Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #92
Ranked #1,804
4.24 | pDev: 6.13%
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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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Beer-A-Lot from Virginia

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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dmacxxl from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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hops_for_thought from New York

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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
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metter98 from New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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argock from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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. Would def drink again!

750ml bottle dated 8/25/17
4.25 rating

Jun 19, 2018
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Jun 17, 2018
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jun 03, 2018
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Mar 25, 2018
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CHickman from New York

4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Jan 28, 2018
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thebriansmaude from Canada (AB)

4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Jan 01, 2018
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richj1970 from Alabama

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Dec 10, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Nov 30, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev 0%
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.

Oct 15, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – pours cloudy yellow straw color with nice fluffy white head that dissipates to a thck ring around the glass.

Aroma – Tart citrus lemon/lime, light funk, oak, some light floral notes as well
Taste – Taste is very similar to the aroma but times 10, great tart citrus, funk is more pronounced with a light oak and a slight white grape.

Feel – Light bodied prickly carbonation just enough tartness to pucker your mouth.

Overall – An excellent Saison, great flavors wonder feel.

Oct 08, 2017
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FFFjunkie from Illinois

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

Look is a cloudy light straw and poured with 1.5 fingers of bubbly white head.

Aroma is tart citrus, oak and slight funk.

Taste is lemony citrus, oak, grapefruit rind and a hint of funk.

Feel is crisp and dry as carb is moderate to high.

Overall a tasty saison that has a pretty impressive lemon profile. Complex and simple at the same time.

Oct 07, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Goofy artwork which I'm not getting (a mentally challenged moon?).

L: Cloudy light golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head leave great lacing. Nice legs on this beer.

S: Funk... tart citrus, grass, and hay.

T/F: Follows the nose. Lots and lots going on here... tart and citrusy without being a 'pucker' beer. Grapefruit rind, floral notes, barnyard funk, apple skins, and funk. Oak/wood from the barrel with a slight mustiness. Light and zesty on the tongue. Tart and refreshing finish.

O: A spectacular saison and one of my favorite 'Tired Hands' brews. Complex and delicious. Also great bang for your buck, as this is one of their cheapest bottles.

Oct 01, 2017
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Kadonny from Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 750 bottle into my Tired Hands teku glass.

L: A super hazy light golden color with a nice one finger bright white head. Nice glass lacing sticks.

S: Super fruity and funky with lemon, lime, tart apple and barnyard funk. A little baked bread too.

T: Wow, much tarter and funky than I expected. The fruit is just awesome on this. Huge lemon and lime mix with some tart apple, grape and some earthy woody notes from the oak. The brett barnyard funk is out in full force as it mixes with some slgiht bread and cracker sweetness. The sour fruit finishes that turns super dry as you beg for more. This beer is fantastic.

F: Great mouthfeel on this one with the sour funk that provises a ton of mouthfeel for the low abv. Great carbonation too.

O: I love Saison Hands, I love this even more. Such a big beer bursting with so many flavors that still has a low ABV. Masterpiece. I know TH is known for their IPAs, but if you are not drinking their bottle saisons, you are missing out. Fantastic.

Sep 22, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

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

750ml bottle, served in a willi becher glass. Pours a clear golden straw yellow body, one finger white head, good retention, bits of lacing. Smell is lemon, zest, oak, light earth, tart acetic acid and a moderate funk. The funk is more lambic-forward than most other American saisons, which is pretty impressive. The flavour comes across more here, too- the oak, funk and minerals come across aggressively, not unlike a lambic would. Moderate acetic acidity, lemon, zest. Good carbonation, nice medium body, slightly crisp, a very nice funky and tart saison.

Aug 28, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of course always a wonderful hazy light colored look from this beer. Scent is fruity and wine like. I can smell the sour too. Am I judging a wine or beer. Wow. This is good but much more gentle than I would have thought based on the nose. Low carbonation and thin but wow quite good.

Jul 30, 2017
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

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

Poured 750ml bottle into my Duvel. It is a clear light yellow with a 2 finger white bubbly head. Retention is excellent and there is scattered lacing on my glass. Aromas of citrus, lemon/lime, and floral notes. Minimal cracker from the pale malts and some grassy/earthy notes followed by hints of spice and funk. The taste is slightly tart, with lemons and limes, sour grape. Floral hops along with oak notes fill in just a touch of cracker and hint of funk on the finish. Light and crisp with fantastic carbonation. Quite easy to drink on a warm summer's eve. A very well made Saison that reminds me a bit of the Hill Farmstead beers I have had in the past.

Jul 09, 2017
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MFMB from Idaho

4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden to yellow, semi clear and very well carbonated. Nice fluffy white head that disappears fairly quick but leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The nose of Ourison is yeasty with grape skin and sweet dough. First sip hits you with a funkyness from the Belgian yeast. The funk yields way to a nice tart kick with notes of citrus and lemon zest followed by the barrel. A very nice oak to it. A bit of light grape skin in there as well. Ourison wraps up with the taste of sweet dough and lingering yeasty funk. To sum this Saison up I would say it's perfect parts Funk to perfect parts Tart. Very light and refreshing in fact in the overall world of Saisons this one is fairly simple but yet perfectly executed. Give me well excited but simple over complex but a bit muddled any day. Carbonation bubbles tickle your nose as you go much like champagne. Ourison finishes dry, crisp and clean and ready for the next sip.


May 28, 2017
Ourison from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 236 ratings