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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
88
very good

397 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 397
Hads: 655
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 45
Gots: 40 | 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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Reviews: 397 | Hads: 655
Photo of Geuzedad
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a tulip.

Poured a very hazy yellow with a thin white head that left in a hurry leaving some very clingy lacing.

Smell was wonderful! A lemony zest, barnyard funk, and some earthy bready notes made my mouth water!

Taste was a bit of a let down. Yeast and a bit of sweet up front, followed by a peppery slighty sour middle and finished of with a medium hop bite that was a bit on the dry side.

Mouthfeel was medium, slick and well carbonated but not overpowering. A bit astringent in the finish.

Not the best Saison but then I use Dupont as the standard. Not as funky as I would have liked and the 9% ABV is a bit high, not really making this a session beer for me, but more of a sipper. Overall it was good but being one of the big beer series one was definitely enough! (792 characters)

Photo of Aiptasia
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good belgian style big beer. I sampled a 22 oz. bomber from my hand blown absinthe glass, which is similar to an old fashioned soda fountain glass.

A: Pours like bright sunshine on a misty morning. Head was respectable, white and solid 1" with slower dissipation than others reported. Lacing leaves rings after each drink like a tree trunk.

S: Got my whole nose in there. Beautiful notes of hay, sunshine and lemon zest.

T: Very good. Bready hops on the frontend with notes of citrus and pepper spice in the middle. Some malt sweetness but not overly sweet in the middle, too. Thin on the hops and finishes dry.

M: Light bodied. Very fine carbonation. Cooling and wet on the front with a dry, pallete cleansing finish.

D: Alcohol is well masked, so be careful. A great beer to pair with anything warm and spicy like Thai, Szechuan, Curry or Spanish cooking. I enjoyed mine with Buffalo wings and cool ranch doritos. (925 characters)

Photo of gskitt
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium over-sized wine glass. The bottle is labeled "Bottle Conditioned in 2009". Huge fluffy, egg-white head over an opaque orange brew. So much head I thought it might be contaminated. Super sticky lacing that coats the glass.

A funky Belgian yeast aroma with bread-y malts and some sour and peppery notes. Really different. Almost intimidating, but after a sip or two I'm ready to enjoy only my second saison, the first being several Hennepin. That gives it a lot to live up to, but I have huge confidence in Smuttynose, one of my favorite brewers.

The taste is sweet, but not overly so, tart, spicy and a little dry. I can't say I've ever tasted a beer like this before. The second pour from the bomber overflowed the glass with foam so quickly I hardly had time to react. The Belgian yeast is evident in the taste as well; it's almost sour and definitely peppery, one of the most unique flavor profiles I've had. It's a sipper, one enjoyed over an hour perhaps. The ale is warming and hardly feels like a summer beer to me, as I thought saisons were. The 9% ABV is not noticeable in the taste, but I can feel it. If this was for the peasants what were the capitalists drinking? Upon the third pour I'm getting sour apple notes, crisp and refreshing. I've got to rate the taste a "4" for complexity alone.

The mouth feel is medium in body and well carbonated with small bubbles constantly rising from the bottom. It leaves your mouth dry, but not at a pucker. The drinkability is somewhat questionable due to the 9.3% ABV. One bomber is just about right for big drinkers, but others might want to split this with a friend. I'm in the first category.

A really unique experience that makes me want to try more in this style. I'm interested to see if the tart, sour nature is found in others. I would appreciate any advise about this style if you're feeling generous. (1,905 characters)

Photo of obywan59
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 into my St. Bernadus glass.

A beautiful golden-apricot in color with a 3/4 finger white head that quickly dissipates leaving a ring around the glass and a thin film over the beer. Light lacing. Copious bubbles of carbonation rising throughout the brew.

The smell is reminiscent of dry white wine with an earthy background. It has it's barnyard aspect, which I suppose goes hand-in-hand with it being a farmhouse ale. Fruity and tart.

Taste is fairly dry and somewhat tart at first, again calling to mind a dry white wine. Later, a bit more sweetness develops along with a hint of lime, and some hoppy bitterness that's muddled by more barnyard funk. The end seemed substantially more dry again.

