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:
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 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 wrycon
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A quite deep mahogany. Against the light you can detect the deep ruby notes on the edges. Big, dirty-white head. Fat lacing and respectable retention. This head is sticking at a half-finger and going nowhere. Love the nose. Pungent, overripe fruit, wood, banana peel and the unmistakeable brett funk. Quite a bit of carbonation up front which dances on the tongue and peppers it with hits of funk and bready malt. That carries through the front 2/3rds and the back end flattens into a tangy, languid malaise. Truth be told, I like this beer a lot, but the back end nearly makes me question that decision.

Like It? It's good, but not great.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear dark brown-red with a finger of tannish head. Head fades down at a normal pace with some good lace.

S - Aroma is full of sourness and sour cherry with some funky brett and some oak. Some other dark fruit as well.

T - Starts off with some sweet dark fruit and sour cherries. Through the middle, some more rich cherry flavor and funk come through with some funkiness and floral flavor. The finish is a mix of sour and tart cherries, oak, and funky brett.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a nice tart finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice sour beer with some really nice sour cherry. Hides the booze well.

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

Odell Saboteur. Brett Barrel Brown Ale. Alc. by Vol. 10%. Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins, CO. Let's skip the gobbledygook, and open 'er up.

Beautiful brown coloration, with crimson highlights, peeking at the bottom. Lush head of tan foam, lacy and lasting. Looks great.

Smellin' it: warm, funky, …and oddly bourbon-y. Does "brett barrel" mean a particular kind of barrel? It's very whiskey-ish. Let's peek at the geek speak. "American oak barrels." Could mean bourbon, doesn't explicitly state it. Has the vanilla and oak, some cherry. And alcohol.That covers it.

Tastin' it: Sour cherry and oak take the palate first. Starts strong, and mellows down. Begins sharp and strong, whiskey feeling still hangs in there, driving the character of the ale more than the brett affects it. Sour factor is light and unobtrusive, just enough a kick in there to keep it interesting. Alcohol kick continues, as well, but doesn't grow too noisy. Halfway into this bottle, I'm not too afraid of what'll happen to me when it's empty. Close, but not quite.

One thing's for certain, and that's that this is a long, luxuriant sipper of an ale. Mmmm, mellow, yet powerful. Sumptuous. Satisfying. (Though I'm sure many of sour head has complained about the "lack" of Brett.)

"Our brewers created an unpretentious, yet sophisticated brown ale. Then they plotted and dosed this full-bodied ale with brettanomyces, the ultimate adversary of wineries. Embracing this vintner's nemesis resulted in a complex and wonderfully drinkable beer. Intense earthy notes of vanilla and pineapple come together with a sour silhouette. Aged in American oak barrels, and then bottle conditioned, Saboteur offers a luxurious texture and depth of flavor to discerning palates."

wait a minute…Pineapple???

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Photo of morimech
2.65/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The latest release. Even after chilling the bottle this was an explosive pour. Tulip was filled with foam. It took a long while before the foam settled to a thick cap. Curtains of lace is left on the glass. The liquid is a dark brown once it forms. Annoying pour throughout the bottle.

I smell wood. Not oak neccessarily, but decaying wood. I also get some mint and herbal elements. Not what I was expecting.

About the only exciting thing about the flavor of this beer is the woody flavor. And that is not all that impressive. It is earthy, I'll give it that. Very herbal and medicinal.

Seems the carbonation lost all its pop in the foam during the pour. It does nothing to really improve the body. The body is moderate in heft.

Another disappointing beer from Odell in the large format. I think I am done spending good money on these beers as I do not think I have enjoyed a one.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice dark mahogany with some nice dark amber hints on the edges and some nice molasses darkness. A nice 1.5 inch head pops up with some nice dense bubbles. The head has a nice light cream colored.

Caramel malt sweetness can be perceived immediately as well as some nice woody notes. There is definitely some slight vanilla sweetness and some hints of tartness on the back end. Pretty nice caramel malt body is felt in the nose mixed in with some nice Brett funk notes.

Starts off with some nice caramel and molasses slightly sweet notes. Followed by some bready notes that are pretty nice and earthy. Nice grain profile. Then there is a subtle nice tartness and funk that comes up with some slightly fruity notes. TEh tartness dies down quickly and smooths out whole the funk and wood notes continue to cover the tongue and play out in my mouth. The finish is nice and dry and there is a nice faint vanilla hint that finishes the beer off. Pretty nice. There is a typical Belgian fluffy and foamy mouthfeel.

Pretty good offering and take on the Brown Ale style mixed with the Brett. It has some pretty good qualities of both styles.

