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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395 Reviews
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Reviews: 395
Hads: 652
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 45
Gots: 38 | 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 tempest
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't know, it was pretty good but not great. A nice golden color with white head. Smelled of sweet belgian candi and herb. Tasted similar, predominently of light candi sugar used, a bit much I'd say, with some funkiness (not enough) and a bit of grassy hops. Overall, this was very tasty, but it was a little heavier and unbalanced. (335 characters)

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

My first from Smuttynose. Pours a hazy golden/orange, some chunkies in suspension, thin white head, some lacing. Smell is sweet, winey, some vanilla and spice, some funk. Taste is sweet up front, vanilla, spices, yeast, bread, funk, flavourful mix. Mouthfeel is full bodied, lots of residual sweetness, low to medium carbonation, quite rich. I liked this one, neat funky flavours. Thanks biegaman! (397 characters)

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant clear gold with a medium white head. Nose is lightly malty and musty, like a farmhouse that has been boarded up airtight for years. Perhaps just a little floral when the glass is swirled.

Taste is more light toasty malt and a touch of malty sourness. Light caramel sweetness, more light yeasty and musty flavors. Just a bare touch of fruit in the finish, something like pear or apricot. Only the slightest hint of a Belgian yeast strain, no alcohol flavors at all.

Mouthfeel is medium but a little heavy for the style, and it leaves a crisp bite on the end of the tongue. I realize saisons have a lot of leeway when it comes to the style but I don't get a lot of the spicy saison-y flavors I would expect (especially after finishing a Belgian/French beer tasting two days ago). I like it but this impresses me more as a slightly sour maibock or maybe a hefty cider. (889 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright orange, high clarity. Short, wispy foam that dissipates quickly to a ring.

S: Earthy, apple spice, and floral notes. Alcohol not very discernable.

T: Flavor has a light dryness, more mild spiciness, with cinnamon and fruit notes of apple and pear. Hardly any bitterness toward the finish.

M: Medium thick on the palate, nice solid carbonation creates an enjoyable smoothness.

D: This is a well-rounded Saison, nothing unexpected here. It has a good flavor and not too much alcohol, making it's drinkablility high. Worth trying... thanks to ghostwalker for the bottle... (592 characters)

Photo of Onceeven
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After allowing the brew to reach proper temperature, poured into a Duvel tulip. Poured rather forcefully to achieve a moderate sized head. Well formed lacing clung to the sides of the glass, making a nice overall presentation to this bright gold beer.
Smell was not as pronounced as I had expected. An assertive yeast aroma makes itself known with a bright fruity kick and clove. Restrained yet complex.
Mouthfeel is a bit prickly, slightly heavy, but not coating. Clove aroma mixed with a warming alcohol flavor are the first to kick in. A dried apricot flavor lingers in the background. Pleasant, drinkable, but not at the top of it's class. (645 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a deep yellow, clear brew with a one finger, fast and fizzy head. Not much lacing to speak of.

Aroma was of spices, clove and cinnamon, along with cantaloupe. Medium malts formed a backbone.

Taste was of spicy cloves, with a light fruitiness. Medium malts backed it up, with a bit of hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel was crisp, but mellow at the same time.

Drinkability... went down easy, didn't seem like a 7.5% brew. Dangerous! (453 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am sampling this brew at room temp in a stemmed tulip glass. The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with bleached white fizzy head of 1 cm. Aroma is fruity with white grape and melon and some spice nutmeg and cinnamon. First sip reveals an average to lite body and fine gentle carbonation. The flavor starts sweet with some general fruitiness and general spice as well. The finish rolls to a surprisingly huerbal and spciy hop finish. DIdnt see the hops coming from anywhere. No hint of booze makes it an easy drinkin beer. (530 characters)

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

Bright, rich gold colour that's just short of orange, topped by a thin white head that quickly reduced to a rocky collar. There was a smattering of spotty lace between sips. Grainy sweet aroma with mild clove and pepper, some apple fruitiness, and a hint of yeast. The flavour is quite sweet, with significant clove character and maybe a bit of coriander. There's a bit of pepper in the finish, along with light alcohol warmth. Fruity flavour is a bit earthy, more like apple peel than straight-up apples, and lingers for a while. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly creamy as well and the residual sugar makes it just a little sticky. I thought the sweetness would be too much, but it actually provided a nice balance and worked well. This is great stuff, highly recommended. (786 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale pours a hazy honey color with a small creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface leaving behind a few spots of lace around the glass.

The aroma is a combination of clove, pepper, apples, and yeast. The yeast smell is a bit funky. Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is very smooth and soft on the palate. The flavor is a well balanced combination of fruit, spice and malt. The fruit notes are mainly white grapes, apples and a hint of pear. Mild spicy flavors of clove and corriander are mixed in while a nice toasted malt stands in the background. It finishes somewhat tart with a hint of alcohol. Once gone the white grapes and corriander remain behind.

