Tralfamadorian - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tralfamadorian
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60 Ratings
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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:
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.

(Beer added by: ShanePB on 04-12-2013)
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Reviews by stakem:
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3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to BA eagles22 for hooking me up with a 1-liter growler of this. Poured into a matching TH oversized wine glass, the brew appears dark brown to mahogany with hints of lighter yellowish coloration seen around the edges. When held to the light, a deep ruby is seen through the body. A finger of off-white head rests atop and fades to a thin film leaving some spots of lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma is tangy and fruity with soft alcohol and overall wild notes. A little bit of earthen aspect, brett and raw oak. As the brew warms up, more of the barrel comes out with a hint of vanilla that really exaggerates the fruited notes to the nose.

The flavor is just as tangy and tart as you might expect based off the aroma. Mild seedy fruit flavors somewhat reminiscent of raspberry are present from start to finish. There is a mild barrel character present mid-palate that extends into the aftertaste. As the brew warms up, it gets raw and woody with a hint of must and damp aspect almost like mushrooms. The alcohol that once was completely masked, starts to show itself with a warming effect.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Despite Tired Hands having issues in the past with flat growlers, I am pleased to see this one perfectly carbonated despite a cap that was pinched and not put on correctly. This brew was not exactly what I was expecting for being advertised as a Biere de Garde but despite it being quite wild, I think it is decent. Not something I would get excited about and want to drink again but not bad and worth a try if it isn't gone by now.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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2/5  rDev -52.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of ShanePB
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Etan
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Tralfamadorian from Tired Hands Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.