Sticky Drippy Crystals
Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #105
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Ranked #2,300
4.24 | pDev: 5.9%
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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Notes: Our oak fermented honey Saison.
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 138 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy straw color with 2 fingers of sudsy white head. Decent retention. Leaves a good amount of sticky cobwebs around the glass.

Aromas of lime zest, grapefruit, funk, hay and oak as well as some white grapes and light honey.

Flavor is nicely tart and funky. Lots of lime, lemon zest and grapefruit, as well as pears, white grapes, hay, oak chips, vanilla and honey.

The feel is medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Crisp and lightly acidic with a bone dry finish.

Overall, this is an excellent farmhouse ale. It hits all the notes you expect from the style with the added subtle sweetness of the honey. Brings a foggy reminder of Anna, and that's a hell of a compliment.

Thursday at 11:35 PM
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 10.

Pours a pale golden straw with cloudy pillowy white head that dissipate slowly. Farmhouse funk on the nose along with a bit of grapefruit flesh. Some mineral copper penny aroma as well. There's soft grapefruit juice on the front end but not too bitter or sour in terms of harshness which you may sometimes experience with that fruit. There's some lemon peel well. It's light and super drinkable but the bitter citrus fruit character lingers. This is a good saison.

Feb 21, 2021
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dmacxxl from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Welp, it's official, I have no idea what Saison is. If I'd not read the bottle I would have sworn this was a Brett.

Pours a hazy straw with a billowy head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. I picked up what i think of as the normal brett funk, albeit fairly subdued, with a hint of chardonnay character.

Extremely light and bone dry. A refreshing mouthfeel. Tart to a-little-too-much-tart-for-a-saison-or what-i-thought-a-saison-was. Though the tartness does seem much more 'natural' than some of the "sours" I've had (you'll probably need to contact me directly if you'd like to hear more about the unnatural tarts I've had, I doubt they allow those kinds of reviews here).

If I read the label and then close my eyes and try really hard I guess I could say I get some local PA honeybee essence, but really it's just a very tasty and well balanced sour with some white grapes for me.

Apr 17, 2020
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw-colored wheat based ale, strong sweetness from honey, but not overdone. Very lively feel in your mouth--an interesting sweet take on a Belgian saison.

Dec 25, 2019
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a seriously cloudy deep honey golden, topped with four fingers of extremely dense bone white head with almost unbelievable retention. Plenty of visible effervescence in the form of ultra-fine bubbles.

Nose: This one is very unique. There's some very expressive yeast in here, and it lends a good bit of funk. Horse blanket, musty attic, old books, leather, moldy hay, and some indescribable funk. Honey in beer can often lend some insanely dank, musty, earthy aromas, and there's no shortage of that here. Like a cave-aged honeycomb with a hint of washed rind cheese. A little swirl brings up more classic farmhouse notes, and a nice slab of oak. Hints of lemon zest, white grape, and fresh grass also mingle with the bigger notes.

Palate: This strange and unique ale greets the palate with a vibrant but loving acidity. It isn't terribly sour, but it's definitely tart. Enough to call it a sour beer without anyone thinking twice. A lemon-lime sort of tart zing kicks it off, with some whispers of sacchro, pedio, and dusty brett. Next, you get the honey in full force, but don't expect sweet sticky goo from a bear-shaped bottle. This honey has been fermented. There's no sweetness here - this is all the earthy, floral, phenolic, and dank notes that hide beneath honeys' sweetness. With that sweetness fermented out, you see the true underlying structure. It doesn't compare to anything else, so describing it is impossible. There are definitely floral influences. Magnolia, lilac, orange blossom, and some generic flower notes. The beer ping-pongs back and forth between the tart farmy base ale, and the heavy, sticky (but not sweet) honey notes before ultimately pushing out the tartness. A very faint pithy bitterness shows up just before the finish, before the dusty overripe brett notes light up. At this point, the bold flavours have fallen back a bit, and you're into the finish, which is unmistakably honeycomb. The sweetness isn't there, but all the flavour is. Ever get real honeycomb, take a piece, suck the honey out, and then chew the wax like gum? This is the wax. It's all the flavour of natural honeycomb, but no sweetness whatsoever. That faint hint of bitterness fades, and you're left with this everlasting essence of honeycomb.

