Brazzle Sour Golden Raspberry
Odell Brewing Company

Brazzle Sour Golden RaspberryBrazzle Sour Golden Raspberry
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Style:
American Wild Ale
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 7.09%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
230
From:
Odell Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  37
Gots
  50
SCORE
94
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Brazzle Sour Golden RaspberryBrazzle Sour Golden Raspberry
Notes: Some folks refer to the color of fool's gold as brazzle, a radiant hue much like the golden raspberry. A rare find and unique treat, these tiny nuggets are sweet and juicy. Brazzle Sour Golden Raspberry is aged in oak barrels with wild yeasts and 300 pounds of golden raspberries. Don't be fooled by the bubbly light mouthfeel and delicate raspberry sweetness. There's a subtle tartness that is not quite sour enough to make you pucker. But will prickle the back of your tongue leaving a crisp and refreshing finish.

10 IBU
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 230
Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2017 vintage. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge sour/tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, peppercorn, leathery/musty/Lacto/Brett funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Amazing aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of raspberries, fruity/acidic/funky/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge sour/tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, peppercorn, leathery/musty/Lacto/Brett funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and Brett/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light peppercorn/leathery/musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, fruity/acidic/funky/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with an amazing malt/tartness, tangy fruit, and yeast/oak spiciness balance; with zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/spiciness, tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.4%. Overall this is an amazing fruited sour/wild ale! All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, fruity/acidic/funky/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/clean/refreshing to drink, with the mellowly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish; nicely soft and not overly lactic for the style. Perfectly balanced between juicy/jammy raspberries, Brett/Bacteria complexity, and wine barrel presence/integration; with a great pale/wheat malt backbone against acidity. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A highly amazing offering, and pretty mind blowing style example. Aged wonderfully. Not overwhelming on any aspect.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. 2017 bottling.
Very slightly cloudy apple juice colored body. Slight white head quickly fizzles away. No lacing.
Aroma of tart lemon and semisweet raspberry. There is some yeast funk here too.
Taste of semi tart and semi sweet fruit (lemon and raspberry) balancing against the funk (ranging from rubber to horse blanket). Some oak barrel is expressed also. The funk lasts a little bit longer than anything else in the aftertaste.
Medium mouth feel. Good carbonation. Slightly dry finish.
This beer expresses a delicate dance with the fruit and the funk, and at the same time allows the expressions of tart and funk to blend together. All expressions are quiet but work really well together. Very pleasant sipper, and allows for the search and savoring for each flavorful component.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: honey-golden and wonderfully bright. The head is a spritzy off-white that fades quickly. Sparkly. By appearances only, I would have tabbed this beer as an IPA – Pliny in particular. Its fun to see a raspberry beer that’s golden rather than pink.

Aroma: wonderful, fresh raspberry, some very light Belgian yeast characteristics and oak. Very little to no funk. So many layers.

Flavor: fresh raspberries and light oak. Mildly tart. Very enjoyable and refreshing. Some funk and the oak come in the finish. The funk is light.

Mouthfeel: this is on the lighter side (medium-light); almost water-like, surprisingly thin, but enjoyable. Spritzy carbonation.

Overall: this beer has eluded me for a few years. I’m glad our paths finally crossed. This is enjoyable. Well balanced; all of the flavors are there and in concert, although light. I like the concept of using golden raspberries. Odell has produced another worthy wild ale. This is worth trying.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a bright gold with some slight pink hues with a finger of dense white head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of funk, sourness, and raspberries along with some hints of oak
T: Taste is nice and sour up front with some funk and raspberry. There's also a nice oakyness from time to time. Swallow is more funk and tartness with some lingering raspberry sweetness and oak.
M: This beer is somewhat light in the mouth but not watery with slightly prickly carbonation and a dry finish from the acidity.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some decent complexity and flavors. The sourness doesn't overwhelm and it drinks pretty easy. I'd like to see this one make a return.

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Photo of hardy008
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a 2 finger white head, with good retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has mildly tart raspberries, oak, and some lightly sweet malt.

Tastes much like it smells. Mildly tart raspberries, oak, some sweet malt, and subtle vanilla.
Medium bodied with above average carbonation. Finishes dry. I hope Odell decides to brew this again.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 poured into an oversized Belgian tulip.

