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

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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

567 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 567
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%


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%

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-12-2006)
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

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

a nice clear golden yellow pour with two fingers of head. smells of lemon, orange, celery, pepper, yeasty. immediate bitterness followed up by a zesty citrus flavor, which ends up coming back to very grassy bitterness. tastes of lemon pepper seasoning, grass, dirt, a little soapy. a light bodied crossing over into medium body with a slight creamy feel to it, but high carbonation gives it a champagne like feel to it.

this is overall a very nice and refreshing drink. i didn't realize how high the abv was.. didn't see it on the label, no there's no overwhelming boozy smell or taste. a nice amount of head lasted most of the glass (which is good since i took tiny sips). my only wish is that i'd like a slight bit of sweetness present to balance out the grassy bitterness. maybe some honey would have balanced it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 00:56:51 | More by facundoCNB
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.28/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to Joppa for this bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear golden color, starting with a two-finger white head and falling quickly to a thin cap without leaving too much lacing behind.

The nose starts out with some faint phenolics and just a touch of fruit in the background. Light notes of alcohol. The flavor really beefs up the alcohol presence atop the peppery phenolics and spice, plus very mild fruitiness.

Body is medium with average carbonation and quite a bit of booze. Yikes.

Not a fan of this one. The saison character goes in the wrong direction and this beer is unnecessarily big. Why have a saison at 9%? It doesn't work here, that's for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 12:40:07 | More by Thorpe429
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projektyle

New Hampshire

2.36/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This review applies to the 2013 vintage!

Over the past several years, Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale has been the "go to" beer at our house. I am not the greatest beer reviewer, and probably don't have the most sophisticated palate, but I know what I like. This year's Farmhouse Ale is labeled "brewed with sage". Short answer - not a welcome addition. This year's beer has a finer carbonation (tiny bubbles), a taste that was unexpected compared to previous years, and was very thin. Over all, not an enjoyable experience - one of the few times I have ever drainpoured a Smuttynose Big Beer, made all the worse by the fact that my expectations were so high.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 18:45:15 | More by projektyle
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip
2011 Bottle

A: Pours a hazy golden color with 2 fingers width of sea foam white head, which takes a fair amount of time to dissipate down, and leaves some very mild lacing.  

S: Big tartness with aromas of sour apple, sour cherry, and sour white grapes.  Barnyard funk, hay, some citrusy lemon notes, and a hint of banana.  Excellent.  

T: Peppery spice, funky wet hay like character, some fruity sweetness with apple, some banana, and a hint of cherry.  But disappointingly, the sour characters that were present on the aroma didn't come out in the taste.  It's pretty good, but lacks the tart punch that's present in my favorite saisons.

M/D: Medium bodied,  moderately heavy carbonation, with a wet feel.  Completely masks the almost double digit ABV.  Drinkability is on the low end though, not really sure why, but it's sitting really heavy in my stomach and one bomber is more than enough.  

O: Overall, a pretty good offering.  I had really high expectations after the amazing aroma, but was let down with the palate profile.  Certainly a decent saison, and worth a try. In fact, I did quite enjoy it, but it was just a tease that made me wish ever harder than Fantome was available in my area.  

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 01:31:27 | More by zac16125
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage.

Pours a dark orange color, with a small off white head. Dissipates to a frothy ring with big bubbles. Aroma isn't huge, but there's some belgian fruity yeast notes and some light citrus and nuttiness. Taste is rich with Belgian dark fruits, citrus, spices and caramel. Creamy feel, which is typically a bit heavy, but with the age, it's quite nice and adds to the depth.

Fantastic brew and a testament to the age ability of Saisons. Different kinda brew at this age, but it's great.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 03:05:34 | More by EgadBananas
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of gsisk, I think. Pours a very hazed orange color with a small, off-white head. Not so much on retention and lacing is quite good.

Honey, ripe melon yeastiness and faint grassy hop aroma. Smells good, but a bit on the sweet side.

Yea, its a bit sweet and the yeast isnt as prominent as I would like to see. It is not as dry, crisp and refreshing like I like my saisons. It kinda tastes like a melon-ball salad with honey and sugar drizzled on top. It does have a nice little hop bite on the end. Not bad, about on par with most of decent American-made saisons. Fun to try, and I wouldnt mind having it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 01:34:53 | More by twiggamortis420
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FirstBrewsoon

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Brooklyn tulip for a live review.

A - Golden orange with onsiderable cloudiness. A finger of foam was the result of a fairly gentle pour. Little retention, but does leave moderate lacing.

S - Citrus rind, candy sugar and spice.

T - A remarkably bold first taste for the style, with orange, banana and cloves. The spiciness played a larger role than sweetness, which was subtly present. Very little bitterness, and the finish lacked length, but certainly a pleasant, drinkable beer.

M - Lots of carbonation, relatively light body. Nothing to write home about.

O - This would be perfect on a hot day when the air conditioner's broken. I enjoyed drinking this beer, and will again, especially at $3.00/bomber.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 02:30:07 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle (2011 release) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a clear golden and orangey hued body with a half finger of rocky foam that lingers only briefly before retreating to the surface. Thick webs of lacing left on the glass.

