Nepenthes Hydromelita
OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)

Nepenthes HydromelitaNepenthes Hydromelita
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OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)
Connecticut, United States
Ranked #2
Ranked #5,346
4.15 | pDev: 7.47%
Apr 02, 2023
Oct 04, 2014
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 blended with South African Sweet Mead matured in wine barrels.
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Rated: 4.26 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Apr 02, 2023
Rated: 4.06 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Apr 02, 2023
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Rated by Dicers from California

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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Apr 20, 2021
Rated: 3.9 by WormGod from New York

Jul 31, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by TheCrowsEye from California

Mar 16, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Feb 23, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by fosters9 from New York

Apr 28, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by CTaleMan from Connecticut

Aug 19, 2016
Rated: 3.63 by AlexFields from Tennessee

May 07, 2016
Rated: 4.53 by Inglewood from Illinois

Mar 29, 2016
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Reviewed by Vicirus from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip; Blend 1 (12/30/14)

Look: Beautiful straw yellow with a white head that quickly recedes to a thin ring of foam. Small bubbles stream from the bottom of the glass, reminiscent of a glass of cava.

Smell: Green apple, sweet apple cider, mead (yes there it is), and hints of sage and slightly more pronounced lavender.

Taste: Big green apple flavor balanced against the sweetness of the mead and Chardonnay barrels. There's aslo some cider vinegar characteristics going on, and it finishes with a touch of the herbs.

Feel: As others have said, it's fairly highly carbonated although mine settled down after letting it warm a bit. I enjoyed the mouth feel however as it's quite similar to a champagne.

Overall: I've yet to have an OEC that didn't make me say Wow. This is a highly complex beer, if you could call it that. There are so many things at play between the base beer, mead, and wine barrels that if you asked a random sampling of people to guess what it was, you'd probably get a mix of responses (including cider even). I look forward to trying the regular Nepenthes to see how it matches up against this version.
Mar 07, 2016
Rated: 4.14 by PatrickCT from Connecticut

Feb 12, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by KirleyBrew from Connecticut

Feb 07, 2016
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Reviewed by Myotus from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4.75
Poured at 42°F from a 500ml bottle into a tulip. Consumed on 10Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of white foam That shrivels into a line after 45 seconds. Dull gold in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. There is a subtle amount of small rising bubbles. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL: Strong aromas of sour green apple acidity and hay entangle with mild aromas of earthy yeast, Chardonnay, lavender, and sage along with subtle oak and sweet mead aromas. Hints of spicy and sour rye can also be detected. I figured the mead aromas would be stronger. Let's hope that they are in the taste.
TASTE: Strong sour green apple acidity and hay flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by strong Chardonnay flavors. Mild sage and lavender flavors enter right after. Mild sweet mead and subtle oak flavors continue the taste symphony as sage flavors grow stronger. Hints of sour and spicy rye end the show as all previous flavors persist, except for sweet mead, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Light-bodied and extremely carbonated. This is so carbonated, that it actually stings my tongue. Goes down horribly rough while also clinging to the back of the throat like syrup. Ends with a thirst-quenching finish.
NOTE: This was one of the best tasting beers that I have had. If I were to nitpick, I would of like to have had more mead flavors come through, but that's it as far as taste. This would of been rated so much higher if it weren't for the dreadful mouthfeel. This was too carbonated for my liking.
Jan 11, 2016
Rated: 4.11 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Jan 10, 2016
Rated: 4.49 by juicebox from Kentucky

Dec 29, 2015
Rated: 4.24 by Goatdavemac from North Carolina

Dec 21, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by ColForbinBC from New Jersey

Dec 12, 2015
Rated: 3.64 by dannyfayy from Pennsylvania

Dec 08, 2015
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a fairly hazy orange color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like honey, herbs, tea, lemon, citrus, and some light wine barrel.

This is a really unique and quite tasty beer, haven't really had anything like it before. The honey shines through really nicely, it's sweet and earthy at the same time, with some sweet tea like flavors, sour citrus and sour lemon, white wine, and a moderate level of tartness/sourness, maybe a 3.5/10.

This is medium bodied, fairly rich, with a moderate level of carbonation.

A really cool beer in an underappreciated style. Awesome and unique stuff here.
Nov 23, 2015
Nepenthes Hydromelita from OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 73 ratings