Nepenthes Hydromelita
OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)

Nepenthes HydromelitaNepenthes Hydromelita
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Style:
Braggot
Ranked #1
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,089
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 7.4%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
70
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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.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 70 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by MisfitIK-9:
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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of eb1610
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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

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Photo of Sammy
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psweendogg
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mltobin
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vicirus
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spycow
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of swierczt
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of abrodsky
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexFields
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of impending
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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.
jd

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Photo of biglobo8971
3.35/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Overall good beer. Nothing outstanding, easy drinking, just nothing stands out at all.

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Photo of CTaleMan
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattboyer182
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PEIhop
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nepenthes Hydromelita from OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 70 ratings