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The Meddler - Odell Brewing Company

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The MeddlerThe Meddler

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89
very good

206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 34
Gots: 44 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: denver10 on 09-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 206 | Reviews: 46
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Photo of Beaver13
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy amber brown with a medium creamy tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel and candy fruit with a sour twang. It's a little subdued.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and fruit with a big sour (candy apple) twang. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice lacto sour. This is much more intense and more sour than the first bottle I had.

Photo of bsp77
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with thick, bubbly tan head.

Smell: Vanilla, oak, tannins, some fruitiness. Minimal sour notes in the aroma.

Taste: Oak, vanilla, tart cherries, sour grapes and pepper. Great balance of malty sweetness, sour notes, and spiciness. I purposefully waited a year to drink this as initial impressions indicated that the yeasts and bacteria needed more time to do their work. This is still not quite a sour bomb, but that is not a bad thing as this is so nuanced and tasty.

Feel: Medium body with ample carbonation. Finish is dry and tart.

Overall: Great example of a Flemish Ale. I hope they brew this on a semi-regular basis, as they do with Friek.

Photo of GilGarp
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle with cork and cage. No date but I know it's from the first bottling.

Served slightly chilled in a tulip glass, The Meddler is a dark redish brown color. It has thick off-white head with great retention and nice lacing left behind as it slowly settles.

Aroma is both roasty and sour, about in equal measure. It has elements that remind me of their porter, Cutthroat, but also some nice wild yeast notes.

Flavor is definately more sour than roasty. It has a nice lightly toasted malty base but the yeast is really the star. Great sour/tart flavor and good balance keeps it from being overpowering.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. Alcohol is noticible but not a dominant characteristic.

Overall a really nice version of the style. Going up against the establishment in Fort Collins, the almighty La Folie, The Meddler can certainly hold its own.

Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a thin but steady one-centimeter head and some lacing

S: Lots of tart fruits with a subtle bready malt base but mostly apples and dark fruits, etc.; some woody qualities round this out

T: Tart and woody up front; really balanced and nuanced and delicious; slightly vinous; some apples, apple cider vinegar, etc.

F: Medium body; quite creamy and nicely carbonated

O: A really nice woody, tart beer

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours with a huge cream head. Deep red/brown body. Never quite settles.

Smell - Very acidic. Nice cherry acidity. Lots of malt and vanilla.

Taste - The malt comes out more here. Malt, oak, and vanilla come through nicely. Extremely sour, but it drops off after the initial taste.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Over sour, but nice.

Overall - I rather enjoy this. Great barrel flavors.

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with a pinky of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Tart cherries & raspberries

T: Follows the nose, a touch of figs & raspberry sourness up front. Oaky dryness, cherries & figs, plus other jammy notes intertwined with sourness as this warms, a little bit of boozey peach juice too. Finishes warming, slightly boozey with raspberry vinagrette, leather & oakyness

MF: Medium bodied with slight carbonation that builds as this warms

A nice Old Bruin, one that will age well. A bit of time would smooth out some edges

Photo of DonDirkA
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, opaque brown with a frothy bone white head that settles around a finger and a half. The nose is tart with hints of white grapes, green apples, definite woody characteristics, hints of chocolate, prunes, raisins and some musty, funky scents and maybe just a hint of almonds. The taste is really interesting. Its very similar to the nose but the fruits are very forward. Green apples, sour cherries, white grapes, plums, grape juice, hints of brown sugar and vanilla, there's a bit of spice to it like clove or cinnamon but not the flavors so much as the spice feel. There's a slight note of chocolate and oak for just a moment before sour apples overtake again. The fruit flavors make your mouth water, its pretty interesting. The mouthfeel is medium to light. This is an awesome beer. Odell is another one of those companies who has every day beers that are just "meh" but their specialty releases are amazing.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Beer_Viking for sharing this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! Served from bottle into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured a dark red brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, wood, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, fruit, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really went into this one not knowing at all what to expect. However, what I found actually was quite nice. While it was not the most complex brew that I have ever had, it did quite well with what it had going on. The woodness was a nice touch to add just a hint of earthiness to the brew. This fact mixed quite well with all of the sour and fruit going on. Really glad I got the chance to try this one and I suggest you do the same if/when you get an opportunity.

