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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

643 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 46
Gots: 34 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-12-2006

15 IBU

2008 - 7.0%
2009 - 8.8%
2010 - 9.3%
2013 - 7.0%
2014 - 7.2% brewed with Pineapple Sage
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Ratings: 643 | Reviews: 396
Reviews by BenSelf:
Photo of BenSelf
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slight hazed burnt orange-like color with a thinner but well retaind white head,alot of different things going on in the nose some lemony tartness as well as some yeasty phenolic notes but not overbearing with lingering hints of iron and herb.In my opinion the flavors are very Belgian-like in its yeasty tones and almost medicinal hop profile with lemon and overipe pineapple tones.I like it not alot of the barnyard funk you get in traditional Belgian saisons wich I dont care for so that was a plus for me,pretty refreshing and substantial at the same time.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smuttynose farmhouse?... Big Beer Series?
Excellent...

A- Nice fluffy head with slightly rough pour that leaves beautiful thick foamy lacing that grabs the rims of the glass like it owns it. Orange hazy fluid with unfiltered effects showing its true colors.

S- Smells like a combo of nasties and harsh alcohol esters. Nice and full bodied scents of wheat and massive spice.

T-M- Taste is very alcohol tainted with mild notes of wheat and yeasty bite. Excellent farmhouse style. Mouthfeel is a little alcoholic with thick bite of wheaty tongue biting yeast.

D- Very drinkable if you find it but otherwise drink and consume on contact.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer. Plus the label on the 22oz bottle is cool. It was an orange color with a small head and some nice carbonation. It had a sweet spicy aroma. The taste was fruity up front, followed quickly by the spices. Carbonation was excellent. It had a nice bite to it, and I thought it was fairly robust. A great beer to drink; I will be buying many more in the coming weeks.

Photo of generallee
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 6oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. It is labeled as "Bottle Conditioned In 2010" and there is no ABV%.

Appearance: It has a hazy orange body with a small one finger white head. The head quickly fades to a thin filmy layer which still makes lots of spotty lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell: The yeast notes really come though here in the nose. It has both a fruity estery character with notes of orange zest and a funky earthy character with notes of wet earth and light spice.

Taste/Palate: Its firm medium body is loaded with complex yeast notes, boozy sweetness and mild hop bitterness. There are some notes of tropical fruit esters, dry spice and funky earthy barnyard from the yeast. This is mixed with a malty sweet boozy base and there is a good battle back and forth between dry funk and sweet malt with sweetness coming out on top. In the finish I get some hops coming in and adding some light bitterness and dryness but overall sweetness still pulls through on the tongue. Carbonation is active yet still smooth in the overall texture.

Notes: There is a lot going on but the boozy sweetness makes me think more of Belgian Tripel.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.69/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a very clear, golden/orangey color with a decent sized white head that dropped off pretty quickly, leaving behind a good amount of lacing. What a HUGE aroma this beer has! Smells of juicy pears, white grapes, maybe a macintosh apple juice, spiciness, some bready tones. Smells amazing. Taste is of white grapes, pears, coriander, yeast, bready, and a tad tart even. This is probably the best tasting/smelling saison/farm ale made in the USA/non-Belgium. Mouthfeel is pretty velvety and substantial. A lot heavier than a Hennepin. Carnonation is fair and perfect for the style. I could drink this all night long. Extremly refreshing and tasty. Smuttynose does it again! Like I said, probably the best non-Belgian Saison/Farm Ale on the market. Wow.

Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with vintage year of 2006 on the label.

A- tawny golden color, good clarity with a decent but fading off white lace.

S- Orangey, earthy, hint of nutty yeast, toasted grains and spicy clove makes for a complex aroma.

T&M- Just as smooth as it is crisp, sturdy medium body. Hints of black pepper, clove, and an even medicinal phenol. The maltiness hits a high and shows some stamina against the spicy flavors. A kiss of hot fermentation funk is present, par for the style and not over done at all. Finishes a tad sweet with a mildly hot alcoholic end.

