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

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87
very good

651 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 651 | Reviews: 397
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 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 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 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 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 loren01
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange color with good frothy white head, good lacing down the glass
S: Smell is awesome, smells fruity (apple/pear), good spiciness in there as well. You can also smell alcohol scent.
T: Slightly sweet, but mostly a lot of spiciness/peppery flavor.
M: Light to medium bodied, dry finish
D: Very refreshing, complex smelling and tasting beer. Would for sure have this again. Thanks to snilsen13 for this tasty beer.

Photo of corey0212
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing golden/orange color, slight haze, small white head fades out pretty quickly and leaves some good patches of lacing on the glass. Smell is yeasty, fruity, maybe some pineapple, lots of clove and peppery spiciness. Taste is quite sweet, some lemon tartness, a lot of pepper on the back end, some pear notes as well. It's a bit on the sticky side, and maybe not as refreshing because of it, but a nice creamy mouthfeel nonetheless. I like it...another great Smuttynose beer, and really nice this time of year.

Photo of charmcityboh
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass.
I have never seen a beer with this much head. Huge, thick puffs of foam rising out of the glass. As it settled it left 1/4" thick remnants of the head all the way down the glass. Beer itself was a hazy burnt orange. Smell was funky, grassy. Definitely what I expect from a good saison. Taste was crisp and intense. The ever intriguing horseblanket was front and center with this beer, followed by a nice banana like flavor on the back end. Mouthfeel was crisp and dry.
I love Smuttynose, but this is the first I've had of their "Big Beer Series". Hardly an original concept, but this beer at least lives up to the name for sure.
Big presentation, big aroma, big flavor, big beer.

Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from JasonA, cheers!!

Pours an effervescent amber with one finger of pearl colored head. Nice vicious look to this one, hazes a bit at the bottom of the bottle; average lacing & head retention

S: Orchard fruits & apple peels, orange blossoms & nature in abundance!

T: Pears, honey, apricot & a bit of dirt, mushrooms & dryness up front. Nice green apples, white grape juice & grapefruiity hops as this warms. Finishes with fruitty crispness, a bit of grapefruit hops & much appley goodness

MF: Sticky, effervescent & light/medium bodied all at once

Drinks very easy, despite all the complexity going on here. A great take on the style! Smutty rarely disappoints & mostly blows me away!

Photo of TexIndy
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with johnnnniee - many thanks! Poured from a 650ml bottle with a 2007 date on the label into my DT tulip. It was a hazy golden honey color. It barely had a head and that was quickly gone. No lacing and slight carb. The aroma was spicy and orange with the usual corriander. It was a little fruitier than most saisons and didn't have that typical "dry" smell to it. The taste followed the aroma and again had a more spicy/fruity than dry finish. Really liked this one as the very dry ones leave me thirsty for a water chaser. This is my first Smuttynose and looking forward to trying more. Highly recommend if you can find it as it's a very limited release. (4.5, RR, T, Y)

Photo of bonbright7
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Farmhouse Ale poured beautifully into my tall pint glass with a short head that belied its fathoms of taste. The fruit and floral aromas told me more about this ale I as dove in for a taste. The golden red ale tasted differently each time as a hundred different colors came to my mind. A light sense of hops came around to remind me this was an ale and not just a glorious find. It also had a malty background, unlike other saison interpretations I have had.

My hat is off to the Smuttynose Brewing Company for creating such a great ale.

Photo of ericj551
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my new favorite Belgian style beer. It pours a nice light amber color, with a healthy head that fades quickly. Smell is like a typical Belgian Tripel to me. This is one delicious beer! The taste is nice and malty, slightly yeasty and spicey. No overpowering Belgian flavors that typically turn me off from the style, just in my mind, the perfect balance between those and a sweet maltiness. There is a slight tartness there to balance the malty sweetness. Hops are there, but not very strong. Although Hennipen is the only other Saison I've tried, I am starting to see the appeal of these beers.

Update: I just had another bottle of this beer last night, and I have to add that it is really refreshing. I had it shortly after running (after a few glasses of water of course) and it really tasted great.

Photo of Higravity
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeah so this is a nice orange red tinted clear with a white large chunky dense head. Damn near picture perfect in fact why not. Smell is of summer feilds with sweet malt and a lingering stinging feel from the CO2 in my nose. The nice citrus tones are well matched with the noble hop character. The flavor is just a large dump of the smells with a tangy sweet after taste that plays well in Peoria. Nice light decent carbonation that lends to solid drinkablility and makes this a beer to get a lot of at only $3 a 22oz.

Photo of Murchmac
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cant say enough good things about this beer. Fan-freekin-tastic.

Pours a 1 finger foam clear golden yellow.

Smells, crisp, fruity, a little funky. P-funky...

Sweet, carbonated, fruity

Finishes sweet, crisp. If fairies peed, this is what it'd taste like.

Photo of ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber (notched 2008, I just bought in Boston last week) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, the Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale is a dark burnt gold with a large, tight bubbled white head that leave heavy chunks of foam.

Smell is full of saison esters, peppery then tropical fruit, with a hint of rubber and some funky phenols.

Taste is very nice, big saison flavor, very authentic and well done, with no off flavors. Pithy citrus and other fruits dominate, yummy.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, medium bodied and super clean.

Drinkability is great, a big estery saison, heavy on the fruit, right up my ally. I brew mostly saisons, and this is very similar to my favorite batches, and so really speaks to me. Wish I would have brought back another one of these to share with some fellow saison lovers, as this is one of the best American Saison I've ever had...I need to give this one a showdown with Southampton's Saison Deluxe, wow, it's f-in' good!

Photo of kenito799
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Light amber hazy brew, leaves nice lacing, active bubbles

Aroma as spot on for the style, spicy-sour with a slight funkiness, but that is a clean funkiness, if that makes sense.

Taste is wonderful, tangy fruitness and a crisp mouthfeel, balanced by a nice heft on the palate. The flavors are multiple, complex, herbal and apply fruit notes. Great job!

Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I generally like Smuttynose beers and think them a fine brewery. That being said, I was stunned by the quality of this beer the other night. I ordered the 3 for 4 (three 10 oz beers for $4) at Mahaffey's the other night and quickly pushed aside the Dominion Winter and Anchor special ale and just drank this.

The beer pours a honey gold peach color with fair head retention and good lacing. The beer was very spicey and lively on the nose with nuances of rose, ginger and white pepper. The beer smelled great, but was even better on the palate. The beer has moderate sweetness with flavors of banana, bubble gum and orange. The beer is very light on its feet and carrries its 7.5% alcohol very well. The beer is incredibly drinkable and I was absolutely shocked to see the abv. as high as it is. The beer has a soft, almost creamy finish and is just delicious.

This is one of the best (perhaps the best) domestic farmhouse/saison I have ever had. A very impressive beer from Smuttynose.

Edit: Am trying this beer on tap again today on 8/1/10. While this beer is still very good. Smuttynose has obviously changed the recipe considerably since I first reviewed this beer in 12/07. A far cry from the 7.5% listed on this site, the 2010 version clocks in at 9.3% and shows it. The beer is still quite delicious, but the alcohol is starting to show, and I don't think it really helps the flavor profile in this beer. Really don't see the need to "imperialize" this excellent beer, but that's just my opinion.

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