Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
Finally found the earthy funk in this Farmhouse Ale.
I've recently discovered this style, in great part due to the recent article in BA magazine. I've tried a couple of examples now and have enjoyed them. However, I was interested to note that the earthy "funk" described in the original article was less apparent than I had thought. That was not the case with this example, as it tasted more like I would have expected from the descriptions I had read.
This is a gorgeous looking beer. It pours a beautiful copper/orange color that is very clear and shows almost no carbonation. There was almost no head at all and no lacing to speak of. Looks great in the wine glass we utilized.
Aroma was assertive, earthy, spicy with some clove like characteristics. I believe the earthy aroma is associated with the "funk." Very interesting aroma.
Taste was very complex and as I drank my glass it really grew on me. The earthiness was very evident. Black pepper, fruit flavors (not citrus) a bit of clove.
Very nice. I am interested to see how this one will age.
Mouth feel was medium in body but also very smooth. Only slight carbonation noted here.
I am enjoying my tour of the Saison style.
07-16-2008 14:17:14 | More by Reagan1984
4.35/5 rDev +12.7%
This is a very good beer. Plus the label on the 22oz bottle is cool. It was an orange color with a small head and some nice carbonation. It had a sweet spicy aroma. The taste was fruity up front, followed quickly by the spices. Carbonation was excellent. It had a nice bite to it, and I thought it was fairly robust. A great beer to drink; I will be buying many more in the coming weeks.
06-01-2006 12:15:44 | More by lordofthewiens
4/5 rDev +3.6%
22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.
A - clear, golden color with a white head that thinned to a ring, leaving spots of lacing.
S - sweet malt, spices and yeast aromas.
T - good tasting brew, complex balance of spices, malts and yeast flavors.
M - light bodied, crisp carbonation.
D - good tasting, easy drinking brew.
11-11-2007 00:26:19 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
I actually have had this bottle since EBF, courtesy of Renee at Smutty, but am only now getting around to try it. Needed the weather to get warmer, ahh reckon...
Pours from a 22oz bottle a clear, pale golden hue. Intermittent bubbles rise within towards the thin, fine white head. This topping is creamy looking, and lasts quite well, albeit at a miniscule layer. Lacing is average, at best. Has some fine particulate suspended within, and there's actually plenty more sitting in the bottom of the bottle with the remaining 5 or so ounces of Farmhouse. Aroma has a light fruitiness to it, along with a musty, yeasty quality. First thing that came to mind was the "-ation" series of biers from Russian River, with their funky, wild qualities. Tripel-like is also an apt aroma description. Body is mid-range, and the Farmhouse passes rather inconspicuously over the palate. A small bit of prickly, bubbliness attacks the tongue, though it doesn't detract much, if at all.
Farmhouse flavor also has a light fruity character, akin to tropical fruit and a little green apple. Also entering into the mix are some earthy, yeasty notes, candi-ish flavors and a slight suggestion of spiciness. Aftertaste is again fruity, with floral hops also playing a role. Somewhat dry in the finish, Smutty Farmhouse could be a nice thirst-quencher in summery climes. And this is 7.5% abv? Never would have guessed it; quite well-hidden.
While Saison is not a style I actively seek out, this version is quite well-made and tasty, though I have come to expect consistently high-quality offerings from the Smutty gang.
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4
05-21-2006 19:47:25 | More by Bierman9
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Bomber into tulip on 2/2/10.
A - Poured a hazy amber/orange body with some tiny gritty nodules of yeast particles suspended throughout and a one-finger foamy bright white head that settled to a patchy veil and thin ring that flared up nicely with each swirl of the glass, leaving spotty lace around the rim.
S - Initial aroma is fruity and spicy with quite a bit of musty yeast. Bitter citrus notes suggesting grapefruit rind are also apparent, as well as a slight alcohol twang. A hint of pepper offers further spicy complexity, while a subtle sweetness is also present, suggesting fleshy, tree-dwelling fruits.
T - This is a Farmhouse Ale with a variety of spicy, yeasty tones indicating pepper, mildew, musty basement funk and the like, but also a prevalent citrus bitterness akin to grapefruit rind and lemon zest. A subtle floral character also presists. Finishes with a mild alcohol sting followed by a slight dusty, earthy twang.
M - Medium bodied with fairly lively carbonation resulting in a bristly mouthfeel. Finishes with a hint of earthy bitterness and subtle sour funk on the palate.
