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Odell Saboteur Brett Barrel Brown Ale

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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Brown ale with secondary brett fermentation.


1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
tectactoe (1886) - Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Jeff. Deep, deep, burnt-brown body. Nearly black. Thick, lasting, foamy tan head up above. Chunky lacing all over the glass. Aroma is enigmatic. Mild vague fruit, floral notes, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, bruised plums, dates, black licorice, dry oak, sage, light coriander, moldy hay, cheesecloth funk, musty cotton, barnyard... Very complex but strange at the same time. Flavor profile is even more baffling. Not very good, either. Harsh roast, bitter cacao, no sourness at all. Earth, dirt, overbearing anise/licorice, perfume, botanical florals, rotten cherry fruit, mildew laced wood, sweaty & funky cheese rind, horseblanket, musty cellar floor, old pineapple brettanomyces finish. Lack of balance or coherence. The pungent, heavy perfume notes mix with the funk from the Brett & deliver one of the most awkward & harsh aftertastes I’ve ever tasted. Not a good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1039) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2014
December 30th, 2012 - Here’s one of those embarrassing moments where you declare out loud that something is weird or strange, but on the inside you really dig it. In the beer world this might be our "beer kinks" and the O’Dell Saboteur is one. It takes awhile to get to the nose, thanks to the defensive wall of cappuccino foam colored head between me and the dark, dark brown liquid. For a Brett beer (and maybe the secondary fermentation has something to do with this?) the smell is not especially sour. A strong cedar tang hints at the Brett, alongside a heavy, savory and umami rich smell of soy sauce. Black and white pepper add some spiced accents, and the smooth, buttery flavor of crushed walnuts rounds out the aroma. A few sniffs deeper, though, and I get a whiff if aged cigars - unsmoked, but old, and filled with that pleasant smell that one gets walking into a store’s humidor. The flavor is a close relation to the smell. A bubbly and light palate plays with the tongue, and brings flavors of soy sauce, Coca-cola, red grapes, more black pepper, teriyaki marinade, mesquite wood chips and a high, tangy acidity that’s anything but "barnyard" or "horse blanket." Yes, it’s weird, and strange, but I absolutely enjoyed this curious beer as it sabotaged my more polite senses and preferences for the more mainstream stuff.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bacterial (1555) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle that is a year or three old from my cellar. Age did not help this mess. Light brown pour with a massive offwhite head. Smoky, rancid, oak taste. Ugh. Slightly better than CIB.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6515) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
750mL bottle, sent from mista (thanks a lot, Geoff), pours a deep dark brownish mahogany with a small beige head. Nose brings out notes of oak, dark soured fruits, and wood. Flavour brings out loads of wet wood, lightly tart dark fruits, and light brett. The brett isn’t as prominent as I thought it would be, but it’s quite woody and dry. Very nice flavours, despite the prominent brett. Carbonation is rather gentle. Great stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
devman171 (969) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Pours brown with tons of carb and head, aroma is light malt and funk, taste is very dry funky and oaky. Interesting but not my favorite

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Dark brown with a big off white head. Smell is funky barnyard, hay. Taste is funk, hay, and grass. Full bodied Not my groove

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2013
Dalekliz, thanks this has been in my fridge for too long funky nose. Thin taste which makes sense

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (2186) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2013
Draft at Taps (Fort Collins). Brown with a light tan head. Caramel malts, chocolate, vanilla, wood and earthy hops make up the aroma and flavor. Medium body with a creamy feel. Very light on the brett aspect, still pretty good.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Kinz (3293) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2013
Slutfest. Deep brown. Aroma is brett and a hint of nuttiness. Flavor has loads of brett, faint nutty flavor. not much else. So so at best.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
obguthr (3840) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2013
Slutfest 2013: Celery and cabbage aroma. Hazy chestnut, thin yellow head. Sweet tangy chestnut and currant flavor, dusty and old. Thin mouthfeel. Kind of weird.


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