Name: Saboteur (Brett Barrel Brown Ale)
Style: American Wild Ale
Brewery: Odell Brewing Company website
Region: Fort Collins, Colorado
ABV: 10.0% Abv
How served: 750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into my Kastaar tulip glass.
My Overall Opinion: Very Good.
I paired this beer with: Chicken in a box (Publix’s rotisserie lemon pepper chicken) with a salad in a bag (Fresh Express Italian). What can I say, just about any beer would pair well with this dinner.
Tasted on: Wednesday June 9th, 2010.
Note: There was a nice “pop” as the cork was pulled out of the bottle and this brew poured with a fluffy two finger tan head. The nose was minimally funky. You first get a bit of chocolate and toffee and maybe a hint of vanilla & what no sour or funk in this “Brett” infected beer. But just you wait a minute; you get a mild enjoyable funkiness in this beer as it starts to warn. The mouth feel was of a medium texture and your tongue and throat will get a nice massage from the medium level of carbonation and no hint of the alcohol level to hit you later on. If you enjoy a “Brown Ale” you would really enjoy this twist on the style. For those of you who are scared of “sour” beers and see the word “brett” on the label and run away, well don’t fear this brew, just go for it. I’m curious to see how well this one will age. Since I enjoy some extra funk, I’m hoping that with a little age the “Brett” will have some time to do it’s magic.
On the Label: Brett Barrel Brown Ale
Our brewer’s created an unpretentious, yet sophisticated brown ale. Then they plotted, and dosed this full-bodied ale with brettanomyces, the ultimate adversary of wineries.
Embracing this vintner’s nemesis resulted in a complex and wonderfully drinkable beer. Intense earthy undertones, and notes of vanilla and pineapple come together with a sour silhouette. Aged in American oak barrels and then bottle conditioned. Saboteur offers a luxurious texture and depth of flavor to discerning palates.
From their website: Our brewer’s created an unpretentious, yet sophisticated brown ale. Then they plotted, and dosed this full-bodied ale with brettanomyces, the ultimate adversary of wineries.
Embracing this vintner’s nemesis resulted in a complex and wonderfully drinkable beer. Intense earthy undertones, and notes of vanilla and pineapple come together with a sour silhouette. Aged in American oak barrels.
10.0% Alc. by Vol.
100% Bottle Conditioned
Single Serve Series:
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