The Meddler | Odell Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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

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57
Ratings:
266
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
24.08%
 
 
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36
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71
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 266
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 12.24.12

A - Pours a very dark brown-cola color iwth a two inch foamy khaki head with great retention.

S - Very funky at first, then earthy, wood, some subtle chocolate and vanilla in the finish.

T - Tart and funky for sure. The flavor follow just as the nose did.

D - Tons of carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Tart and Funky with some chocolate and vanilla trying to show up.

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Photo of Santanax
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

VERY VERY NICE.... i love the interpretation of the style... reminds me of a well crafted rodenbach or similar flanders... nice tartness with some oak which doesent overwhelm...great warming FX after ur taste buds and stomach settles..hardly can notice alcohol at all. dirty sour taste in a good way...Cork nearly took my eye out.... no overflow

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Photo of phishsihq
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Meddler is and oud bruin style ale from Odell Brewing Company. The beer pours a very dark, nearly black, opaque brown color and is capped with a khaki head that provides tons of lacing. Aromas of sweet
chocolate, vanilla, a lactic acid blend beautifully. On the pallet that sweet malt flavors again dominate, with a tartness pulling through the end. Medium-full in body, this brew features a higher level of carbonation. A fantastic brew!

Cheers!

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Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark amber with vigorous carbonation upfront. about 1/2inch of off white head.

S: Has a strong pungent sour (almost spoiled) dark fruits. Also has some some aroma of dark cherries/berries, vanilla, figs, citrus and raisins.

T: Sweet yet very tart. The aroma truly matches the taste. It has a bit of a sour apple taste with some citrus characteristics.

M: medium drinkable body but has a sour/taste feel that lingers

O: new to this style of beer; its different but good. As far as I know, not many breweries try to make this this type of beer. worth buying.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark tawny mahogany, lasting tea-stained foam, creamy surface texture. Reddish highlight. A collar and ring of lace forms after a few minutes. The head lasts for a good while, eventually breaking apart after a few sips.

Complex aromas of vanilla yogurt, wet wood, grapes and earthy wild yeast funkiness.

Tart and tangy, soft tannic bitterness in the aftertaste. Dark fruit, red grapes, vanilla, plenty of body and a puckering finish. Creamy feel with smooth carbonation. Unique taste for an Oud Bruin, moderately sour and complex. Would pick this up again, it's a pretty unique iteration, for fans of American Flanders-style Ales as La Roja, La Folie, and Supplication.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a dark reddish brown with a HUGE off white head.

Smell - The nose is oaky and has a slight cherry skin presence.

Taste - There is a big oak presence. Cherry skin comes with coconut, vanilla, and dry red wine. The oak really sticks to the roof of the mouth. Cherry stands out more as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - I really like the manner in which the oak clings to the roof of the mouth.

Overall - A spot-on version of the style that leans dry b

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL into a Belgian tulip.

A- Body is dark as an imperial stout almost, but there's not much in the way of head. No lace either. Little islets of film. 4.25

S- Brown sugar and tartness and acidity approaching vinegar. Vinous and almost port-like. 4

T- Loving this taste. Brown sugar lovely. Chocolate and cherry, vanilla, notes that suggest bourbon, port or some heavier spirit. Really loving the flavors.

M- The Achilles heel to this beer is the mouthfeel. Borders on watery at times when the flavors call for something thicker, stickier, richer. The tartness is nice but could also be upped a tad, but there's a nice balance of tart and sweet. 3.75

This beer is great but it could still be better. More mouthfeel. That's all I ask for.

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Photo of denver10
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown with a big khaki head. A sweet and tart aroma of some vinegar, pitted fruits, brown sugar, and pumperknickle bread. Flavo followed suit with the addition of the oak barrel introducing itself as well. A medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, with age this beer improved significantly, IMO. Really good stuff now.

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Photo of champ103
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark brown with a touch of ruby red around the edges. A one finger beige head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Tart, lactic dark cherries up front that are great. A bit of vinegar, and sweet malts. Simple, but everything is in perfect balance and so enjoyable.
T: Again the tart dark cherries are up front that are great. Then the vinegar character known for the style. Though not overbearing in any way. The malts come next. Sweet caramel, and lightly toasted malts. Again, simple, but really enjoyable and well defined.
M/O: A medium body with good, crisp carbonation. Smooth at the same time. This is really easy to drink, and an all around well done example of the style.

Everything is simple, to the point, well defined, and in balance here. Which is not always the case with this style. Often, it is to muddled, and overbearing (usually with the vinegar character). This hits all the marks and is really well made. Well done.

