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Woodcut No. 5 - Oak-Aged Belgian Style Quad Ale - Odell Brewing Company

Woodcut No. 5 - Oak-Aged Belgian Style Quad AleWoodcut No. 5 - Oak-Aged Belgian Style Quad Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.84%


Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 06-06-2011)
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kojevergas

Texas

2.34/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml brown glass bottle with branded black hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a Guinness stem-goblet glass in me parents’ gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado during my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I dig the brewery and this is me favourite style. 11.3% ABV confirmed. June 2011 vintage. Reviewed as a quadrupel because the label describes it as such. Bottle #4126.

Served cold – straight from the fridge [and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.] Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it’s poured.

Pours no head whatsoever.

Body colour is a translucent orange-red of average vibrance. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it’s a strangely bright appearance for the style. I’m suspicious.

Sm: Off-style tropical fruits. Strange amber malts.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. An okay aroma of below-average strength.

T: Tropical fruit - pineapple, mango. Horridly bright plum. Weirdly bright malts. It's painfully simple and poorly built. Balance is really subpar. Lacks cohesion. Not gestalt. Lacks complexity, subtlety, nuance, and intricacy.

I'm not getting any oak from the taste. Shockingly simple.

No yeast character comes through. I do pick up on some alcohol.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Okay presence on the palate. Okay body.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, or rough.

Dr: Downable swill. I really wouldn't get it again. Shockingly disappointing stuff coming from Odell. I'm surprised how low quality it is. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. For a beer in my favourite style, it's extremely mundane.

D+

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 05:51:55 | More by kojevergas
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SafeAtFirst

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Where art thou carbonation.
Pretty color.
I like how the oak plays with the dark malt/syrup.
Booze is very mellow almost aged out.
Molasses.
Soft, well rounded.
Would be a lot better with just a touch of carbonation. Sadly none.
Head. I wish a had some.
A bit of spice in the finish.
Could be so much more, but alas no carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 01:55:28 | More by SafeAtFirst
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claspada

New Jersey

2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a deep ruby garnet with absolutely no head and no bubbles. Some lacing if you swirl.

Aromas begin with dark cherry, raisins, figs and super strong oak tannins. As it warms the alcohol becomes more and more apparent.

The tastes begin with brown sugar, caramel, toffee and dark fruits. The strong oak is present throughout along with warming, border-lining, hot alcohol flavors.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with no carbonation. Finish is syrupy and sweet and also has some warming alcohol booziness.

Overall this and the Woodcut 4 were by far the poorest efforts in the series, but this one may be slightly worse because of the lack of carbonation. Both were quite boozy and hot but the lack of carbonation really hurts the flavor profile considering most Belgian style ales are higher in carbonation which helps the hefty flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 14:43:10 | More by claspada
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a completely flat dark amber with no head whatsoever. Disappointing.

S: Dark fruits, caramel, toffee and oak. Meh.

T: Despite the lack of carbonation the beer still offers up some nice tasting notes. Lots of wood, caramel, dark fruits with a booze sting. Finish is flat, hot, sticky an sweet.

M: Medium bodied, heat, flat and boring. I really wish I had something to force carb this beer because I know it has so much potential

O: Huge let down. Especially in what you have to pay for these.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 16:44:42 | More by barleywinefiend
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark reddish brown in color with pale brown highlights and a nice finger worth of head which left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of dark fruit, molasses, caramel and brown sugar present in the aroma with sweet yeasty notes very noticeable oakiness, and hints of cherry fruit.

T: the oakiness was more prominent on the palate alongside the caramel molasses brown sugar character, mild whiskey flavor, a touch of cherries coming through and sweet belgian yeasty accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, oaky, mild boozy and silky finish.

O: solid brew all around and always excited to try new beers from the woodcut series. Good lookin out whoever brought this brew to torinos crib.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 00:02:16 | More by Gobzilla
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oline73

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. This was opened up at the August Baltimore BA tasting.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet malt with some alcohol heat, caramel, and dark fruit. I'm also getting a red berry tartness in the background.

Taste: Very smooth with a mild caramel/brown sugar sweetness. Some dark fruit and red berry tartness. The finish is bitter with some alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with smooth, fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The tartness was a bit weird. I still thought it was a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 01:07:20 | More by oline73
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a light to medium brown color with no head, after an aggressive pour. The aroma has dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel, and oak.

