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

Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

567 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 567
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%


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%

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-12-2006)
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mindlucent2007

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange, with wisps of milky head

S: Starts light bread, then decent funkiness, faint hops and tart fruit

T: Belgian breadiness giving way to slight funkiness and then finishes with tart and slight hops. Very low booze presence. To think this is a 9.3 %-er is pretty scary and, um, impressive.

M: Pretty dry and fairly refreshing, though its cloying, bitter aftertaste is my least favorite thing about this brew.

O: Pretty damn good, but just short of outstanding. Wouldn't do this one more than a few times a year, but a thoroughly enjoyable saison nonetheless. Also have to praise Smuttynose on a solid beer for a very solid price ($5.99/bomber). A definite American take on the style (see: big); would definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 03:57:50 | More by olympicgatorade
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - heavy and hazy orange yellow with a short spritzy head and a touch of lacing.
S - lemons and oranges with a bit of yeast funk. The sharp fruits clearly win the battle for the nose.
T - the citrus tones dominate in a big way but leave enough room for the yeast and malt to come through. That must be some fairly heavy sweetness in the background if it can cut through the tartness.
M - finely carbonated and medium bodied with a crisp feel.
D - not a quaffer but why chug?
I've had better saisons but this is passable and if anything a mild twist on the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 00:12:48 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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wadecats

Massachusetts

1.15/5  rDev -70.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

- we can't remember not being able to drink a beer. Had this on tap from a respectable beer shop in Brooklyn; tapped the night before, but was just not drinkable at all. I'm not sure, because this beer might have been infected, but the saison was like cough syrup in smell and taste. Poor head on the beer, no real hop character to speak off - super red-dark for a saison - candy cloying malt, maybe like a melted down urinal puck mixed with a can of Moxie and a can of sam adam's lager - metalic. I found nothing resembling even a stretch for a saison or farmhouse ale in this Smuttynose farmhouse. Was this an accident? 9.3% abv - come on.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 11:28:02 | More by wadecats
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beagle75

Iowa

2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, brassy golden color with less than one finger of diminishing loose white foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Fruit and almonds are combined in the most apparent qualities of this beer's smell, emphasizing the presence of yeast secondary metabolites. There is little depth beyond the up-front qualities, lacking a discernible malt backbone or hop influences. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with tangy nectarine and pear fruit that is dynamic. Carbonic acid follows, detectable as a flavor but with little of the harshness that it contributes to the mouthfeel. Flavors mellow in the middle as bready malt becomes more pronounced. Bitterness is curiously astringent in the finish, less like hops than like seeds that one should not eat, and spirituous alcohol lingers.

M: Thin viscosity, acidity burns the palate yet it is also fairly sticky, with heavy carbonation.

D/O: This saison may seem true to form at first glance, with a strong Belgian yeast presence in both the nose and on the palate, but then it is defied by its many rough edges. Some will like this--it is, after all, rustic--but there are a number of other American-brewed saisons that are less messy and far more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 17:57:03 | More by beagle75
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CuttDeez

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber series into a Tulip glass.

A - Solid looking saison that is a hazy gold with a thick frothy white head that laces well.

S - A good balance of sweet fruity sugars, earthen herds, and a little funk.

T & M & D - This saison is like most others as it follows the nose. There are good fruits, earth tones, and funk. The beer is different as it is sweeter upfront than most with only a subtle pepper on the back end. The funk is very slight. Medium bodied and carbinated well. A pretty drinkable brew in flavor, but heavy on the ABV in actuallity.

O - A solid saison from a good brewery. On the sweeter end, but a beer I would do again if given the chance.

-Cheers

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 02:24:57 | More by CuttDeez
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Cmack15

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice light golden color, like rays of sunshine captured in a bottle

Aroma: slight orange note, yeasty with a touch malt

Taste: nice orange slightly sweet, excellent hop balance dry finish
abv is well hidden

Mouthfeel: great carbonation, light body easy to drink

This is a really nice beer from Smuttynose, not sure if I would classify as a saison but who really knows what a saison is? It would be easy to session this beer but the abv makes me think thats a bad idea. Nice beer great for the warmer months.
Enjoy

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 21:44:00 | More by Cmack15
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sjverla

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: Fruity and funk. Alcohol and clove. Spicy. Complex and yeasty.

Appearance: About a half-inch of frothy white head. Quickly dissipates. Amber gold.

Taste: Fruity and juicy. Alcoholic. Very spicy and tart. Hot on the gums and lightly bitter. Rustic, but not quite funky.