Medium-thick. A relief, as I was in the mood for a thinner brew after the Schlafly quad I sampled last night. Some light sticky syrup and a prickle of carbonation. Descent burn in the throat from the carbonation and the 9.3% ABV.

A descent drinker. The funkiness and the ABV slowed me down, but the more moderate mouthfeel made it more drinkable. (1,064 characters)

Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer couldn't look more perfect in the glass a nice hazy golden color with an enormous fluffy head and tons of lace. The aroma is floral with some lemon zest and peppery notes. The flavor is florally bitter with some rye bread boldness and a nice noble herbal hop note. The beer is dry and the palate is sharp and particularly bubbly. Tasty tasty stuff. (358 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.02/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle, 2010 vintage. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a gold color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, but there isn't much lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly fruity, it smells like apricots, citrus, peppery spice, earthy/spicy hops and a bit of funk. However, the taste isn't nearly as appealing as the aroma. I can taste the fruity and spicy flavors, but there's also a strong bitter/astringent off-flavor that really isn't saison-like. The bitter/astringent flavor does weaken a little as the beer warms, but it's still noticable enough to hurt the taste of this brew a lot. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has low/moderate carbonation. Drinkability isn't very good, I could finish the bottle but there's no way I would want another one anytime soon. Maybe I got a bad bottle of this, or I might need to try it fresh next time. I was disappointed in this brew since I've liked all the other Smuttynose beers I've tried. (984 characters)

Photo of garbercury
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter...

A--Nice looking beer, lacing is sticky and retention lasts.

S--Good funk, not overbearing, light actually, very nice.

T--Excellent, I really like the flavor on this saison, peppery, but not overly so. Lemon zest, just a tad of funk...

M--A little bit too carbonated on back end, but very good all the while.

D--Smuttynose is one of the most undervalued breweries I know of, consistently make great beers, particularly when it comes to their Big Beer Series, highly recommended. (506 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale pours a pale yellow, good sized froth and decent retention. Aroma is light but there was some belgian yeast notes. In the flavor, belgian ale characteristics with some sweetness. Alittle bit of earthy funk but very distant. Overall this drinks like a belgian pale ale with alittle wheat malt and straw. As it warms, ever so faintly tart. Lighter bodied and hides the big alcohol fairly well. (416 characters)

Photo of jsdunlop
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, orange hue with a fluffy, white head that lasts and lasts with thick lacing. Aromas of belgian yeast, funky citrus fruits, and alcohol hit the nose while a slight sweetness lingers around as well. Very fresh and wild taste, strong yeast presence with an abundance of overripe fruit notes, a bit of a spicy aftertaste with a fairly dry finish. Rather tart in the taste, as compared to the sweeter smell I was picking up. The intense carbonation, and spicy kick cover up the alcohol presence very well, making this a lighter bodied, fairly dry, and easy drinking brew at above 9%. (592 characters)

Photo of ramseye4
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed while enjoying some tasty deer burgers and watching Monday Night Football. Heaven? I think so. Pours a golden color with a decent head into my Redhook tulip. Beautiful, appetizing color, good lacing. Smells fruity, spiced, almost elegant, a bit of spice, and some bready notes. Tastes...different than the smell had me expecting. But it works, and well. Alcohol is very evident, making this one a sipper, hovers dangerously to overpowering the taste. Hoppy bitterness surprisingly surfaces, with some spice and malt. Hard to describe, but very good. Mouthfeel is very full bodied, carbonation pops and sizzles, and the drinkability suffers a tad bit from the high alcohol presence in the taste.

Overall this is very very good, my first Saison, great job by Smuttynose. (779 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from Cuzco in Blind Beer #3. Thanks Nate.

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Which may have been a mistake. Need a tighter glass top to concentrate the aromas.

Pours a hazy gold, with a big stark white head that dropped fairly quickly. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles rushing to the top as well.

Aromas of tobacco, hard candy, sweet malt, no hop aroma. Some light citrus aroma of lemons and oranges.

First sip is of, well, I don't know. I'm having a hard time tasting anything. Maybe it's too cold. I'm getting a little alcohol bite. Some slight bitterness. Some sweetness. But nothing too informative. As it warms, a little pepper spice, to be expected from a saison.

