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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: 56 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 35
Reviews by spoony:
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3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle to a wine glass. I missed the bottle information on accident...

A-The beer is pretty light in color for the style with an orange-tinted light brown color. Not much in the way of head, just a thick cap of tan foam that fades immediately. The beer is murky and I cannot see any carbonation in there.

S-The aroma is sweet with suggestions of honey and caramel, as well as prune and golden raisin. There is also a bit of pepper spice and just a whiff of oak. The alcohol is warming and subdued, but noticeable.

T-The taste is similar but with more alcohol heat and flavor. Thus, there is some honey, golden raisin, prune, plum, caramel, and light oak. The finish is lightly spicy, and pretty hot and alcoholic (especially for a beer with this much age on it).

M-The feel is soft with lazy carbonation and a medium to lighter body for the style.

O-This is not a terrible beer and I rather enjoyed it with my burger the other evening, but it won't set the world afire either. It packs some simple flavors that are on the lighter end of the spectrum for a beer that calls itself a quad. Also, if you're looking for huge oak, look elsewhere. Of course, my review is of a bottle that has been in my cellar for about two years, so your mileage may vary greatly.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 Photekut
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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 kkrez
5/5  rDev +29.5%

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 mozim
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of buffs9
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of theminutemen
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of coffygrinder
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tclapper
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of moseefus
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

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