The taste is just like the aroma. There is dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel, and oak. The taste is sweet, with no detectable hop bitterness.

Medium bodied with no carbonation. This is completely flat. I chose not to judge the taste on the lack of carbonation, but the mouthfeel is another story.

Overall a nice tasting beer, but the lack of carbonation is a problem.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 01:20:38 | More by hardy008
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DovaliHops

California

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky amber brown red color. Scent is nice rye whiskey. Sweet vanilla with a hefty toffee presence. Not much of a Quad aroma on this other than the dark fruits. Not really picking up any Belgian yeast. Taste is exactly like it smells. Very rich and interesting taste. Somewhat boozy as well. Mouthfeel is full bodied and could use more carbonation. I just feel like most Quads are highly carbonated, and this one lacks. Drinkability is fair. Overall, a very unique beer that may better with a little age. Other than that, it is a drinkable barrel aged beer that I would probably not purchase again. I really appreciate my buddy Bruce for sharing it with me though.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 08:08:42 | More by DovaliHops
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yamar68

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've sampled this beer on two different occasions - I'm confident that the first bottle had issues outside of Odell's control.

Score is representative of today's bottle.

10/14/12:
Bottle 2587

Murky ruby body capped with two fingers of loose boozy head that leaves pretty decent lacing.

Aroma is way more on track than that first bottle I had - thick toffee, spicy oak, no obvious signs of infection or oxidation. Big bourbon heat, Belgian yeast spiciness? Not nearly as off-putting as the bottle I sampled months ago.

Entirely different beer. Overripe figs, molasses, caramel, bitter wood notes, the alcohol doesn't dominate the way the nose would suggest, vanilla, more oak, actually quite good. Another pleasant surprise this evening.

I can't say that I would recommend buying one of these as I tasted a terrible bottle with a very similar bottle number. But be sure to try a taste if the opportunity arises. If it's a good bottle, it's a good beer.

Sorry for doubting you, Odell.

5/28/12:
Bottle 2580

So at first I thought I'd better just pass on reviewing this one because I couldn't even finish a whole glass. But then I thought to myself that these reviews are what I base some of my beer purchases on. So, in an effort to dissuade others from making the same mistake I did, here is a very brief review:

Pours a dirty ruby gold. The head is reminiscent of that of an expired wheat beer. Lasts a few seconds and then disappears entirely. No lacing of course. No beading. This beer is completely dead for no good reason.

Dirty caramel, merlot, cardboard, vinegar, tobacco, burnt sugar.

More of the same. Rotten figs. Cigarette butts.

I can't even assess the mouthfeel... thin? The flavors that linger destroy any redeeming qualities that might be hidden in this beer.

First and foremost, I normally LOVE Odell. And I wish I loved this beer because now I have two more in the cellar. But, I'm very sad to say that this beer sucks ass. It tastes like it's been sitting uncorked in my truck ever since its release (11 months ago). Don't buy this beer. Even if it's on clearance at your bottle shop... it is an utter waste of money.

Odell - you owe me one.

2/24/13:
Bottle 2583

Very reminiscent of bottle 2580... no bueno.

***consume with caution - very hit or miss***

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 01:01:53 | More by yamar68
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ehammond1


3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Dark amber, nearly brown in color, with a thin light brown head that leaves dots of lace down the glass.

The aroma is a pleasant combination of toffee, caramel, earthy vanilla, and some wood. This isn't at all typical of a quad, reminding me far more of an oaked American barleywine more than anything else.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with lots of burnt sugar and wood flavors. There's a bit of dark fruit, but the wood and caramel/toffee molasses is dominating. Somewhat simple, though tasty.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

An atypical quad with lots of wood flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 16:34:33 | More by ehammond1
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting courtesy of brwilson.

