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

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Added by denver10 on 09-10-2012

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4.07
pDev:
24.08%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some malt, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a woody flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a better smell in my opinion.

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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 brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Warning - take care opening this bottle as the explosion of the cork could be dangerous

Appearance: After an explosion of the cork and a major degree of gushing, the head settles down on the cola brown liquid, leaving a smattering of lace behind

Smell: Lactic dark cherry and balsamic vinegar elements, with a hint of chocolate

Taste: With a hint of chocolate at the outset, the lactic sourness kicks in quickly, bringing sour dark cherry and balsamic vinegar elements; oak and a hint of vanilla arrive, after the swallow, with acetic sourness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation; puckery

Overall: But for the carbonation issues, this is a good example of the style; not a lot of funk but it brings the other elements of an Oud Bruin to the table

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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 kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Guiness goblet in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger light khaki head, fairly thin, of decent cream and good retention. Body colour is a dark amber-black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Sourness and bacteria, great yeast, and basic pale malts. An average strength aroma.

T: Sourness and bacterial notes. Neutral malts. A nice body. Quite well balanced. Well built. Nicely acidic. A tasty beer.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good palate presence. Near ideal carbonation. Complements the aroma quite well.

Dr: Quite drinkable. An incredibly tasty sour beer. I'd definitely have this again. A very worthwhile sour. Hides its ABV well.

High B

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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 wethorseblanket
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DenverBeerDrinker for this. Bottle # 14019-12.

A: Pours a dark brown with reddish edges under a 1-finger thick off-white/tannish head which fades slowly to the rim and cap leaving spotty lace.

N: Tannic oak wood, dark fruits and berries, some mild acetic notes.

T: Slightly sour oak wood along with dark cherry pits, Slightly sweet and astringent.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Finish is somewhat sour with lingering tannins.

O: Nice and well balanced Flanders style.

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Photo of mactrail
3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Attractive dark amberish brown with persistent foam and lots of lacing. Smell is on the vinegary side with a little deep fruity funk. Sharp and sudsy with that fermented fruit vinegar going up the nose. The lactobacillus is doing its job and eradicated any trace of malty sweetness.

Acidic but foaming constantly in the mouth helps the sippability. A rather intense, bitter woody note lingers in the aftertaste. Light body. Overall this tastes like apple cider that has soured. None of the typical beery flavors of malt and certainly no hops.

For this style, drinkability is about average. It feels like the acidity is attacking my teeth, which is not my idea of fun. This style still tastes like a chemistry experiment to me. From the 750 ml bottle purchased for $14 in Denver.

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with a pinky of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Tart cherries & raspberries

T: Follows the nose, a touch of figs & raspberry sourness up front. Oaky dryness, cherries & figs, plus other jammy notes intertwined with sourness as this warms, a little bit of boozey peach juice too. Finishes warming, slightly boozey with raspberry vinagrette, leather & oakyness

MF: Medium bodied with slight carbonation that builds as this warms

A nice Old Bruin, one that will age well. A bit of time would smooth out some edges

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/29/12 notes. Thanks to nmann08 I think for sharing this one.

a - Pours an amber-brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted notes, sweet and sour dark fruits, tart cherries, oak, fruity malts, and some caramel malts. Lightly sour but nice overall.

t - Tastes of sour cherries, tart dark fruits, raspberries, oak, funk, roasted and toasted malts, fruity malts, acedic, some vanilla. More sour fruits than the nose; a step up for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Lightly acedic, but not a lot.

o - Overall a very nice flanders. Nice sour cherries and dark fruits, especially in the taste. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours with a huge cream head. Deep red/brown body. Never quite settles.

Smell - Very acidic. Nice cherry acidity. Lots of malt and vanilla.

Taste - The malt comes out more here. Malt, oak, and vanilla come through nicely. Extremely sour, but it drops off after the initial taste.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Over sour, but nice.

Overall - I rather enjoy this. Great barrel flavors.

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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 Tone
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of cherry sourness, alcohol, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and slight oak. Fits the style of a Flander Oud Bruin. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight liquor, alcohol, oak, cherry sourness, sweet malt, and slight malt. Overall, great appearance and blend; the body is pleasantly sour and the liquor flavors are not dominate.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml
Caged/Corked

Poured into a Westy chalice a very nice grapey/brownish color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some nice islands and sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some nice cherries, grapes, figs, nice little tartness. The taste is very nice, malty, yeasty, with some nice tartness, cherries, grapes, figs. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice little dry finish. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew, true to style. Recommended!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the COOP tonight ... poured into my slim tulip... 2 finger tan head... the brew is hazed walnut brown... good lacing despite a short retention time... could definitely be more clear.

Nose is aged balsamic with some light cocoa... light cherry essence... with warmth a little fig sweetness emerges so does a bit of sherry.

Flavor is not as pungent as many American takes on an Oud Bruin... sweet and sour... the balsamic character is present but much less than the aroma... as it warms up more malt character comes out... toffee/cocoa... fruity esters show as cherry and a bit of light prune.

Body is about right at medium... carbonation is low/medium... again about right.

Pretty nicely done.. Much more like a European version of the style than many of the American sour monsters. A bit expensive at $13, but I respect the time and style ... so I will probably buy a couple more to have around for when the feeling strikes.

3/4/4/4/4

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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 Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really dark pour, looks black to me, with a 1 finger head of foam with some great lacing.

I get a big fruity tartness on first smell, second smell..some hints of chocolate and vanilla. Blimey, the label mentions the latter 2.

Fruity/vinegar sourness and vanilla up front in the taste. Some sugary sweetness mixed in there that is nice but confuses my palate somewhat. It finishes sour and gives me a blast of the alcohol.

On the upper end of medium bodied with lively carbonation, it's a good mouthfeel here and is pretty drinkable.

I think this is a very good take of, based on my limited experience with, the style. It's surely worth a try.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. L: Pours hazy brown with a thin tan cap.
S: Sour and malty nose.
T: Starts full and soft and malty with a surprising cherry finish, some dark malts, a little horse blanket to barnyard, a touch sweet.
F: Medium body and ver soft, creamy carbonation.
O: A very nice Flanders Oud Bruin.

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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 claspada
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy generic brown color with some ruby around the edges of the glass and some decent size tan bubbly head that recedes at an average pace leaving some solid lacing.

The aromas begin with light vinegar, a solid amount black cherry fruitiness and light woody funk underneath. Some of the base beer breadiness emerges as well as more an more oak as it warms.

The tastes follow the nose with the soft acetic vinegar flavors which blend nicely with the Brett induced black cherry fruitiness. As it warms the wood and funk emerge more as more just as with the aromas.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Finish is dominated by a solid but not overbearing black cherry tartness.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, even though it was not stellar in any facet. There is a super balance between the Bretty sour cherry flavors and the toasted bready malty backbone. Much more sour than Saboteur and less alcoholic as well, which is a plus. The Brett flavors are much more balanced than Shenanigans which came out earlier this year. Basically this is one of the more drinkable Sour Ales they have done and is ready to drink right now compared to Saboteur or Deconstruction which needed some time to develop.

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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 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 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 thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Beer_Viking for sharing this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! Served from bottle into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured a dark red brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, wood, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, fruit, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really went into this one not knowing at all what to expect. However, what I found actually was quite nice. While it was not the most complex brew that I have ever had, it did quite well with what it had going on. The woodness was a nice touch to add just a hint of earthiness to the brew. This fact mixed quite well with all of the sour and fruit going on. Really glad I got the chance to try this one and I suggest you do the same if/when you get an opportunity.

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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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