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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 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 yamar68
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - most recent batch

BOOM! Cork shot out like a rocket, scaring my dogs half to death.

a - I let it settle for a good five minutes but still ended up with a snifter that has four fingers of an off white to tan head. Low clarity with some hazy deep mahogany. Brilliant lacing.

s - Sour cherries, sweet bread, bits of floral, honey, sweet tarts.

t - Very interesting which is exactly what I was looking for. Light fruits that ride the malts - hardly sour. Slight alcohol is well incorporated.

m - To me, this is the highlight of the beer. Really quite amazing. Bubbly velvet froth without the over carbonation annoyance that usually accompanies that. Really pleasant to drink.

o - Innovative and delicious. Maybe put on some safety goggles before cracking it though.

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Photo of claspada
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

UPDATE: Adding recent early 2012 review sampled March 23, 2012. Differences, huge carbonation difference. So much more here which helps to add to the "sour" style. Helps to dry the palate compared to the first vintage which must have lost carbonation over the 2 years in the bottle which is sometimes the case with cork and caged bottles. Flavor profile is similar but I believe fresh this version has slightly more of a punch; whether that is the alcohol or the "freshness" I cannot tell. Definitely prefer this version and I am glad I have a couple more to enjoy.

Bottle from the first release, spring 2010, courtesy of whartontallboy, shared with mrand01.

Pours a hazy deep dark amber, bordering brown with nice burnt sienna highlights. There is a small whispy off-white head that left a light coating on the sides of the glass and the head recedes.

The aromas begin fairly standard of a simple brown ale. Light cocoa, toasted grain, rustic brown bread crust and once you really start to dig for it, ample biscuit malt character and whole grain crackers. As it warms you get some sour fruits, oak, light leather and a bit of earthiness. I was expecting a lot more sour and tart aromas to be honest.

The tastes unfortunately follow the nose. Much more of a brown ale than I was expecting for a 2 year old soured brown ale. Malt influenced flavors of caramelized brown bread crust, touches of molasses, ample crystal malt, touches of toasted grain husks, really chewy dense whole grain bread and as the beer warms more lightly roasted malt character that can contribute significantly at times. As the beer warms up the otherwise very missed Brett character starts to contribute a funky quality to this brew; light barnyard musk is noticeable just underneath the malt. An ample fruitiness contributes notes of rich, though not sweet, raisins, earthy figs and dates. Once again not overly tart, and really delicious, just not what I was expecting.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with subdued carbonation. The finish is mildly chewy and semi-sweet, lightly tart. As for the alcohol, yeah there isn't any. This being 10% is crazy as I could pound this if I wasn't enjoying the flavor so much.

Overall while I was disappointed but the lack of a solid sour backbone, I was still pleasantly surprised and pleased with the flavor profile of this beer. Drinkability is off the charts due to its light tartness and extremely balanced flavor profile. Fruits, both dark and tart, plenty of "brown" malt for sweetness and a light drying character from the oak aging. Really just a great tasting beer. Definitely recommended and worth a go for fans of Odell and/or this style. Don't expect a huge sour beer though; maybe the newer release is different though. Hopefully I will be able to sample and find out for myself.

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Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark mahogany body with a rich, creamy head. Thick, sticky foam rings cling to the pint glass. The scent is something strange - dark malts and fruits, with a phenol-like pungent mustiness. The taste is rich and creamy. Very bitter chocolate notes, grass and wood, with a strong alcohol warmth. Pleasing bitterness on the finish.

As a wild ale, I'm not sure how to rate this overall. My experience with wild ales is pretty limited, yet I'm intrigued with this one. Very complex components to this beer. Based on its ingredient mix and ABV, I'm inclined to think this one will age in a most interesting (and most likely enjoyable way). Worth checking out for the adventurous beer hound...

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Photo of chugalug06
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel Tulip Glass...

A - HUGE straw colored foamy head. Very little spotty lacing remains on the glass. Brew is very deep ruby red, almost a night colored maroon.

S - Nice Brett characteristics. Very smooth malt and toffee scents. Awesome scent. No heat or off-putting scents. Sour scent is very minimal and well hidden. Great scented brown ale underneath the funk.

T/M - Smooth buttery flavor with nice deep roasty flavors. There nothing smoky or off-putting. Not very sour. Very well done brew. No heat or bitterness. Perfect carbonation too. There's an awesome base beer under the wild characteristics. Yum.

O - I'm anxious to see where this brew goes with a year or two on it... Awesome brew, very underrated. Nice job Odell.

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

Picked up a bottle of this on a recent trip to Arizona as I hadn't seen it locally (Colorado) in months. Price was great so I couldn't pass on it.

A - Poured from the undated 750ml bottle to a tulip. Beer pours a thick muddy dark red brown color with a huge 3 finger bubbly tan head with impressive retention and lacing.

