OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #141
Ranked #2,866
4.16 | pDev: 6.97%
OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)
Connecticut, United States
Notes: Tempus is an old world sour saison brewed & blended using the production processes of yesteryear. No two blends will taste exactly the same. Tempus is a blend using anywhere from 30 to 50% oak aged saisons and lambic style ale, blended with young ale lagered in barrels.

Blend #1 - 04/30/2014
Blend #2 - 07/30/2014
Blend #3 - 01/11/2015
Blend #4 - 05/08/2015
Blend #5 - 08/24/2015.

Blend #5 is a blend of 30% young Tempus lagered for at least 3 months in wine barrels blended with 35% 1 year old lambic style ale & 35% 1 year old barrel aged saison.

Blend #7 - 01/06/2017 (15% young Tempus lagered for at least 3 months in wine barrels blended with 15% 1 year old lambic style ale & 55% 6 month to 1½ year old saison aged in red, white, & marsala barrels)
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blend #11.

This one pours a slightly golden amber color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This one smells like lemon peel, oak, white wine, vinegar, grape skin, just about rotting fruit, cobwebby funk, old basement, and citrus.

This is intensely sour and funky, with loads of barrel. There's tons of sour and funky white wine, old cheese, really, really ripe and nearly gone fruit, with oak, old lemons, Grandpa's basement, breadiness, clementines, and stone fruit.

This is light bodied, with a slightly vinegary and lingering tartness on the back end, and a pretty good drinkability.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review for Batch 13.

Pours a hazy golden. Some funk, hay, lambicy aromas. There's great restraint in the acidity in this. It is tart, tangy, and refreshing. This is world class and I would drink a ton of this. It is a contender for the best beer I've had this year.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blend #8
Saturated gold, ample foam, lasting collar of lace.
Minerally aroma, white grape, honey, fresh oak barrel.
Tart white grape, gooseberry, clover honey, grippy tannins.
Medium bodied, pleasant feel, light carbonation, dry finish.
Overall, this is a nice and cohesive blend. Characterful and unique.
Thanks Thomas!

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Recently enjoyed both batch 6 and 7 and they were quite consistent. That said...

Poured a sunny, golden orange with a slight haze to the clarity and no head; just a tight band around the shoulders. Nose expresses hints of citrus (mandarin) and vanilla. Taste consistent with nose. Mouthfeel is light and lively - really quite vibrant. Overall - quite pleasant. Decent level of complexity without being overly sour.

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Photo of Sabtos
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-clear sparkling but sandy amber with a large, airy foamy fizz that settles quickly to a dense but microscopically thin white film and creamy ring.

Smell almost starts with a gumball aroma including soft oak and barely there funky cheese, but mostly shifts away from those duller notes in favor of a bright, sunshiny sort of citrus melange with a bit of biscuit.

Taste is quite tart and tangy, an acetic and malic acid combo bringing tough to nail down attributes, mostly resembling to my palate today things such as kiwi, oak, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, balsamic, sesame oil and a bit of soft, aged cheese.

The nicely medium body has a perfectly fine, crisp but soft fizz with a semi-dry, tangy tart finish.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Note: Blend 8

Smell: funky Tart, wet hay. Dark grapes. Musty oak,a hint of white wine vinegar and nail polish.

Taste: upfront musty oak, dusty grapes that carry into the mid palate along with Tart lemon, and wet hay. In the finish you get a nice white wine and vinegar notes. Like a white wine vinegar. A little bit of nail polish and more of those musty and dusty barnyard notes.

Feel: light medium body. A light amount of carbonation. Really light and easy drinking.

Overall: I'm a big fan of OEC. This isn't one of there best offerings but it's still really good. They deserve way more attention then they get.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

hard to be too critical of this, these beers have all amazed me in one way or another, and how they make it on tap to bull and bush i dont know, but i hope they keep coming! this is bright sunny colored but pale and hazy too, super creamy headed and very alive looking. the aroma stuns me, its so sharply acidic that its almost unsmellable, if thats a word. acetic and intense, i have to wait a second to let some of that go away, this must be a blend with more sour saison in the mix than others, its very harsh right away, but fortunately, it does mellow out enough to be drinkable. lemons and wheat and oxidation and oak and funky wild yeasts and a sort of labic-esque maturity hits me right away, and there is a more balanced fresh wheat and dry saison element too, these threads in the blend retain most of their own identities, at least for my palate. the sourness is super intense, but it is mellowed at least a little bit by some new tasting wood, a weird almost green olive brine hat fortunately doesnt last long, and some dried out hops that still hang on here. the acidity is way too high to have more than one, and its pushed hard by the rushing carbonation, a very intense drinking experience, but a unique one for sure. they could scale that back a little i think, even blend in some belgian pale or something to balance it out and soften it just a little, and it would be a superior beer i think, at least for those who care to have more than one. i love these guys though, and even when i dont love their beer, i respect them like mad. nobody else is doing this kind of thing so i dig it. wish i had more info about the beers they put together to concoct this!

