Celastrina | Odell Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Celastrina, or Hops Blue, is a tiny blue butterfly found living on wild hop plants along the Front Range of Colorado. Little is known about this rare species, but we hope to change that. Celastrina Saison pays tribute to this winged creature with delicate hints of banana and clove-like flavor, typical of a traditional Saison, that flutter with a subtle spice character derived only from the hops used. $1 from each bottle sold will go to the Colorado Natural Heritage Program to help fund research of the Hops Blue butterfly.

Added by Moose90 on 05-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
124
pDev:
8.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast, spice, and slight citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the carbonation level on this one is a bit too much.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I will always jump on a new odell bomber, its always high quality and interesting, and this one is certainly that, although not as good as many other new saisons his season. it pours a remarkably light gold color, with an odd degree of clarity for the style. the head is bone white and full of big air pockets, decent retention. the looks throws me off, but the nose is better. its got a playful yeast, a floral hop profile, and some citrus elements. the malt is odd though, not the wheat I am used to, but something else that makes it sweet smelling and out of place. the flavor is also hindered by the malt profile, although everything else I smell comes through wonderfully in the flavor. the yeast is new to me, very very bright. the hops are grassy and only a little bitter. more hop than normal for the style, and I just love that in this beer. good bubbles, its carbonated like a soda, and the feel is lighter despite the malt sweetness. alcohol is hard to detect, and I found this to be very easy drinking. not my favorite saison, and definitely not my favorite odell brew, but a tasty offering I would be happy to drink again. I love the fact that some proceeds are donated as well to this little hop creature. good stuff.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Upon taking off the cage, the cork started protruding from the bottle and rapidly took off until it collided with my ceiling. The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with an eighth of a finger high off white head that hardly died down, consistently covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of floral blossoms are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has interesting flavors of floral blossoms along with hints of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This saison has lots of floral aromas and lavors, but interestingly they are more like floral blossoms tan floral hops.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of russpowell
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Took the cage off, started reading the label & BAM! The cork went flying, luckily no one's eye was put out nor was any beer wasted!

Pours an effervescent gold/honey with 3+ fingers of meringue like pearl colored head. Stellar head retention & lacing, stays bright through the whole bottle

S: Grassyness, hay & a touch of sourness & cloves

T: Pears, a touch of golden delicious apple, green apple skins, clove & dryness up front. Pears, faint apricot notes, grass & cloves as this warms, plus white grapes & honeysuckle. Finishes dry, fruitty & crisp

MF: Medium bodied with delicate carbonation

Pretty drinkable, a nice not over complex saison

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Boulevard tulip glass.

Man, I was kinda hoping this beer was made butterflies... What does that say about me? Anyway, this stuff pours a partly-cloudy golden-brass topped by a finger if lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises damp wheat, light earthy greens, light clove, mild citrus zest, and a pinch of cardamom. The taste brings in more of the same, with an emphasis on the Belgian yeast spice. Things are earthy enough that I'd swear this stuff actually came from Belgium. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid saison. No complaints. 'Nuff said.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jeepers, look at the foam! Big white cap on this guy. Lacing is sticky in spots. Foam settles to a flim and collar

Aroma: I just don't get the banana stated on the label. Clove, yes; nanner, no. A bit floral. Some light hoppy spice. Perhaps white pepper. A bit of lemon and papaya.

Flavor mirrors the aroma. Sharp citrus and green grass. Honeysuckle. Clove a bit, light biscuit.

I think I'd enjoy this beer more (and I do like it) if the slick feel weren't there. It's kinda oily or something. Velvet? No, maybe not. Not sure what it is b/c the bubbles and carbonation are fine. Just not as dry as it seems. What am I talking about? Someone help me out...

Good porch beer maybe with some hard cheese....mmmm...cheese

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. L: Pours hazy straw under a voluminous clingy, persistent 3” off-white foam collar that rises up over the rim of the glass.
S: Fruity, spicy, herbal, flowery with traces of malt and a touch of fresh compost.
T: Fuity, sour dough bread, over ripe fruit, finishes dry.
F: Creamy, medium to medium light body, medium high carbonation.
O: Odell has done some nice work with the yeast to produce very luscious light fruit flavors.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

$13.99 for the caged and corked 750ml bottle.

A- huge pop when I removed the cork, it pours a clear bright gold with a 2 finger head of foam, and does well with the lacing.

S- it smells yeasty, spicy, has notes of citrus, maybe a bit of fruit like banana.

T- kind of on the peppery side with a hint of cloves, getting some flavour of banana, lemon zest, the malt is earthy...tastes good and all but maybe I should cooled it down more than I did.
Finish is on the dry side and fine with me.

M- on the light side of medium bodied, zesty level of carbonation, or is it? Kind of puzzling with the carbo; in the mouth it feels lively but in the swallow, it feels flatter.

O- a good Saison here but for the price, and even though I don't think there are other Saisons in town, I will probably not get another. It just doesn't work that well for ME.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a darker yellow. Mostly clear bodied. Big, sudsy head. Also the cork almost took out my eye when opening.

S-Smells a bit phenolic. Quite floral. Some banana. Also some apple juice. Lightly spicy.

T-Sweet with some grassy hops. Just as phenolic as the nose. Some lighter honey flavor. Plenty of floral flavors. Bananas. Some breadiness and finishing spice.

M-Medium bodied. Softer carbonation. A little bit creamy. Hint of booze.

O-Mostly tasty. Nothing groundbreaking here.

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Celastrina from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 124 ratings
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