Saison | Oddwood Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oddwood Ales
Texas, United States
oddwoodales.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dry, tart, and funky farmhouse ale. Fermented in red wine barrels with a melange of yeast and bacteria.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,861
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
89
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
19
Trade:
1
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 89
Photo of Premo88
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

25.4 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(batch #3, bottled on 12/18/2015)

L: clear light gold, good activity in the glass; pushes up over 1-inch head of white foam that dissipates quickly; not much sticking or lacing but the beer keeps a thick collar of offwhite foam; the clarity is stunning

S: hay, wet hay, lemon peel, fingernail polish and some sweet lemon candy; sour lemon is the lead note

T: very sour and earthy first sip, mouth-puckering lemon; the palate quickly adjusts and allows for a bunch of sugary sweetness in, mixing well with the sour/earthy flavor; medicinal cough syrup, especially in the aftertaste; some grain

F: fantastic ... light but crisp and relatively full from the carbonation

O: very good brew with a nice mix of sour, earthy and sweet notes in both the nose and flavor; it gets a bit too much like cough syrup at times, but other than that, it's a tasty beer I will revisit

SECOND BOTTLE NOTE: finished one about a month after the first (Oct. 9, 2016), and it was noticeably better. Not sure if the extra month in the bottle helped it, but it was a bit sweeter with no medicinal flavors at all. Good enough that I'll buy it again.

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Photo of Wayne17
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tons of funk, just the right amount of tart, some citrus and brett making this saison complex and delicious. Very intrigued to see what Oddwood does now they are split from Adelberts because frankly I believe Oddwood is doing the most interesting and best beer in texas outside of Jester King. This saison is on the level of many of the Hill Farmstead saisons and reminds me of Anna in many ways.

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Photo of stephens101
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange in color. The off-white froth disappears quickly, leaving practically nothing behind. A panoply of soured light fruits and damp hay to the nose. Dry, tart and all over the place with a panoply light fruits and spice competing with the tartness and unwelcome phenols. Uninspiring and almost off-putting. Guess I just don't see it.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 002

Really nice nose of white grapes and citrus. Reminds me of a Sauvignon Blanc wine almost. Bit of funk and a subtle tartness. Taste follows the nose and the tartness is perfect. Amazingly refreshing! I could drink this one all day.

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Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002 (Bottled on 4/24/2015). 750mL bottle poured into a snifter. $11 at Specs.

Nice funky farmhouse aroma. The taste is very fruity with wine flavors along with a nice tartness and barnyard funk. The Brett is obvious, but not overwhelming, and the farmhouse base flavors are present. I really pick up on the oak from the barrel on the finish, which is refreshing and dry. No issues with carbonation.

Overall, a great barrel-aged saison. And for the price, one of the best values for this style.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really well-balanced saison with a pretty yellow color, good clean head and nice carbonation, really nice funky aroma, great Brett taste, and a frankly excellent finish.

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Photo of champ103
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazed/cloudy straw yellow color. At first a white head rises to over two fingers, but recedes in a few seconds. A good coat of lace is left behind.
S: Musty, basement like aromas...I guess you can call that funk. Soft fruits of white grapes, lemon and citrus rind. Maybe a bit of wood aromas, but again everything is really soft. Which after time becomes really inviting.
T: The up front acidity is sharper than the nose would lead you to expect. Lemon/citrus flavors, musky basement again. Grapes, oak tannins. Beautifully nuanced and soft. Like the nose it draws you in, and you like it more and more with each sip.
M/D: A light to medium body. Moderate carbonation that tries to be spritzy like. Though maybe just the other side of watery. Dry tannins in the finish. Superbly enjoyable, and incredible to drink. The bottle is gone in no time.

Hmm...what a nice little contract brewed Saison. Soft, but enough nuance to be really inviting. It doesn't hit you over the head with any one characteristic. Really well balanced, and reminds me a lot of some Jolly Pumpkin (which is good). Accessible, but unique, and really well done. I will be getting more.

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Photo of M_chav
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

oh this is nice! perfect balance, tons of funk and brett presence. lemon/citris rind flavor and again perfect balance. this is legit. Wine is there in spirit, not too overboard but flavorful. This should be the standard on saisons, just great stuff right here.

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Photo of gman1602
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into an Adelbert's snifter glass. Bottle batch 001, bottled 10/27/14

LOOK: Straw colored, cloudy, about a 1/4 inch head with medium lacing

SMELL: Lemon, barnyard funk, wheat, a little coriander, nice wild ale smell, very Belgian

TASTE: Really great sour, mild on the acidity, lemon-citrus with more of that sour barnyard funk, nice acidity in there with a decently dry finish. The red wine barrels really play nicely on the beer and the Brett funkiness. It's not a harsh sour by any means but doesn't disappoint a sour lover either.

