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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651 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 45
Gots: 37 | 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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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I Tried this on tap a KClinger's Tavern in Hanover PA.
Served cool in a standard pint.
A - Hazy, medium amber w/ a half inch of tan head, some lace is apparent.

S - Slightly funky, belgian style yeast aroma w/ slightly sweet citrus nose.

M - Medium body w/ a tangy, mildly carbonated feel. There are gentle hints of spice w/ a nice malt presence and subtle hop spiciness.

T - A mild flavor of wheat w/ nice citrus flavor that doesn't go overboard. Some light pepper and herbal tea-like flavors in the mix. A pleasant dry toasted malt flavor and delicated hop accent w/ herbal qualities.

D - A mild farmhouse w/ little funkiness, very smooth, a quaffer. I could drink multiples of this w/ no problem. It seems a bit restrained for the style, yet still has very drinkable qualities.

Photo of UnionMade
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fiery, bright orange, topped with a lasting, misty lather of white suds. Very sweet and spicy aroma. Candyish and caramel, a bouquet of tropical fruit and flowers. Heady phenols, very belgian and clove spicy. Very inviting. Immediately sweet on the tongue. Pale malt, sugary, slathered with sticky, molten caramel. Heaps of banana, with apple and passionfruit juice. Some orange juice, the kind in the carton with no pulp. Spicy, peppery finish, layered with plasticine, clove-like phenols. Minimal hops, just a dash of floral bite, underscoring the floral, fruity tang the finish consists of. A wee bit of alcoholic heat in the end, leaving off sticky and sweet. Full bodied, with fine bubbled, tingly carbonation. Excellent.

Photo of atsprings
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of HerrFaust
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Previously had on tap, but reviewing a bomber...poured into a Duvel glass to get that signature merengue head. Esters hit the nose immediately. Overall, "Farmhouse," instead of Saison, seems an apt description. The tap version was very spicy, yeasty, and generally Saison-y, but the bottle had a Biere de Garde sweetness in the middle and end. I usually prefer the dryness of the former, but like some of Victory's special 750mL editions, this one works. There's enough spice and carbonation to balance it and prevent that cloying sweetness of some Bieres de Garde. While the Saison purests will have legitimate beef, this is America, and we have enough room for a highly drinkable New World hybrid.

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!

Photo of juzy
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an interesting color, milky gold, almost peachy. Very pretty. A loose, big bubbled head disipated quickly, perhaps my glass had some residue or maybe this bottle was too cold.

Smells of honey, blood, a bit of hay, bubble gum.

The flavor is much the same as the aroma, maybe a bit more pronounced banana. Some pepper and almost tropical taste, like pineapple? Maybe a bit more sweetness than I like, but I think it might age well.

Mouthfeel is nice. Sparkling, dry on the finish with a bit of residual sweetness.

Overall a nice farmhouse style ale. Glad I was able to procure a couple of bottles.

Photo of deanhead
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strawlike in color and very bubbly. Fruity and candy like aroma. Subtle alcoholic taste, sliglhty tart with some very subtle yeast like esters. Light bodied, and extremely dry finish. Highly drinkable Saison. I really enjoyed this offering from Smutynose.

Photo of Gavage
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a short 1/2" head that falls quickly. Some spotty lacing develops. No visible carbonation bubbles.

Smell: fruity sweetness, yeast, and a hint of barnyard funkiness.

Taste: strong fruity flavor of plums and sweet apples, spicy yeast, pepper, nice bitterness,and a touch of alcohol. Also a bit dry too.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Crisp at the start and finish. The aftertaste is long on the fruity sweetness and yeast tones.

Drinkability: very easy to quaff. Flavorful but not overbearing. Nice beer.

Photo of LvilleIPA
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from 2006. I'm liking all the labels from the Big Beer Series.

A - Golden, clear, white head that faded relatively quickly.

S - Smells exactly like a saison should - citrusy, dry, yeast.

T - Damn good. Smooth as can be. Malty, yet lots of fruitiness. Finishes semi-dry. At the end, you can definitely feel the alchohol in it. Other than that, as smooth and mild as can be.

M - Medium bodied, really no carbonation at all.

D - Based on its smoothness, you can easily take down a 22oz'er. You really don't get a good feel for the 7.5% until the end. Well worth finding and drinking.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold with streams of bubbles. Obnoxiously large bubbly white head. Foamy Pangea mound retention leaves clinging lace drifts.

