OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)

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Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #32
Ranked #6,839
4.27 | pDev: 4.22%
OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)
Connecticut, United States
Notes: Antioch is a blend of ales lying somewhere between the Flemish Red & Oud Bruin styles. Historically it would have been referred to as a “provision beer”, meaning it was stored and aged to allow the flavor to develop.

Antioch (Blend #1) is a blend of several different ales that were aged under different conditions: About 1/3 is a blend of red ales double matured in larger Sangiovese casks, while the other 2/3 comes from various ales matured from 6 months to 3 years in red wine barrels.
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blend #3, July 2020 bottling.

This one pours a reddish brown color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like cherry ,juniper, red wine vinegar, oak, caramel, toast, and raisin.

There's a bit of mostly restrained vinegar here, as the style often calls for. It doesn't detract, for the most part. I'd want a bit more malt character, but the barrel is really tasty, with lots of fruit, some red wine, oak, etc.

This is medium bodied, with a soft carbonation, and a medium acidity. It's a slower sipper.

This sort of blended wild ale is the bread and butter of OEC, and they've mostly nailed it here.

Sep 07, 2021
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AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blend date: 02/28/21

L: Pours a deep amber color with a full haze. A gentle pour gives a finger and a half of fine, off-white head that quickly dissipates to a 4 mm ring around the glass with an insubstantial splotchy sheet filling the middle of the glass. The head leaves a light spotty lacing as the beer goes down.

S: At first the nose is a bit subdued, but opens up significantly as the beer warms. I am getting black cherry, light notes of blackberry, a bit of earthy funk, and a bit of oak.

T: I get black cherry, tannic character, hints of dark tobacco, earthy and woody funk, and notes of blackberry on the finish.

F: This one is medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. The mouthfeel has a vinous quality with a nice light dryness on the finish.

O: Very good interpretation of the style. Highly recommended!

Apr 11, 2021
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hops_for_thought from New York

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (blend 2, 15May2018) into a Belgian glass

L: light caramel brown (highland whisky) to a deep red/brown in the glass, solid color. Zero head despite aggressive pour at the end, nice slow bubbles rising faint lacing around the edge

S: really lovely sour nose. Lactic acid, good amount of berries (blueberries/blackberries), dark cherries, slight wine funk. Very inviting

T: follows the nose, led by great acidity and a very refreshing mix of berries/grapes/cherries. Great funk, nice wine barrel character providing additional structure. No alcohol, medium/short finish

F: zero carbonation, drying, medium viscosity

O: homerun beer here, hard to improve much. Incredibly flavorful, perfectly acidic on both the nose and palate. Drying, refreshing, amazing wine character - huge fan

May 21, 2020
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had this on draft at Bavarian Lodge. Amazing to get OEC in Chicagoland!
L: Pours a medium red, not pink or anything, but not blood red either. Almost no head.
S: Cherry tannin.
T: Sweet cherry, some subtle red wine, without a crazy amount of sour.
F: Not too thin or thick - appropriate for the style
O: Probably my favorite OEC beer.

Nov 12, 2018
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy; the color of watered down Coke; less than a 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: plum, black cherry, vinegary funk;

T: follows the nose with a significant tartness that kicks in before the middle and lasts to the finish; aftertaste is dominated by the funkiness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: complex aroma and flavor; quite acidic;

Jun 20, 2017
Antioch from OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 24 ratings