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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

634 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 43
Gots: 30 | 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:
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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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very nice Saison style beer. Sturdy amber/gold appearance. A hint of spice, but not overpowering. Good citrus with a clear, slightly bitter finish. Satisfying and drinkable. Big but not heavy. Overall, a very good, solid beer. Not as complex as some Saison beers, but that's part of its appeal.

Photo of Abilow33
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good beer. It has a fruity flavor and is very easy going down. Part of the Smuttynose big beer seriesl. I was hoping to get their Baltic Porter, but this beer is very good. A good Summer beer that quenches the thirst. The one thing that got my attention was the strong and good smell of this beer.

Photo of mshallah
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber color that's only slightly hazy. Fluffy, sudsy, foamy head of two fingers which recedes slowly. Belgian yeast spice of clove and white pepper in the nose. Mandarin orange citrus fruitiness. Taste is what it is. A mellow Belgian style pale ale that is easy to drink with sweet, mildly toasty malt and a sour tartness from the yeast. A mellow, well rounded saison. Fruity and delicious.

Photo of Nordbier
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Pittsburgh
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd like to open this review with a question. Who cares how a beer smells? Does it matter if it tastes good? Unless it literally smells like an ass....so bad that you can't get it to your lips.

Anyways, I had to choose between this and Arrogant Bastard, and after the first sip I was wishing I had the bastad. I am not doing a comparison here, but after the next few sips, I got into the beer, and I was good with my choice. I think that says alot about the beer. It is solid, it is my first Smuttynose, I don't drink alot of belgians, so keep that in mind.

Good pour, great head, light vanilla brown color, taste is smooth for the most part, a bit bitter at the end, has that creamy vanilla taste, with a bit of lemon, light and fluffy, good for a change up. This is usually the opposite of what I drink, but I liked it, It is tough for me to compare it with others like this, because it is not usually what I get, but it was a solid beer, I would get it again sometime if I was looking for something in this world.

The real eye opener for me is Smuttynose, I want to try more of their beers. It is a tough task....but I am up for the challenge.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours with very little head and beer is a slightly watery looking golden color.

Smell- Lots of fruit in the nose, very ripe bananas and oranges come to mind.

Taste- Well balanced, a little on the sweet side with lots of yeasty tastes. Slightly bitter and acidic on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- A little bit on the weak side, does cover palate well and leaves me wanting more.

Drinkability- A great beer to have with a meal, greatly compliments foods and somthing Ill be buying again.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved from Yamar18 in the Phish BIF. Poured from 22oz. bottle into an Urthel chalice. Beer was a clear, orange color with a small, off-white head. Light lacing and soft carbonation.

Aroma was heavy pepper, spice and clove with notes of apples and pears.

Taste was full of earthy and fruity notes. Heavy spice and pepper, along with yeast, bread and light fruit.

This is a very tasty brew. I'm pretty impressed with how good of an interpretation Smuttynose has done with this one. Very easy drinking. Thanks Kevin for the opportunity to try this one.

Photo of Seanibus
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spurs slightly hazy golden, with a slight reddish cast and a nice head, though poor lacing. The aroma is fruity and phenolic, with a bit of orange and some spice. The flavor is fruity and flowery, a bit sour, like a bitter orange or tangerine, with allspice and perhaps some coriander in there. There is an underlying sweetness that counterpoints the bitter orange. The mouthfeel is surprisingly rich. A perfectly drinkable beer.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Saison for Saturday in Summer folks. Pours a golden / copper hugh which is very clear, bubbly and effervecent. Dense kinda soapy head with very good retention. The aroma is indeed farmhouse-esque. Hay, straw, some spices, grassy aroma and ehh dare I say a little soap comes through at the end but generally a nice aroma. Nice flavor, spicy and grassy. Not too much going on in the way of yeast produced tasty-ness here which is too bad. Mouthfeel is kinda what I expected, not bad not great. The alcohol is not terribly well hidden in this beer but that does not detract all to much from its drinkability. Not a bad beer and I'm pleased to be drinking it. But I don't know if I would buy it next summer for another saturday.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice earthy offering from Smuttynose leaning on a sweet side for this type of brew. Maybe a tad too hefty for the style.

Presentation: 22 oz capped brown bottle. Label with a classic painting of a family scene under a tree noting style. Side paragraph describes the series, style, main intent, and ingredients. Shows bottle conditioning date (2009). Served into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep gold pour with a rich frothy head, good retention and some lacing.

