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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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398 Reviews
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Reviews: 398
Hads: 657
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 17.27%
Wants: 45
Gots: 40 | 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 Atlas1
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I shared this bomber with my wife last week. We both loved it. This review is based on the notes I jotted down at the time.

The appearance is a pretty apricot color with a thin bubbly head. Lots of carbonation. It's a nice color for a saison, but otherwise it's nothing special. The nose is beautiful. A sweet and spicy aroma wafts up from the glass. Notes of fruit - peach, apricot, banana, impress upon the drinker a light, springtime atmosphere; perfect for a saison. The taste is very light but peppery as well. It almost evokes thoughts of a light fruit soda (think Nehi Peach), but not in a bad way. This beer is so utterly delightful it's a shame when the glass begins to run low. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy, and firm.

The Farmhouse Ale is an excellent beer in my opinion. It's a big saison (which is a great idea; nicely done, Smuttynose!), but despite the high ABV, it goes down very easily. Almost too easily, perhaps. Cheers for this fine beer.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love trying new Smuttynose beers as they have yet to disappoint me.

This big beer pours a golden orange with a head that disipates to a thin collar, but there appears to be plenty of carbonation. The poor head retention has led to poor lacing.

This saison has all of the typical qualities in the nose including a sour funk and spice. There is a hint of grassy lemoney hops that give the nose a finishing twang. Lurking in the background are notes of lightly toasted malts.

Tastes of spices such as clove and pepper along with a zesty farmhouse yeasty funk. This saison is a little sweeter than most I've had in the past and features greater orange flavoring that finishes with a bit of a hot alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation makes the alcohol finish a little difficult as it warms, which hurts its drinkability. This isn't my top saison, but it's an interesting twist and worth a try.

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Photo of ksbrainard
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright gold yellow color with a thin head.

S - Somewhat sour, then spicy as expected for Saison. A bit of malt sweetness peeks in there. Also subtle hop aroma.

T - Big bitter taste coats the tongue and alcohol numbs the mouth. Both the hops and alcohol are assertive in a good way. There is also a bit of sweetness of apples present.

M - I'd say medium-high body. It has a detectable sweetness, but not overly sticky. Still probably a bit more than I'd prefer, but not bad.

D - Great! This is tasty and interesting, and if I had more than one here I'd probably have another right after this one.

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Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This 2007 version was sampled in a large wine goblet. (which seemed to really impove the overall drinking experoence for this brew.)

AP: A slighty frosted orange-hued amber color that is brilliant and vivid, like technicolor!! tiny, tiny bubbles look active and create a 1" bubbly, lively white head that dissiptes in a moderate fasion and leaves only a tiny island of foam in the middle of the glass.

Nose: sour Herbal, Belgian-like yeast with it's zesty, earthy and mossy aroma's, sweet buttery malt with a slight fruity and tart whiff and major spiciness and pepper effects.

Flavor:Starts out with a dry, herbal and yeastie spicey and pepper kick with dry toffee malt with an instant red-fruits flavor, plenty of tangy citric acid-like kick. Spicey, peppery yeast flavor that takes over for a while, which is fine because the yeast and malt flavors blend together perfectly and highlight each other's best qualities. The tangy,dry but smooth malt flavor really jumps out when paired with some Gouda or extra-sharp cheddar cheese. "lip-smacking palateability" the lable states...and it's right on. This one is very much like a fine Belgian Tripel in many ways.

Feel: Medium body, crisp, lively and refreshing, but goes down smooth,dry peppery in the middle with a slightly boozy overtone. a full, smooth feel with plenty of complexity to spare.

DA: This is based on 2007 and 2010 bottles and they seem to be very consistant year anfer year. A high quality Saison for sure!

Updated with a 2010 bomber.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly clear amber with a frothy, well-sustained white head. The palate offers plenty of clovey spice and yeasty phenols but none of the flavors are too sharp or cloying.

A slightly mellower example of the style as the spice profile is more rounded and the bright malt character isn’t too sweet. Still, it’s rich enough with all the classic character of a Farmhouse ale.


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Photo of jmz62565
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a large white foamy head. The smell is almost all Belgian candy sugar with some lemon and floral scents. The taste is sweet with candy sugar,lemon,pepper,clove,and honey. A really nice taste. The m/f is light and the flavors really mix well and hide the alcohol. All in all, this is another very good "Big Beer Series" beer from Smuttynose. Cheers.