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Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a thin but steady one-centimeter head and some lacing

S: Lots of tart fruits with a subtle bready malt base but mostly apples and dark fruits, etc.; some woody qualities round this out

T: Tart and woody up front; really balanced and nuanced and delicious; slightly vinous; some apples, apple cider vinegar, etc.

F: Medium body; quite creamy and nicely carbonated

O: A really nice woody, tart beer

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a magic blended sour brown ale from odell, who is yet to let me down. this baby pours mahogany in color with extraordinary depth. there is a littl haze to it, and a small light brown head. the nose is very sour, brett, lacto, or both, and even some vinegar. there is also plenty of sweetness from caramel and chocolate malts. the flavor is very complex, and the first thing i noticed was how well the alcohol was hidden. there is also a lot of oaky notes to this. the sour element is fruity, like cherries, and very powerful. puckery like a lemon, but not acidic. the malt profile adds a nice layer of earthy fall flavors which are not usually present in these beers, and the mouthfeel is fantastic. lots of bright carbonation stings the mouth, and the body is bigger than medium. this is not an easy beer to make, but it is an excercise in patience and artistry. odell has hit the nail on the head with this one. its one of the better dark sour beers ive ever put tp my lips.

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Photo of donspublic
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into sniffer, no head, light ring around the side. Can't really tell the color suffice it to say it is dark. No light coming thru. Getting a little cherry coming thru on the nose. Tasty beer. Getting a little tartness, some cherry, oak, vanilla coming thru. Not as much as some have mentioned. Sharp and refreshing mouthfeel, no trace of alcohol.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Nice pop off the cork. No obvious bottle dating that I can detect.

A muddy and dark milk chocolate brown body color, with lots of tan pin head bubbles racing up the sides of the glass in solid streams. Head creation is a bit snapping sounding but manages not to dissolve. A solid light tan two finger head is produced, a bit of fizz sounding dissolve, but always stays a finger populated with a nice finger length top, fine bubbles, and a creamy smooth surface. Very interesting looking Bruin and a neat one.

Aroma is quite nice. Mild sensing tart cherry, a bit of vanilla and milky chocolate sweetness as well, but tartness is definitely up front. Aromas though are more subtle and slightly buried on the nose though. There's quite a nice bit of complexity, but it's a little hard to dig out some of the sensed flavors. Otherwise pretty solid.

Palate is bringing lots of love. Creamy mouthfeel with a lighter touch, but a nice warm tartness that is mellowed out with some mild bubbles that play well on the palate. Mid palate comes with a creamy vanilla and tangy fruit, more sensing towards berries in a way. Further milk chocolate comes with an almost milkshake like quality of taste and sweetness. Aftertaste is a bit jarring but still hand-able. Finishes a bit ashen like with a surprising slight astringent bitterness, but subsequent sips add and counter with more milky chocolate and sweetness that almost gives a fruited tangy chocolate cake quality.

A real nice take on an Oud Bruin, the barrel aging has done some real good compliments to this. I would love to have this again someday.

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Photo of yamar68
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky crimson brown with a brief finger of khaki head that recedes to a thin, spotty velvet cap. Great dripping, boozy lacing. Light copper clarity surrounds the edge of the glass.

The nose is interesting but doesn't exactly pop... currants, mellow cherry qualities, red grapes, slightly sweet but dark fruit notes, brown sugar. Very inviting once it warms and unfolds. Slight fresh oak, caramel or cinnamon gets muddied up in there. A bit of heat comes with some warmth and a good snort.

As others have noted, this one actually does produce some sourness, which I welcome with open arms. I really enjoy the taste of this. The tart mid/finish tingles the back of the tongue... appropriately dry, bits of overripe cherry, some fig maybe, no real discernible alcohol presence. This is really smooth and tasty I think.

I prefer this one to its predecessors - this actually satisfies my sour fix.

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Photo of KajII
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a plum brown with a large (2-3 finger) tan creamy head that had excellent retention, receding very slowly down to a puddled cap with a large collar and fantastic sheets of sticky lacing that engulfed the entire glass.

The aroma was sweetly tart of a bold Brett yeast and a mild sweet grain malt along with notes of chocolate, dark fruit (plums and black cherry), vanilla and a slight woody scent.

The taste was sweet and acidic with a nice malty feel and a note of dark fruit from the get go, maturing into a rather sour funky yeasty taste with a mild woody presence towards the end. The flavor lasted a decent duration proceeding the swallow, with a sour fruitiness and a slight funkiness left behind.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a slightly dry texture and a mild carbonation.

