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Celastrina - Odell Brewing Company

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87
very good

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.21%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: Moose90 on 05-23-2013)
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.86/5  rDev -1%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 02:32:36 | More by russpowell
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast, spice, and slight citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the carbonation level on this one is a bit too much.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 20:19:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-20-2014 17:36:13 | More by GRG1313
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Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Washington

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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LambicPentameter

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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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App: Pale yellow with a slight haziness. Greenish tint around the edges of the glass. Thin, soapy head with no lacing, but good overall retention.
Smell: Spicy almost potpourri like aroma. Very balanced notes of clove and banana. Pretty typical of a saison, has a flower like aroma.
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Celastrina from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.