D - Pretty tasty stuff here from Smuttynose, this is a typical Farmhouse Ale that blends funk, earth, citrus, spices and hops. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but doesn't really hinder the drinkability.
02-03-2010 20:43:48 | More by ffejherb
4/5 rDev +3.6%
You really can't miss with a Smuttynose brew. Not even close to my favorite style, but worth a shot anyway. Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a twenty-two ounce brown bottle.
Appearance: Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale pours out a slightly hazy, almost straw like, pale golden color. A rather normal pour yielded about a finger of thick, pillowy white foam. Head faded kind of quickly into a thin layer of foam. Some streaky white lace was left clinging to the glass.
Smell: Nice spicey nose on the Farmhouse Ale. Quite malty, slightly hoppy earthy aromas. Lots of in you face spices: cloves, lemon grass, and hints of orange zest. Definitely a strong, fruity Belgian yeast presence. Almost a banana like aroma deep in the background.
Taste: Again, quite spicey. Definitely some big malty flavors, with a faint hoppiness. More of the cloves with hints of white and black peppercorns. Has a sweet underlying fruitiness along with some spicey Belgian yeast. Pretty full flavors with not a drop of noticeable alcohol. I was actually pretty impressed with the flavors of this beer. Like I said before, not my favorite style.
Mouthfeel: Lightish, medium bodied mouthfeel. Moderately carbonated, somewhat thick.
Drinkability: Pretty drinkable brew in my opinion. The lighter mouthfeel really helps drinkability. Another good beer from Smuttynose.
11-30-2008 19:10:25 | More by jaxon53
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
A crystal clear perfect amber greets me on the pour, frothy ivory cap leaving a ring o' lace in the Corsendonk tulip. Lots of yeasties on the bottom clouds up the next pour after a good swirling.
Just a minimal pop of funk in a mostly malty aroma. A very easy-going quaff of light fruits with musty background. Hint of sweet cherry rounds out a light bodied saison with an no alcohol taste. Would have guessed 5%.
Saw where someone paid $5 for a bomber - makes this a very good brew at a good price.
Someone HAD to have sent this to me, forgive me - I forgot to put your name on the label as I usually do. Many thanks anyway.
01-16-2009 21:26:31 | More by Vancer
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. 2010 vintage.
A: Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. We'll see how that plays out later. At first pour, a clearish light honey-coloured beer. A finger and a half of head fades quickly, leaving heavy lacing behind.
S: Very funky-sour. I'm unsure how I feel about these unripe fruits...though as time passes, my nose seems to detect a mellowing and sweetening of the fruit here. I like it, along with all the strange yeast.
T: These are the sorts of saisons I seek out -- the quirky, unboring ones. I really, really like this beer. The foretaste is initially puckery fruit and a blast of scrumptious Belgian yeast. The maintaste is long and sweet-sour, like kiwi. The aftertaste is full of funky, mildly unpleasant yeast that somehow construes itself to be a plus.
M: Good. Moderate carbonation, puckery-strong mouthfeel mixes with a refreshing drinkability.
O: The ABV of this beer is underplayed and the fruity-yeasty characteristics are played up. Highly recommended to all, those investigating saisons and those who already love them. One of my personal favourites. Would drink again.
02-01-2012 03:46:31 | More by AgentMunky
4.2/5 rDev +8.8%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (Bottle Conditioned 2006) to a pint glass. Another nice-looking Smuttynose label, this time showing a ca. 18th century painting of a family lunching beneath a tree in a pastoral setting.
A: Chill haze runs through this golden-honey saison, glowing auburn at the center. Moderate amount of steadily-rising small carbonation ascending to a scarce film of white, ringed in cream.
S: Wonderfully rich yeasty aroma, filled ripe fruit (pear, melon, sweet apple). A splash of cherry juice and a dab of cinnamon and honey. Lasting floral notes, light spice (hops) and dry hay-like mustiness.
T: Resembles the smell in all aspects, but with emphasis on the sweeter fruits (spiced applesauce and over-ripe cantaloupe). Bready grain and plenty of yeasty spice. A hint of citrus tartness before evolving to a dry, herbal/medicinal finish. Nice example of a tough style.
M: Crisp mouthfeel, moderately-carbonated. A fuller feeling saison than most, perhaps due in part to the rather high 7.5% ABV, which does some notable warming on the tongue and cheeks after a little while. Good spicy tingle, just a bit thick or gummy at the finish.
D: Another well-done brew by the folks at Smuttynose; this one holds its own with the better Belgian saisons in my opinion. A perfect spring/summer beer.