D- I love how Smuttynose embraces a style and adds their own flair to it. Amazing complexities don't take away from the drinkablilty, paired well with beer braised brats and herb roasted potatoes.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, "Bottle conditioned in 2006", pours a bright orangy, shimmering amber, clear with bubbles slowly streaming to the top. This flavorful brew is topped with a near white head, that initially was puffy and retentive, then dissolving to a film and leaving pleanty of fine, sticky and good looking lacing and sheeting. Nose here is tropical fruit sweet, pepper and floral. Spicy, complex and satisfying brew, lots of pepper, rye, Belgian yeasty, earthy notes. Bottle finishes with a final yeasty pour. Nice saison from Smutty. Bring on the spicy food to enjoy with this very worthy offering.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours a light wheaty gold with a big fluffy white head. Nose is funky and sweet.

Taste is super funky and a bit sour but so nice and creamy. Very smooth with some awesome carbonation makes for a great mouthfeel. One of the best beers I've had from smutty in a while!

Photo of Kraken
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into massive pint glass of unknowen size. Color is a cloudy golden orange Amber with 2 fingers of head. Head dissapates rapidly to a thin skim fairly nice lacing.

Nose-Citrus, Belgian yeast, floral esters, melon, and pheonals.

Taste- Fruit in the forefront, orange, faintest lemon zest and dried apricots. Sweet, grassy,earthy undertones followed by some peppery spice.

Mouth feel- Pretty good nice long dry finish. This is a must IMO. It is slightly sticky/cloying.

Drinkability is good

Photo of skivtjerry
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours with normal, not Belgian, carbonation. Probably, the bottle can't take more CO2. Nice clear straw color. Small persistent head.

Smell: malt, spices and cotton candy. Hop aroma blends seamlessly into the other spicy aromas. There is something there I can't quite define, sort of the smell of very fresh air after a storm.

Taste: malt, noble hops and the aforementioned cotton candy. finishes with a nice lactic tang.

Mouthfeel: just right. Very refreshing, not cloying as many domestic 'saisons' are. Good hop bitterness dries the palate out just enough at the end.

Drinkability: dangerously high. Every sip is a pleasure. My new favorite 'American saison'. Higher carbonation and a touch more hop aroma would bump the drinkability up to a 5 in my book.

Photo of BadBadger
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a dark and hazy golden color. The head is off-white and moderate in size. The smell is citrousy and grassy. The taste mirrors the smell with a lemony grass tang. The mouthfeel is smooth. A pleasant beer but not one I would want to drink many of in any single session.

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big pillowy white head upon pour, wait a few minutes and an extremely nice lacing occurs. The brew is a nice golden, slightly hazy color with a head that just lingers to the end!

The usual funky mustiness of a saison is present in the nose, along with a heavy Belgium yeast, coriander and light fruit (oranges and pears...).

Light fruit hits the palette first, followed by a bready maltiness and ending with a stronger alcohol crispness. Light hints of coriander and other spices work throughout.

A sharp, light-medium mouthfeel with very active carbonation.

Overall, a decent farmhouse ale. Not all the flavors marry together as smooth as I would like, mainly because of the high alcohol finish. A little bit of time in a cellar might help mellow and bring it all together.

Photo of OStrungT
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden yellow color, with a thick white head. The head fades slwoly, leaving a slight lace.

This beer has a spicy aroma. I can smell coriander, all spice, and orange peel. It has a spicy Saaz hop aroma also.

This beer tastes like it smells. Spicy flavors. Some earthy yeast flavor also. Some floral and spicy hop flavors are present also. A slight lemony flavor is also present.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a spicy aftyertaste.

This beer might make a decent session beer. It is a little high in alcohol, but it is pretty easy to drink.

Overall: Thank you Ppoitras for generously giving me the chance to try this one. I liked it a lot.

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy gold color with a huge off-white head. The head literally filled my glass after the first pour, however it finally settles into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light to medium fruits - pears and green apples - with a good deal of sweetness and a small amount of spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sugar-coated pear flavors up front segue into darker green apple flavors before allowing a small amount of spiciness to come out before the ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a very nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I feel as though this beer didn't really have much of an identity. The level and intensity of the fruit flavors was right on par but there wasn't a whole lot else going on. Still, a good effort and worth a shot.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 22oz bomber poured into an oversized wine glass. The bottle does not list the alcohol percentage, and it does not have a fresh by date. It does mark when the beer was bottle conditioned (2010).

