Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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4.83/5 rDev +25.1%
A: Bright and clear goldish copper body with very little head (as one would expect with a beer this high in ABV). The head is soapy and bright white. The color of the body is beautiful and inviting.
S: WOW. The nose on this thing is incredibly complex. Green apples, riesling (and sweet white wine grapes in general), biscuity notes, Belgian yeast, booze.
T: And the taste did not disappoint. Brut sparkling wine, tart apples, sour cherries, wet hay, bready malt character, lively yeast, earthiness.
M: Crisp yet full-bodied. Very clean on the finish. It almost leaves my palate altogether the moment I swallow it.
O: Incredibly interesting take on a farmhouse ale! I really loved it--so rich in flavor and upped in complexity by the high ABV.
03-12-2013 18:20:20 | More by circus_cat
4.78/5 rDev +23.8%
this was the closest to a true Belgian Farmhouse Ale you can buy. Very good taste with exceptional taste, smell, appearance, and drinkability. ... We who love this brewery have come to expect nothing less.
That is why I always say "Make mine a Smutty"
04-26-2010 22:57:37 | More by joekoolsnoopy
District of Columbia
4.75/5 rDev +23.1%
Grabbed this at the brewery while on vacation in New Hampshire last month. Tasted on draft at the brewery and was very impressed... been excited to open this one up for a while!
A - Pours a hazy golden-orange. Big three-finger head that quickly dissipates into a billowy, fluffy head, then into a more moderate but very aesthetically pleasing lace. What a looker!
S - A decent amount of that yeasty Belgian funk that really isn't found in many beers that aren't actually made in Belgium. Hay, tart apple, mild but noticeable alcohol.
T - Sweet maltiness (though not overwhelming), fruity tartness (again, lots of tart apple), a suggestion of pepper. Finishes dry and well-balanced with a wonderful tart/bitter twang. Mild hops, but definitely providing for some depth and balance. A very well balanced beer.
M - Creamy in a way that most saisons aren't. Low carbonation, but this lends itself well to the beer. Finish is dry, but isn't astringent or puckering.
D - Good, as most saisons are. A bit high in alcohol to session. Frankly, I'd rather savor a bomber of this over the course of an hour or an hour and a half than session this beer. Just too complex to quaff.
Wow! I'm not a terribly well-seasoned saison drinker, but this stands out as one of the best I've had to date. If you see this, pick one (or more) up. If you even remotely like saisons, you will enjoy this immensely.
09-13-2009 05:04:30 | More by parkeak0
4.75/5 rDev +23.1%
served in pint glass
a- foggy dark yellow orangy brew...spooky 0.5 inchy frothy head that dissapates rather quickly, def wheat mallt
a- lemony from the wheat,phenolic, peppery, herbal spices
t- nice solid wheat malt in fore with a great spicy peppery finish that lingers....solid throughout
m- wheat malt= smooooth creamy..
0verall-very very good, smutty is most reliable brewery eever..btw def cant notice 9% alc...be careful
08-31-2011 00:03:03 | More by ken2cart1
4.73/5 rDev +22.5%
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!
05-23-2014 01:31:11 | More by dpgoblejr
4.72/5 rDev +22.3%
22 oz bottle poured into a delirium tremens glass.
A hazy golden bodied beer below a white two finger head that sticks around a good while leaving plenty of lacing as well. Aromas are brilliantly fruity and lightly hoped. Sweet and spice in the nose. Fresh baked bread and apricots as well. The flavor is wonderful. Loads of sweet malt with a spice kick that resembled spiced pears. Slight alcohol warmth shows as well. I am loving this fresh, but with some age it might show more spice and less alcohol. A lush mouthfeel with decent carbonation add to the experience. The finish is slightly earthly and floral hops that keep the sweetness in check and beg for another sip. I love saisons and I might actually prefer this over Hennepin. The mouthfeel is just a bit fuller than Hennepin and slightly less effervescent from what I can remember.
08-13-2009 19:05:43 | More by rtratzlaff
4.72/5 rDev +22.3%
Hazy amber...huge foamy head....holds well and develops "craters " and laces....beautiful.
Smells of banana, bubblegum ...a little citrus and yeast.
Taste is amazing....not really like any saison I've had, this seems more like a hybrid of a saison and a Belgian strong golden ale.
