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

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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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