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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BA SCORE
88
very good

395 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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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 flexabull
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of TheManiacalOne, thanks again!

Pours a hazy gold color with a huge white head.

Aromas are quite nice, white wine, cider vinegar funk, lime, and spice.

Taste starts out dry and a little sour. Flavors then settle into some lime, pepper and spice. Finish is tart, with some lemon zest and mineral bitterness.

Mouthfeel works well, full, smooth, with a nice crispness.

Drinkability is good. This is a nice Saison, it is subtle, yet tasty. I kind of wish it had a little more pop to it, and complexity. But with that said, this is still a solid take on the style. (581 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are nicely balanced and work well together, the mix of slightly tart and slightly sour especially. (875 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A welcome "zisssSSS!" from the pried-off cap and we're underway...humongous fluffy head emerges with hardly any effort, a rocky, firm thing that looks like the most comfortable pillow in the universe. Liquid is a dirty yellow/gold with bubbles wildly darting through it and to the top. Damn, this head is amazing...like the moon's surface, if the moon were made of meringue (rather than cheese, like it really is).

Aroma is fruity and earthy in equal measure. Just a light trace of barnyard funk, dirtying things up (in a good way), and lighter mineral traces in back. Little bit of lemon sneaks in as well.

While the aroma is a bit subdued, the flavor brings it all to the edge of the stage and just about topples right off. First sips seem to say "I am a big wild mutha of a Saison!!" Lots of citrus notes (mostly lemon), even more bready/biscuity malt sweetness, and then spice and mineral characteristics shove in and take the spotlight. Crisp and dry, although a spice/malt aftertaste remains long after the swallow, somewhat "cinnamon roll," especially with the yeast making its complexities known. Further sips offer all kinds of interesting impressions (flowery earthiness here, I'm-sucking-on-stones-plucked-from-a-forest-stream there).

This is an incredibly refreshing beer...I would love to have this in the middle of a killer humid summer day or something...but it works incredibly well on this rainy, chilly night too. Another excellent offering in Smuttynose's Big Beer Series. I'll be on the lookout for more bottles, starting NOW. (1,549 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 KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz Smutty Big Beer series bomber into a pint glass. Pours cloudy orange, with 2 hands thick creamy white foam that is everlasting. Mounds of lacing down the side. Patience is a virtue after the pour.

Fruity citrus smell - reminds me of orange slices and peels from kids soccer sidelines. Spices buried in the back.

Loads of Belgain-esque malty goodness, big fruity mouthfeel with a very mild hop in the background. Hints of raisins/licorice. Good carbonation, very full and tasty in the mouthfeel.

I've found the Big Beer series to be hit or miss, but this one is a hit. Easy to double up here, if not for the 7.5% ABV. (641 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 CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden hue with just a dash of red. Some solid white foam that quickly receded.
Aroma of orange, hay, grass, some wheat toast and a bit of must and some spicy coriander and white pepper notes.
Flavors of pepper, some clovy spiciness and a solid undercurrent of pale malt make this very enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is very solid with a palate coating strong alcohol shot on the finish. Well carbonated and this plays off the diverse flavors well.
Drinkability was very solid with a nice balance and some real complexity at the same time. (542 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. This beer pours a solid golden color with a 2 finter chunky head that sits incredibly strong atop the brew. The clarity is superb and there is a very steady stream of bubbles working up through the beer. This is a damn nice looker. Taking a sniff, I am hit immediately with lemony and orangey citrusy notes, with a solid honey-kissed pilsener malt base to it. There is just a hint of mustyness breaking into hte background. I like it. The first sip delivers much what I found in the nose. The first to come is a mild sweetness that is a little honey and a little candied sugar. Next comes a light grainyness, with the citrusyness and spiceyness following. It finishes with a blast of mustyness. I dig it. The mouthfeel is moderate with a mild carbonation. Seems it all has worked out in the bubble I se.e. I am a fan of this beer. All the flavors seem in harmony to me, and it drinks a lot smaller than the ABV. Good show. (936 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear, slightly coppery golden color. It poured with a big but short lived sticky white head.

s: Smutty got the funk part just right. Earthy, pungent, and mildy acidic yeasty notes dominate. Also some almost citric, flowery hops and a little coriander. Nice touch of heat as well.

t: This has brief moment of sweetness before the yeasty funk kicks in. The finish is dry and peppery with a surprising hit of leafy, lemony hops.

m: Big viscous body and lush, creamy carbonation. This has a filling, chewy feel overall with a lingering peppery/funk bite.

d: I really like this one. This almost gives Ommegang's Hennepin a run for it's money. I need some more of these. (683 characters)

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

Gold with streams of bubbles. Obnoxiously large bubbly white head. Foamy Pangea mound retention leaves clinging lace drifts.

Aroma is yeast, spice, apricot: alluring and farmy enough for me.

Tastes crisp yet smooth with a sugared apricots and cantaloupe balanced by dry funk. Sweet takes over as the funk fades. Apropriately dry.

Smuttynose can do anything. (362 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy golden body with a slight white head and a small amount of lacing. Lots of fairly sizeable particles floating around throughout.

Smells very sweet like candy and sweet malts with a little bit of sourness in the background.

Taste is predominantly of sweet sugars with some malt character. So much so that at first I don't taste any sourness that classic saisons exhibit. As the brew warms I do notice that funky sourness in the background, which allowed me to finish the beer.

A pretty thick mouthfeel here.

A little too sweet for me to drink a ton of. (562 characters)

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

Copper/orange in color with a large tightly wound head that is rich thick and white. Leaves some sticky lacing in its tracks.

Nice springy nose. Highly floral with tropical fruits galore. Lots of yeasty aromas as well. Mango, tangerine, and fresh pineapple as well as many other fruits esters.

