Shambolic
Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #125
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,493
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 6.21%
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
310
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Tired Hands Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  39
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: Dry Hopped Spelt Saison. Well hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Simcoe. Bright and dank... Herbaceous pineapple juice.
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Dan2213 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: golden yellow with about a finger and a half of white head. Leaves decent lacing
S: Sharp and aggressive barnyard funk. Followed by a hint of fruit
T: tart and sour up front. Definitely has a funk it, along with some tropicals. Sweetness rounds it out. Hops are there as well, no bitterness to speak of
F: bubbly and sharp
O: this is an outstanding saison

Oct 18, 2021
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TimG_0913 from Delaware

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very well done. Easy drinker, definitely will be a nice refresher beer for the summer. Light and crisp. Finishes a little dry. But overall good lemon notes. Yum

Feb 27, 2021
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Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pours a very hazy golden color topped with a fluffy white one inch head.
Smell - Sharp aroma with some barnyard funk hits my nose first followed by understated grain.
Taste - Quite tart on my first sip with a bit of juiciness. As I work through it I'm noticing more grain on the back end with a thread of funk throughout. The hops play in the background but never overwhelm.
Feel - Nicely carbonated with a light body. Effervescent and refreshing.
Overall - I could drink this saison all day. I have not had great luck with canned saisons in the past, but this is one of my favorite versions that I've had overall, period.

Jul 26, 2020
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DrStiffington from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Super tart saison. Pours a bit cloudy, orange color. Aroma is very sharp, followed by extremely tart, biting taste. Yet, definitely some hop flavor coming in at the back end. One of the best saisons I've had.

Jul 17, 2020
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JRed from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy wheat body with white head that lingers. Aroma of mild farmhouse, citrus rind, peaches, floral, and light grass. Tastes of sourness, lemon zest, citrus with rind, floral, peaches, and some horse blanket in the aftertaste. Light bodied.

May 30, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-clear, gold-amber tap pour holds little visible carbonation and has a vinous aroma with a hint of the tartness to come.
The flavor is unique for a saison (from my experience). Tart green grapes, some citrus and oak dominate. There is not a clear saison yeast note. This is a flavorful and complex brew.

Mar 16, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

back from Belgium, I was set to love this at Rattle N Hum West, but it's far too pineapple juice.
At Rattle N Hum West.
a) Hazed juice body with ample lacing and lasting head.
s/t) Mostly pineapple, sweet then sharp, dry finish.
f) Thin highly carbonated feel, but astringent in a good way.
o) Preferred the Belgian styles to this.

Mar 04, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle - dated 1/28/19 - poured into a Belgian tulip at 44F.

Pours a remarkably translucent bright, brassy straw yellow, topped with two fingers of foamy arctic white head - excellent retention, tenacious lacing, and lots of visible effervescence.

Nose: An absolutely divine ensemble of extraordinary rustic grain (spelt), intense barnyard funk, lots of bright, slightly sharp lactobacillus, which lends a beautiful lemon aroma, a faint touch of acetic pediococcus, warm buttery oak, aromas of green apple, pear, magnolia, Manuka honey, oramge blossom, ripe cherry, lime oil, feijoa, pineapple, lychee, as well as indescribable floral notes from the addition of Nelson, and just a hint of earthy dankness from the Simcoe. This is extraordinarily complex and fragrant.

Palate: This rustic saison greets the palate with a bright zip of citric acidity, lending lots of fresh-squeezed meyer lemon juice, which forms the foundation, and will persist up until the finish. Next, lots of barnyard funk and the clean grainy spelt come into focus, which really serves to prove that this is truly a saison at heart, rather than a wild ale. The spelt is tame and wispy, making this a very petite ale - nearly a grisette. There is a looming, albeit gentle presence of dusty, woody oak, which lends this wonderful cohesion. At this point, the earthy dankness from the Simcoe is clear, and notes of tart green apple, Bartlett pear, fresh green grass, white grape, and gentle hints of melon, lime, pineapple, nectarine, and guava all add to the climax of flavour. Approaching the finish, the tart lactobacillus washes out, finally allowing the spelt to really come into focus, accompanied by a very unique tannic bitterness. It isn't quite pithy or resinous, nor would I describe it as entirely grassy, though there are some dry grassy elements to it. Alongside this tannic, grassy bitterness, there is some more dry oak, and some dry-hopped elements, which all slowly fade away, concluding the finish.