A: Hazy honey gold with a thin white head that is gone within 20 seconds of pouring (it leaves a slight spiral on top like oil on water). You can see a few slow carbonation bubbles.

S: Honey, citrus, earth, sweetbread, floral notes.

T: Starts with lots of citrus, then prunes, earth, spice, fruit cake, slight bitterness from hops, and a good bit of warming alcohol.

M: Medium and semi-sweet, but a bit flat (it needs more carbonation).

O: My biggest complaint about this beer would have to be the alcohol. It is very high for a saison, and the alcohol is obvious when you consume the beer. The alcohol could have been blended better. I am not always against heavy warming alcohol (winter is a perfect time for such beers). But since this beer is meant to be consumed in the late spring and summer, the high alcohol of this beer is not as pleasing. I do enjoy bitter and earthy aspects of this beer, but they are almost drowned out by the alcohol flavor that takes over the finish and rests in the back of your throat. The beer is also a bit flat and needs more carbonation to add zing to all the complex flavors. Still the beer does deliver nice flavor, especially if you prefer spicy and earthy characteristics in your beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a hazy apricot body with a big foamy off-white head with a sea of slow microbubbles.
S- The fruit aroma has a dry soft cinnamon spice with a light we stone note in the finish.
T- This beer has a green herbal pine note with some wheat dough notes. There are some cheese rind notes with some yeasty earthy hint in the finish. The light spice comes through in the finish aswell.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizzy finish. Some alcohol heat comes through in the finish.
D- This beer is a big fusel in the alcohol finish with some odd fruity finishes that is more like breakfast cereal than yeasty.

Photo of sloejams
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Farmhouse Ale is Smuttynose's venture into the Belgian world of the Saison. Often I worry when sitting down with American interpretations of this style - more often then not, it just doesn't work. This one works.

It pours a unfiltered, straw yellow haze. It has an aroma of bread yeast, clove and bubble gum - sweet but subdued. It has similar flavors, very juicy but somewhat tart. It's very reminiscent of Ommegang's Hennepin. This is the finest of the Big Beers I've tasted.

Photo of joeseppy
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see this out of hiatus. 2013

Pale yellow pour with a wispy minimal white head.

Smells nice and yeasty. Citrusy lemon followed by allspice. Picking up on apricot and nectarine skin.

Bready flavor with touch of sour. Mellow herb and mild hop.

Medium body and low carbonation. Refreshing saison.

Finally here in Chi-town and more than happy to pick up a few. One of my favorite saisons.

Photo of dacrza1
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light orange snowglobe of active carbonation....head laces well after three-finger snowfall settles... fresh-mowed grass and spring farm scents--fresh but not piney or sprucey...herbal, flowery presence...complex and warming taste, pushing hops to the roof and floor of the mouth; mellow maltiness with a zesty lemon finish... soft, almost apologetic mouthfeel that lacks the usual "beerness" to a beer... need I say refreshing? "Lip smacking" is what the label denotes, but I find the beer mellow and at ease, yet less clean or flavorful as some others I've sampled within the genre...

Photo of tastybeer
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange copper gold color with oily creamy looking white head. Lace is everywhere. Nose is sugary and tropical with pinapples, candied lemon and orange, bananas, and melon. Like a sugary fruit infused farmhouse. A little peppery spice balances the sweet fruit and caramel malt. Taste is like candied fruit with bread, yeast, hidden spice, slightly earthy hop. Mouthfeel of the medium-full biody is slick and smooth. Very drinkable. Orange fruit candy finish. Somehow the sweetness isnot overwhelming but after a few of these I would probably go for an ESB or IPA.

Great for the warm months, and I think it would make a great summer dessert beer. Sweet and soothing.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This 2007 version was sampled in a large wine goblet. (which seemed to really impove the overall drinking experoence for this brew.)

AP: A slighty frosted orange-hued amber color that is brilliant and vivid, like technicolor!! tiny, tiny bubbles look active and create a 1" bubbly, lively white head that dissiptes in a moderate fasion and leaves only a tiny island of foam in the middle of the glass.

