Guillemot Nebula
Tired Hands Brewing Company

Guillemot NebulaGuillemot Nebula
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #109
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,315
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 9.24%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
182
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Tired Hands Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  82
Gots
  32
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Guillemot NebulaGuillemot Nebula
Notes: Barrel fermented Dark Saison
Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 182 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Mar 10, 2018
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Kristina at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a n Abbaye de Cureghem glass.;-)

A - Pours with a dark tan foam that settles to a collar, wisps, and minimal lacing. Near-black body; one of the darkest Saisons I have encountered.

S - Mix of vinous oak, semisweet chocolate, farmhouse yeast, lightly roasted malts, a touch of bourbon. Complex, but all the elements blend nicely together.

T - The taste is more tart and heavier on jammy red wine, with the roasty flavors moving to the periphery. The sweetness of the malts and and oaky vanillin come out more as the beer warms. Oaky finish, with a touch of bourbon.

M - Creamy, medium-full body, with lingering stickiness amid the dry, tannic finish. Well-hidden alcohol. Quite hearty and enjoyable

D - One of the few dark Saisons I've actually enjoyed. Also the best thing I've had from Tired Hands. Would happily drink again.

Jul 07, 2015
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MusicaleMike from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Apr 26, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with JLindros. I think this is batch 2.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a very dark almost black hire with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of vinous wine barrels, funky yeast, lacto maybe, dark malts, light sourness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Darker malts, loads lacto, light sourness, the malts are strong with loads of rich malts and light funk.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, a bit thin.

O - Overall this beer was an enormous let down, light funk, messy.

Serving type: bottle

Feb 28, 2015
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beernads from Florida

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Jun 18, 2013
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Sarge3130 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Oct 17, 2013
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Jonada from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle into a 10 oz taster glass

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, basically black once in the glass. 1 finger of a brown head that dissipates to a thick collar. Body is opaque.

Smell: Red wine, oak, roasted malt, black currant, leather, mild spicy, floral yeast character.

Taste: Medium sourness is detectable right away. This yields to big vinous notes, dark berries, burnt malt, oak, and a smokiness that lingers into the finish and aftertaste. There's some earthy funkiness that comes out as the beer warms, but it's extremely mild.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a soft, almost creamy mouthfeel and medium fine carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: Another good bottle release from Tired Hands. Worth seeking out.

Apr 01, 2015
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josephwa from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Mar 06, 2013
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cfrances33 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Apr 29, 2013
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Gus_13 from Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

May 29, 2018
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mportnoy from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Feb 25, 2013
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UWBadgerFan4Life from Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 04, 2015
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Dirtinabottle from New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Sep 25, 2013
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waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 01, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 07, 2015
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joel66 from New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Jun 29, 2013
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Farnswurth from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sep 20, 2015
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Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 31, 2015
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TriageStat from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Feb 22, 2013
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CowsandBeer from Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Apr 21, 2013
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mojiboo02 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Jan 28, 2013
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theGlasstronaut from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Feb 22, 2013
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Michigan from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Jul 12, 2013
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jklecko2 from California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

May 17, 2013
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Noyt from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Apr 28, 2013
Guillemot Nebula from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 182 ratings