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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

637 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 45
Gots: 31 | 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 Chickenhawk9932
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden orange with a white head that leaves a trail of lace.

Smells of fruit - apricot, peach, orange - spicy sage, clove, nutmeg, and lively yeast.

This has a harmony of flavor that all hits at once and is beautiful. Very nice tart peach, malty bread, bitter spice, and wild freshness. Very large in depth and flavor - definitely a big beer. Mouth feel is lovely = a harmonic symphony.

Photo of prototypic
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Farmhouse Ale pours a light copper color. It's clear, and has more of a gold look when held to light. I was expecting at least a little haze, but it's not here. A soft white head covers it. It's modest and only rises to a finger or so in depth. Retention was short. Stringy strands of lace line the glass as it descends.

The nose would benefit from more power, but it's still good. Belgian yeast is readily apparent. Ahhh. That's a promising thing! Smells nice and authentic. It certainly has an earthy, musky, grassy thing going. I'm not getting any funk. I'm fairly certain there's no Brett here. It's a little fruity. Smells like apple mostly. Spices are subtle, but are noted. Smells good all-around. I'd like a little more strength.

Wow! This is damn good! Shockingly good! Farmhouse Ale kicks off with a bit of a sweet malt flavor. It's followed by sweet apple and pear fruit flavors. Belgian yeast comes through loud and clear. It kicks up the flavor a notch or two easily. I'm impressed. This is a job well done by an American brewery. It's earthy, grassy, and a little musky throughout. There's not any Brett here though. No worries. It's not missed. Clove and pepper spices add some pizzazz. Alcohol isn't a factor at all. Finishes a little spicy with a nice blast of Belgian yeast.

Farmhouse Ale has a medium body that's very creamy and smooth. Carbonation is light. If this were a blind tasting, I truly might guess that it's authentically Belgian. Drinkability is very high. This is one tasty Saison that goes down super smooth and easy. At 7.5% abv, it's not intimidating. A bomber probably isn't enough.

Smuttynose Brewing really shocked me with this one. This might just be the best American Saison/Farmhouse Ale I've ever had. It's damn good, and could easily be confused with an authentic Belgian release. I was not expecting it to be nearly this good. This bottle is about 2 years old, and perhaps has improved. I need to find a fresh bottle and find out. If you see this anywhere, pick it up! Very impressive stuff.

Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark yellow with light head and a bit of lacing. Smells of strong belgian friutiness. Strong flavors of sweet alcohol with fruitiness, delicious.
Very smooth medium body mouth feel with a bit of fizz, very drinkable.

This is an excellent american saison. Something this good warrents further research in to Smuttynoes.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of yeast and banana with a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is bready and a little fruity with flavors of yeast, banana and touch of spice. It’s simple but effective and refreshing. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is mild. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily as evident by the fact that I killed the bomber that I had in a very short time, not filling at all, good representation of style and a good kick, this is a very good light and refreshing beer that I good drink quite a bit of. It’s one of the best Saison style beers that I’ve had.

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a small, foamy, eggshell colored head that quickly faded to a thing bubble ring. Light aroma of lemon, wheat, and earthy bubblegum. Hazy golden beer with fine particles suspended throughout. Sweet candied flavors of spring flowers and bubblegum up front. Tart, almost sour flavor develops in the middle, but is never overpowering. Finish is fairly bitter, and lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is solid, but a good dose of carbonation keeps it from sticking. Sourness towards the end is felt as much as tasted. I like a Saison that keeps my attention, and this one has plenty flavors and textures to keep it interesting. I was worried at first because it wasn't much to look at, but a whif of the glass showed promise, and it delivered in the end.

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Jredner for this brew.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is mostly malty, some yeast, and spices. The taste is very malty/sweet for a Saison, the typical yeast, cloves, slight caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty Saison, also another awesome brew from Smuttynose.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orange with very active carbonation and a ridiculously huge amount of foam. Foam takes forever to fade away and settle into a sold two-finger cap. Solid foam left all the way down the glass.

S - Wheat and Belgian yeast dominate the nose. Lots of ripe fruits and just a touch of mustiness. As the beer warms the sweetness really begins to open up.

T - The sweetness typical of Belgian candi sugar dominates up front with a quick tartness of ripe fruit coming in. Apples, pears and just a touch of lemon zest. Spices become more noticeable as the beer warms with hints of corriander and just a pinch of nutmeg. Spice is just a touch too strong for me to bump it into the 4.5/5.0 range, but this is a fine tasting saison.

