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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Great name and did a double take seeing it was a saison. Medium brown colured bottle that yields a lot of lace. Spicy, but yeasty above all. Other than pepper and some understated spices, not exception for the style. Slightly above average mothfeel.

Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the brewery

Pours a hazed dark plum color with some ruby hues, topped by a thinner beige head. Sticky retention leaves some spots of lacing dotted around the glassware.

Strong and stiff in the nose, drenched in candied dark fruits, raisin, dates and figs. Boozy heat with brown sugar and vanilla. Heavy malt presence with edges of Belgian yeast.

Warm and a bit sweet right off the bat, filled with a cornucopia of dark fruits and candied notes. Raisins, dates and figs topped with hints of vanilla and syrupy booziness. You can feel the warmth from this one right up front - even after the first sip or two - flushing the cheeks in a rich, wintery warmth. Full backbone with caramel and bready notes followed by a familiar Belgian yeast tone. Finishes warm and a bit sweet.

Fuller body, lower carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. This really drank more like a Belgian quad than a dark saison, and I found the heat to be a little on the aggressive side, although I typically enjoy higher ABV beers (provided it meshes with the profile). I'm excited to see how this develops in the bottle once they're finally released.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub

Labeled as a dark saison, the body sits a reddish/purplish hue reminiscent of a quad or barleywine. Fairly clear with a beige colored cap that fell quickly. Little to no lacing.

The nose is sweet. Brown sugar, raisins, berries, sweet toffee, and a faint whiff of booze. This is not your average profile to a saison...let alone a dark saison. Very reminiscent of a quad, hence the name.

On the palate, a rush of berry sweetness with dried plums, raisins and figs. Brown sugar and grape skins with toffee and caramel. A little bit of a tart, wine like flavor emerges, trying to balance out the sweetness.

Medium body, syrupy. Rich flavors. Smooth drinking for 13%. Scary.

An interesting spin on a saison. If a quad and a saison had a baby, this would be the result. An enjoyable beer, but I am not sure I would have this one again, too sweet.

Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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