Pours a slightly murky orange-brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour fruit, malt, and brown sugar. Taste is of sour fruit and malt. There is a slightly bitter finish on this one. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good quad but the sourness is unexpected.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 04:00:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Bottle date June, 2011, Bottle number has worn :/

Poured to Duvel tulip the beer pours a hazy brown with an extremely minimal white head. Very low carbonation. No retention and lacing. This looks like fruit juice rather than beer. The nose consists of a tart cherry character that is slightly sour. Chocolate malt in there as well. Hints of oak, but not much. The flavor follows suit with the slightly sour tart cherry flavor. Hints of belgian spice, oak, chocolate. Hides the alcohol well. Well under carbonated and medium bodied. Silky character. Overall, I was disappointed. The flavor isn't bad but suffers from total lack of carbonation. Like I said it felt like I was drinking juice - not what I am looking for in a quad! Perhaps this bottle suffered from improper storage? I don't mind paying for quality but this was not it. Would have rated it the same if the beer was $2 rather than $30. Rare miss by Odell.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 16:57:42 | More by hopfacebrew
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried August 2011
A steady, fairly aggressive pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces only a one finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated amber hue that shows a lightly hazed, amber-red-gold hue when held up to the light. The aromas smells toasted and nutty up front, this is backed by dark fruit notes of raisin, prune and perhaps some dried fig. after my third go at the nose, the oak becomes apparent (though I am sure it influenced the toasted / nutty notes up front too) with a spicy-woodiness as well as a soft, just plain, fresh cut wood like character. At times a hint of vanilla is noticeable and this boosts the dark fruit character here; there is also a rich, brown sugar like note in the aroma. The mix of notes in the nose really plays well together here; the nut and toasted malt notes meld into the dark fruit aromatics which are balanced by the soft woodiness. I especially like that the oak character is not so overwhelming here; the oak is much more subdued than most Oak-aged beers & this beer is much better off for it (at least in the nose). At times the fruit and oak can combine to contribute a sort of tart, sort of rotting, sort of fermenting fruit like character, though this is only noticeable briefly from time to time, so it doesn’t really detract.

Softly carbonated as expected, but this is enough to provide the needed texture to this otherwise thick, rich, chewy beer. This has a rich, caramelized sweetness to it that keeps from being cloying, towards the finish though there is a spicy woody character as well as some spicy higher alcohols and fermentation derived notes that help to dry things out. The spicy oak is what really lingers on in the palate after each sip though, with a peppery, somewhat hot character. Brown sugar flavors (without really being sweet), compliment a brown bread like malt / grain character that gets a bit toasted at times. The oak also contributes a toasted quality to the flavor too, and there is also an underlying, general nuttiness to the flavor that contributes to the overall toothsome character that this beer achieves; the nuttiness sort of reminds me of hazelnuts or perhaps a touch of pecans (the oak provides some buttery notes that also suggest the pecan comparison).

The carbonation is slight enough here that I think it dulls both the aroma and the flavor; this would likely be better if the carbonation were a little more lively. Still, this is a pretty darn tasty beer; I really like that the rich, malt and fruit character in this beer is not overly sweet; at times it is almost more savory than sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 03:11:52 | More by Gueuzedude
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a 25 dollar cork and cage rig been eyeing this one for months. finally pulled the trigger. pours a ruby amber just hazy, translucent. vibrant 3 inch head that lasts awhile and leaves a fantastic lacing. nose. oh my god the nose... first up vanilla, especially when it get ups to room temperature. oak next, heavy heavy new oak. fresh, sappy, resiny, and perfect. to round that out a steamy earthen bananna bread, cacao organic vibe. magic! flavor is so vanilla, oaky and decadent. i am not worthy. toffee vibes in there, but richer than a score bar, its profound and unforgettable. mouthfeel is full bodied and light at the same time. like a fine bourbon. potent and divine, thanks for this one odell. if money grew on oak trees, id harvest some coin and purchase this treasure daily. amen

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 03:42:41 | More by StonedTrippin
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 8687, June 2011

A - A very cloudy red. 2 fingers of head. Lots of sediment floating around, so unfiltered

A- Wow, overpowering oak barrels. Maybe a touch of whisky aroma

T - A very tasty quad ale, with the belgian strain of yeast very present. Its sweet up front, but the oak flavors are very present. Like the bottle says, hints of cherry, raison, and plum

M - Full bodied, very well carbonated

O - A very interesting beer. There is alot going on here. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 00:39:24 | More by BeerDawgs
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes, this bottle was enjoyed about a week ago...