S - Sweet and spicy notes with an earthy and shy funk touch. Orange peel, clove...

T - Sweetness goes rubbing shoulders with an earthy bitterness. Spicy touches, pepper, clove, orange peel.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a generally smooth finish hindered by an occasional bitter swing.

D - It works well but lags a bit behind of what could be a higher drinkability with a better balance, in particular a smoother integration of the sweet profile.

Notes: Quite likable, and the price-quality ratio of these bombers in the area has been remarkable. But while enjoyable I´m not sure it is the saison I like the most to engage people around a table, it can be a bit rough, or heavy handed on occasion.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one in a trade a few months back and had been sitting on it in the fridge ever since waiting to be able to try it. Twenty two ounce bomber was served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into snifter and allowed to warm up. Consumed 08/21/2008.

The pour was nice with a very hazy, and very cloudy dark amber color coming forward, much darker then I thought it would be for the style. Nice head, maybe two inches with some really great retention and a wonderful bit of side glass lacing. Lots of carbonation was visible streaking up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was a little bit light for me to be honest. Some nice notes of yeast, grain, with lots of breadiness in the middle, not nearly the funky farmhouse ale I was expecting it to be. Lots of light fruit notes with hints of peppery spice dominating on the flavor. Quick hints of pear, peach, maybe some apple, all in that general family. Nice touches of figs and light bread. Light feel on this, a little slick to be honest, but still not bad at all. Good carbonation and a nice smooth sipper.

Overall not bad, I am not blown away like I usually am from their beers though. Still very nice approach to it though and a bit different then what I was expecting, which is never a bad thing. I would try this one again, maybe, but nothing really stood out as excellent to me.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
The beer pours a beautiful and clear amber which is very different from the Saison's usual color. The head is white and foamy but dissipates rather quickly.

Smell:
The beer has a fruity smell and a hint of sweet caramel smell with slight hops. The fruit smell seems to resemble more of an orange smell.

Taste:
The overall taste is a complex fruity taste with a bit of caramel. The hops are stronger and have a bitter and orange taste. However, the bitterness is counteracted by the caramel and fruit taste.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation and heavy bodied. Given how long this thing has been aged, I'm not surprised.

Overall:
I thought that this was a pretty decent beer after its been aged for 5 years. I should probably get a fresh one.

Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a small off white head and not much lacing..smell is of fruit clove and yeast..taste is crisp and light sour with the yeast with hints of bananas and apples,,some clove and pepper are in the background..it very tasty..mouth feel is light medium its crisp and tart with lots of flavor..very drinkable tasty and refreshing really liked this saison

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden orange in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some apricot + peach + burnt orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a very large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of light fruits (apples, white grapes, and a hint of orange), yeast, and spices.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of pale malts with some light fruity sweetness - hints of apple, white grape, and orange. That is followed by a moderate amount of saison yeast, barnyard funk, and some spices. Just a hint of spicy/earthy hops that imparts a light amount of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Considering the strength, this beer is easy to drink and the alcohol is extremely well hidden. Nice saison spicy flavors and nice complexity.

Photo of beancounter
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a standard pint glass. The color is dark gold to light amber. I hear a loud fizzy sound as I pour. Highly carbonated. There is very little head but what is there stays around for the entire session.

S-Sweet and malty also some caramel.

Taste-A mildly sweet and yeasty taste hit my senses first. Then in the back of my tongue I sense a substantial bitterness. I also taste some citrus/lemon flavors but they are very faint. There are also some other flavors but they hide just beneath my ability to identify them.

Mouth feel is medium and appropriate for the style.

D-I like this beer. I could easy drink a few in one sitting. The bitterness may be off-putting to some for this style, but I think it provides a nice balance.

Photo of sitarist
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with orange tints...there is copious amounts of thick foamy head that last awhile before falling to a 1/4" cap that leaves sheets of lacing.

I smell red apples, grapes, lemon, ginger, biscuits, sweet with some spice. I would like a little more earthy, musty funk.

I taste sweet red apples and ripe fruits up front, with a spicy bite taking over.

I think a creamier body would have suited this beer better...too dry...with too much bite.

Enjoyable with great flavors... not one Id drink all night though.

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 version.

A: Carbonation stream is beautiful, but the head simmers down right away. I like my farmhouses murky; this is clear as day.

