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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

638 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 46
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of begforme4484
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Satchboogie
2.71/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle (2010 vintage) poured into a Portsmouth tulip

A: Pours golden, just a little opaque, with about a finger and half of fluffy white head that quickly dissipates. Leaves just a touch of lacing.

S: slight funky pale malts, spicy floral hops, slight sour apple (in a good way), white grape skin, lots of alcohol. A white-grape infused cider aroma.

T: Not nearly as 'bright' as the aroma would suggest, tip of the tongue is the funky malt with cider and lots of apple juice right behind it. A strong white wine (white grapes) character appears in the middle. Finish is basically a boozy, bitter white wine. Dry grape skin and unpleasant, harsh and hot alcohol. Very stringent and unpleasant finish. (from the alcohol image) Not digging it much. Delicate flavors that are trashed with too much alcohol and not enough refinement.

M: Light body, moderate to very slightly high carbonation. Not as effervescent as I was expecting. I generally like the style to have a crisp and refreshing finish with some nice citrus qualities, this seems the antithesis: not very crisp, boozy, with almost no citrus.

O: I'm not digging this at all. Even at 8+ months old, it's still incredibly boozy. This isn't a saison, it's an Imperial Saison and not a pleasant one. I had trouble drinking this in a cool room, I'd be toast trying to drink this out in the 90 degree weather. I like ya' Smuttynose, but this thing is a mess...

Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip. 2010 vintage

A - This beer pours with very little to no head. A nice rich deep orange with lighter yellow edging. No lacing.

S - Funky Belgian yeast, some farm funk. Pepper, lemons, oranges.

T - Lots of nice fruits, lemons, oranges, tangerines, banana, some clove. A nice funkiness from the yeast is present. Some grass and grain.

M - Crisp, refreshing. ABV hidden well

O - I really enjoyed this saison. It was very easy to drink and is a great spring/summer beer. Would love to have this again.

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip, 2010 vintage. Pours clear golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Decent lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of spice, pepper, apple, grape, lemon, grass, and a small bit of funkiness and leather. Great aromas here, very interesting as well. Taste of big lemon, pepper, grape, and apple; with big spiciness on the finish with small bit of tartness and booze in the back. Some lingering notes of fruits and spices after the finish. Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. A small bit of noticeable alcohol on the taste, but it smoothed out as it got a lot warmer. Fairly large alcohol warming ofter the finish. Overall an excellent saison, big on flavor, and great balance.

Photo of jettjon
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber scored “Bottle conditioned in 2010” into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). Hazy, cloudy yellow color with a thin pale head. Sweet malt up front with spicy, bready, and yeasty notes. Very faint hint of alcohol. On the tongue it’s sweet, spicy, peppery, with elements of cloves and a bit of booze toward the end. A bit of alcohol heat, and faint hint of dry, bitter hops at the end. Mouth is bubbly, crisp, sharp, and complementary. Overall: A decent saison, though a bit over the top for me, a bit too alcoholic but enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of vfgccp
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottle enjoyed in May 2011.

A – Gold amber. Nice white head with great lace and nice retention.

S – Cider with tart peach, sweet nectar, and a barny hay note.

T – Fruity sweetness brings out pear on top of apple. Grassy mid with a crisp peppercorn and light booze backend.

M – Net-sweet finish. Medium body – perhaps medium/full for the style. Leaves a syrupy coating on your palate.

O – It’s an interesting take on a double saison. It’s definitely a delicious beer, but relative to the world of saisons I’m not sure I would have pushed as hard in the direction of sweet, thick, and syrupy when making a double. That said, I still enjoyed it : )

Photo of Matt1516
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of busterthecat
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a big finger of super frothy white head. The head fades slowly down to a small layer lacing nicely in the process.

S - Aroma is full of pepper and spices alongside lemon peel and earthiness. There is some yeast and bready elements also mixed in.

T - Starts off with building lemon pepper flavor. There is some yeast and some fruit flavors that come in as well. Through the middle, some stronger yeast and spices with some stronger fruit flavors as well. Finish is strong with the spices and funk, with the lemon and yeast providing some depth. The flavor lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice tart and slightly sour elements. Finish is just a touch sweet which is nice.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are nicely balanced and work well together, the mix of slightly tart and slightly sour especially.

Photo of July2Nov
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly dissipated leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of fruits, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a bit of sweetness in the initial taste; the finish has a light amount of bitterness and spicy flavors. The fruity flavors stand out slightly more in the taste compared to the smell.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is remarkably easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Note: 2010 vintage

Photo of pitasoup
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to SkinnyElvis for this bomber, dated 2010.

A: Straw-like golden yellow. Could be mistaken for generic bmc lager in color and clarity. Slightly more than a finger of fine white head. Second pour is murkier - dregs have been shaken.

S: Typical Belgian saison yeasts - hay, peppery, and the smallest hint of vegetal. Floral esters linger on your tongue afterwards - lavender and dandelion.

T: Taste is more American saison, slight lemons, peppery. Alcohol is very present and distracting. Wheat malts linger as you get past the initial yeasts.

M: Body is medium but lingering mouthfeel is oddly thick from alcohol. This is very distracting - like drinking malt liquor.

O: This is a less aggressive saison in terms of peppery-yeasts, but it compensates with alcohol hotness. I am overwhelmed by the warm and fusel nature of this beverage. There are subtleties in the smell that I quite enjoy but the taste does not back them up.

I am thankful for having been able to taste this but would probably not seek it out again.

Photo of bum732
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow, slight haze, weak head. Smells of bananas, lemon peel, slightly peppery. Tastes like a screw-driver, but better of course. There is a whole lot of sour citrus in there, lemon and orange mostly, and the booze is pretty obvious. There is some clove-like vanilla vibe on the back palate when you look for it, but orangey, lemony, screwdriver is really what comes to mind.

I am typically turned off by Saisons, but this guy seems to be more concise than a lot of the variety. The wild yeasts don't run ramped and muddle up the flavors. This does not mean a lack of complexity, just an accomplishment in discretion with a very hard-to-handle style.

Photo of Geuzedad
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of Aiptasia
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of gskitt
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of obywan59
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.02/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Photo of garbercury
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of jsdunlop
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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%.

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