Mouthfeel/Body: The ale is crisp, snappy, fluid, and light in body, without drinking the slightest bit thin or watery. The effervescence is ultra-fine and champagne-like, and the ale both starts and finishes bone dry. The slightest bit of hop oils and oak cling to the palate after the long finish.

Overall: This is a very unique saison. I'm almost tempted to call it an oak-aged grisette, due to how petite it is. The use of spelt changes the entire tone of the beer, as there is absolutely no trace of the tacky, grainy wheat that you'll often find in a typical saison. This is certainly no typical saison. The oak, yeast, and cultures add a wonderfully degree of complexity, and the Nelson dry hop adds these wonderfully gentle fruity components. My only complaint is one that I brought upon myself - the timing of opening it. Hopped saisons can be tricky. You either want to drink them very fresh, or cellar them for well over a year. I did neither of these. I opened it 8 months from the bottling date - much too long for the beer to be enjoyed fresh, but not quite settled or mature yet. It was an off-period, where the hops had fallen off, but hadn't aged yet, and the yeast was a bit aggressive. Nevertheless, even when consumed between prime periods, Shambolic is still unique, complex, and enjoyable to drink. If you have the chance to enjoy a fresh sample, or one that has been properly laid to rest for over a year, do not hesitate to do so.

Oct 26, 2019
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JuliusBonsall from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growing up in 1970s communist Russia, my family and I survived solely on potatoes, potato soup, potato bread, irish potatoes and vodka. I didn’t have my first taste of beer until the mid-80s, when my loyal comrade Gordan Blevins smuggled me a plastic bag of homemade brew he'd purchased from a Mongolian market. Fast-forward 35 years. I had made my way to “the land of opportunity” and secured a factory job in eastern Pennsylvania. After months of saving, I finally scraped enough money together to pay for a bottle of Tired Hands Shambolic. I brought it to my humble apartment, lit a candle, and slid into my finest footy pajamas. I instantly became aroused as I slowly opened the tiny green and brown bottle. The aroma of light peach, lemon and barnyard funk filled the room quicker than old Blevins could run from the KGB. One sip was all I needed to evoke memories of everything I’ve ever loved. Svetlana Sokolov’s caboose was now 2nd on the list of things I simply could not live without. The light-bodied prickly carbonation tickled my tongue as the tartness quickly gave me lockjaw.

Mar 19, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale golden, straw coloration with a medium, frothy, quickly receeding head. Smell is mildly tart and quite hoppy, with little estery aromas coming through, and notes of citrus, pineapple and a hint of cat piss and grassy dankness. Taste is dominated by a zesty, citric acidity and notes of grapefruit, lime peel and white grape, with lighter notes of pineapple, hay, peppery spice, oak and a hint of grassy dankness. Finishes with a light tartness and some citric acidity lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This is a tough one. While it almost completely lacks any of the traditional estery yeast notes or funkiness commonly associated with Belgian Saisons, it does have some rather nice hoppy notes and an almost mouth-puckering citric acidity to it. A very modern take on the traditional Belgian Saison that is somewhat lacking in complexity, but makes up for that with a spritzy sourness and hoppy drinkability. Almost seems like a cross between a NEIPA and a Belgian Saison, although everyone has to decide for themselves how much of a desireable mix this really is.

Dec 29, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with soft, fine foam.

Smell is fruity with big notes of pineapple and tangerine.

Taste is very citrusy with a hefty dose of pineapple thrown in. Perfectly balanced brett and bitterness finish it off in style.

Mouthfeel is medium with frisky carbonation.

Overall, just a terrific saison, up there with the best ones I've had.

Feb 04, 2018
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wedge from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yellow gold with a loose, bubbly white head. Funky lemon, hay, oaky spice, pineapple, white wine, and a whiff of cake. Tart funky fresh flavor...peppery wood, white wine, peaches, lemon acidity. Pretty light, crisp, and extremely drinkable. Tasty stuff...

