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Guillemot Nebula - Tired Hands Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Guillemot NebulaGuillemot Nebula

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

123 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 79
Gots: 27 | 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:
Barrel fermented Dark Saison

(Beer added by: Rifugium on 12-01-2012)
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Photo of thebigredone
3.18/5  rDev -25%
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.

thebigredone, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

mendvicdog, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

drewone, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of brez8791
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

brez8791, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

oriolesfan4, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of jmarsh123
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

jmarsh123, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of CowsandBeer
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

CowsandBeer, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of eclipse54
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
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!

eclipse54, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of joel66
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

joel66, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

DJButters, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

ygtbsm94, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of DonFrap
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

DonFrap, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

duceswild, Feb 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

jbuddle, Mar 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

BMart, Jul 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

tom10101, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of TriageStat
3.86/5  rDev -9%
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.

TriageStat, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev -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.

SpeedwayJim, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of BeerLover729
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

BeerLover729, May 17, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  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.

Alieniloquium, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of atoulouk
4/5  rDev -5.7%

atoulouk, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, almost black color with with brown light escaping along the edges. Medium khaki head with some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with some light roasted malt, some biscuity malt, then some oak and earth. As it warms you get some Belgian estery yeast and some vinious dark fruits. Fairly complex.

The tastes follow the nose with some crackery malt, light roasted chocolate malt, earthy leather mixed with some dark fruity prunes and oak. Yeast esters emerge more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carboantion. Finish is spritzy and mildly oaky; mainly on the dry side but on par for the style.

Overall it is hard to quantify this beer as there are not many dark saisons on the market and definitely fewer good ones. I feel the same way about this as I do with Black IPAs, even the best ones are just not for me. I enjoyed this but the flavor profile almost seems muddled and wild, which I understand is the goal with most farmhouse ales but the darker malts confuse and slightly clash with the Farmhouse yeast flavors.

claspada, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -5.7%

DarthKostrizer, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev -5.7%

DaveHack, Apr 01, 2013
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Guillemot Nebula from Tired Hands Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.