07-22-2007 15:07:37 | More by msubulldog25
4.38/5 rDev +13.5%
Farmhouse Ale pours a light copper color. It's clear, and has more of a gold look when held to light. I was expecting at least a little haze, but it's not here. A soft white head covers it. It's modest and only rises to a finger or so in depth. Retention was short. Stringy strands of lace line the glass as it descends.
The nose would benefit from more power, but it's still good. Belgian yeast is readily apparent. Ahhh. That's a promising thing! Smells nice and authentic. It certainly has an earthy, musky, grassy thing going. I'm not getting any funk. I'm fairly certain there's no Brett here. It's a little fruity. Smells like apple mostly. Spices are subtle, but are noted. Smells good all-around. I'd like a little more strength.
Wow! This is damn good! Shockingly good! Farmhouse Ale kicks off with a bit of a sweet malt flavor. It's followed by sweet apple and pear fruit flavors. Belgian yeast comes through loud and clear. It kicks up the flavor a notch or two easily. I'm impressed. This is a job well done by an American brewery. It's earthy, grassy, and a little musky throughout. There's not any Brett here though. No worries. It's not missed. Clove and pepper spices add some pizzazz. Alcohol isn't a factor at all. Finishes a little spicy with a nice blast of Belgian yeast.
Farmhouse Ale has a medium body that's very creamy and smooth. Carbonation is light. If this were a blind tasting, I truly might guess that it's authentically Belgian. Drinkability is very high. This is one tasty Saison that goes down super smooth and easy. At 7.5% abv, it's not intimidating. A bomber probably isn't enough.
Smuttynose Brewing really shocked me with this one. This might just be the best American Saison/Farmhouse Ale I've ever had. It's damn good, and could easily be confused with an authentic Belgian release. I was not expecting it to be nearly this good. This bottle is about 2 years old, and perhaps has improved. I need to find a fresh bottle and find out. If you see this anywhere, pick it up! Very impressive stuff.
05-30-2010 02:36:58 | More by prototypic
3.73/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
02-17-2014 23:15:50 | More by thecheapies
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear copper with a low white head that barely formed and lightly laced at the glass.
The aroma was earthy with a light peppery spice character. Some sweet malt character was present, but some nice fruity esters cloaked it's presence.
The flavor was nice with a light malty sweetness and a moderate earthy bittering character. The flavor was lightly fruity with a nice peppery spice.
The finish was just dry with a lasting earthy and peppery spice presence pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a decent carbonation level that was a bit on the low side. A nice beer, perhaps just a bit too sweet, but who cares.
22 ounce bottle.
06-19-2006 22:28:09 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
A - Glowing honey, lots of near white head, tons of clumpy lace.
S - Funky farm. Pleasant malt here.
T -Pretty. More malty than sour/funk, the latter is there in nice proportion.
M - Medium body, great coating fair carb, good balance.
D - Very easy to drink for sure!
11-17-2009 04:15:01 | More by srandycarter
3.9/5 rDev +1%
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.
11-22-2010 04:48:19 | More by flexabull
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
05-03-2011 02:54:39 | More by ngeunit1
4.38/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
12-09-2009 23:13:10 | More by Metalmonk
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
22oz, looks like bottled in 2011 some time. Bright gold pour, thin layer of white.
Aroma, surprisingly malty. Also a fair dose of some citrus and biscuitiness, yeast.
Taste, more citrus and yeasty spice. Plenty of citrus zest. Some bready malt, white pepper, very light mustiness. An herbal note and slight bitterness in the finish.
About mid bodies and pretty thick for the style. Abv is very well hidden, to the point I wonder if the newer batches are lower. Still I hesitate to drink more than half this 22.
A BIG Saison, for the price worth trying to decide for yourself. I wish it was a little smaller.
06-22-2012 01:43:04 | More by Bung
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
22oz. bomber: This one pours a somewhat darker golden color. It is absolutely crystal clear. There was a bit of an off white head that dropped off quickly. A fairly full nose. Lots of different aromas coming through. definitely some fruits, as well as some breadiness and spiciness. Has a light body to it, which belies the alcohol content and the taste. Slightly spicy with some caramel malt and spices in the background. Very easy to drink. Nice brew.
01-13-2007 21:15:26 | More by Boto
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
01-25-2007 02:06:32 | More by kmpitz2
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
08-22-2006 02:02:36 | More by allengarvin
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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