Saboteur | Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.88/5
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
144
Ratings:
293
pDev:
14.69%
Bros Score:
4.34
 
 
Wants:
106
Gots:
61
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 293 |  Reviews: 144
Photo of denver10
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Already had it on tap (though that was the '09 version), now trying it from the bottle ('12 version).

Dark brown with a huge, foamy khaki head. I had to wait for around 10 minutes for it to recede enough to begin drinking it. A full aroma of sweet bready malt, apples, cherries, wild yeast, and just a hint of wood. A touch of alcohol shows itself too. Flavor starts off sweet and fruity with just a hint of tartness from the yeast, the oak kicks in mid stream perhaps a touch too strong, and it closes out with the brown ale showing itself along with some vanilla, a chewy and sugary kind of finish. Again, a touch of alcohol shows itself. Medium bodied, creamy, some activity. Overall, Odell continues to win me over with their beers. A very nice take on a brown ale, enjoyed this more from the bottle than on tap.

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Photo of cletetron
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Soneast
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Dennis Brothers in late 2010. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving, noisy, cola-esque foam that settles to a thick collar and wispy, partial cap. Very dark cherrywood body, with a few bubbles adhering to the bottom of the glass.

S - Lots of blue cheese, leather, earthen basement, tobacco, and a touch of sour cherry, oak, and vinegar. Alcohol is quite well-hidden, and improves significantly as it warms up.

T - The taste has significantly more brown ale characteristics. Sweet fruity and nutty malts, carob, vanila-infused cola, and only a mildly earthy and tropical brett finish. Not as wild as the aroma suggests.

M - Medium-full body, with nice chewy heft and viscosity. Sticky finish, although it holds some oaky dryness as well. Moderately active carbonation keeps things from getting to weighty, but this is otherwise quite smooth and creamy. Again, only modest alcohol presence.

D - It delivers exactly as promised - it's a 10% barrel-aged brown ale with brett. I don't think the premise was a particularly well-chosen one, but others may beg to differ. In any case, doesn't suffer from any obvious flaws, just isn't a beer I'd want in 750ml (or probably even 12oz) servings.

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Photo of BrooklynBrewers
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of stxSS07
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a tulip courtesy of matttYCE. Not sure on the vintage.

A- Huge bomb of a cork. Pours a dark ruby/brown with a tan 3 finger rocky/ice cream head that leaves awesome lacing. Recedes and holds a one finger cap

S- Deep earthy brett funkiness, big bready notes, caramel, a bit of citrus fruit, and just a tinge of sour at the end. Pretty nice smelling.

T- Mostly caramel/vanilla/sweet malts with a bit of roast. There is a nice bit of funkiness to it along with just a bit of tartness...like generic lemonade-level. Finishes with some nice caramel and vanilla smoothness, a touch of roast, and just a bit of brett funk.

M- Medium-slick mouthfeel with pretty high carbonation that blasts the flavors off of your tongue pretty quickly...just how a "sour" should be.

O- This is a weird one for me. The smell is good regardless, but if I'm grading the beer as a wild it falls short in other categories. Grading it as a brown ale would have resulted in much higher scores.

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Photo of Agold
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of ShanePB
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml corked & caged bottle
Served into a tulip glass

A: Dark brown body with a huge sudsy, foamy off-white head. The bottle conditioning evidence is obvious. Dissipation was slow leaving a thick head around for a while, along with patchy lacing on the walls. A bit overdone and annoying, but it is what it is.

S: Very bland and basic. Earthy malts from the Brown Ale base come through with very little toasting, some caramel, hints of faint bitter chocolate and a big funky brett overlay. Nothing tart or sour, just big funk.

T: Funky earthy-like brett qualities, caramel malts, young oak wood, and touches of toasted grains. There's really not too much going on here in terms of diversity. Yeah, it's a Brown Ale but the brett did nothing to really make this beer better. Having said that, I never had the base beer alone but in my opinion I just don't quite understand what they were trying to accomplish with the addition of the brett.

M: Highly carbonated, bubbly and a bit fizzy on the palate. Some dryness from the brett and barrel in the finish.

This was just okay. There wasn't anything that stood out in this beer. It tasted like a mediocre Brown Ale thrown a barrel with brett (which it was), but nothing more. Good to try? Sure. Nothing worth seeking out though.

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Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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 sholland119
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of dtx00
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of claytong
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of pigc
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with massive four finger brown sugar looking head.

S - Mild brett, slight hop presence with a bit of spice characteristic. A bit of clove, banana, and sort of belgian spice. Very complex.

T - Starts out with some vanilla notes, mild bubblegum, tropical fruit such as pineapple and kiwi. Finish is mild pepper, earthy hops. The brett is barely noticeable to me.

M - Medium body with abundant carbonation.

O - Very easy drinking brown ale. This is an excellent beer for people wanting to experiment with sour beers. The brett presence is there but not overpowering or overwhelming in the least. Sourness of the brett is very faint. This does not make you pucker like I was figuring. Well done wild ale done by Odell.

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Photo of buffs9
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights, slightly cloudy with a huge off-white head that lingers and laces.

Smell is of oak/wood with some tart cherry notes, vanilla, sweetness, and wild brett. It blends into a slightly stale and funky aroma.

Taste is up front brett/funk that goes into a slightly tart and astringent middle and ends on a sweeter pear, cherry, vanilla, oak note. The finish is nice enough, but the wild brett character rules over most of the taste. Reminds me of some infected homebrews I've had. Not bad but not really pleasing to my personal taste.

Medium to light body with medium to high carbonation and a warming alcohol body.

I find that I don't really enjoy the wild brett character, but everything else about the beer I do. A solid brew if you're into that particular medicinal brett character.

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Photo of dav
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 293 ratings
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