Tralfamadorian | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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88
very good
60 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
60
Reviews:
13
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
12.38%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
0
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.83/5  rDev -7%
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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3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at TH and a 1L growler.

Pours a dark, clear mahogany with a thin, bubbly tan head that fades to a thin collar with some legs of lace. Aroma is dry and oaky, with red grape skin, raisin, a touch of vanilla, green apple, brown sugar, and red wine. Medium thick body, light carbonation with a crisp, dry finish that lingers with a touch of acidity. Flavor produces a fruity sweetness not found in the nose that settles on the back of the palate while a slightly sour grape skin and tannin bite swirl in and out of each sip. By geographic proximity this makes me think of McKenzie's Cuvee McK (and I suspect this may share a barrel (or at least type of) with that beer) but this is less oaky and much easier to drink at a lower alcohol. A little fuller bodied than this year's HF Norma and a little stronger in the sweet fruit and sour contrast. I liked both Guillemots, but this easily beats both for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-dark mahogany color with a smallish light tan head and some lacing

S-dark cherries, oak, wine, sweet caramel malt

T-caramel malt, oak, sour cherries, hints of raisin, nice contribution from the barrels here, overall works well together

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly puckering

O-really enjoyed this beer, great blend of flavors, wish it were bottled

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1L growler, fill/drink 4/12/13
HF stemmed wine glass

A: Pours a deep dark brownish reddish color. Didn't get tons of head. Just a collar of light tan around edge of bulb of glass. Leaves some lacing actually. Slight carbo.

S: Smells like a Flanders style red. Dark tart pie cherries. Some oak. Some tannic notes. Maybe some cocoa.

T: Get that tartness up front. Some of that cherry note that you smelled. Then it fades with the malt bill. You taste some dark fruit and some cocoa powder. Finish is slightly tannic and dry.

M: Medium bodied.

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4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Tralfamadorian from Tired Hands Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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