SaisonHands | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Four-Grain Saison brewed with rye, oats, wheat and Cascade hops.

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 330
Photo of JamFuel
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Tired Hands Fermentaria.

Pours a hazy yellow with fine, soapy head.

Smell is yeasty and crisp with bright fruitiness and notes of peaches and citrus.

Taste is fruity and yeasty with some esters and notes of peaches, citrus, peppery brett and a smidge of banana. Complex with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium with bright carbonation.

Overall, a very bright and tasty saison.

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Photo of Billolick
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the Fermentaria, pours yellowy and hazed, minor off white cap, leaves nice looking fine lacing.

Serious barnyard note on the nose....

Delicious saison, on the tart side, which is fine with me. More barnyard, yeasty goodness, tart apples...complex and tasty..well worth a try

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

L: Hazy, opaque yellow with a soapy white head. Medium-poor retention; the head fizzes mostly away, leaving a small ring with spotty lacing.

S: Tart and lightly funky; lemon juice, green apple skin, hay, barnyard/light mildew, tart pineapple, passionfruit, white grape, grass.

T: Quit sour; lemon juice, lemon zest, green apple skin, white wine vinegar. Moderately funky; hay, mildew, general mustiness. Cracker/white bread malt backbone. Medium acidity. White grape, white wine, and grass. Finishes very dry and moderately sour.

F: Light, but not watery. Highly carbonated. Rolling and smooth like champagne.

O: One of the best Brett/sour saisons I can imagine. Incredibly flavorful and balanced. I wish I could drink this beer for the rest of my life.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The clear pale gold body has a minimal sparkle and is topped with a persistent, pearl white blanket.

Smell is apple and pear with funky hay and barnyard.

Lightly tart notes of pear, lemon and guava lead a bubbly froth over a medium, crisp body that finishes semi-dry. This is really drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale gold, translucent, good carbonation, moderate head. Aroma has tart yeast, light citrus, bit of loam funk. Taste is light and refreshing, tart without being sour, still get some classic saison notes (earthy yeast, “barnyard”, etc) with piquant lemon zest and grassy hops on the end. Very well done

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Photo of tempest
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #16. Had a glass at the brewery and among other great beers, this still stood out. Perfect balance of acid, light funk and spice. Bright and fresh, crisp and wonderfully drinkable. I want more.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, yellow session. Aroma has yeast funk, dusty grapes and grains, fermented stonefruits. Taste has mostly tart, unripe stonefruits. Dry, light bodied.

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Photo of wedge
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Fermentaria

Murky pale peach juice with a soft, creamy head that leaves bit of lace all over. Smells of lemon, wood, flowery barnyard funk, damp hay, and other organic aromas. Funky tart citrus, straw, lime, crisp apple, and dry grass. Easy dry, crisp feel with some citrus acidity making for a refreshing beverage.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A Tired Hands classic, I was excited to drink this at the brewery. So much brett, funky goodness. Smooth as hell, with just the right amount of Saison yeast sweetness. Perfectly balanced, and wonderful.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

very surprised to see this one not rated higher. i think its an excellent saison, more nuanced on the grain than so many, and with a nice dry funk, very rustic and old worldy, the kind of saison i like to drink, and something much more compelling than a lot of american producers are doing these days. i even prefered this to some of the more complex saisons they had pouring here at tired hands when i visited. the multigrain base is what makes it for me, well, that and the yeast strain of course, but the rye and oats are evident right away. it has a nice body from the wheat and oats, not quite starchy, but fuller and almost creamy feeling, while the rye delivers a dry bready spice that is fully compatible with the yeast. some dry funk to the yeast, a light fruity note that brings out the hops a little bit, and then an almost white wine quality to it later on, really subtly complex. i love rye malt and cascade hops together too, and that union is obvious. this beer just seems more traditional to me, more refined, more attention to detail. i love this yeast, and they have it mastered. like a few of the others on tap here, carbonation was just a touch low for me, but this is a sensational saison deserving of much better ratings here...

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler.

A - Bright pale yellow gold color with very minimal lacing and no carbonation.

S - Funky, musty, pear, tart green grape, and lemon peel.

T - Follows the nose: Tart lemon peel and sour green grape. Very musty and funky.

M - Extremely dry finish on top of the tongue while the sides water profusely. Very crisp and slightly puckering.

O - This is a fantastic beer for hot weather.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a mini growler into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass, I assume it is pretty fresh. Pours a very lite yellow, with a two finger fluffy white head that leaves some nice webs of lace.

