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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

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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is there a bad saison? Smuttynose produces a competent saison that simulates, with bolder taste, your conventional farmhouse saison, funky horseblanket et al.I aged this and so the yeast is diminished and smooth orange and corriander flavour is in every sip over a complex lunch. Creamy easy mouthful.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 03:49:10 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Kruggerand gold with a faint yeasty haze following the first pour. The three finger crown is an especially attractive shade of rich ivory, has a firmly creamy texture and isn't shy about laying down lace. Plainly and simply, this is good looking beer.

According to the aroma, Farmhouse Ale is a fruity-herbal-spicy saison, as opposed to an earthy-funky one. In other words, this is a Brettanomyces-free zone. Can a saison yeast result in a beer that smells this authentic and this wonderful? In the right hands, why not? Warming opens things up even more and forces me to click on the next highest score.

Farmhouse Ale is yet another outstanding Big Beer Series offering from Smuttynose. Who knew they had a Belgian-style saison in 'em? They definitely did their homework... and it shows. This stuff should be released in 750 ml bottles with a cork and cage. That way, the packaging can be as impressive as the contents.

With respect to flavor, barley malt stays the hell out of the way, which is definitely for the best. I'm guessing that pale or pilsner malt is numero uno by a fairly wide margin. Thanks to Belgian candi sugar, there's still a good bit of residual sweetness to balance the bitterness and the hoppiness.

The flavor profile includes ripe pears and apples, a surprising amount of creamy banana, a twist of lemon and a generous sprinkling of ground clove (possibly even coriander). It just occured to me that this ale tastes like an Imperial hefeweizen. And a damn good one at that.

It doesn't matter if you like big American beer or Belgian beer, the mouthfeel is beautifully built. The beer feels medium-full on contact, then the well-buried bubbles take over and lighten it to a silky smooth creaminess that seems to linger forever.

When I put Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale on my wants list, I had no idea what incredible beer it is. Thanks to biegaman for sending me this bottle so I could find out. Trouble is, now I want more. Much, much more.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 21:25:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one in a trade a few months back and had been sitting on it in the fridge ever since waiting to be able to try it. Twenty two ounce bomber was served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into snifter and allowed to warm up. Consumed 08/21/2008.

The pour was nice with a very hazy, and very cloudy dark amber color coming forward, much darker then I thought it would be for the style. Nice head, maybe two inches with some really great retention and a wonderful bit of side glass lacing. Lots of carbonation was visible streaking up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was a little bit light for me to be honest. Some nice notes of yeast, grain, with lots of breadiness in the middle, not nearly the funky farmhouse ale I was expecting it to be. Lots of light fruit notes with hints of peppery spice dominating on the flavor. Quick hints of pear, peach, maybe some apple, all in that general family. Nice touches of figs and light bread. Light feel on this, a little slick to be honest, but still not bad at all. Good carbonation and a nice smooth sipper.

Overall not bad, I am not blown away like I usually am from their beers though. Still very nice approach to it though and a bit different then what I was expecting, which is never a bad thing. I would try this one again, maybe, but nothing really stood out as excellent to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 13:55:19 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a frothy head that sticks well and leaves swathes of lace

Smell: Some modest horseblanket, but the aroma is dominated by a sweet herbal aspect; lots of clove, orange peel and overripe pineapple

Taste: This is way to sweet at the outset, and the cloying tones offset a lot of the otherwise great flavor profile in the beer; it is peppery, with loads of clove and pineapple phenols that develop, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with moderate but prickly carbonation

Drinkability: What this beer could be if it were not so sweet would put Smuttynose right up there with some of the better American Belgian style brewers; I love a lot of the Smuttynose beers but this is one that is tough to drink

Thanks, ohmesohoppy, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 23:26:10 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of JJPM74: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a big foamy head with good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with some nice medium sweet Belgian malt. Taste is also dominated by some nice fruity ester probably coming from the yeast that was used with some nice medium sweet Belgian malt and a subtle dry hoppy ending. Body was quite full with a somewhat oily texture and some good carbonation. I thought this was a bit too sweet and somewhat cloying when compared to the staples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 18:02:20 | More by Phyl21ca
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.28/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to Joppa for this bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear golden color, starting with a two-finger white head and falling quickly to a thin cap without leaving too much lacing behind.

The nose starts out with some faint phenolics and just a touch of fruit in the background. Light notes of alcohol. The flavor really beefs up the alcohol presence atop the peppery phenolics and spice, plus very mild fruitiness.

