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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57
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270
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
24.08%
 
 
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 270
Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of beergoot
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy brown body, topped with a rich, chunky, light brown head. The bottle foamed up and out of the bottle despite sitting sedately for a good, long time. Sour and acidic scent.; lots of booze to the nose; phenolic; very light hint of malt; sour green apples. Per the style description for Flanders Oud Bruin, very vinegary on the initial taste; definite Lambic sourness; some alcohol warmth; no real hop presence. Medium-light body; clean and smooth feel.

Not being overly familiar with the style, the beer does exhibit plenty of acidic sourness overall, so it would seem to meet the basic style characteristics. Still, I didn't detect any "hints of malty sweet chocolate and vanilla" as listed on the label. Lactic sourness: yes; malt-like flavors: no. Not something I would usually search out, but seems fair enough for what it is.

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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 Beaver13
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy amber brown with a medium creamy tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel and candy fruit with a sour twang. It's a little subdued.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and fruit with a big sour (candy apple) twang. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice lacto sour. This is much more intense and more sour than the first bottle I had.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured in snifter at brewery. Appearance is a dark brownish red with tan head. Heavy lacing left behind. Nose features tart and sweet qualities with notes of cherry, oak, red wine, and vinegar. Taste has mild tartness up front with a healthy dose of cherry and a bit of tartness at the back of the palate. Not super tart, but definitely some acid. Mouthfeel is light and has low carbonation for style. Overall, a nice and approachable oude bruin with a high amount of sweetness for the style.

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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 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 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 JoEBoBpr
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice rich dark mahogany with a slight ruby red edge. There is a nice half inch head that is dense and slightly chunky. The color is a light tan and recedes at a moderate pace.

Aroma is delicious. Nice balsamic vinegar notes with some great slight cherry notes. Tart and also fruity. There are some nice slight woody notes with midl cinnamon and some good vinous character as well.

Flavor starts off with vinegar tartness. Then some nice malty grainy roast pops up with some slight deep caramel notes. This is then followed by some nice fruity tartness and mild cherry notes. There is some woody notes mixed in there that is mixed in with some slight cinnamon and some spice. The flavor notes are all very good but I wish there was a little bit more punch to them. They seem just a bit subdued. The mouthfeel is very good for the style. Vibrant carbonation and good lighter body.

Overall this brew is very good. One of my favorite Odell's sours. They seem to have hit their stride with this one. Nice vinegar notes with some slight fruit sweetness and some cherry tartness also. SLight leathery notes and some good woody finish.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL cork & cage bottle with no obvious dating on the bottle. There is a Julian code-like number on the label, but I seem to be reading it wrong, because there aren't 500+ days in a year. I do, however, have a reasonably good idea that this bottle is from 2012. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass.

Appearance - Pretty active carbonation, with a careful pour still yielding a massive three-and-a-half finger head the color of light brown sugar. Pocking begins almost immediately, giving the tan bubbles the look of Lorraine Swiss. Where the foam meets the body, you can see the carbonation continuing to work away, making the line between the bubbles and liquid blurry with activity. The body is a coffee brown with some translucence, but the combination of massive head and some haziness makes it difficult for light to pass through.

Smell - Initially gives off a powerful waft of lacto and balsamic vinegar--so far so good. It reminds me a bit of other American takes on the Flanders Oud Bruin, with a bit of underlying malty sweetness to balance out the sourness. Notes of oxidized green apple and musty oak are also present.

Taste - Some of the lactic tartness from the nose is present, but more subdued than I expected. Instead of a puckering effect, there is really more of a funky, woody characteristic to it. Along side that mustiness are notes of apple cider vinegar and sour cherries, but faint. And beneath it all is a surprisingly aggressive malt sweetness in the background. It really cuts through and almost overpowers that wonderful tartness. The finish has dried leather and wet hay alongside the slight twinge of the lacto, which never completely fades.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate-to-low carbonation, in spite of the huge head. Maybe low carbonation isn't the right word, but it's not very prickly to the tongue.

Overall, a solid take on the style, but I can't say I'm devastated that Odell hasn't produced this in a couple years. They make a much better sour beer that is still in production, and while I'm glad to have tried this one, in my opinion it doesn't quite hold up to the best in style from American brewers.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice three-finger, straw colored, loose foamed head. Brew is dark murky brown.

Smells acidic, lemon, orange, horsey, and grapefruit. Grassy.

Not nearly sour enough, IMO. Slight tartness, but no pucker factor. More barnyard funk then bite. Lots of horse blanket. Mostly dry and bitter. Carbonation is huge and well done. There's something in the brew that makes my head *twinge*

I thought Odell was going to finally ball-up and make a nice deep sour. Sad day. Recommended, but not as an extreme sour. Perfect 4.

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

On-tap @ Bier:Thirty Boise ID. Served in a tulip.

A: Very dark brown body, with hints of light tan...opaque, with some off-white head that fizzles quickly away to a consistent ring.

S: Tart upfront, but subdued and not overtly sour. Cherries are there, as well as some funk and lacto. Notes from a darker, sweet malt base weave in and out of the aromas, hints of brown sugar and oak smoothness.

T: Follows the nose, supremely drinkable for the style...the oak has integrated well and taken hold...finish is dry. Oak and sweeter cherry notes, and again some hints of brown sugar and malt sweetness.

Not too tart for those who are looking for a sour beer...this is just solid cherry flavor and nice elements of oak.

MF: Moderate body, definitely creamy and well carbonated, not too puckering in this case.

O: An enjoyable Flanders for me, though not too tart or sour. Take that into consideration.

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

A: pours a dark brown with a slight scarlet hue with a dense and long lasting off white head that retains very well into a Duvel tulip
S: smells of sourness, sour cherry, and slight vanilla and oak
T: tastes of sour cherry and all sorts of sourness, a slight funk, hint of sweetness, a bit of vanilla and oak and a hint of chocolate maltyness. swallow is quite mellow with some nice oakyness on the finish with a bit more pleasant maltyness and a slight lingering sourness
M: medium in the mouth with slightly vigorous and quite apparent carb that is a bit prickly on the palate. good drying finish as well
O: delicious and delightful. great flavors, great sourness and a decent balance of other flavors. Highly recommended

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Benish
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured a dark ruby color with no transparency.
Smell: winey characteristics with oak, dark fruits and raspberries
Taste: Flavors are heavy and rich in raspberries - very tart and juicy. It also has this vinous quality throughout. Its sour but its tart characteristics is far more noticeable. The aftertaste has a more cranberry juice flavor to it. Also finishes with notes of oak.
Mouthfeel: its thick and lush but not a lot of carbonation. Seems to be missing here.
Overall: Definitely I enjoyed this. But not sure how someone who has high standards for Oud Bruins would rate this.

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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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Photo of JEdmund
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black, with a small head. Not much to look at really.

But there is much to appreciate in the aroma. Big sour notes, coupled with familiar brown ale qualities, like chocolate and coffee and sweet dough.

Taste is complex—sourness and vanilla oak sweetness co-mingle with a brown ale in a really intriguing manner. There’s a slight roast bitterness lurking in there as well. This is one of the better wild ales I’ve had in that the Brett hasn’t made it a one-dimensional beer. Good carbonation and lightness keep this hefty brew deceptively drinkable.

Overall this one’s a winner! I think I like it more than their other brown ale with wild yeast, Saboteur. I will be cellaring a bottle of The Meddler to see how it develops over the next year.

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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 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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The Meddler from Odell Brewing Company
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