Overall: This one bites back. A little boozy though. Overall, pretty satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 01:38:08 | More by sjverla
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ken2cart1

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

served in pint glass

a- foggy dark yellow orangy brew...spooky 0.5 inchy frothy head that dissapates rather quickly, def wheat mallt

a- lemony from the wheat,phenolic, peppery, herbal spices

t- nice solid wheat malt in fore with a great spicy peppery finish that lingers....solid throughout

m- wheat malt= smooooth creamy..

0verall-very very good, smutty is most reliable brewery eever..btw def cant notice 9% alc...be careful

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 00:03:03 | More by ken2cart1
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Kinsman

California

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a hazy bright orange color that is capped by a pure white head, albeit a bit thin for my liking.

Aroma greets you with a big fruity character suggesting citrus fruits and apples or pears. Toasted malts standout as the backbone of this beer. Minimal spice character picked up in the aroma.

Fruity and malty initially on the palate but as it warms the yeast character starts to come out. Not as much funk as some saisons carry but a strong spice note showing hints of clove. Earthy and a bit herbal in the finish.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp with a medium body feel. Overall, Smutty brings you a fine example of a Saison with a price thats hard to beat.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 16:26:26 | More by Kinsman
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OldIronLungs

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Big Beer release at the brewery - really enjoyed it so here's a bottle review.

Poured into a GI stem glass a light honey color with a finger of head that falls to a lumpy ring around the glass.

Nose has some light apple notes along a breadier base.

A sip is crisp and sweet - more of that apple from the nose but leaning towards some banana and the spice of clove; only a hint of mustiness one might expect in the style, but all in very nice harmony. Carbonation is delicate but fitting. No trace of the abv, which is a little unreal. This a big saison for sure, but dangerously drinkable!

Oh and it's $6.95 for a bomber! All things considered, Smutty has knocked another Big Beer out of the park.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 00:07:14 | More by OldIronLungs
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber poured into a Hill Farmstead long stem snifter.

Color is a slightly hazy yellow orange with a finger of head and a little lacing.

Smells of bread, under ripe fruit and subtle spice, with some mild mustiness too.

Taste is of bread, mild spices, apple, and pear.

Medium carbonation in the mouthfeel with some spicy bite in the aftertaste.

Overall a nice and somewhat prototypical American farmhouse ale/saison. Worth trying if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 02:47:36 | More by ElGallo
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours like a cloudy, mid-day August sun... a one finger, off white head floats on this golden brew. Brilliant sticky lacing left behind as it quickly fades away.

S- Honey, yeast, banana, clove and some spicy black pepper. A nice sweet maltiness prevails. Very unusual for this style! Really nice grassy earth flavors... like laying in a field of hay!

T- WOW! Sweet... Black pepper heat... nice fruity banana, peach, green apple, and a yeasty, caramel nuttiness! Is this Saison really over 9%? The sweetness really cuts the heat, and the grassy hops lend a nice balance of bitterness!

M- Just a touch of sparkle on the tongue. A hint of sweetness, sour and bready yeast! A really nice bite of Rye bread runs all over the mouth. Very sweet, but very spicy as well!!!

O- I can't wait to get some more of this fantastic brew! I've been in a Saison mood lately, and this is certainly one of the better ones! At $5.99/22oz... this is a steal!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 04:37:59 | More by Thickfreakness
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match1112

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: cloudy straw in color with a half finger head.

s: lots of sweetness, everything from citrus to apple to bready yeast.

t: more sweetness from citrus and tart apple, little spice and some earthyness.

m: smooth and creamy with a clean crisp finish. carbonation is good. little heat from high abv, but this is a big beer series.

o:excellent saison, will go and get more for cellar.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 01:31:10 | More by match1112
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output01x

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 22oz bomber poured into an oversized wine glass. The bottle does not list the alcohol percentage, and it does not have a fresh by date. It does mark when the beer was bottle conditioned (2010).

A: Hazy honey gold with a thin white head that is gone within 20 seconds of pouring (it leaves a slight spiral on top like oil on water). You can see a few slow carbonation bubbles.

S: Honey, citrus, earth, sweetbread, floral notes.

T: Starts with lots of citrus, then prunes, earth, spice, fruit cake, slight bitterness from hops, and a good bit of warming alcohol.

M: Medium and semi-sweet, but a bit flat (it needs more carbonation).

