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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

632 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 43
Gots: 27 | 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 dpgoblejr
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured in a tulip glass. Foamy head that gently settled to a vague ring around the top. Yellow-orange in color with nice carbonation and a bit of a spicy kick to the palate. Sage is very present as well as some sweet malts and yeast. I found it easy to drink and very enjoyable. Not at all my style of preferred beers but I'll have to keep my eyes open looking for this one again. Very nice Smuttynose!

dpgoblejr, May 23, 2014
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from Cuzco in Blind Beer #3. Thanks Nate.

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Which may have been a mistake. Need a tighter glass top to concentrate the aromas.

Pours a hazy gold, with a big stark white head that dropped fairly quickly. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles rushing to the top as well.

Aromas of tobacco, hard candy, sweet malt, no hop aroma. Some light citrus aroma of lemons and oranges.

First sip is of, well, I don't know. I'm having a hard time tasting anything. Maybe it's too cold. I'm getting a little alcohol bite. Some slight bitterness. Some sweetness. But nothing too informative. As it warms, a little pepper spice, to be expected from a saison.

Mouthfeel is full and chewy. Some prickle from the carbonation.

Very drinkable, but not too flavorful at first. Kinda dull. Doesn't taste bad, just doesn't have a lot of anything sensory to give. As it warms, though, I get more of a saison, but a big saison that is more malt focused than hop balanced.

JamnesCameron, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed all other previous offerings from Smuttynose, and have been on a Farmhouse/Saison kick, so this is exactly what Im looking for tonight
Appearance is a hazy golden color,capped by a two finger pillow, settles quickly.
Aromas are of nutmeg, oranges,apricots, white peppers, hay yeastiness,pineapples, white grapefruits, classic "barnyard"(i.e.hay, funkiness, woods, dusty grains, spicy citric bites)
Flavors are of spicy white peppercorns, nutmeg,yeasty hay dryness, fennels, tart lemony honey lavenders,tart white grapes,saltiness(caperlike)
Mouthfeel is good, finishes light, biting, begging for another sip, highly drinkable, very enjoyable, look for it, its an affordable Fantome.

czfreeman, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of EPICAC
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Trader Joe's about two weeks ago. I chilled it and served it in one of my Duvel tulips.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy copper topped by a thick fluffy/creamy head that thins to a persistent half-inch layer, leaving lace all over the glass. The clarity is very good.

Smell: Sweet dried fruit aromas, pepper, musty yeast and light hops.

Taste: Fruity upfront with an orangey tartness, toasty malts and a significant bitterness in the finish. This beer might be a little sweet for the style, but the flavors make up for it.

Mouthfeel: Moderate-carbonation, medium-bodied, silky with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice flavors and refreshingly dry and bitter.

Overall: I like saisons because they're a nice balnce of fruity and spicy and hoppy. This beer was no exception.

EPICAC, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of phingdong
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

phingdong, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of jman005
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jman005, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of seplo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

seplo, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of halo913
4/5  rDev +3.6%

halo913, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of logicalparadox
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

logicalparadox, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Nordbier
3.9/5  rDev +1%

Nordbier, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jh1982, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a hazy bright orange color that is capped by a pure white head, albeit a bit thin for my liking.

Aroma greets you with a big fruity character suggesting citrus fruits and apples or pears. Toasted malts standout as the backbone of this beer. Minimal spice character picked up in the aroma.

Fruity and malty initially on the palate but as it warms the yeast character starts to come out. Not as much funk as some saisons carry but a strong spice note showing hints of clove. Earthy and a bit herbal in the finish.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp with a medium body feel. Overall, Smutty brings you a fine example of a Saison with a price thats hard to beat.

Kinsman, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of fitzy84
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink had a great orange-amber color with some creamy lacing. Very sugary aromas mixed with malts were sensed. They were smoothly balanced, making it really appetizing instead of something too overpowering. Taste was excellent: wicked sweet with great bready texture. Mouthfeel was awesomely smooth in texture, making it an enjoyable beverage for the night. Overall, an awesome saison.

fitzy84, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of berley31
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with an absolutely huge, frothy white head that persisted... and persisted. The head continues to rise past the rim of the glass, growing quite rocky. Great lacing. Body is a beautiful, golden orange, and hazy.

S: Very spicey, peppery aroma. Good amount of fruity citrus in the background.

T: Very fruity and spicey, as the aroma would indicate. A touch of funky sourness is present, and welcome. Finishes quite dry. A fine representation of the style.