Damn fine beer. Slightly lacking depth but other than than it's a total winner. Nicely carbonated with a tingle sensation about it. Very fruity again with a bittering hop on the end. Nicely balanced with a piercing acidity. Some RS detectable as well. Very tropical and island worthy. Easily drinkable on a warm summers day. Does not seem near 7.5 ABV (652 characters)

Photo of grub
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, purchased on a recent trip to buffalo. sampled june 11/09.

pours crystal clear deep orangey amber with a small dense white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. big perfumey floral nose. lots of spice too - clove, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg. light alcohol. crackers and white bread. touch of funk. orange peel.

taste is nice. orange peel. touch of caramel sweetness. floral and perfumey hops. spice seems a little more restrained than in the aroma, but still fairly strong. clove, corriander, cardamom. bit of cinnamon. light alcohol. cracker and white bread. touch of biscuit. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is nice. medium carbonation. body feels a bit full for the style at over medium weight.

drinkability is pretty good. fairly well balance. a bit of an "americanized" version of the style, and a bit too perfumey for my taste. fairly nice overall, just not quite the point on the spectrum where i like my sasons. (985 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smuttynose "Big Beer Series" bottle - 2007 edition, purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $4.99...
After an aggressive pour, this beer displays a clean, clear, lucid appearance, very apple-juice like with a moderate-sized foamy head that soon dissipated, leaving a hefty amount of lacing...
Aroma was on-point for a Saison, carrying the typical earthy, citrus, lemon nuances...
Taste was good, but not great, a fair representation of the style, but not the best Saison that I've ever sampled... Flavor full of fresh florals, citrus, grapefruit, pears, and apples...
Nice, crispy, clear, clean mouthfeel...
Easy level of drinikability due to the lack of any interfering flavors and a nice thirst-quenching factor that did well to hide any alcohol apparent in the taste...
Good stuff from Smuttynose... Recommended... (837 characters)

Photo of ElGallo
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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. (464 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 atsprings
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin layer with no lacing.

S: Light spice notes at first followed by lots of bubblegum, candy sugar, and banana aromas. Sweet bready aromas bring up the finish.

T: Belgian spices up front followed by some bubblegum flavors. Light fruit notes of pears and white grapes are present. Slightly sweet yeasty flavors bring up the finish.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is fairly light and clean, though could use a bit more carbonation.

O: A pretty decent American style saison. It could use a bit more depth and carbonation, but still a drinkable, refreshing saison. (675 characters)

Photo of jampics2
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle opened and shared with friends at Nicole's birthday party. Enjoyed on the deck on a wonderful sunny afternoon.

Hazy body, an orange-yellow color, and little head and lacing. While it's not ideal, I'll take this over the farmhouses that pour 1/2 beer and 1/2 foam.

Smell is earthy and spicy, with some mild fruitiness. The yeast is grassy with just a touch of pepper. Nice, but I've had better.

Taste is nice, refreshing. Some orange and citrus and earthiness from the hops and yeast. Malt is bready and has just enough w/o being too bold. This is good, nice blend of flavors and spice, predominantly corriander and clove and just a touch of wildness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but the carbonation is too much. I enjoyed this American take on the style. I still prefer my Fantome anyday, but this is good stuff. (827 characters)

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

22 ounce bomber bottle split with brothercannon. 2006 vintage, swirled up the yeast and poured into my Duvel tulip glass. Appears a murky muted orange color with at least an inch of fluffy lingering white foam. No lacing to speak of. Smells and tastes of crisp fall fruits such as green apple and pear, slightly spicy yeast, a touch of black pepper and lemon. Crisp and dry with little alcohol presence. Medium bodied and a notch below that in carbonation. Still, this is a really nice saison and certainly worth a try to any fan of the style. (543 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy pale orange with a substantial head that left good lacing. Nice.

Smells of spice, sweet grain, yeast.

Sweetness and raw grain are all up front. Oh, don't forget the alcohol kick too. Spice and citrus notes and a bit of tartness fights thru in the end.

Mouth coating, with good carbonation. Alcohol in your breath at the end too.

Well crafted, nice style, gorgeous beer -- just not my favorite. I fully appreciate it, just not my thing. Worth a try, as you mught just dig this one. (507 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle (2011 release) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a clear golden and orangey hued body with a half finger of rocky foam that lingers only briefly before retreating to the surface. Thick webs of lacing left on the glass.

S - Aroma of sugar, bubblegum, floral/perfumey, alcohol, light citrus.

T - A bit of alcohol up front with bubblegum, mild hop bitterness, citrus, band-aids, herbal and a bit spicy. Has all the components to make up a fine saison, but somehow this one misses the mark for me. Flavors seem a bit disjointed and out of the proper balance.

M - Medium body with a firm carbonation. A bit boozy and alcohol heavy in the flavor profile. Fruity and bubblegummy flavors mix with the alcohol and overpower things a bit.

O - Usually a big fan of Smuttynose offerings but this one really misses the mark for me. Definitely misses most of the finer nuances I look for in a saison (one of my favorite styles). Overall, just not my thing. (962 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yo Bobby Z - I got the Exit 16, you got the Farmhouse? Word up.

A - Orangey-gold with a bit of white froth and lace

S - There is a strong green apple aroma, combine that with a pristine mineral-y malt and it smells exceptionally fresh. There is also a Tripel-like sweetness.

T - The taste is very nice, delivering on all of the promise of the nose. Big green apple flavors fuse with a pale and lightly astringent malt, with a healthy dose of grassy and exceptionally delectable hops on the long drying finish. A big-time winner here for Smuttynose.

M - Big feel; it seems quite robust for the style.

D - Very impressed. This is a hell of a brew. (651 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)

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