It has the spicy taste of a normal saison, but much more malt, a lot more yeast and tons of fruit...bananas, apples,oranges,lemons ....some bubblegum.The mouthfeel of this on tap was fantastic...velvety...microcarbonation...so smooth.
As it warmed up , everything gained intensity.
I think this is one to seek out. If you like Belgians( saisons or goldens), this one has everything you are looking for. Great, great brew.
I will definitely be looking for this one in bottles.
05-22-2006 22:52:57 | More by Hautacam
4.7/5 rDev +21.8%
awesome. awesome. awesome. dead on for the style. perfect balance of funky bite and smooth finish.citrus and clove notes. definitly one of the best saisons i've had, especially being american brewed. really nice, but what do you expect from smuttynose. a first class beer from a first class brewery.
07-22-2007 01:29:04 | More by scarletfire79
4.63/5 rDev +19.9%
EARS- quiet now, earlier my kids were fighting, now the only sound is the nice clink of my smuttynose keychain bottle opener making contact of the baby seal on the crown of this gem....pfisschunk, the cap is now off...
EYES- here we go, pours beautifully into my weiss glass, nice full choppy head and a wickedly cloudy golden amber body.
NOSE- the refreshing smell reminds me of my past life as a belgian farmer making this beer in my house, nice smell of yeast and citris, my mouth is actually watering onto my keyboard as I type slower and slower day-dreaming of this awesome smelling brew.
THROAT- all I can say is these two words: glug glug. goes down refresingly smooth, I just wish it wasn't 15 f-ing degrees outside. nice acidity balanced with a slight tart/hop soft mouthfeel.
DIAGNOSIS- I can't wait to drink this beer in the warmer weather, once again smutty big beer series puts out a winner, buy it buy the case if you can, caus ya can't just have 1, trust me I only got 1 and I wanted MORE. I can't wait for it to hit the retailers.
02-26-2006 03:06:08 | More by DANTHEMAN
4.55/5 rDev +17.9%
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.
08-18-2007 17:40:20 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
4.53/5 rDev +17.4%
Bright, early morning sunshine with bursting, beaming rays that jump out the glass even despite the misty haze that blankets the beer. Its head was initially quite voluptuous but it has lightened considerably. White is painted everywhere but nowhere is it thicker than along the outskirts. The glass is plastered in a shotgun spray of lace.
Yes. This is the smell of a Saison. It is flawless. Fresh-cracked peppercorns, budding orchards of pear and apple fruit, a countryside of flowers, a squirt of citrusy vinegar and the contents of grandma's herbs garden combine for a bouquet that is every bit floral, fruity, perfumy, earthy and zesty as any one could ask for. I don't even need to drink it...
But I will. Because it tastes amazing too. All that I loved about the aroma is repeated in flavour form: fields of wild flowers, (dandelions and rose water), grain husks and wheat flour, slightly over-ripened orchard fruits (pear, apple, apricot), spices (white pepper, coriander), herbs (thyme, savory), citrus zest shavings and a teaspoon of wild honey.
Delicious. But it's not worth much without the right fitting mouthfeel. Saisons demand a lot of carbonation to keep all those zestful flavours alive on the tongue - I'd say this is adequately carbonated enough to give the palate a good old scrub. The alcohol interferes none, thankfully, and its slight dryness is flattered by a mild tartness. Not bad.
No, not bad at all. American brewers often have trouble replicating the beers that their Belgian counterparts seem just inherently gifted at brewing. Smuttynose has succeeded where many others have failed - crafting a convincingly Belgian-esque ale that can stand toe-to-toe with the real things. This has to now be one of my favourite Saisons.
I found this beer to be tremendous. It's the middle of October - possibly my favourite month and time of the year - but just one look and smell and taste of this beer made me yearn again for summer. When a beer can provoke feelings and memories then you know it was made well and that it evinces all that makes that particular style unique.
10-11-2009 16:55:33 | More by biegaman
4.5/5 rDev +16.6%
I really enjoyed this one. Poured from a 22oz bottle. Gold color with a touch of haze. I had to swirl the bottle get the yeast goodness off the bottom of the bottle. The clove, spice and fruit scent is very nice. Slight carbonation in the mouth. The cloves and fruits are picked right up by the taste buds. Smooth texture and finish with a slight bitter aftertaste. Definitely a nice saison on a warm summer day.
08-06-2008 20:49:25 | More by mtbbaboon
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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