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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

638 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 46
Gots: 32 | 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 biegaman
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of PEIhop
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright sunset orange color, nice frothy off white head. Stale oranges, citrus and a funky farmhouse yeast aroma dominate the nose with some sour fruitiness.

S: Nice spicy hoppiness is present, some musky yeastiness.

T: The beer starts off pretty malty per style with a nice tartness of sour warm oranges and malt. A decent sour bitterness with some slight sour citrus hints in the finish. Really malty per style, with a nice musky farmhouse yeast bite, peppery spiciness and a sour alcohol tang.

M: Mouthful is full and malty,

D: This is a really big interpretation per style but still a very good thirst quenching, citrusy farmhouse enjoyable in the warm weather.

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

2010 Vintage.
Pours a deep golden color with a decent sized white head that laces all the way down. Smell is fruity, herbal, and spicy. Pears and green apples, honey and bread, pepper and spicy yeast are all found in the nose. Taste is sweet and fruity up front. I get some honey like malt sweetness mixed with bits of pear and maybe peach. She turns spicy in the middle with an herbal earthy peppery bite that then hits with some warming alcohol. Moderately dry finish with a lingering fruity sweetness. Medium body with a healthy level of carbonation and a slick sweetish mouthfeel. I enjoyed this beer, but then again I usually enjoy Smuttynose beers. I think this beer has definitely benefited from the age as I usually find the big beer series a little hot fresh. Great brew.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 received as a massive box of extras back in December from PEBKAC ... Awesome and finally enjoying it tonight from my New Belgium snifter... 2007 bottling.

3 Finger head rocky head dies back into a slightly hazy dark gold brew.

Smell is a complex mix of pale/toasted malts with lemon and white pepper... I like alot.

Maltier with a bigger body than many of the benchmark Saisons but it works in a big way. Dry finish. Spicy but not in a way that I am used to... some hints of coriander with more lemon grass. Earthy sweet and sour all at the same time with a binding low malt sweetness. The bigger body brings out a biscuity/bready quality as it warms along with more peppery and Bazooka Joe notes. Carbonation is lite/medium.

This would be a fridge staple if I had access to it. Huge thanks to Adam... I need to repay your generosity sometime soon.

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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

Bright, rich gold colour that's just short of orange, topped by a thin white head that quickly reduced to a rocky collar. There was a smattering of spotty lace between sips. Grainy sweet aroma with mild clove and pepper, some apple fruitiness, and a hint of yeast. The flavour is quite sweet, with significant clove character and maybe a bit of coriander. There's a bit of pepper in the finish, along with light alcohol warmth. Fruity flavour is a bit earthy, more like apple peel than straight-up apples, and lingers for a while. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly creamy as well and the residual sugar makes it just a little sticky. I thought the sweetness would be too much, but it actually provided a nice balance and worked well. This is great stuff, highly recommended.

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

My first from Smuttynose. Pours a hazy golden/orange, some chunkies in suspension, thin white head, some lacing. Smell is sweet, winey, some vanilla and spice, some funk. Taste is sweet up front, vanilla, spices, yeast, bread, funk, flavourful mix. Mouthfeel is full bodied, lots of residual sweetness, low to medium carbonation, quite rich. I liked this one, neat funky flavours. Thanks biegaman!

Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden body. Clarity is almost perfect. Head is small and bubbly. Off white in color. Lace comes in sparsely placed patches. Great nose of honey and hay and pepper and dough. Nice barnyard character on the palate, though not overbearing. I like the doughy yeasiness and bready malt base a lot. This is very easy on the buds. A little lemon and a little peppery spiciness add some complexity. Very well rounded. Mouthfeel is very easy going. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. A very enjoyable saison.

Photo of beertunes
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a recent trade, thanks Vermonthiker! Poured into tulip glass. Poured an attractive orangey-yellow color with a tall, white head of coarse bubbles that had great retention and very good lacing.

The aroma was a nice blend of spices and yeast, with some pleasing grain in the background. The flavors followed the path blazed by the aromas with everything being nicely amplified. I also picked up some fruit notes that I didn't smell.

