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

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

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 23
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 06-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by YourMomDrinksBud:
Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, bottle no. 5206 dated June 2011. Pours a hazy tea like amber. It has a small off white head after a vigorous pour that quickly goes to a thin film.

The aroma is woody vanilla and dark fruits, rather subdued. More alcohol shows up as it warms.

The flavor is sweet caramel and toffee malts with some dark vinous fruits that leads to a medium bitter, dry, lightly alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with very low carbonation.

Overall, I've had this a couple times. This was the least impressive sample. I was surprised by the lack of carbonation and the subdued nose (although both improved as it warmed). I don't recall that from other samples. Also, it's a bit too much on the sweet side. When I first had this, it was one of my favorite Woodcuts, now probably not so much. It'll be interesting to see how it ages.

Photo of ehammond1
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

while the flavor is still there, the beer is past its prime in terms of carbonation. boozy for sure, but still balanced. wish I could have had this one right out of the bottle for a comparison

Photo of plfahey
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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.

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.

Bottle 2583

Very reminiscent of bottle 2580... no bueno.

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

Photo of oline73
3.67/5  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.

Photo of claspada
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a reddish tawny color with an average off-white head. Average lacing with a few spots on the side of the goblet. THe nose brings forward some brown sugar and caramel and is a bit grainy with some oak tannins. The flavor has a bit of sweetness and mild booze. Light oak in the background. Dry finish after a medium body. Light oaky dryness. Don't get much of the underlying beer here.

Photo of waltonc
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Richard for sharing this beer.

A: The pour is dark amber in color with a finger of off-white head.

S: I don't get the same overwhelming oak aroma to this beer that I associate with the Woodcut series. Lots of caramel and toffee, brown sugar and some vanilla. A touch of dark fruits and just a bit of alcohol.

T: The wood shows up more on the palate than it did on the nose. Lots of brown sugar, caramel, and dark fruits with a bit of booziness. Some light vanilla on the finish, too.

M: Medium to full in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Definitely strong and you have to dig the oak. But, it's not as over-the-top as some of the other releases.

Photo of kojevergas
2.34/5  rDev -39.4%
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.


Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We sampled this one at the Odell Taproom with some friends, a few Saturdays ago. Much thanks to the generous bartender who poured us 4 ounce samples of this one. Poured a dark reddish color with a thin beige head. Aromas of wood, caramel, toffee and dark fruits. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, with flavors of wood, vanilla, caramel and dark fruits. Nicely balanced, and very good.

Photo of SafeAtFirst
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
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.
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of claytong
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Photo of chugalug06
2.07/5  rDev -46.4%
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...

Photo of
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the release.

a-deep brown with some head, and decent amount of carbonation. There is lacing that sticks with the beer.

s-this reminds me of some of the great quads that I have had. Vanilla, oak, raisin bread, figs. There is a lot of wood in the nose.

t-I think this is the best offering from the Woodcut line. The beer is tight at this time, but there is a lot of flavors that really work well together. There is wood, and it is a little hot; but there is so much more than the heat. The vanilla, raisin, and figs really pop on this beer. The beer needs a while to open up and warm to release the full potential. When the beer is sitting at 55-60 degrees it really starts to shine. The taste follows the nose closely. The beer stays true to the style. This should really come into its own over the next few years in the cellar.

m-warm, and nice on the toung. The carbonation works well.

o-Out of all of the woodcuts, this is my pick. The wood is blended well and does not over dominate the beer. There is a lot for the drinker to take in with this beer. Best to let it warm and drink it slow. Really would like to review in 3 years or more.

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at SAVOR in DC recently. Beer served in a wine glass of sorts. Beer is hazy with a thin lazy head of wispy off white tan bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Moderate to low carbonation. The color is kind of brown to brown / red.

Aroma is sweet with oak and tannins, mild vanilla and alcohol.

Beer is a little alcoholic, it is sweet up front with some woodiness at the back, minimal bitterness, mildly dry finish. The midpalate is sweet again with more malt and a little bit of yeast character but I fear that the alcohol is winning in this one for me. I would try it again, after it has some time to calm down, it has all the components of a good tasting beer, just a little too hot methinks.

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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