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