The Meddler | Odell Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
odellbrewing.com

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by denver10 on 09-10-2012

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68
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pDev:
10.72%
 
 
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Photo of BlunderfulGuy
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opened December 5, 2018. No date on the bottle and no real idea how it was stored until I got it, sadly, but I do know it was bottled around 2012.

Root beer colored ribbon, finger and a half of dark toffee brittle head that quickly and ostentatiously fizzled away, no head whatsoever nor any lacing after the first sip. Chocolate brown with caramely copper and ruby highlights, like an old penny. Fairly clear but not crystal.
First whiff was exciting, the second smell was less so. Maltiness, a little tartness, Werther's Chocolate Caramel candies (thumbs down for me), and everything else seemed to say the bottle had been going downhill for a while. Poor fruitiness (prunes, maybe raisin and fig but hard to say) like an extremely old sherry that was improperly stored or had been evaporating for a decade or more, no real leather or tobacco or toasty oak, some wet wood like very old water damaged furniture.
Taste is brighter at first with a nice maltiness, dark toffee bits, hints of fruit (prune) and some pleasant tartness, a drop of balsamic vinegar which I don't mind in these beers, but then it turns and falls halfway through into a muddy mess to say the least. Aftertaste has some tartness and hint of bitterness reminscent of the bitterness or earthiness from some "funky" cheeses, but only as far as that earthy funk. Overbrewed tea with dried fruit bits that sat out for a day. A little stale, nearly-burnt popcorn comes through once it warms up, but a piece from the bottom third of the bucket that was barely touched by butter and didn't see a grain of salt.
Body is a medium-light, low carbonation which is good. However, it's very slightly astringent, and the carbonation with that and the acids makes it feel prickly in a sandpapery way around the middle and when swallowing.

The lack of fruitiness and the amount of mudiness plus the off bitter and funky flavors makes me sad that I never found this when it was fresh. There are still good things going on, but so many facets have clearly gone downhill. Kept chilled, the taste is a notch higher. As soon as it warms, though, those negative facets start showing up. Bummer.

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Photo of robotic_being
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ParkbrauFan
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark brown, with 1 finger of head and some minor lacing

S - acidic, earth tones. Excellent aroma.

T - Tart, cherries, and vinegar.

F - Medium body and carbonation.

O - A good sour, but doesn't knock it out of the park.

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Photo of NodakEric
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of snaotheus
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2018-02-17
750ml corked/caged beer served in a little cantillon glass. I think it was given to me by @mr-jj. No date that I can see.

Pours a dark (but translucent) brown, maybe with a very slight reddish tint. Head is surprisingly large, fine, and sustained with a lot of pretty carbonation. Smell is funky plums, tart. Nice, but fairly unremarkable.

Taste is much more bitter than I expected. Plum, tart cherry flavor, with a dark bitterness that I'm having trouble placing...makes me think of plum skin. It's tart, but not very.

Mouthfeel is medium, a little filmy. Overall, I think it's pretty decent.

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Photo of stortore
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a flute glass. Had 3/25/17.

Pours a dark ruby, mostly opaque, with a one and a half inch foamy head and a good amount of foamy lacing. Good retention in the head. Smells of malt, cherries, light raspberries, light cinnamon, oak, a hint of cola, some black pepper in the head. Not much sour or tart in the aroma. The taste generally follows- cherries, malt, light raspberries, oak, a gentle bitterness underneath. Not much sour or tartness in the flavor, either. Mostly smooth, good body for the style, well carbonated on the high side.

Good, well crafted, enjoyable, not as expressive overall as you would like for the style. Worth a try, but a little high on the price point for what you get.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$ 15.96 (Including tax)/750 mL cork and cage bottle ($ 0.629/oz) at Spec’s, DeZavala Road, San Antonio, Texas.
Undated bottle, stored at 42 degrees and served at 55 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Opens with a “Pop” and without any overflow.
Appearance – 3.75.
Body – Deep garnet, clear, slight effervescence. Layer of sediment in bottle bottom.
Head – Average (Maximum 2.5 cm, aggressive pour), light tan, fizzy, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a three mm ring and a thin large island that nearly covers the surface.
Lacing – None.
Pour – Medium brown, clear.
Aroma – 3 – Unremarkable. Faint perfume of sour fruit.
Flavor – 4 – Begins sour with some undistinguished fruitiness. Has a distinct woody character but I can’t detect the advertised chocolate or vanilla. Middle and ending flavors follow the initial taste. No yeastiness, no malt, any hops are hidden by the lactic acid, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Unremarkable. Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4 – This looks good, despite the absence of lacing. Aroma is unremarkable and the palate is average or possibly slightly thin. This tastes like any run-of-the-mill Oud Bruin and that’s a good thing. Despite this being produced with “wild yeast” (whatever species there may be in Colorado), it lacks the yeast flavor of Saccharomyces and the odd phenolics produced by many Brettanomyces sp. Despite the subdued (or missing) flavors, this is tart and refreshing.

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Photo of BarleyAndBrett
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trevor_martin
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of einman
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown/ruby body with a red-tinged head and thin webs of lace. A bunch of sediment pours out at the end of the bottle, to my chagrin. The nose offers a stiff sour cherry aroma, some solid caramel/pure barley malt, and an accent of vanilla. Sublime. The taste hits instantly with sharp sour cherry, but is followed by an unpleasant bitter/metallic note that carries through the finish, spoiling the warm malt and vanilla presence that comes in third. The emphasis on the sourness and balance by the intended beery notes is great, but the off flavors are pretty strong and significantly drag this brew down. The body is slightly sticky, smooth, delicately but lively carbonated, with medium-full weight.
Great beer minus the metallic and overly bitter flavors. The barrel aging and authentic sourness was obviously apparent, which lent assertive, distinctive taste with sexy nuance. Fix that up and filter it and we got a great American-made Belgian-style brewhaha going on here.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cramerican
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bnes09
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown color. Weak head as expected. Earth and acetic acid aroma. Flavor is dynamic. Malty, fruity, oaky, earthy, funky with a mellow acidity. Sweet overall with a raisin and prune quality. Medium body. Well carbonated with slightly dry finish. Very good.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of n2pux
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fleeing beige froth over deep cherry red. 4
Cherry stone, wood, and red wine vinegar. 4
Cola, brownie crust, cherry skin, earth, cocoa husk, and earthy woody finish. 4.25
Crisp, round, half med. 4

Direct and easy take on the style. More chocolate than expected. Maybe not the depth of a Belgian, but way drinkable. 4.25

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Quavo
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ystazi
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of REVZEB
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moundbz
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sparx1100
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: light brown with a vigorous tan head. Bright, ruby-brown when held to light.

Aroma: mouth-watering tart with light funk, but there is a slight offensive smell, like someone farted in your car, rolled up the windows and left it overnight.

Flavor: excellent at first, but quickly thereafter the aroma-funk materializes – burnt rubber or rotting cork. It’s as if the Brett strain turned south or if the beer got infected. The oak flavor is great and complements the sour very well.

Mouthfeel: medium, a bit heavier than I would expect given the style.

Overall: this beer is a great starting point for future sours, but the funk in this particular beer ruins it. I remember this beer as much better. Perhaps the 12 months cellaring compromised this beer. I will try this beer again. I am suspicious it is either infected or the aging ruined it.

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The Meddler from Odell Brewing Company
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