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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

583 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 41
Gots: 16 | 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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Johncnh

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

10-14-2012 23:56:49 | More by Johncnh
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ksbrainard

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright gold yellow color with a thin head.

S - Somewhat sour, then spicy as expected for Saison. A bit of malt sweetness peeks in there. Also subtle hop aroma.

T - Big bitter taste coats the tongue and alcohol numbs the mouth. Both the hops and alcohol are assertive in a good way. There is also a bit of sweetness of apples present.

M - I'd say medium-high body. It has a detectable sweetness, but not overly sticky. Still probably a bit more than I'd prefer, but not bad.

D - Great! This is tasty and interesting, and if I had more than one here I'd probably have another right after this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 01:52:08 | More by ksbrainard
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Nutwood

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-15-2013 22:49:29 | More by Nutwood
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-05-2013 03:47:16 | More by CaptDavyJones
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-15-2012 14:25:38 | More by AdamP
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AndyEich

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-03-2013 06:52:43 | More by AndyEich
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diverite

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-16-2012 17:45:30 | More by diverite
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bushbeer75

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt. 6fl. oz. brown bottle - bottle conditioned in 2013

Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale has a body that is slightly hazy orange/gold color and produced a nice 2-finger bubbly white head that held well. The nose is of fruit and spicy esters. The flavor matches the nose with the taste of pears, apples, bananas, and is spicy and a little peppery from cloves/black pepper. The mouth feel is medium with just the correct amount of carbonation.

This is a very drinkable and enjoyable Farmhouse Ale. I am becoming a big fan of the Farmhouse Ale style, and Smuttynose Big Beer Series too.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 23:35:04 | More by bushbeer75
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OldIronLungs

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Big Beer release at the brewery - really enjoyed it so here's a bottle review.

Poured into a GI stem glass a light honey color with a finger of head that falls to a lumpy ring around the glass.

Nose has some light apple notes along a breadier base.

A sip is crisp and sweet - more of that apple from the nose but leaning towards some banana and the spice of clove; only a hint of mustiness one might expect in the style, but all in very nice harmony. Carbonation is delicate but fitting. No trace of the abv, which is a little unreal. This a big saison for sure, but dangerously drinkable!

Oh and it's $6.95 for a bomber! All things considered, Smutty has knocked another Big Beer out of the park.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 00:07:14 | More by OldIronLungs
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink had a great orange-amber color with some creamy lacing. Very sugary aromas mixed with malts were sensed. They were smoothly balanced, making it really appetizing instead of something too overpowering. Taste was excellent: wicked sweet with great bready texture. Mouthfeel was awesomely smooth in texture, making it an enjoyable beverage for the night. Overall, an awesome saison.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2008 19:28:00 | More by fitzy84
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Celt44

New York

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a light and transparent amber - Creamy head present and lacing lasts throughout.

Aroma - grape jumps out first with splashes of citrus - grapefruit and lemon.

Taste is superior for the style. Not overbearing and abv is masked very well. Very fruity with a spicy finish. Yeast abounds.

Mouthfeel starts creamy and finishes smooth.

Excellent Saison. These go down very easy for a "big beer".

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 21:32:58 | More by Celt44
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DaggerEyes

New York

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 22 oz bomber poured a slightly hazy light amber. Lots of beads of carbonation rising to the surface which was capped off with a fluffy head that was 2 fingers high and a shade just slighty off from white. the head shrunk to roughly half a finger high but from there had excellent retention, held through to the end. Patchy fine lacing clung.

The first scent that hits the nose is straight up clove, lots of spice, a bit peppery. Some banana comes into play. A little bit funky. It all just gets better as it warms up a bit, the earthy tones come to the front more.

The clove is forward on the taste, with some hints of bubble gum. Peppery as it lingers in the mouth. Wonderfully aftertaste of honey, grapes and pineapple. The pineapple is perhaps most accurate and pronounced.

Active carbonation on the tip of the tongue but that fades out quickly, medium bodied pretty smooth, much fuller in the mouth than I had expected with a clean finish and a dry after taste.

