Ourison | 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: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ourison represents the progression and evolution of our Saison fermentation program. Ourison is Our Saison, SaisonHands, left to condition in oak and then allowed to fully express itself via a lengthy bottle conditioning period. The end result is a highly refined snappy and pungent Saison that, I feel, is one of the most simplistic and exciting iterations of Saison that we have ever produced.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 11-02-2015

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of geryeb624
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutSnob40
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tony210
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this - very simple and basic, great value for $12, excellent example of the style.

750ml bottle dated 8/25/17
4.25 rating

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/17/18

A: Yellow gold - fairly hazy, could probably pass for a Tired Hands IPA - pours with a small white head, fades to a small collar, leaves a few specs of lacing

S: Moderately funky, but also restrained - some lactic funk and slight acidity -lots of citrus, with some lemon and orange, maybe a hint of lime - some notes of oak, but not as much as expected - some hints of sharp cheese - some pale malts and grains at the base

T: Not exactly what I'd call rustic, but nice - lots of citrus, with some orange, lemon, and lime notes - kiwi-like tropical notes - some saison funk with some lactic funk and some acidic notes, sharp cheddar - some oak funk, notes of oak barrel, notes of earth - light sweetness, some lingering acidity

M: Medium body, carbonation on the low side, smooth

O: Not tired of this

I've had a few IPAs from Tired Hands, but I don't think I've samples their saisons. This is an interesting take on the style, but it's good.

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

I've been looking forward to trying Ourison for quite awhile notwithstanding my general ambivalence for sours and oak aging. Poured from 750 ML bottle into tulip glass. It pours a hazy, golden-straw color with tons of bubbles, and a rather short-lived, bright white head. There's lots of oak on the nose along with lemon, lime, coriander, brett yeast, and funky spices. The taste is decidedly sour with lots of tart citrus, cracker, coriander, and brett yeast. There were no sweet fruit notes. I was pleased that the oak taste was rather subdued. As expected, this ale is highly carbonated but at only 4.8% ABV it's very easy to drink. Overall, while I wouldn't drink Ourison as a regular go-to Saison, I enjoyed it and wouldn't hesitate to seek it out as a change of pace beer.

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Photo of loganburgh
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of peterpunk15
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 07/17/17

L- The beer pours a handsome gold with a one and a half finger of small white bubbles. The head recedes to a thin ring with a large island. Lacing is minimal.
S- The nose is musty barnyard funk with a tinge of sourness.
T- The taste mirrors the nose perfectly. Up front you are hit with the musty funkiness. Late in the mid palate the sourness begins to take over. The finish is dry and tart. I'm not able to distinguish the oak, but I'm ok with that.
F- Overall the mouthfeel of the beer is light. The carbonation is prickly, but not overdone and adds to the dryness perceived.
O- This is an excellent example of a tart saison. The only flaw would be that at that at 7 months of age the other flavors have overpowered the contributions of the oak. That said it is still one of the best examples of the style that I've had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Nograinleftbehind
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jamison85
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of luke12345
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CHickman
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super funky, full of Brett, yeast, barnyard funk, peppery spices, cracked wheat, coriander, dry powdery floral hops and a ton of earthy notes. Great nose with a golden colored body that slides down easy considering how tart and bitter it comes off at times.

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Photo of Duncian
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good batch of Ourison is one of the best things Tired Hands puts out.

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Photo of thebriansmaude
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Refreshing lemon note in front of a very sturdy and complex saison yeast character. Delicate, very bright tart and only slightly funky. World class beer. Enjoyed in Calgary AB.

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4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of richj1970
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 ml bottle dated May 2017.

A: Slightly hazy straw yellow with two finger white head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Nice punch of earthy funk as soon as I popped the top. Charred oak, wet hay, lemon zest, white grapes.

T: Bits of tart citrus with lemon and lime. Grassy notes with fresh hay and oak. Some fruity and floral components. White grapes and faint berries.

M: Light body with average carbonation. Finish is crisp and dry. Very easy drinking and refreshing.

O: Excellent saison. It’s been a while since I’ve visited this style but if I find more like this one, I will be doing it more often.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw with two fingers of white head. Head retention is fair with no lacing left behind. Aroma is light and tart, with straw, yeast, clove. It gets a little sour towards the finish. Flavor profile is straw, strawberries, raspberries, oak, and yeast spice. Nice play between the sour tartness and the oak. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a consistency that rides right between watery and effervescent. Overall, a tasty, tart oak-aged saison. It proves well balanced, and enjoyably tart for every sip.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

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4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yoshie
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaphog
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergorrilla
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tired Hands Brewing Co. "Ourison"
750 ml green glass bottle, simply capped, and coded "2017 APRIL"
$15 @ Tired Hands General Store, Ardmore, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Not much of a pop upon opening the cap, but there's enough carbonation in there. It's a hazy light straw gold in color beneath a short head of bright white. I had to build the head while still trying to not disturb the lees, but that's OK. Unfortunately the head has dropped rather quickly, and only spots of lacing are left behind. It's not a dirty glass though, I used it earlier and get a good head, and then I just rinsed it with hot water. Moving forward, the aroma is quite nice. It's floral and sweetish and funky with rotting apples, peach, wet straw, and oak. I don't know that I'd call it bright, but it's clear and you don't have to work to find it. Ahhh... the flavor follows with even more complexity. It's tart, and slightly white wine-like with some sweetness that balances it. It's softly fruity with apple, peach, pear, and sweetened lemon. Lightly herbal as well (I'm thinking a hint of sage), and moderately mineralish. What it doesn't have that I often find is that heavy yeasty chalkiness and/or yeasty spiciness. It's rather clean and smooth as far as that goes, not that those are bad things, I'm just pointing it out. It's softly floral, slightly musty, dusty/earthy, still a touch lemony, gently oaky, mildly grassy, and very slightly bitter in the finish - ah, is there a hint of chalkiness there as well? Perhaps, but I never said it was a bad thing, just that it's not nearly as obvious as it is in some other saisons. It's completely balanced from start to finish with a bit more pushing against each other at the start between the tartness and the sweetness, and then much less at the end almost as if they just fade into one, or rather, fall on top of one another. It's very delicate in that way, very refined. And that's what makes this beer work, and what makes it great, what elevates it above so many others is that it delivers so much without being heavy handed - it reminds me of the saying, that I can't actually remember, which is something along the lines of the open hand is sometimes stronger than the fist. Light-medium in body and gently crisp in the mouth. Absolutely worth trying.

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