Photo of morimech
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mini gusher after opening the bottle. Dark brown color with a massive head that slowly settled to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma has tart/wild notes. Lactobacillus making itself known. Hints of cherries, red grapes, old wood, vanilla, and earth.

Moderate lacto tartness. I think it was wise letting this bottle age for some time before drinking. Getting a lot of complexity. Tart fruit like cherries, green apples, and red grapes. Some barrel notes of vanilla and oak.

Feels lighter than the ABV would have me believe. Has an appropriate amount of carbonation to give life to the complex flavor.

I have not been a fan of Odell's beer that comes in the 750ml format. This one I certainly enjoyed much more than their other efforts. Too bad it was only made once and is not done yearly.

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark tawny mahogany, lasting tea-stained foam, creamy surface texture. Reddish highlight. A collar and ring of lace forms after a few minutes. The head lasts for a good while, eventually breaking apart after a few sips.

Complex aromas of vanilla yogurt, wet wood, grapes and earthy wild yeast funkiness.

Tart and tangy, soft tannic bitterness in the aftertaste. Dark fruit, red grapes, vanilla, plenty of body and a puckering finish. Creamy feel with smooth carbonation. Unique taste for an Oud Bruin, moderately sour and complex. Would pick this up again, it's a pretty unique iteration, for fans of American Flanders-style Ales as La Roja, La Folie, and Supplication.

Photo of Rutager
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for another nice selection willandperry!!

Appearance. Pours brown with a little orange coming through at the edges and topped with two fingers of creamy light beige head that leaves some thick lacing.

Smell. Sweet and sour cherries, caramel and dank old barrel wood, a bit of red wine is there too.

Taste. Cherries, caramel and more of that dank wooden barrel with a little vanilla.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with fine but fairly soft medium carbonation.

Great stuff. A sour brown done right. Would drink this again with pleasure.

Photo of SoundDude
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect as I'm that experienced with this style of beer. I wanted a growler of something different so I gave it a try. The pour is a beautiful tawny color with a nice 1-2 finger head. The head reduces to a ring that tracks its way down the glass. The nose is at first somewhere between slight vinegar and a old tawny port. The initial taste is "what just hit me"? It's a complex taste that's going to take a bit to sort out. The first thing I taste is the sour, It hits my taste buds and wakes them up. It is not an overpowering sour, but it is the first thing I notice. Next there's a fruity zest in the equation. Tart berries, maybe a touch of red wine. The aftertaste is very pleasant and asks for more. I would definitely buy this again.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the COOP tonight ... poured into my slim tulip... 2 finger tan head... the brew is hazed walnut brown... good lacing despite a short retention time... could definitely be more clear.

Nose is aged balsamic with some light cocoa... light cherry essence... with warmth a little fig sweetness emerges so does a bit of sherry.

Flavor is not as pungent as many American takes on an Oud Bruin... sweet and sour... the balsamic character is present but much less than the aroma... as it warms up more malt character comes out... toffee/cocoa... fruity esters show as cherry and a bit of light prune.

Body is about right at medium... carbonation is low/medium... again about right.

Pretty nicely done.. Much more like a European version of the style than many of the American sour monsters. A bit expensive at $13, but I respect the time and style ... so I will probably buy a couple more to have around for when the feeling strikes.

3/4/4/4/4

Photo of yamar68
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky crimson brown with a brief finger of khaki head that recedes to a thin, spotty velvet cap. Great dripping, boozy lacing. Light copper clarity surrounds the edge of the glass.

