The Meddler - Odell Brewing Company

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The MeddlerThe Meddler

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 33
Gots: 43 | FT: 2
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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: 207 | Reviews: 46
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some malt, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a woody flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a better smell in my opinion.

Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Warning - take care opening this bottle as the explosion of the cork could be dangerous

Appearance: After an explosion of the cork and a major degree of gushing, the head settles down on the cola brown liquid, leaving a smattering of lace behind

Smell: Lactic dark cherry and balsamic vinegar elements, with a hint of chocolate

Taste: With a hint of chocolate at the outset, the lactic sourness kicks in quickly, bringing sour dark cherry and balsamic vinegar elements; oak and a hint of vanilla arrive, after the swallow, with acetic sourness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation; puckery

Overall: But for the carbonation issues, this is a good example of the style; not a lot of funk but it brings the other elements of an Oud Bruin to the table

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

a magic blended sour brown ale from odell, who is yet to let me down. this baby pours mahogany in color with extraordinary depth. there is a littl haze to it, and a small light brown head. the nose is very sour, brett, lacto, or both, and even some vinegar. there is also plenty of sweetness from caramel and chocolate malts. the flavor is very complex, and the first thing i noticed was how well the alcohol was hidden. there is also a lot of oaky notes to this. the sour element is fruity, like cherries, and very powerful. puckery like a lemon, but not acidic. the malt profile adds a nice layer of earthy fall flavors which are not usually present in these beers, and the mouthfeel is fantastic. lots of bright carbonation stings the mouth, and the body is bigger than medium. this is not an easy beer to make, but it is an excercise in patience and artistry. odell has hit the nail on the head with this one. its one of the better dark sour beers ive ever put tp my lips.

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 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 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 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.

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 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 mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/29/12 notes. Thanks to nmann08 I think for sharing this one.

a - Pours an amber-brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted notes, sweet and sour dark fruits, tart cherries, oak, fruity malts, and some caramel malts. Lightly sour but nice overall.

t - Tastes of sour cherries, tart dark fruits, raspberries, oak, funk, roasted and toasted malts, fruity malts, acedic, some vanilla. More sour fruits than the nose; a step up for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Lightly acedic, but not a lot.

o - Overall a very nice flanders. Nice sour cherries and dark fruits, especially in the taste. Would like to have it again.

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 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 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 flagmantho
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: the cork popped pretty violently when opened, but the beer did not foam out, so that's good. Hue is a rich red-brown, quite dark, but with a very little amount of haze it would seem. Head pours several fingers of frothy tan foam which dissipate slowly into a nice, pillowy head. Very attractive.

Smell: sweet, ruby malt; a biting sourness that nevertheless fades into a more approachable candylike tartness; elements of wood with some vanilla notes thrown in. Wonderful.

Taste: wow, the light sweetness, vague woodiness and fruity tartness all make me think of fresh huckleberries. The end of the palate centers more on the wood, vanilla, even lightly bourbon-ey notes. Very tasty and with a nice dynamic experience that I always love in a beer. Kudos!

Mouthfeel: light body with a big, fluffy carbonation. This is a pretty strongly attenuated brew, so the creaminess has very little staying power. Still, it's mouth-filling and satisfying up front. Woo!

Overall: delicious, complex and drinkable. I highly recommend this.

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

A really dark pour, looks black to me, with a 1 finger head of foam with some great lacing.

I get a big fruity tartness on first smell, second smell..some hints of chocolate and vanilla. Blimey, the label mentions the latter 2.

Fruity/vinegar sourness and vanilla up front in the taste. Some sugary sweetness mixed in there that is nice but confuses my palate somewhat. It finishes sour and gives me a blast of the alcohol.

On the upper end of medium bodied with lively carbonation, it's a good mouthfeel here and is pretty drinkable.

I think this is a very good take of, based on my limited experience with, the style. It's surely worth a try.

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 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 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 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 homebrew311
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured in snifter at brewery. Appearance is a dark brownish red with tan head. Heavy lacing left behind. Nose features tart and sweet qualities with notes of cherry, oak, red wine, and vinegar. Taste has mild tartness up front with a healthy dose of cherry and a bit of tartness at the back of the palate. Not super tart, but definitely some acid. Mouthfeel is light and has low carbonation for style. Overall, a nice and approachable oude bruin with a high amount of sweetness for the style.

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 beergoot
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy brown body, topped with a rich, chunky, light brown head. The bottle foamed up and out of the bottle despite sitting sedately for a good, long time. Sour and acidic scent.; lots of booze to the nose; phenolic; very light hint of malt; sour green apples. Per the style description for Flanders Oud Bruin, very vinegary on the initial taste; definite Lambic sourness; some alcohol warmth; no real hop presence. Medium-light body; clean and smooth feel.

Not being overly familiar with the style, the beer does exhibit plenty of acidic sourness overall, so it would seem to meet the basic style characteristics. Still, I didn't detect any "hints of malty sweet chocolate and vanilla" as listed on the label. Lactic sourness: yes; malt-like flavors: no. Not something I would usually search out, but seems fair enough for what it is.

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 JoEBoBpr
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice rich dark mahogany with a slight ruby red edge. There is a nice half inch head that is dense and slightly chunky. The color is a light tan and recedes at a moderate pace.

Aroma is delicious. Nice balsamic vinegar notes with some great slight cherry notes. Tart and also fruity. There are some nice slight woody notes with midl cinnamon and some good vinous character as well.

Flavor starts off with vinegar tartness. Then some nice malty grainy roast pops up with some slight deep caramel notes. This is then followed by some nice fruity tartness and mild cherry notes. There is some woody notes mixed in there that is mixed in with some slight cinnamon and some spice. The flavor notes are all very good but I wish there was a little bit more punch to them. They seem just a bit subdued. The mouthfeel is very good for the style. Vibrant carbonation and good lighter body.

Overall this brew is very good. One of my favorite Odell's sours. They seem to have hit their stride with this one. Nice vinegar notes with some slight fruit sweetness and some cherry tartness also. SLight leathery notes and some good woody finish.

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The Meddler from Odell Brewing Company
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