Saboteur | Odell Brewing Company

very good
293 Ratings

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Oxymoron on 04-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Phelps
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saboteur at first appears an inky brown with no light penetration. A hold to the overhead lamp, however, reveals some beauty: hues of deep amber, scarlet and black coffee shift and shimmer. A pillowy khaki head crowns the beer, receding ever so slowly and leaving thick trails of lace reminiscent of an ant farm. Has more bubbly effervescence than I've ever seen in a beer. It's a party in there.

Sour brett rules the nose, but it's balanced by an enticing sweetness. Notes of honey, rye bread and sauerkraut all make appearances, paired with burnt sugar and some orange citrusy hops. Remarkable.

So many brewers of sours let the funk take over the beer, but the flavors here are dialed in to perfection. Funky yet roasty, sour yet sugary. Bready and caramel sweet, with a roasted malt character imparting notes of dark chocolate at first, followed by the tartness of cherries and dark fruits. Very nice.

Feel is the slightest notch beneath medium. Carbonation is understated and perfect. A slight alcohol burn flames through the nostrils and down the throat.

I first tried Saboteur at a recent Odell beer flight, and it was far and away my favorite offering. I immediately bought a bottle. A supremely satisfying sour, and one I'll seek out wherever I can.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep brown with ruby highlights and a fluffy tan head that leaves a few whip cream looking puffs behind.

S - Chocolate, nuts, dark fruits and hints of funk.

T - Sweet malt, chocolate, nuts, leather, woody oak followed by some acidity and hints of lemon and funk.

M - Medium body with a bit of biting acidity and a good amount of carbonation.

D - Not a big fan of the chocolate/nutty combo and acidity. Very similar to an Oud Bruin I brewed that I am hoping the chocolate/nut ages out.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

I got this in the most recent black booty BIF. The pour is obsidian black, medium white head. The aroma has some oak, vinous notes, barnyard qualities. The beer is sweet, pineapple and fruity notes, oak, light sour notes. The finish is dry. The body is medium, good carbonation, no hint of alcohol. A tasty beer, not as "sour" as I was expecting.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.38/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to d4radio for the bottle!

Pours a deep murky brown with a huge light tan head that's pretty foamy. Good retention.

The strongest smell I get is sour cherries. Can definitely tell there is some maltiness to this and lots of brett.

Starts out with some oxidized caramel sweetness. The brett takes over and adds a sour note although just general sourness, not the cherries from the nose. Finishes slightly earthy and bitter with a touch of oak. Sourness is very minor.

Lots of carbonation. A little too much really with a medium mouthfeel.

Odell missed the mark on this one. The flavor profile completely clash and it ends up just tasting like the one time my homebrewed brown ale got infected. The sourness does not at all complement the base beer in this case. Slightly better as it warmed, but still really difficult to get through a glass.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to buffs9 for the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown. Some dark red highlights. Minimal carbonation. No lasting cap or collar. What head does appear on is off-white and bubbly.

Smell: Earthy with a slid hit of oak. Powdery Brett runs throughout. Slight lactic tartness. Some citrus. Worn leather. Distinctly nutty. Some wood. Slight roasted element. Some lighter herbal notes. Touch of acetic tartness. Vinegar and wood. Mushrooms.

Taste: Nutty. Incredibly nutty. Some caramel malt sweetness coupled with some light cocoa elements. Underlying powdery yeast. Mild funkiness. Grass and hay in the back. Earthy. Straight up mushrooms. Some leathery elements. Truffles. Roasted edges. Cooked. Something like brown rice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with almost no carbonation. Lingering nuttiness.

Overall: It's time for a paradigm shift.

You want to know what nutty is? Drink this. Nutty and faintly funky. Mushrooms, rice, and nuts. Good, but odd. Bonus points for being unlike anything else.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Dark red brown color with a tight little tan head. No real lace. Smells of sourness with hints of cherry but the brett is also really present. The aroma is actually pretty nice on this. The taste is decent with flavors of the cherry and brett. The brett takes center stage in this one. I really wish this tasted like it smells but then again this is a brand new bottle and with time this could get really good. Light/medium mouthfeel.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Oxymoron
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint at Odell's and was shocked to see a brett beer. Shocked! Sampled a mostly cloudy dark brown color with more of a chestnut brown hue throughout. A soft white head that didn't last through the tasting but did last a while. Decent lacing as well.

The nose is soft on the brett character. The malt comes out with a soft chocolate and malt aroma. Some lighter bready and toffee notes but subtle. The brett is noticeable with some clean horse blanket and funk aromas. Some minor goaty and herbal notes. The brett is very distinct but is very clean and specific. Not much sour which is ok. Some grassy hop notes that surprisingly blend well.

The taste is similar. The brett comes out a bit more versus the nose. A nice goaty and horse blanket taste that again is very distinct from the rest of the beer. Almost like it was added secondary to the beer. Some light funk notes that linger into the finish, but just distinct brett notes. The malt it there with a more malty taste and hints of chocolate and toffee. Very clean with a light lingering hop aroma. The brett comes out more as it warms and leaves a distinct brett flavor that lingers into the finish.

The body is moderate and a lighter carbonation. But this does allow the brett to come out more. Overall a subtle brett beer that blends well as a base beer and a brett beer. Would have liked to see this after some time, too bad you can't fill a growler up.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 8-6-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured 2 fingers of foam, good layer of lacing, carbonation was present

S - Bready roasted malt, dark chocolate, sour lime aroma

T /M - Medium bodied, sour taste reminded me of not so fresh limes, stronger tastes came out after it warmed a bit

D - Very drinkable Wild ale, not big into this style but this one turned my head, I recommend picking one of these up. Big thanks to Phidelt sharing this one. I will for sure have this brew again. Interesting to see what this brew will taste like with some age!

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Poured from the bottle into a tasting glass.

The color is a dark brown with some maroon highlights and finger of foamy brownish head with slight lacing.

The smell is a bit funky with some sweet malt and a little molasses flavor. There is a little fruit flavor in the background as well.

The taste is chocolate and some toffee flavor. Soem light funky flavor is present but is a little muted.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied. It seems to be a bit thin but goes down well with a nice finish.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= The pour is a nice dark amber color with a huge head on it. The head is about four fingers high. The retention is great on it and the lacing is also pretty nice.

S= A really nice mixture of sweet and sour. I swear it almost smells like sweet and sour sauce if ti weren't for the definate funky brett character. There is a cherry sweetness that sort of flows into a sour note. There is a good amount of oak in it as well with a little vanilla. There is no alcohol present.

T= Interesting! The beer hits your tongue a little sour at first. It then sort of turns into a sweet brown ale taste. There is actually a little roast that I get out of the later part of the beer. The finish is a little sour and a little sweet. There is also a funky aspect to it. Really unique one of the most unique beers I've ever tasted. There is a nice cherry aspect to it as well as some nice oak. Possibly a little vanilla in it.

M= A nice amount of carbonation. Not over carbonated at all with a nice dryness in the finish.

D= Wow. This beer is different thats for sure. This beer makes me happy odells came to MN. I'm happy I got a few of these to toss in the closet so I can see what happens with time. This beer is in it's own class.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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