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Saboteur | Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good
144 Reviews
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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
Reviews:
144
Ratings:
293
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
14.69%
 
 
Wants:
107
Gots:
62
For Trade:
3
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Photo of spoony
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml into a tulip.

A-The bottle opened with a pretty significant pop of the cork, but the beer (thankfully) didn't gush on me. Still, this brew proved difficult to pour without massive amounts of foam. Once things settled a bit, I was looking at a dark, dark brown beer that was nearly opaque. Just a slight hint of red. The foam was mocha-colored.

S-The beer gave off a funky, earthy, tart aroma of oak, vanilla, cherries, and a little brett. Fair amount of wood here.

T-The taste was earthy, mild malts combined with oak, leather, vanilla, raisin, and a touch of tart cherry. The alcohol was well-integrated and a bit herbal in character.

M-The beer was pretty smooth drinking and medium in body. Carbonation was noticeable, but not dominant.

O-I liked this brew. It was a unique combination of flavors and feel with little bits of brown ale, quad, and american wild ale all mixed together. Fortunately, I think the combination worked out to produce a tasty beer.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tulip at papago in Scottsdale.
Pours a deep brown with ambed hue and about 3 fingers of tan bubbly head.
Aroma is a bit vinegar meets peanut maybe? Its not horrrible but not amazing either. Deff some barrel wood aroma notes.
Taste is of woody wine barrel some slight dried fruit and ever so slight brett or wild flavor. Its a brown ale slightly soured in wood...its good. Some more dried fruit and somewhat nutty. Let this one warm up a bit...much better closer to room temp.
So so easy to drink and at the double digit abv, thats scary.
Its a great brew...I just wish it was a bit more infected with brett.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1591st Review on BA
Bottle to wine glass
750ml c/c

Thanks to thebishopco for this one

App- A very dark brown. The retained most of the brown ale, which I expected it to. The dense center looks good in the glass but gives a lighter edge. A nice and medium tan head is there and falls semi quick. Very nice lacing and cling

Smell- The malty brown notes open and as it opens and settles the brett takes over and gives a bit of a musty odor to this. The oak adds a bit of prickly char and the ABV is well hidden.

Taste- I had wanted to try this for a while and it was a good beer. The overall taste is much like a deep red wine. Tannic, leather, oak and malty. The brett adds a good depth of flavor and imparts and smoothness as well.

Mouth- A full medium body with a medium carbonation. The residual flavors are some light funk, malty backbone and a bit of fruit.

Drink- A nice and layered beer. Nice depth of flavors with good integration. Long time want and was better than I hoped.

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

Produced a big 3 finger head, (careful pouring this one). Thick head, nice lacing. The beer color is a dark mahogany, just barely translucent.
The aroma is of malts, dark fruit, wood, a hint of bret.
The taste is is amazing! Much bolder than the aroma. Similar to smell, but with a light caramel sweetness dueling with a slight tartness from the bret, High carbonation, and mdium mouth-feel. Little aftertaste, and no noticeable hop bitterness.
Incredible beer, and easy drinking for it's style.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Just to note, the cork came out insanely easily with a load pop, so be cautious with this one.

The head formed is three fingers high and tan in color. Have to wait for it to die down for a while. Lacing is very nice though. The beer is a murky brown color with a ruby hue. Aromas of roasty malts, earthiness, brett funk, hinting at band-aids, leather and tobacco, caramel and toffee, bread, light citrus and tropical fruit, hints of wood/oak and sour cherries. Very interesting. Taste is very similar. Plenty of malts, caramel, earthiness, dark fruits, and light wood/oak, vanilla, tobacco and leather that keep this more of a brown for me than an American wild. However, there's also bretty funk, sour and tartness, though all on the lighter side. As I expected, the mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated. Medium-full body, smooth consistency, high carbonation, and light, dry finish.

Overall I think this one was just a bit too off, different for me to really endorse. Complex and interesting, yes, but not amazing.

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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 Huhzubendah
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

The cork shot into the ceiling upon opening. Huge tan head that coats the glass with sticky lacing. The beer is fairly hazy and appears a chestnut brown color.

The aroma brings roast, barrels, chocolate, wine, fruit, alcohol. Quite complex, but not as inviting as some of the upper tier beers in this genre.

Nutty flavor, with a vinous character. Red wine comes through quite a bit. Additional notes of fruit, chocolate. Ok. Not particularly tart or sour. A light fruity sweetness throughout.

Medium bodied and rich. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, this was ok. One small glass is plenty.

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