Mouthfeel/Body: The ale is very light-bodied. I'm not sure what the ABV is, but it has to be low. I'm 75% into a 750ml, and I feel no warming ABV effects. Not only that, but the beer just drinks so easily. It's incredibly crisp, bright, and paired with its dry tartness, it's just downright thirst quenching. I'd be suprised if this were even 6% ABV. There's so much flavour, it's hard to tell. I'd say 3.5%-6.5%. Effervescence is lively, bright, yet soft and ultra-fine. The big star of this category is the feel though. Remember I mentioned eating honeycomb? As strange as it is, it actually has that waxy texture. It coats the palate in this waxy feel which just intensifies the honey flavour. I'm not sure what's responsible for that clinging waxy sensation, but I love it.

Overall: This was a tough call for me. I almost didn't choose this bottle, but I'm certainly glad I did. I've had a few beers with honey. In most cases, it's either invisible, or it's a mess. Tired Hands did it right with this one. All the sweetness is fermented out, leaving the core essence of wild honey, the yeast, bacteria, and barrel work wonders in terms of lending mature complexity without being harsh or overbearing in any way at all. The level of tartness is sheer perfection. The base beer is handsome and mature. The lack of strong hopping is wise, and then use of honey just really makes this ale.

Dec 23, 2019
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a bubbly head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is clear and hazy yellow with hints of orange to it. It's still clear enough to look through though.

The smell is good. After a sharp initial tart note with quite a bit of funk, the sweeter honey and malt note comes out a bit to give it a more dominant oat note as it warms. The smell has some nice orange and citrus notes underneath that funk note. The oak note is ever present but easily gets lost in the funk.

The taste is pretty good. It has a strong and upfront tart and funk note that is pretty good and a delicious honey, bready grain note, and orange note in the finish. The oak from the barrels exists and works well with the finishing notes.

The feel is good. It has more of a light body that's fairly close to medium because it has a slight heft to it from the honey.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer and fairly delicious.

Sep 21, 2019
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks goes out to larryi86 for this brew.

16.9 oz. Bottle

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice very slight hazy pale yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/fizzy small white head, which also leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, funky, lemony, slight oak note, slight spice. The taste is also pretty nice, malty, yeasty, nice touch of oak, nice funk, lemons, slight oak/spice. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Thanks Larry!

Nov 28, 2017
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very well developed saison. Honey complements the malt base. The brett really shines. Plenty of sweetness and dryness abound. Lemon/lime, good carb, and plenty of funk.

May 30, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sparkling gold with a soft fizzy head that dies to nothing aside from an almost imperceptible ring that leaves some stealthy clouds of lace before being swept away by the liquid.

Smell is bright and citric lemon, orange, and grapefruit zest with a little grass and barnyard funk, some earthy wood, and even chardonnay as it warms.

The honey lends a really unique flavor here, paired with earthy, dusty wood, tart grapefruit rind, and hay. The honey really brings everything together with a delicious softness. As it warms I continue to detect other flavors, such as almond dust, and an herbal/floral wildflower element too.

This refreshingly tart and sour saison is well-balanced, tingly yet smoothly round and full, finishing semi-dry.

Jan 24, 2017
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 500ml bottle into teku. Has a golden orange color with a 1 finger white head that fades into a collar and leaves behind small spotty lacing. Tart, yeasty, and funky with some citrus on the nose. Flavor is sweet and tart with some funk. I can taste the honey along with lemon and some wine notes. Feel is lighter, dry and sticky with a fizzy carbonation, Excellent Saison.

Oct 16, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a honey colored wax topped bottle into stemmed vase, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, golden yellow coloring, with a ton of carbonation action in the body feeding a low profile, fluffy, white head. Aromas of funky farmhouse notes, herbal highlights, rich and raw honey sweetness, wood spice and earthy tones, citrus sweetness, and floral notes. Very dynamic aromatics. Flavors are tart and slightly sour forward, with a solid dose of floral notes and fruity esters, followed by a rich overlay of honey sweetness, and a spice blend including pepper spice, lemon pepper, lemon grass, dill, and evergreen. Subtle funky notes, including the yeasty fruit esters, subtle notes of horseblanket and must, and earthy characteristics. There are solid citrus notes of lemon and orange rind, as well as some white grape and apple notes. Dried grass and subtle pine hops characteristics throughout, and they help to keep the sweet and sour notes in check. Very dynamic palate, all on a effervesced, light, and fairly dry body. The aftertaste is a blend of all the sticky sweet notes of fruit and honey, blending with the yeast funk and earthy notes imparted by the barrel aging. Effervesced, crisp, and fairly dry finish. Tasty, unique beer. Very good.

