of pear notes, dried hay like grain character, honeysuckle and even some honeydew melon notes.

Lightly sweet up front, the beer is quite fizzy and picks up a tartness as it rolls across the tongue. There is a lot of fruitiness in the flavor too, with notes of pear, green apple, perhaps a touch of honeydew melon as well as a touch of a more musky / funky melon (musk melon / cantaloupe perhaps). The oak character is pretty prevalent in the flavor too and it contributes a definite buttery oak note, a somewhat astringent & spicy character (this helps to dry out the finish), a nice hint of raw wood plank and perhaps a touch of Bourbon like character (though this last comes off more as oak than Bourbon). The slightly rancid, buttery oak character in this beer seems to be not wholly oak derived; there is a mustiness, a slightly musky funkiness and a hint of plastic / funky phenolic notes to this beer that add some complexity as well as sharpness (in combination with the oak) to this beer. The pale malt character plays a nice supporting role here, there is a definite pale grain chewy / almost-sweetness here, a touch of honey-like malt, a definite dried straw pale malt note and a touch of pale French Bread character (like the crumb inside and not the crust), . This is definitely fairly light bodied for a beer of this strength, it has some viscousness and heft to it as it crosses the palate, but it doesn’t feel heavy, despite being a sipping beer (the alcohol, oak and complexity are what contribute to this last factor).

I am surprised that the Bourbon barrels are not more noticeable here, it does make up only 20% of the blend, but it can so easily be overwhelming; I am quite enjoying that it is so subtle here. On the other hand, 3% for the wine barrels seems like a missed opportunity here; I would have loved to see a more complex wine-barrel influence to this beer. Overall the oak character is perhaps a touch too strong to be in balance with the base beer, but it is not so much that the base beer is completely lost. Despite the oak being a bit too pronounced here, it seems that the bright fruit character plays the leading role. This is complex enough to be interesting and enjoyable, but the complex notes are not as well integrated as they could be and the totality of this beer suffers a bit because of this. Still this is quite an enjoyable beer and one I am happy to experience over an evenings time.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last bottle of DeConstruction :( Poured to NBB globe after a day spent at the brewery (highly recommended). The beer pours from an uncorked bottle a murky yellow orange color with a nice 3 finger cream colored head. Excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is powerful and pleasant. Belgian character is first noticeable along with some earthy tones from the hops, spicy, fruit character on the back end with pear and peach tones. The beer starts with the belgian yeast flavors and quickly turns slightly tart and spicy. The malty sweetness develops and mellows the flavor. Hints of peaches, pepper, and oak. Slightly sour in the tartness. Lighter bodied with good carbonation. Finishes crisp and clean with a lingering sweet tart flavor. Overall, I enjoyed the beer very much. Sad I don't have another bottle...perhaps they will brew again!

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Photo of pigc
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Wow, this baby pours light brown, apple juice looking with MASSIVE head! Holy cow does thing have some carbonation. Five finger head with lacing clinging to the side of the glass as I wait for it to disappate.

S - Hmmm, interesting. Pear, apple, fruity esters, oak, slight funk.

T - Starts out with a tart apple/pear taste then hits you with a short wave of sweetness and then a bit of a dry finish. This beer is crazy, sweet, tart, dry. Slight hint of oak. Alcohol barely noticable.

M - Medium body with tons of carbonation.

O - Great complex wild ale. This beer is all over the place. Pick this one up if you see it. Worth the $15 price tag for such a complex beer. Alcohol sneaks up on you on this one!

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Photo of SHODriver
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one sitting for awhile but never had a chance to compare it to when it was new.

A: after popping the cork I knew it was going to start coming out of the bottle on me but I was ready for it. Pours a beautiful hazy orange yellow with an amply fluffy white head
S: I could smell this one when I was pouring it. Very Belgian on the nose with some spicy yeast, some fruity peach smells, a bit of light malt and some grassyness. It smells phenomenal.
T: The first thing that hits the tip of my tongue is some spicy yeast flavor that goes a bit tart, then hits sour with some fruitiness that really dominates the taste of this beer and mingles with some of the spicy yeast character. sweet and sour aftertaste that is a bit oakey and reminiscent of a Chardonnay. I think it might have lost a bit of complexity to the sour flavors that grew over time. Alcohol is well hidden
M: light on the palate with ample carbonation and is drying on the swallow
O: I'd like to try a fresher one, but after over a year this beer is tasting pretty good to me. Get it if you can find it.

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Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml generously gifted to me from boatshoes. Thanks a lot Fletcher!