Nose: sour Herbal, Belgian-like yeast with it's zesty, earthy and mossy aroma's, sweet buttery malt with a slight fruity and tart whiff and major spiciness and pepper effects.

Flavor:Starts out with a dry, herbal and yeastie spicey and pepper kick with dry toffee malt with an instant red-fruits flavor, plenty of tangy citric acid-like kick. Spicey, peppery yeast flavor that takes over for a while, which is fine because the yeast and malt flavors blend together perfectly and highlight each other's best qualities. The tangy,dry but smooth malt flavor really jumps out when paired with some Gouda or extra-sharp cheddar cheese. "lip-smacking palateability" the lable states...and it's right on. This one is very much like a fine Belgian Tripel in many ways.

Feel: Medium body, crisp, lively and refreshing, but goes down smooth,dry peppery in the middle with a slightly boozy overtone. a full, smooth feel with plenty of complexity to spare.

DA: This is based on 2007 and 2010 bottles and they seem to be very consistant year anfer year. A high quality Saison for sure!

Updated with a 2010 bomber.

Photo of jmz62565
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a large white foamy head. The smell is almost all Belgian candy sugar with some lemon and floral scents. The taste is sweet with candy sugar,lemon,pepper,clove,and honey. A really nice taste. The m/f is light and the flavors really mix well and hide the alcohol. All in all, this is another very good "Big Beer Series" beer from Smuttynose. Cheers.

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: A golden yellow with lots of bubbles floating to the top, making a decent foamy head which dissipates slowly, leaving spooky Swamp Thing-like monster-formed ghost lacing etches around my glass. Pretty weird, like seeing Jesus in a chicken nugget.

Smell: Lots of citrus, mild chalky yeast, mild medicinal phenols, a bit of barnyard and earthiness, and with a swish or two and an immediate plunge into the glass I get some pungent alcohol. Good, all in all, yes, though I somehow could use some more funkiness from the phenolic characteristics.

Taste: I like how a good combination of dark fruit and sour cherries comes in toward the middle with the citrus, with the phenolic traces blooming more in the taste than the aroma, a bit of bandaid and earthiness, not much but enough to keep things interesting. Finishes long, with the hops taking over, along with some yeast residuals, lemon, and sour cherries. Pretty balanced stuff.

Mouthfeel: Feels almost a bit watery at first, but then the carbonation luckily takes over as it moves around with a swish and some tasting, providing a pretty silky feeling overall, with some bubbles dancing on the palate with the swallow.

Drinkability: A good attempt at the style from a pretty kickass brewery. I like the beers being quickly churned out in the Big Beer series now, and for their price ($3-$4 a bottle), you really can't beat at least trying all of them once. A very enjoyable brew, complex and highly drinkable.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A welcome "zisssSSS!" from the pried-off cap and we're underway...humongous fluffy head emerges with hardly any effort, a rocky, firm thing that looks like the most comfortable pillow in the universe. Liquid is a dirty yellow/gold with bubbles wildly darting through it and to the top. Damn, this head is amazing...like the moon's surface, if the moon were made of meringue (rather than cheese, like it really is).

Aroma is fruity and earthy in equal measure. Just a light trace of barnyard funk, dirtying things up (in a good way), and lighter mineral traces in back. Little bit of lemon sneaks in as well.

While the aroma is a bit subdued, the flavor brings it all to the edge of the stage and just about topples right off. First sips seem to say "I am a big wild mutha of a Saison!!" Lots of citrus notes (mostly lemon), even more bready/biscuity malt sweetness, and then spice and mineral characteristics shove in and take the spotlight. Crisp and dry, although a spice/malt aftertaste remains long after the swallow, somewhat "cinnamon roll," especially with the yeast making its complexities known. Further sips offer all kinds of interesting impressions (flowery earthiness here, I'm-sucking-on-stones-plucked-from-a-forest-stream there).

This is an incredibly refreshing beer...I would love to have this in the middle of a killer humid summer day or something...but it works incredibly well on this rainy, chilly night too. Another excellent offering in Smuttynose's Big Beer Series. I'll be on the lookout for more bottles, starting NOW.

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