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Wellspring | Odell Brewing Company

14 Reviews
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Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GilGarp on 09-21-2013

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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Beer Kitchen in Kansas City. Lucky me, as I haven't seen this one around. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough? Poured into a Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a glowing, saturated orange hue, with some amber highlights where the light manages to penetrate. Of course, light penetration is not easy, given the massive three-finger head. The foam is bone white and pillowy, with uneven pocking as it slowly starts to dissipate, leaving a thick webbing of lacing along the sides of the glass. As I drink it down, it leaves significantly pronounced rings of foam sheets. A beautiful beer to be sure.

Smell - A blend of fruits, with both citrus and tropical profiles. Some faint lemon zest, mango and even a bit of pineapple to go along with a more bready base of yeasty phenols. I also can detect a substantial element of hop pungency (in a good way) and grassiness from the dry-hopping.

Taste - Here, the hop profiles go from supporting character to bonafide co-star to the wonderful Belgian yeast. Grassy, herbal, some faint pine compliment the mango and nectarine fruit profiles, as well as some spiciness from white pepper and clove. A fleeting sweetness is present, but that element gives way to a predominantly dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and with high levels of carbonation. Finish is clean and smooth making for a high level of drinkability.

Overall, this is a fantastic hoppy saison. I need to look more carefully to see if I can get it around here. If I didn't live in a market with a local, easy to get saison with good hop characteristics, this would be a regular go-to for me. I may have to get my ass down to Beer Kitchen again before it's gone.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Jason
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Tastes like an American Saison, very well put together with all the right showings of a Saison but the hops are amped up a bit as well as the body.

LOOK: Hazed peachy orange hue, ample lacing and stickage on the glass.

SMELL: Citrus zest, peppercorn, faint clove, dried green plantains, doughy biscuits, kiss of esters, hop resin

TASTE: Deep smoothness, just enough crispness, leafy, hop oil, mild rind, dry graininess, faint banana pith, orangey, balanced hop bitterness, firm spiciness, yeast, drying grainy finish

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Photo of bsp77
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Very cloudy yellow-orange with white fluffy head and sticky lacing.

Smell: Lemon, banana bread, white pepper and some tropical notes.

Taste: Lemon and tropical notes come through fairly strongly on top of the banana, clove and bread notes that I expect. Definitely used more hops than typical here. The finish has clove, pepper and floral hops, although there is a lingering fruity sweetness that slightly detracts.

Feel: Body is a little fuller than expected and the carbonation is not quite as effervescent. Still a good mouthfeel, but not ideal for a Saison. Finish is mostly dry but there is a that sweet aftertaste.

Overall: While certainly not a traditional Saison, it is still a quite nice one. Odell did a slightly better job with Celastrina, but this is certainly priced better than that was.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Best before 1/3/14.

Wellspring is a dry-hopped Saison and came as part of the fall montage mixed twelve-pack.

It has a hazy golden yellow color with white head that's thin and tight. It settles quickly and leaves a little spotty lacing behind.

Aroma is hoppy and fruity with lemony citrus and tropical fruits. The yeast comes through here to giving it a nice mild Saison funkiness.

The flavor is slightly more bitter than a traditional Saison with the big American hops coming on strong. The tropical fruit continues here with the addition of peaches and black pepper.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated for the style. It's balanced and enjoyable.

Overall a really nice hoppy Saison. Just like it claims to be.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on-tap @ the brewery

served in the classic heavy odell stemware - preferred this dry hopped saison to the classic style saison that was also on tap. Lots of nice fresh citrus, nice hop bite, pepper, a little yeast, lemon peel. A nice beer to enjoy in the excruciating dessert that is north-central colorado.

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at Brewforia Meridian a couple nights ago... Pours with a pillowy white head... the brew is hazy light orange.

Aromas are sorta all over the place... bubblegum esters.. along with a little clovey phenolic notes... plenty of fruitiness reminds me of underripe pears and throughout there is a good smack of grassy hoppiness.

Light banana sweetness ester... a bit of peppery essence... a sorta sharp pear note combines with the hops to allow for a long finish..

Body is a bit thicker than a standard saison.. and the carbonation tries to keep up but loses out IMO.

3.5 across the board.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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Wellspring from Odell Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.