GT2 (8366) - 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.
ReggieDunlap (3052) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Large free sample poured from a bottle @ Station Taproom...Pours black with ruby hues and a medium tan head...excellent lacing and retention. Aroma has excellent tart dark fruits...port and slight soury cherry...with nice roastiness and mild funk. Flavor has nice subtle dark chocolate, mild oaky/whiskey vanilla...mildly acidic with dark fruits...a bit of a chocolate cherry candy note with nice oakiness and red wine creeping in...amazing how the barrel characteristics were captured perfectly. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a fabulous chocolate/winey/oaky finish that lingers into roastiness. One of the best beers Ive ever had.
Naka (705) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Courtesy of Jon. Aroma is wine, alcohol, dark fruit, and bourbon with a little bit of funk. This has such an amazing and indescribable taste. Cherries, sour funk, red wine, bourbon, chocolate... (my head just exploded) Great body. So good.
Jesterdeal (1842) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of great cherry, chocolate, blue cheese, and slight vinegar. Pours dark red black with slight film. Taste is great and funky with big brett funk, chocolate, cheese and slight cherry. Great great sour.
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle, courtesy of Jon D. Bourbon, red wine, fruity acidity, light funk, mild lime and peach, vanilla. A beautiful marriage of aromas. Dark brown-black clear with thin lacing head. Heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts tart with red wine, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Wonderfully tart and complex but not cloying or overpowering - well rounded.
dpjuart (1049) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy of that Jon kid. Insane. Pours black with amber hues, rimming brown head. Chocolate, tobacco, bourbon, strawberry, cherry, peach. Chocolate lime, hints of vaporous bourbon, merlot, lemon. Done. Effing solid.
lachrymalisis (387) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bold fruit: cherry,tart fig, oak, vanilla, subtle grape must/ port wine. peppery flowers,deep smooth caramel, not sticky, dry, clean tartness- completely free of acetic acid. excellent blend.
jcartamdg (1942) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a murky dark brown, almost black with a paperthin off white head. Aroma of lacto, redwine and funk. Taste is sour grapes, cherries, redwine, vanilla , oak, bourbon and funk. Bitter and tart with a finish of roast and chocolate. One of the most complex beers I've ever had. Wow!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Onebigtymer11 (59) - Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
herbs, dough, basement aromas, earthy, leather, leaves, wine, raisin, cough drop, red, black, minimal head, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, medium body, thin feel, oily feel, creamy, slick feel, fizzy, lively, astringent, long finish,
Reynolds314 (2296) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 31, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice brown/black with offwhite head. Aroma is great; floral, berries, musty, bread, pepper, and light vanilla. Taste is nicely tart and very oaky with a lot of grape/berry character and a complex spicy yeastyness. I cant get enough of this one. GREAT BEER.