Nov 24, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy pale gold with a minimal white froth settling to a creamy collar. The tan sediment that's visible at the bottom of the bottle is so dense and sticky that it doesn't pour out at all, so the body maintains a relative clarity.

Smell is spiced orange and bright oak with some barnyard funk and hay, yet it comes across with a clean and spritzy character. As it warms, horse blanket becomes more apparent, but so do dank, cannabic hops and even champagne-esque notes.

Taste is tangy, spiced orange with peppery oak, grass, and a much lighter funk than the nose. A bitter tang of hops and heart of romaine arises with a few sips. Shambolic is very spicy and complex, but in a nicely herbal way.

Crisp with a light, soft carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

Sep 09, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to larryi86 for this brew.

16.9 oz. Bottle

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice cloudy pale yellowish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small/fizzy white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, hoppy, with some pineapple, some oak, tart, funky. The taste is really nice, malty, yeasty, hoppy, pretty nice pineapple, nice oakyness, tart, nice little funk. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a really nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very nice brew. Definitely like THs take on the style. Thanks Larry!

Aug 23, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pour cloudy straw color with thin white cap the dissipates rather quickly to a thin ring around the glass.

Aroma - Light peach, some lemon/lime, a bit of barnyard funk/wet hay. Seems to be a light tart aroma but the funk overpowers it just a bit, mild spiciness along with some light bubblegum.

Taste - A very nice combination of jaw tightening tartness and barnyard funk. The taste is very similar to the aroma, in comparison the lemon/lime tartness along with the slight fruitiness hit me first and leads way to the wet hay, mild funk that was more subdued in the flavor. The tart/funk flavors are much more balanced in the taste and it works well.

Feel - Light bodied prickly carbonation with just a hint of dryness on the end.

Overall - I thought this was a well done Saison, fairly complex in the taste department and well balanced.

Aug 13, 2017
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citrus, tart, musty. Tired Hands' take on the farmhouse ale comes with, no surprise, a heavy does is hops. The Nelson works extremely well with the funk and tart profile by bringing added earthy and tangy notes. Straw gold slightly cloudy pour with a soapy head. Aroma of pineapple, hay, grape must, lemon peel and musty attic. The funk is there but it's subservient to the citrusy and weedy hops. Taste is lemon, green apple, grape skins, pineapple, pepper and green jolly rancher. Not too tart or funky or hoppy - a surprisingly good balance across the three. Drinks crisp and finishes dry with wine-like tannins. Great beer.

Aug 06, 2017
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CHickman from New York

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

Pours cloudy bright yellow color with a gold hint and a solid 2 finger thick foamy white head that looked like a cloud with tons of bubbles of all sizes and a head that faded very, very slowly, leaving good foamy lacing in web forms.

Smells of banana, bubblegum, toasted grains, peppery spices, lemon zest, candied sugar, barnyard funk, champagne, grass and earthy notes, orange peel, coriander, citrus hops and a whole mix of odd funky notes that smell sweet and inviting. This is a really nice smelling saison.

Flavor mimics the nose with bubblegum, toasted grains, peppery spices, lemon zest, candied sugar, barnyard funk, champagne, orange peel, coriander, citrus hops, and then grapefruit, tropical fruits, brett, wheat bread, grassy and earthy notes, very faint clove, yeast, orange juice and some woody notes. It finished dry yet like a mimosa with a New England IPA in the mix, which is obviously a result of the dry hopping. Very complex and easy to drink at the same time.

Mouthfeel is zesty with fizzy active carbonation, a light body and a smooth feel as it slides down with a mild bitterness. The citrus dominates even as it fades, but the malt and yeast add nice balance and level out the dry hopping and earthy aspects. This was a very enjoyable saison, one I would definitely purchase again when I get back down to Tired Hands.

Jul 22, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle:
Pours a dirty yellow, with medium small bubbles appearing and popping randomly. Fairly flat and dirty looking, not the most appealing, but not the worst.