S - Aroma of sugar, bubblegum, floral/perfumey, alcohol, light citrus.

T - A bit of alcohol up front with bubblegum, mild hop bitterness, citrus, band-aids, herbal and a bit spicy. Has all the components to make up a fine saison, but somehow this one misses the mark for me. Flavors seem a bit disjointed and out of the proper balance.

M - Medium body with a firm carbonation. A bit boozy and alcohol heavy in the flavor profile. Fruity and bubblegummy flavors mix with the alcohol and overpower things a bit.

O - Usually a big fan of Smuttynose offerings but this one really misses the mark for me. Definitely misses most of the finer nuances I look for in a saison (one of my favorite styles). Overall, just not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 23:53:43 | More by portia99
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AgentMunky

California

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. 2010 vintage.

A: Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. We'll see how that plays out later. At first pour, a clearish light honey-coloured beer. A finger and a half of head fades quickly, leaving heavy lacing behind.

S: Very funky-sour. I'm unsure how I feel about these unripe fruits...though as time passes, my nose seems to detect a mellowing and sweetening of the fruit here. I like it, along with all the strange yeast.

T: These are the sorts of saisons I seek out -- the quirky, unboring ones. I really, really like this beer. The foretaste is initially puckery fruit and a blast of scrumptious Belgian yeast. The maintaste is long and sweet-sour, like kiwi. The aftertaste is full of funky, mildly unpleasant yeast that somehow construes itself to be a plus.

M: Good. Moderate carbonation, puckery-strong mouthfeel mixes with a refreshing drinkability.

O: The ABV of this beer is underplayed and the fruity-yeasty characteristics are played up. Highly recommended to all, those investigating saisons and those who already love them. One of my personal favourites. Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 03:46:31 | More by AgentMunky
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kenito799

New York

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

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Light amber hazy brew, leaves nice lacing, active bubbles

Aroma as spot on for the style, spicy-sour with a slight funkiness, but that is a clean funkiness, if that makes sense.

Taste is wonderful, tangy fruitness and a crisp mouthfeel, balanced by a nice heft on the palate. The flavors are multiple, complex, herbal and apply fruit notes. Great job!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 14:55:31 | More by kenito799
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy golden yellow with a one finger head

S-Some spices and lemon

T-Spices are there but they should be more present. Some lemon and wheat round it out.

M-Light to medium bodied with some carbonation.

O-Not a great Saison. Although it has the spice, lemon and wheat flavors they do not blend together perfectly or have strong presence.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 17:06:34 | More by rlee1390
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DaveBlack

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2011

A: Cloudy, golden beer without much in the way of head, despite a constant stream of bubbles that feeds it.

S: Big smell on this beer, that emanates as soon as it's poured. Lots of yeast, and peppery alcoholic phenols. Also a citrusy, raisin smell.

T: Very earthy taste, with lots of peppery notes. Alcohol is present, but not overly powerful. The malts balance out the spiciness nicely, and there is a slight lemony brightness as well. A damn tasty beer.

M: A solidly medium bodied beer, slightly sticky, with a decent amount of carbonation.

O: A really tasty beer, and excellent representation of the saison style. Nicely balanced, and they sure don't shy away from the spicy, funky flavors. I would certainly seek this beer out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 02:27:31 | More by DaveBlack
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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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champ103

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy and vibrant golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Earthy, fruity, spicy yeast aromas up front that I really enjoy. Some soapy hops come in next that kind of take over. Like dish detergent.
T: Follows the nose. That great funky, earthy, fruity character. Though almost taken over by soapy detergent like hops.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. I wish this much more dry and less soapy/oily. Not hard to drink. There is some significant alcohol that is present. Overall, a nice slow sipper.

I get to much soapy hops for some reason. Which detracts a bit for me. Not bad at all, but not what I am looking for in a Saison.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 02:00:44 | More by champ103
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n2185

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin layer with no lacing.

S: Light spice notes at first followed by lots of bubblegum, candy sugar, and banana aromas. Sweet bready aromas bring up the finish.

T: Belgian spices up front followed by some bubblegum flavors. Light fruit notes of pears and white grapes are present. Slightly sweet yeasty flavors bring up the finish.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is fairly light and clean, though could use a bit more carbonation.

O: A pretty decent American style saison. It could use a bit more depth and carbonation, but still a drinkable, refreshing saison.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 03:22:48 | More by n2185
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a pint glass:

A: murky orange body with a film of a immediately dieing head, some spotty lacing leaving some rings here and there

S: yeasty and earthy

T: wheaty and some earthy flavors with some orange

M: medium, fairly sessionable, alcohol well hidden, dry sticky finish

O: not a bad beer, but nothing spectacular. I don't think I would have this again, or if I did, it would have to be on tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 20:10:25 | More by BeerKangaroo
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hoptualBrew

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber to the pint glass - murky as hell straw yellow/orange color with an off white head and tons of lacing.