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Photo of LAp
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A review of Tempus #6. Poured from the bottle into a teku glass. Pours a russet orange with minimal brown floaters and a scant white head. The nose is earthy funk, accompanied by lambic/Flanders red vinegar notes. The palate is Flanders Red meets Lambic meets Saison. It's an incredible amalgam, with FR vinegar up front, with more of a clean vinegar note (less balsalmic). Saison makes up the background of the beer (specifically, in its earthiest, funkiest manifestation). The faintest hint of salt plays in the background. Mouthfeel is medium-light.

Overall, this is an exceptional sour. It has an excellent, even classic funk. The lambic/saison amalgam works beautifully.

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Photo of mothman
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blend #3

Sunset golden with a pink hue.

Very fruity and citrusy. Ruby red grapefruit and peach. Nice wine barrel flavors. White wine. Saison flavors. Clean and bright.

Light to medium bodied. Nicely carbonated.

A really awesome sour. These guys are great. 2 for 2 on them.

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Photo of KimoWino
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good creaminess & finishes dry and tart but not too sour. Sour Saison Wild Ale. I wouldn't think of this as farmhouse; That's more Ichtegems Grand Cru.

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Photo of tempest
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, I try not to look at the score, but this is well underrated. Big horse blanket and oak aroma. The flavor has a spicy, black pepper finish, with orange rind and acidic grapefruit with a few sweeter white wine notes. The sour bite isn't as strong as a gueuze, but the flavor is in the same class and it's a touch more drinkable. This is a great beer.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 4:
Pours a slightly hazy golden color into Crooked Stave tulip.. Aroma of citrus, peaches, tart lemons, hay, straw and barnyard funk.. Flavor follows the aroma with a vinous peachy/orange/apricot/oaky/ earthy thing going on. Very nice. The feel is a little higher than the super dryness you would expect from this style, but actually works perfectly, as it gives it a nice orange/grapefruit juice feel. If the non sour drinker took a sip of this blindfolded, I bet they would say it is fruit juice. Overall this is a wonderful beer, and at the price point for a 750 ml, you really can't beat it. Very Geuze-esque as another reviewer stated.. Don't hesitate.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, blend 5, that I received in an in-person trade with psweendogg. Thanks, Patrick!

A clear copper with a dense, off-white head that falls off to a ring leaving little lacing, this looks solid. The nose is great. The wine-barrel aged saison is most noticeable with a blend of fruit (grapes, a little orange) and sourness (lactic and some acetic acid). There is some red wine vinegar present on the nose, and that pairs well with the honey, though I'm not sure I'd age this beer too much longer. A mild musty aroma is present as well. Grape skins and a little toffee round out the nose.

The palate opens sour with a blend of lactic acid and red wine vinegar. In addition, there's some clove oil spiciness from the Brett. The mid-palate is juicy, mildly fruity with the red wine character noticeable, a blend of berries and grapes. The sourness whelms the moderate funk on the palate as well, the pleasant grape skin character being forced to take a minor role. Drying on the finish though juicy, sour and with a touch of honey-like sweetness, this beer is medium-light in body, moderately carbonated and is quite delicious. The higher than optimal acetic character does hinder drinkability, though.

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Photo of stakem
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Tommyguz for the share. 750ml bottle into a snifter, the brew appears a hazy golden color with a white cap. It smells fruity with slight yeast, sulfur and vinous appeal. This tastes fruity then tart and more sharp and finishes quite clean and simple.

This is light in body with modest carbonation and quite frankly im still not sure what I thought about this. This description on the label sounded much better than the actual liquid it contained. Kinda like a bland halfway house of tart saison meets young, undeveloped wild ale. Maybe I need to try a different batch/bottle but this while easy drinking was pretty forgettable.

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Photo of Tommo
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4 i believe (2015). This stuff is fire, the hotness. Amazing geuzesque quality. Super tart aroma, but nicely balance flavor with nice acetic character topped with oak. Drinks like a young Lou pepe Geuze. I would buy the sh*t out of this.

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Photo of nmann08
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is blend #3 from a bottle, pours a murky light brown with a thin wispy head.

The nose is citrus, wet wood, hint of floral, a little acid, kind of balsamic vinegar. The flavor is pretty acidic, a little aggressive and astringent, caramel, citrus fruit, apple. This is a pretty aggressively sour beer.

Overall, tasty, but intense.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.37/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Blend #3. Pours an amber color with almost no head. Aroma is pungent. Rosemary and other spices. Balsamic and acetone. Soggy wood. Funked out. Flavor starts with the cooking herb thing then is blasted by acetone and balsamic vinegar. Wood and slightly tart, very funky yeast. Feels fuller than its ABV. Eye opening flavor and not necessarily something I want to revisit on my tongue. OEC has an interesting take on all their beers. It's cool drinking beer like an ancient ancestor but I think some of their brews flirt with abomination; yet others have been very delicious. This one is not my favorite.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I did not like this beer when I first tried it.

