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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

592 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 592
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 40
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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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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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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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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-16-2011 02:32:23 | More by oline73
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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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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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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-26-2011 02:22:18 | More by Rochefort10nh
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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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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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GClarkage

California

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

9/26/08- Purchased at Glen Beverages in Glen, NH.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with a bottling year on the bottom of the label. Poured into my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Off yellow, maybe approaching a light rust orange in color. Fairly creamy 1/2 inch head on the pour. Settles at a nice rim and leaves some sticky light patchwork behind.

Smell- Heavy yeast nose and a mild sweet malty nose as well. Seems fruity with a light whiff of funk.

Taste- Seems kinda of hefe-like as well as saison-like. Really not much of a funk flavor as I was hoping for. More of a candied sugar, a touch of bubble gum-clove action and some peppry notes. Pretty sweet with a tropical twist to it. Good warm weather pool beer.

Mouthfeel- Hefty carbonation level and a light sticky sensation.

Drinkability- Not really a top saison in my book. Tasty, but not really per style IMO.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 23:01:23 | More by GClarkage
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in the good ol' US of A, and brought back to Sydney. Cracked open with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a deep, hazed golden colour, that looks a lot darker when not held to the light. Head is full and frothy, although it vents its air and collapses relatively quickly, leaving a pure white veil on the top. Lacing is patchy, and the body is very heavy for a saison, but otherwise looks good.

Nose is light and slightly tart, with green appleskin characters the main event, along with a touch of slightly sweet vinegar. There's a little peppery vegetative character like arugula or something else slightly herbal, and it gives it the slight organic edge a saison needs. Not bad, but certainly not as good as the best.

Taste is also pleasant, and vaguely stylistically correct, without hitting the high notes. Slight peppery phenols through the centre and a dry, yeasty Belgian finish. Some herbal, organic notes, but only if you're searching for them. Lacks the slight touch of acidity and the true rustic funk of a good saison, but again, it's kinda on the right tracks.

Not a bad beer, and a surprisingly supple one for a saison this big, but the phenols and booze hints it gets from the extra alcohol are not supported by a really good base beer, so it feels big for no reason. I'd prefer more funk and less booze, thanks.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 04:27:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
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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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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-31-2014 08:02:29 | More by zestar
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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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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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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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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden orange in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some apricot + peach + burnt orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a very large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of light fruits (apples, white grapes, and a hint of orange), yeast, and spices.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of pale malts with some light fruity sweetness - hints of apple, white grape, and orange. That is followed by a moderate amount of saison yeast, barnyard funk, and some spices. Just a hint of spicy/earthy hops that imparts a light amount of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Considering the strength, this beer is easy to drink and the alcohol is extremely well hidden. Nice saison spicy flavors and nice complexity.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 00:03:09 | More by dbrauneis
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-20-2013 02:09:25 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice amber color, little to no cloudiness and a medium head that is tight and off white. No real lacing noticeable in the glass.

The smell is more like a hefeweizen than a Saison, with banana and clove notes, but it is appetizing.

The taste is nice as well, but it doesn't have the depth of flavor I like in a Saison. The taste starts out a little thin and with a slight sourness as well as some dry hoppiness. The hops linger and become more spicy and there is a fruitiness as well (some stone fruit flavor I can't identify) and finally some earthiness at the end.

The mouthfeel starts creamy but becomes a little less so as I progress through the bottle. Very pleasant at first, maybe a little soapy later

A drinkable beer, but maybe not as haunting in flavor as some Saisons- that always makes me want to keep quaffing them. This one is interesting enough though, and despite the moderately high alcohol it goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 04:36:06 | More by Georgiabeer
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DoubleJ

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-01-2013 06:01:31 | More by DoubleJ
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to Jredner for this brew.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is mostly malty, some yeast, and spices. The taste is very malty/sweet for a Saison, the typical yeast, cloves, slight caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty Saison, also another awesome brew from Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 00:21:51 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22ozer from Brattleboro Co-Op, Brattleboro, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head over a clear and bright golden copper brew. Head lasts nicely, with lots of delicate lacing. Aroma is spicy doughiness. Taste is strong candy sweetness upfront, goes bubblegum for a second, and then the spices kick in and linger. Mouthfeel is smooth, although drinkability is limited a tad by sweetness that could get cloying after awhile, possibly. Another nice Big Beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 20:32:39 | More by ppoitras
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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

Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale pours a pale yellow, good sized froth and decent retention. Aroma is light but there was some belgian yeast notes. In the flavor, belgian ale characteristics with some sweetness. Alittle bit of earthy funk but very distant. Overall this drinks like a belgian pale ale with alittle wheat malt and straw. As it warms, ever so faintly tart. Lighter bodied and hides the big alcohol fairly well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 05:17:11 | More by Stinkypuss
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-28-2013 21:20:27 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, early morning sunshine with bursting, beaming rays that jump out the glass even despite the misty haze that blankets the beer. Its head was initially quite voluptuous but it has lightened considerably. White is painted everywhere but nowhere is it thicker than along the outskirts. The glass is plastered in a shotgun spray of lace.

Yes. This is the smell of a Saison. It is flawless. Fresh-cracked peppercorns, budding orchards of pear and apple fruit, a countryside of flowers, a squirt of citrusy vinegar and the contents of grandma's herbs garden combine for a bouquet that is every bit floral, fruity, perfumy, earthy and zesty as any one could ask for. I don't even need to drink it...

But I will. Because it tastes amazing too. All that I loved about the aroma is repeated in flavour form: fields of wild flowers, (dandelions and rose water), grain husks and wheat flour, slightly over-ripened orchard fruits (pear, apple, apricot), spices (white pepper, coriander), herbs (thyme, savory), citrus zest shavings and a teaspoon of wild honey.

Delicious. But it's not worth much without the right fitting mouthfeel. Saisons demand a lot of carbonation to keep all those zestful flavours alive on the tongue - I'd say this is adequately carbonated enough to give the palate a good old scrub. The alcohol interferes none, thankfully, and its slight dryness is flattered by a mild tartness. Not bad.

No, not bad at all. American brewers often have trouble replicating the beers that their Belgian counterparts seem just inherently gifted at brewing. Smuttynose has succeeded where many others have failed - crafting a convincingly Belgian-esque ale that can stand toe-to-toe with the real things. This has to now be one of my favourite Saisons.

I found this beer to be tremendous. It's the middle of October - possibly my favourite month and time of the year - but just one look and smell and taste of this beer made me yearn again for summer. When a beer can provoke feelings and memories then you know it was made well and that it evinces all that makes that particular style unique.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 16:55:33 | More by biegaman
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John_M

Oregon

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

I generally like Smuttynose beers and think them a fine brewery. That being said, I was stunned by the quality of this beer the other night. I ordered the 3 for 4 (three 10 oz beers for $4) at Mahaffey's the other night and quickly pushed aside the Dominion Winter and Anchor special ale and just drank this.

The beer pours a honey gold peach color with fair head retention and good lacing. The beer was very spicey and lively on the nose with nuances of rose, ginger and white pepper. The beer smelled great, but was even better on the palate. The beer has moderate sweetness with flavors of banana, bubble gum and orange. The beer is very light on its feet and carrries its 7.5% alcohol very well. The beer is incredibly drinkable and I was absolutely shocked to see the abv. as high as it is. The beer has a soft, almost creamy finish and is just delicious.

This is one of the best (perhaps the best) domestic farmhouse/saison I have ever had. A very impressive beer from Smuttynose.

Edit: Am trying this beer on tap again today on 8/1/10. While this beer is still very good. Smuttynose has obviously changed the recipe considerably since I first reviewed this beer in 12/07. A far cry from the 7.5% listed on this site, the 2010 version clocks in at 9.3% and shows it. The beer is still quite delicious, but the alcohol is starting to show, and I don't think it really helps the flavor profile in this beer. Really don't see the need to "imperialize" this excellent beer, but that's just my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2007 19:59:42 | More by John_M
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