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Tralfamadorian - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 13
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ShanePB on 04-12-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Barrel-fermented Biere de Garde. Brewed with oats and fermented with PA wildflower honey in a blend of our favorite barrels. Conditioned for almost four months before being tapped.
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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 13
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Tired Hands on release day.

A: Deep maroon/mahogany colored body with a creamy, almost nitro looking, tan head. Nice amounts of lacing and thin film of retention on top.

S: Dark red fruits, black cherry, caramel malt, oak and some dry tannins. There's a slight sour edge on the aroma but it's not that pronounced.

T: Mildly sour on the palate with plenty of the wine barrel coming through. A nice blending of the oak, wine, sour qualities, more black cherry and underlying malts.

M: Quite creamy, carbonation was really nice and it drank incredibly smooth.

It sort of reminded me of a Guillemot-esque beer, which is no bad thing. Nicely done.

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Growler from agold. Thanks!

A: Pours a burnt amber with a small off-white head.

S: Smells lightly acetic, caramel, red wine tannins, sour citrus.

T: Taste brings dry oak, some very light toffee notes from the malt, a bit of vanilla, fruity tartness.

M: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: While this was good, it didn't blow me away. It was a bit simple and restrained for a barrel-fermented soured biere de garde, albeit very drinkable and even refreshing.

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First had: on tap at Tired Hands

Deep mahogany pour with a small, creamy cap of off-white head that retained nicely and laced the glass. Nice aroma of dark dried fruits, tannins, and some good barrel notes. Overlaid on a sweet caramel malt base, a healthy dose of red wine, dried black cherries, and even a little strawberry, mildly tannic, bringing in an acidic sourness that was not at all intense, and very well-balanced; again, a nice barrel quality appearing throughout the session, showing some Guillemot-ish characteristics (makes sense, as this was partially aged in Guillemot barrels). This beer surprised me, as it was a bit more full-bodied and "intense" than most of the softer and/or hoppier IPAs and saisons that Tired Hands offers, and it almost seemed more in line with the stuff that Russian River puts out. And of course, there's nothing wrong with that.

Great quality brew overall, and probably in my list of top 5 beers Tired Hands should offer year-round...on tap and in bottles.

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On-tap at the Tired Hands 1st Anniversary party. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a very dark brown color, tiny off-white head, no lacing.

S- Fruity and sour, some cherry, oak and vanilla.

T- Quite tart and vinous, great fruity flavors of cherry and red grape, some oak, tannin, vanilla. Barrel character is mild and complements the tart and fruity flavors nicely.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, very dry.

O- A really interesting, highly drinkable beer. Not sure in what respect this is a biere de garde, it strikes me as a bit more of just a general American Wild ale, but whatever you wanna call it, it's very tasty.

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Growler poured into a Tired Hands wine glass.

Pour: Dark mahogany body with two fingers of foamy, light copper head. Head dissipates to a ring and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Big red wine and oak off the bat, with some lemon tartness and a touch of funk. A nice caramel and toffee peak through. Finishes on the nose with some light tropical fruits, lemon, and red wine tannins.

Taste: Woah... red wine and oak again immediately, but this is much more complex than the nose. Tart lemon and funk mix with a gently sweet caramel. Some mulled cider. Lots of oak through the entirety of the body. Finishes tart with lemons and pears, caramel, and then bone dry. As it warms, a light bourbon barrel presence comes through.

Mouthfeel: Really exceptionally drinkable. A nice tart bite. Not too sweet at all. Incredibly dry.

Overall: This was very, very impressive. Hands down Tired Hands best beer yet. Very reminiscent of Norma from Hill Farmstead, and a touch more complex. Amazing job Jean!

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Tralfamadorian from Tired Hands Brewing Company
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