O: My biggest complaint about this beer would have to be the alcohol. It is very high for a saison, and the alcohol is obvious when you consume the beer. The alcohol could have been blended better. I am not always against heavy warming alcohol (winter is a perfect time for such beers). But since this beer is meant to be consumed in the late spring and summer, the high alcohol of this beer is not as pleasing. I do enjoy bitter and earthy aspects of this beer, but they are almost drowned out by the alcohol flavor that takes over the finish and rests in the back of your throat. The beer is also a bit flat and needs more carbonation to add zing to all the complex flavors. Still the beer does deliver nice flavor, especially if you prefer spicy and earthy characteristics in your beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 18:48:33 | More by ianjsullivan
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold colour with enough haze to blur the light shining through. Head is nice and fluffy; sinks slowly but surely and leaves a thin crown of big bubbles. Steady bead, pleasant lace. Looks great.

Smell is very rubbery at first. An unpleasantly bitter phenol comes through which, with training, evolves into a lighter, enjoyable citrus aroma, with tangerine, orange peel and some frangipani as well. Too subtle to wow me, but it's pleasant enough.

Taste is a fairly odd one. Starts a little 'off' with some rank funk giving an almost spoiled-milk flavour, but it's too short-lived to be truly bad. Refreshing early on the palate with subtle citric notes that then turn into more funk, with rubber, marzipan and a savoury, gristly note as well. Touch of barnyard and a slight hint of floral camomile on the back helps lift it late. Can't help but feel like the flavours here would be nicer and blend together nicer if this weren't such a big beer. Not all beers need to be so big and complex, and as a result of it being so, this beer is just a bit overblown.

Bit sharp on the front, smooths out on the middle then very dry on the back. Not bad; suitable for the style.

Yeah, this beer is slightly dour in parts and as such it's just less refreshing than I would like from a saison. Otherwise a decent construction.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 01:44:53 | More by laituegonflable
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in the good ol' US of A, and brought back to Sydney. Cracked open with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a deep, hazed golden colour, that looks a lot darker when not held to the light. Head is full and frothy, although it vents its air and collapses relatively quickly, leaving a pure white veil on the top. Lacing is patchy, and the body is very heavy for a saison, but otherwise looks good.

Nose is light and slightly tart, with green appleskin characters the main event, along with a touch of slightly sweet vinegar. There's a little peppery vegetative character like arugula or something else slightly herbal, and it gives it the slight organic edge a saison needs. Not bad, but certainly not as good as the best.

Taste is also pleasant, and vaguely stylistically correct, without hitting the high notes. Slight peppery phenols through the centre and a dry, yeasty Belgian finish. Some herbal, organic notes, but only if you're searching for them. Lacks the slight touch of acidity and the true rustic funk of a good saison, but again, it's kinda on the right tracks.

Not a bad beer, and a surprisingly supple one for a saison this big, but the phenols and booze hints it gets from the extra alcohol are not supported by a really good base beer, so it feels big for no reason. I'd prefer more funk and less booze, thanks.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 04:27:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty orangish gold. Slightly murky. Huge persistent dense white head. Smell is yeasty. Some spiciness and phenolic notes. Taste has a little sweetness in the beginning. Spicy. Again lots of yeasty flavors here. Nicely balanced. Great crisp well carbonated mouthfeel. Very drinkable. This is really good for an American belgian.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 23:12:26 | More by burnstar
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought over by either ritzkiss or bobsy, I forget who's this was. 2008 vintage consumed summer of 2010. Thanks guys! From old notes: Opaque honey/amber coloured body with a good cover of white head and bits of lacing.

Pineapple, caramel, candy malt and strawberry shortcake all make for a sugary, malty nose.

Quite sugary in the mouth as well, with light caramel and candy sugar. A little dark, earthy hops and a very subtle spicing round it out. A little alcohol shows on the finish, though this is still crazy smooth for its weight. Too sweet and not as much complexity as I like to find in a saison.

Medium-light body with low carbonation. Okay feel.

This one is just sweetness with a mostly characterless bitterness. Very smooth for the ABV but I don't think I would pick this one up.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 21:06:19 | More by eat
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage.
Pours a deep golden color with a decent sized white head that laces all the way down. Smell is fruity, herbal, and spicy. Pears and green apples, honey and bread, pepper and spicy yeast are all found in the nose. Taste is sweet and fruity up front. I get some honey like malt sweetness mixed with bits of pear and maybe peach. She turns spicy in the middle with an herbal earthy peppery bite that then hits with some warming alcohol. Moderately dry finish with a lingering fruity sweetness. Medium body with a healthy level of carbonation and a slick sweetish mouthfeel. I enjoyed this beer, but then again I usually enjoy Smuttynose beers. I think this beer has definitely benefited from the age as I usually find the big beer series a little hot fresh. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 00:36:39 | More by johnnnniee
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begforme4484

Connecticut

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Hampshire

2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 01:07:28 | More by Satchboogie
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OakedCanuck

Washington

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 15:42:54 | More by OakedCanuck
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 03:49:45 | More by superspak
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