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Celastrina - Odell Brewing Company

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | 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:
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

tbone1384, Jan 05, 2014
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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.

dirtylou, Jan 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Aldape81080, Dec 22, 2013
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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.

LambicPentameter, Dec 13, 2013
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3.51/5  rDev -9.5%

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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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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.

metter98, Sep 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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Celastrina from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.