Ourison
Tired Hands Brewing Company

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From:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #136
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,773
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 6.4%
Ratings:
247
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 15, 2022
Added:
Nov 02, 2015
Wants:
  13
Gots:
  35
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Notes: 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.
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3.9 by Holderness from Massachusetts on May 15, 2022
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4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by DIM from Pennsylvania

Canned 2/09

Wow, this packs a funky punch. Tons of lemongrass and musty hay, plus a strong oaky bite that comes on just a bit too strong. Refreshing as hell, 16oz goes fast.

Apr 14, 2022
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3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

Another thanks to Roy_Hobbs for this one, from his first NBS BIF #15 punch. 16oz can (Dated 2/9/22) poured into 16oz tulip. Poured a cloudy dark yellow color with 3/4 inch of wispy white head that quickly dissipated and left no lacing.

The aroma had that nice bitey, spicy, lightly fruity yeast aspect that is a trademark of the style. Solid, but soft grains gave a nice base, and there was a bit of floral hops present as well.

Very similar on the tongue, just more focused and defined. A very slight bit of tartness on the finish added an unexpected component.

The body was light-medium, carried good carb, and had a dry finish that dried out even more after a moment.

Drinkability was very good, an easy and enjoyable quaff.

Overall, a pretty nice take on the style, and probably my favorite of the brews I've had from this brewery. Certainly worth your time if you see it.

Apr 14, 2022
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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JamFuel from Sweden

2017 bottle that somehow survived to 2022.

Pours a fairly clear light amber with fine head.

Smell is fruity with a hint of tartness. Notes of citrus, peach, fuk, Seville oranges, oak and citrus peel.

Taste is fruity with some tart and funky hints. Notes of grapefruit, Seville oranges, oak, grapes, citris peel and a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with frothy carbonation.

Overall, a very nice Saison, a little bit less rustic than the elite examples.

Jan 15, 2022
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3.44/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Ourison from Tired Hands. Received from @Roy_Hobbs in BIF #14. 750 mL capped bottle. Stored at home at 38 degrees. Reviewed 10/12/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Bottle stamped under barcode, but date is too light to read. Served at 53.4 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 55.9 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5
First pour – Pale Straw (SRM 2), clear.
Body – Pale Straw (SRM 2), clear. When rear-lite, same.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive center pour), white, high density, diminishing to a three to six mm crown fed by aggressive effervescence and a thin complete cap. Second pour produces a 1.7 cm high density cap that fizzes away.
Lacing – Virtually none, just a few isolated bubbles.
Aroma – 3.25 – Grainy and funky, no malt, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 3.5 – Taste follows the nose but with a hint of lemon. No malt, no hops, no yeast. Oak seems nonexistent. No ethanol (4.8 % ABV, according to BA, NOT marked on container) taste or aroma. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.5 A bit dry overall, with the graininess dropping off as the saison warms. Still, the scant aroma and lack of flavor make this brew unlikely to be a repeat for me.

Dec 10, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by thebeers from Pennsylvania

Hazy yellow with a fat finger of yellowed foam. That quickly settles into a thin cap that leaves sheets of lacing.

Lemongrass, a little lemon tartness, white pepper, hay and other musty barnyard.

Cleaner tasting than expected. The musty barnyard continues, with a little clayware and light graininess added, and a kiss of lemony tartness. Dry finish.

Tonic water feel — both body and carbonation.

Decent saison, but not the exact mix of flavors that will keep me coming back for more.

Aug 29, 2021
 
4.31 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Jun 20, 2021
 
3.98 by Boone757 from Virginia on May 14, 2021
 
3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland on May 06, 2021
 
4.31 by Gkruszewski from New York on Mar 25, 2021
 
4.4 by Lord_of_the_Rinks from Pennsylvania on Mar 11, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Beer-A-Lot from Virginia

A - Hazy pale color but not a lot of head, perhaps because it's from crowler.
S - Bot a lot of sour smell, very tame in the nose.
T - Lemony, bright, floral. Hint of spicy phenols.
M - Very medium bodied. Could use a little more carbonation.
O - Everything works well together. Very easy tasting. Interesting and very solid. I enjoyed it.

Oct 28, 2020
 
4.25 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania on Oct 25, 2020
 
4.19 by moltch from Massachusetts on Oct 17, 2020
 
3.86 by curlybird from Pennsylvania on May 16, 2020
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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dmacxxl from Pennsylvania

Guys, no. Unless a whole horde of lacto somehow crept into my bottle after I bought it, you sold me a lie. This is a sour. Lacto is driving and brett is in the passenger seat chain smoking and the sacc is in the backseat with his window down and the butts are flying back in and hitting him in the face. That's on a good sip. On a bad sip they actually have the sacc tied up in the trunk and lacto and brett are nefariously kidnapping this style.

