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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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very good

567 Ratings

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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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Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap earlier at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden straw color. It has a nice size pure white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind some scattered lace on the glass. The smell starts off with some belgian yeast and and spices up front. There is a nice fruity smell, as well as a bit of funkiness and mild hop presence. The taste starts off with a lot of citrus fruit like oranges and lemons. There is also some clove and belgian yeast present. I am also getting some earthiness and a bit of hop flavor. The finish leaves some lingering earthiness and spice flavor on the palate. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice feel to it. There is some tingling on the palate from the spices. The drinkability is good here. I could easily have a few glasses of this in an evening. It goes down easy and has a nice flavor. Overall I thought it was a good saison, and I would drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 15:35:54 | More by JizackFH
Photo of Rifugium


3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 17:52:58 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 05:17:11 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 12:24:18 | More by thagr81us
Photo of IronCitySteve


4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 20:41:59 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of woosterbill


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: Slightly hazy orange-gold body with just a whiff of fine bubbles on top - can't even call this a head. Disappointing.

S: Sweet fruity esters are predominant, with tons of pear and citrus, maybe some pomegranate. Enticing.

T: More intense and straightforwardly yeasty than the nose, but with all the same fruity sweetness up front. This sweetness gives way to some bready malt, floral hops, and dry, fruity alcohol on the finish. Very complex and completely enjoyable.

M: Light to medium body; carbonation starts out sharp and mellows through the course of a sip.

D: A little on the sweet side for me, but still a pleasure to drink.

Notes: Another solid offering from Smutty, this delivers an enjoyable array of estery goodness. Quite different from other Saisons I've had (DuPont, Foret, Hennepin, NG Imperial Saison) in that it's far sweeter, but in its own way this is every bit as good as those (although I'd rather have a Hennepin on tap, and the NG beer was just awesome).


Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2010 22:00:28 | More by woosterbill
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a pint glass a slightly hazy light orange with a decent off-white head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of spices and sweet malts. The taste is a nice amount of sweet malts with a nice spice backbone. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation. This is one of the best on-tap Farmhouse ales I've had yet.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2009 23:46:28 | More by atsprings
Photo of RblWthACoz


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

Pours a clear amber with a white head. Nose is dough. Perfume is there as well. Flavor is excellent. Citrus. Dough (minor). Little bit of funky. It's just smooth overall. Feel is slightly slick on liquid with a minor carbonation. This is nice. Most American brewers royally f--k this style. Another fine Smuttynose brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2008 19:25:42 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Proteus93


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Served in a tulip at CAH. A crisp and clear blonde pour, decent white head with a lot of sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Quite a leafy scent, with a Belgian funkiness in the spices.

T: A fair bit of candi sugar, spiciness and a funk. An interesting flavour.

M: A moderate carbonation rounding out a fuller medium body. A bit of chewiness and stick.

D: Alcohol is well hidden, easy going sipper that can be consumed fairly easily.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2008 23:59:43 | More by Proteus93
Photo of thekevlarkid


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

Had this on tap for my birthday at American Flatbread (thanks Chad!). Poured into a tulip glass a slightly cloudy, honey gold. Decent, frothy head that displayed fine retention and laced well too. Aromas were very earthy, wet hay, yeast, black pepper, some tropical fruit. Flavors were strong, pineapple sweetness, sour apple first followed by yeast (slightly musty) and cloves and black pepper. Quite accurate for a Saison and a very good American version. Light carbonation, medium body and the sweetness gives it a richness. Really coats the mouth and would be tough to session but is well worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2008 22:22:57 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of everetends


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

Had this on tap at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT. Served in a tulip.

A: Poured a nice golden yellow that had a tint of pink to the color profile. Slightly hazy. This brew was served with about an inch of head that had great retention and had a lot of nice sticky lacing to it.

S: Smell was of a serious earthy nature. My first time I can actually use the term horse blanket in the nose. Yeast, that is clean and light but plentiful. Banana, spices (pepper big time), green apples.

T: Taste is earthy yet again with serious yeast presence. There is a bit of funkiness coming from the fruit, but it could probably be better classified as sour. Sour green apples, pear and cherries are coming through. Banana is there but heavily muted. Pepper rounds out the profile.

M: This is a medium bodied brew that has a tinge of stickiness to it in the feel. It really coats the mouth and allows the pepper and sour fruit to linger. The carbonation is light but still present and noticable.

D: This was a great brew to have before lunch while cooling off after walking the streets of Burlington. One tulip was enough for me though. Any more in a sitting would feel like too much. Greatly enjoyed though and will drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2008 20:18:04 | More by everetends
Photo of fitzy84


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

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink had a great orange-amber color with some creamy lacing. Very sugary aromas mixed with malts were sensed. They were smoothly balanced, making it really appetizing instead of something too overpowering. Taste was excellent: wicked sweet with great bready texture. Mouthfeel was awesomely smooth in texture, making it an enjoyable beverage for the night. Overall, an awesome saison.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2008 19:28:00 | More by fitzy84
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I generally like Smuttynose beers and think them a fine brewery. That being said, I was stunned by the quality of this beer the other night. I ordered the 3 for 4 (three 10 oz beers for $4) at Mahaffey's the other night and quickly pushed aside the Dominion Winter and Anchor special ale and just drank this.

