Saboteur | Odell Brewing Company

very good
144 Reviews

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:
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Added by Oxymoron on 04-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of motorhed
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained from local shop. Stored in cellar for about 2 months prior to consumption.

A - Very dark brown, nearly black color with a darker-tan head. Overly carbonated, on first pour, it filled the entire tulip with head - disappointing.

S - First thing on the senses is the spices, almost Belgian. Mild brett, smells of aged (oak?) wood and sweet and sour going on.

T - This beer was definitely interesting. Starts sweet with lots of flavor from the dark fruits, in the middle i tasted oak and spice, then it a tart finish via the brett. Not overly sour but a nice balance with the other flavors.

M - Medium body with WAY too much carbonation. My bottle was a bottle bomb. As soon as i took the cork out, it overflowed then on the first poor it was 99% head. Something went wrong here with this bottle....I've seen highly carbonated brews, this beat them all by a mile.

O - I have higher expectations for Odell. While i enjoyed the beer, it was let down by the mess it made all over my table, glass, and sink. The over-carbonation of this beer is an issue, or at least in my case it was. The flavors of the beer and the style of what they were going for with this brew, they did well - i commend them for that. I've had a lot of top-notch brews from Odell and i was expecting the same from this however i cant say i was thrilled with it. Beware the carbonation.

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Photo of clarkm04
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really wanted to like this beer but just did not. I love almost everything in Odell's line and love experimental beers and am into sours and bretts but this beer just did not cut it in my humble opinion.

Appearance- A nice dark brown color

Smell- Lots of interesting aromas but lighter than I expected. Interesting chocolate notes and some slight sour notes coming through.

Taste - Really flat in my opinion. Not super sour or brown. I just felt it was inoffensive and slightly messy. No notes really stuck out. I was pretty disappointed given how outstanding Odell's specialty beers typically are. The beer seemed at odds with itself.

Mouthfeel- Average mouthfeel not heavy or light.

Drinkability- The beer is drinkable but just not remarkable.

Overall - Fairly disappointing. I plan to buy another bottle and might revisit this review but at this juncture, I would not recommend this beer as there are more interesting and impressive sours/bretts/wilds on the market that are the same price or cheaper.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 into Great Divide glass (bigger version of the Goudenband glass).

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Trappist looking head.

Smells of cocoa, toffee, and chocolate covered sour cherries. Some Dubbel-y flavours and lil spice and pepper. Pineapple, a little wood-aged rum. Brett is not dominating. More funk in the aroma as it warms.

Taste like a Quad. A lot more roasty and wood than the aroma.
Where's the muthafuckin' Brett?!? There's definitely leather, but not the funk I was hoping for in a 100% Brett fermented.
Pineapple upside-down cake, chocolate and vanilla, caramel, and wood, a little rum and whiskey.
More spice and cola as it warms, banana and clove, warming finish.

Feels good. Full-bodied and creamy like a Quad, but a little drier and with some funky intent.

Not harsh, but not as drinkable as a "wild ale" that's more sour/funky and dry.

Worth trying, but def. to be shared with 1-2 people. I'd rather a Dissident for the price though. And I was reminded of Avery Brabant at moments, but prefer the Brabant. This was wel made though, but I bet they were expecting more from the Brett. I think this is def. more appropriate in the "Belgian Strong Dark Ale" category on BeerAdvocate than "Wild Ale".

The bottom of the bottle brings some funk and warmth, partly through an alcoholic presence.

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Photo of gueuzer
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into brandy snifters

App- Dark brown with an ever so slight rouge tinge. Very little toasty white head.

Sm- Definitely brett,but not an overwhelming funk. Roasted malts. A sour cherry tinge.

Ta- Roasted malts. Oak with sour cherries. Brett comes through with some barnyard, but fairly mild considering this is 100%. Slight caramel sweetness mid palate. Finishes medicinally/herby. Can't say I love that aspect but, adds complexity to a beer that is already got a lot going on.