M/D - Crisp and very well carbonated. Sticks on the tongue just a bit. Very easy drinking. ANother successful beer from the folks at Smuttynose.

Photo of gpcollen1
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Smutty Big Beer Glass. Head rises an inch or so and settles quickly. No head like some of the Belgian's, where you have to pour 2 or 3 times to get a glass. Aroma is decidedly spicy with hoppy overtones. Hints of sweetness weave in and out.

Taste hits lightly sweet and the hops quickly carry through. The sweet and spicy yeast combine with the hops perfectly. This one may not be typically Belgian but may be one of the finest American Saisons and one of Smutty's finest.

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.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my first beer trade. Thank you Jwale73!

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a fluffy head with big loose bubbles. After a few minutes it mostly diminished with big blobs of sticky lacing along the sides of my tulip glass.

Aroma is more like a belgian abbey tripel (or even trappist) than many Farmhouse ales. I detected fresh pear, clove, spice, bits of banana, candy sugar... Delightful. I want to keep sniffing.

Taste is complex with rustic bready malts, honey, citrus and pear, and lots of spice. Taste is sweet and earthy at first and warms to a nice hop bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sting of spice, alchohol and bitterness. Well balanced carbonation that's not overdone.

This is a fantastic beer although it's hard to call it a farmhouse beer. You won't get much brett, dirt, or horse blanket but it's a true belgian beer made in the USA. It has very similar qualities to the ommegang farmhouse and tripel but a bit better/complex IMHO.

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

Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale
22 oz brown bottle
Bottled conditioned 2006
Served in a Chimay goblet

Pours a light hazy peach color. Trails of mini carbonation bubbles race to the top of the glass. Rocky, puffy head that leaves excellent trails of sticky lace that cling to the side of the glassware.

Pleasant aroma with whiffs of funky yeast, faint citrus fruit and bananas.

Sweet, almost syrupy flavors up front with a clean, dry wheat like finish. Lemon tartness, Hubba Bubba bubblegum with a spicy clove punch and a tad medicinal too. The mouthfeel is rather soft and clean on the palate.

Very drinkable and enjoyable overall. Smuttynose has nailed yet another great style of beer. Certainly worth checking out if you see this beer on the shelves this summer.

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 jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Bottle Conditioned

Pours golden - Nice color and clarity, with a thin, highly carbonated off-white head that soon disappears to almost nothing. Nice color - poor head retention.

The smell is of spiced yeast, citrusy lemon and some earthy grains.

The taste is the same as the smell, but fuller. Complex, yet light and smooth. A touch of sweetness emerges as the drink progresses.

The feel is smooth and refreshing. The taste, especially the fruitiness, hold up well.

This one really hit the spot after coming home from work on a hot day - light and tasty. A classic interpretation of the style with a Smuttynose twist!

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

Pours a bright golden shade of amber with a thick and creamy two-finger off-white head that recedes slowly to about 1/8". Good retention and decent lacing.

Smell is Belgian yeast, banana, clove, white pepper, and lemon zest, with a mellow barnyard funk/wet hay smell lingering in the background.

Taste is much like the nose: peppery yeast, banana, clove, and lots of sweet citrus fruit flavors. The mellow funk maintains itself throughout, and it finishes semi-dry with a slight peppery bite.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very crisp and smooth. It is a little sweet, but not overly so. Overall, very balanced.

A great interpretation of the style. Very crisp and refreshing, and another great beer from the folks at Smutty!

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

Pours a vibrant orange with light ruby deep centered. Not an amazing head. Smell is full of pear, green grapes, hay field, tropical pineapple, hints of white pepper, and yeasty belgian floral earthiness. Taste... ok, I have to admit, this is, in my opinion, the most "to style" american made saison I have tasted to date. Taste is peppery pear, touches of citrus, earthy, moist hay yeastiness, fresh bread and green apples. Carbonated like champaign and goes down like veuve cliquot. I am impressed.

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

Note: This was a 2008 bottle - opened and tasted 8/2009. Had been in the cellar / fridge for last 6 months.

A - Beautiful Golden hue, mostly clear. Small white head that dissipated over 3 minutes.

S - Yeasty and Fruity esters. Very small amount of funk. Then a smell of caramel and maybe sugar...

M - Clean mouthfeel, but just enough body to let you know this is a solid beer. Carbonation is significant but works well for the style.

T - Slightly sweet taste (golden tasting...) Classic yeasty esters for the style, but not too much. No real Funk taste. Mild hop backend. Not really spicy. No real taste of alcohol. Very slight sour aftertaste. Mostly a bready kinda Strong Golden ale with a bit more complexity going on.

