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Guillemot Nebula - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 78
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

hoppymcgee, Mar 11, 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 josephwa
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

josephwa, Mar 06, 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

orangesol, Mar 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

DonFrap, Mar 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

mendvicdog, Mar 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Beeradelphia, Mar 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

oriolesfan4, Feb 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

duceswild, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of comfortablynirm
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

comfortablynirm, Feb 26, 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
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

SPRichard, Feb 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

drabmuh, Feb 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

mportnoy, Feb 25, 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

JMRSN, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Mbrown44, Feb 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

raveskdr, Feb 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Amyliz4, Feb 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Squidly, Feb 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Auror, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml, released 2/17/13
Tired Hands wine glass (split with 3 others)

A: Pours out deep brown with reddish hues. Collar of off white, light tan head. Seems to have decent carbonation. You get some lacing bits on the glass after the swirl. Getting some alcohol feet.

S: On the nose, I get some basement like musty funk, probably from the wine barrel treatment. Umami for sure. There is come cocoa in there, maybe some spice that I can't place. Lots of oaky tannic notes. Not as much vanilla as I was expecting.

T: Tip of tongue, I got some tart funk. It is almost like Supplication, as others have mentioned. It's a pronounced wine barrel cherry like tart character. I get some cocoa in the malt bill and on back end which is pretty nice. I really don't classify this as a Saison category, but who am I. Finish is dry. Definitely tannic from the wood aging.

M: Big medium bodied. Larger than I thought. Coats the mouth.

inlimbo77, Feb 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

theGlasstronaut, Feb 22, 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
Guillemot Nebula from Tired Hands Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.