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 OnryAndMean
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ldhughes3
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 rspauldi
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Devil_Doc
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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 waddellc2
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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 jheezee
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

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

Photo of Theortiz01
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tart, earthy funk, lemon, light apricot, oak, white grape, balanced honey sweetness, white pepper

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Photo of CSO
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of brandon911
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WTKeene
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of abex44
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cultclassic89
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of haems
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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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Saison from Oddwood Ales
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 89 ratings