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Nepenthes | OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)

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Brewed by:
OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)
Connecticut, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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.

Added by HopStoopid120 on 06-30-2014

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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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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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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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