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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

607 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 607
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 40
Gots: 24 | 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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nineworldseries

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-07-2014 20:19:56 | More by nineworldseries
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CraftMe14

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

05-21-2014 23:49:28 | More by CraftMe14
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begforme4484

Connecticut

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%

Pours a very golden ale color. Little head, less than a finger width.

Smells of a bit of malt and floral hop, but mostly over taken by the sourness.

A bit of doughy malt, not much hop detectable, but a lot of sour.l

Medium bodied, good carb.

Overall a decent beer.

07-13-2011 06:45:48 | More by begforme4484
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eberkman

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%

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.

07-12-2008 01:06:07 | More by eberkman
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%

Pours a golden amber color, pretty good clarity and about one finger of fizzy white head. Head recedes to not much more than a rimjob with a thin lace.

Smell is immediately funky, but not in a good yeast strain sort of way - more like feet. There is also some grain and honey sweetness in the nose.

Taste is a little better but still isn't a terribly good representation of a saison. There is a honey like sweetness and a graham cracker sort of base, with some grain and a bit of hop bitterness even. Bit of fruit flavor, as well, and some yeasty funk, and some medicinal phenols. Not loving it but it's ok.

Mouthfeel is a smooth medium body but it feels chalky and finishes feeling a bit heavy in the mouth. Overall this really isn't a very good saison. There are far better US versions out there. I wouldn't bother with this again.

08-24-2008 01:01:16 | More by number1bum
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dank203

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%

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

03-31-2014 23:46:58 | More by dank203
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BarrelO

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%

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.

08-03-2010 07:53:43 | More by BarrelO
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Huffs

New York

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%

Poured to white, bubbly head with mild retention and little lacing. Appearance was slightly haze with an orangey / straw color. Aroma was slightly sour with some citrus and bread notes. Had a nice, tangy taste of citrus, yeast and spice. Mouthfeel was very carbonated, yet a bit of a creamy effect. Aftertaste was tangy slightly spicy.

09-06-2013 21:47:02 | More by Huffs
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mindlucent2007

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

10-14-2011 21:28:48 | More by mindlucent2007
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vrazionale

Vermont

3.33/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

02-20-2010 03:38:17 | More by vrazionale
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hawks10

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -13.7%

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...

03-16-2010 01:53:36 | More by hawks10
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Augustiner719

New York

3.33/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

07-23-2010 23:49:56 | More by Augustiner719
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busterthecat

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

05-06-2011 03:16:21 | More by busterthecat
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FirstBrewsoon

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

02-22-2012 02:30:07 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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Manosbeeroffate

Maine

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

06-04-2006 23:01:52 | More by Manosbeeroffate
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output01x

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

08-11-2011 22:56:42 | More by output01x
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

06-20-2011 17:52:58 | More by Rifugium
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bum732

Lesotho

3.43/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

03-27-2011 00:59:47 | More by bum732
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gosurfobx

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

06-04-2006 04:48:56 | More by gosurfobx
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jsh420

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

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

10-20-2011 04:03:16 | More by jsh420
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

11-15-2007 18:02:20 | More by Phyl21ca
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

11-23-2010 16:45:29 | More by BeerCon5
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Matt1516

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

05-20-2011 20:35:18 | More by Matt1516
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

04-14-2011 05:25:34 | More by July2Nov
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

03-23-2010 02:15:30 | More by sisuspeed
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