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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Distinguished by black wax on the 375 ml bottle. A dark saison that was barrel aged in Jim Beam whiskey barrels which once held Weyerbacher Insanity and half was aged in local Chadds Ford Winery red wine barrels with bacteria.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
30th September 2014
Craft Clerkenwell. Bottle tasting. Thanks to Bruce, Dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is very light and mildly crisp. Nice level of tartness. A bit of Flemish red character here. Well integrated mild dark malts, whisper of dark chocolate. Mild vanilla oak. Light finish brings a touch of balsamic. Hangs together very well indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (15750) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
Courtesy of Ferris
Dark brown color, near black, with small brownish head. Very nice aroma, dark malts aroma, peppery, woody. Good dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor, a bit spicy, woody, tannic, less acidic and more balanced than the Prunus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (13032) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Bruce. Pours rich brown with a frothy tan head. Tangy dark malts on the nose with notes of cocoa, leathery fruits, moderate funk. Medium sweet flavor with more leathery dark fruits, some earth, currants, dark breat, chocolate, figs. Medium bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Well balanced on the finish with an enaging vlend of tangy dark fruits and cocoa, with balancing earthy bitterness, burnt wood. Wonderful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (12222) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle @ GT’s house. Just about black in color with a tan head. Aromas of cranberry, roasted malt, and grape skin. Whiskey, oak, and dark chocolate. Some subtle caramel sweetness and sour berries. Flavor is sour with just a touch of sweetness. Plenty of cranberry, raisin, and mild balsamic vinegar. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a hint of chalk. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (11111) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle split at CBC Clerko, big thanks to Bruce, 30/09/14. Extremely dark mahogany brown with a well appointed dirty tan covering. Nose is spice, dank wood, chocolate vibes, musty, dark red berry fruits, fruit balsams. Taste comprises cherry skins, musty wood, more chocolate scrapes, dark stoned fruits, red wine woodisms. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Solid flavoursome BA saison. Top draw!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (9992) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Bottle shared with DMac. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste of red wine, cocoa, wild yeast, oak, berry fruits and ever so light splash of whiskey. Very delicate mouth feel, Finishes with slight acidic berry fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9895) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Pours dark brown with a small, short-lived, off-white head. The bouquet offers notes of black cherry and deeply roasted, carbonic malts. Full-bodied and silky with airy carbonation. The flavor is fruity, tart and roasty. Finishes tangy, roasty and a touch raspy. Thanks to landhoney for sharing this world class brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9659) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle @ Stephen’s house, courtesy of arminjewell. Thanks! Pours a clear dark brown appearance with a light brown head. Red wine, light whiskey, tart grape, somewhat herbal, a touch funky aroma. Whiskey, dark black cherry, red grape, grainy woody, mild vinegar flavor. The barrel characteristics really dominate over the base flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GT2 (9102) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 17, 2013
375mL black wax thanks to Greenplastic615 on BA. Clear, dark cola brown pour looking black in the Oerbier glass. Medium, richer mocha foam. Thicker, healthy delicate lacing. Nose is really phenomenal: vanilla and buttery bourbon/oak meld with red wine and French truffle/genache. Taste reminds me of the very best bottles of RR Consecration and De Dolle Oerbier Reserva. There is more "roast" and mild coffee present, but the Oud Brune character is phenomenal, perhaps one of the best ever for this style...and it is my favorite style. Red wine acidity, extremely soft lactic backend, balancing bitter chocolate and coffee. Palate is exquisite- dry and juicy, not overwhelmingly sour. Easily one of my favorite beers of all time...cannot believe how good this is!

My second pour in the Oerbier glass, quite apropos, confirms that this will be the first 5.0 score I have ever given seriously after nearly 6,000 beers reviewed. Past 5.0 scores included Celery Beer, Kangaroo Brew, and a Chernobyl barleywine all for past Ratebeer April Fool’s jokes. But now, I am dead serious. If Oerbier Special Reserva 2007 is the best oud bruin on the planet and oud bruin is my favorite style (thanks to my cousin introducing me to Duchesse De Bourgogne at the age of 18), then Guillemot Nebula adds to Oerbier Reserva with more pronounced oak vanillin and sharper buttery bourbon richness in the nose. In the taste it adds an imperial stout like roast and dark chocolate semi present in Oerbier Reserva. In palate, similar perfection of saltwater, lime juice, mild hop bitterness, and dry oak tannin. The nose of Oerbier Reserva can sometimes get some off putting phenols especially in non 2007 bottles that severely dampen the experience. Here the phenols are absent. The nose is twice as rich. The taste blending the great POWER of imperial stout with the great delicacy of oud brune and sours in general. It combines the best of two beer worlds: the rich and bold of the stout/porter world with the quenching and acidity of the saison/sour world. This is more approachable than a 100 IBU mega inky Russian Imperial Sotut. It is less aggressive than even the best of 3F and Cantillon lambics which though amazing can be lacerative and overpowering in large quantities. Here we have an unknown, modest beer created by one of the most talented brewers I have met who has (perhaps) accidentally fixed the inherent problem in great Imperial Stouts and great Lambics: they are far too extreme to consider a perfect beer. They divide. This beer combines. Two great worlds into one glass. The best beer I have ever had. Congratulations to Jean and the Tired Hands crew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (8062) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 17, 2014
375mL bottle, pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Nose brings out red wine, oak, whiskey and yeast - very interesting stuff. Flavour is fantastically complex, with notes of red wine and whiskey, atop a dry vinous base and lots of wild yeast. A beer of remarkable elegance and complexity. The ABV hides itself surprisingly well. Fantastic.

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