Nose is lime and pineapple with a light moldy wood funk. A little sour apple aspect comes to me mid taste.

The beer tingles the tongue with death by a million of the thinnest pin pricks, but I'm not sure if it's the sour notes or the carbonation (I lean towards the former).

A little bit of a tart grapefruit soda to the taste - not as interesting as the nose. Grapefruit, lime, a tingling tangy sour apple that has a light woody note to it.

Waffles on this one - it's between just being tart and being funky. More often I get the former, but I like it more when I get the latter.

Jun 09, 2017
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Gus_13 from Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice dense white head. Great lacing on the glass.
Aroma is light tartness with hints of lemon and some tropical fruits. Maybe a touch of melon.
Flavor follows with a little more of the tart character coming forward. The mouthfeel is typical TH smooth and amazing.
I would drink tons of this if I were able to. I'm fine with the hoppy beers being their huge draw right now. Usually leaves more of these around for those who love great Saisons.

Apr 17, 2017
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SiepJones from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a white wine glass. The beer is a deep gold with a slightly foam cap. The cap dissipates pretty quickly. A nice ring of foam lays around the sides of the glass with a few random clouds through the middle. The scent is tart with hints of apricots and pineapple. My mouth puckers a bit on the first sip due to the tartness. I taste citrus (lemons and limes), pineapple and then a white wine grape finish. The mouthfeel is reminiscent of a champagne as there is a good amount of carbonation zip. This is a very tasty saison, much different than the ones I prefer (Saison Dupont). The sour citrus flavor combined with the dry hopped nelson and then the mouthfeel give it some wine-like attributes. Overall I enjoyed this beer and am happy I purchased a second bottle.

Mar 02, 2017
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8 oz. pour on tap at the Fermentaria.

Hazy yellow with a thin white head.

Lemony funk on the nose. Very similar to their Ourison.

Taste is lemon, lime, hay, pepper, pineapple, and white wine. Not too tart or sour. Nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is soft.

Overall, one of the better TH saisons.

Feb 18, 2017
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold with decent head. Leaves abundant lacing. Smells of tartness. Taste is tart tropical fruit and herbs. Clean finish with some thickness. Not my favorite from Tired Hands, or even a preferred style, but very solid beer with a hop variety I'm particularly fond of.

Feb 14, 2017
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: none
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The appearance is an opaque gold that scatters light nicely. There's a moderate amount of head and lacing.

The scent is super-tart citrus. It has the soapy cilantro thing going for it in the background, too. There's also some desiccated peach present.

There are a ton of fruit flavors. The peach is even more forward (and not dried in character) and acts as the canvas, and then there's apricot, blueberry, pineapple, and bitter orange on top of that. All that's somewhat tart and mildly sweet hits up front, then the tartness really increases. It's like an upside-down cake with candied fruit, but with darker grain.

Perfectly weighted, and the aftertaste is everything good about the taste. Carbonation is a little less than ideal.

Feb 11, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Less head than a normal Tired beer but beautiful. Sweet and Fruity smell, can't even peg it down. Not much in the way of Brett but it certainly moves that way on the end of this beer. Lively carbonation and feel to this brew. Very decent indeed.

Feb 06, 2017
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Kadonny from Pennsylvania

4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle was purchased at the Fermentaria 5 days prior.

A: A medium golden color with a big white quickly disappearing head. Not much lacing.

S: Loads of funky on this one. Barnyard tartness mixes with tart fruits and some biscuit malt. I can tell this is going to be a tart good beer!

T: Yup, tart alright. Not so much a sour, but huge brett and barnyard tartness. The massive fruit is lemon, pineapple, grape, some pear and maybe grapefruit. The malt is funky and yeasty with biscuit, straw and wet hay mixed with some oak. The tartness really hits on the back end with the lingering brett and yeast as it drys out to the finish. Clean and uber crisp finish that lingers.

F: Prickly, tart, dry, nice carbonation, wonderful.

O: Tired Hands does not get enough credit for their saisons, and this one proves it. Such a fabulous beer that deserves more recognition. If you are a brett guy, this beer is a home run. So well done. I do love this brewery.

Jan 05, 2017
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