Westy13 - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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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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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RuckusDu
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Pnell316 for sending so many Tired Hands growlers to Colorado. We really do appreciate these. Some light yellow head shows up but not much. Body is a dirty copper color and quite cloudy. The aroma shows light and refreshing which I was not expecting. There are sweet dark fruits like grapes, plums, and currents. Maybe something you would get from a sweet fruit leather. For flavor, it is a lot sweeter than most quads. Plums, alcohol burn, cinnamon, and bread. The mouthfeel is decent with great carbonation but too much alcohol burn.

Overall this is quite tasty. Sweet, but not overpowering. I'm drinking it after dinner and that seems to be the appropriate situation. Not a top tier quad, but a nice Christmas beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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 ClarkHimself
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in a 4 oz. pour from the bar, but hoping I can pick this up in a bottle before the month is over!

The beer has a dark burgundy-type color too it, with a tan head that left pretty quickly. Smell-wise, I got a lot of aromas that I wouldn't expect from a saison: dark fruits, raisins, reminiscent of a quad or a strong ale really. My sister took a whiff and said it reminded her of nail polish, so, yeah, the booze was there as well.

The beer tasted great... and just like a quad! Raisins were the most prominent taste for me, with a bit of bready flavor as well. But, again, it tasted like a quad. For the high ABV, the booze wasn't as strong as I expected given the nose.

Really enjoyed this qua-- er-- saison and hope I can grab a bottle or two before the holidays.

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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.

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