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Celastrina - Odell Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

29 Reviews
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Reviews: 29
Hads: 124
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 17.48%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Moose90 on 05-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Celastrina, or Hops Blue, is a tiny blue butterfly found living on wild hop plants along the Front Range of Colorado. Little is known about this rare species, but we hope to change that. Celastrina Saison pays tribute to this winged creature with delicate hints of banana and clove-like flavor, typical of a traditional Saison, that flutter with a subtle spice character derived only from the hops used. $1 from each bottle sold will go to the Colorado Natural Heritage Program to help fund research of the Hops Blue butterfly.
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Photo of intensify
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'll make this one short. Calestrina is truly an above average Saison from the boys at Odell. The pour in a tulip holds a high head that lasts and leaves plenty of lacing. Smells of strong spices, pineapple, cracked pepper, mango and a touch of bread aroma. Easy to sip on, mango and pineapple really push at first, followed by a bready finish and a touch of bitterness to round things out. Good mouthfeel, not to thick and has a nice balance of body to it with a good amount of carbonation to keep things fresh in the palate.
If you can buy a bomber of Calestrina, do it. You wont regret it.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of bsp77
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Prospero
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. L: Pours hazy straw under a voluminous clingy, persistent 3” off-white foam collar that rises up over the rim of the glass.
S: Fruity, spicy, herbal, flowery with traces of malt and a touch of fresh compost.
T: Fuity, sour dough bread, over ripe fruit, finishes dry.
F: Creamy, medium to medium light body, medium high carbonation.
O: Odell has done some nice work with the yeast to produce very luscious light fruit flavors.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of RDW
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Beemanick83
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

Bit over carbonated but still tastes good

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Photo of AlexChillton
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of GilGarp
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of dirtylou
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of stuart3368
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jakbquick78
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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Celastrina from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.