djd07 (16289) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2015 KajII (801) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Bottle. The pour was a murky medium brown with a slight ruby hue and an average (1-2 finger) light brown frothy head that reduced to a thin cap which lasted throughout and produced excellent thick sheets of lacing.
The aroma was of a toasted grain malt and a funky Brett yeast with hints of caramel, green apple, overripe dark fruit (plums and grapes), citrus peel and bit of spice and a mild woody cask presence.
The taste was very malty and lightly sweet-tart with notes of caramel and dark fruit from the onset, progressing into a slightly bitter flavor with spicy sour presence and a woody alcohol ending. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a sour citrus peel bitterness left to linger for just a tad longer.
Mouthfeel was just under medium in body and dry in texture with a ticklish carbonation.
Overall this was a very unique tasting brew: a bit sour, a tad sweet, a touch fruity and a nice bitter woody finish. All this working together to basically create this very tasty and memorable brew...
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown red with small off white head. The aroma is brett, oak and floral. Thin mouth, some funk, strong brett, earthy spice. Good.
pineypower (3350) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle via a trade a ways back. Pours out a moderate reddish color with a small tan head. Aroma is of sour tartness, funk, barrel, dried fruits. Taste is of some dried fruits, light bitterness, sourness, odd barrel, over ripe fruits and some harsh acidic funk and alcohol. dmac (6574) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2014
750ml c&c bottle shared by Dean. Poured a rustic brown body under a large dense foamy beige head. Aroma of brett, medicine, wet wood, touch of dark fresh cherries, lemons, dark fruits hint of acidity. Body is medium, with average carbonation, lingering burn from the sourness. Flavor is a bit better than the aroma. Notes of brett, medicine, wet wood, lemon, cherry. Solid but a little harsh on the flavor and palate. GarrettB (1690) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2014
December 21st, 2012 - Another tall bottle of O’Dell’s comes off the shelf, though this time it’s a very different style. Today, only days before Christmas, I’ve picked a sour, pungent beer for tasting: O’Dell’s Shenanigans. The pour yields a dark brown-red brew, marked by a deep, cloudy haziness, and a healthy webbing along the top and glass, giving my globe shaped goblet the appearance of a map featuring an archipelago. The natural, dry and tangy scent of balsa wood greets the nose, with fresh cut pine wood adding an extra bit of flavorful dry touches. Sour is this beer’s spirit and soul, though, with lots of sour cherries taking up center stage. Also, you know how you often smell something that is more of an experience or a place than an identifiable consumable? I’m getting that a little here, with the scent of an old-fashioned toy shop: wood, pine, paint and simplicity. It’s hard to put my finger on, but the image is powerful and unmistakeable. By the time I’m ready to take a sip, the brew has already warmed considerably. The body is flat, with a medium-heavy weight, and a long, low stable sourness that doesn’t wax or wane through the taste. Again, sour cherries reign here, combining both sweet and sour, like a Flemish red ale, but without such a diverse portfolio of fruits. Alongside the brighter, sour cherries, there are overripe, dark cherries too, and maybe some light cocoa. This is a fine sour beer, and while it’s not my most treasured beer experience from O’dell’s, it’s engaging drinking, with a new note popping up as soon as I think I’ve finished my notes: roasted almonds. Simple and sour is the game here, and it’s a nicely parsimonious set of flavors. Sweasy (20) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Slight sour. Murky deep red with a muddled taste. Oaky, plum skin, aged strawberries. velvety smooth. Could use a little more carb to liven it up.
mar (5456) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Muddy brown with a cream head. Nose is lightly sour, cherry, rich malts, and wood. Easy palate, Brett, sour, tangerine, basement, funky, and wood. jcartamdg (3539) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Pours a hazy orange with no head. Aroma of sweet malt, Brett, funk. Taste is sweet and malty, slightly sour. Pretty rough jandd1983 (4680) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. It poured a brown color with a tan head. The aroma was funky, of tarts, fruits and some yeast. The taste was of funk, yeast ,fruit, oak and some green apple. Nice. BOLTZ7555 (3028) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Might have to revisit this one as I truly can’t make up my mind. Dark murky scarlet pour with hints of ruby, crimson, and garnet. Eggshell crown. Caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, funk, oak, herbal and a subtle spice. Love the idea of this using Woodcut barrels...just not sure the fruit flavor combination works well for me. Another bottle will help. beastiefan2k (4180) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2013
I have had this beer on tap twice, I think two different batches. Both times I really did not enjoy it. I think it is the "house brett" which is akin to the disaster that was Hivaranno. Now this isn’t as bad because its at least carbonated. Otherwise, sometimes its a thin line between a good brett beer and a bad brett beer. Chemical and solvent with feral type of brett dominates.
I swear to God, I’ll pistol whip the next guy that says ’shenanigans!’