Out Of The Emptiness
Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #100
Ranked #2,322
4.25 | pDev: 7.29%
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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Notes: Wine barrel fermented orange-hued saison conditioned on local Italian plums.
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 110
Photo of Gus_13
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really love plum Saisons.

Nose is slightly tart with notes of spice and remnants of plum A lot like plum skin and light flesh.

Flavor has more tart but definitely not overly sour. Plum, citrus and and earthy spice follow.

Super dry and drinkable.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2 (purple wax)

Nice appearance.

Aroma is the best part about this beer. Plums smell like they were rolled in baking spice (wonderful nutmeg/cinnamon aroma detected).

Flavor is good with the plums adding a dry, fleshy-fruit character. Not too sour or vinegary (which is a characteristic I find undesirable in a sour).

Medium body with crisp carbonation.

A wonderful sour and another Tired Hands beer ticked off my list. Keep them coming, Jean!

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was an awesome saison. Plum is subtle but noticeable. The carb is perfect. Body is light to medium bodied. Slight pink orange hue, nice white lasting head.

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Photo of Jonada
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2. 500ml bottle poured into a teku

Appearance: Pours a light red, with hints of orange. 1 fingers of white head dissipates to a thick collar. Body is lightly hazy with light visible carbonation.

Smell: Plum, peppery yeast, light earthy funk and some mild oaken.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Plum, hay, mild funk, fresh grain, light/medium lactic sourness, oak and red grape.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with a soft, almost lightly creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Finishes mostly dry.

Overall: Another great one in the emptiness series. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of jlindros
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another thanks to rudzud for sharing, batch 1.

No real head, somewhat hazy slight golden orange red color.

Nose is pretty nice, big fruity aroma, vinous musty grape and light wine, big Brett funk, barnyard and phenolic acidic sour sharp Brett, oxygenated Brett thing, nice plums juicy.

Taste brings big tart acidic funk, almost lambic like sour acidity, flemmy, nice plum, nice vinous wine flavours, musty skin, etc. Plenty of funky Brett, sour Brett and little barnyard funk. So tart and sour, juicy sour fruit, blends with phenols and big acetic acid, faint tannin there, late, like berry seed. Finish long tart sour fruit and flemmy, vinous, light buttery oak way on the back end.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, little flemmy, lighter carb, big acidity.

Overall pretty good, nice funk, nice sourness and tart fruity with light plum and vinous notes, wish the plum was a bit more.

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Photo of rudzud
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 1 400 bottle count. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal honey hue with a thin hardly there head that fades quickly to light wisps.

S - Aromas of pleasant plum fruit notes, very nice funk with good brett notes. Slightly oxygenated with, some light sweetness.

T - Taste is nicely tart, good sour fruit with subtle plum vinous notes. The finish is rather flemmy, with a green berry seed. Quite tannic as well with faint vanilla and some oak goodness.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, quite flemmy.

O - Overall this beer was pleasant, nice plum notes, really good funk and tartness. Just really flemmy.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of orangesol
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at the brewpub on Thanksgiving-eve. This is a batch two bottle. Pours purple-ish red with a one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating to a light ring around the edge, leaving small streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smells of plenty of plums, light basement must and barnyard funk, woody oak, bit of wine grape and some bready pale malts. Taste is along the same lines with the plums front and center with the musty funk, oak and chewy malt rounding it all out. Fruity, tart feel from start to finish.

Overall a very nice plum saison. It has plenty of fruit, just needs a bit more musty funk, but that should come with some time in the bottle.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served alongside Back Into the Emptiness and The Emptiness is Eternal. Big thanks to yourefragile for the share.

The beer has an amber body with a small head that fades rapidly. The aroma brings earth, funk, stone fruit, grapes, oak. Funky with a strong dark fruit (plum presence). Oak and wine with a little bite in the finish. An interesting take on a saison. Tasty.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Orange amber body. No real head. A few bubbles at the edges. Very faint surface wisps.

Smell - Oaky and winey. Lots of white wine. Acidic smelling. Some mustiness along with fruitiness.

Taste - Much more sour and very plummy. White wine is a little diminished. Plum in the aftertaste and some oak.

Mouthfeel - Pretty tart. Medium light body.

Overall - Very tasty. I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 12.12.13

A - Pours a clody brown-plum color with a fizzy light tan head that fades to a thin film.

S - Funky, wine, plums.

T - Very tart and acidic, wood, plum finish with some wine.

D - Lower to medium carbonation with a medium body.

O - Tart and funky with lots of wine and plums.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: bottle from the source

Poured into a TH over-sized wine glass, a hazy golden liquid with a ruby tint to it. An aggressive pour yielded little to no head, just a few straggling bubbles on top. Gah, like an idiot, I opened it too early. But if the lack of a head was the "worst" thing about this beer, then I don't see the problem. The nose was quite vinous, twinge of sourness, pulpy dark fruits. I actually wasn't expecting this beer to have the level of sourness that it did, but, well, it did. Nice vinous notes right from the start, tangy and woody, red grapes and plums, mild tannins, with a subtle grassiness underneath, backed up by a crackery grain base. Lots of flavor, lots of complexity, even without the full carbonation. Medium body, crisp and acidic. Not sure how long this will take to hit "the sweet spot," but I'm guessing that in a few weeks when it's carbonated fully, there really won't be a need to let this one sit around on the shelf much longer.

This beer kind of harkened back to Tralfamadorian, but the overall feel in OotE was a lot lighter, and there was more balance to it. Can't wait to try it again in a few weeks once it has conditioned properly.

Edit: Opened another bottle over two months later. Carbonation is still low, but it wasn't nearly as borderline-flat as it was before. A thin white ringlet held around the rim. Other than that not much else changed. Still very tasty.

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Photo of Greenplastic615
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened 11/28. Jean @ TH explicitly said that it will take a little time to carb up, so my rating is pre-carbonation and reflected in mouthfeel score.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange into a tulip glass. Almost no carbonation, and no lacing.

S - Huge wine character. I don't get a lot of plums in the aroma, but I do get a general fruit aroma. I guess my nose isn't good enough to pick out a plum.

T - Strictly taste-wise, this is the best TH bottle released so far. The wine barrel is really front and center, and the acidity/frutiness is in perfect balance. It's right on the line of a wild ale in terms of acidity/sourness, but it's definitely a saison in terms of body and subtlety. The only comparison I can make is SH Peconic, which this beer reminds me of (but is not quite as good as). Same ballpark stylistically, though.

M - It's really undercarbonated, but everyone that bought it knew that going in. Jean @ TH has stated that in a few weeks it should be fine, so I look forward to opening another bottle 3-4 months from now and seeing what the time did.

O - If this were carbed, it would be really something special, and I can't wait to see what a little time does to it. If you have a bottle, I would advise against opening it for a few weeks at least, but the flavors are just spot on right now if you don't mind the lack of bubbles. Looking forward to the other 'emptiness' variations for sure.

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Out Of The Emptiness from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 110 ratings