D: Nice Drinking Beer. Balance is nice, but better in the latter part of the evening (a bit heavy to start off with IMHO). Great to share with friends.

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

I picked up couple of Smuttynose Big Beer offerings (2007)
and since I'm partial to Saisons I'll start here.

A: golden, a little hazy with a nice head to start but goes quickly to thin lace

S: earthy yeast, spicy and citrusy. Saisony. If that's a word.

T: clove honey, pepper and orange

M: crisp, smooth medium bodied, low carbonation. Warming alcohol presence

D: Summer and Saisons go hand in hand in my book and this is one fine offering. Highly recommend.

Poured with vigor into big ass glass mug.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy golden, very hazy w/ a velvety foam off white dome

S - plenty of fruity like sweetness aromas come pouring off of this one. peaches, apple skin, apricot and some honey joins in the fun too, damn! also some spicy clove and pepper notes. light earthy and floral hop bouquette round things out.

T - 1st sip: wow! this is a fruity-ass saison. lots of orchard fruits w/ some banana and even tangerine. nice yeasty flavor to boot. I really gotta say -I prefer this "sweeter" style of saison vs. the "tart/sour" versions. The sweetness is kept in check by a good hop drying finish, but the flavor lingers on. this is one flavor-packed beer exceptional!

MF - very smooth and creamy w/ a low level of carbonation especially for the style. i find this pleasurable, as most saison's co2 levels are remniscent of spritzers or champagne.

D - while this may be too sweet for some, I found the balance to be near perfection.

Overall: very refreshing and packed full of flavor(have I mentioned that yet??) excellent American take on the style thanks to SMason for the chance to sample this work of art.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden/light amber color with a decent head that fades fast, no lacing.

Smell is very yeasty and bready, more so than I would have imagined, good spicy background with some malt.

Taste is very much like a hefeweizen, quite spicy, lemony, yeasty, good amount of carbonation, nice slickness, mild bitterness at the end.

A pleasant surprise, wasn't really thinking would be much but it fooled me wrong.

Photo of mcallister
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper/orange in color with a large tightly wound head that is rich thick and white. Leaves some sticky lacing in its tracks.

Nice springy nose. Highly floral with tropical fruits galore. Lots of yeasty aromas as well. Mango, tangerine, and fresh pineapple as well as many other fruits esters.

Damn fine beer. Slightly lacking depth but other than than it's a total winner. Nicely carbonated with a tingle sensation about it. Very fruity again with a bittering hop on the end. Nicely balanced with a piercing acidity. Some RS detectable as well. Very tropical and island worthy. Easily drinkable on a warm summers day. Does not seem near 7.5 ABV

Photo of Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Brewery Ommegang 10th Anniversary flute. Poured the color of pale straw. Voluminous head dissipated into a 1/4 inch of foam before settling into a light skim. Thin lacing and adherence during the tasting Refreshing floral nose with a touch of spice and yeast. Taste similar to nose with a slightly peppery bite at the finish. Very refreshing and tasty brew and one of my new favorites from Smuttynose. Wish I discovered this over the summer.

Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to malto to supplying this.

Pours out a hazy orange-amber color with a frothy but not lasting head. Good malty aroma with a pungent spiciness. Abundantly fruity character with lots of peppery, clove-like phenols. A fair amount of bitterness and earthy grapefruit hop flavor lurk around, becoming more apparent as the taste develops. A warming hint of alcohol appears at the very end. Fairly big bodied.

Photo of mhatters
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel glasss

Pours a brigthish orange with a haze and some suspended sediment, little head

Fruity and earthy nose, apple and peach - delightful

Really pleasant - light fruit, apple, with yeastiness and breadiness too. A great herbal note finishes it off.

Soft, dry and crisp finish. Moderately carbonated - enough to keep it tingly.

A really fun and enjoyable beer

Photo of Jmoore50
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had a few of these Big Beer Series from Smuttynose, and I do have to take my hat off for this amazing brewery. The beers that I have had from them have been spectacular!

The appearance on this one is a really nice orange heart that gradients out to a strong golden color. It has a nice off white head that is incredibly frothy and leaves a nice lacing on the sides of my tulip.

The smell is of strong Belgian spice, bitter orange, and coriander.

The taste is amazing, very well done. It has a great dry saison taste that is backed by some great Belgian yeast esters, orange peel, white pepper, and a little bit of barnyard. Really spicy which adds a great complexity, totally enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is good, perfectly carbonated and the spices really let the palate roam free. The drinkability is awesome, but there are so many flavors and it is such a complex brew that you want to savor it while its still in your glass.

J

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