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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

618 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 42
Gots: 25 | 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:
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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Photo of JillHaas
2/5  rDev -48.2%

JillHaas, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of logicalparadox
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

logicalparadox, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliantly clear deep golden with no head. Aroma is toasted, nutty, slightly farmhouse, with a definite tart, acetic character. Flavor is more earthy, with a touch of fecal character, and a nice tartness. It's lactic and acetic, I believe. Malt sweetness is a bit high, but a nice starter/gateway sour, probably.

barczar, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of lou50rp
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

lou50rp, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of Stagga_Lee
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Stagga_Lee, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of ambiguousfigures
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

ambiguousfigures, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Sellen
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Sellen, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Stargazer2892
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Stargazer2892, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of AlvinLin
4/5  rDev +3.6%

AlvinLin, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of JPronovost
4/5  rDev +3.6%

JPronovost, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Maxwell
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale, copperish orange with hints of gold. The beer forms a thin head of eggshell-white bubbles that leave a thin, yet solid sheet of lacing on the sides of the glass. In body, the beer is oddly crystal clear. It has a decided transparency and cleanness of body that is odd for the style. On the nose, however, this beer screams farmhouse ale. Rustic toast meets dried hay, meets corn flake, and then meets spicy hops. When you really shove your nose in it, banana and clove enter the nose to add a slight hefe twist. When I dig further, I start to get some overripe pineapple and very faint peach. On the tongue, the beer tastes fruity, and slightly tart acidity, with a soft balancing bitterness that leads into a very dry finish. This bad boy was dried out to a near full attenuation that nicely pops the more rustic aspects. In flavor, the beer begins as peach and pineapple, mixing in with corn flakes and wheat bread crust. Things take a slight twist towards near-lemon fruit tartness in the middle and briefly with the finish, while spicy hops and peppery esters linger into the aftertaste from nearly the beginning of the sip. As it warms, some slightly unpleasant flavors do establish themselves with the finish, jumping from banana to mustier funk that could turn ugly if this aged. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with lighter carbonation that still keeps the beer crisp on the tongue. In mouthfeel, the beer feels crisp, yet slightly oily with a decidedly dry/sticky finish. When the beer leaves, the mouth is left dry, but with plenty of saliva pouring from the edges. Overall, this is a rustic, funky saison, and my favorite of Smutty’s Farmhouse iterations. It’s got some really nice yeast character, though some things might hint at rougher musty flavors to come. I do wish the hops were a little more prevalent, but that is my personal taste in saison/farmhouse ales. As is, she’s a nice summer drink with plenty of complexity to interest the tongue.

Maxwell, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Carpentiere
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Carpentiere, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of bobv
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

bobv, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

qcbrewer, Jul 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

MisterBisco, Jul 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

nineworldseries, Jul 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Artjsantos, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

With keen detail to the world of Belgium, the brewers of Smuttynose brings the high spice, subtle fruit flavors and high effervescence to their Portsmouth, NH endeavors.

Its resulting "farmhouse" flavor" stems from its bubbly champagne and hazy wheaten body to drift about the early palate with soft powdered sugar sweetness, and equal parts lemon, apple and orange with white pepper, cumin and coriander balances.

And those fruity-spicy balances gain traction upon the middle as the sweetness fades, the acidity increases and its bubbly character goes from creamy to zesty. As much of its ale character is traded for reisling wine, a tarter, sharper and more acidic tone transpires- reminding the tastebuds of white grape, cider and exotic tea.

And while those wine tendencies take hold, a return of creamy wheat echoes in finish along with the grassy and stemmy bitterness from hops to reaffirm the elixir's beery roots. Yet as damp hay, straw and grass layer upon any trailing taste, a moderate warmth sets in once the sweet and fruity disguise lifts..

BEERchitect, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a lovely deep gold hue, slightly cloudy with a thin disc of slightly fizzy white head. The head has pretty good retention and leaves small soapy lacing. The aroma is very nice, with strong yeast esters and hints of banana. The flavor is equally good, with none of the sometimes weird metallic nature that sometimes comes from this style. The body has a nice thin weight but feels just right on the palate. This is a really good farmhouse.

delta490, Jun 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

BChuck, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

JamesStreet, Jun 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Latarnik, Jun 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

zestar, May 31, 2014
Photo of dpgoblejr
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured in a tulip glass. Foamy head that gently settled to a vague ring around the top. Yellow-orange in color with nice carbonation and a bit of a spicy kick to the palate. Sage is very present as well as some sweet malts and yeast. I found it easy to drink and very enjoyable. Not at all my style of preferred beers but I'll have to keep my eyes open looking for this one again. Very nice Smuttynose!

dpgoblejr, May 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

cufarley, May 22, 2014
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.