This is an easy drinking, very tasty beer. The flavor really comes out as the beer warms in the glass. (841 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was better on tap. Still a pretty good brew in the bottle but some of the things I sensed from the tap version could go wrong did go wrong whenst bottled. A bit too heavy, syrupy and sugary, especially by comparison. There are some red ale like textures that I just don't dig; an abrasiveness that doesn't resonate with my tastes.
Lots of fruity richness to be enjoyed but you have to be in the mood for dessert. (418 characters)

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

Poured a brilliant, bright, gold with a medium white head. Nice retention and complex, silky lacings.

Aroma is fruity, with wheat, hay and esters.

Sweet fruit up front, with lots of plum and apple. The sweetness is balanced with a very earthy, doughy taste. Some hints of clove and pepper appear throughout. The finish is slightly tart with a suggestion of bitter, though not enough to counter the lingering sweetness. Surprisingly, the finish is not dry in the least.

Nice mouthfeel, medium bodied, perhaps a tad undercarbonated for the style. The smooth flavors and sweetness make this a rather drinkable beverage.

This is a very nice beer but it will lose points if you are a big fan of the style. The undercarbonation and the lack of tartness or bitterness in the end are a bit disappointing for a Saison. Still, this is pleasurable to drink. (859 characters)

Photo of loren01
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange color with good frothy white head, good lacing down the glass
S: Smell is awesome, smells fruity (apple/pear), good spiciness in there as well. You can also smell alcohol scent.
T: Slightly sweet, but mostly a lot of spiciness/peppery flavor.
M: Light to medium bodied, dry finish
D: Very refreshing, complex smelling and tasting beer. Would for sure have this again. Thanks to snilsen13 for this tasty beer. (438 characters)

Photo of bruachan
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

grabbed this daddy up at yankee spirits in attleboro. never seen it in the midwest

sweet aromas swirl around as i sit on my couch. the beer i poured into my goblet has a creamy merengue head, and itself is a rich, effervescent amber. almost like a river-worn globe of amber. the head's withdrawal leaves creamy lacing

the aromas are of buttered popcorn and coriander. sweet but funky. the flavor profile is sweet and fruity: pear, apricot, but minimally spicy. bitterness shows up at the finish to cut off the sweetnes. it's fairly meaty all the while—certainly for a saison

it's too sweet, and head brewer david yarrington admits as much on the website, as well as the fact that it's a little bigger than intended. i was very impressed to see in his notes that offered criticisms for his own brews and plans to improve them in the future. such honesty is totally unnescessary, but very appreciated. i will definitely try this again, since i have reason to believe it will only get better (and i appreciate the difficulty in the intricacies of saison fermenting) (1,072 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Bottle Conditioned

Pours golden - Nice color and clarity, with a thin, highly carbonated off-white head that soon disappears to almost nothing. Nice color - poor head retention.

The smell is of spiced yeast, citrusy lemon and some earthy grains.

The taste is the same as the smell, but fuller. Complex, yet light and smooth. A touch of sweetness emerges as the drink progresses.

The feel is smooth and refreshing. The taste, especially the fruitiness, hold up well.

This one really hit the spot after coming home from work on a hot day - light and tasty. A classic interpretation of the style with a Smuttynose twist! (637 characters)

Photo of Doomcifer
4.69/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a very clear, golden/orangey color with a decent sized white head that dropped off pretty quickly, leaving behind a good amount of lacing. What a HUGE aroma this beer has! Smells of juicy pears, white grapes, maybe a macintosh apple juice, spiciness, some bready tones. Smells amazing. Taste is of white grapes, pears, coriander, yeast, bready, and a tad tart even. This is probably the best tasting/smelling saison/farm ale made in the USA/non-Belgium. Mouthfeel is pretty velvety and substantial. A lot heavier than a Hennepin. Carnonation is fair and perfect for the style. I could drink this all night long. Extremly refreshing and tasty. Smuttynose does it again! Like I said, probably the best non-Belgian Saison/Farm Ale on the market. Wow. (754 characters)

Photo of HerrFaust
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Previously had on tap, but reviewing a bomber...poured into a Duvel glass to get that signature merengue head. Esters hit the nose immediately. Overall, "Farmhouse," instead of Saison, seems an apt description. The tap version was very spicy, yeasty, and generally Saison-y, but the bottle had a Biere de Garde sweetness in the middle and end. I usually prefer the dryness of the former, but like some of Victory's special 750mL editions, this one works. There's enough spice and carbonation to balance it and prevent that cloying sweetness of some Bieres de Garde. While the Saison purests will have legitimate beef, this is America, and we have enough room for a highly drinkable New World hybrid. (699 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cystal clear orangey gold with a thin white head that doesn't hang around.
toasted malts, with clean orange, and traces of honest to goodness belgian barnyard funk make up the dominant portion of the aroma. other than that i find cracked pepper, strawberry, and alcohol. some soft red apple as it warms.
the taste is sweet, but has some welcomed citric tang, to counter it a little, earthy spicy pepper, clove, a *little* corriander? orange, apple, white grape the toasted malts come through some, bolstered by some surprisingly heavy booze on occasion. other times the booze disappears though. a little bitter at the end. let this warm substantially this is far better when approaching room temp. some of the other flavors overtake the sweetness at colder temps.
a medium body, with moderate carbonation, but lacks the medium bodied dry airyness of some great saisons
a little too sweet to hit the mark all that well, but certainly not a bad beer. i'll take my saison needs elsewhere, though. (997 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to malto to supplying this.

