Tired Hands Ancestral

Posted: July 11, 2015 in Reviews, Saison/Farmhouse Ale, Tired Hands Brewing Company

This was the last beer that I had at Tired Hands. The server told me that this was her favorite beer that they were currently pouring. With an endorsement like that, how could I not order a glass of it.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to phillytapfinder.com, “Summer Saison. Brewed with heaps of wheat. Hopped with Simcoe. Conditioned in our large oak tanks for one month. Pungent and bright notes of ripe pineapple, Asian pear, white grape, slight vanilla, and pepper.”

Random: This brewery is going to be a place that I go to a lot more often. I was so impressed with everything from the menu, to the ambiance to the service to the tasty beers. It’s rare that I enjoy a place so much.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that was slow to dissipate and left a lot of lacing left on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark yellow color with light carbonation visible. The nose had notes of white grape, yeast and lightly toasted oak. The taste had more depth to it. I picked up the same white grapes as in the nose, but also pear, light vanilla and toasted oak. It’s one of the tastier saisons I’ve had and the oak really gave it complexity. It had a medium-thick body with light carbonation. It had a long finish with white grapes, very reminiscent of white wine. This beer was just excellent all around and capped off one of my favorite brewery visits ever.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0


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