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Celastrina - Odell Brewing Company

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87
very good

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Moose90 on 05-23-2013)
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

stuart3368, Nov 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Brewzma, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a tulip.
Appearance: A mesmerizing cloud of amber. I keep expecting to find a mosquito full of dinosaur DNA trapped somewhere inside. Highly effervescent, but seemingly unable to hold much of a head.
Smell: Freshly grated lemon pith and newly cut grass. Earthy and musty in the background.
Taste: Sharp clove with a touch of banana peal on the finish. Very dry. Some bitter citrus laced throughout. The nose is definitely more complex than the flavor.
Mouthfeel: There is an explosion of bubbles every time it hits my mouth. Dry and slightly astringent.
Overall: A nice saison that favors citrusy hops. I’d drink another one if it was put in front of me.

mhaugo, Jun 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

FINLANDski_1619, Aug 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

beerist, Jul 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

KAF, Aug 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

GMUPatriot_inKansas, Jul 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Oboogie, Jul 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

GRG1313, Jan 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Hellpop65, Sep 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

tuckerlikesbeer, Jun 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Rasmon, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

baybum, Jun 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

dhbiker0889, Dec 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, May 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

miggs3030, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of ZoomanCru
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.
Taste: Pretty standard saison profile, pepper and herb spiciness coupled with fruity notes of yeast, fading to sweet and grassy over time.
Mouth: Heavy and even. Subtle carbonation that doesn’t distract from the strong flavors.

ZoomanCru, Dec 02, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a darker yellow. Mostly clear bodied. Big, sudsy head. Also the cork almost took out my eye when opening.

S-Smells a bit phenolic. Quite floral. Some banana. Also some apple juice. Lightly spicy.

T-Sweet with some grassy hops. Just as phenolic as the nose. Some lighter honey flavor. Plenty of floral flavors. Bananas. Some breadiness and finishing spice.

M-Medium bodied. Softer carbonation. A little bit creamy. Hint of booze.

O-Mostly tasty. Nothing groundbreaking here.

VelvetExtract, Jul 21, 2014
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3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Celastrina pours a clearer golden color with a nice lacing head. Their is a sweet fruity flowery aroma. The taste has some nice banana notes, flower like flavors, and a nice yeasty undertone. Nice body, drinkable, and flavorful. Overall its a sweeter easy drinking clean saison.

vette2006c5r, Jul 17, 2013
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3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

$13.99 for the caged and corked 750ml bottle.

A- huge pop when I removed the cork, it pours a clear bright gold with a 2 finger head of foam, and does well with the lacing.

S- it smells yeasty, spicy, has notes of citrus, maybe a bit of fruit like banana.

T- kind of on the peppery side with a hint of cloves, getting some flavour of banana, lemon zest, the malt is earthy...tastes good and all but maybe I should cooled it down more than I did.
Finish is on the dry side and fine with me.

M- on the light side of medium bodied, zesty level of carbonation, or is it? Kind of puzzling with the carbo; in the mouth it feels lively but in the swallow, it feels flatter.

O- a good Saison here but for the price, and even though I don't think there are other Saisons in town, I will probably not get another. It just doesn't work that well for ME.

Bitterbill, Jun 10, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

GilGarp, Aug 21, 2013
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3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Okay, gave this one a 2nd try and it was much better this go round so going tp re-review this one.

Pours a burnt golden with a big, prickly white head. Aroma is smooth, creamy and bright; nice spiciness from the yeast, lemongrass, melon, the esssence of some light banana sugars providing some sweetness, and a kiss of some hops. Flavor isn't quite as complex as the aroma but still really good; spicey, earthy a little lemongrass, melon, and a mildy bitter hop kick closing things out. A medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, some activity but could be more. Overall, glad I gave this one a second shot because I definitely dug this one more the second go around.

denver10, Jun 10, 2013
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Celastrina from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.