Sunday, January 4, 2015

Odell Jaunt

This 7.6% ABV bottle-conditioned beer is from the Odell Brewing Company of Fort Collins, Colorado. It is brewed with riesling grape juice and aged on oak staves. 

The beer pours dark golden with a very fizzy, champagne-like carbonation. There is a tall head of white foam that fizzes down to half its size and lingers, thick and compact, like whipped egg white foam. The aroma is a cornucopia, flowers, grapes, grain, honey, wine, bright and tangy, yet sweet and rich. The taste follows the aromas, hitting all the same notes, somewhere between a saison and a buttery chardonnay, the oak combining with the grapes to give it that wine-like quality. It is highly carbonated, but drinks simultaneously smooth through the thick head. This is an interesting and very well crafted beer.

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