The beer pours a honey gold peach color with fair head retention and good lacing. The beer was very spicey and lively on the nose with nuances of rose, ginger and white pepper. The beer smelled great, but was even better on the palate. The beer has moderate sweetness with flavors of banana, bubble gum and orange. The beer is very light on its feet and carrries its 7.5% alcohol very well. The beer is incredibly drinkable and I was absolutely shocked to see the abv. as high as it is. The beer has a soft, almost creamy finish and is just delicious.

This is one of the best (perhaps the best) domestic farmhouse/saison I have ever had. A very impressive beer from Smuttynose.

Edit: Am trying this beer on tap again today on 8/1/10. While this beer is still very good. Smuttynose has obviously changed the recipe considerably since I first reviewed this beer in 12/07. A far cry from the 7.5% listed on this site, the 2010 version clocks in at 9.3% and shows it. The beer is still quite delicious, but the alcohol is starting to show, and I don't think it really helps the flavor profile in this beer. Really don't see the need to "imperialize" this excellent beer, but that's just my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2007 19:59:42 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of Slatetank


4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I Tried this on tap a KClinger's Tavern in Hanover PA.
Served cool in a standard pint.
A - Hazy, medium amber w/ a half inch of tan head, some lace is apparent.

S - Slightly funky, belgian style yeast aroma w/ slightly sweet citrus nose.

M - Medium body w/ a tangy, mildly carbonated feel. There are gentle hints of spice w/ a nice malt presence and subtle hop spiciness.

T - A mild flavor of wheat w/ nice citrus flavor that doesn't go overboard. Some light pepper and herbal tea-like flavors in the mix. A pleasant dry toasted malt flavor and delicated hop accent w/ herbal qualities.

D - A mild farmhouse w/ little funkiness, very smooth, a quaffer. I could drink multiples of this w/ no problem. It seems a bit restrained for the style, yet still has very drinkable qualities.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2007 14:06:20 | More by Slatetank
Photo of jbsteiny


4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12 oz. wineglass with a tulip glass – a hazy reddish gold with an inch and a half of head that left chunks of lace on the glass. Smelled wonderful, a highly floral and fruity nose with hints of alcohol and spice, and tasted even better. A bitter hop finish keeps this ale from being all flowers and fruit, which helped the taste, but hurt the mouthfeel a touch – otherwise, this medium bodied ale has good carbonation and masks its 7.5% ABV well enough to be a refreshing, but complex, drink on a hot afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2007 13:40:28 | More by jbsteiny
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

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

A clean orange/amber beer. Has a small off white head. Which leaves a nice lace. The aroma is tart fruit notes up front. With hints of pear in the background. The tartness carries over into the start of the taste. Followed quickly by a sour character pushing forward. THere is a soft sweet malt note in the middle. There is a light pepper hoppiness to add a little snap to the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2006 18:18:45 | More by ybnorml
Photo of Hautacam


4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber...huge foamy head....holds well and develops "craters " and laces....beautiful.
Smells of banana, bubblegum ...a little citrus and yeast.
Taste is amazing....not really like any saison I've had, this seems more like a hybrid of a saison and a Belgian strong golden ale.
It has the spicy taste of a normal saison, but much more malt, a lot more yeast and tons of fruit...bananas, apples,oranges,lemons ....some bubblegum.The mouthfeel of this on tap was fantastic...velvety...microcarbonation...so smooth.
As it warmed up , everything gained intensity.
I think this is one to seek out. If you like Belgians( saisons or goldens), this one has everything you are looking for. Great, great brew.
I will definitely be looking for this one in bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2006 22:52:57 | More by Hautacam
Photo of danmouer


2.64/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale is one of the more disappointing Alerican craft beers I have tasted in a while. The beer is clean, no offensive odors or flavors, well made, but just not to style.

I expect a "farmhouse ale" to follow, more or less, the conventions of Belgian Saisons, which I have noted often are among my favorite beers to drink and brew. The principal flaw with the muttynose is that it remains sweet. I expect a saison to be bone dry, and this one is far from it. Another problem is that the beer has little to no aroma, and almost no flavor character. Saisons are/should be nothing if not full f character. Where is the spice?

This beer is neutral, inoffensive, reasonably well balanced for a generic ale, but far too sweet for a saison, or for an American pale, for that matter. And where is the hop character? There s none. There is sufficient bitterness to barely balance the sweetness...for an English ale, I suppose, but not for a saison! There needs to be a bit of hop presence, not just a little note struggling against the undying, cloying sweetness of malt. Where is the tang? Where is the spice? Where is the brisk tongue-tickling carbonation? Where is e mellow flavir of pilsner or pale malt? Nowhere in this brew!