MOUTHFEEL: Was a little concerned at the lack of head that there may not be much carbonation going on here...not to worry. There is a very nice spritziness that matches perfectly with the sour lemon character of the style. It's thick enough to let you know this is real beer, but light enough to not weigh down the palate.

OVERALL: Excellent offering from Oddwood. I like Adelberts and have enjoyed them many times, but only their specialty beers ever really stopped me in my tracks. This one from Oddwood makes me stop and stand up a bit. Will certainly become part of my rotation, and if I try to get a friend in to sours, I will most definitely be presenting this as a nice representation of the sour farmhouse style.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very hazy golden color with a 2-3 finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent as is lacing. Strong Brett aroma with some citrus and red wine aroma. Very appealing. Strong Brett taste at the beginning with some peppery spiciness. Can taste more of the wine and slight citrus at the end. There is some hoppiness involved. Brett yeasty aftertaste. Very impressive saison, probably my favorite.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Unbranded hood-and-wire cap over a cork. Simple yet classy label art and design. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz.

Served cold into a Cantillon gueuze glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live as a saison per the label. Expectations are above average. Batch 001. Bottled on 10/27/14. 6.4% ABV. Cork released by hand only with some effort.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Half finger wide. White head. Thin and weak. Recedes within 10 seconds. Leaving no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Straw/hay yellow colour of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Cloudy, with evidence of a lack of filtration.

Overall, it looks nice for a farmhouse ale, but doesn't jump out as unique or special.

AROMA: Wheat, lemon zest, citrusy twang, barnyard character, farmhouse funkiness (incl. brettanomyces), mild (maybe 3/10 sourness), hay, straw, minimal floral hop character, and some guiding dampened oak wood. A kiss of fruit.

Aromatic intensity is average, yet the brew is still quite evocative. The oak in particular in interesting, but I don't find any wine character.

Very intriguing. Boasts impressive subtlety. I can't wait for the first sip. Delightfully soft and nuanced.

TASTE: Funky from the brettanomyces yeast, with a complementary slightly tart sourness which is a good 4-5/10 in terms of intensity. Barnyard notes of straw and hay blend beautifully with wheat, flaked barley, and neutral Belgian malts to give this a surprisingly nuanced yet easily imposed upon malt backbone. Soft notes of faint fruit - primarily lemon and concomitant citrusy twang - are divine, and grow more expressive as the beer comes to temperature.

Boasts impressive depth of flavour and has incredible subtlety. More and more notes emerge as it comes to temperature, revealing its many layers. This is a surprisingly complex farmhouse ale with incredibly well incorporated wild characteristics. The bacteria and yeast don't clash, but rather complement each other in a marriage of funkiness and sourness. The guiding oak tone is lovely, but I do crave the wine promised on the label.

This is a gestalt brew, and I like it more and more the more I drink it.

TEXTURE: Refreshing, slightly acidic, smooth, wet, and quenching, with a medium body and appropriately moderate thickness. Carbonation is perfect. Lightly smacky on the palate from the sourness, but never puckering. Overall presence on the palate is fantastic. Somewhat effervescent.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable, and very enjoyable. This is a damned impressive effort from Oddwood Ales and I can't wait to try more of their work. Easily superior to anything I ever tried from Adelbert's (where this was brewed). Well worth seeking out. I'll be sending this to trade partners if I can find more of it. There's huge potential here, and this is some of the most promising work I've had from a new Texas brewery.

Best paired with a salad.

Serve chilled, not cold.

High B-

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Photo of Raj
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

hazy yellow golden, almost white head. well carbonated. smells cirtusy, lemon, a little funky. taste is tropical fruits (pineapple, melon), little hay/straw, ends tart with light lemon pith. not a lot of wood character. easy drinking, dry. overall a really well done farmhouse beer.

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Photo of Beerismylifeblood69
5/5  rDev +21.1%

This is the beer I've been looking for. It has everything you need in a beer: malt, tartness, diverse bretty notes, barrel, enough malt that you can taste it, but not so much that it's taking the stage, and a kick ass label.

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Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Outstanding. I've had three Jolly Pumpkin sours this week and this tops them all. An excellent sour. Nice tropical flavors and a sour character reminiscent of JP's house yeast. More offerings like this, please!

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Photo of nsheehan
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%

From phone notes at the Oddwood release party:
Saison - smells juicy, citrus. Grapefruit and pineapple, very light grapey wine barrel. Tastes juicy with citrus. Not really any funk. Not tart, is juicy feeling. As it warms some tartness comes out. Very juice like overall. Tasty drinkable saison, but no barrel characters or complexity.

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Photo of Tommo
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Had huge expecations, they were not met. Rather sweet for a saison and very little sour to balance it. Overall a nice beer, very similar to prairie somewhere.

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