Mouthfeel is full and chewy. Some prickle from the carbonation.

Very drinkable, but not too flavorful at first. Kinda dull. Doesn't taste bad, just doesn't have a lot of anything sensory to give. As it warms, though, I get more of a saison, but a big saison that is more malt focused than hop balanced. (989 characters)

Photo of Genuine
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up the last bottle at my local place, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Poured from the bomber into my pint glass, a pale reddish/amber in color. Not much of a head to speak of, even after an aggressive pour.

Smell - I noticed the aroma of this one right off the bat. Very fruity, citrusy and sweet. Could not miss this one at all. Crisp, even.

Taste - First siason ever, wasn't sure what to expect but it was a very nice pleasant crisp and fruity. Some grapefruit mixed in, with a bit of the alcohol being noticable, especcially at 9.2%. Light body, I noticed some earthy flavors as well, I could see that this was going to go well with dinner.

Mouthfeel - Nice, light and crisp. Nothing that'll destroy the palate but it'll keep you coming back for more. It went very well with Thanksgiving dinner and all of the big flavors.

Drinkability - I enjoyed it greatly with dinner. Not sure if I'd want another bomber right after, as I was feinding for a Celebration next. Great beer to enjoy with food, cleans the palate and enjoyable. A very nice beer from Smuttynose! (1,078 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of TheManiacalOne, thanks again!

Pours a hazy gold color with a huge white head.

Aromas are quite nice, white wine, cider vinegar funk, lime, and spice.

Taste starts out dry and a little sour. Flavors then settle into some lime, pepper and spice. Finish is tart, with some lemon zest and mineral bitterness.

Mouthfeel works well, full, smooth, with a nice crispness.

Drinkability is good. This is a nice Saison, it is subtle, yet tasty. I kind of wish it had a little more pop to it, and complexity. But with that said, this is still a solid take on the style. (581 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap and poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky golden color with a nice white foam head that quickly dissipates to a film and patches of lacing.

S: Lots of spicy, fruity and earthy notes. Fruit, yeast, cloves and corriander are very predominant.

T: The spicy hits the palate up front, followed up with some sour apples and earthy hops. Very unusual and complex, but nicely put together.

M: A slight creamy, sweet taste on the palate. There is also a slight hint of alcohol.

D: The alcohol is very well hidden, I only really taste it slightly on the palate after. A nice Farmhouse offering that should be tried. (617 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with just under one finger of white foam on top of a somewhat hazy, copper colored body. The head collapses quickly and leaves little lace.

S - A spicy yeast aroma with notes of clove, coriander, and a hint of pineapple. Some Bready malt in the background with some light, musty European hops.

T - Spicy notes of yeast and wheat up front with some coriander and a big note of musty clove. Earthy hop flavors come out in the middle with some toasted malt. The beer finishes with lots of medicinal clove and musty hops as well moderate bitterness. Lingering clove flavors are accompanied by a sweet, but muddy toasted malt flavor.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a very yeasty saison, but unfortunately the yeast character is mostly lacking in the more pleasing notes that the style is capable of in the best instances. There is a huge note of medicinal clove that really becomes overwhelming in the finish. There are some nice notes in the nose, but these fade quickly and don't manage to balance out the phenolics. In addition to the unfortunate yeast character there is an excessive residual sweetness that adds to the cloying nature of the flavor by leaving a lingering sweetness that seems to perpetuate the medicinal notes in the aftertaste. Honestly, I think half the problem here is that they shot for a big beer on this one. Going over 9 percent is really pushing the limits in a way that doesn't seem to work for this style, there is just too much lingering sweetness and the yeast seems to have been stressed in such a way that is put out all of its most unpleasant byproducts. I would like to find something nice to say about this beer, but I really can't seem to; not something I would recommend. (1,775 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a small off white head and not much lacing..smell is of fruit clove and yeast..taste is crisp and light sour with the yeast with hints of bananas and apples,,some clove and pepper are in the background..it very tasty..mouth feel is light medium its crisp and tart with lots of flavor..very drinkable tasty and refreshing really liked this saison (392 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 6oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. It is labeled as "Bottle Conditioned In 2010" and there is no ABV%.

