Nepenthes Hydromelita
OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)

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4.18 | pDev: 7.66%
OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)
Connecticut, United States
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Notes: 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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Vicirus from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
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
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Myotus from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to philbolt for sending this one my way, these guys really have my interest with all these crazy blends. beautiful packaging, looking like some of the italians coming over. crazy concept, i am confident there arent other beers like this out there. the honey aspect, the mead bit, is crazy in this honey colored hazy heady brew. its sweet and raw, waxy and unrefined, summery and floral, really captures the essence of the honey with just a little sting of alcohol on it too. its odd because it also smells extremely sour. lacto and brett tartness, a decent level of acidity, and the wine barrels are there too. the taste is the same as the nose, maybe only a touch less sour than it smells, but the wild ale aspect is really prominent and developed, really complex and delicious. amazing how vibrant the lavender and sage are, they go together well, and match the floral herbal notes from the honey, very summery and botanical focused, very earthy and organic feeling, and bringing together a ton of elements in a really flattering way. soft carbonation and a lot of body from the honey, but not a ton of residual sugar, its really impressive. ive never had anything like this, and now am dying to get my hands on some more of their stuff. such a profoundly interesting beverage, carefully done, elite level quality. thanks philbolt, what a nice surprise!

Jul 05, 2015
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eb1610 from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blend #1, bottled 12/30/14
Poured into a Russian River Tulip

Look: Golden, Hazy, small yet lasting head

Smell: The sage and Lavender shine with great herbal/earthy notes. Solid funk

Taste: Starts with strong herbal notes which gives way to a mellow tartness and small mead sweetness. Minimal alcohol presence in the finish, 8.5% that drinks like a 4%

Feel: Light, silky, and crisp

Overall: I'm a huge fan of saisons/wilds with flowers so this is definitely my type of beer. Its a really fun beer to drink with so many complexities from the South African mead blend and dry herbing. Definitely going to seek out more bottles. Thanks to OEC, New England finally has a brewery making great sours

Jun 02, 2015
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impending from California

4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


500ml into a tulip. Pours a fully hazed orange butterscotch, pure white dense head subsides slowly, ok lacing.

Sweet earthy aroma, herbal but not floral, minor sense of sour, the spices, while present, are not forward.

Splashing taste, very sharp and precise. The spices faint in the aroma now contend for attention. Initial flavor is sweet sage atop the underlying saison followed by the lavender which is the star of the aftertaste, the sage and lavender are completely separate in the taste evolution. A sharp earthy tart gently irritates the throat. Well managed sweet and tart.

Thin+ lively mouthfeel.

May 02, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale bright yellow in color. Clear in appearance. Slightly sour, tart, lemon and minerally. Light, crisp feel. Maybe getting a touch of honey and white wine. This is good.

Mar 27, 2015
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