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color  with a two finger frothy off-white head that has great retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting ring.  Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly funky, sweet aroma that combines elements of all beers involved in the blend.  Lots of crisp light fruit, especially apple and pear along with faint boozy sweetness.  Earthy funk from the wild yeast is complimented by the strong barrel presence.  Lots of earthy oak with hints of vinous light fruit, possibly grape from the wine barrel.  Not picking up much of the bourbon although it composes 20% of the blend.  Subtle peppery spice.  Very complex with the greet and golden ale notes countered by roasted oak.  

Medium bodied a with a strong alcohol and zesty spice presence up front that lingers throughout into a dry finish.  Lots of coriander and pepper countered by a prominent earthy oak/barrel character.  Toasted oak with subtle boozy vinous notes, but the oak aged golden ale flavors really stand out.  It's only 33% of the blend but is most prominent.  Estery light fruit notes with grape, apple and pear along with zesty spice and boozy sweetness.  Wild yeast gives a funky dry Brett presence that compliments the oak/spice and adds complexity to the overall flavor of the beer.  Again, I'm not picking up any bourbon but subtle wine comes through.  More boozy heat in the finish.  

Overall an interesting and complex beer that makes good use of wild yeast without overpowering the other flavors.  Lots of oak but not a lot of spirit which prevents it from being a booze bomb.  

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Photo of rye726
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Around $15 for the wine bottle. By the wants/gots index, looks like I should have stocked up on this one. Poured into a pint glass. Great looking beer, fantastic head I gess. Nice blend of sweet, sour and funky falvors is complimented by barrels. Crisp refreshing body.

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Photo of jamescain
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Light straw yellow with a fluffy white head about two fingers tick. Small bubbles are streaming to the top. The head slowly fades to a thin lacing over the top.

Aroma: Citrus notes, a touch of musty funk, bourbon, floral notes, oak and vanilla.

Taste: Slightly tart up front with a sweet and sour finish. Citrus, grapefruit and bourbon and the predominate flavors, which is an interesting blend.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent, light and refreshing with a slightly sour finish.

Overall: Very enjoyable and I would like to have a few more bottle to see how it evolves over time.

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Photo of Soonami
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Rich (phillybeer7779) for sharing this bottle.

A beautiful golden with a very fluffy head that stuck around til the bottom. There is lots of funky, barnyard, brett in the aroma and the taste. A little peach and lemon, but not much else in this brett bomb. Though one dimensional, I enjoyed this.

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Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a Duvel Tulip a coppery color with very little foam. Just a ring and a trace basically. Some fair lacing however.

Smells like watered down tart cherries with just an ever so slight bourbon scent on the back end.

Hmm, this is kind of a confusing jumbled mess of sorts. Their is a lighter sourness, but not a lot. The middle is kind of just bland and then the end has oak and light bourbon heat. It's pretty easy to drink, but it's just confusing on the palate. The aftertaste is a dry woody flavor with bourbon.

Very dry feel and lacks in carbonation. Medium-full bodied.

I have to say that this isn't a bad beer, but I just don't think all of the blending worked here. Just way too much going on with blending which I think resulted in too little working together for the final beer. It drinks just fine, but I don't see this as a wild ale (not that styles matter to me). A good concept, but the final product just doesn't pay off in my opinion.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle drank from my duvel tulip. of all the odell beers i traded for, this was probably the one that i was most excited about. thanks again to BOLTZ7555 for shipping it to me.

A- the beer pours out a bright golden colored body with orange highlights and a slight haze to it. the head on top is pretty large and bright white. it takes its time falling and leaves behind small rings of lacing. cant ask for more from this one. perfect.

S- the initial whiff brings forth lots of barnyard funk. very apparent that this is going to be a wild beer. light stone fruits come in next. apricot, peach, and a little plum. white grapes and pear can be found also. a little bit of caramel malt comes through and adds some sweetness. hints of vanilla form the oak, but no bourbon. very complex.

T- the taste starts out with some sweet caramel malts and a bunch of the barnyard funk that i could smell. after that it moves onto the fruits. pear, plum, peach, apricot, and grapes. oaky vanilla, once again without the bourbon. a little bit of alcohol shows throughout. earthy and spicy hops.

M- medium bodied with a little bit too much carbonation. dry finish. not sour at all. moderate alcohol warmth.

O- this was an interesting beer, even for american wild standards. i wish it had a little more to offer on the sour front. maybe i will trade for another one to see how it develops over time. enjoyable.

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Odell DeConstruction Golden Ale from Odell Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.