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The Meddler - Odell Brewing Company

The MeddlerThe Meddler

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89
very good

181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%


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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kojevergas

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 06:23:33 | More by kojevergas
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wethorseblanket

California

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 01:15:43 | More by wethorseblanket
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BeerNFoodDood

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Meddler

This beer pours a dark plum purple, near black color. Pours a pretty nice two finger head that is a caramel tan.

The nose consists of sweet dark fruit that is tangled in with lactic acidity. There is some oak on the nose but not overpowering. Definitely some blueberries and currents on the nose as well.

There is a lot of oak on the first taste. A little too much oak even for me. I taste more fruit on the second go at it. Lots of blueberries and lactic intermingled with a smoky maple flavor. Pretty complex taste, needs to lose a little oak.

Overall pretty good for an american shot at Oude Bruin, maybe not worth the price tag but good.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 02:55:52 | More by BeerNFoodDood
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black, with a small head. Not much to look at really.

But there is much to appreciate in the aroma. Big sour notes, coupled with familiar brown ale qualities, like chocolate and coffee and sweet dough.

Taste is complex—sourness and vanilla oak sweetness co-mingle with a brown ale in a really intriguing manner. There’s a slight roast bitterness lurking in there as well. This is one of the better wild ales I’ve had in that the Brett hasn’t made it a one-dimensional beer. Good carbonation and lightness keep this hefty brew deceptively drinkable.

Overall this one’s a winner! I think I like it more than their other brown ale with wild yeast, Saboteur. I will be cellaring a bottle of The Meddler to see how it develops over the next year.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 22:05:35 | More by JEdmund
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 11:44:02 | More by thagr81us
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KajII

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a plum brown with a large (2-3 finger) tan creamy head that had excellent retention, receding very slowly down to a puddled cap with a large collar and fantastic sheets of sticky lacing that engulfed the entire glass.

The aroma was sweetly tart of a bold Brett yeast and a mild sweet grain malt along with notes of chocolate, dark fruit (plums and black cherry), vanilla and a slight woody scent.

The taste was sweet and acidic with a nice malty feel and a note of dark fruit from the get go, maturing into a rather sour funky yeasty taste with a mild woody presence towards the end. The flavor lasted a decent duration proceeding the swallow, with a sour fruitiness and a slight funkiness left behind.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a slightly dry texture and a mild carbonation.

Overall this was a really fantastic tasting sour brown, which had no flavor overpowering any other. Just a nice mix of fruit and funky tartness, which blended together so well that it created this exquisite tasting brew. I will be getting more of this one, I assure you...

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Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 22:20:51 | More by KajII
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 03:47:54 | More by russpowell
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 04:31:59 | More by mwilbur
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4/5  rDev 0%
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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beergoot

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.48/5  rDev +12%
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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zeff80

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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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claspada

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Idaho

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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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TotallyHosed

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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 +19.5%
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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DaveAnderson

Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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).

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 04:25:19 | More by DaveAnderson
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phishsihq

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 00:25:38 | More by phishsihq
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 01:21:03 | More by yamar68
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 04:36:58 | More by JohnGalt1
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 20:47:34 | More by StonedTrippin
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 19:08:56 | More by Bitterbill
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 04:49:04 | More by Beaver13
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 01:40:28 | More by chugalug06
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denver10

Colorado

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 00:52:37 | More by denver10
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The Meddler from Odell Brewing Company
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