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

651 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 46
Gots: 38 | 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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Ratings: 651 | Reviews: 397
Photo of dank203
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

pours glowing orange. on the nose, some sweet malts but the sage comes through with lime and pepper a bit and its definitely in the flavor too. a bit spicy . really bubbly and grainy. yeast comes through as well. its all there but it lacks the punch and the complexity for me

Photo of mindlucent2007
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-hazy golden color, with a frothy, white head.
There's not much lacing and it looks to have medium carbonation. A funky, grassy, yeasty aroma, and a tad spicy to the nose. The taste is similar to the smell since there is a yeasty, Belgian, candy-like sweetness that dominates. This isn't heavy at all and there is no noticeable alcohol which is surprising at 9.3% abv. Low carbonation with a mild, barely bitter aftertaste. A nice pick up from Smuttynose, but it could be more crisp. This ale is a little rough around the edges, but a good job overall.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy orange color with a huge foamy head that leaves great lacing. Big floral nose with some bitter astrigent like notes. Taste is not up to par with the great saisons I have had but still has a nice bitter floral taste. Mouthfeel and drinkability are on par with the style but still doesn't have that wow factor I was looking for which I really was expecting from a smutty nose product. Overall this is worthy, and I would order while out, but nothing to go crazy over.

Photo of eberkman
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden-orange with a fairly thick head that reduces to a ring and surface foam leaving decent lacing on the glass. Somewhat hazy appearance.

Aromas of citrus, banana, candy sugar and spice -- definitely a Belgian feel but somewhat resembling a hefeweizen in the banana notes. Overall a pleasing smell.

Taste is an unbalanced presentation of a small amount of citrus tartness and dryness overwhelmed by cloying sugary sweetness with a big spice presence in the middle.

Brisk, tingly mouthfeel -- good crispness. But way too sugary-sweet for this one to be a session beer. Kind of disappointing for a style that I look to as a refreshing quencher in the warm months. The sweetness makes it a small doses kind of beer. I guess I like my saisons a little bit more dry.

Photo of BarrelO
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a goblet. Bottle-conditioned in 2010.

A: Hazy orange body. Surprisingly modest head. No lacing.

S: Fruits, spices, and a hint earthiness.

T: Strong earthy notes and some nice bitterness. Not nearly as sweet as the smell would indicate. Unfortunately, it's all overpowered by an immense alcohol burn that gets worse as the beer gets warmer. The last few ounces were nearly undrinkable.

M: Medium-bodied, hardly any carbonation.

D: I feel like it has potential, but it needs some age on it to mellow out the alcohol before it can become really drinkable. It may not be fair to grade a beer that's still green, but my stance is that it shouldn't be available for sale if it isn't ready to be drank.

Photo of FirstBrewsoon
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Brooklyn tulip for a live review.

A - Golden orange with onsiderable cloudiness. A finger of foam was the result of a fairly gentle pour. Little retention, but does leave moderate lacing.

S - Citrus rind, candy sugar and spice.

T - A remarkably bold first taste for the style, with orange, banana and cloves. The spiciness played a larger role than sweetness, which was subtly present. Very little bitterness, and the finish lacked length, but certainly a pleasant, drinkable beer.

M - Lots of carbonation, relatively light body. Nothing to write home about.

O - This would be perfect on a hot day when the air conditioner's broken. I enjoyed drinking this beer, and will again, especially at $3.00/bomber.

Photo of vrazionale
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22.4 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottle reads: "Bottle-conditioned in: 2008"

A - Pours a clear, bright copper body with a modest, delicately-laced head formation.

S - Lots of stone fruit, sweet citrus, and floral notes, well-complemented by a full yeasty background. Subtle notes of spices - namely white pepper and fresh nutmeg.

T - The fruity notes take hold up front, followed by a wash of honey-like sweetness. Not particularly crisp or tart, and the honey sweetness, while complex in its own right, doesn't feel right here. The progression feels clumsy and awkward. It needs more bitterness, I think.

M - For much the same reason that I didn't like the taste of this beer, I don't like the mouthfeel. The sweetness imparts a sticky feeling that doesn't jibe with the crisp, refreshing character I like in saisons.

D - Not an unpleasant brew to drink by any means, but I've had much, much better saisons. I understand that this beer was brewed almost two years ago, but I expect a well-made saison to hold up better than this. I'd pair this beer with a hearty mac and cheese dish or with sweeter cured meats.

Photo of busterthecat
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice hazy slightly golden hay hue. A white foamy head forms with leaves quickly.

S- Nice full banana, spike and yeast. A touch of boozy heat. Some subtle musk. Lemon and orange zest is present.

T- Orange and citrus zest with a slight sweetness upfront. Fades to the notes found in the aroma (spice & yeast). Gets a dirty bread/ earthy tone in end and finish. Hot alcohol is there.

M- Medium bodied and lingers well. The alc does sit on palate and stays in throat. Too hot.

O- The alcohol really detracts from this beer. It seem to ruin the delicate notes and makes drinking, what should be a refreshing beer, a tiresome chore. I would strongly suggest aging this beer to aid with the flavor profile.

Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Khyber, Philly, PA

Poured a honey color with a decent white head that retained fairly well and a bit of lacing. Toasted malts in the aroma, hay, and yeast, with some fruit and spice noticeable, but more just semi-stale funk that ends up taking over. Sweet pale malts and yeast in the taste at first, with some grass and hay moving in, and slight notes of citrus. Light-medium body, and pretty easily drinkable.

Photo of hawks10
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into my Old Rasputin pint glass...received in a trade from NCBeerFan, thanks!

Even with a careful pour, you'll be waiting a bit to drink this beer...a huge head erupts, filling around 80% of the glass with fluffy white head which leaves huge chunks of lace. Honey orange color with a bit of haze, hugely carbonated as tons of bubbles are stilling racing up the glass...

Sweet bready scent, citrus flavors with some banana...a bit of an earthy aroma as well, bit of a spicy yeast smell lingers around a bit too...

Taste has a decent amount of spice to it and a surprising high alcohol presence. Some grassy/herbal spice shows through with a bit of a hop bittering in the end...the combination of spice and a strong alcohol presence means this one doesn't really work for me...

A bit too carbonated for my tastes but doesn't ruin the beer by any means. Somewhat thin with a big tingle from the alcohol presence...

Photo of output01x
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (Bottled In 2009) into a tulip glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that slowly recedes to a decent dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a slightly hazy golden orange with a few small, slowly rising carbonation bubbles. Thick foam lacing clings to the sides of the glass in small, randomly placed clumps.

A sweet and rather tangy green apple is the dominant aroma in this beer. Lemon peel, pineapple and a little bready malt add character and backbone to the nose. While the aromas are not necessarily strong, they are pleasant and enjoyable.

A watery apple juice with a slight vinegar note sums up this beer pretty well. There is a graininess with the malt and a little citrus, but watery, vinegar apple juice is the long and short of it. A slight alcohol warmth lingers in the back of the throat but is not immediately noticeable.

Light to medium bodied with crazy carbonation, this beer fizzes like Pop Rocks in Mountain Dew. It is very easily drinkable (I could chug this beer like a glass of Strawberry Kiwi Juicy Juice) but of course is more enjoyable sipped.

While not unpleasant, this beer was still lacking in my opinion. The look and mouthfeel were both good, but a stronger nose and more complex flavor would have helped this beer significantly.

Photo of bum732
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

S: Spicy and phenolic, earthiness, some yeastiness, touch of fruitiness.

L: Cloudy orangish-yellow, white head that dissipates.

T: Fruity malt up front with some spiciness on the backbone. Pils-like sweetness with a medium spicy hoppiness. Finishes with some spicy alcohol drying slightly.

M: Medium bodied, crisp medium-high carbonation. Some alcohol present.

Quite sweet and big bodied for the style. Nice effort, but not my cup of tea.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Found this in my usual haunt in Belfast. Pours golden orange color with a thick head. Smells a bit like malt. Tastes quite sweet, almost a bit raisiny, malt and some spices, though the spices are not prevelant. Mouthfeel is good. But overall, it's just OK in my opinion. It's a little too sweet for me. I'd drink it again if it was given as a gift, but I won't be looking for it.

Photo of gosurfobx
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle. Pours with a large rocky head. Beer is a cloudy straw color. Smell has some spicy notes with noticeable malt sweetness. Taste is decent but not what I expected, does not have the spiceyness that I have come to expect from saisons. The sweet malty backbone of this beer prevails and any spice notes get pushed to the side. Mouthfeel is pretty good, the carbination feels good in the mouth. A drinkable beer, but not my favorite as far as saisons go.

Photo of July2Nov
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange-gold with a mostly clear, with some opaqueness look. Good amount of carbonation which helps with the continual lacing that glazes the top of the beer.

Smell: Sweet, malty and buttery with a bit of spice.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Some dryness upfront and frankly last the entirety of the beer. Very clean, big mouthfeel of alcohol at the end lingers a bit too long. The beginning has some sweetness, fruit and grass-like flavors...tends to acquire a buttery bent as it progresses.

Overall: Very good and simple beer and my first from Smuttynose Brewing Co. Really like the down home vibe of this working man's beer and the connotations that are adherent with it. The higher abv is very well-hidden for the most part. Worth a try.

Photo of jsh420
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours cloudy golden orange with a 1 finger head that left some spotted lacing

smells of bananas and some citrus

taste is solid - very bright and clean flavors lemon bananas touch of spice and bready malt

mouthfeel light medium body low carbonation - adds nothing to the beer

overall - drinkability is crazy good for a 9.3% abv i thought i was drinking something around 5-6% however the flavor drinks like a beer with less abv

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of JJPM74: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a big foamy head with good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with some nice medium sweet Belgian malt. Taste is also dominated by some nice fruity ester probably coming from the yeast that was used with some nice medium sweet Belgian malt and a subtle dry hoppy ending. Body was quite full with a somewhat oily texture and some good carbonation. I thought this was a bit too sweet and somewhat cloying when compared to the staples of the style.

Photo of Matt1516
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the BIG bottle--2009 vintage.