Pours out a hazy orange-amber color with a frothy but not lasting head. Good malty aroma with a pungent spiciness. Abundantly fruity character with lots of peppery, clove-like phenols. A fair amount of bitterness and earthy grapefruit hop flavor lurk around, becoming more apparent as the taste develops. A warming hint of alcohol appears at the very end. Fairly big bodied. (412 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a short 1/2" head that falls quickly. Some spotty lacing develops. No visible carbonation bubbles.

Smell: fruity sweetness, yeast, and a hint of barnyard funkiness.

Taste: strong fruity flavor of plums and sweet apples, spicy yeast, pepper, nice bitterness,and a touch of alcohol. Also a bit dry too.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Crisp at the start and finish. The aftertaste is long on the fruity sweetness and yeast tones.

Drinkability: very easy to quaff. Flavorful but not overbearing. Nice beer. (554 characters)

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

Bright copper body, plenty of carbonaion, a bit hazy. Soft white head of tiny little bubbles clings around the rim for some stretchy lacing.

Spicy nose, some pepper, but some lighter notes also. Bit yeasty too.

Taste kicks off with a light fruity sweetness, but a tide of spiciness quickly rises to change the direction, bringing some teasing pepper to the forefront. Finishes dry but not dusty. Refreshing.

Nice light mouthfeel. Beer dances across the tongue.

Fine drinkability. Have one on a warm afternoon.

Big, but not too big for the season. Smuttynose delivers again. (588 characters)

Photo of RedChrome
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour resulted in a medium hued amber color. Inch high head of white color quickly dropped to a quater inch. Nice streams of average sized carbonation bubbles. Thin clumpy lacing.

A very nice fruit blend was the major aroma of this beer. The primary scent was of banana. It is very reminisicant of a hefeweizen. Second scents are of pineapple, white grape, and apple.

A nice blend of the fruit noted in the smell and the flavor of malt. The banana is again the foremost acting part of the beer, but the white grape tries it's hardest to make a race of it. A smooth finish leaves the crispness of apple.

Beer has a nice thick feel in the mouth. Taste cling on the back of the tongue.

Overall, a fantastic beer top to bottom. Would be a nice choice to go with either a pork dish, a tenderloin or a roast, or a rack of lamb.
This beer could alsostand on it's own as a nice refreshing late afternoon summer choice. A nice first taste fom a brewery I haven't tried before. (981 characters)

Photo of sloejams
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Farmhouse Ale is Smuttynose's venture into the Belgian world of the Saison. Often I worry when sitting down with American interpretations of this style - more often then not, it just doesn't work. This one works.

It pours a unfiltered, straw yellow haze. It has an aroma of bread yeast, clove and bubble gum - sweet but subdued. It has similar flavors, very juicy but somewhat tart. It's very reminiscent of Ommegang's Hennepin. This is the finest of the Big Beers I've tasted. (485 characters)

Photo of andjusticeforale
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nice big hazy honey golden yellow with a nice head that could be brought back to life with pre-sip swirling.

There was some controlled funk in the smell; The first taste was all buttery smooth malt, nutty yeast and a bitter finish. THat finish really balanced teh sweetness. I guess it was alcohol rather than a hoppiness in the finish, but there was a use of flavoring hops that also pushed the limit as to what was possible- I wouldn't go any further. The mouthfeel was okay, but there was just not as luxurious a feel that needs to be there is a saison. What I would like to see is a slick and feather light middle; yet the feeling that you just drank something substantial. This just didn't get here. (722 characters)

Photo of Celt44
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a light and transparent amber - Creamy head present and lacing lasts throughout.

Aroma - grape jumps out first with splashes of citrus - grapefruit and lemon.

Taste is superior for the style. Not overbearing and abv is masked very well. Very fruity with a spicy finish. Yeast abounds.

Mouthfeel starts creamy and finishes smooth.

Excellent Saison. These go down very easy for a "big beer". (415 characters)

Photo of soultrain
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Hennipen glass.
A-Semi-clear golden orange beer. 2" head disappears quickly. Yeast chunks abound. O.k. lacing.
S-Very slight sweetness morphs into a sharp yeast attack.
T-Gritty bottle-conditioned goodness. Sweet but farm tart. Nice funk. No loose ends.
M-Almost perfect.
D-Can I have another?

CRUX: THIS IS A REALLY NICE FARMHOUSE ALE. Good stuff. (370 characters)

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