Appearance: It has a hazy orange body with a small one finger white head. The head quickly fades to a thin filmy layer which still makes lots of spotty lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell: The yeast notes really come though here in the nose. It has both a fruity estery character with notes of orange zest and a funky earthy character with notes of wet earth and light spice.

Taste/Palate: Its firm medium body is loaded with complex yeast notes, boozy sweetness and mild hop bitterness. There are some notes of tropical fruit esters, dry spice and funky earthy barnyard from the yeast. This is mixed with a malty sweet boozy base and there is a good battle back and forth between dry funk and sweet malt with sweetness coming out on top. In the finish I get some hops coming in and adding some light bitterness and dryness but overall sweetness still pulls through on the tongue. Carbonation is active yet still smooth in the overall texture.

Notes: There is a lot going on but the boozy sweetness makes me think more of Belgian Tripel. (1,199 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale yellow with loads of assertive CO2 fueling an enormous head with even a deliberately gentle pour. So far, on par with its European counterpart.
Smell, too, is a bit impressive, with big sourness and wet basement aromas right up front.
Taste is a little disappointing after being spot on with appearance and smell. To be honest, it's a bit of a challenge to taste much of anything in this one. There are certainly some sour notes and a bit of barn animal funk, but rather muted and not even close to being as assertive as the appearance and smell would have suggested.
Still a tasty beer and a terrific attempt at the style.
I will say this, however. This drinks way, way below its 9,3%. I was stunned after 2 or 3 sips to look up and see the abv.
Overall, a good beer and glad I tried it. (801 characters)

Photo of ryanobeirne
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow color with lots of foam. Lacing is a little "meh."

S - Smells very yeasty, with a tidbit of sourness. Some floral notes in the hops.

T - Tastes like it smells. The yeastyness sits front and center, like a good farmhouse ale should.

M - Very carbonated and tingly. This sensation subsides after a few minutes.

D - Definitely not a "gulper" but still fairly drinkable, on par with a farmhouse ale.

I think I have found that I like the farmhouse ales, although not enough to have one every day. This is still a great example of the style and good for a change once in a while. (611 characters)

Photo of MrOH
2.26/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: clear, light gold with orange highlights and small head which disappears quickly and leaves no lacing. Not too bubbly at all

Aroma: sour plums (?), rose water, slight touch of earthy, spicy phenols to go with nice estery character

taste: spicy and slightly astringent, then fruit and earth in layers, touch of sour, the spice lingers and prickles and then disappointingly finishes with nail polish remover

Drinkability: not very, the solvent character of the finish really keeps you from coming back for more (523 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Bell's tulip pint. 2009 date notched on the label. The eggshell colored head of this one was ginormous and brittle. It eroded oddly and left big soapy dollops and sticky sheets of lacing - impressive. The body was an orangy gold color and it had a light haze.

The smell was primarily of Belgian yeast and soil. Plums and general fruitiness grew as it warmed slightly.

The taste was tart and peppery. Very scratchy and spicy. Pears and stonefruits. Green apples. Lots of flavor in this one. Pretty complex flavors here.

Mouthfeel was medium in body, but full enough. Medium to mild in carbonation. The head and the flavor are the standout characteristics of this one. (708 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014. 7.2% abv. Brewed with Sage. Pours a clear gold with one finger thick fizzy white head, a few dots of lace on the glass. Thin ring sticks to the end. Smell: pils, mildly herbal and spicy, dried apricot and dried pineapple notes. Taste: spicy, biscuit, sugary dried apricot and tropical fruit; strong herbal flavor cuts through the sweetness which is otherwise more in BSPA territory. Really, the whole beer is, but it's nice nonetheless. 3.5/3.75/3.75/4/3.75

2010. 9.3% abv. Pours a mostly clear golden color with one finger white head, spotty lacing. Smell: pale malt base, a little musty, spicy and a little grassy. Taste: quite spicy with a dose of orange citrus, pretty standard otherwise, but nice enough. Mouthfeel: carbonation maybe a little more than most, but not to the detriment of the beer. Alcohol makes only positive contributions here, very drinkable for a saison of this abv. Not amazing but pretty enjoyable. Early July 2010 release. 3.5/3.5/4/4/4 (970 characters)

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