S - An intriguing blend of mild chocolate, Brett, roasted malt, tropical fruit, oak, and vanilla. Very complex yet subtle and refined.

T - Perhaps one of the most complex beers I've had to date. Very similar to the nose in that the tang of the Brett and sweetness of the malt lay the ground work while the rush of complimenting flavors follow: smooth vanilla, oak, more of a semisweet chocolate, mild bitterness, cherry, pineapple. Really not what I was expecting. However each drink seems to increase the complexity of the beer. So much character yet everything works very well to compliment. Very good.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Creamy and smooth and slightly dry on the finish. Hides the alcohol very well.

O - Overall, an impressive offering from Odell. I really enjoyed it. I will certainly keep my eyes open for any lingering bottles here locally and if not perhaps arrange for a trade to sample more. I really enjoyed it.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-22-2011 13:32:30

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Photo of bamadog
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one sitting around for about 2 years now -- thanks to my buddy Jeff for bringing this back from Colorado while visiting family. Review is from notes taken on 1/21/2012 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a dark brown that is a little murky and looks like dark toasty malt; starts with a fluffy 2 finger light tan head with decent retention that never seems to totally disappear and remains at about 3/4 finger of a foamy cap; body is murky as mentioned, and nearly opaque; carbonation is strong and fast near the sides of the glass where I can actually see into the drink; multiple spots and a few big swaths of lacing cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smell is fantastic -- sour and tart cherries and it's reminiscent of a dark red wine, perhaps even sherry; some sweet vanilla and oakiness balances out the tartness; bit of a funky Brett presence.

Taste: Holy crap. Fantastic. This may be the best wild ale I've had yet... Fantastic sweet and toasty caramel maltiness is a vivid and up front presence, and following it is the sour and tart cherries; bit of a funk and slightly leathery brett presence; flavors are solid and not especially overwhelming and I'm really surprised and pleased with the amount of caramel maltiness; I have to say that for being 10%, the alcohol is entirely masked.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and the carbonation is soft, yet still very present; a thick and very sticky coating is left all over the palate and it really holds the sweeter flavors of vanilla and caramel flavors long into the aftertaste; despite the tart sour nature, the caramel prevents any overwhelming pucker that some sours bring to the table; belly is left a little warm from the tartness and perhaps the alcohol.

Overall: Overall, this beer is great, and I think Odell needs to start making it year round and distributing it to wherever I happen to live. Great flavors and excellent balance, makes for a nice night cap and would likely be good any time of year. I can only regret only having the one bottle to enjoy.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass at altitude in Denver. Thanks to blakelive784 for bringing this one along.

A: Pours a dark reddish caramel color with one of the biggest heads I’ve ever seen and an incredible amount of retention. Needless to say this leaves some pretty impressive lacing as well. Very appealing.

S: Brett yeast with some brown ale-like nutty notes and a bit of booze in the background.

T: Rich nutty notes up front give way to Brett yeast and some heat on the finish. Good flavors and well built, but not the most complex beer in the world.

M: Full-bodied and smooth with a slightly dry finish. Not bad, but could be a little more interesting to break the monotony.

D: There are some definite alcohol notes here that make this a little bit of a sipper. The Brett yeast flavors weren’t as complex and funky as I would have liked, and unfortunately those yeast notes were about the only flavors present It’s a good beer, but not groundbreaking. I would try some of Odell’s other bomber offerings if given the choice.

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Photo of TheFlern
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light molasses color. Khaki head that is thick. It keeps bubbling up even after I stop pouring! Lots of sticky lacing in the glass.

Smell: Sour notes come through first. Lots of oak as well. Not as sour as I'd like. The base beer is lost behind the oak aging.

Taste: The oak dominates. Slight tart sourness is detectable. I hope this one develops into a much funkier beer. Once again, the base beer is all but lost in the taste as it was the nose. However, it comes through more in the taste and is rather nutty.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth. Good amount of carbonation. The 10% ABV is not even detectable.

Overall: This is a beer I expected more out of. It isn't as funky as I'd like it to be. I was expected James Brown levels of funk and ended up having to settle for Guns N' Roses. Still good but not what I was looking for.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle that I purchased today at the co-op; from the most recent release. Poured into a DFH signature glass.

Cork removes with practically no effort, and an extremely loud “pop” follows. I actually made towards the sink at this point, expecting a gusher, but luckily it all stayed in the bottle. A gentle pour produced a 50/50 mix of liquid and head in the snifter, roughly three finger’s width of each. Body is a dark, opaque brown that appears nearly black. Head is very fluffy and frothy, light tan/khaki in color. Generous lacing, and highly impressive retention; in fact, I haven’t taken a single sip of this that hasn’t had some foam on top.

