Celastrina - Odell Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
Reviewed from notes dated 11/9/13. Enjoyed out of a brown cork & caged 750 mL bottle. I'm pretty sure there was a date on this one, but I don't seem to have written it down in my notes. Poured into a small snifter.
Appearance - A hazy, golden honey color, with a wide range of shades of orange and yellow and even some darker amber highlights where the body is shaded by the big rocky stark white head. At about three fingers, I'm forced to settle in for the long haul as it slowly dissipates, leaving strings of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. The bubbles expand and leave a honeycomb of enormous pocks. Also leaves faint rings around the glass once I finally start drinking it down. The foam never completely disappears--well, not until I polish off the last drop anyway.
Smell - Lots of light, floral aromas with a subtle sweetness like fresh baked pastries. Almost like walking through a field of wildflowers. Some fruity phenols as well with a VERY faint banana aroma and some clove spice, but nothing that really stands out. Overall, this one smells like a pleasant blend of "polite" aromas, if you will. In other words, it's a tasty saison that I can't imagine being able to offend anyone's individual palate.
Taste - A little more aggressive than the smell, now I pick up a little bit of faint pungency (if pungency can be faint) from the hops, although it doesn't overpower the still dominant floral tones. Here the clove and some peppery spice become more present, as well as generic yeasty phenols. The banana I detected in the aroma is not really present in the taste.
Mouthfeel - Pleasant and light-bodied with a good amount of carbonation--more than moderate. Finish is semi-dry and entices the next sip.
Overall, a more than competent offering from Odell. Not as hoppy and bright as their Wellspring dry-hopped saison, but it exhibits a deft touch and a smell/flavor profile that would work well with many types of food. The yeast is the hero of this pleasant farmhouse ale, but it doesn't overpower. Would love to see this one get brewed again moving forward.
12-13-2013 21:43:58 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.
Appearance: Cloudy honey with huge, foamy white head that persists for awhile and clings nicely.
Smell: Banana, clove, oranges, bread and pepper.
Taste: Bready and fruity, with banana and citrus. It is earthy and musty, but not at all tart, as many of the more earthy Saisons are. Cloves and hops are very noticeable on the finish, with the hops deserving special mention for strong orange and pepper notes.
Feel: High carbonation, medium body that is slightly too sticky and not effervescent enough. Semi-dry finish.
Overall: Nice Saison overall, which actually seems to have some Tripel traits. However, other than the strong, distinct hops, this is a relatively straightforward Saison that doesn't seem to deserve the expensive price tag. While I don't let price impact my score here, it will prevent repeat purchasing.
06-29-2013 04:20:13 | More by bsp77
3.79/5 rDev -2.3%
Overly carbonated so I had to wait with this beer. Beautiful color and lacing for sure, but over looked because of the carbonation. Very earthy and hay smell to it. Light to drink and very easy to drink. I enjoy the beer, but I would prefer to see it in a 6 pack rather than a bomber. Great idea by Odell, but missing that something in the taste to push it over the edge.
07-28-2013 01:27:44 | More by beatenbyjacks
3.71/5 rDev -4.4%
750 ml corked bottle. No date stamp which is unusual for Odell. Maybe it was planned as a one-off release.
Poured into a goblet, Celastrina is a pale golden yellow color with thick white head that builds before it settles.
Aroma is appropriately fruity, floral, and funky like a good saison should be. It's more fruit forward than anything.
Flavor is fairly bold for the style with plenty of hops in typical American fashion. It has the same nice floral and tropical fruit flavors from the aroma but it's stronger than expected. The yeast adds a lot of character but there's more bitterness than expected.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and strongly carbonated. It's bottle conditioned and the carbonated seems about right for a saison but more than I care for typically in my beer.
Overall a solid saison but there are certainly some better ones out there at this price. Next time I would go for a true Belgian.
08-21-2013 01:23:48 | More by GilGarp
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
750ml bottle, split. from the brewery
served in odell glassware - cloudy light orange body, lively carbonation, huge frothy white cap with heavy retention. A classic saison - heavy carbonation, nicely spiced, some citrusy hops (but not to the level of the lovely Wellspring saison), a little pineapple and tropical fruit. Would compliment most dishes, but on new years day, it happens to be some pulled chicken nachos with blacked eyed pea salsa and avocado. Glad I brought this back from the Fort.
01-02-2014 02:36:18 | More by dirtylou
3.86/5 rDev -0.5%
Took the cage off, started reading the label & BAM! The cork went flying, luckily no one's eye was put out nor was any beer wasted!
Pours an effervescent gold/honey with 3+ fingers of meringue like pearl colored head. Stellar head retention & lacing, stays bright through the whole bottle
S: Grassyness, hay & a touch of sourness & cloves
T: Pears, a touch of golden delicious apple, green apple skins, clove & dryness up front. Pears, faint apricot notes, grass & cloves as this warms, plus white grapes & honeysuckle. Finishes dry, fruitty & crisp
MF: Medium bodied with delicate carbonation
Pretty drinkable, a nice not over complex saison
07-24-2013 02:32:36 | More by russpowell
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
A: Upon taking off the cage, the cork started protruding from the bottle and rapidly took off until it collided with my ceiling. The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with an eighth of a finger high off white head that hardly died down, consistently covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of floral blossoms are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has interesting flavors of floral blossoms along with hints of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This saison has lots of floral aromas and lavors, but interestingly they are more like floral blossoms tan floral hops.
09-15-2013 20:09:29 | More by metter98
Celastrina from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.