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Celastrina | Odell Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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Ratings: 124 |  Reviews: 29
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange gold, with a beautiful foamy, ivory head. No lacing.

Aroma: delicious fruity esters from the yeast, along with citrus from the hops.

Taste: tasty spicy notes form the yeast and hops. Very mild hop bitterness balances the malt nicely. Citrus is also present from the hops, as are fruity notes from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: fairly effervescent, though the carbonation is not overdone. Coats the tongue and mouth nicely with flavor, but does not linger too long. Fairly smooth given the carbonation level.

Overall: delicious! This is a winner in my books, as everything is nicely balanced. The hops are allowed to shine without overpowering the palate with bitterness, and are complimented well by the malt and yeast used. Odell has done an excellent job of crafting a Saison that is both complex and balanced, and is an easy-drinking and undeniably enjoyable brew. It is achievements like this beer that make Odell one of my favorite breweries.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Celastrina pours a clearer golden color with a nice lacing head. Their is a sweet fruity flowery aroma. The taste has some nice banana notes, flower like flavors, and a nice yeasty undertone. Nice body, drinkable, and flavorful. Overall its a sweeter easy drinking clean saison.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

corked caged 750ml bottle

A- slight hazes golden yellow color with a fluffy white head that reveals nice lacing
S- bananas and clove with floral lemon spices and grass funk
T- fruity spicy and hoppy right away with banana and clove it has hints of lemon wheat and pepper abd citrus
M- tart and spicy crisp with medium/high carbonation
O- refreshing saison especially if like them with spice and hops

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy honey with huge, foamy white head that persists for awhile and clings nicely.

Smell: Banana, clove, oranges, bread and pepper.

Taste: Bready and fruity, with banana and citrus. It is earthy and musty, but not at all tart, as many of the more earthy Saisons are. Cloves and hops are very noticeable on the finish, with the hops deserving special mention for strong orange and pepper notes.

Feel: High carbonation, medium body that is slightly too sticky and not effervescent enough. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: Nice Saison overall, which actually seems to have some Tripel traits. However, other than the strong, distinct hops, this is a relatively straightforward Saison that doesn't seem to deserve the expensive price tag. While I don't let price impact my score here, it will prevent repeat purchasing.

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