Pours a light brownish color with golden hues and settles like a light-skinned plum in the glass. Fizzy head gives way to a bed of lace. Transparent to the eye. 5

Aroma is surprisingly funky. Wasn't expecting that from this given the experiences of a few friends. Tart berry notes and jam. A vinous quality as well. I like but find it a bit one dimensional. 4

Opening flavor is heavy on the funk before tart, jammy berries arrive. Dry vinous flavors make me think of white wine but they’re immediately followed by a does of brown sugar or caramelized sugar. The maltiness reminds me of an oud bruin or a Flanders Red. And I like it. 4.25

Light, tart, vinous, refreshing. Got a a bit of sweet maltiness towards the finish that gives it that oud bruin or Flanders Red quality. The balance of dry vinous qualities and tartness to caramelized sweetness is great. Right up my lane. 4.25

I sat on this for ages passing it up for other beers in my fridge and cellar, but this is excellent. Delicious.

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Photo of L0ne
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From backlog. 750ml bottle, April 2015.

Orange-amber, with a fizzy, snow white head. Tart and refreshing, but not as raspberry forward as I was hoping for.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to LiverBelly for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, raspberry, raspberry juice, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour raspberry, raspberry juice, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with solid sour raspberry qualities that come through especially well in the taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An oddly amber hued with a slight orange tint. There's just a trace of the fingernail thin tan head in the middle. Massively tart aroma of raspberries. The taste is not as mouth puckeringly tart as the aroma would suggest. I'm relieved. There is plenty of tart raspberry, but it is all at the front of the palate. This is a bit one dimensional for me. The mouth seems carbonated and yet a bit thin for the style.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged poured into snifter

A: a light head that disappears as quickly as it was poured light amber color good clarity looks like lively carbonation

S: vinegar, lemon, slight raspberry, some wine grape skin

T: mellow light vinegar slight raspberry taste not very tart more mildly sour than puckering

M: a little watery really clean finish

O: A little light on taste I like that it isn't bracingly sour but I wanted it to be a little more sour than that, if that makes sense. It really is a nice milder sour with a pleasant raspberry taste.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a bit of haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head poured a couple fingers of frothy ivory foam. Quite nice.

Smell: a nice balance of sweet and sour with a light but enticing raspberry aroma. There's some vanilla oakiness as well, which is nice. Complex and intriguing.

Taste: quite sour up front, and the brightness is a nice counterpoint to the slightly flatter aroma. There's plenty of sweetness here, but not too much, and the raspberries add character without going overboard. The oak is nice but also not overdone, which is also welcome. Quite good indeed!

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. It's pretty attenuated but there's lots of good done by the bottle conditioning.

Overall: a very good beer indeed. I'm glad I was able to try this one.

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Photo of spoony
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle to a teku.

A-The beer is clear, pretty thin looking, and appears as a burnished light-orange color. The head is flimsy and white, and fades quickly from about one finger to nothing. No lacing.

S-The aroma is nicely tart verging on outright sour. I sniff white grape, golden raspberry, a little minerality, some light toasted malts, and just a hint of oaky funk.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. The tartness is moderate to high with nice fruity acidity of golden raspberry and orange. There is a moderate oaky funk, but not a ton of wild bugs happening here. The beer is mostly dry with suggestions of white wine until it warms and gets a little stick and sweet.

M-The body is light, bubbly, and pretty crisp. A real easy drinker.

O-A nice effort here. This beer doesn't beat you up with acidity or fruit or extreme flavors, but it still makes for an interesting and tasty sour. It is on the lighter side of things and the golden raspberries are not like their darker friends, so don't expect this to drink like Atrial Rubicite. It drinks well enough that I may go find more.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a fizzy, quickly fading white head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of sour fruit and some sweetness.

Tastes of the tart fruits with a layering of sweet malts. Fruits lead off with notes of raspberry, apple, and white grapes followed by a nice tartness. Sweet malts come through next with notes of honey and some bread. Oak comes through next to round everything out. Finishes with a lingering sweet, dessert-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty and worth a try.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep apricot with a thin head. Barely any bubbles in the body. Smells of funky yeast, raspberry, cinnamon, and grainy malts. Tart, dry, light cereal grain, raspberry, musty old house, fungal. Light body and acidic on the tongue. Great attempt at a fruit sour. Reminiscent of lambic. Well done.

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Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent bronze with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Below average head retention & lacing; some viscosity

S: Raspberries, sourness; slight Chardonnay notes

T: Tartness, raspberries, oaky dryness, a little bit of Winesap apple. More sourness/tartness as this warms, I pick some saltyness as well, tons of oaky dryness, slight raspberry sweetness as well. Finishes tart, dry, sour

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, man, I feel the enamel being stripped from my teeth, wow! A little acidity as well

Complexity picks up as this warms, cuts the drinkability a bit. if you love sour, this is your beer

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Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A hard pour creates a good looker, with a billowy head perched atop the amber liquid; reasonable amounts of lacing linger

Smell: More sweet than tart raspberry aromas waft; if there was such a thing as raspberry shortcake, this would smell like it

Taste: The cakey malt and raspberry fruit flavors coincide in the front, with a growing lactic sourness building through the middle; decent sourness lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Enjoyable, but I would prefer it to bring on some funk

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Photo of Stevedore
3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml C&C bottle served in a snifter 4/19/2015.

