brokensail (10808) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
hopscotch (9116) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
adnielsen (9025) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
GT2 (8380) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 17, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
jtclockwork (8251) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
mcberko (6311) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
arminjewell (6158) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour out of 375 mL bottle, dark brownish black pour with white/tan head, aroma brought notes of tart fruits, hints of biscuit, caramel, nice red wine, hints of oak, slight red wine, hints of sour fruits, nice sour notes, slight funk. Taste is a mix of tart fruits, cherry, hints of pitted plum, slight burning vinegar but not bad, hints of oak, finishing fairly sweet, but nice and sour and oaky. Very nice.
douglas88 (5934) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 thanks to Luke. Pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. A sour vinous nose, cherries. The flavor is cocoa, dark malts, a bit of sour cherries, funky at times, brett, vinous, red wine is clear, brown malty base with sour red wine. Pretty harmonious and solid.
b3shine (5343) - Indiana, USA - APR 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.; thanks watson1977). Looks good; a semi-opaque dark brown with beige lacing. Smells good too; yeasty and spicy with red wine notes and a touch of bourbon. Tastes like it smells with a good mouthfeel. A good saison!
egajdzis (5312) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2013 Reddish black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, vanilla, wood, red wine, dark malts, and some bacteria. Taste of light roast, red wine, vanilla, sour cherries, and a sour finish.