Saboteur | Odell Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
293 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
odells.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Oxymoron on 04-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
293
Reviews:
144
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
14.69%
 
 
Wants:
106
Gots:
61
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 293 |  Reviews: 144
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Masterful creation of oak barrelled ale, only a hint of sour, a sweetness that yields to spice and a little carob. Enjoyable drinkable. Very dark brown,slight horse aroma. Love the brett, a littl sugar.Smooth,appropriate carbonation, caramel.Well hidden alcohol.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is dacadent, absolutely exquisite! pours almost black into a tulip glass. nice tall lacy white head. nose is really complex. malts roasted dark up front, brett in the back, with vanilla, fruit, and woody notes interplaying in the middle. flavor is very different from any brown ale on the planet. a little smokey with tons of acidic fruit going on, tart but not sour brett finish. this beer constantly evolves in the mouth, and as it warms it gets even better, with notes of cocoa and a stronger alcohol burn coming to life. mouthfeel is good too, a little thicker than i am used to for a brown, but it works here. i continue to be blown away by almost everything odell's does, all of their cork and cage releases are out of this world, and all their regular bottles are some of my staple beers. this one tops the charts for me! worth all of the $13.29 i paid for it!

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark brownish amber in color and has a thin film of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The smell is rather sour and has some hints of orange aroma.
T: The taste is quite sour and tart; it is quite complex and has hints of chocolate, grapes and oranges in the flavor. There are also some hints of pineapple in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and slightly thick with a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable for the style because the alcohol is well masked from the taste and the Brettanomyces does not make the sourness overpower the smell or taste.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado.

A: Pours a six finger head of white colour, decent cream, good thickness, and amazing retention for the 10% abv (probably six minutes). Colour is an incredibly dark caramel amber.

Sm: Brett yeast/funk. That's it! A mild strength aroma.

T: A bit simple, with muted bretts. Structurally brief. Some lingering grape continues after the finish. Not a whole lot is going on here. Nicely nutty. It's pleasant and enjoyable for what it is, but needs more to be truly great. Pleasant yeast. I do like what's there. It's balanced, but there aren't too many notes to balance.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavour well.

Dr: Highly drinkable for the ABV. Conceals the alcohol extraordinarily well.

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Photo of oline73
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. We opened this at the August Baltimore BA get together.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy mahogany color with a finger of off white head. The bubbles are rather large and the head fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Getting the brett up front with some dark fruit and carmel malt showing up as well.

Taste: Brett tartness showing throughout. Malty underneath with a mild caramel sweetness. The finish is rather tart. This is a very different beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tons of carbonation, way too much in fact. The finish is dry.

Overall: This was a really weird beer for me. The malt with the tartness never quite blended. Could have been a bit less carbonated.

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A beautiful pour, with a massive, creamy tan head sitting on top of the chocolate colored liquid; the retention and lacing are both impressive

Smell: Intriguing aromatics, more like a BSDA than what I was expecting; dark fruit (fig and date), pineapple, chocolate powder, vanilla and caramel, with just a vague hint of earthy funk

Taste: What was intriguing on the nose doesn't quite come together on the palate; the sweeter BSDA flavors are prominent with all of the fruit, chocolate and vanilla elements coming through but the Brett is very subtle and the earthy elements create a jammy character that lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant carbonation; the mouthfeel is out of the ballpark

Overall: I really wish I liked this beer more than I do; Odell is one of my favorite brewers and this concept has a lot of potential; I just found that the flavors were not as balanced and the dominance of the sweeter elements was not what I was seeking

Thanks, SalukiAlum, for the opportunity

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahoghany color, a bit murky, with racing visible carbonation. Some lacing arcs around the edges, with a firm cap of foam.

Smells like musty cellar, red wine, and bakers chocolate.

Dry Brett funk, wet hay and cherry pits, earthy dark malts and a some cocoa in the back. An interesting blend, the funk and malt dominate, with a mild tartness in the back. Residual dry bakers chocolate, and vinous dried fruit. Pretty interesting and not your typical dark wild ale. Brett gets less intense and more palatable as time goes on. No trace of the 10% abv.

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Photo of zeff80
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark brown color with ruby highlights. It had a two-finger tan of thick foam that had large bubbles of carbonation in the head.

S - It smelled of some barnyard funk, vanilla, bourbon, oak and malt. It is complex with none of the aromas overpowering the others.

T - It tasted of sourness, bourbon, vanilla and sweet caramel, toffee and touches of chocolate.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with an alcohol warmth.

D - This is a really good wild brown ale. I couldn't believe it had a few low scores because I thought it was fantstic.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mothman
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for cracking this one.

Poured into Duvel glass.

Pours 1/4 finger of light tan colored head. Color is a dark murky brown.

Aroma: Sour notes, cherries, oak, light brett, light vinegar notes. Needs a bit of time imo.

Taste: Has a smoked/roasted malt taste with the sourness right behind it. Cherries, but not very tart. Has oak and funk. More brett showing. Also some vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Funky, crisp, and dry. Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation. Ends dry with some light funk to it.

Overall, this beer is odd. Smells pretty good. Taste is not as good. Not very tart, but I think it might get pretty sour with time. The malt doesn't go well with the beer. Maybe time will help it.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark crimson color. A bit of an off white head with some pretty decent lacing. The nose brings some sour cherries, funk, oak, light leather, a bit of earth, and some mild fruits. The taste is a bit of cherry and dark fruits along with earthy funk. Really nice combination of sour and funk in the feel with a bit of tartness. Drinks pretty well and is pretty good overall.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
2/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 293 ratings.
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