It felt like I had a snifter full of tart, orange flavored iced tea. It was not what I was expecting at all.

I let it sit to warm to room temperature, revisited, re-acclimated my palate, and suddenly the beer tasted good.

I left the open bottle in the fridge for two days, tried it again, still liked it.

This one is polarizing and unique.

It's like a blind date scenario where you meet up with a girl who is not what you expected but ends up being a really cool gal. What this beer lacks in initial "looks", it makes up for in "personality."

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch 3. 750ml foiled and capped bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared by schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger foamy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear grapefruit. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little stick but nice, oily legs. A bit above average.

Nose is a blend of citrus, peppercorn, cobwebs, yeast, lemon zest and foamy. Aromatic and quite unique. I've never experienced anything else like this beer.

Opens citrus, peppercorn, kitchen spices, herbal and prunes. More prune and yeast in the middle with a puckering, lemony tartness. Woody towards the end with an ample medicinal tart and peppery finish and aftertaste. Extremely unique.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Aggressive on the palate and accented and coarse going down. Finishes slick and filmy with a lingering, juicy aftertaste. Solid.

To say that this is a great tasting beer wouldn't be correct. I'm actually not a huge fan of this. However, OEC definitely gets credit for creating one of the most unique beers I've ever had. It's not bad... the flavor combination is just very polarizing.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Neat bottle, if not a little pretentious. Lots of brown gunk inside the neck.

Appearance - Slight haze. Orange body and a nice white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Lots of oak. Fairly strong malt presence as well. Has a citrus aroma and some acidic notes. Smells like peaches as it warms.

Taste - Pleasant blend of flavors. Very mild tartness. Fruity and yeasty. Lots of oak. Orange and some stone fruits, but less distinctly peachy. Lingering woody finish.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Medium body. Gets a touch malty, but it's tartness tempers it.

Overall - This is quite good. I'll have to go after more from this brewer.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a stemmed glass 11/28/2014.

A- Hazy light orange body, two finger white head that drops quickly into a half finger white foamy head with nice retention time. No lacing. [3.75]

S- A good dose of Brettanomyces- leather, lemon funk- nice tartness, wheat aromas, dried stone fruits, earthy, floral hops. Nice solid complexity with a nice intensity to it. [4.25]

F- Leather, citrusy lemon funk, sour wheat, grassiness, dried mango and apricot. Not acidic in particular, but rather more tart. Mild oak presence. Some earthy lemon zest on the finish. Tasty, nice complexity. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, on the thinner side. Dry finish with the oak and lemon. Easy to drink. [4.25]

O- Good stuff. Tart, not sour, nice fruit aromas and flavours that add more complexity. Solid Brettanomyces funk that overall enhances the drinking experience. [4.25]

Final score: 4.22

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from Andy.

Light fizzy head, hazy reddish orange color.

Nose nice funk Brett, little lemony funk, grassy, acidic, floral juicy, creamy sour wheat, grassy and floral hop note with light lemony.

Taste brings nice funk, light Brett funk, lemony grassy sour wheat and grassy malt, lighter but tasty, little sour tart lemony slight acidic flemmy thing. Finish dry tart and light flemmy, juicy grassy floral hops.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall decent.

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andy for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a lightly hazy golden hue with a thin head that fades to leave a light wisps and halo.

S - Aromas of lightly sour tart notes, faint wine notes, touch of citrus, really pleasant barrel notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose nice sour notes with good citrus, nice funk, good barrel, pleasant saison yeast really nice.

M - Mouthfeel is pleasant, lightly carbonated.

O - Overall this beer was pleasant, good barrel and lacto funk. Enjoyable.

Serving type: Growler

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Photo of dar482
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

(Batch 5)
The beer comes in a peachy medium amber color.

The beer hits of hints of sharp vinegar, lime zest, lemon powder, lemony tart, some minerality, and a dry finish with some wheat of the base peeking through.

(Batch 3)
A huge improvement of the beer as it is one of the best examples of wild saison from the Northeast.

(Batch 2)
A huge spice bomb. The beer offers in the front a fruity saison quality. Some of the white wine barrel and white wine come through. Then the beer just transforms as if there is almost ginger in there. Either spice or alcohol just hugely opens up the sinuses.

The beer could be held back a bit on those big flavors, but still a pretty interesting brew.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Pour is deep golden orange with a quarter inch of white head. Nose is quite acetic, strong fruity esters and a bit of plastic phenol with a hint of lemon and some assertive acetone. Taste is much more balanced and pulled together. Still some acetone up front, lots of fruity esters with tangerine and lemon, acetic acid is much lighter here in the flavor. Fruitiness is bright, more integrated as it warms.

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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 243 ratings