The Meddler - Odell Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
01-22-2013 01:18:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
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
05-09-2014 22:31:29 | More by brentk56
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
12-26-2012 00:26:36 | More by emerge077
4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
11-07-2012 03:47:35 | More by zeff80
3.85/5 rDev -3.5%
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
11-17-2012 03:47:54 | More by russpowell
4.15/5 rDev +4%
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.
10-01-2012 20:47:34 | More by StonedTrippin
3.33/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
03-30-2014 05:17:10 | More by mactrail
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
01-04-2013 20:37:53 | More by mdfb79
3.73/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
12-24-2012 06:23:33 | More by kojevergas
3.95/5 rDev -1%
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.
10-05-2012 04:36:58 | More by JohnGalt1
The Meddler from Odell Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.