Aroma is yeast, spice, apricot: alluring and farmy enough for me.

Tastes crisp yet smooth with a sugared apricots and cantaloupe balanced by dry funk. Sweet takes over as the funk fades. Apropriately dry.

Smuttynose can do anything.

Photo of hwwty4
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to portia99 for this one.

Poured a bomber into my New Belgium globe glass. This beer pours a crystal clear straw with a massive white head that leaves some serious lacing. The aroma is crisp lemon zest, sweet malts, damp earth, and white pepper. The flavor starts with a subtle sweetness that's muted by lemon and orange citrus zest, pepper, yeasty biscuits, toast and the spiciness that you get from Belgian yeast strains. The mouthfeel is dry leaving to palate crying for another sip. This is another great beer by Smutty. I love the Big Beer Series.

Photo of soultrain
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Hennipen glass.
A-Semi-clear golden orange beer. 2" head disappears quickly. Yeast chunks abound. O.k. lacing.
S-Very slight sweetness morphs into a sharp yeast attack.
T-Gritty bottle-conditioned goodness. Sweet but farm tart. Nice funk. No loose ends.
M-Almost perfect.
D-Can I have another?


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

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy orange/gold with a thin white head with great retention and spotty lacing. Great nose: banana, clove, vanilla, floral, fruity yeast all mingle together. Flavors of honey, banana, pepper, clove, vanilla, grass and tart green apple are present. Light body, medium high carbonation there is a creamy then mouth coating feel. This is a clean, crisp and refreshing beer.
Great example of the style, I could drink this beer all night long.

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip, 2010 vintage. Pours clear golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Decent lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of spice, pepper, apple, grape, lemon, grass, and a small bit of funkiness and leather. Great aromas here, very interesting as well. Taste of big lemon, pepper, grape, and apple; with big spiciness on the finish with small bit of tartness and booze in the back. Some lingering notes of fruits and spices after the finish. Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. A small bit of noticeable alcohol on the taste, but it smoothed out as it got a lot warmer. Fairly large alcohol warming ofter the finish. Overall an excellent saison, big on flavor, and great balance.

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

The beer pours from the brown bomber an amber color and relatively clear for a Saison. Toward a Belgian nose: yeasty, spicy, fruity and a tad of hops. Light and carbonated on the palate. Fruity, earthy and spicy on the palate with the clove really coming through. A bit of malt sweetness balances this beer out. Sufficient complexity, good drinkability and over all a pretty good beer.

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

I picked this up at Trader Joe's about two weeks ago. I chilled it and served it in one of my Duvel tulips.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy copper topped by a thick fluffy/creamy head that thins to a persistent half-inch layer, leaving lace all over the glass. The clarity is very good.

Smell: Sweet dried fruit aromas, pepper, musty yeast and light hops.

Taste: Fruity upfront with an orangey tartness, toasty malts and a significant bitterness in the finish. This beer might be a little sweet for the style, but the flavors make up for it.

Mouthfeel: Moderate-carbonation, medium-bodied, silky with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice flavors and refreshingly dry and bitter.

Overall: I like saisons because they're a nice balnce of fruity and spicy and hoppy. This beer was no exception.

Photo of srandycarter
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Glowing honey, lots of near white head, tons of clumpy lace.

S - Funky farm. Pleasant malt here.

T -Pretty. More malty than sour/funk, the latter is there in nice proportion.

M - Medium body, great coating fair carb, good balance.

D - Very easy to drink for sure!

Photo of burnstar
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty orangish gold. Slightly murky. Huge persistent dense white head. Smell is yeasty. Some spiciness and phenolic notes. Taste has a little sweetness in the beginning. Spicy. Again lots of yeasty flavors here. Nicely balanced. Great crisp well carbonated mouthfeel. Very drinkable. This is really good for an American belgian.

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

Smuttynose's Farmhouse Ale pours a slightly hazy amber with an orange cast beneath a short head of creamy off-white froth. The head retention is fairly good, and it leaves some nice lace at the outset of the glass.

The nose is quite interesting with notes of toasty, wheaty malt and Belgian yeast (fruitiness and spice).

