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Guillemot - 50% Stainless Steel, 50% Red Wine Barrel-Fermented | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This batch was fermented in both stainless steel and wine barrels (roughly 50/50 split) with resident yeast and bacteria.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 13
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4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tired Hands Fermentaria in Ardmore, PA.

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like very sour black cherry, red wine, chocolate, black currant, lemon juice, and roasted malt.

This about as good as it gets when it comes to black saisons. A lot of black saisons just end up tasting like acidic nightmares with black food coloring. This has a great malt character- fairly roasty, like a schwarzbier, with some nice chocolate and herbal notes. There's lots of red wine tartness, some red grape, and black cherry, with a bit of black currant and raisiny sweetness. This is really complex, and really delicious.

This is slightly creamy, with a lingering tartness after each sip. It's medium bodied, with a typical level of carbonation.

This is a really fun beer. I don't always like dark saisons, but this is exemplary for the style.

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4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark brown with a tan head. Nose has a hint of metal, spicy yeast and a touch of cream, present roasted barley note with a touch of sweetness and a hint of currant. Taste has a strong roasted barley presence, lighter yeast note, sweet lemon with a fairly sweet currant/berry note. Lighter carbonation, light body and insanely drinkable soft feel. Roast lingers, drinkable body and nice sweetness balances.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 mL fliptop growler filled at the brewery. Chilled and served into my Hill Farmstead tulip glass. Big thanks to Centennial for getting me this excellent growler really quickly. Filled on 7/13/2013.

Appearance: Growler pops open pretty nicely and pours a really aggressive, full brown head. Medium to dark brown in color and not very thick at all.

Aroma: Background malt tones of caramel, toasted bread and chocolate is brightened by a really nice tart character of cherries, red wine and green apple. The ABV is not apparent at all from the aroma. A pretty nice amount of saison yeast is present as well.

Taste: The red wine is definitely apparent and really feels like it is at the correct level. The tartness livens up the other aspects of the beer and helps the dark fruit, caramel and chocolate notes pop. Incredibly refreshing and drinkable. The saison yeast really adds a nice feel as well.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied for the most part with some really nice carbonation. Drinkable and refreshing.

Overall, a really incredible take on a dark saison. The red wine character is at the perfect level and matches really well with the tartness in the beer. Perfect for a warm day.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 07/13/13 notes. On tap at the brewery in Ardmore, PA.

a - Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with one inch of medium tan head and low carbonationevlent. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, red wine notes, sweet dark red fruits, light bitter chocolate, burnt malts, and some bready malts. Nice nose, roasted notes dominate, but the dark fruits are evident.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sour red wine and sour red dark fruits, oak, burnt malts, sweet chocolate, bakers choclate, toasted malts, and bread. A little more sour then the nose, though still not super sour, from the wine. Better than the nose in my opinion.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is super smooth and this is very easy to drink, like a lot of their beers. Great mouthfeel.

o - Overall a very good beer from Tired Hands. They list this as a dark saison, but I consider it more like an easy drinking sour stout. It has a lot of roasted characteristics and chocolate, while having light sour red wine and fruits in the nose and more in the taste, though it never gets too sour. Worth checking out for sure, would love to have it again.

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4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32 oz growler filled 7/7/13, poured into a snifter two days later.

A- pours a dark brown color with a finger of off-white head, spotty lacing.

S- Lots of dark fruit and wine, light cherry as well as some oak, a bit of roastiness.

T- Similar to the aroma with the focus on fruit and vinous flavors over the roastiness, lots of wine, a bit of tartness, lots of fruit, some oak, roastiness is present as well and blends nicely with everything else.

M- Medium bodied, very very smooth, a bit creamy, pretty awesome.

O- Another killer Saison from TH, this is my favorite of the Guillemot beers so far.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for splitting his growler of this - I always love some new Tired Hands stuff. This is the 50% stainless, 50% wine barrel fermented version. It pours black as night, with only some deep, deep ruby shining through the very edges. The light-tan colored head recedes from a half-inch to a few millimeters pretty quickly while immediately leaving some webbing behind.

Well, well, well... what a wonderfully funky and spicy aroma. I'm picking up some generous hints of must, wet plywood, white pepper spice, bubblegum-like yeast, some deep vinous grapes and cherry notes, and even a touch of wheat. Not sure why I'm getting a wheat-like aroma in the back, as I don't believe wheat was used for this brew. Very soft and varied in the aroma; interesting and unique.

Oh, wow! The first sip is actually quite, and almost even sour, something that I wasn't expecting as it wasn't so noticeably tart in the aroma, but it's definitely a welcomed addition. Sour cherries, vinous and wine-y oak and grape must, thick gummy yeast, toasted bread, a bit of roasted malts, mild vinegar, and a bunch of funky, musky wood. The word "unique" doesn't even capture the true uniqueness of this beer.

As it warms, some more phenolic and even slightly medicinal notes come out in the very finish that I'm not exactly digging, though they're not enough to completely ruin my initial impression of the beer. The finish is clogged with dry grape skins, oak, and a strange blend of vinous funk. Carbonation is pretty high, but good for the style. Medium bodied; slick, oily, and wet on the palate.

Definitely an "experimental" brew from Tired Hands that turned out to be pretty damn good. For some reason, I wasn't expecting any tartness at all from this, but it was nicely soured and I thought it was a good adventure into relatively uncharted territory. Dark malts and tart/sour flavors don't always mix, but they work great together here. With some back-end refinement, this beer could be absolutely awesome; it's still damn good as is.

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4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark black color with a slight off white head - full at pour. Retention is decent - a film exists some minutes later. Spotted & streaked lacing present on the glass.

S: Spices, lemon, roasted aroma.

T: Nails the black saison style than any other similar type brew I've tried. Really good balance of the saison spices with some malt flavor to give it some chalky, chewy flavors. The wine barrell fermenting also enhances the slight sour flavor. Lots of dimensions and a very complex brew that I am still discovering all of its flavors.

M: Creamy and nice carbonation.

O: Awesome brew - really impressive all of the flavor packed into this one.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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Guillemot - 50% Stainless Steel, 50% Red Wine Barrel-Fermented from Tired Hands Brewing Company
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