S: Strong. White wine. A little cotton candy and green apple. Decent, but undistinguished.

T: Follows the nose. Very white winelike. Some green apple. A slight citrus flash and some lingering hoppiness. Can't find the sage.

M: Active, soft. Bitterness on back end.

O: Above average, but out of the elite tier. Followed this with another saison brewed with sage -- Stillwater Cellar Door -- and Smuttynose couldn't compete.

Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliantly clear deep golden with no head. Aroma is toasted, nutty, slightly farmhouse, with a definite tart, acetic character. Flavor is more earthy, with a touch of fecal character, and a nice tartness. It's lactic and acetic, I believe. Malt sweetness is a bit high, but a nice starter/gateway sour, probably.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden body with a slightly patchy smaller beige head.

S - Smells like citrus and sweet malty alcohol.

T - Taste is clean with citrus, spices, warm alcohol and some sweet maltiness.

M - Very smooth and crisp. Moderately carbonated with a very nice sweet clean finish.

D - The alcohol is masked well in this brew and is very smooth. The physical drinkability of this one is great.

Photo of babaracas
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear golden color with one finger white head, spotty lacing. Smell: pale malt base, a little musty, spicy and a little grassy. Taste: quite spicy with a dose of orange citrus, pretty standard otherwise, but nice enough. Mouthfeel: carbonation maybe a little more than most, but not to the detriment of the beer. Alcohol makes only positive contributions here, very drinkable for a saison of this abv. Not amazing but pretty enjoyable. Early July 2010 release.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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 cokes
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly murky and shadowy goldenrod sporting a moderate chalk-colored rise on top.
It's fairly sedate and lethargic, aroma-wise, but notions of sugared pears, white grapes, with yeast- (and partially hop-) driven peppercorns, bay leaves, and driftwood. It smells, actually, very good, you just have to try hard and risk snorting the liquid itself.
Across the mouth, the malt is laid with sourdough bread, golden raisins, bruised pears, and rock candy. It's definitely on the malty side of the style, and the first half has a Maibockesque vibe. Yeast delivers clove and ginger, and just a flash of suede-y funk. It segues with black peppercorn into an equally spicy hop closure, with dried herbs, and wildfire-prone plains. A splash of apple brandy dots the swallow, with background alcohol and sweetness
It's pretty rotund in the mouth, and those used to a spritzy, gassy saison might view this as a lard-ass. I think it works here, because the emphasis is on the malt, thus the saddle bags are apropos, and there is enough slow-n-steady carbonation to move this down the mouth-stomach conveyor belt unfaultingly.

Plain and simple, I like it, and will readily buy a lot more of it at roughly $4 a bomber. It's a steal in my book.
Caveat emptor: those looking for a farmhouse brew funkier than those boxer shorts you left in your gym bag in the trunk of your car all summer will be sorely disappointed, as that is not what this is about. It's all well-showered malts and only faintly musty hops here.

Photo of andjusticeforale
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nice big hazy honey golden yellow with a nice head that could be brought back to life with pre-sip swirling.

There was some controlled funk in the smell; The first taste was all buttery smooth malt, nutty yeast and a bitter finish. THat finish really balanced teh sweetness. I guess it was alcohol rather than a hoppiness in the finish, but there was a use of flavoring hops that also pushed the limit as to what was possible- I wouldn't go any further. The mouthfeel was okay, but there was just not as luxurious a feel that needs to be there is a saison. What I would like to see is a slick and feather light middle; yet the feeling that you just drank something substantial. This just didn't get here.

Photo of nfo
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall, I thought this was a tasty beer, although not a great example of the style (or my perception of the style is off).

I was looking for more of the characteristic tartness and spiciness, and a less of the sweetness that I'd associate more with a tripel. If I forget about my expectations, we still have a fine Belgian ale, with lots of fruity and yeasty flavors. It has a full, creamy mouthfeel, with light carbonation, and the alcohol is hardly there. I'd prefer it to be a little drier/crisper, a little funkier, but I would get it again for the right food or mood.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly clear amber with a frothy, well-sustained white head. The palate offers plenty of clovey spice and yeasty phenols but none of the flavors are too sharp or cloying.

A slightly mellower example of the style as the spice profile is more rounded and the bright malt character isn’t too sweet. Still, it’s rich enough with all the classic character of a Farmhouse ale.

Recommended…

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