Overall this was a really fantastic tasting sour brown, which had no flavor overpowering any other. Just a nice mix of fruit and funky tartness, which blended together so well that it created this exquisite tasting brew. I will be getting more of this one, I assure you...

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Photo of morimech
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mini gusher after opening the bottle. Dark brown color with a massive head that slowly settled to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma has tart/wild notes. Lactobacillus making itself known. Hints of cherries, red grapes, old wood, vanilla, and earth.

Moderate lacto tartness. I think it was wise letting this bottle age for some time before drinking. Getting a lot of complexity. Tart fruit like cherries, green apples, and red grapes. Some barrel notes of vanilla and oak.

Feels lighter than the ABV would have me believe. Has an appropriate amount of carbonation to give life to the complex flavor.

I have not been a fan of Odell's beer that comes in the 750ml format. This one I certainly enjoyed much more than their other efforts. Too bad it was only made once and is not done yearly.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: the cork popped pretty violently when opened, but the beer did not foam out, so that's good. Hue is a rich red-brown, quite dark, but with a very little amount of haze it would seem. Head pours several fingers of frothy tan foam which dissipate slowly into a nice, pillowy head. Very attractive.

Smell: sweet, ruby malt; a biting sourness that nevertheless fades into a more approachable candylike tartness; elements of wood with some vanilla notes thrown in. Wonderful.

Taste: wow, the light sweetness, vague woodiness and fruity tartness all make me think of fresh huckleberries. The end of the palate centers more on the wood, vanilla, even lightly bourbon-ey notes. Very tasty and with a nice dynamic experience that I always love in a beer. Kudos!

Mouthfeel: light body with a big, fluffy carbonation. This is a pretty strongly attenuated brew, so the creaminess has very little staying power. Still, it's mouth-filling and satisfying up front. Woo!

Overall: delicious, complex and drinkable. I highly recommend this.

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Photo of Rutager
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for another nice selection willandperry!!

Appearance. Pours brown with a little orange coming through at the edges and topped with two fingers of creamy light beige head that leaves some thick lacing.

Smell. Sweet and sour cherries, caramel and dank old barrel wood, a bit of red wine is there too.

Taste. Cherries, caramel and more of that dank wooden barrel with a little vanilla.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with fine but fairly soft medium carbonation.

Great stuff. A sour brown done right. Would drink this again with pleasure.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a beautiful murky dark murky brown with 3/4 inch tan head. Good retention. Decent lacing.
S: Sweet fruit (especially berry, melon, and cherry notes), fresh tart twang, hint of earthy mustiness and pepper. Wonderfully fresh and inviting.
T: Just a smidgeon off the aroma. More tart here and more peppery spice. Chocolate malt enters the fray..especially with warming. Milky cream, sweet fruit (as above, but playing a lesser role in the mix). Pleasantly complex.
M: Initially this presents with a tart and sharply sweet bite. It then settles down to a smooth and almost creamy feel. Finishes a bit musty and spicy. Medium body, but feels lighter than the 8.9% ABV. In my opinion, the tart note is perfection...absolutely spot on.
D: A solid example of style. A complex and yet refreshing brew...a feat in and of itself. Well done, Odell! Seek it out.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is cherries, fruit, malts and a good hint of sweetness. The flavor is cherries, raisins/slight tobacco, malts, dark fruit and a mix of mild sweetness, alcohol and tart in the finish.

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Photo of hardy008
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a two finger foamy tan head with good retention and plenty of lacing. the aroma has tart cherries, Lactobacillus, Brett, and vanilla.

Has a nice tart flavor with tart cherries, Lactobacillus, Brett, vanilla, oak, and some sweet malt to balance out some of the tartness. Nicely made.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. The alcohol is very well disguised. It's hard to believe that this is a 8.90% abv beer. Well worth trying.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle with cork and cage. No date but I know it's from the first bottling.

Served slightly chilled in a tulip glass, The Meddler is a dark redish brown color. It has thick off-white head with great retention and nice lacing left behind as it slowly settles.

Aroma is both roasty and sour, about in equal measure. It has elements that remind me of their porter, Cutthroat, but also some nice wild yeast notes.

Flavor is definately more sour than roasty. It has a nice lightly toasted malty base but the yeast is really the star. Great sour/tart flavor and good balance keeps it from being overpowering.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. Alcohol is noticible but not a dominant characteristic.

Overall a really nice version of the style. Going up against the establishment in Fort Collins, the almighty La Folie, The Meddler can certainly hold its own.

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Photo of bsp77
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
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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The Meddler from Odell Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.
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