Westy13 | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Rifugium on 11-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the brewery

Pours a hazed dark plum color with some ruby hues, topped by a thinner beige head. Sticky retention leaves some spots of lacing dotted around the glassware.

Strong and stiff in the nose, drenched in candied dark fruits, raisin, dates and figs. Boozy heat with brown sugar and vanilla. Heavy malt presence with edges of Belgian yeast.

Warm and a bit sweet right off the bat, filled with a cornucopia of dark fruits and candied notes. Raisins, dates and figs topped with hints of vanilla and syrupy booziness. You can feel the warmth from this one right up front - even after the first sip or two - flushing the cheeks in a rich, wintery warmth. Full backbone with caramel and bready notes followed by a familiar Belgian yeast tone. Finishes warm and a bit sweet.

Fuller body, lower carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. This really drank more like a Belgian quad than a dark saison, and I found the heat to be a little on the aggressive side, although I typically enjoy higher ABV beers (provided it meshes with the profile). I'm excited to see how this develops in the bottle once they're finally released.

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3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A - Pours copper orange with a small half finger head leaving small trails of lace.

S - Sweet nose with some raisins, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla and dulled fruit rind.

T - Taste is similar to the nose in that the sweetness and saison body are the strongest flavors. A bit of fruit comes out as it warms up. Sweet, dry finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel with a bit of booze coming thru as it warms up.

O - Tastes just like a quad with a saison core helping to bring it all together. A very interesting beer. The booze is a little stronger than I would like but it is still a solid beer.

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4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at The Brew Cafe in Ardmore

Westy13 is a dark saison that took a bit of time to produce. The color is a dirty red color with some brown spottings throughout. A nice amount of tan bubbles forming a creamy head on top, nice for a 13% beer. Good retention with notches on the way down.

Smell is not your average saison, in fact, 13 does not remind me of a saison at all. This has a more caramel forward scent with toffee and some berry scents popping up. I get big hits of grape and slight wine characteristics. The 13% does not come out except for at room temp. Also ,some vanilla scent towards the bottom. Wonderful.

Westy13 is something different, saison with a strong ale twist. Big notes of caramel/toffee, yet not cloying or too sweet. Towards the middle grape skins leading into a winey middle. A nice burst of some cherry and other berries and vanilla towards the end. The last 2oz's were at room temp and everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.

The body is at a strong medium level, rich, and semi coating on the mouth for a few seconds. Carbonation is there yet it really does not show as much with the coating mouthfeel Not hot with all the alcohol, except at the tail end. Very satisfying.

This is a well accomplished beer, whatever it is, If this is what TH's was going for when they brewed this, than congrats to them. I really cant classify this beer as it has characteristics from 4 or so styles. I cant wait to try this down the line when bottles are released soon.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewpub

The name presumably a nod to Westvleteren, they labeled this beer a "dark strong saison," but it had characteristics somewhat leaning towards a quad or barleywine. I was able to sample this a few weeks before its release in uncarbonated form, but obviously this review applies to the finished product.

Chestnut brown color, hazy, with a moderate beige head that displayed decent retention and little to no lacing. Aroma of dark dried fruits, brown sugar, vanilla, earth. This packs a punch, and the alcohol heat hits you right away, though it's more felt than tasted. Raisin and fig sweetness on the palate, brown sugar, fruitcake cherries, maple, obvious Belgian yeast, a bit of tannin astringency that mellows out some as the beer warms...it's probably best to let this one sit a few minutes before drinking. Bottle aging will make this quite interesting. Body is medium-full, mouthfeel is pretty slick and warming. I'm not completely sold on this one yet, but it's still a good brew and, again, should improve more as it ages.

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Westy13 from Tired Hands Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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