The body was very good, crisp and dry, and was a pleasure to drink. Drinkability was excellent, I could have 2 of these 22s without any trouble (I may have to trade for more of this).

Overall, a very good beer that you would do well to try, I'll be getting more of this.

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

2009 bottle enjoyed in May 2011.

A – Gold amber. Nice white head with great lace and nice retention.

S – Cider with tart peach, sweet nectar, and a barny hay note.

T – Fruity sweetness brings out pear on top of apple. Grassy mid with a crisp peppercorn and light booze backend.

M – Net-sweet finish. Medium body – perhaps medium/full for the style. Leaves a syrupy coating on your palate.

O – It’s an interesting take on a double saison. It’s definitely a delicious beer, but relative to the world of saisons I’m not sure I would have pushed as hard in the direction of sweet, thick, and syrupy when making a double. That said, I still enjoyed it : )

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy gold color with a huge off-white head. The head literally filled my glass after the first pour, however it finally settles into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light to medium fruits - pears and green apples - with a good deal of sweetness and a small amount of spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sugar-coated pear flavors up front segue into darker green apple flavors before allowing a small amount of spiciness to come out before the ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a very nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I feel as though this beer didn't really have much of an identity. The level and intensity of the fruit flavors was right on par but there wasn't a whole lot else going on. Still, a good effort and worth a shot.

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

I got this bottle in a trade with Yamar18. Thanks Kevin!

It pours a slightly hazy orange gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Lots of lacing here and head retention looks to be very good.

The smell has notes of yeast, spice, earthy malt, and slight fruit.

The taste is quite spicy. It has some strongish pepper and light clove along with a fruity sweetness and some light funk and earthy malt. Nice. I get some warming from the alcohol but that doesn't hurt the drinkability too much.

Good medium mouthfeel with lightish carbonation, it finishes slightly bitter, slightly tart. A nice example of the style indeed!

Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For my 200th review, I've decided to review this beer. This is probably the only one in the Big Beer series that I've seen around here.

Poured into a goblet. Color is a very nice amber/brown hue with minimal head. Aroma is bold, spicy and malty. Somewhat sweet as well. Taste is much of the same. It starts off warm and spicy, almost chewy. The mouthfeel is really nice as it leaves a sweetness on the back of the tongue. Well-balanced and pretty much what I expect from a saison. A second sip confirms much of the same. The alcohol is well-masked and is barely noticeable.

As for the style, I think it's closer than other saisons I've reviewed. I would rate it higher because of this. An excellent sipping beer.

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

22oz bottle from Steve's -University Ave

happy new years and such

appearance: pours a bright apricot-orange tone into my bells tulip...frothy beige head and bubbly lace

smell: fairly muted aroma on this one, sweet pear and other fruit, fair amount of yeast, clove and other spice

taste: lots of citrus sweetness, pear, white grape...heavy clove and white pepper components. tame yeast and a heavy sweetness dominate this decent saison

mouthfeel: syrupy and sweet

drinkability: ok

Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head and good (but not great) lacing.

S: A nice aroma of citrus, fruit, malt and esters.

T: Tasted of apples, citrus, pears, malt, yeast and some esters (this is particularly present early on). Very complex and flavorful.

M: A big, biting amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: This is one of the most drinkable American versions of a saison out there. Well-made and tasty.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.02/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle, 2010 vintage. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a gold color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, but there isn't much lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly fruity, it smells like apricots, citrus, peppery spice, earthy/spicy hops and a bit of funk. However, the taste isn't nearly as appealing as the aroma. I can taste the fruity and spicy flavors, but there's also a strong bitter/astringent off-flavor that really isn't saison-like. The bitter/astringent flavor does weaken a little as the beer warms, but it's still noticable enough to hurt the taste of this brew a lot. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has low/moderate carbonation. Drinkability isn't very good, I could finish the bottle but there's no way I would want another one anytime soon. Maybe I got a bad bottle of this, or I might need to try it fresh next time. I was disappointed in this brew since I've liked all the other Smuttynose beers I've tried.

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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