Sorry. This beer is a huge let down.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 22:37:13 | More by danmouer
Photo of dank203

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 23:46:58 | More by dank203
Photo of thecheapies


3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold, but almost as light as straw. Actually, more like straw. Stocky ring of foam, but the head all but expired.

An apple-y nose with a good and firm farmhouse yeast character, not short on sweetness. Almost honeyed with creamy tones. Some good dryness from the sage, which doesn't exactly come out and smack you. Apricot and faint citrus round things out with touches of lemon and pepper.

A sweeter saison with a distict flavor of artificial green apple, like a Jolly Rancher. Some dry sage notes with a restrained pungency that hints at bitter lemon peel and white pepper. Flamboyant in its yeast character with lots more fruitiness than any nuttiness. Some citrus and some stone fruit. Finishes with more apple, pear, and white peach. Not too bad.

Breezy feel with a light dry air and some latent spicy crispiness. Very agreeable. I like more chalky dry chew with the carbonation and residual foam.

This holds up well as a good saison.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 23:15:50 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Vixie


3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a decent white head that lingers. Seems to be a fair amount of bubbles.

Smell starts out with a lot of malt and yeast. There's also citrus, pepper, and a bit of fresh grass and hay, a nice outdoor smell.

Very fruity up front. Once you get past that, there's some pepper spice as well as some grassy notes. Finishes dry with a touch of citrus.

Ok feel, there is a lot of carbonation so quite a bit of tongue tingle.

A decent beer, but not a truly outstanding one. I felt the citrus up front was a bit overwhelming and could be toned down a bit. It is nicely drinkable and goes down easy, but lacking compared to the best of the style I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 03:19:01 | More by Vixie
Photo of bushbeer75


4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt. 6fl. oz. brown bottle - bottle conditioned in 2013

Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale has a body that is slightly hazy orange/gold color and produced a nice 2-finger bubbly white head that held well. The nose is of fruit and spicy esters. The flavor matches the nose with the taste of pears, apples, bananas, and is spicy and a little peppery from cloves/black pepper. The mouth feel is medium with just the correct amount of carbonation.

This is a very drinkable and enjoyable Farmhouse Ale. I am becoming a big fan of the Farmhouse Ale style, and Smuttynose Big Beer Series too.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 23:35:04 | More by bushbeer75
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber that isn't marked with a bottling date. However on the bottom-left corner of the label, it reads "Bottle-conditioned in:" and lists three years: 2013, 2014 and 2015. The label has a notch next to 2013, which I presume means this was bottled this year. Poured into a round 8 oz snifter-esque tulip glass.

Appearance - The body reminds me of a hazy countryside sunset, with hues of gold, amber, straw yellow and maize. Shadows waft through, created by a finger of cream colored pillowy head. Retention is superb and leaves pronounced lacing. So far so good.

Smell - Yeasty phenols and a bouquet of fresh fruit with floral overtones and some light, peppery notes. I also get some generic roundness, perhaps from some inclusion of wheat malt?

Taste - Here, the generic roundness becomes more prominent as a biscuit characteristic. From there, the flavor expands to include the spiciness and more distinct notes of nectarine, pear and banana, even some faint bubblegum from the nose. Faint bitterness from some grassy hops that is just enough to make me wish there were more to it, but otherwise, no complaints. A very quaffable saison.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is dry in spite of the taste having some pleasant sweetness to it.

Overall, a very tasty take on the style. While it doesn't blow me away as a wildly unique version of saison, it's solid and I would jump at the chance to drink it again. I just wouldn't go out of my way to purchase it, since it doesn't distribute to KS/MO.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 08:55:42 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head isn't as towering as some saisons, but it is a one finger white shade. Retention isn't great, however.

S: This actually has a nice whiff of funk to it. It takes a while for it to really hit the nose, though - upon opening, it's mostly comprised of white wine with a spicy undertone. There are also some candied sugar notes buried in there. Aside from being a little sweet for my style preferences, it hits upon the major aspects well. Swirling it, in particular, will really allow all that stank-ass cheesiness to hit the nose.

T: It starts off with a wave of spiciness. Earthiness is also prevalent - especially around the middle - but some of the funk notes are a bit subdued next to the aroma. When sufficiently warmed up, swirling the glass will cause some of the funkiness to reappear more vividly - not just on the aroma, but on the flavor as well. The finish is bready and (perhaps) slightly too sugary. Definitely a good saison that's only let down by occasional overt sweetness.

M: An initial fizz helps to lift the (rather dense) body off of the tongue fairly well. After the swallow, though, it leaves a bit too much sweetness on the back palate. Even worse, it also leaves a bit too much astringency on the front of the palate, making it slightly harsh. That's never good. Otherwise, it's easy to drink.

O: This one's nice, but not my ideal saison. With a little less sweetness, this could have been killer. Still solid, still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 22:20:52 | More by ThisWangsChung
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New York

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 21:47:02 | More by Huffs
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Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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