A pretty great beer, especially for the fairly low price tag it sports, I'll be picking it up again in the future for sure

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 03:42:32 | More by DaggerEyes
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olympicgatorade

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange, with wisps of milky head

S: Starts light bread, then decent funkiness, faint hops and tart fruit

T: Belgian breadiness giving way to slight funkiness and then finishes with tart and slight hops. Very low booze presence. To think this is a 9.3 %-er is pretty scary and, um, impressive.

M: Pretty dry and fairly refreshing, though its cloying, bitter aftertaste is my least favorite thing about this brew.

O: Pretty damn good, but just short of outstanding. Wouldn't do this one more than a few times a year, but a thoroughly enjoyable saison nonetheless. Also have to praise Smuttynose on a solid beer for a very solid price ($5.99/bomber). A definite American take on the style (see: big); would definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 03:57:50 | More by olympicgatorade
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DaveBlack

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2011

A: Cloudy, golden beer without much in the way of head, despite a constant stream of bubbles that feeds it.

S: Big smell on this beer, that emanates as soon as it's poured. Lots of yeast, and peppery alcoholic phenols. Also a citrusy, raisin smell.

T: Very earthy taste, with lots of peppery notes. Alcohol is present, but not overly powerful. The malts balance out the spiciness nicely, and there is a slight lemony brightness as well. A damn tasty beer.

M: A solidly medium bodied beer, slightly sticky, with a decent amount of carbonation.

O: A really tasty beer, and excellent representation of the saison style. Nicely balanced, and they sure don't shy away from the spicy, funky flavors. I would certainly seek this beer out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 02:27:31 | More by DaveBlack
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean orange/amber beer. Has a small off white head. Which leaves a nice lace. The aroma is tart fruit notes up front. With hints of pear in the background. The tartness carries over into the start of the taste. Followed quickly by a sour character pushing forward. THere is a soft sweet malt note in the middle. There is a light pepper hoppiness to add a little snap to the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2006 18:18:45 | More by ybnorml
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ngeunit1

California

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a big finger of super frothy white head. The head fades slowly down to a small layer lacing nicely in the process.

S - Aroma is full of pepper and spices alongside lemon peel and earthiness. There is some yeast and bready elements also mixed in.

T - Starts off with building lemon pepper flavor. There is some yeast and some fruit flavors that come in as well. Through the middle, some stronger yeast and spices with some stronger fruit flavors as well. Finish is strong with the spices and funk, with the lemon and yeast providing some depth. The flavor lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice tart and slightly sour elements. Finish is just a touch sweet which is nice.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are nicely balanced and work well together, the mix of slightly tart and slightly sour especially.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 02:54:39 | More by ngeunit1
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Bassetdawg

Maine

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: bomber, dated brewed in 2007

Appearance: slightly clouded golden. Pours with two fingers of creamy white foam, with good retention, and fine lacing.

Aroma: citrus fruit, yeast and a bit of clove – very pleasant.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Smooth mouthfeel. Orange, clove and a bit of black pepper taste. A funky taste with a smooth finish

Drinkability: This is a fine saison, another great beer in the Big Beer series.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 03:14:01 | More by Bassetdawg
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beertunes

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a recent trade, thanks Vermonthiker! Poured into tulip glass. Poured an attractive orangey-yellow color with a tall, white head of coarse bubbles that had great retention and very good lacing.

The aroma was a nice blend of spices and yeast, with some pleasing grain in the background. The flavors followed the path blazed by the aromas with everything being nicely amplified. I also picked up some fruit notes that I didn't smell.

The body was very good, crisp and dry, and was a pleasure to drink. Drinkability was excellent, I could have 2 of these 22s without any trouble (I may have to trade for more of this).

Overall, a very good beer that you would do well to try, I'll be getting more of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 21:53:21 | More by beertunes
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everetends

Alabama

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT. Served in a tulip.

A: Poured a nice golden yellow that had a tint of pink to the color profile. Slightly hazy. This brew was served with about an inch of head that had great retention and had a lot of nice sticky lacing to it.

S: Smell was of a serious earthy nature. My first time I can actually use the term horse blanket in the nose. Yeast, that is clean and light but plentiful. Banana, spices (pepper big time), green apples.