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Photo of timtim
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy dark gold with a bright white head that goes away but leaves a nice little lace. smells of yeast and spice. a faint faint hop smell. tastes of clove, corriander, a little citrus. more clovy than i prefer in a saison and not barnyardy enough for me. nonetheless, i give it to smuttynose for producing a decent saison. good mouthfeel. easy, pleasant drink. i would much rather have a foret or saison dupont, but this is still a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Rainintheface
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up couple of Smuttynose Big Beer offerings (2007)
and since I'm partial to Saisons I'll start here.

A: golden, a little hazy with a nice head to start but goes quickly to thin lace

S: earthy yeast, spicy and citrusy. Saisony. If that's a word.

T: clove honey, pepper and orange

M: crisp, smooth medium bodied, low carbonation. Warming alcohol presence

D: Summer and Saisons go hand in hand in my book and this is one fine offering. Highly recommend.

Poured with vigor into big ass glass mug.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (Bottle Conditioned 2006) to a pint glass. Another nice-looking Smuttynose label, this time showing a ca. 18th century painting of a family lunching beneath a tree in a pastoral setting.

A: Chill haze runs through this golden-honey saison, glowing auburn at the center. Moderate amount of steadily-rising small carbonation ascending to a scarce film of white, ringed in cream.

S: Wonderfully rich yeasty aroma, filled ripe fruit (pear, melon, sweet apple). A splash of cherry juice and a dab of cinnamon and honey. Lasting floral notes, light spice (hops) and dry hay-like mustiness.

T: Resembles the smell in all aspects, but with emphasis on the sweeter fruits (spiced applesauce and over-ripe cantaloupe). Bready grain and plenty of yeasty spice. A hint of citrus tartness before evolving to a dry, herbal/medicinal finish. Nice example of a tough style.

M: Crisp mouthfeel, moderately-carbonated. A fuller feeling saison than most, perhaps due in part to the rather high 7.5% ABV, which does some notable warming on the tongue and cheeks after a little while. Good spicy tingle, just a bit thick or gummy at the finish.

D: Another well-done brew by the folks at Smuttynose; this one holds its own with the better Belgian saisons in my opinion. A perfect spring/summer beer.

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Photo of scarletfire79
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

awesome. awesome. awesome. dead on for the style. perfect balance of funky bite and smooth finish.citrus and clove notes. definitly one of the best saisons i've had, especially being american brewed. really nice, but what do you expect from smuttynose. a first class beer from a first class brewery.

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Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a soapy white head that left some spot lacing as it dissipated. The smell is of juicy fruit, honey, Belgian yeast funk. The taste is of honey, hint of citrus, granny smith apple, some hop, finishes sweet and a tad warm from the alcohol. The feel is moderate bodied with active carbonation, finishes a bit bitter to balance out the brew. A very good American saison and very good saison in general. The taste is pretty much dead on for a saison, can't go wrong with this sample. Maybe not as earthy or complex as some saisons.

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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is there a bad saison? Smuttynose produces a competent saison that simulates, with bolder taste, your conventional farmhouse saison, funky horseblanket et al.I aged this and so the yeast is diminished and smooth orange and corriander flavour is in every sip over a complex lunch. Creamy easy mouthful.

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Photo of mcallister
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper/orange in color with a large tightly wound head that is rich thick and white. Leaves some sticky lacing in its tracks.

Nice springy nose. Highly floral with tropical fruits galore. Lots of yeasty aromas as well. Mango, tangerine, and fresh pineapple as well as many other fruits esters.

Damn fine beer. Slightly lacking depth but other than than it's a total winner. Nicely carbonated with a tingle sensation about it. Very fruity again with a bittering hop on the end. Nicely balanced with a piercing acidity. Some RS detectable as well. Very tropical and island worthy. Easily drinkable on a warm summers day. Does not seem near 7.5 ABV

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12 oz. wineglass with a tulip glass – a hazy reddish gold with an inch and a half of head that left chunks of lace on the glass. Smelled wonderful, a highly floral and fruity nose with hints of alcohol and spice, and tasted even better. A bitter hop finish keeps this ale from being all flowers and fruit, which helped the taste, but hurt the mouthfeel a touch – otherwise, this medium bodied ale has good carbonation and masks its 7.5% ABV well enough to be a refreshing, but complex, drink on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of bonbright7
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Farmhouse Ale poured beautifully into my tall pint glass with a short head that belied its fathoms of taste. The fruit and floral aromas told me more about this ale I as dove in for a taste. The golden red ale tasted differently each time as a hundred different colors came to my mind. A light sense of hops came around to remind me this was an ale and not just a glorious find. It also had a malty background, unlike other saison interpretations I have had.