Aroma is of tart fruits (date, plum, raisin, grape), hefty caramel, some toffee, and dark cocoa. Some faint yeast aroma is also present.

It tastes starkingly different, with the brown ale flavors dominating and any semblance of sour fruit amiss. Caramel, toffee, light cocoa, a hint of vanilla, some oak, and something reminiscent of lager yeast are all present in abundance. Only a very small amount of raisin, plum, and maybe date are present. It's not sour at all, and there is a noticeable alcohol presence on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated, but this actually helps lift the otherwise sticky base off of the tongue. The sugars linger a bit, giving a dry finish.

Overall, it's a gorgeous looking beer, but a bit of a let down after that. Not at all sour, making it just a brown ale in essence. It's very good for a brown ale, but I was expecting some form of enamel ripping goodness. The barrel is more subdued than anticipated. In sum, a good brown ale, not a sour ale. I'd say leaving it in the bottle for longer periods of time may help, but it was already overcarbonated, so perhaps it's best stored away from other fragile bottles/objects.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle served in nonic pint glass, reviewed from notes:

A - Pours a dark shade of amber brown, with five fingers of creamy, tan head. Retention is outstanding, and when the head finally recedes it leaves nice lacing on the glass. High marks for appearance, for what it's worth.

S - Funky, tart, sour bretts; caramel; indistinct nuts; subtle spice; and tart fruit. May be a bit imbalanced, but nice smelling all together.

T - Nutty caramel is balanced nicely by funky bacteria and sweet and tart fruit. It's got good flavors but it's a bit too simple. The ABV comes through on the finish, and it's a little obtrusive.

M - Medium bodied, crisp and smooth on the finish. Compliments the flavors that are there.

D - This one could probably benefit from some aging to bring more of the subtle flavors out. It's a good beer but not quite a great one.

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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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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 Hojaminbag
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure how many beers I have gotten to try because of mikesgroove, but this is yet another one. Thanks Mike. 2010 bottling.

Saboteur has a dark brown body. The head worries me, because there isn't any at all; looks like a carbonation problem (it is).

The aroma has a pleasant mix of fruit, tartness and dark malts. Lemon and pineapple meet caramel and toffee.

Saboteur seems to have some potential, but the fact that it is completely flat is ruinous. As it is, there is a good bit of wild yeast (the bottle says brett) up front. The brett is surprisingly fruity and tart, featuring flavors of lemon and pineapple. Brett doesn't always produce characteristics like that, but I have run across it before and always found it to be quite pleasant. The malt profile is dark and rich, with powdered cocoa, toffee, molasses and caramel. Warming finish.

The mouthfeel is dead flat and heavy. In a word, Bad.

Saboteur was interesting enough to me that I would probably try another bottle. This bottle, however, was hard to drink due to the carbonation issues. This is a beer that seems to be fairly complex and should benefit from opening up with some carbonation. Basically, the flavors seem to be a good match, but they just don't come together when flat.

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

Bottle was a gift. Poured into a wine glass.

Deep brownish ruby capped by creamy and frothy head. There is a bit of lacing, but the head is thinner than it is sticky, so it only leaves sparse lacing.

Woody and funky with chocolate, cherry and tobacco in the nose. The flavor adds more roast, some plums and dates. There is cherry in the aftertaste with some light funky tannins. The tobacco and chocolate come through to bring this beer full circle.

Full bodied, and yet completely dry. A few bugs might improve the complexity of this, but it is still a compelling beer.

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Photo of bigaltemple
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rich, dark brown with ruby highlights at the edges. Pillowy, mocha-colored head. Really good retention with tons of lacing.

S - Instantly filled with Brett funk, then some subtle roastiness. Lots of oak, and some faint vanilla.

T/M - Mildly sweet before the earthy mustiness kicks in. Definitely gets better as it warms. Can tell it's a higher alcohol presence, but it's not overpowering. Nice creaminess coats the palate.

O - Glad I was able to find one of these at my local shop awhile back. Odell may have a couple misses here and there, but when they're on, it's hard to beat.

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Photo of kkrez
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes:

The latest from Odell’s Single Serve Series, Saboteur is a rarity that you do not want to pass up. They brewed a monster chocolately brown ale, added some brettanomyces for the secondary fermentation and through it into oak barrels to age for four months, and what an end product!

The nose smells of chocolate malt, slight barnyard funk, smoke, vanilla, and oak.

The taste has a lot of the same and more. Every sip brings on something new. The huge chocolate malt and the light brett funk play off each other harmoniously. The 10% alcohol is hidden beautifully.

The mouthfeel is perfectly heavy, and slightly creamy.

This is one of the best uses of brettanomyces in a beer that I’ve had, not too funky, not too tart or sour, just perfect. Big cheers to Odell for pushing the envelope and trying something new.

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