It's dextrinous medium body is fuller than might be expected, and it's pillowy smooth across the palate with a gently zesty carbonation.

In the flavor the yeast shows it's true character, revealing phenols and even more black pepper spiciness. The fruitiness is citrusy (orange, and pineapple?), and works well against the sweet malt. A very firm bitterness holds it together, and it finishes a bit sweet but not sticky as some alcohol is present and helps to thin it a bit.

An interesting and unique beer that's well worth it if you can find it!

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 received as a massive box of extras back in December from PEBKAC ... Awesome and finally enjoying it tonight from my New Belgium snifter... 2007 bottling.

3 Finger head rocky head dies back into a slightly hazy dark gold brew.

Smell is a complex mix of pale/toasted malts with lemon and white pepper... I like alot.

Maltier with a bigger body than many of the benchmark Saisons but it works in a big way. Dry finish. Spicy but not in a way that I am used to... some hints of coriander with more lemon grass. Earthy sweet and sour all at the same time with a binding low malt sweetness. The bigger body brings out a biscuity/bready quality as it warms along with more peppery and Bazooka Joe notes. Carbonation is lite/medium.

This would be a fridge staple if I had access to it. Huge thanks to Adam... I need to repay your generosity sometime soon.

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

Presentation: v.2007 22oz bottle in a Duvel tulip glass

Poured with some energy, a little surge, lively. Faint sourness on the nose, classic Saison, the Belgian yeast strain evident immediately. Grassy notes, mild honey sweetness, a little dusty, sourdough bread, mild cheese. As it breathes it shows some apple cider aspects as well as a "wet" quality, like being on the lake. It never ceases to amaze me that such a simple beer, the beer of the farmer, made with what they had & meant for summer consumption, always (at least the good ones) have such complexity to them & are fantastic autumnal beers.

The head was a finger;s worth of mixed, loose winter white foam that steadily faded but never disappeared, settling to a pencil's worth with some nice edge lacing. Hazy, just slightly clouded, the dried apricot hued body has a soft, warm luminescence to it...inviting.

Those Belgian yeastie beasties did their job nicely - classic coriander & clove qualities ring thru in a semi-dry, semi-sour tongue-feel. Fruit sweetness from banana & apple are present, working with the sweet malts to add some counterbalance to the spiced aspect. It is amazingly easy to drink, and I'm trying to slow down to allow it to really open up well as enjoy it longer! Actually, I'm in no hurry...what's the rush?

A final repour, accompanied by a gentle bottle swirl, releases the bulk of the sediment & yeast into the glass, which is now definitely clouded over. What was already a very nice Saison has gotten better with that hazy goodness. A bread crust-like bitterness now adds a final level of taste. The result is a wonderfully refreshing mouthfeel that screams for simple food, food of the land, prepared simply. Fruit (non-citrus), cheese, dried sausage, artisan loaves, wild game, would all work.

Growing softer & rounder on the palate, it really evens & levels out, losing any dryness it had as it takes on a apple cider-like sweetness (with a hint of banana) and finishes surprisingly bitter, sharp, even angular, leaving a chewy, sticky aftertaste full of mild clove, banana, soft coriander and even some damp bread.

A damn good Saison, and one of the best domestic interpretations I've had. I really enjoyed this. It has no dull or dead spots of note, and in the spirit of their simplistic complexity has a variety of taste & mouthfeel aspects to enjoy. I would most certainly recommend this and definitely enjoy it annually if available. A great bang for the buck, check it out!

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


Nose is softly sour and sweetish/malty. Good bit of clean fruit. Fresh and peaceful. Smells pretty good.

Pours a brilliant honey color with fair clarity and almost no head. (It traveled with me from Maine to Boston to Dallas, so I'll give it then benefit of the doubt.) Looks good. Nice little yeast cake in bottle.

Smooth body with spicy carbonation. Good mouth of malt with generous hops and yeast. Some honey-like sweetness and roasted character. A good bit of bitterness - tea leaf kind of phenol. Apple-like sweetness and juiciness. Subtle earthiness. Hints of lemon/lemongrass. Minor notes of pepper. Good tartness. Lasting phenolic bite into the finish. Tastes good. Feels good. Very good drinkability.

Good final gravity and malt content vs. sweetness. Impressive level of hops. Expected funkiness - not too much, not too soft - right where it should be. Good solid Saison

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