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

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Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

605 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 40
Gots: 24 | 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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qcbrewer

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-09-2014 21:08:57 | More by qcbrewer
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MisterBisco

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-08-2014 14:46:48 | More by MisterBisco
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nineworldseries

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-07-2014 20:19:56 | More by nineworldseries
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Artjsantos

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.3%

06-27-2014 11:24:00 | More by Artjsantos
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.56/5  rDev -7.8%

With keen detail to the world of Belgium, the brewers of Smuttynose brings the high spice, subtle fruit flavors and high effervescence to their Portsmouth, NH endeavors.

Its resulting "farmhouse" flavor" stems from its bubbly champagne and hazy wheaten body to drift about the early palate with soft powdered sugar sweetness, and equal parts lemon, apple and orange with white pepper, cumin and coriander balances.

And those fruity-spicy balances gain traction upon the middle as the sweetness fades, the acidity increases and its bubbly character goes from creamy to zesty. As much of its ale character is traded for reisling wine, a tarter, sharper and more acidic tone transpires- reminding the tastebuds of white grape, cider and exotic tea.

And while those wine tendencies take hold, a return of creamy wheat echoes in finish along with the grassy and stemmy bitterness from hops to reaffirm the elixir's beery roots. Yet as damp hay, straw and grass layer upon any trailing taste, a moderate warmth sets in once the sweet and fruity disguise lifts..

06-26-2014 06:12:44 | More by BEERchitect
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delta490

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

This beer has a lovely deep gold hue, slightly cloudy with a thin disc of slightly fizzy white head. The head has pretty good retention and leaves small soapy lacing. The aroma is very nice, with strong yeast esters and hints of banana. The flavor is equally good, with none of the sometimes weird metallic nature that sometimes comes from this style. The body has a nice thin weight but feels just right on the palate. This is a really good farmhouse.

06-24-2014 21:11:16 | More by delta490
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BChuck


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-15-2014 22:36:43 | More by BChuck
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-03-2014 02:43:02 | More by JamesStreet
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-01-2014 16:47:10 | More by Latarnik
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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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dpgoblejr

New Hampshire

4.73/5  rDev +22.5%

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!

05-23-2014 01:31:11 | More by dpgoblejr
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cufarley

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

05-22-2014 03:49:22 | More by cufarley
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CraftMe14

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

05-21-2014 23:49:28 | More by CraftMe14
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danmouer

Virginia

2.64/5  rDev -31.6%

Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale is one of the more disappointing Alerican craft beers I have tasted in a while. The beer is clean, no offensive odors or flavors, well made, but just not to style.

I expect a "farmhouse ale" to follow, more or less, the conventions of Belgian Saisons, which I have noted often are among my favorite beers to drink and brew. The principal flaw with the muttynose is that it remains sweet. I expect a saison to be bone dry, and this one is far from it. Another problem is that the beer has little to no aroma, and almost no flavor character. Saisons are/should be nothing if not full f character. Where is the spice?

This beer is neutral, inoffensive, reasonably well balanced for a generic ale, but far too sweet for a saison, or for an American pale, for that matter. And where is the hop character? There s none. There is sufficient bitterness to barely balance the sweetness...for an English ale, I suppose, but not for a saison! There needs to be a bit of hop presence, not just a little note struggling against the undying, cloying sweetness of malt. Where is the tang? Where is the spice? Where is the brisk tongue-tickling carbonation? Where is e mellow flavir of pilsner or pale malt? Nowhere in this brew!

Sorry. This beer is a huge let down.

04-10-2014 22:37:13 | More by danmouer
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pfhanlon

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

04-07-2014 12:46:54 | More by pfhanlon
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avisong

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-03-2014 01:53:41 | More by avisong
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dank203

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%

pours glowing orange. on the nose, some sweet malts but the sage comes through with lime and pepper a bit and its definitely in the flavor too. a bit spicy . really bubbly and grainy. yeast comes through as well. its all there but it lacks the punch and the complexity for me

03-31-2014 23:46:58 | More by dank203
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Viperman1316

Indiana

2/5  rDev -48.2%

03-24-2014 02:42:56 | More by Viperman1316
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-22-2014 21:52:09 | More by Whiskeydeez
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Loco_Joe

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-16-2014 00:10:15 | More by Loco_Joe
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-14-2014 12:27:58 | More by sgttibbs
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halo913

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-03-2014 13:53:46 | More by halo913
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VTBrewHound

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

03-03-2014 02:22:59 | More by VTBrewHound
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

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
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-17-2014 00:52:04 | More by DrFunkenstein
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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