Westy13 - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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86
very good

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 16
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rifugium on 11-22-2012)
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First had: on tap at the brewpub

The name presumably a nod to Westvleteren, they labeled this beer a "dark strong saison," but it had characteristics somewhat leaning towards a quad or barleywine. I was able to sample this a few weeks before its release in uncarbonated form, but obviously this review applies to the finished product.

Chestnut brown color, hazy, with a moderate beige head that displayed decent retention and little to no lacing. Aroma of dark dried fruits, brown sugar, vanilla, earth. This packs a punch, and the alcohol heat hits you right away, though it's more felt than tasted. Raisin and fig sweetness on the palate, brown sugar, fruitcake cherries, maple, obvious Belgian yeast, a bit of tannin astringency that mellows out some as the beer warms...it's probably best to let this one sit a few minutes before drinking. Bottle aging will make this quite interesting. Body is medium-full, mouthfeel is pretty slick and warming. I'm not completely sold on this one yet, but it's still a good brew and, again, should improve more as it ages.

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Review from notes.

A - Pours copper orange with a small half finger head leaving small trails of lace.

S - Sweet nose with some raisins, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla and dulled fruit rind.

T - Taste is similar to the nose in that the sweetness and saison body are the strongest flavors. A bit of fruit comes out as it warms up. Sweet, dry finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel with a bit of booze coming thru as it warms up.

O - Tastes just like a quad with a saison core helping to bring it all together. A very interesting beer. The booze is a little stronger than I would like but it is still a solid beer.

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Draft offering at the source. Notes from a review taking a few weeks ago. The brew appears a hazy mahogany with some amber to orange or maybe yellowish green noted around the edges. A swirl revives a finger of tan froth to the surface and produces a spotty lace sticking to the glass.

The smell is primarily belgian candy sugar. Hints of fruity citrus and floral alcohol notes that are almost tart like with yeasty spice mildly evident. There is a hint of something like orange or lemon zest with dark raisony sugars emerging more toward the back. As far as the aroma goes, they pretty much nailed that sticky sweet quad-like aroma.

The taste is strong reminescent of belgian candy sugar with a mildly tart accent before a big solvent alcohol kick. Some hints of vanilla, burnt sugar, molasses and a bit of an overall medicinal feel from the alcohol impact. Raisins and herbal rindy hops like orange citrus zest or pulp bring up the back.

This is a full bodied offering with a light level of carbonation. A huge alcohol impact is almost numbing on the tongue once you get acclimated with the sticky residual sugary quality of this brew. It is unique and worth a try but not something I would want to consume more than 8-10 oz of in a sitting.

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Westy13 from Tired Hands Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.