Tralfamadorian | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ShanePB on 04-12-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from growler into a snifter. Reverse cascade of bubbles create a small ochre head on top of the stunning ruby tinged brown body. Excellent clarity. Head drops down quickly to slim layer and stays there.

Aroma is a very pleasant mix of dark fruit characters, oak, and lactic/malic acid. Big hit of tart cherries up front, vinegar, subtle oak, and plum. Exciting nose that shows some complexity and refrains from one-dimensionality. Not a very powerful aroma, but it is a very inviting one for sour lovers.

Wow! Quite tart. One of the most sour beers that I have ever had from Tired Hands. Notes of oak, tannin, subtle vanilla, sherry, and slight balsamic. Lingering lactic acid is reminiscent of yogurt. Carbonation is almost dead by this point. But sharp tang does a good job replacing that. Palate coating sour beer. Giving me some indigestion...well worth it!

Absolutely love this beer. Might be one of my favorite Tired Hands beers to date. It rivals Supplication, though it is not quite as sour and it is not quite as carbonated. It's sour, it's drinkable, it's interesting. And on top of it this beer is a rare treat. They need to bottle this.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32oz swing top growler graciously given to me by NJOssie thanks again for the opportunity amigo!

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany with a 1 finger dull white crown that shows little retention and no lace.

Smell: Nice tangy borderline vinegar acid notes (almost cherry like with a lemon tinge) that come off like a nice oud bruin...but one that is more sour than sweet. Also a hint of must (not quite funky), vanilla, and a touch of lightly charred (if at all) oak.

Taste: Same as the nose but a bit more "one note" with the tangy acid taking the lead. I do feel like I'm detecting a mix of very mild bourbon and brandy flavors in the background though. I enjoy the muted quality of the barrel in the flavor profile of this one. Kind of compliments the sheer drinkability of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation. It does compliment the flavor profile though and you do get a tiny spritz of carbonation on the swallow.

Overall: Overall I like this beer more than my other scores might indicate. It's quite drinkable, thirst quenching, and quaffable. The flavors do seem a bit muddled though, giving this beer an "experimental" feel at best. That could have been the brewers intention though. Good beer either way. Best one out of the eight beers I've had from this brewery so far.

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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Picked up from HopKilaMonster. Thanks man!

A: No pop on the growler and no head despite a vigorous pour. I'm worried this has gone flat despite it not being much more than a week old. A lot of bubbles race through the beer, but they don't last long. The color is dark brown, but see-through at the edges. 3.5

S: Booze, some sweet malts, whiskey, vanilla, and sugar. There's a lot going on here, but overall the takeaway is sweet. Let's see how balanced the taste ends up being. 4

T: Damn. This growler is way flat. It is really impacting the taste. It's all stale malts, whiskey, and sugar. It could have been a contender! But instead, it's just meh. Taste falls off in the middle. 2

MF: Flat, flat, flat. Thin body. No carbonation. 1

O: Really disappointing first shot at Tired Hands. I will give them another try. 1

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Tralfamadorian from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 60 ratings