Bottle 3382 (June 11) opens with a feeble pop. This beer pours a near ruby red with a sliver of cream colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Cherries, plums, & bourbon; great nose!

T: Rich bourbon notes, cherry, toffee, dryness, raisins, & a touch of boozey heat up front. Oakyness, plum & fig notes too as this warms, with cherries, brown sugar, mocha & a whisper of leafy hops. Finishes oaky figgy & with Bourbon notes

MF: Slick, chewy, very slight carbonation

A good note great offering, I would much rather have two large bottles of BBQ from Boulevard for the same price

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 02:22:32 | More by russpowell
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chugalug06

Colorado

2.1/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I love Quads!

A - Very much like a glass of fine iced-tea. No head or presentation of carbonation. Murky beautiful red with orange. Looks identical to iced-tea.

S - Smells like my first stout, a bad home brew. Vanilla, bourbon... Grassy. Sugary.

T - High heat. Lots of Spanish spices. Sugar bomb. Oak-y.

M - Bad Carbonation. Offensive. No heat. Flat.

O - Not recommended. This brew falls far from the rest of the woodcuts... Odell is one of my favorite breweries, but where's the QC???? Sadly, almost all of this one ended in the drain...

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 07:20:57 | More by chugalug06
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Number 2829
Bottle date June, 2011

A= Pours straight into my glass a hazy brown color typical of a quad. The head is an off white color with some larger bubbles on top of the glass and come spotty lacing on the sides. The head retention is actually quite surprising considering the size of the head.

S= Smells a little sour. Tart cherries maybe and some dark fruits. There's a little dark chocolate aroma in it as well and perhaps a little bit of wood but not as much as I would expect. Interesting.

T= There is a definite touch of tartness to it but it's not all sour. I don't know if it is intentional or not. The yeast is dirty and filled with typical Belgian spiciness. There is a definite woodiness to it in the taste that I didn't get from the nose. It is sitll a little weaker than I would have expected.

M= The mouth is what I like maybe a little under carbonated for most people but just about perfect for me.

O= A good beer no doubt. The dismal reviews are maybe due to the high price tag and it may be considered a little weak for a quad. Not bad but not worth the price. Glad I tried it as I always say.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 01:44:49 | More by jjanega08
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a orange brown color with a tan head on top. The head had a pretty decent retention to it but didn't leave much lacing at all. The smell of the beer had a very earthy sweet fresh wooden aroma to it. Very interesting aromas coming off of this brew for sure. The taste of the beer is a bit different than expected, heavy amounts of fresh wood flavors with a nice sweet Belgian Quad background to it. The mouthfeel of the beer had an oily feel to it along with some light carbonation. Overall this brew was pretty good. I found the first sip to be quite impressive and really packed a punch of flavor. I wouldn't have to buy it again but if I was offered some more I wouldn't turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 19:21:02 | More by Knapp85
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claytong

Vermont

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

considering i didnt pay 25 plus tax for this i am probably less partial on my review than those who did

appearance - flat, looks oxidized, copper/mahogany/oak color (not the prettiest color ive seen)

smell - raisins, oak, lots of caramel malts, minor chocolate malt, minor honey as well

taste - follows the nose to a tee. minor alcohol presence

mouthfeel - little carbonation, body is thin for style, taste and alcohol save the feel of this beer

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 19:34:57 | More by claytong
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YourMomDrinksBud

Colorado

2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottle #3605 poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep ruby garnet with absolutely no head to speak of. No carbonation. Bad bottle?

S- The aroma is of cherry, raisins, figs and strong oak tannins. Alcohol is apparent.

T- Brown sugar, caramel, toffee and dark fruits (raisins and figs). Strong oak in the back round. Warming alcohol heat.

M- Syrupy and sweet with virtually no carbonation. Pretty dissapointing.

O- This bottle was flat as flat can be. I thought the nose and flavor profile was decent but because of the lack of carbonation I simply could not drink this one. I will edit this if/when I try a better sample.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 03:29:49 | More by YourMomDrinksBud
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plfahey

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL Bottle corked and caged (Bottle #2385, June 2011), poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep Amber with a cherry-red glow when held to the light. Slight cast of haze. Pours with barely any head, trace of foam can be stirred up, but doesn’t hold too well.