Funk upfront, yeast dominant nose but alot of citric fruit plays around in the background. Lemon peel, orange zest, sour plum compliment the funk well.

Hardcore citrus on the palate with that funky yeast, pairs well. Descent bittering spice hop presence out back to put a nice end touch on this brew. Body is moderate (6/10) and carbonation is on point.

Overall, it's a descent saison - nothing spectacular, but very classic to the style. If your looking for the WOW factor, this isnt it - but its a solid drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 04:07:01 | More by hoptualBrew
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

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

From the 2011 batch. Sampled on December 15, 2011. The pour is a decent looking light to golden amber with a bit of a foamy head that slowly diminishes. There are plenty of carbonation bubbles. The aroma is of slightly sweet malts, yeast, and a meaty frutiness along the lines of banana and pear. The hops tingle the nose on the backside. The body is in the medium range with great stability when swirling on the tongue. The yeast and malts hit the palate up front with a stingling, tart hop afterbite that is both mellow and sharp. A likeable Farmhouse ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 23:44:26 | More by puboflyons
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Label says it was bottled in 2011.

A- Pours a bright orange color with a one finger head that slouches down the an 1/8 inch ring with a spot of surface bubbles in the center and thin foam surrounding it. Quite good lacing as well.

S- Wonderful. Full wafts of ripe banana. Also sense some possible spice.

T- Oh my. I was right about the spice since upfront there's a clove sentiment which leads to those awesome bananas with an all-encompassing sweetness. After a few sips, the alcohol is finally detected and felt. At first, I couldn't tell at all that this was over 9%. Has a fruity finish with some hints of grapefruit. Kickass.

M- Medium carbonation and a solid body with a bit of back-of-the-throat sourness.

O- This is some good sheet, man. I didn't know farmhouse ales could be this...big! Yet it still has all those characteristics I love in the style. I may have found my favorite Smuttynose brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 03:10:01 | More by Immortale25
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a crystal clear golden yellow. Thin off white head with tons of streaming bubbles.

S: Spicy, bready yeast. Ripened d'anjou pears. Earthy grass and floral.

T: Lemon and orange peel. Peppery grass and clove. Sour apple and Belgian yeast.

M: SOft on the pallet. Good carbonation. Sweet with a dry finish.

Overall: A pretty solid Saison from Smuttynose. Has a real traditional taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 01:05:39 | More by BigMike
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grover37

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Atlanta for cheap ($4 or 5 iirc). Poured into an over-sized Sloeber tulip. Notched 2010 on the bottle.

Appearance (2): Hazy dark orange. Not a lot of head unless aggressively poured. Not much head retention outside a very thin layer and a medium sized ring. Not a lot of lacing either. Not impressive except for bright orange color.

Smell (4): Yeasty, earthy, and citrus. A typical, slightly musky, farmhouse yeast scent is accompanied by strong, bright fruits like lemon, tangerine, and grapefruit.

Taste (4.5): Wheat and earthy flavors up front with some orange. Much more earthy through the middle and finish. More complex fruit flavors like lemon and maybe sweet white grape in the dry finish.

Mouthfeel (3.5): A touch watery and slick, especially for 9+%. Not as effervescent as the typical saison, but also a much higher gravity. Medium carbonation and medium bodied.

Overall (3.5): A lot of tasty fruit flavors and typical saison yeast notes make for a drinkable saison., even at a high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 00:18:58 | More by grover37
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tlazaroff

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 23:39:38 | More by tlazaroff
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OutFox

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 release, 22oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

A - Clear amber orangeish sort of color. Decent white head with ok lacing and retention. Its def. a filtered sort of farmhouse which I find odd.

S - Has that barnyard sort of smell. You can pick out the wheat and then move on to the sort of tart fruityness.

T - barnyardy with wheat overtones followed by this tart fruit thing. Almost the same as the nose.

M - This is the only place I had a problem with this beer. Its missing that bottle contioned/unfiltered aspect. It really needs that sort of Belgian farmhouse body. Its too light.

O - Good farmhouse. I liked it just thought it needed a little more body. Good beer from Smuttynose though, second Big Beer series Ive had and they have both been good.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 00:27:17 | More by OutFox
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jsh420

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours cloudy golden orange with a 1 finger head that left some spotted lacing

smells of bananas and some citrus

taste is solid - very bright and clean flavors lemon bananas touch of spice and bready malt

mouthfeel light medium body low carbonation - adds nothing to the beer

overall - drinkability is crazy good for a 9.3% abv i thought i was drinking something around 5-6% however the flavor drinks like a beer with less abv

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 04:03:16 | More by jsh420
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snpub540

California

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale golden hue with a small white head. Delicate lacing is left on the glass the entire drink down.

Smells of hay, pears, ripe apples, and spice.

Pears come through in the flavor as well as a slight sweetness but it becomes extremely crisp and dry. Not a lot of alcohol flavor. Some spice in the finish. Fruity esthers as it warms.

Dry and crisp on the palate but slightly feels thin. A nice interpretation of a saison.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 09:39:11 | More by snpub540
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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