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Wellspring - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

91 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 09-21-2013

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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 14
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Photo of Jason
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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 +3.4%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of gatornation
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On Tap @ red cow

A- pours a hazed straw yellow with a very white i finger head looks good
S-bready and malty cut grass and lemon scent
T- slight citrus with lemon baked bread mild yeast and more dough and bread
M-slight tart with medium carbonation
O- drinkable brew but not alot of saison qualities noy one to seek out

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow orange with one finer wispy white head. Head doesn't hang around very long. Pretty good lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lemon pepper, floral notes, brett funk, banana, and some citrus notes. Not too strong of an aroma but some good things going on here.

Taste: Tastes like a hoppy saison as promised. Very tasty. Lemon pepper and banana dominate with a nice floral hop addition.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied, works well with the style and is nicely done. Crisp and easy drinking.

This is an excellent saison. I like the idea of a hoppier saison and it works quite well. Odell brewing continues to impress me with another solid brew. It would be very easy to drink a few of these on any given day.

Photo of denver10
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange with a white head. Aroma is spicy, banana, lemon, and grass. Flavor was similar with the yeast giving off a good dose of spice, lemon and its rind, and some mild bitter grassiness from the hops. A medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel. Overall,not really a fan of this. I think this one made me realize I am not a huge huge fan of their saison yeast strain.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the vine street pub. Dark orange, hazy, served in a pint glass which is not really #properglassware but whatever. Fruity aroma, earthy flavor with a distinct hoppiness. Not close to a traditional saison at all in my opinion but still this was an enjoyable beer. Not bad.

Photo of Rayek
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up as part of Odell's latest mixed pack and poured it into one of my favorite tulips.

A: Wellspring pours with an appropriately hazy straw color and sports a dense eggshell cap. The beer's head does a nice job of staying around, but only leaves a smattering of lace.

S: The aromas are rather subdued until the beer warms up a little. Once that happens, a pleasant sourdough, cut grass and lemon scent cuts through.

T: All the things I look for in a Saison are there. Yeast does the yeoman's work, as I would expect in this style. There is a nice combination of sourdough, lemon and coriander spice at work. The grains provide a straw-like quality to the finished product. The bitterness is just enough to create good balance. The beer finishes dry, with lingering sourdough flavors.

M: The beer's body is right around medium and slightly grainy. Carbonation is spot on.

O: This is one of the better US Saisons I've had the pleasure of trying. It's well balanced and an easy drinker.

Photo of Beerlover
1.82/5  rDev -52%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Another one off in the odell variety pack - can't get it anywhere else but on tap or in this variety pack... the appearance of this beer is very appealing, hazy peachy orangish golden color with a considerably moderately high looking carbonation. The smell is odd for a saison, it is dry hopped but the hops seem to have overtaken this one at least in aroma, not much clovey yeastiness apparent in the aroma, at least not enough for a saison style. Flavor is spot on with the aroma, this should be classified as a Belgian ipa for style, unfortunately the hops they used are extremely floral, nothing but which is my least favorite, I try to be fair in ratin a beer according to it's style but the over all characteristic of this beer do not fit this style, the dry hopping and choice of hops in my opinion have ruined this beer. Like sucking on a bouquet of flowers...yuck!

Photo of laglocal
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

A - hardly any head (1/4") formation after a fairly standard pour. Pours a hazy orange yellow with eggshell white head.

S - Doughy citrus, with a touch of hops. Really, really doughy. Smells like a bakery.

T - Yeast and citrus right off the bat, with a hop bitterness coming in near the finish. This is dangerously drinkable and seems even more sessionable than it is clocking in at 6.6% ABV. Banana present.

M - Carbonation not over the top but just on point, the mouthfeel is fantastic on this beer and has my mouth brimming with anticipation for the next sip with a recollection to the last.

Overall, I really like this beer, although it doesn't quite cure my hop fix it is extremely well done. Should probably be noted this is my first saison.

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with a "best by" date of 2/11/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - gold color, tons of bubbly carbonation, a fluffy, white head that builds with the bubbles. Lacing is adequate.
Smell - sweet citrus fruit, some banana, peaches and mango.
Taste - flavorful with lemon zest, orange, and some stone fruit.
Feel - light body, nice carbonation, easy to drink and refreshing!
Overall - this is a very enjoyable beer and in a mixed 12 with some other great Odell offerings, makes this a nice value!

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Wellspring from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.