Aroma-Vanilla fresh oak aroma, with sweet, juicy, dark fruits—plum and ripe cherries. Fusel alcohols with some roselike/peppery overtones. Dates and figs. Brown sugar/molasses. Rummy-dark sugar note as well. Golden Raisins. More golden raisin and apricot than darker fruit character, especially as it warms.

Flavor-Lightly sweet molasses/rummy up front with light dates, light vanilla, before alcohol swoops in, with a slight peppery note. Finishes with golden raisins, apricot, and light tannic oak in the finish. Booze is warming, and not really smooth, but definitely not hot. Oak grows in the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with very low carbonation. Substantial alcohol warmth though not hot. The carbonation should be MUCH higher.

There are some good things to be said about this, but it's definitely too young at the moment. The aroma is pretty amazing, but the flavor is a bit unrefined, and rough around the edges. The lack of carbonation also hurts. However, even now, the alcohol, while not smooth, is in no way hot, which suggests that it will round out nicely over the next few years. Right now, this beer is not worth the $25 price tag, but given 2-3 years, this could be an exceptional beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 01:20:07 | More by plfahey
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waltonc

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful copper with bubbly white head. Very inviting looking beer. Smell isn't terribly complex - vanilla, oak, brown sugar, a hint of cherry. A fairly sweet beer, again with brown sugar, candi sugar, cherry, vanilla, and oak. Nice, but the blend of flavors is somewhat simple and after 12 ounces this gets a little old. Seems like the base quad beer is ho hum. Oak is over the top. Body is on the thicker side, somewhat sticky, but not syrupy, and medium/low carbonation.

Overall, a decent beverage. But the $25/bottle cost is outrageous given the quality. Should not be sold in 750ml format, given the ABV, high price tag, and fact it's not a great beer. The cynic in me suspects Odell packages the beer this way to make more money. For the price, I expected this to be an excellent beer, and it wasn't.

Not recommended due to cost.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 00:36:42 | More by waltonc
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This just showed up in Casper. Price tag $25 for the caged and corked 750ml bottle, #1140 June 2011.

Nearly no sound when I removed the cork, it pours a hazy deep amber brown colour with no real foam; the vigorous pour I gave it only made some bubbles.

The smell is very nice. Lots of oak, caramel malt, some candy sugar like sweetness, toffee.

The taste is of candy sugars, caramel malt, oak, alcohol, somewhat reminds me of some of the older UK vintage brews I've tried. The alcohol comes and goes during each sip and when it comes, man it's almost a burn. I reckon this needs some decent cellaring time.

Fairly light bodied with no carbonation. I wonder if it was intended to have no carbo? Still, not a terrible mouthfeel. Ease of drinking is a mixed package. On one hand, this tastes nice but on the other hand, I think this one *does* need some carbonation to make things work.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 19:24:09 | More by Bitterbill
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Major thanks to boatshoes for this one. I know how expensive these bottles are. This is my first Woodcut, and the one that I think sounds the best.

Bottle no. 7818 Date June, 2011
Poured into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice.

Appearance
The beer is a very vibrant, deeply woody, rusty red. It collects in the bowl of the wide glass looking the shade of dark mahogany or plum. The head is low, but very, very sticky. Lots of intricate lacing is thrown around the top of the glass.

Aroma
Quite woody, but not as oaky smooth as I had hoped. I'm getting plenty of sugary fruits and even citrus.

Taste
Very sweet and sugary. The oak tastes new and green and very pulpy. Lots of candied fig and cherry. Belgian yeast comes on strong with spicy phenols that get a big chemically at times when paired up with the brash alcohol. The finish is actually very hoppy with a bitter, pine, oak and citrus bite. This stuff lacks the deep, rich maltiness that a good Belgian quad has. When will American breweries master this?

Mouthfeel
Carbonation is mellow, but I almost expected this to be near flat. I guess I did allow enough time for this to bottle condition. The beer is sticky and has a fair amount of alcohol heat and astringency.

Overall
Not a bad beer, but it's just not an amazing quad to start with. Too much bitterness, too sticky, too much alcohol and not enough rich malts.

Serving type: bottle

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Woodcut No. 5 - Oak-Aged Belgian Style Quad Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.