Ourison
Tired Hands Brewing Company

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From:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #145
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,933
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 6.41%
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
251
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 19, 2023
Added:
Nov 02, 2015
Wants:
  13
Gots:
  35
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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Ratings by 2beerdogs:
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Reviewed by 2beerdogs from California

4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A big thanks to Roy_Hobbs for this.
Canned 2/9/22
Straw to peachy gold in hue. Fluffy white head pumps its fist assertively 3 fingers high. Cloudy and active.
Nose is really enticing. A nuanced funk swims around a blend of lemon, grass, wet grain, coriander, and hints of perfumy lemon blossom.
Flavor follows the nose. Initial pop of lemon zest, light tartness, lemongrass, green apple, and different layers of grain. Really loving the grain notes. The funk is mild. For a style that I usually don't usually partake in with frequency, I could do multiples of this one.
Lively carbonation, light to medium in heft, with a nice drying finish.
Overall, I would hit this over and over.
Mar 19, 2023
More User Ratings:
 
Rated: 3.25 by njbusa from New Jersey

Dec 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by alexsergio from New York

Jul 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Jul 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.9 by Holderness from Massachusetts

May 15, 2022
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
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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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
 
Rated: 4.31 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Jun 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.98 by Boone757 from Virginia

May 14, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland

May 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.31 by Gkruszewski from New York

Mar 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.4 by Lord_of_the_Rinks from Pennsylvania

Mar 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Beer-A-Lot from Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Oct 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.19 by moltch from Massachusetts

Oct 17, 2020
 
Rated: 3.86 by curlybird from Pennsylvania

May 16, 2020
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Reviewed by dmacxxl from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
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