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The Meddler - Odell Brewing Company

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The MeddlerThe Meddler

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89
very good

191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 33
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: denver10 on 09-10-2012)
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 22:41:58 | More by JoEBoBpr
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marct

Nevada

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-12-2012 01:13:34 | More by marct
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tswater

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-11-2012 03:49:30 | More by tswater
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beergoot

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 00:23:28 | More by beergoot
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Kenye


4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle corked and caged. This is my first real sour, we don't get many of them out here.

Appearance - A beautiful dark brown pour, hints of red shining through around the edges of the glass. A nice off-white head that slowly dies down and leaves a ring around the glass. 4.5/5

Smell - It smells a lot like a wine. You can smell the vinegar-like sour, as well as fruits. Tart cherries, grapes, and apples. I love this smell! 4.5/5

Taste - The taste follows the nose. It tastes like a wine and a beer had a baby. A wine with a malt backbone if you will. Nice lip puckering sour, and the alcohol is well balanced. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel - Nice and bubbly! It keeps it from lingering around too long. It lingers on the palette shortly, and the carbonation keeps it moving along. Wonderful. As soon as I finish a sip I want more! 4.5/5

Overall - I am a bit Odell fan, I'll admit it. I think almost everything they do is very good. I think they deserve much more respect nationwide. Far superior than a certain other brewery that occupies the same city. This sour is no exception. I was easily able to finish this 750 mL bottle by myself very quickly, and I'm half-entertaining going to get the other one in the fridge. The nice thing is I can do that, because this beer is just sitting on the shelf here! Trade for this, if you can't pick it up locally. It won't require anything fancy to get, and you won't be disappointed! 4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 18:33:04 | More by Kenye
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.8%

11-10-2012 16:23:26 | More by acurtis
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

11-10-2012 04:25:23 | More by Dactrius
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justinlaz

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

11-08-2012 05:22:42 | More by justinlaz
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zeff80

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 03:47:35 | More by zeff80
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stealth

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

11-06-2012 05:44:48 | More by stealth
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claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 20:34:17 | More by claspada
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rlcnmeyer

Missouri

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-04-2012 18:37:57 | More by rlcnmeyer
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +19%

11-04-2012 01:29:22 | More by bigbeers84
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tbone1384

Wyoming

2/5  rDev -49.9%

11-03-2012 03:14:12 | More by tbone1384
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cofeeguru

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

10-27-2012 03:52:27 | More by cofeeguru
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laymansbeerfan

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6%

10-26-2012 04:37:37 | More by laymansbeerfan
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Bier:Thirty Boise ID. Served in a tulip.

A: Very dark brown body, with hints of light tan...opaque, with some off-white head that fizzles quickly away to a consistent ring.

S: Tart upfront, but subdued and not overtly sour. Cherries are there, as well as some funk and lacto. Notes from a darker, sweet malt base weave in and out of the aromas, hints of brown sugar and oak smoothness.

T: Follows the nose, supremely drinkable for the style...the oak has integrated well and taken hold...finish is dry. Oak and sweeter cherry notes, and again some hints of brown sugar and malt sweetness.

Not too tart for those who are looking for a sour beer...this is just solid cherry flavor and nice elements of oak.

MF: Moderate body, definitely creamy and well carbonated, not too puckering in this case.

O: An enjoyable Flanders for me, though not too tart or sour. Take that into consideration.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2012 14:03:21 | More by Scotchboy
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blindpiggie

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

10-23-2012 17:24:48 | More by blindpiggie
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CoryR

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -6%

10-22-2012 03:40:57 | More by CoryR
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TotallyHosed

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The cork blew without any help -- POP! After staring at a snail paced gusher for a second, poured into a tulip which formed an aggressive khaki foam crown. The head gently receded into a one-eyed veil. The color is such a dark brown that no light is allowed through. I didn't know it was brown until I reached the end of the glass.

The nose is full of sour cherries and tart plums. The wood is very difficult to detect, but overall the smell is inviting.

Upfront I taste sweet malts, followed by a tart bite that doesn't linger. The flavor finishes dry and offers some wood character.

The creamy feel is sublime, with pleasant carbonation.

This is an enjoyable example of the style. The tart flavors are aggressive, but do not overpower others. My palate does not resonate with the sweet flavor and smell that this brew offers. My favorite aspect is the velvet feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 21:31:12 | More by TotallyHosed
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DonDirkA

Arizona

4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 17:57:16 | More by DonDirkA
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

10-20-2012 12:47:19 | More by plumcrazyfx
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Tarheel4985

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

10-19-2012 16:43:13 | More by Tarheel4985
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rbrefbeerman

California

3.75/5  rDev -6%

10-17-2012 03:44:46 | More by rbrefbeerman
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crobinso

Colorado

2/5  rDev -49.9%

10-16-2012 00:18:22 | More by crobinso
The Meddler from Odell Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.