Saison | Oddwood Ales

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Oddwood Ales
Texas, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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.

Added by bccocx on 10-16-2014

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Photo of jbspires
1.12/5  rDev -72.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Whatup14
2.58/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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 erushing
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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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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 billab914
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Northtexan
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.8/5  rDev -8%

Photo of dasotelo50
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 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 cgrunin
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Roybert
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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