Works Of Love: Tired Hands
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Works Of Love: Tired HandsWorks Of Love: Tired Hands
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
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4.28 | pDev: 5.14%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Works Of Love: Tired HandsWorks Of Love: Tired Hands
Notes: Our friend Jean Broillet IV of Tired Hands joined us last June at the brewery to brew two beers. The first was Karma Emulsion, and the second was a special Farmstead® ale with aromatic spicebush. Fermented and conditioned in our oak foudres, this was bottled in July of 2016 and allowed to evolve into a beautiful expression of our long friendship and shared vision.
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Francois for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice slightly hazy gold.

S - bright aromas of wine and oak with light hops.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of tart fruit and oak. Almost smarties like.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, brisk carbonated.

Jun 15, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanx to Francois
No head, hazy pale color

Nose loads of sour fruit, little lemony funk, mild spices, buttery oak and grape skin,

Taste sour funk, fruity, little citrus, tangy, light spice and big oak, acidic

Mouth med light bod, no carb

Jun 15, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a clear pale yellow color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tart notes with some oak and light herbal notes is quite enticing. Taste is also a nice mix of tart notes with some oak, subtle acidic notes with some herbal notes and floral undertones. Body is about average with some lively carbonation. Very delicate with just enough attenuation and balance.

Sep 14, 2018
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Parker Pie during FoFA 2018 weekend. Not a knockout beer, but still so good. I don't know what spicebush tastes like, but I guess this beer tastes like it. I love both breweries and this was a treat to try on tap.

Aug 07, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beer has an interesting spice to it, sort of like juniper, but not quite that same character. Mild straw and hay, light acetic acidity, fair bit of funk. Solid medium body, appropriately carbonated. Solid stuff.

May 21, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a slightly hazy light yellow, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

This one smells like spicy oak and herbal funk, with fresh cut grass, lemon, mandarin, spicy funk, and citrus.

This is another excellent entry in this series. It's got the classic oat heavy feel, with the t h i c c Tired Hands deal, with the subtlety and nuance of HF. I don't know what spicebush tastes like, but I get black pepper and grassiness, with lemon rind, mandarin orange, light sour grapefruit, spicy oak, and oats.

This is medium bodied, and softly carbonated, with a good level of drinkability.

Both of the WoL involving Tired Hands were excellent. This one is slightly better.

Jan 14, 2018
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NextBestThing from New York

4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

OK so how does one rate this beer? It's listed as a saison, to me it's a sour.

This beer is beautiful but not if you're expecting to pour a farmhouse ale. It looks like a doppelbock and the nose is a cross between a saison and a sour. The appearance of this beer completely throws me.

I get a barely existent head of foam on an aggressive pour. Carbonation is excellent but not overpowering.

I find it impossible not to notice the vinegary sour taste on the front of the palate. I'm not sure how this happens but there is still a pronounced farmhouse funk both middle and back palate. Aftertaste is very pleasant. No desire whatsoever to make it go away. Definitely a family resemblance to standard bearers like Arthur and Anna, but I cannot get away from the ever-present sourness. This is not a negative thing.

Very happy to have giving this one a shot. If you can find one of these laying around somewhere you should give it a whirl. ABV is not indicated and is not easy to estimate. I would say somewhere short of 6%?


Dec 17, 2017
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kevanb from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, brewed in June 2016, bottled on July 21, 2016, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a lightly cloudy golden straw color, fairly clear with a soft finger of white head, very loose bubbles that doesn't offer much retention but yields excellent swatches of soapy lace. The aroma is nice, very herbal with a nice amount of citrus as well, almost like a yuzu type citrus, lemony yet limey with some wildflower, mineral water, light funk and pale grain. The flavors are nice, lots of herbal and wildflower character, bright and refreshing with the strong, tart yuzu-esque citrus flavor, lots of mineral water, lightly fruity and musty funk, lingering pale grain that is nice and doughy. The mouthfeel is good, coats very well, lighter medium body, quite lively with lots of bubbly texture that isn't too abrasive and a tart and dry finish.

Verdict: A good saison collaboration from Hill Farmstead and Tired Hands. The spicebush component is interesting as it offers a unique twist to the beer, but it's pretty dominating and while it lends itself to the citrusy nature of the beer, this almost feels medicinal at times.

Nov 01, 2017
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jhavs from New Hampshire

4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into fluted snifter.

