The Meddler | Odell Brewing Company

The MeddlerThe Meddler
BA SCORE
87.9%
Liked This Beer
4.02 w/ 298 Ratings
The MeddlerThe Meddler
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by denver10 on 09-10-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,784
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
298
Liked:
262
Avg:
4.02/5
pDev:
10.7%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
77
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 298 |  Reviews: 63
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of imbibehour
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
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 22Blue
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Tone
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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 liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Wasatch
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
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 sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of flagmantho
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.94/5  rDev -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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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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The Meddler from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87.9% out of 100 with 298 ratings
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