MF- Fairly high level of carbonation for what I would expect with a barrel aged beer, but it seems to work.

Dr- Highly drinkable, minus the medicinal qualities, considering the ABV. All the strong flavors seem to takeover. Great bottle to split with two people.

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Photo of Allpe45
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

Appears dark brown, reddish, with a large rocky tan head that continues to grow upward long after the pour.

Smells like sweet cherries, slightly acidic, with brett funk, bready malts, toffee, and vanilla.

Taste is heavy malts at first, roasty with dark fruit and vanilla. The dark fruit flavor transitions nicely into a lactic sourness with earthy tones and characteristic brett flavor. Lingering dry sweetness, faintly sour in the finish. Oak flavors become more prevalent as the beer warms.

Medium-full bodied, carbonation is hard to gauge. It manages to be both prickly and smooth.

This is much better than I was expecting, complex with a great balance.

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Photo of hopstradamus
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Dark chocolate brown with an opaque haze. Almost dirty looking with a dense 2 finger head that leaves wide-open lace as it falls down the glass.

S. Sour cherries and figs along with coffee and caramel. There is dark malt sweetness and less sourness than I expected.

T. The taste is a near mirror image of the smell with the addition of oak and vanilla flavors. the sour taste is there but it takes a back seat to both oak and the heavy malt backbone. Hops are present and amazingly enough are not overshadowed by everything else.

M. Medium bodied with good carbonation. It is both edgy and smooth. The sourness is just enough to open the taste buds to all the other flavors without overpowering them.

D. Extremely drinkable. For a Brett barrel aged beer this one is not very sour, which personally I like. I enjoyed the beer for the balance, not the Brett.

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Photo of TwinButte
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong sour dark fruit smell emitting from a very dark redish brown pour. Enticing. Taste is that of dates or raisins but sweeter. More grape flavored. Reminds me a little of a barley wine with that level of sweetness and low bitterness. It is very smooth going down with little hint of the high ABV. That really surprised me.

A very well done sour/wild. Love the taste and the sweetness of it.

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Photo of Ambiorix
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled, poured into a La Maudite snifter. Dark brown pour with a desnse tan head. The nose is sour, with estery notes, a bit of barnyard and wine-like as well. Flavor is barnyard, dust, brett bitterness, caramel malt, and dark cherry. Finish is bitter with a slight hint of alcohol warmth.

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Photo of MenloBeer
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked it up on a recent trip to the Four Corners Area. We were near Durango because of the cliff dwellings.

A - A beautiful dark brown beer. Moderate lacing, with a classic tan head to top it all off.

S -Brett is immediately apparent; the sour-sweet smell is inescapable. Oak from the aging progress shows up, as do some of the malty grains. There's a distinct biscuit aspect to this beer, but the spice presence is front and foremost.

T - I thought this beer was pretty good. Brown, but not overly sweet -- because of the the brett addition. It was not sour in terms of a typical brett-infused brew, but the inoculation was evident. A little sweet, somewhat milky. I liked it.

M - Medium body, not overly carbonated.

D - Drinkable, and special. This is a beer that I saved for the holidays, and I ended up sharing it with a few folks. Everyone loved it.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Hoser77
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into New Belgium globe glass.

A-Pours a deep mahogany brown with ruby red accents. Cloudy, nearly opaque. Dense, rocky, tan head. Four fingers in depth and persists with Belgian lace clinging to glass.

S-Aroma is very complex and funky. Get initial lactic sourness followed by pineapple and tropical fruit blended with dark cherries, raisins, and currants. Faint earthiness and spice. Very little malt and oak in the aroma. No hops to speak of.

T-Taste is as complex as the aroma. Wide array of fruit flavors (similar to above). Faint chocolate and roast aromas at the end to complement the fruit. Slight hop bitterness. Little to no hop flavor, which is appopriate. Slight oaky, tannins of vanilla, cinnamon, and coconut. Balanced.

