The Meddler | Odell Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by denver10 on 09-10-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
292
Reviews:
61
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.84%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
77
For Trade:
2
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of appetiteforparis
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of DreamsOfMarshallWharf
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of stealth
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of justinlaz
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Jspriest
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of PalatePilot
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Kenye
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle corked and caged. This is my first real sour, we don't get many of them out here.

Appearance - A beautiful dark brown pour, hints of red shining through around the edges of the glass. A nice off-white head that slowly dies down and leaves a ring around the glass. 4.5/5

Smell - It smells a lot like a wine. You can smell the vinegar-like sour, as well as fruits. Tart cherries, grapes, and apples. I love this smell! 4.5/5

Taste - The taste follows the nose. It tastes like a wine and a beer had a baby. A wine with a malt backbone if you will. Nice lip puckering sour, and the alcohol is well balanced. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel - Nice and bubbly! It keeps it from lingering around too long. It lingers on the palette shortly, and the carbonation keeps it moving along. Wonderful. As soon as I finish a sip I want more! 4.5/5

Overall - I am a bit Odell fan, I'll admit it. I think almost everything they do is very good. I think they deserve much more respect nationwide. Far superior than a certain other brewery that occupies the same city. This sour is no exception. I was easily able to finish this 750 mL bottle by myself very quickly, and I'm half-entertaining going to get the other one in the fridge. The nice thing is I can do that, because this beer is just sitting on the shelf here! Trade for this, if you can't pick it up locally. It won't require anything fancy to get, and you won't be disappointed! 4.5/5

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4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish ruby with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A sour and fruity aroma with a scent of fruits and lacto yeast. Brett and lacto yeast give a sour and acidic scent. Lots of fruit with hints of sour cherries, berries, apple, pear, and peach. Sweet scent of vanilla and brown sugar along with some oak. Dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, and prune. Toasted malt with hints of biscuit and cracker. A really good complex aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity and sour Bruin taste with notes of fruits and funky yeast. Upfront funky, sour, and tart flavors from lacto and brett yeast. Mix of fruit notes with some sour and tart cherries, berries, pear, apple, and peach. Also some dark fruit undertones of fig, raisin, and prune. Sweet taste of brown sugar and vanilla along with oak. Toasted malt with notes of biscuit, toast, and cracker. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Tart, creamy, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A very good take on the Bruin style. Nice mix of yeast and fruit flavors.

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4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaveAnderson
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Among sours, Oud Bruin may not be my favorite style. But Odell knocks this one out of the park. It's sour, of course, but perfectly balanced with strong, but mellow oak. Not only is this a delicious beer, but it's a solid gateway beer for those wine drinkers out there who don't think they like beer (I have brought it to parties and watched it work magic).

Another great beer from Odell, and they even manage to carbonate this one (looks sternly at Hiveranno and Woodcut #5).

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4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Strong taste. It really pops in your mouth!

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4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The sour notes really carry this beer, excellent from first sip to last

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4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin, rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of strong sour notes. Mostly sour cherry.

T - Delicious sour flavor. Lots of puckering black cherry flavor with some malt and oakiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a fairly strong pucker factor. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a fabulous sour ale. I might have to get more, before it's all gone.

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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bsp77
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with thick, bubbly tan head.

Smell: Vanilla, oak, tannins, some fruitiness. Minimal sour notes in the aroma.

Taste: Oak, vanilla, tart cherries, sour grapes and pepper. Great balance of malty sweetness, sour notes, and spiciness. I purposefully waited a year to drink this as initial impressions indicated that the yeasts and bacteria needed more time to do their work. This is still not quite a sour bomb, but that is not a bad thing as this is so nuanced and tasty.

Feel: Medium body with ample carbonation. Finish is dry and tart.

Overall: Great example of a Flemish Ale. I hope they brew this on a semi-regular basis, as they do with Friek.

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The Meddler from Odell Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 292 ratings.
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