Fifty Niner | Odell Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Golden ale aged on oak staves and conditioned with Brett yeast.

Added by StoutSnob40 on 01-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 18
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Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Semi-expressive brett throughout, ranges from lemon pith to lavender. Semi-dry palate, bread crust and dried grass from the malt. Peppery with a growing alcoholic warmth. BTW this beer is 10% abv. Hint of funk, more spice and alcohol warmth in the finish. Good use of oak. This is brew is huge, treat it as such even though a beer drinker like me may want to take more than a sip. Was hoping for bit more dryness ...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

time has evidently done this some favors, i liked it a lot better this weekend than other reviewers seem to have in the past, so perhaps the brett has developed a bit more in the cellar. interesting beer, being so strong and all, almost reminds me of that elder brett that epic did, except this comes across more as a belgian tripel in base rather than a saison, but the idea of mild brett in a strong golden beer is the same. its actually got a little more color and malt heft to it than expected, more rusty orange than yellow, and super fluffy white lace holds strong on top. it smells only mildly bretty, still less than expected, but more than maybe it had when it came out. the oak balances the sweeter grain in the smell, but not in the taste, its very sweet especially in the finish, honey type sugars suggesting even more time might bring it along even further. i can definitely taste the brett though, which has a farmy weirdness to it, seemingly almost out of place and overpowered in a beer this strong, but also making it very unique. the big carbonation really helps it feel alive, and more like a wild ale, but there is still plenty of body here, which lends some continuance to the finish. not as wild as expected/hoped for, but appreciably different, and very high quality on the whole. i always enjoy these one offs from odell, i just wish there were more of them.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Beaver13
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet malts with some tropical fruit and brett.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruits and some earthy brett with some alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I love the brett and tropical fruit. The alcohol is a little harsh.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours fairly clear amber with no head.
S: Brett nose, tart, tangy, orangey.
T: A very fruity palate: tropical fruit, guava, pineapple and a suggestion of mango. Alcoholic and a little on the sweet side. The Brett is there but not big.
F: Medium to medium light body and fairly flat carbonation.
O: This beer has a lot of promise but its flatness, sweetness and light Brett character suggest that it needs more time in the bottle before being released.

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Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured a lovely clear golden body with thin ring of foam, but no real head. A rather nice looking ale that could do with a touch more head. Scents of mild Brett funk, barnyard-like and nicely sour, a nice fruity aroma that is moderate in intensity, with notes of strawberry, tangerine and orange flesh, a nice sweet Belgian malt aroma that is a bit reminiscent of sugar cookies, and a medium-low level of spicy phenols with notes of clove and white pepper. Overall impression is of a very fruity Belgian Golden that mingles with some nice spicy and malty aromas, with Brett adding a nice depth. Flavor begins medium-sweet with notes of mango, sweet, sugar cookie-like malt, a low level of alcohol and very faint, low levels of Brett funk. This moves into a still medium-sweet middle with a light bitterness added, a medium-low level of alcohol, continuing sugar cookie sweetness, mango, fruity esters and a bit of spicy phenols clove and white pepper. Finish is medium-sweet with notes of spicy phenols, medium-low alcohol, and faint fruity esters. Aftertaste is sugar cookie and doughy malt and a faint low level of herbal bitterness and some white pepper. Overall impression is of a rather sweet, somewhat boozy, modestly phenolic Belgian that unfortunately lacks a bit in Brett character and is a bit too muted in fruit for my tastes. Still a solid flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth, easy drinking mouthfeel hiding its ABV. Overall impression is of a nice, full, easy drinking Belgian Golden. Overall this is a nice Belgian Golden ale. The addition of Brett helps the aroma but doesn't carry into the flavor as of yet. It is still nicely complex and very pleasant and worth trying.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of RDW
4.4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Snow81
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jheezee
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opens with a ever so slight pop

Pours an effervescent amber with a sliver of cream colored head. Average head retention & above average head retention

S: Sourness, a little bit old leather, pears & appleskins, all drop a bit off once warm

T: Sourness, Golden Delicious Apple, a little bit of funk & some white grape up front. Pears, funk & white grape juice as this warms, some oaky notes as well. Finishes with some oaky white wine kick, dryness & slightly muted sourness

MF: Medium bodied & very slight carbonation, warming

Drinks easy, a little more complexity is required to get the sour fanatics too excited, this works for me though, would be a good wild beer to break in novices with. The ABV is not noticeable at all

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Photo of 40ontarget
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BKotch
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of crankdatank
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Cork is extracted with barely a thwup.
Pours a deep saturated orange, with a visually viscous texture. Ploops into the glass with nary a bubble, maybe one or two max. No foam or lace, practically flat.

Smells sweet and musty, like wet hay soaked in old juice and mushrooms.
Taste is oddly sweet and slick, honey and mushrooms, hay and leather from the Brett, and a bit of oxidized malt. Full bodied and slick, flat with close to zero carbonation. Although I thought it was terrible, a certain mushroom loving cousin of mine enjoyed it.

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Photo of thevelvetjones
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Like others have stated, I was hoping for a less-sweet, more pronounced Brett profile. Perhaps aging this for a long time would do it well. That said, I've had this one at cellar temps for almost a year. If you you still see one available for purchase, it might be good to hang onto for another year or more before cracking it open.

I just opened this solo and realized that I'm a turd. This is going to get me three sheets at 10% abv. Whoops.


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Photo of jaydoc
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bigbeers84
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Mlkluther
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of angrybabboon
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

A: Hazy, deep gold with some copper - pours with a thick, medium-sized head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Funk, booze, and sweet malts - funky Brett, with some wet, musty cellar, wet hay - the Brett does not really have its typical dry aroma due to the characteristics of the malts - decidedly sweet, with some pale malts, malt extract, sugar, candy, sweet bread, bread dough - booze is fairly obvious, which may be due to the age of this beer... but it was probably even hotter when fresh - big amount of oak at the end

T: Funk candy - sweet malts are quite prominent - sweet bread, caramel, molasses, candy - nice amount of Brett, with some barnyard funk, musty funk, some general farmhouse weirdness - lots of oak, which tastes oddly sweet because of the malts - boozy - sweet and boozy overall, but it's somehow not a mess

M: Medium to full body, very smooth, medium carbonation, finishes with oak and booze

O: Probably can be aged until 2059

I'm not sure entirely what to make of this beer. It's big, burly, and sweet. It has lots of oak, and lots of booze. But the Brett kind of helps it from being a hot mess. Far from the best Odell has produced, but worth a try.

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Fifty Niner from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 110 ratings