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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

589 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 589
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 40
Gots: 19 | 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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jman005

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-29-2013 06:15:48 | More by jman005
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Estarrio

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant, bright, gold with a medium white head. Nice retention and complex, silky lacings.

Aroma is fruity, with wheat, hay and esters.

Sweet fruit up front, with lots of plum and apple. The sweetness is balanced with a very earthy, doughy taste. Some hints of clove and pepper appear throughout. The finish is slightly tart with a suggestion of bitter, though not enough to counter the lingering sweetness. Surprisingly, the finish is not dry in the least.

Nice mouthfeel, medium bodied, perhaps a tad undercarbonated for the style. The smooth flavors and sweetness make this a rather drinkable beverage.

This is a very nice beer but it will lose points if you are a big fan of the style. The undercarbonation and the lack of tartness or bitterness in the end are a bit disappointing for a Saison. Still, this is pleasurable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 19:40:01 | More by Estarrio
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banger7

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-07-2013 00:30:02 | More by banger7
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-12-2011 04:48:40 | More by Elfastball7
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Dapper_Dan_Man

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-04-2013 18:16:00 | More by Dapper_Dan_Man
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You really can't miss with a Smuttynose brew. Not even close to my favorite style, but worth a shot anyway. Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a twenty-two ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale pours out a slightly hazy, almost straw like, pale golden color. A rather normal pour yielded about a finger of thick, pillowy white foam. Head faded kind of quickly into a thin layer of foam. Some streaky white lace was left clinging to the glass.

Smell: Nice spicey nose on the Farmhouse Ale. Quite malty, slightly hoppy earthy aromas. Lots of in you face spices: cloves, lemon grass, and hints of orange zest. Definitely a strong, fruity Belgian yeast presence. Almost a banana like aroma deep in the background.

Taste: Again, quite spicey. Definitely some big malty flavors, with a faint hoppiness. More of the cloves with hints of white and black peppercorns. Has a sweet underlying fruitiness along with some spicey Belgian yeast. Pretty full flavors with not a drop of noticeable alcohol. I was actually pretty impressed with the flavors of this beer. Like I said before, not my favorite style.

Mouthfeel: Lightish, medium bodied mouthfeel. Moderately carbonated, somewhat thick.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable brew in my opinion. The lighter mouthfeel really helps drinkability. Another good beer from Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 19:10:25 | More by jaxon53
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-05-2013 21:59:58 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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Cmack15

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice light golden color, like rays of sunshine captured in a bottle

Aroma: slight orange note, yeasty with a touch malt

Taste: nice orange slightly sweet, excellent hop balance dry finish
abv is well hidden

Mouthfeel: great carbonation, light body easy to drink

This is a really nice beer from Smuttynose, not sure if I would classify as a saison but who really knows what a saison is? It would be easy to session this beer but the abv makes me think thats a bad idea. Nice beer great for the warmer months.
Enjoy

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 21:44:00 | More by Cmack15
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage.
Pours a deep golden color with a decent sized white head that laces all the way down. Smell is fruity, herbal, and spicy. Pears and green apples, honey and bread, pepper and spicy yeast are all found in the nose. Taste is sweet and fruity up front. I get some honey like malt sweetness mixed with bits of pear and maybe peach. She turns spicy in the middle with an herbal earthy peppery bite that then hits with some warming alcohol. Moderately dry finish with a lingering fruity sweetness. Medium body with a healthy level of carbonation and a slick sweetish mouthfeel. I enjoyed this beer, but then again I usually enjoy Smuttynose beers. I think this beer has definitely benefited from the age as I usually find the big beer series a little hot fresh. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 00:36:39 | More by johnnnniee
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-ronin-

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-04-2013 12:06:48 | More by -ronin-
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smutty33

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-06-2013 02:54:33 | More by smutty33
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gskitt

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really nice apricot color and wow the head is incredible. Foamy and white, super thick and never really receded. Smelled of sour fruit, had some earthy farm smells as well. Tastes sour, sweet, fruity and tart. Medium mouthfeel, and really drinkable for 9% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 00:15:37 | More by gskitt
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abuliarose

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a bowl goblet, revealing ultra thick and airy cream head over hazy frosted gold body. Very prettyful. Some lacing. Smells sweet and slightly nutty, with the appropriate farmhouse funk almost like the Hennepin. Slight citrus, slight metallic tinge, hint of spice.

Tastes solid saison. Some metallic notes, lots of fresh corn and vegetable "funk" character. Slight bitterness, gentle citrus, and solid malt finish. More hint of spice. Mouthfeel is light with prickly carbonation. Medium-light body. Very drinkable, especially just chilled.

Overall I like this offering. Especially on a warm day, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 01:56:53 | More by abuliarose
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-04-2013 23:03:55 | More by kaelingirl
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dvmky

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-14-2013 01:02:55 | More by dvmky
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JVan

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-22-2013 19:49:36 | More by JVan
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first from Smuttynose. Pours a hazy golden/orange, some chunkies in suspension, thin white head, some lacing. Smell is sweet, winey, some vanilla and spice, some funk. Taste is sweet up front, vanilla, spices, yeast, bread, funk, flavourful mix. Mouthfeel is full bodied, lots of residual sweetness, low to medium carbonation, quite rich. I liked this one, neat funky flavours. Thanks biegaman!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 04:29:43 | More by Viggo
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PrimScrewhead

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-18-2012 23:40:39 | More by PrimScrewhead
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-08-2012 05:45:33 | More by kjkinsey
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jhb138

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-30-2012 02:11:38 | More by jhb138
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dalepryor

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-30-2013 19:57:20 | More by dalepryor
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2011 04:37:41 | More by HopStoopid120
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seanchai

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-12-2013 08:12:59 | More by seanchai
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seplo

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-30-2012 21:05:26 | More by seplo
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-08-2013 19:08:21 | More by ColForbinBC
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.