M: Light body, slightly tart, with very high carbonation.

D: A great saison; I don't have too much experience with this style, but this makes me want to try more. An excellent beer.

berley31, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of nineworldseries
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

nineworldseries, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 version.

A: Carbonation stream is beautiful, but the head simmers down right away. I like my farmhouses murky; this is clear as day.

S: Strong. White wine. A little cotton candy and green apple. Decent, but undistinguished.

T: Follows the nose. Very white winelike. Some green apple. A slight citrus flash and some lingering hoppiness. Can't find the sage.

M: Active, soft. Bitterness on back end.

O: Above average, but out of the elite tier. Followed this with another saison brewed with sage -- Stillwater Cellar Door -- and Smuttynose couldn't compete.

ZethOfTheNorth, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of sisuspeed
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2009

Poured into a red wine glass. Smuttynose's Farmhouse produces a huge, thick, foamy white head that sits upon an a hazy orange-apricot body. Tilting the glass leaves gentle lacing behind.

Bready, biscuity malt on the nose with Belgian spice, mainly coriander. A little earthy and musty. Somewhat sweet with a touch of light ripe fruit.

The taste contains sweet pears, earthiness, Belgian yeast and some bitterness. Alcohol comes through a bit. Oranges, orange peel and somewhat spicy. Malts are sweet and linger on the bready side. Overall, I find the flavor to be somewhat muddled and hard to pull apart.

Mouthfeel is decently thick and quite foamy with tiny, sharp carbonation. It would be nice to see the foaminess turned down a bit, but otherwise the mouthfeel is pretty good.

Drinkability is about average for me. A bit on the sweet side and a little too foamy. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable on the taste. Probably wouldn't want more than a pint of this.

Overall, this is a decent saison. Most of the general characteristics of the style are there, but this one is a bit too sweet and muddled for my taste. The body is a bit on the foamy side and I feel like the alcohol could be hidden from the taste a little better. If you see a bottle, give it a try, but there are much better examples out there.

sisuspeed, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of Elfastball7
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Elfastball7, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of eat
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought over by either ritzkiss or bobsy, I forget who's this was. 2008 vintage consumed summer of 2010. Thanks guys! From old notes: Opaque honey/amber coloured body with a good cover of white head and bits of lacing.

Pineapple, caramel, candy malt and strawberry shortcake all make for a sugary, malty nose.

Quite sugary in the mouth as well, with light caramel and candy sugar. A little dark, earthy hops and a very subtle spicing round it out. A little alcohol shows on the finish, though this is still crazy smooth for its weight. Too sweet and not as much complexity as I like to find in a saison.

Medium-light body with low carbonation. Okay feel.

This one is just sweetness with a mostly characterless bitterness. Very smooth for the ABV but I don't think I would pick this one up.

eat, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4/5  rDev +3.6%

MicroBeerMan1980, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of phisig137
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color with a minimal head and no lacing.

Aroma is yeast and bready, but little else. Not quite what I'd expect.

Flavor is decent. Minimal hops, and little malt. The yeast is prevalent, but not quite spicy enough for me. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and drinkability is dangerously high. This one hides it alcohol VERY well.

I expected more, considering Smutty's other big beers series. As an ale, it's pretty good, but as a saison, it's not so hot. Decent beer overall, but I don't think I'll be buying it again anytime soon. It just doesn't "wow" me.

phisig137, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of BodiesLexus
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

BodiesLexus, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of tlazaroff
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque honey orange, head is a bit off-white and soapy looking - quickly dissipates into the beer. Wish it stuck around longer, and left little lacing.

S: First thing I pick up is a tad sourness, maybe some Bret? There is a mild summer fruit character in the background. It is somewhat mild, yet assertive.

T: Big fruits in the taste: passionfruit is what comes to mind first, and this flavor drowns out the other flavors it seems. There is a firm bitterness, maybe too bitter for a Saison and the hops have a nice floral characteristic. The alcohol is present in the finish and aftertaste. Somewhat sweet. Overall not bad, it's growing on me.

M: Medium body, carbonation is a bit lower than I like for saison. A touch of alcohol burn in the finish.

D: Dispute it's flaws, this beer is quite drinkable. I wish the alcohol was lower so I could have more of it.

tlazaroff, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of Viperman1316
2/5  rDev -48.2%

Viperman1316, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of oldedog
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

oldedog, May 08, 2013
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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