Body is medium with average carbonation and quite a bit of booze. Yikes.

Not a fan of this one. The saison character goes in the wrong direction and this beer is unnecessarily big. Why have a saison at 9%? It doesn't work here, that's for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 12:40:07 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 02:11:00 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber - $5.49 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Bottle-conditioned in: 2009. A nice "pssst!" upon opening, as if it had a deep, dark secret to tell. Go on, Farmhouse Ale, unburden yourself and spill those beans for me.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, orange-golden body with a large, meringue-like, off-white head despite a relatively gentle pour. Continuous streams of effervescence throughout.

Smell: It's a bold, busy aroma where everything is vying for your attention -- everything from malted barley and wheat, non-frosted cake, fresh-picked orchard fruits, Curaçao liqueur, and plenty of spices.

Taste: Tastes like a sweetish mixture of crisp pils and soft wheat malts smoothed over with a touch of candi sugar. Small hint of fresh pound cake in there as well. Initial fruit tastes of apples and tart pears, but soon an orange citrus character joins the fray and eventually overtakes the other fruit flavors. The yeast provides a particularly bold spiciness to the beer, giving an impression of finely-ground cloves and pepper. The hops provide an additional rustic spiciness and a fair amount of sweetness-countering bitterness. The finish provides a taste of cake soaked in spices and fruit liqueurs with some warming, soothing alcohol lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Highly carbonated providing for a rather zippy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A bold, warming, bubbly affair, for sure, and, while good, I feel I'd sooner reach for a standard Saison Dupont. Still though, it is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2009 02:31:55 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slight hazed burnt orange-like color with a thinner but well retaind white head,alot of different things going on in the nose some lemony tartness as well as some yeasty phenolic notes but not overbearing with lingering hints of iron and herb.In my opinion the flavors are very Belgian-like in its yeasty tones and almost medicinal hop profile with lemon and overipe pineapple tones.I like it not alot of the barnyard funk you get in traditional Belgian saisons wich I dont care for so that was a plus for me,pretty refreshing and substantial at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 00:44:09 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

Smuttynose's Farmhouse Ale pours a slightly hazy amber with an orange cast beneath a short head of creamy off-white froth. The head retention is fairly good, and it leaves some nice lace at the outset of the glass.

The nose is quite interesting with notes of toasty, wheaty malt and Belgian yeast (fruitiness and spice).

It's dextrinous medium body is fuller than might be expected, and it's pillowy smooth across the palate with a gently zesty carbonation.

In the flavor the yeast shows it's true character, revealing phenols and even more black pepper spiciness. The fruitiness is citrusy (orange, and pineapple?), and works well against the sweet malt. A very firm bitterness holds it together, and it finishes a bit sweet but not sticky as some alcohol is present and helps to thin it a bit.

An interesting and unique beer that's well worth it if you can find it!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 03:36:50 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of yeast and banana with a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is bready and a little fruity with flavors of yeast, banana and touch of spice. It’s simple but effective and refreshing. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is mild. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily as evident by the fact that I killed the bomber that I had in a very short time, not filling at all, good representation of style and a good kick, this is a very good light and refreshing beer that I good drink quite a bit of. It’s one of the best Saison style beers that I’ve had.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 04:00:54 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A plume of smoke and gentle hiss christens the opening...

The hefty bomber pours out a cloudy orange tone into a chalice. Suspended sediment of yeast swirls around, dancing around in the moderate carbonation.

Aroma of funky Belgian yeast, true to style. Some resemblance to Orval in the funk factor. Estery fruit and mild phenolic alcohol in there too, still very pleasing.

At first the taste reminded me of a Tripel, due to a sweet bubblegum and fruity, estery alcohol presence. This was countered by a spicy, peppery finish that balanced the initial mild sweetness. After a few sips, the mild phenolic alcohol mellowed, and became well integrated. An earthy, bittersweet note emerged, accompanied by pear, orange peel, and berry in the middle. Throughout there was the funky Orval-esque yeast. Finish was definitely not as dry as most Belgian Saisons, and it was easy to finish the 22 oz. bottle.

A hearty drinker may be able to session 2 bombers, but honestly that would be more than enough.

This is a great example of a domestic Saison in the Belgian tradition.
Served around 50-55º.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 01:37:19 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from JasonA, cheers!!

Pours an effervescent amber with one finger of pearl colored head. Nice vicious look to this one, hazes a bit at the bottom of the bottle; average lacing & head retention

S: Orchard fruits & apple peels, orange blossoms & nature in abundance!

