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Guillemot Nebula - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 83
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:
Barrel fermented Dark Saison

(Beer added by: Rifugium on 12-01-2012)
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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 djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

djrn2, Feb 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

acurtis, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to yourefragile for sharing. Served in a wine glass.

Pours near black with a single-finger tan head. Good retention and great lacing. Thin cap throughout.

Nose begins with fairly-strong notes of red wine and a good bit of cherry. Light earthiness along with faint oak. Bit of roast, though not much. Flavor is really excellent and integrated with red wine, oak, slight vanilla, earth, cherry, and moderate acidity. Just a touch of whiskey through the finish.

Acidity is not excessive, but definitely present, flowing beautifully after the red wine flavors. Light-medium body with moderate carbonation.

Quite drinkable, and the complexity increased as it warms. Excellent.

Thorpe429, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Texasfan549, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

kjkinsey, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours fudge brown and is capped by an impressive head that leaves a web of lacing behind

Smell: Caramel, sour cherries, lemon and earthy tones

Taste: Sour cherries and lemon, on the front end, with the caramel building in the middle; some chocolate and coffee elements appear, after the swallow, with a vinous aspect in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A wide variety of flavors in this beer with both sweet and tart elements as well as the hints of chocolate and coffee; excellent

brentk56, Sep 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

ygtbsm94, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Knapp85, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of oline73
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was lucky enough to have this side by side with the Prunus. Served from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a small amount of off white head. The smell is less sweet than the Prunus. There is a mildly tart note along with a hint of oak. The taste is less sweet as well. I'm still getting a dark fruit note. The tartness is less than the Prunus, but it's still there. I would say this beer is a bit smoother. Some oaky notes in the finish. As with the Prunus, nothing is saying saison to me.

oline73, Mar 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

drabmuh, Feb 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

mendvicdog, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle (pre-sale acquisition)

A Baltic porter base fermented with saison yeast, aged for six months in Jim Beam and red wine barrels. (I guess that makes this a saison? I'll let someone else figure it out.)

Poured slightly chilled into a TH stem glass, a solid dark ruby-brown when held to the light with a small cap of rocky tan head that retained well and left sticky lacing on the glass; lots of floaties. In the nose, some roasty malts, lots of red wine, spicy yeast, rife with fruity and non-offensive phenols. Wow...surprisingly tart at first taste, notes of cherry and grape, tartness subsides, yielding a fruity sweetness that tickles the tastebuds, like chocolate-covered cherry cordials. Dark roasty malts exist in the background, much like the effect you'd get from the hop-dominated malts in a CDA/ABA. Saison yeast also comes through in a meaningful way, bringing in flavors of wet grass and citrus. This really delivers a great mash-up of three beers styles: a porter, a saison, and a wild ale. The bourbon is not very noticeable at first, but as it warms, a subtle woody bourbon taste starts to materialize. Body is on the fuller side of medium, blasting with flavor. This is a great beer, and a very nice sipper. Not sure of the ABV, but I'd guess it around 7-9%.

If this is a glance at the future of TH's barrel aged beer, then...hmm...they might be on to something here.

Rifugium, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

beernads, Jun 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

oriolesfan4, Feb 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

InspectorBob, Jul 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

drewone, Oct 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

orangesol, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Unlabeled 375 mL bottle. Green cap, extra large TH growler style tag "Guillemot Nebula 8.2%".

Pours a deep mahogany with a light amber tinge, finger thick light tan head that fades to a thin collar of bubbles. Streaks of thin lace. Pleasant aroma of light roast, slightly tart red wine, vanilla whiskey and oak. Flavor is surprisingly tart and tannin like to start before blending to a slightly sweeter and drier bourbon finish. Cherry and red grape fruit throughout, less a black saison than a (catch all) dark American Wild. Medium light body, moderate carbonation, dry, oaky finish. Really impressive balance of both barrels, though the flavor favors the red wine. Need to try this with HF CD 4 next time, though I suspect fresh this was a more enjoyable beer.

yourefragile, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

duceswild, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thank you to Michael for sharing this gem.

Served in a Tired Hands wine glass.

The beer is chestnut brown with a soapy beige head. The aroma brings brown bread, wine barrels, oak, wild yeast. The flavor follows suit. Strong wine barrel presence. Sweet fruit and wild yeast with aggressive funk and barn character. A touch of cherry with some dark brown ale characteristics. A fine beer. Thank you.

Huhzubendah, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375 ml waxed and capped bottle served into a tulip. Big thanks to greenplastic615 for opening!

A: Dark burgundy/brown colored body with an initial thin off-white head. It settled quickly into a nice retention ring, complete with some thicker bubbles and minor lacing.

S: Rich red wine, wood, tannins, oaky bourbon, cherries, lemon, molasses.

T: Red wine and bourbon barrel blend are immediately evident. Huge red wine tannins, sweeter bourbon but not overpowering. The sour/tartness is really nice, full of cherries and lemon. A syrupy molasses note sticks and lingers on the back end.

M: Nicely balanced without being too thin or too syrupy. Medium bodied with just a ridiculous perfect level of carbonation. Classic Tired Hands.

I loved this one. It reminded me a lot of Domo which I thought was outstanding. The blended barrels play extremely well off each other. This is one I wish I attended the release for. Oh well. Thanks again for the pour Jason, you rock!

ShanePB, Feb 21, 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 xnicknj
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle poured into Tired Hands stemware

Inky black pour with a frothy tanned head resting on top. Fades slowly into a wispy slick of retention with spotty lacing littered around the glass.

Complex, warm nose with hints of toasted malts, yeasty funk, tartness, cherries and toasted oak. Tannic with red wine, grape skins, bourbon and soft glowing heat.

Snappy sourness right up front with layers of cherries and grape skins. Fruity and vinous, driven by red wine character, tobacco, toasted oak and bourbon. Hints of vanilla and chocolate in the malt base, roasted dark tones and soft sweetness. Tart, funky yeast on the tongue with alcohol warmth in the finish.

Medium body, upper level carbonation, dry and bubbly on the tongue. Fascinatingly complex and interesting beer which offers much more than the typical barrel-aged saison (also, I found this to be more of a straight up wild ale).

xnicknj, Feb 26, 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
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Guillemot Nebula from Tired Hands Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.