T: Taste is earthy yet again with serious yeast presence. There is a bit of funkiness coming from the fruit, but it could probably be better classified as sour. Sour green apples, pear and cherries are coming through. Banana is there but heavily muted. Pepper rounds out the profile.

M: This is a medium bodied brew that has a tinge of stickiness to it in the feel. It really coats the mouth and allows the pepper and sour fruit to linger. The carbonation is light but still present and noticable.

D: This was a great brew to have before lunch while cooling off after walking the streets of Burlington. One tulip was enough for me though. Any more in a sitting would feel like too much. Greatly enjoyed though and will drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2008 20:18:04 | More by everetends
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage.

Pours a dark orange color, with a small off white head. Dissipates to a frothy ring with big bubbles. Aroma isn't huge, but there's some belgian fruity yeast notes and some light citrus and nuttiness. Taste is rich with Belgian dark fruits, citrus, spices and caramel. Creamy feel, which is typically a bit heavy, but with the age, it's quite nice and adds to the depth.

Fantastic brew and a testament to the age ability of Saisons. Different kinda brew at this age, but it's great.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 03:05:34 | More by EgadBananas
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BWH3

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden color, terrific clarity. Off white head pours large and fades fast amongst the flurry of bubbles.

S: Orange peel, clove, pepper, hints of toasted grain, sour yeast components.

T: The black pepper and clove come through despite the robust malt backbone. The fermentation leaves a funky and phenolic taste on the back of the throat. The hops are subdued adding a grass like flavor to the mix. Finishes with the heat of the alcohol to clean out some of the leather like tastes.

M: Smooth and crisp. Medium bodied.

D: This beer is complex and difficult just as the style must be. Some will hate or detest certain aspects of this beer, and I can not blame them, however, these aspects are what make these beers so unique and complex. I applaud an American brewery for attempting and succeeding at brewing this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 22:07:55 | More by BWH3
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dickieb

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw like color, almost like a dark macro but with a nice bubbly head and some real nice lacing. The smell is sweet like candied sugar with hints of Belgian yeasts and apricots. The flavor comes on strong with a nice malt backbone some citrus and grass like hops and some light spicing, and it has a good dry finish. The mouthfeel is a bit big but it suits the beer. This is a very good beer to drink over a long time as it seems to get a bit better as it warms, but its not something i could drink all that quickly anyway. An impressive beer from Smutty.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 00:56:15 | More by dickieb
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WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and Munich malts along with a wonderful Belgian yeast aroma. It's fruity with some light earthy notes. The taste is good. It has a smooth and refreshing flavor that goes down earthy and quenches thirst even with the intensified abv.. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an excellent seasonal beer. It's bold with tons of flavor; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 23:22:43 | More by WesWes
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (Bottle Conditioned 2006) to a pint glass. Another nice-looking Smuttynose label, this time showing a ca. 18th century painting of a family lunching beneath a tree in a pastoral setting.

A: Chill haze runs through this golden-honey saison, glowing auburn at the center. Moderate amount of steadily-rising small carbonation ascending to a scarce film of white, ringed in cream.

S: Wonderfully rich yeasty aroma, filled ripe fruit (pear, melon, sweet apple). A splash of cherry juice and a dab of cinnamon and honey. Lasting floral notes, light spice (hops) and dry hay-like mustiness.

T: Resembles the smell in all aspects, but with emphasis on the sweeter fruits (spiced applesauce and over-ripe cantaloupe). Bready grain and plenty of yeasty spice. A hint of citrus tartness before evolving to a dry, herbal/medicinal finish. Nice example of a tough style.

M: Crisp mouthfeel, moderately-carbonated. A fuller feeling saison than most, perhaps due in part to the rather high 7.5% ABV, which does some notable warming on the tongue and cheeks after a little while. Good spicy tingle, just a bit thick or gummy at the finish.

D: Another well-done brew by the folks at Smuttynose; this one holds its own with the better Belgian saisons in my opinion. A perfect spring/summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 15:07:37 | More by msubulldog25
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a pint glass a slightly hazy light orange with a decent off-white head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of spices and sweet malts. The taste is a nice amount of sweet malts with a nice spice backbone. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation. This is one of the best on-tap Farmhouse ales I've had yet.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2009 23:46:28 | More by atsprings
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