T: Pears, honey, apricot & a bit of dirt, mushrooms & dryness up front. Nice green apples, white grape juice & grapefruiity hops as this warms. Finishes with fruitty crispness, a bit of grapefruit hops & much appley goodness

MF: Sticky, effervescent & light/medium bodied all at once

Drinks very easy, despite all the complexity going on here. A great take on the style! Smutty rarely disappoints & mostly blows me away!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 02:48:21 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and Munich malts along with a wonderful Belgian yeast aroma. It's fruity with some light earthy notes. The taste is good. It has a smooth and refreshing flavor that goes down earthy and quenches thirst even with the intensified abv.. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an excellent seasonal beer. It's bold with tons of flavor; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 23:22:43 | More by WesWes
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, golden-orange color with a foamy, white, one-finger head. It left some thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and a little funk. It had tons of yeasty aromas.

T - It tasted of funky yeastiness, some orange and caramel malt. There was a touch of honey flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry flavor. A medium bodied farmhouse ale.

D - This is a pretty darn good Belgian ale from an American brewery. It is very well-balanced and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 18:14:56 | More by zeff80
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 22:30:14 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 17:27:10 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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

Light chill haze in the golden color. Modest head that reduces to a thin layer of bubbles. Good lace, though.

Earthy but less so than some Saisons. Notable yeast bite, although the appearance wouldn't indicate it.

Strong level of fruitiness--apricot, nectarine and pineapple. Oily from the alcohol level. The hop, while present, isn't enough to give balance. Rich liquid with moderate level of carbonation.

There are some elements of a barley wine in the character, but the flavor is definitely Saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 21:51:44 | More by smcolw
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 20:50:16 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

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

Received this one in the Secret Santa BIF from joepais; thanks Joe. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my new fancy Losy Abbey glass. 2011 vintage, first beer of the year.

a - Pours a hazy orange-straw color with one finger of fluffy white head and mdoerate carbonation evident. Head lasts for about two minutes and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, lemon, citrus, earthy notes, floral hops, and a little bit of funk. Little bit fruity as well. Really like the nose.

t - Tastes of spices, pepper, Belgian yeast, earthy notes, floral notes, lightly musty. Nice, but not as nice as the nose.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very solid saison. I liked the nose a lot, and was surprised by how much funk it seemed to have. Taste was good though a little musty and earthy. Certainly a beer I'd have again and would pick up off the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 00:50:14 | More by mdfb79
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The ale is a bright orange amber color, clear with no sign of any haze. A pour invigorates a 1.5 finger head that does not retain well but does leave small spots of lace.

S: The saison has a dirty, barnyard-like aroma. Some peppery coriander pops up also, as does a bit of brettanomyces sourness.

T: The ale has a strong coriander flavor that pops out up front. It is followed by a some cardamom and berry sweetness. The brett that I smelled in the nose does not appear here. There is a bit of funky flavor but not to the point of sour.

M: The spices and fruitiness are pleasant, providing a sweet kick that sticks around long in the mouth.

D: The ale, like most saisons, is eminently drinkable. The spices and barnyard flavors kick in at the right time and never approach the level of sourness that I am not a fan of.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 19:30:07 | More by akorsak
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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
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Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, "Bottle conditioned in 2006", pours a bright orangy, shimmering amber, clear with bubbles slowly streaming to the top. This flavorful brew is topped with a near white head, that initially was puffy and retentive, then dissolving to a film and leaving pleanty of fine, sticky and good looking lacing and sheeting. Nose here is tropical fruit sweet, pepper and floral. Spicy, complex and satisfying brew, lots of pepper, rye, Belgian yeasty, earthy notes. Bottle finishes with a final yeasty pour. Nice saison from Smutty. Bring on the spicy food to enjoy with this very worthy offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 00:57:19 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a hazy apricot body with a big foamy off-white head with a sea of slow microbubbles.
S- The fruit aroma has a dry soft cinnamon spice with a light we stone note in the finish.
T- This beer has a green herbal pine note with some wheat dough notes. There are some cheese rind notes with some yeasty earthy hint in the finish. The light spice comes through in the finish aswell.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizzy finish. Some alcohol heat comes through in the finish.
D- This beer is a big fusel in the alcohol finish with some odd fruity finishes that is more like breakfast cereal than yeasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 22:09:49 | More by rhoadsrage
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Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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