Smell is must, champagne, lemon, and grapes.

Taste follows, musty champagne with some lemon and sour grapes.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin, plenty of prickly carbonation, a little dry, and once you get used to the flavors pretty drinkable.

Overall this is never a favorite style of mine, but this is solid for what it is.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. I really liked how this saison allowed room for the lighter fruits in the taste, like pear, apple and hint of white grape. Has a nice rye wheat backbone on the smell and taste. Very nice for spring time

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Photo of Griffin2
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32 oz growler into a tasting glass.
L - Pours a light yellow with a white head that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing.
S - Smells of saison yeast.
T - Tart with some lightly sour lemon.
F - Tart with light carbonation
O - A very easy drinking beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia, PA

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has good retention properties and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grainy malts and yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts off with some grainy malt flavors but quickly transitions into subtle bits of sweetness. Notes of yeast are present in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has only faint hints of dryness.
O: This saison is a little maltier compared to most other beers in the style, as evidenced by its subtle bits of sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap at the Fermentaria.

Pours a cloudy dark yellow color with a small bubbly white head. Nice lacing.

The aroma is tart and lemony, with some grass. Faint, lightly peppery.

The taste has lots of lemon and wet grass. Lightly tart, and faintly spicy.

The feel is light bodied with a ton of carbonation. Refreshing and crisp.

Overall, a solid saison. There's nothing special about it and nothing that stands out. Just a solid all around beer.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours hazy with a medium sized head. The aroma is suggestive of a tart beer with some funky barnyard notes. The taste is tart upfront with some late bitterness. Very aromatic and refreshing. What saisons ought to be in my humble opinion!

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Photo of Little_Landon
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is fantastic, completely different from original. Fruity, subtle, almost a sour, but not overly tart, just smooth and light. They are putting out some of the best saisons around at the Fermantaria!

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my first brews from Tired Hands and it did not disappoint. Very smooth, tasty brew that drinks easy but with lots of flavor. I could def crush quite a few of these. Too bad Tired Hands isn't easy to find even though I'm not that far away. Guess I'll be taking a trip to the Brewery soon.

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Photo of Rastacola
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

SaisonHands has changed a bit over the past few years, but all for the better. What once reminded me of a standard spicey hefeweizen now is picking up a crisp sour ting from the time in oak foudres. It has certainly turned into a true saison and is constantly being perfected. Truly a great flagship beer.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served partly hazy golden/straw color with a fluffy white head. Lactic, lemon zest, fresh bread, spicy and lightly herbal hops make up the aroma. This is a classic, fresh, clean baseline beer for the style. It drinks easy and is refreshing and a great compliment with most food they serve at their cafe.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From 10/28/15 notes. Have had this before at TH but somehow never reviewed it. 12 oz. pour on tap at The Jeffrey in NYC in a tulip.

Pours a hazy, pale yellow color with one inch of white head and high carbonation evident. Sour citrus, oak, spices, fruity malts, tropical notes, light funk, and bready malts. Medium body and high carbonation.

Overall very good, nice and lightly sour and funky, but a bit over-carbonated. Much smoother at TH on their systems, but a great beer none the less.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale golden body, soapy bone white head that settles slightly, but lingers around. Aromas of wheat, grain, banana peels, lemon, dried grass. Flavor is similar to the aroma up front, but a dash of grassy hops come through towards the end for a fresh finish. Feel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, drinkable. Overall a nice saison. Solid.

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy light straw yellow color with a good white head that leaves fantastic lacing

Smell: Saison yeast spiciness, light lemony hops

Taste: Refreshing, saison yeast spicyness with some lemongrass, citrus, and grainy malts. A little wheaty too

Feel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: A fantastic saison that is nicely hopped. I appreciate it being in the more traditional ABV range as well. Top notch.

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Photo of emerge077
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Re-review, 5/16
Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for sharing the growler!
Quick review from written notes.

Murky lemon gold, thin collar of lace and veil across the surface.
Brett forward aromas of washed rind cheese, grapeskin, earthy and dry finish that lingers.
Light bodied, crisp and tart. Extremely drinkable with a great balance of tartness, wild yeast, and fruitiness. Overall this was really great, and the type of saison i'd drink anytime.
Guessing the growler I tried last year wasn't quite as fresh.

3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Jul 13, 2015

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SaisonHands from Tired Hands Brewing Company
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