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Guillemot Nebula - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 84
Gots: 26 | FT: 4
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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3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of thebigredone
3.21/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Well, Monday just wan't my day for tasting beer.

Attempted Redrum was a bad bottle, and now my Guillemot Nebula is likely infected.

Taste is okay, some roast, no bourbon, and a big weird cherry finish on the flavor. The two other BA's tasting this and I were all unanimous inc alling out infection. Still drinkable, but clearly not what this was intended to taste like.

Photo of AlexFields
3.23/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A bit of coffee roast, very mild acidity and funk. Pretty decent.

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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Light fizzy head, dark head, no light dark pretty much black.

Nose sour bacteria, funk and tart fruit, some brown malt sweetness, candy malts and caramel, sour dark malt like an oud bruin. Mild toasty oak.

Taste is sweet and tart, sour brown malts, oud bruin all over, with some vanilla barrel and toasted oak, creamy like, etc. Bacteria lacto funk with creamy lacto city, sour brown malts, etc. Nothing else really. Finish sticky flemmy, sour brown malts and lacto funk, booze all over the back end.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, decent carb, flemmy.

Photo of rudzud
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with JLindros. I think this is batch 2.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a very dark almost black hire with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of vinous wine barrels, funky yeast, lacto maybe, dark malts, light sourness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Darker malts, loads lacto, light sourness, the malts are strong with loads of rich malts and light funk.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, a bit thin.

O - Overall this beer was an enormous let down, light funk, messy.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of eclipse54
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A wax-dipped, 375 mL bottle from inlimbo77; thank you!

A black body with a centimeter of beige head; mild retention and sufficient lacing. Aroma is of red wine, tart cherries, sour grapes, a bit of chocolate, and perhaps some prune. It tastes of tart cherries, grapes, and apple upfront, with a chocolate center. A bit of the bourbon and vanilla come through in the middle as well, especially as it warms. Dry oak, red wine, and the faintest hint of ethanol on the finish. Mouthfeel is tart and dry, especially on the finish. Lively and puckering up front, smooth in the center, but desiccating at the end. Overall, this is a wonderfully complex and unique beer. The darker ales in a red wine barrel seem to be increasingly common, perhaps due to their intriguing complexity. This one has a lot of great features, but almost seems like it’s trying to do too much all at once. Still, tremendously enjoyable!

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to Chris F. for sharing this one.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with roasted malt, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour and tart roasted malt and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the sour aspect comes across slightly better in the aroma.

Photo of TriageStat
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a tulip. Labeled as a dark saison, but I'm not sure that's how I would classify it. Does not conform to typical saison guidelines, but then I've never heard of a barrel aged saison before.

Poured a dark, opaque, almost chocolate color with a half inch of a mocha colored, lingering head. Small amount of lacing. The smell was rather intriguing, dominated by oak with hints of cherry, and something reminiscent of coffee. The upfront taste had a red wine quality to it, followed by bourbon, and finishes off dry and tart. Medium bodied, fine amount of carbonation.

An interesting beer, no question. I thoroughly enjoyed drinking it, and as the beer warmed the flavors deepened adding to the experience. However, I would probably not stand in sub 30 degree weather for three hours again for another one.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of BeerLover729
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Impressive. thick tan head sits atop an opaque dark brown/black brew.

Serving it at about 50 degrees or so it is pungent right out of the bottle. Lemons, kumquat, sour grapes and tart cherries all followed up by char roasted nuts.

The attack is all grapefruit flowing into rich chocolate and nuttiness. The finish highlights the roasted char of the malts accented by the dry "corky" flavor i find in certain sours. This combo culls out the oak tannins and showcases charred barrel flavors. The whole melange leaves a persistent tangy mouthwatering effect.

This comes across as a full bodied saison. It sits as a medium weight brew on my tongue, which is heavy for my take on the style. The fizzy small bubble carbonation and acid itself take away from the smooth viscous texture but i def know its there.

Unique. Insightful. Contrived. Bold. Domesticated. Yum...i think...no definitely yum.
The corky flavor i referred to, whether it be from some brett or pediococcus or lactobacterium, along with the roastiness of the malts used does produce some off flavors. Maybe its cause i am a sucker for sours...complexity alone this beer has something to offer.

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Guillemot Nebula from Tired Hands Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.