M-Despite the Brett, it is very chewy and full. Starts of sweet, but finishes tart and twangy at the end. However, it is not mouth puckering or astringent. Appropriate carbonation.

D-I am just getting into sour beers, but this is a very good, complex, easy drinking example of an American Wild Ale. Despite the 10.0% ABV and bottle size I could easily drink 4-5 pints of this without realizing it! Very smooth and refreshing!

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Photo of ChBass
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle from Goebel's in Wichita.

Beer is a near-pure clear brown with orange highlights. Heavy, heavy lacing sticks all around the glass. Nice looking beer.

The nose is that of a yeasty brown ale, with hints of plum. very little hints of Brett in the subtle smell.

The taste is sweet with some roasted malt & dark fruity flavors, followed by the oak barrel, and finishing with the clean tart provided by the Brett. It's a 3-act play: Brown Ale, Oak, Brett. Higher points simply for its complexity.

Mouthfeel is nice & light, with considerable carbonation, but nothing special.

Overall, I'm liking this beer more and more as the bottle goes on, but hopefully that's not from the 10% ABV... Good, complex beer with a subtle use of Brett.

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Photo of CrossFitAlex
4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this at The Muddy Pig in Saint Paul, MN.

The beer is a dark brown color with almost no light penetration. A beautiful beer.

Tasting notes - Nutty. Pineapple and fruity nose. Low carbonation; a decent sour bite. Filling with good mouthfeel. Alcohol is present. Nutty flavors and sour brettanomyces balance great! Farmhouse feel.

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Photo of melliott2811
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saboteur Brett Barrel Brown Ale

"Intense earthy undertones. And notes of vanilla and pineapple come together with a sour silhouette. Aged in American oak barrels."

My second (third?) tasting of this beer. First was on tap in sampling glass. This review is of 22oz bottle poured into SanTan brewing specialty glass.

A: Thick, dark pour with an inch of smooth creamy head that sits atop the beer through the duration of the tasting, accenting the rich mahogany color of the beer and goading you into taking another sip.

S: The sweet aroma of this beer wafts out as the cork is removed from the bottle, hitting you with fruity notes from the pineapple. Once in the glass, the fruitiness no longer overpowers you and the oak comes into play along with the caramel malts.

T: The vanilla was not prominent for me in aroma, but comes into play when tasting. I'm glad it sits more in the background; too many beers these days overwhelm with vanilla if they deign to use it. Sourness of the Brett blends with the pineapple and oak to give a different type of sourness and to mask the 10% alcohol (yeah, I think the booze barrels actually help hide the alcohol of this one). As you swallow the beer, the sourness slowly follows, trickling down your throat and leaving you with a mellow dark malt & vanilla flavor.

M: The intriguing flavor profile and medium body combine with just the right tingle of carbonation to provide a well-rounded mouth feel. Leaves me feeling a little boozy, but that is understandable as the beer has high ABV and lingers on the tongue for a moment after swallowing.

D: By far my favorite offering from Odell. Wonderful color and flavor arouse the senses and expand the palette. Not a typical beer. Good for long sessions as well as samplings and lunch/dinner pairings. I don't agree with pairing with cheese though.

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Photo of Clarkbar
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great brew served in a tulip on tap. I would second the comments about being surprised by aroma, drinkability and desire to order another. I would disagree with the comments about the ABV being obvious, on the contrary seemed rather integrated. Compared to the aromas of a lambic (where I was preparing myself) and what was in the glass it was a great brew with dark oak, coco/chocolate, spices. I didn't rate the smell as high because the aroma and taste were on opposite ends of the spectrum. I'm intrigued by the ability to make that happen, but can't go 5 because I like the aromas to prep my tongue for what's next. Finish was great - definitely lasting and styled close to a porter or stout for my palate.

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