The nose is interesting but doesn't exactly pop... currants, mellow cherry qualities, red grapes, slightly sweet but dark fruit notes, brown sugar. Very inviting once it warms and unfolds. Slight fresh oak, caramel or cinnamon gets muddied up in there. A bit of heat comes with some warmth and a good snort.

As others have noted, this one actually does produce some sourness, which I welcome with open arms. I really enjoy the taste of this. The tart mid/finish tingles the back of the tongue... appropriately dry, bits of overripe cherry, some fig maybe, no real discernible alcohol presence. This is really smooth and tasty I think.

I prefer this one to its predecessors - this actually satisfies my sour fix.

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark brown with a slight scarlet hue with a dense and long lasting off white head that retains very well into a Duvel tulip
S: smells of sourness, sour cherry, and slight vanilla and oak
T: tastes of sour cherry and all sorts of sourness, a slight funk, hint of sweetness, a bit of vanilla and oak and a hint of chocolate maltyness. swallow is quite mellow with some nice oakyness on the finish with a bit more pleasant maltyness and a slight lingering sourness
M: medium in the mouth with slightly vigorous and quite apparent carb that is a bit prickly on the palate. good drying finish as well
O: delicious and delightful. great flavors, great sourness and a decent balance of other flavors. Highly recommended

Photo of mwilbur
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a beautiful murky dark murky brown with 3/4 inch tan head. Good retention. Decent lacing.
S: Sweet fruit (especially berry, melon, and cherry notes), fresh tart twang, hint of earthy mustiness and pepper. Wonderfully fresh and inviting.
T: Just a smidgeon off the aroma. More tart here and more peppery spice. Chocolate malt enters the fray..especially with warming. Milky cream, sweet fruit (as above, but playing a lesser role in the mix). Pleasantly complex.
M: Initially this presents with a tart and sharply sweet bite. It then settles down to a smooth and almost creamy feel. Finishes a bit musty and spicy. Medium body, but feels lighter than the 8.9% ABV. In my opinion, the tart note is perfection...absolutely spot on.
D: A solid example of style. A complex and yet refreshing brew...a feat in and of itself. Well done, Odell! Seek it out.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DenverBeerDrinker for this. Bottle # 14019-12.

A: Pours a dark brown with reddish edges under a 1-finger thick off-white/tannish head which fades slowly to the rim and cap leaving spotty lace.

N: Tannic oak wood, dark fruits and berries, some mild acetic notes.

T: Slightly sour oak wood along with dark cherry pits, Slightly sweet and astringent.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Finish is somewhat sour with lingering tannins.

O: Nice and well balanced Flanders style.

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy generic brown color with some ruby around the edges of the glass and some decent size tan bubbly head that recedes at an average pace leaving some solid lacing.

The aromas begin with light vinegar, a solid amount black cherry fruitiness and light woody funk underneath. Some of the base beer breadiness emerges as well as more an more oak as it warms.

The tastes follow the nose with the soft acetic vinegar flavors which blend nicely with the Brett induced black cherry fruitiness. As it warms the wood and funk emerge more as more just as with the aromas.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Finish is dominated by a solid but not overbearing black cherry tartness.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, even though it was not stellar in any facet. There is a super balance between the Bretty sour cherry flavors and the toasted bready malty backbone. Much more sour than Saboteur and less alcoholic as well, which is a plus. The Brett flavors are much more balanced than Shenanigans which came out earlier this year. Basically this is one of the more drinkable Sour Ales they have done and is ready to drink right now compared to Saboteur or Deconstruction which needed some time to develop.

Photo of Santanax
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

VERY VERY NICE.... i love the interpretation of the style... reminds me of a well crafted rodenbach or similar flanders... nice tartness with some oak which doesent overwhelm...great warming FX after ur taste buds and stomach settles..hardly can notice alcohol at all. dirty sour taste in a good way...Cork nearly took my eye out.... no overflow

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL cork & cage bottle with no obvious dating on the bottle. There is a Julian code-like number on the label, but I seem to be reading it wrong, because there aren't 500+ days in a year. I do, however, have a reasonably good idea that this bottle is from 2012. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass.

