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: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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.

Added by fdig23 on 06-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of cpetrone84
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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Photo of Gosox8787
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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Photo of mdfb79
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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Photo of WillCarrera
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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Photo of tectactoe
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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Photo of Oakenator
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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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8 oz pour on tap at Tired Hands. Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a nice, frothy cap of head. The smell is probably my least favorite part, but I still dig it. Red wine, cocoa and a hint of red raspberry are definitely present in the nose, but I also got a kind of strange soy sauce type of characteristic. Fortunately, this smell was not present in the taste. This is one of the most interesting tasting beers I've ever had actually. The red wine is present, but not dominant. The red raspberries really shine in the flavor. It's quite sour for a saison. Not as sour as a wild, but tart, which happens to be the perfect counter-balance to the sweet, chocolate that comes through in the finish. It's a fantastic combination. The mouth feel might be a little heavier than your average saison, but considering this one is an over 8%, black saison - I thought it was on point for the style. The best dark saison I've had, and one of the most unique beers I've tried in general.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apppearance: At first sight it appears black, but when held up to the light it is Dark brown with hints of Plum purple. A light khaki head appears that is very dense. Lacing is moderate.

Smell: Black pepper, funky yeast, red wine sourness, chocolate sweet undertones. I LOVE what is going on here. Cool!

Taste: A "weird" combination of sweet and tart. Very tart on tip of the tongue, followed by red wine flavors (which are a bit sweeter) which then mellow into subtle chocolate flavors. Like a chocolate covered raspberry. This is great.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with light-medium body. Wouldn't mind this one being a bit more syrupy.

Overall: One of the more interesting beers I've ever tried. Super well done, would love to drink it again.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the brewpub

Roasted dark blacked out pour with a puffy layering of tanned beige head resting on top. Retains well, similar to most TH beers, leaving rings of patchy lacing on the glass.

Warm and inviting in the nose with dark fruit, cherries, red wine, oak and hints of funky yeast. Mild hints of tartness with a dark malt sweetness.

Layers of alternating dark fruits, red wine and malted sweetness develop the profile on this one. Cherries and raspberries with some juicy fruited sweetness, followed by tart red grape skins, oak and chocolate. Saison yeast, mild funk and a lurking tartness beneath the fruit and malt. Finishes dry.

Medium body, well carbonated, smooth and creamy on the tongue. Definitely stands alone from Prunus and Nebula, with less booze/wine and more chocolate/cherry. Glad I got to taste this one.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown color with hints of burgundy and a light tan head and a little lacing

S-malt, chocolate, cherries, red wine, earthy

T-dark chocolate, malt, cherries, earthiness, red wine, slight tannins

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth for a Saison

O-complex flavor made this really enjoyable, an unusual Saison

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Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at TH

Full pour, dark brown inching towards black with deep ruby edges, capped with a solid half inch of creamy tan head that dissipated mostly, leaving a wispy layer of bubbles; minimal lacing. Having never had the base beer, only the Nebula and Prunus, it was really interesting to see how this beer worked. It was very different from those two varieties.

Aroma of dark chocolate malts, little to no roast, cherries, red wine. Whereas the Nebula was very tart and wine-forward, with some wild ale characteristics, this beer had almost none of that. Dark chocolate and sweet malts first on the palate, followed by a juicy berry sweetness, red wine and black cherries, lesser notes of leather and char, very distant mild phenols, slightly yogurty. Smooth mouthfeel, velvety soft, medium-bodied, but rich, taking on more qualities of a porter than a saison.

Great beer, and quite unique. Again, very different from Nebula and Prunus, and therefore worth trying for comparison...or just enjoyment in and of itself.

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Photo of fdig23
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewcafe June 14th 2013. This batch of Guillemot is a 50/50 blend of a stainless steel fermented version and a red wine barrel fermented version.

Appearance: deep dark brown, almost maroon with a big dark khaki head.

Nose: rich, dark chocolate at first, some sharp berry tartness afterwards, then plenty of savory earth.

Taste: the earthy chocolate notes are at the forefront and then give way to a sweet and sour ripe raspberry and cranberry flavor. It finishes with sweet chocolate and a hint of smoky charcoal and oak.

Mouthfeel: pretty much perfect. Very full and creamy, unexpectedly so for a saison.

Overall: Very nice. This version is a good bit fresher and greener than the Nebula, bit still has tons of complexity and nice oak and sour components. This is something you could drink all night in the wintertime.

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Guillemot (50% Stainless Steel, 50% Red Wine Barrel Fermented) from Tired Hands Brewing Company
4.28 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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