Yellow, glowing hazy straw, thin whispy off-white head. Creates a thin collar with a few floating islands of tiny bubbles.

Aroma of grassy field, straw, citrus zest and hint of sweet tartness.

Flavor is moderate tartness, not puckering, easy going. Hints of white wine, herbal spices and grass followed by citrus and white fleshed fruits.

Moderate carbonation, clean and soft on the palate, medium body.

Another fantastic farmhouse collaboration from HF. Refined and full of layered flavors.

Aug 24, 2017
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Immense thanks, Dave.

A clear light yellow with a thin, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is truly marvelous. Bright with a wonderful blend of lemony and lactic funk, a touch of frothy yogurt/ light buttermilk, a noticeable fruitiness with raw peach and mango, as well as a floral note, this is deep and beautfiully structured. As it warms up and breathes, layers of gin-like botanicals, with white pepper, juniper and orange peel are noticeable. The palate opens mildly tart and wonderfully structured with a blend of lactic and preserved lemon sourness, a nice blend of acid and a light tannin note. This is followed by the flavor of semi-ripe peaches and mangos, a little honey, a touch of jasmine and rose and juniper. The more i drink this, the more it brings to mind a more reserved version of Special Herbs - the botanical notes are present, though not as intense. Fabulous on the palate with layers of flavor, wonderfully structured and harmoniously integrated, this is a magnificent beer. Can't reccomend this enough.

Aug 23, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle. Hazy pale yellow. Smells of lemon, an earthy and herbal aroma backed up by white wine. Tastes very lemony. It's very sour. Mineral flavor. Some white wine. Again it has an earthy flavor. Reminds me of sumac. Medium light. Aggressive, but tasty.

Jul 25, 2017
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Frudel from Canada

4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle splitted 4 ways. Yellow/straw hazy liquid with a white head. Nose is a lot of citrus, lemon, funk and ginger. Taste is intense citrus tartness but quite enjoyable, lemon, with a long aftertaste, final of sour "rockets" dusty candies feeling, mineral. Our favorite of the tasting of Flora, Farmer Wave, WoL: Tired hands and CD19. So much love for this works of love, astonishing brew!

Jul 19, 2017
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Straw, clear with a tiny head that recedes immediately. High carbonation.
Smell: Lemon, lime, hay, and funk.
Taste: Slightly tart, funk, lemon, lime, apples, herbs, and spices
Mouthfeel: Delicate.
Overall: A good collaboration between hill Farmstead and tired hands.

Jul 10, 2017
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Hill Farmstead Bulb glass. Purchased at the brewery.

Appearance: The first pour to the last pour differ drastically with this beer.. I've never seen a beer transform from crystal clear, straw yellow with zero head to a hazy golden with a small head. There must have been a ton of sediment in this bottle, and it must have settled quite well. Poured undisturbed, this could pass for bud light! The following review will be based on the hazy pour of this beer.

Aromas are tart and full of farmhouse funk, oak, hay, acetic, citrus, champagne and green apple.

On the tongue are funky, tart, lemons, fruity, yeasty notes with a subtle piney, spicy flavor in the background, which I'd assume is from the spicebush. Medium-light body, pretty dry with medium-low carbonation.

Overall a unique, interesting, but tasty, complex, and refreshing beer. Glad I got a couple bottles.

Jun 22, 2017
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Tommo from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was phenomenal. Hard to put a finger on how or why this is so good. Whatever spicebush is, it is phenomenal. Lots of big fruity flavor, beautiful hill farmstead flavor. Mildly tart. Very clean. Not as dry as regular HF. Fantastic

PS: It is very very reminiscent of the original jester king hibernal dichotomous in a way i cannot describe.

May 18, 2017
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Skrip from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Black Tuesday taster glass.

A~ light yellow/white with a tiny head and no lacing.

S~ a lot of lemon acidity up front followed by Christmas like spices, cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, clove, etc... all tied together with some nice white wine barrel like funk!

T~ follows the nose with more lemon acidity and white wine barrel funk. the spices come in mid-pallet followed by a nice wheat backbone bringing it all together.

M~ smooth, nice carb. and lemony tartness that coats the mouth and lingers.

O~ not gonna lie i had no idea what a spice bush is... haha! but now it all makes sense! all around solid brew which could benefit from a little time to let the acidity drop off a bit.

Apr 19, 2017
Works Of Love: Tired Hands from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 90 ratings