It's a pretty good sour. A little hollow compared to their Sticky Drippy Crystals (which is a delicious lie). It's kind of like a carbonated lemon head wearing wet wool socks.

May 01, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by hops_for_thought from New York

Poured from a bottle (1/30/19) into a Belgian glass

L: lovely pale yellow with a beautiful white head and great lacing.

S: simple but great, lots of lemon on top of a general farmhouse base (slightly earthy, some funk)

T: that lemon again, in a big way. Such an assertive flavor, works quite well with the beer overall. Tart but overall balanced, found the finish to be medium and delivers that saison thirst-quenching feeling

F: something was off here, can't quite put my figure on it. Felt almost sweet, body a little thick on the swallow which again I can't figure out. Not the end of the world, but something that took me away from what otherwise was a really stellar saison

O: a great beer that 1/ I'm glad Threes carries so I could try and 2/ would happily have again. From other reviews I've seen figure the mouthfeel issue may be one off, regardless thought this was a great bottle for Saison Day 2020

Apr 04, 2020
 
4.09 by TimG_0913 from Delaware on Mar 29, 2020
 
3.75 by MeganandDana from Pennsylvania on Mar 06, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by SpeedwayJim from New York

750ml capped bottle into Night Shift stemware. Somehow this bottle that I opened is missing the cork..... but luckily, its still carbonated.

Nice looking beer. Fluffy head. Good color. Nose is lightly tart and spritzy. Hints of lemon zest, citrus, peppercorn and coriander. Slightly tart with a bit of funkiness. Beer opens tart lemon. Some light hop bitterness and a floral, fresh grassiness in the middle. More lemon zest, a yeasty, earthy funkiness towards the middle to end. Finish is peppercorn, cobwebs and fresh oak. Tart aftertaste. Certainly one of the better beers in this style. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively on the palate and goes down tart, puckering.

This is delicious.... and for the price point, probably one of the best beers in the style I've ever come across.

Feb 22, 2020
 
4.43 by zbelair from Pennsylvania on Jan 04, 2020
 
4.25 by paulish from New York on Dec 11, 2019
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4.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by BeerProof from Vermont

One of my all time favorites. Batches vary but overall still one of my top contenders.
Love it!

Nov 27, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that left some wisps of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of funk are present in the nose along with notes of oak and hints of sourness.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of sourness with notes of funk and hints of oak.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and faintly tart on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be quite interesting as you don't normally get funk and sourness in a saison.

Serving type: bottle

Oct 05, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

Excellent retention... Crisp smooth bone white head... The color is a slightly hazed pale yellow... Still with no carbonation... Incredibly intriguing nose... The oak fermentation is at the forefront along with grapes, white wine and a touch of melon... The taste is rich and robust... Chardonnay, oak and a touch of tartness play on the palate... Feel is on the lighter side of medium bodied an rather crisp... Overall an extraordinary Saison that I would come back to time and time again...

Aug 25, 2019
 
4.1 by vande from Illinois on Aug 04, 2019
 
4.25 by mooseo from Pennsylvania on Jun 15, 2019
 
4.13 by Monkeyknife from Missouri on Mar 26, 2019
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3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by argock from Virginia

Smell is wonderful light fruity esters with herbal notes. The flavor though is too sweet and champagne-like for my taste, and the feel is correspondingly too full and not dry enough for the style.

Feb 24, 2019
 
4.39 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Feb 17, 2019
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4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by bubseymour from Maryland

Nice lightly funky sour saison.

Feb 10, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

750 ml capped bottle, dated 8/25/17

Clear bright yellow golden colorz, foamy head that fades. Aroma is tart earthy funk. Taste is mineral water, lemon, starts a bit sharp and finishes a little drier with a touch of grainy sweetness in the middle. Thinner bodied.

Jan 19, 2019
 
3.54 by VeganUndead from Virginia on Nov 19, 2018
 
4.24 by geryeb624 from Maryland on Nov 15, 2018
 
4.24 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland on Sep 22, 2018
 
3.56 by StoutSnob40 from California on Jul 29, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Tony210 from New Jersey

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

6/18/18
750ml bottle dated 8/25/17
4.25 rating

Jun 19, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by angrybabboon from Massachusetts

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.

Jun 17, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MacMalt from New Jersey

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.

Jun 03, 2018
 
4.34 by loganburgh from Michigan on Apr 26, 2018
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