OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)

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OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)
Connecticut, United States
Old Ale
3.86 | pDev: 14.51%
Oct 03, 2017
Aug 15, 2014
Very Good
Notes: Grandis is our blended old ale. It is blended from various ales matured in oak barrels from several months to three years. This blend has a touch of acidity and is very port like with a hint of fine balsamic.

Blend #1 - 08/08/2014
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Reviewed by M_chav from New Mexico

3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
L - black as the darkest night, little carb with bubbles that fade quickly - unique for a sour tho, I'll give it that
S - some nice barrel-fig-old ale aromas/ port sweet wine and a touch of what I hate to call soy sauce at the end. I love old ales so this is enticing for me never have I had a sour old ale
T - Dang, it's immediately big balsamic and the big time sour abuses the old ale dark fruits, I can still taste some nice barrel/ raisins but its just a bit much on the sour side to get past.
F - acidic, salty vinegar finish
O- Again, unique for sure and I can appreciate the experimental side of this beer, but the styles just clash for a tough pour
Oct 03, 2017
Rated: 3.11 by Bilco from Pennsylvania

Sep 09, 2016
Rated: 3.9 by CTaleMan from Connecticut

Aug 19, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 20, 2016
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Reviewed by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

2/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Batch 1.

This beer was pretty awful. The nose is straight up soy sauce, the taste is bitter and sour with low carbonation.

Most of this beer met the kitchen sink. It was not enjoyable.
Feb 23, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by Masters from Massachusetts

Feb 15, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by Petegrieco from Massachusetts

Feb 07, 2016
Rated: 2.6 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Feb 05, 2016
Rated: 4.43 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Jan 20, 2016
Rated: 3.89 by beergorrilla from Michigan

Jan 09, 2016
Rated: 3.91 by Zaphog from Michigan

Jan 09, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by Stillmakingnoise from Colorado

Sep 20, 2015
Rated: 3.83 by Jas45678 from Michigan

Aug 04, 2015
Rated: 4.51 by richloma from California

Jul 26, 2015
Rated: 4.34 by Kramerwtmf from California

Jul 23, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by JohnnieNepal from Michigan

Jun 23, 2015
Rated: 4.05 by drewone from California

May 25, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by GRG1313 from California

May 21, 2015
Rated: 4.09 by boredalready from Massachusetts

May 07, 2015
Rated: 4.33 by abcdefghijkyle from New Jersey

May 04, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by RKing44 from Massachusetts

Apr 27, 2015
Rated: 3.98 by psweendogg from Connecticut

Apr 25, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by mendvicdog from Maryland

Apr 09, 2015
Rated: 3.93 by oline73 from Maryland

Mar 28, 2015
Rated: 3.87 by Satchboogie from Belgium

Mar 25, 2015
Rated: 4.46 by timotao from New York

Mar 24, 2015
Rated: 4.35 by MattXT from Virginia

Mar 24, 2015
Rated: 4.35 by dar482 from New York

Mar 24, 2015
Rated: 4.34 by macesq from California

Mar 23, 2015
Rated: 3.82 by chippo33 from Vermont

Mar 23, 2015
Rated: 3.63 by RobertColianni from Pennsylvania

Mar 21, 2015
Rated: 3.97 by iatethecloudsfor from Vermont

Mar 21, 2015
Rated: 4.4 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Mar 21, 2015
Rated: 4 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Mar 20, 2015
Rated: 4 by Axnjxn from North Carolina

Mar 16, 2015
Rated: 3.77 by Mersh from Connecticut

Feb 08, 2015
Rated: 4.37 by campfirebrew from New York

Jan 27, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Jan 02, 2015
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Reviewed by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This was from a 3 oz. taster at the OEC Brewery. I had no idea what to expect with these guys. Needless to say I left there impressed and laden with bottles. With the given rating on this beer (3.76 rAvg with just 33 ratings), I expected it to be meh. After the taster I just had to go buy a bottle to take home. Actual conversation I had with the man behind the counter:

Me: This is supposed to be an old ale?
Him: It's our take on the style.
Me: What did you guys do to it?
Him: A lot of weird stuff.

Dark dark dark for an old ale. Almost as dark as the taster of Zymatore Verdi (imperial stout) sitting next to it.

Aroma was intriguing with dark fruit and a mild tartness.

Taste was just an explosion on my tongue. I was amazed at how much flavor they packed into it. A tart old ale is right up my alley. More dark fruit, and maybe some caramel/toffee. That tart zing was just perfect. FYI, this was served at room temperature, or perhaps slightly colder.

Mouth was fully coating, and it just stuck around forever.

Overall I was extremely surprised and impressed. Very well done, OEC.
Dec 31, 2014
Rated: 4.24 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Dec 24, 2014
Grandis from OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 72 ratings