Appearance - Pretty active carbonation, with a careful pour still yielding a massive three-and-a-half finger head the color of light brown sugar. Pocking begins almost immediately, giving the tan bubbles the look of Lorraine Swiss. Where the foam meets the body, you can see the carbonation continuing to work away, making the line between the bubbles and liquid blurry with activity. The body is a coffee brown with some translucence, but the combination of massive head and some haziness makes it difficult for light to pass through.

Smell - Initially gives off a powerful waft of lacto and balsamic vinegar--so far so good. It reminds me a bit of other American takes on the Flanders Oud Bruin, with a bit of underlying malty sweetness to balance out the sourness. Notes of oxidized green apple and musty oak are also present.

Taste - Some of the lactic tartness from the nose is present, but more subdued than I expected. Instead of a puckering effect, there is really more of a funky, woody characteristic to it. Along side that mustiness are notes of apple cider vinegar and sour cherries, but faint. And beneath it all is a surprisingly aggressive malt sweetness in the background. It really cuts through and almost overpowers that wonderful tartness. The finish has dried leather and wet hay alongside the slight twinge of the lacto, which never completely fades.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate-to-low carbonation, in spite of the huge head. Maybe low carbonation isn't the right word, but it's not very prickly to the tongue.

Overall, a solid take on the style, but I can't say I'm devastated that Odell hasn't produced this in a couple years. They make a much better sour beer that is still in production, and while I'm glad to have tried this one, in my opinion it doesn't quite hold up to the best in style from American brewers.

Photo of Tone
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of cherry sourness, alcohol, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and slight oak. Fits the style of a Flander Oud Bruin. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight liquor, alcohol, oak, cherry sourness, sweet malt, and slight malt. Overall, great appearance and blend; the body is pleasantly sour and the liquor flavors are not dominate.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 12.24.12

A - Pours a very dark brown-cola color iwth a two inch foamy khaki head with great retention.

S - Very funky at first, then earthy, wood, some subtle chocolate and vanilla in the finish.

T - Tart and funky for sure. The flavor follow just as the nose did.

D - Tons of carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Tart and Funky with some chocolate and vanilla trying to show up.

Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Guiness goblet in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger light khaki head, fairly thin, of decent cream and good retention. Body colour is a dark amber-black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Sourness and bacteria, great yeast, and basic pale malts. An average strength aroma.

T: Sourness and bacterial notes. Neutral malts. A nice body. Quite well balanced. Well built. Nicely acidic. A tasty beer.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good palate presence. Near ideal carbonation. Complements the aroma quite well.

Dr: Quite drinkable. An incredibly tasty sour beer. I'd definitely have this again. A very worthwhile sour. Hides its ABV well.

High B

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin, rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of strong sour notes. Mostly sour cherry.

T - Delicious sour flavor. Lots of puckering black cherry flavor with some malt and oakiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a fairly strong pucker factor. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a fabulous sour ale. I might have to get more, before it's all gone.

Photo of mactrail
3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Attractive dark amberish brown with persistent foam and lots of lacing. Smell is on the vinegary side with a little deep fruity funk. Sharp and sudsy with that fermented fruit vinegar going up the nose. The lactobacillus is doing its job and eradicated any trace of malty sweetness.

Acidic but foaming constantly in the mouth helps the sippability. A rather intense, bitter woody note lingers in the aftertaste. Light body. Overall this tastes like apple cider that has soured. None of the typical beery flavors of malt and certainly no hops.

For this style, drinkability is about average. It feels like the acidity is attacking my teeth, which is not my idea of fun. This style still tastes like a chemistry experiment to me. From the 750 ml bottle purchased for $14 in Denver.

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The Meddler from Odell Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.