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Guillemot Nebula - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 84
Gots: 26 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rifugium on 12-01-2012

Barrel fermented Dark Saison
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Reviews by WorldWideStout:
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4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque, dark brown body. Three-finger head that recedes down to about half a finger after my first few sips. Not much lacing.

S: The 50% aged in red wine barrels is immediately evident. Notes of cherries, lemons, lactic acid, and every once and awhile a little bit of sweet bourbon as well. Somewhat reminds me of Supplication.

T: I get fruit first - tart cherries and lemons again. This is immediately followed by vinous, musty red wine flavors. In the middle some notes of vanilla and bourbon come in, with lactic acid in the background. Towards the end the taste tapers away, and the aftertaste is that of slightly charred oak, lasting for a good ten seconds. The taste seems like a combination of Supplication and a Flanders Oud Bruin to me. No heat is detectable. If I had scored this after the first third of the bottle, it would have been a bit lower, but as it warmed up I got more complexity, especially with those flavors in the middle.

M: Lots of gentle carbonation. Not as evident as in most saisons, and is gone by about half way through the sip. There is a creaminess to the liquid that I enjoy (ninja edit: that's what she said), which is not typical in the saisons I've had.

O: A resounding winner, though not particularly reminiscent of a typical saison. I would like the flavor to be a little more present and less bitter at the end, and would enjoy being able to smell more bourbon and oak. A bit of spiciness from the wood would have made this even better, but it was a treat as is.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml waxed and capped bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger foamy mocha head with poor retention. Lacing is spotty. Thin but oily and and sticky legs. Beer is a dark, almost opaque brown. Solid but there's not a whole lot of BA dark saisons out there. I guess this is the benchmark?

Nose is ash, peppercorn, very mellow booze, some purple grape, and some cobweb funkiness. Solid but pretty subtle overall.

Opens peppercorn, coriander, subtle roasted malt, some mellow tart grape and a light prune character. Barrels don't provide flavor so much as a light, booze overtone. End is grape and prune skin with some smoke. A lightly dark fruit tartness in the aftertaste. A strange beer to say the least but it is enjoyable.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Bubbly, foamy, but overall pretty smooth in the mouth and goes down sharp and slightly boozy. Accented finish with a lingering aftertaste. Pretty nice. The barrel aging is incorporated well here.

I'm not sure how to talk about this beer except to say that it's one of the strangest I've ever had. Not many breweries do a barrel aged dark saison as one of their first beer releases but I think overall, this is a success. Solid all the way around if nothing outstanding. Worth trying.

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3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown. Small head but it's a small pour. Wispy surface.

Smell - Very fruity. Yeasty. Dark fruits. Some dark malts. Mostly yeast.

Taste - Very fruity again. More distinct dark fruit character. Bretty. Slightly bitter. Dark malts come through a little. Red wine, vinous notes.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Bretty and dry.

Overall - Good fruit character, which is apparently from the barrel, which is impresive. Dark malts never impress me in a saison though. Still pretty good.

Side note: I enjoyed this much more the second time. First time it was probably the 20th beer I had had. Palate was shot.

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Bottle poured into Kane glass...both courtesy of 'beerontwowheels'...cheers kind sir!

A: dark...wasn't expecting it to be a dark saison. Some ruby red highlights, but mostly opaque. Half finger khaki head that simmers to a layer of patchy lace. Solid looking beer...could be mistaken for a stout based on appearance alone.

S: Funk, oak and red wine notes...slight acidic vinegar...and some roast in the background.

T/M: Nice, real nice. Follows the nose to a degree. A good bit of roast, some funk. Acidity is there but doesn't give you heart burn, just a nice tartness along the tongue. You do get just a touch of the alcohol warming believe it or not. Loving the mouthfeel...I'd call it a medium to medium-full. Carbonation is absolutely perfect...keeps the beer moving across the palate but stops just short of being fizzy.

O: Really nice surprise of a beer. Good for all seasons. Not necessarily a saison, but tasty nonetheless. Better than other comparable "dark" wild beers out there (JP, Brewery Vivant, etc...). Really dug this...will be looking for Prunus next or other botted Tired Hands beers.

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Guillemot Nebula from Tired Hands Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.