Nepenthes
OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #261
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,553
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 6.81%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
83
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OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)
 
Connecticut, United States
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90
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Notes: "Sour Spiced Saison" - Rye saison with sage and lavender fresh from our horticultural area added to the coolship and then again dry-herbed with more fresh sage and lavender.
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a small white head, and a good amount of lacing.

There's a good bit of herbal funk from all the spices and herbs in this - the lavender especially comes through, giving a great floral thing. There's lemon zest, and some oak, citrusy funk, and some grassiness.

This is really, really well done - one of my favorite OEC beers I've had so far. The rye adds a nice funky spiciness, and the lavender adds a nice floral sweetness as well. There's a big lemony and zesty acidity - it's quite sour, as a lot of OEC sours tend to be.

This is light bodied, clean, despite the intense sourness, with a decent drinkability for the intensity.

This is one of the best OEC beers I've had yet - it's really well done, really intense, and really tasty.

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Photo of LAp
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL poured into a glass. Pours a clear yellow with a thin white ring of head. The nose is lemon and lemongrass with a faint background trace of funk. Palate follows the nose, but the earthy funk comes through much more prominently. Outstanding. The herbal elements are understated, which works well. Mouthfeel is medium-light.

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Photo of Damian
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 Pint 9.4 Fl. Oz. bottle purchased at OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores), Oxford, CT
Batch Number 2
Batch Date 9.10.2015
Served in a tulip

With an aggressive pour, a finger tall crop of soapy, off white froth rose above the hazy, pale gold body. The head quickly fell to a film of bubbles that transformed into a clingy ring. A few small drops of lacing trickled down the glass.

Bretty notes came through strong in the aroma. Fairly tart yet also slightly sweet. Lemony. Lemonheads came to mind. Bit of lime too. Subtle Bandaid notes. Crisp and slightly dry. Touch of fruity sweetness in the background. Pineapple was detectible, along with a hint of mango.

The flavor profile was also fairly tart yet somewhat sweet. Lemony and moderately sour. Again, Lemonheads came to mind. Lots of lime as well. Pineapple was also noticeable. Slight wheatiness. Bit of white wine character. Subtle herbal notes. Touch of lemon rind on the finish. Not super complex but nicely balanced and really enjoyable.

The mouthfeel was nearly still. Somewhat watery. Really unusual for the style. The liquid contained a very fine, subtle effervesce that turned slightly creamy on the palate.

Nepenthes displayed no indications of the sage or lavender additions, subtle (if any) gin and Pinot Noir barrel notes and hardly any characteristics of a typical saison. This beer has "American wild ale" written all over it, and I am perplexed as to why it is not defined as one. That said, while this may not be a remarkably interesting or complex beer, it is very tasty and enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Tommo
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a growler, never tried before. A rye saisons sounds gross, but i wanted to fill the growler and this was one of 2 beers available. WOW, this is amazing. Tart and a simply beautiful saison with lots of funk on the nose and palate

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Photo of Myotus
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle (batch 2 - 10Sep15) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a line of white foam that just doesn't do anything. There are no ascending bubbles. There are a few medium-sized bubbles sitting on the bottom of the glass. Yellow-orange in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of sour yeast that combine with mild aromas of hay and hints of spicy rye, and lavender. No sage can be detected.
TASTE: Initial taste is of strong sour yeast and mild sage (there it is and oh my is it wonderful) flavors. Mild spicy rye flavors enter right after as sage flavors grow stronger. Finally, mild lavender and hay flavors enter as all previous flavors persist, except for sage, which continue to grow stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with hints of carbonation. Goes down somewhat smooth and sticks to the back of throat like syrup. Ends with a thirst-quenching finish.
NOTE: I am so glad that flavors were more pronounced in the taste than the smell. This was a beautiful saison. Best one I have had to date. This would of received a much better rating if the aesthetics of the brew weren't so unnappealing to me and if the aroma was stronger.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

The kind folks at OEC said the growlers would last in the fridge for several months, but after almost 3 weeks I decided to quaff this kind beverage to gain some respite from my memories of Lenore.

750 ml OEC growler into a champagne flute.

A: Mostly transparent, straw yellow. Tons of bubbles streaming up reinforcing a large soapy white head.

N: Spicy lemon. An intense, delicious aroma.

T: Wow! Tons of flavor packed in there, considering it's just 5.5% ABV. More tart than I expected. I get lots of lemon and barnyard funk. The finish is soft on the palate, which is surprising considering the tartness and streaming bubbles.

M: Medium to full and slightly slick. A bit flat with a little less life than I would have liked or expected, what with the profusion of bubbles streaming up the glass.

O: An outstanding tart saison. I continue to be impressed with OEC.

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Photo of j_flynn
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

750ml growler into Teku glass. Pours golden orange with head that attenuates quickly. Sage and lavender presence easily found in the aroma with a light sourness in the finish.

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Nepenthes from OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 83 ratings