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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

634 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 43
Gots: 30 | 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:
15 IBU

2008 - 7.0%
2009 - 8.8%
2010 - 9.3%
2013 - 7.0%
2014 - 7.2% brewed with Pineapple Sage

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-12-2006)
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Photo of EgadBananas
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage.

Pours a dark orange color, with a small off white head. Dissipates to a frothy ring with big bubbles. Aroma isn't huge, but there's some belgian fruity yeast notes and some light citrus and nuttiness. Taste is rich with Belgian dark fruits, citrus, spices and caramel. Creamy feel, which is typically a bit heavy, but with the age, it's quite nice and adds to the depth.

Fantastic brew and a testament to the age ability of Saisons. Different kinda brew at this age, but it's great.

Photo of mhaugo
1.83/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

22oz bomber poured into a curved pint glass.
Appearance: Thick amber, murky, with a thin cap of foam.
Smell: Hmmmm… dates and figs. This is a “farmhouse” ale?
Taste: Way too sweet. Where’s the pilsner malt? Where’s the clove flavor? I understand that saison is a broad category, but this completely misses the target. No bitterness, not at all dry, and the taste of old pitted fruit. Overripe dates. Not right at all.
Mouthfeel: Too thick and not bubbly enough.
Overall: As a California kid, I don’t get near enough Smuttynose. It’s normally a treat. But this beer is awful. The smell is wrong. The taste is wrong. The mouthfeel is wrong. I hate it. What the hell kind of farmhouse beer is this?
Update: I did not notice until the next day that the label on the bottle notes that this beer was bottle conditioned in 2011. What I assumed was a weak attempt at “farmyard funk”, may have actually been heavy staling. The shelf I bought it off of was not refrigerated, so that kind of makes sense. I’m going to keep an eye out for a newer bottle so I can try it fresh.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/17/08. Bottle. Pours a deep orange with a small, fading white head. Aroma of melon rind, Flavor is light and fruity (melon, apple, pear) with lots of spices (pepper, clove). Not very exciting although certainly drinkable. I would have liked a little funk, seeing as this is supposed to be a saison.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of tommyguz
2/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jfcaa193
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of Bierman9
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Prosit!

overall: 3.95
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

904

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Vancer
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of prototypic
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of david18
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to a get this beer because it's winter and I've been looking at this beer for weeks. It's actually very good in a style I don't drink very much. I had a Hennepin, which I liked better, but I decided to try this as it gets cold. Great high carbonation, intense aroma and good flavor. In general I would recommend this beer.

Photo of thecheapies
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle I picked up at Stateline in Elkton, MD in July. Poured into my Mad Elf chalice.

A-Body is a translucent foggy golden yellow hue. Pours with an approximately 1/2 finger white head that quickly fades to a thin collar. The collar has perfect retention but there is very little lacing left behind in the glass. Cloudiness is uniform but there is noticeable yeast sediment at the bottom.

S-A presence of floral hops arrives at the nose first, this is followed by sweet apple and pear. The overall character to the smell is soft and sweet.

T-Upfront a touch of floral hop flavor accents fruitiness of apple, pear and citrus with a slightly overshadowed funky yeast backbone. Flavors remain pretty consistent for the finish but a slight floral hop bitterness and alcohol astringency come through as well. Left to linger are hints of fruit and a hint of funk wrapped in a warm alcohol blanket.

M-Mouthfeel is decent overall. Low to medium tingly carbonation and a body that has barely noticeable consistencies of both yeast and alcohol.

D- This is a very good, easily drinkable Saison offered by Smuttynose. I wish I would have let this settle in my cellar rather than my fridge but I am very satisfied with this overall. After a few months the alcohol still makes a presence but is not overpowering and is warm more than anything else. I find this to be a nice, soft, fruity saison. Reminds me a lot of a Tripel.

Photo of srandycarter
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Immortale25
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Label says it was bottled in 2011.

A- Pours a bright orange color with a one finger head that slouches down the an 1/8 inch ring with a spot of surface bubbles in the center and thin foam surrounding it. Quite good lacing as well.

S- Wonderful. Full wafts of ripe banana. Also sense some possible spice.

T- Oh my. I was right about the spice since upfront there's a clove sentiment which leads to those awesome bananas with an all-encompassing sweetness. After a few sips, the alcohol is finally detected and felt. At first, I couldn't tell at all that this was over 9%. Has a fruity finish with some hints of grapefruit. Kickass.

M- Medium carbonation and a solid body with a bit of back-of-the-throat sourness.

O- This is some good sheet, man. I didn't know farmhouse ales could be this...big! Yet it still has all those characteristics I love in the style. I may have found my favorite Smuttynose brew.

Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliantly clear deep golden with no head. Aroma is toasted, nutty, slightly farmhouse, with a definite tart, acetic character. Flavor is more earthy, with a touch of fecal character, and a nice tartness. It's lactic and acetic, I believe. Malt sweetness is a bit high, but a nice starter/gateway sour, probably.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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