The Meddler - Odell Brewing Company
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4.41/5 rDev +10.5%
Among sours, Oud Bruin may not be my favorite style. But Odell knocks this one out of the park. It's sour, of course, but perfectly balanced with strong, but mellow oak. Not only is this a delicious beer, but it's a solid gateway beer for those wine drinkers out there who don't think they like beer (I have brought it to parties and watched it work magic).
Another great beer from Odell, and they even manage to carbonate this one (looks sternly at Hiveranno and Woodcut #5).
10-11-2012 04:25:19 | More by DaveAnderson
4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
The Meddler is and oud bruin style ale from Odell Brewing Company. The beer pours a very dark, nearly black, opaque brown color and is capped with a khaki head that provides tons of lacing. Aromas of sweet
chocolate, vanilla, a lactic acid blend beautifully. On the pallet that sweet malt flavors again dominate, with a tartness pulling through the end. Medium-full in body, this brew features a higher level of carbonation. A fantastic brew!
10-08-2012 00:25:38 | More by phishsihq
4.23/5 rDev +6%
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.
10-06-2012 01:21:03 | More by yamar68
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
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
4.03/5 rDev +1%
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.
09-29-2012 19:08:56 | More by Bitterbill
3.88/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
09-26-2012 04:49:04 | More by Beaver13
3.81/5 rDev -4.5%
Nice three-finger, straw colored, loose foamed head. Brew is dark murky brown.
Smells acidic, lemon, orange, horsey, and grapefruit. Grassy.
Not nearly sour enough, IMO. Slight tartness, but no pucker factor. More barnyard funk then bite. Lots of horse blanket. Mostly dry and bitter. Carbonation is huge and well done. There's something in the brew that makes my head *twinge*
I thought Odell was going to finally ball-up and make a nice deep sour. Sad day. Recommended, but not as an extreme sour. Perfect 4.
09-15-2012 01:40:28 | More by chugalug06
4.11/5 rDev +3%
Pours a deep dark brown with a big khaki head. A sweet and tart aroma of some vinegar, pitted fruits, brown sugar, and pumperknickle bread. Flavo followed suit with the addition of the oak barrel introducing itself as well. A medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, with age this beer improved significantly, IMO. Really good stuff now.
09-10-2012 00:52:37 | More by denver10
The Meddler from Odell Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.