Aug 14, 2016
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LAp from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Small sample poured from a friend's bottle into a Glencairn (a none-too-surprisingly good tasting vessel for such a wine-like beer).

This beer has a beautiful haziness to it, and the nose is slight funk and white-wine sweetness. The palate of this beer blew me away. Dry white wine, cut with sweetness and belgian yeast on the back end, with a touch of very natural-tasting funk. Not quite the synthetic puckering sour of many funky beers these days, but a very earthy sour note.

This is, overall, a beautifully crafted saison. Traditional, but one that pushes boundaries nonetheless. Outstanding.

Aug 05, 2016
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, batch 2, poured into a teku

A- A slightly hazy golden straw with a three finger white head.

S- Barnyard funk, hay, some honey, touch of oak, peppercorns, tart, touch of lemons, hints of pears.

T- Fairly sour, lemons, wheat, light fruits, honey, oak, hay/barnyard funk, great balance.

M- Smooth, crisp, dry, light body.

O- A great honey saison, another top notch saison from Tired Hands!

Jul 06, 2016
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A balance of honey and lemon acidity, insanely drinkable considering the style. Nice sweetness and a tart bite on the finish. Reminds me of HF Anna and is done just as well as that beer in my opinion. My first TH bottle and it did not disappoint in the least.

Mar 10, 2016
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is perfectly balanced between sweet, sour and tart. Delicious peach, apricot, honeydew, white wine, funk, yeast and honey. Very easy to drink but tart enough to provide character and fun.

Mar 01, 2016
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Cannabanoid from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Phill. Thanks bro. The sweet smell of honey hits you as soon as you pop the cap. Great golden color. A little tart. Not too sour. Really nice pillowy mouthfeel. I will definitely be trying to find another bottle of this.

Feb 27, 2016
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Kurmaraja from California

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Feels very much like a merger of Tired Hands and Casey, maybe a touch of SARA in the softness of the body. One of the best straight saisons from Tired Hands, IMHO, and one I'm looking forward to revisiting outside of a tasting setting. My impression is that this suffers in review from the sheer quantity of beers that Tired Hands releases, making it difficult for a subtle creation to really distinguish itself.

Feb 14, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemon, white wine, and oak. Minerally, slick oaky, and short finish. Tart and a little bit sour. Not getting much honey which I feel would be perfect with the base. It's still delicious.

Jan 27, 2016
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Paul. Thanks man. Golden body, mostly clear, small white collar. Sweet honey aroma. Some floral notes. Light to medium sweetness with honey present throughout. Tasty.

Dec 10, 2015
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ShanePB from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. Semi-hazy golden yellow body with a small white head that dissipated very fast. No lacing or retention. Aromas of rotten fruit, funk, honey and some wheat. The "rotten fruit" aroma was a little off-putting at first but I warmed up to the nose as a whole. The taste is far superior than what the nose gives off. Plenty of funk and tartness up front, followed by a sweet honey finish.

So sticky. Much drippy. Did not pick up any crystals though.

Nov 17, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Mike yesterday, thanks dude.

This one pours a slightly murky honey yellow, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like honey, hay-like funk, oak tannins, and musty citrus.

This is a really good saison- the large amounts of honey added really made this very tasty. The honey is bright and fresh, but with a kind of an earthy, fermented undertone to it. There's some lemon and orange citrus, a bit musty and stale, in a good way, with some hay and grass-like funk as well. This is super drinkable and tasty.

This is medium bodied, pretty thick and rich for a saison, with a moderate level of carbonation, maybe slightly low.

A really nice saison, reminded me a bit of Casey East Bank.

Nov 12, 2015
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Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Tired Hands teku.

A: An orange/golden hue with a white head that dissipates quickly.
S: Musty and funky nose.
T: Somewhat dry and pretty sweet. I suppose that is the honey.
F: Refreshing and bubbly.
O: Another unique saison from Tired Hands. Enjoyable.

Nov 07, 2015
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