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Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

589 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 589
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 40
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
15 IBU

2008 - 7.0%
2009 - 8.8%
2010 - 9.3%
2013 - 7.0%
2014 - 7.2% brewed with Pineapple Sage

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-12-2006)
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Reviews by BenSelf:
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BenSelf

Alabama

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a hazy dark gold with lots of particulates. Creamy head sticks around and leaves good lacing on the glass. The aroma is like a basket of ripe fruit with some flowers and just a touch of grassiness. The flavor has good spice, lots of clove, apples in the middle, pale malt sweetness, and some banana. It's not a dry beer, and makes for a great thirst quencher (caution: 7.5%); there's also some lemon in there. Mouthfeel is near perfect; the beer is light on the tongue and yet the flavor lingers. This is my favorite style, and I would have given this beer a higher rating except for the fact that I prefer a slightly funkier farmhouse. Hats off to Smuttynose, I really want to see more Farmhouse/Saison on the market. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 21:12:50 | More by BenSelf
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Stagga_Lee

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-22-2014 04:32:43 | More by Stagga_Lee
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Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-20-2014 19:47:38 | More by ambiguousfigures
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Sellen

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-19-2014 14:23:47 | More by Sellen
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Stargazer2892

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-16-2014 01:31:11 | More by Stargazer2892
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AlvinLin

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-15-2014 22:25:10 | More by AlvinLin
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JPronovost

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-12-2014 23:28:03 | More by JPronovost
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale, copperish orange with hints of gold. The beer forms a thin head of eggshell-white bubbles that leave a thin, yet solid sheet of lacing on the sides of the glass. In body, the beer is oddly crystal clear. It has a decided transparency and cleanness of body that is odd for the style. On the nose, however, this beer screams farmhouse ale. Rustic toast meets dried hay, meets corn flake, and then meets spicy hops. When you really shove your nose in it, banana and clove enter the nose to add a slight hefe twist. When I dig further, I start to get some overripe pineapple and very faint peach. On the tongue, the beer tastes fruity, and slightly tart acidity, with a soft balancing bitterness that leads into a very dry finish. This bad boy was dried out to a near full attenuation that nicely pops the more rustic aspects. In flavor, the beer begins as peach and pineapple, mixing in with corn flakes and wheat bread crust. Things take a slight twist towards near-lemon fruit tartness in the middle and briefly with the finish, while spicy hops and peppery esters linger into the aftertaste from nearly the beginning of the sip. As it warms, some slightly unpleasant flavors do establish themselves with the finish, jumping from banana to mustier funk that could turn ugly if this aged. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with lighter carbonation that still keeps the beer crisp on the tongue. In mouthfeel, the beer feels crisp, yet slightly oily with a decidedly dry/sticky finish. When the beer leaves, the mouth is left dry, but with plenty of saliva pouring from the edges. Overall, this is a rustic, funky saison, and my favorite of Smutty’s Farmhouse iterations. It’s got some really nice yeast character, though some things might hint at rougher musty flavors to come. I do wish the hops were a little more prevalent, but that is my personal taste in saison/farmhouse ales. As is, she’s a nice summer drink with plenty of complexity to interest the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2014 22:19:56 | More by Maxwell
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Carpentiere

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

07-10-2014 20:23:23 | More by Carpentiere
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bobv

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-09-2014 22:41:18 | More by bobv
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-09-2014 21:08:57 | More by qcbrewer
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MisterBisco

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-08-2014 14:46:48 | More by MisterBisco
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Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-07-2014 20:19:56 | More by nineworldseries
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Artjsantos

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.3%

06-27-2014 11:24:00 | More by Artjsantos
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Kentucky

3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

With keen detail to the world of Belgium, the brewers of Smuttynose brings the high spice, subtle fruit flavors and high effervescence to their Portsmouth, NH endeavors.

Its resulting "farmhouse" flavor" stems from its bubbly champagne and hazy wheaten body to drift about the early palate with soft powdered sugar sweetness, and equal parts lemon, apple and orange with white pepper, cumin and coriander balances.

And those fruity-spicy balances gain traction upon the middle as the sweetness fades, the acidity increases and its bubbly character goes from creamy to zesty. As much of its ale character is traded for reisling wine, a tarter, sharper and more acidic tone transpires- reminding the tastebuds of white grape, cider and exotic tea.

And while those wine tendencies take hold, a return of creamy wheat echoes in finish along with the grassy and stemmy bitterness from hops to reaffirm the elixir's beery roots. Yet as damp hay, straw and grass layer upon any trailing taste, a moderate warmth sets in once the sweet and fruity disguise lifts..

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2014 06:12:44 | More by BEERchitect
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delta490

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a lovely deep gold hue, slightly cloudy with a thin disc of slightly fizzy white head. The head has pretty good retention and leaves small soapy lacing. The aroma is very nice, with strong yeast esters and hints of banana. The flavor is equally good, with none of the sometimes weird metallic nature that sometimes comes from this style. The body has a nice thin weight but feels just right on the palate. This is a really good farmhouse.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2014 21:11:16 | More by delta490
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BChuck


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-15-2014 22:36:43 | More by BChuck
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-03-2014 02:43:02 | More by JamesStreet
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-01-2014 16:47:10 | More by Latarnik
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-31-2014 08:02:29 | More by zestar
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dpgoblejr

New Hampshire

4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured in a tulip glass. Foamy head that gently settled to a vague ring around the top. Yellow-orange in color with nice carbonation and a bit of a spicy kick to the palate. Sage is very present as well as some sweet malts and yeast. I found it easy to drink and very enjoyable. Not at all my style of preferred beers but I'll have to keep my eyes open looking for this one again. Very nice Smuttynose!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2014 01:31:11 | More by dpgoblejr
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cufarley

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

05-22-2014 03:49:22 | More by cufarley
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CraftMe14

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

05-21-2014 23:49:28 | More by CraftMe14
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danmouer

Virginia

2.64/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale is one of the more disappointing Alerican craft beers I have tasted in a while. The beer is clean, no offensive odors or flavors, well made, but just not to style.

I expect a "farmhouse ale" to follow, more or less, the conventions of Belgian Saisons, which I have noted often are among my favorite beers to drink and brew. The principal flaw with the muttynose is that it remains sweet. I expect a saison to be bone dry, and this one is far from it. Another problem is that the beer has little to no aroma, and almost no flavor character. Saisons are/should be nothing if not full f character. Where is the spice?

This beer is neutral, inoffensive, reasonably well balanced for a generic ale, but far too sweet for a saison, or for an American pale, for that matter. And where is the hop character? There s none. There is sufficient bitterness to barely balance the sweetness...for an English ale, I suppose, but not for a saison! There needs to be a bit of hop presence, not just a little note struggling against the undying, cloying sweetness of malt. Where is the tang? Where is the spice? Where is the brisk tongue-tickling carbonation? Where is e mellow flavir of pilsner or pale malt? Nowhere in this brew!

Sorry. This beer is a huge let down.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 22:37:13 | More by danmouer
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pfhanlon

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

04-07-2014 12:46:54 | More by pfhanlon
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Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.