Guillemot Nebula | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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4.18/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
tiredhands.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel fermented Dark Saison

Added by Rifugium on 12-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,162
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
182
pDev:
9.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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83
Gots:
36
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 182 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of Gus_13
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nose is tart with a lot of dark fruit. Almost wine like with just a hint of oak and light roast. The taste follows in that it starts tart and lots of cherry and dark fruits. When it finishes there is a lingering roast and touch of chocolate. Very dry and drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. I'm always a fan of this one.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is almost black with a tan-amaretto blanket.

Smell is smoky char and roast with tobacco and baker's cocoa.

Taste is tart yet toasty with a char and some cherry, molasses, strawberry balsamic, blackberry, and a roasty aftertaste.

Frothy soft and smooth but almost powdery in the semi-dry to dry finish.

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Photo of taospowder
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of larryi86
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8 oz poured on draft

A- Black with a small mocha head.

S- Tart berry, dark chocolate, oak, cherries

T- Chocolate, cherries, currants, tart berries, oak, some roasted malts.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A very nice sour with some stout qualities. I love to see this bottled again.

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Photo of Brendanjames
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmkapalka
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MeLoynes
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebeers
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark -- a ruby-tinted black --with a finger of mocha-colored head that leaves solid lacing.

Chocolate, coffee, cherry and a slight sour note in the nose.

The taste is like a dry Irish Stout mixed with a fruity sour Flanders. It's tart, fruity, roasty, dry. Definite coffee notes. Cherry, currants and red licorice. A hint of vinegar. Roasted malt aftertaste mixes with a lingering creamy, tart fruitiness.

Creamy feel with good carbonation. This is a mindfuck of a beer. Recommended.

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Photo of zbelair
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

They seemed to have dropped the “nebula” on the draft board but otherwise it appears unchanged. Dark pour, fluffy white cap. Aroma has classic saison yeast, chocolate malt, blackcurrant & raspberries. Taste is along the same line - a nice melding of darker flavors (coffee, chocolate, smoked malt) with drier funky / fruity notes (blackcurrant, dry cherry, Saison yeast). Dark saisons can be tricky but this is a great example of one done right

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xtonytx
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ConnorSimpson41
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I'm travelling back through my Tired Hands bottles. They seem to have taken a brief hiatus, and I think it's about time to start cracking into my only bottles left of these older gems. Guillemot Nebula, a dark saison. I poured this 375ml bottle into my stemmed OG Believer's Club glass. It has a solid black body, with a thick mocha head on top that shows signs of good lacing. The bubbles are like soapy water, slowly popping in the glass. The head recedes slowly. The beer resembles a stout with a huge head.

But the aroma clearly separates this from the stout category. Despite the blackness of the body, the aroma offers notes of tangy tangerine/mandarin, cranberry, sour cherry, oak, and then underneath all that: roasted cacao. It's tangy, funky, oaky...yeast and wood dominate this entirely.

Upon first sip, the tart aroma is confirmed. Citrus zest tang, semi-acidic, balanced by dark chocolate from the black malt. A deep roast quality on the exhale. Light smoke. Retronasal shows off the really excellent wood quality. Sharp carbonation, acidic, medium body, long finish, but hits the right mark for a saison.

This has held up incredibly well these past 3 years. Great carbonation, appearance, smell and taste. No signs of oxidation. A great example of what "Black Saisons" could be, stylistically speaking. The yeast and wood clearly have the most influence followed by the malt.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a medium light brown foamy head with OK retention and limited lacing. Aroma of vinous notes with some tart notes and light roasted malt notes are also perceptible. Taste is a mix of vinous notes with some tart notes and some light roasted malt with light oak notes also perceptible. Body is pretty full with medium carbonation. Enjoyable but did not have the depth I was expecting.

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Photo of mltobin
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mklisz
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cpetrone84
3.42/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is black with a small amount of beige head. Nose has a light wood, some toasted grain, hints of roasted malt, and some sour cherries. Flavor is well balanced, a fair bit of roast, light booziness, some pleasant sour cherry, maybe some lacto in there. Well carbonated, light body, easy drinking, fizzy finish.

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Photo of Ken_P
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Farnswurth
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mike
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Marco_Gtz
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Guillemot Nebula from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 182 ratings