Not my favourite style but good example of it.

Hazy golden orange appearance. Tons of head and lacing throughout. Smells of yeast, bananas and cloves. Medium mouthfeel.

Very malty with yeast and strong carbonation. Peppery notes, lots of fruit, like lemon zest. Some earthiness and bread notes too.

A heavy beer with a hot ABV. If the origins of this style are true, I don't know how the farm workers would get anything done after drinking this.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a bright, pale red-orange color with two fingers of white fluffy/bubbly head that remained for most of the beer.

The scent was of citrus, grain, notes of coriander and some alcohol.

The taste was interesting, it began as sweet citrus but with each sip became more and more like sour grapefruit. Toasted grain was noticeable, coriander, and mild earthy hops, alcohol was noticeable but not overbearing.

Light bodied, very crisp and dry, very high carbonation.

I'm kind of split on this beer, I though it was excellent at first but began to enjoy it less and less. I may revisit this another time.

Photo of keithmurray
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is conditioned in 2013

Appearance - hazy straw color with white head

Smell - this is faint, what I am detecting is lemon and ginger

Taste - lemon, ginger, lemongrass, baked bread

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, heavy carbonation, dry on the finish. Crisp and refreshing

Overall - This is a decent Saison, but it lacks that 'pop' and complexity of flavor that other examples exhibit. Worth trying.

Price Point - $5.50/ 22 oz. bottle

Photo of sisuspeed
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2009

Poured into a red wine glass. Smuttynose's Farmhouse produces a huge, thick, foamy white head that sits upon an a hazy orange-apricot body. Tilting the glass leaves gentle lacing behind.

Bready, biscuity malt on the nose with Belgian spice, mainly coriander. A little earthy and musty. Somewhat sweet with a touch of light ripe fruit.

The taste contains sweet pears, earthiness, Belgian yeast and some bitterness. Alcohol comes through a bit. Oranges, orange peel and somewhat spicy. Malts are sweet and linger on the bready side. Overall, I find the flavor to be somewhat muddled and hard to pull apart.

Mouthfeel is decently thick and quite foamy with tiny, sharp carbonation. It would be nice to see the foaminess turned down a bit, but otherwise the mouthfeel is pretty good.

Drinkability is about average for me. A bit on the sweet side and a little too foamy. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable on the taste. Probably wouldn't want more than a pint of this.

Overall, this is a decent saison. Most of the general characteristics of the style are there, but this one is a bit too sweet and muddled for my taste. The body is a bit on the foamy side and I feel like the alcohol could be hidden from the taste a little better. If you see a bottle, give it a try, but there are much better examples out there.

Photo of thagr81us
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage. Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a half finger of white head that subsided to a minimal amount upon sitting. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bananas, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, bitter malt, orange juice, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with low-mid carbonation. Overall this one wasn't that bad, nor was it that great either. I was just glad that the spices weren't overwhelming in this one. Started out to be pretty harsh as far as flavor, but definitely is much better upon warming up some.

Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy and vibrant golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Earthy, fruity, spicy yeast aromas up front that I really enjoy. Some soapy hops come in next that kind of take over. Like dish detergent.
T: Follows the nose. That great funky, earthy, fruity character. Though almost taken over by soapy detergent like hops.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. I wish this much more dry and less soapy/oily. Not hard to drink. There is some significant alcohol that is present. Overall, a nice slow sipper.

I get to much soapy hops for some reason. Which detracts a bit for me. Not bad at all, but not what I am looking for in a Saison.

Photo of snpub540
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale golden hue with a small white head. Delicate lacing is left on the glass the entire drink down.

Smells of hay, pears, ripe apples, and spice.

Pears come through in the flavor as well as a slight sweetness but it becomes extremely crisp and dry. Not a lot of alcohol flavor. Some spice in the finish. Fruity esthers as it warms.

Dry and crisp on the palate but slightly feels thin. A nice interpretation of a saison.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head isn't as towering as some saisons, but it is a one finger white shade. Retention isn't great, however.

S: This actually has a nice whiff of funk to it. It takes a while for it to really hit the nose, though - upon opening, it's mostly comprised of white wine with a spicy undertone. There are also some candied sugar notes buried in there. Aside from being a little sweet for my style preferences, it hits upon the major aspects well. Swirling it, in particular, will really allow all that stank-ass cheesiness to hit the nose.

T: It starts off with a wave of spiciness. Earthiness is also prevalent - especially around the middle - but some of the funk notes are a bit subdued next to the aroma. When sufficiently warmed up, swirling the glass will cause some of the funkiness to reappear more vividly - not just on the aroma, but on the flavor as well. The finish is bready and (perhaps) slightly too sugary. Definitely a good saison that's only let down by occasional overt sweetness.

M: An initial fizz helps to lift the (rather dense) body off of the tongue fairly well. After the swallow, though, it leaves a bit too much sweetness on the back palate. Even worse, it also leaves a bit too much astringency on the front of the palate, making it slightly harsh. That's never good. Otherwise, it's easy to drink.

O: This one's nice, but not my ideal saison. With a little less sweetness, this could have been killer. Still solid, still worth a try.

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