A- As promised, medium golden body, one finger white head with good retention time, some lacing.

S- Oak, must, a bit of lemon. Grainy, mineral aromas dominate. The raspberries come out more as it warms, a bit more of a sweet and tart flavour rather than outright fruity sweetness. Not particularly acetic.

F- Minerals, oak, lemon, lightly toasted grain, a fair amount of raspberries. Not as tart as expected, but more nuanced. Not a lot of funk. This is a fine beer but a bit different than expected.

M- Good carbonation, light-moderate body, crisp and dry. Finish is more of a wheaty grainy sweetness complemented by a bit of raspberry dryness.

O- Drinks a lot like a berliner. Lighter bodied, effervescent, wheaty and crisp without being too tart. Would have liked a bit more raspberry flavour here, but it is what it is.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bodied with a white head that dissipates to a ring.

The nose brings some nice raspberry, oak, and funk.

Oh my those berries translate nicely in the flavor. Bright and sharp with acidity. Citric, oaky, and underlying musty funk.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good amount of sour, crystal clear, perfect carb but a finish I couldn't quite describe, almost creamy and i wasn't digging that. Overall, a great beer from Odell and I'll try anything these guys put out! Update: Sep '15, this beer has really become a terrific sour, lost the creamy and loving the feel of this.

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Photo of Cvescalante
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Kind of dark for a golden ale. I'd call it more of a copper color.

Smells of citrus (leaning towards lemon) and sweet/tart candy come to mind. As it warms, the raspberry smell is very easy to pick up. Love it.

Taste is tart and citrusy upfront, then changes to sort of a juicy fruit gum flavor and subtle, yet noticeable raspberry.

Perfect carbonation, crisp mouthfeel, goes down easy.

Overall a fantastic beer. Great balance of sweet and tart flavors, and showcases the raspberries really well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

nice job by odell on this one, i like it because its plenty puckery, but its not lambic-esque either in sourness or in fruit contribution, its a new type of golden sour, and it works really well, maybe a little more approachable for some than the mature lambics. this a little darker than golden in color, more of a polished brass, and the head is thin and white, an inch high and settling fast. incredibly clear, especially for a wild ale. the nose on this is great, tangy citrusy sourness, and tart raspberries. the fruit is authentic, but not over the top in its dosage, and the sourness seems different than a straight lacto culture in wood, its more subtle, less acidic, and not quite as harsh. the flavor and mouthfeel follow suit, its definitely got a pucker, but its not so caustic. there is some leftover sweetness from the berries that help to balance it to, although i would describe the fruit as more tart than sweet in this context, true to its natural from pretty well. i like that its relatively low abv, keeps in drinkable. it makes the bottle price a little tougher to justify, but i think we all (should) trust odell by now, when they put out a new beer, its always worth buying. i like this because its something a little different, but i think it lacks a little funk that makes beers from jolly pumpkin and crooked stave and the like stand out so much. a little safer here, but still absolutely delicious. a little light on the carbonation too, but not enough to be a real negative.

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Photo of samshaw
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden and moderately viscous with a moderate off-white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Moderate raspberry, lightly tart.

T: Medium sour yeast comes to the forefront of the palate complemented with moderate note of raspberry.

M: Moderately thin and crisp, nicely complementing the sharp tartness of raspberry.

O: Bold, sour raspberry beverage that goes down quite nicely without unnecessary sweetness.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I picked up a bottle at 2nd St Discount liquors...$14.29.

Corked and caged bottle let out a pop when said cork was removed.

It sure is a golden coloured brew. Small layer of foam on pouring that soon dissipates to a few islands and a ring around the glass. Looks a bit on the hazy side.

Big woody notes with just as big sour notes from the raspberries. Through one nostril, I could swear that I notice some fruity sweetness. ;^)

Wow, the taste holds no undo surprises; fits the smell to a T. The fruit has such a freshness, tart and lesser..sweet, but I know the things been aging in the oak. Speaking of which, I dig the mildish, sometimes more noticeable, woody character.

Medium body? I think so. Good carbonation? Yes.

This is hella good!

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Photo of mschantz
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted as part of out first annual Sour Power Hour share. Wasn't sure how this offering was gonna hold up against offerings from Russian River, The Rare Barrel and Allagash. Pleasantly found this beer to be very worthy of being in the mix. The golden raspberry comes through as a subtle balancing note. The oak comes through much more prominently in this offering than in most sours. Gonna have to get me more of this one.

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Brazzle Sour Golden Raspberry from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 230 ratings