My hat is off to the Smuttynose Brewing Company for creating such a great ale.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of yeast and banana with a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is bready and a little fruity with flavors of yeast, banana and touch of spice. It’s simple but effective and refreshing. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is mild. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily as evident by the fact that I killed the bomber that I had in a very short time, not filling at all, good representation of style and a good kick, this is a very good light and refreshing beer that I good drink quite a bit of. It’s one of the best Saison style beers that I’ve had.

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Photo of LvilleIPA
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from 2006. I'm liking all the labels from the Big Beer Series.

A - Golden, clear, white head that faded relatively quickly.

S - Smells exactly like a saison should - citrusy, dry, yeast.

T - Damn good. Smooth as can be. Malty, yet lots of fruitiness. Finishes semi-dry. At the end, you can definitely feel the alchohol in it. Other than that, as smooth and mild as can be.

M - Medium bodied, really no carbonation at all.

D - Based on its smoothness, you can easily take down a 22oz'er. You really don't get a good feel for the 7.5% until the end. Well worth finding and drinking.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and Munich malts along with a wonderful Belgian yeast aroma. It's fruity with some light earthy notes. The taste is good. It has a smooth and refreshing flavor that goes down earthy and quenches thirst even with the intensified abv.. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an excellent seasonal beer. It's bold with tons of flavor; a good drinker.

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Photo of NoLiberty
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

App: I love the country art label, nice pics in this series of beers. The beer pours a beautiful apricot, orange color. Nice thick head, long lasting with high lacing.

Aroma: Nice big, strong farmhouse nose. Fruity, spicy sweet; wheat and fresh flowers, grassy. Very classic saison smell.

Taste: Front is a little light on the funkiness. Taste is not as strong as the smell, unfortunately. Nice warm, sweet middle with good warming alcohol and hop finish. Good yeast profile, but not overpowering.

Mouth: A bit too thick for this style, but not unpleasant. A little syrupy and hot, but good vibrant carbonation.

Drink: Definitely drinkable, as too style, but certainly better versions available.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. This beer pours a solid golden color with a 2 finter chunky head that sits incredibly strong atop the brew. The clarity is superb and there is a very steady stream of bubbles working up through the beer. This is a damn nice looker. Taking a sniff, I am hit immediately with lemony and orangey citrusy notes, with a solid honey-kissed pilsener malt base to it. There is just a hint of mustyness breaking into hte background. I like it. The first sip delivers much what I found in the nose. The first to come is a mild sweetness that is a little honey and a little candied sugar. Next comes a light grainyness, with the citrusyness and spiceyness following. It finishes with a blast of mustyness. I dig it. The mouthfeel is moderate with a mild carbonation. Seems it all has worked out in the bubble I se.e. I am a fan of this beer. All the flavors seem in harmony to me, and it drinks a lot smaller than the ABV. Good show.

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Photo of Higravity
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeah so this is a nice orange red tinted clear with a white large chunky dense head. Damn near picture perfect in fact why not. Smell is of summer feilds with sweet malt and a lingering stinging feel from the CO2 in my nose. The nice citrus tones are well matched with the noble hop character. The flavor is just a large dump of the smells with a tangy sweet after taste that plays well in Peoria. Nice light decent carbonation that lends to solid drinkablility and makes this a beer to get a lot of at only $3 a 22oz.

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Photo of Boto
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: This one pours a somewhat darker golden color. It is absolutely crystal clear. There was a bit of an off white head that dropped off quickly. A fairly full nose. Lots of different aromas coming through. definitely some fruits, as well as some breadiness and spiciness. Has a light body to it, which belies the alcohol content and the taste. Slightly spicy with some caramel malt and spices in the background. Very easy to drink. Nice brew.

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Photo of bort11
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Skinny Elvis for this one.
22 oz bomber split with my wife. Poured into Imperial pint glasses. Hazy golden orange color. Fizzy white head that receded to little to no lacing.
Smell is very fruity to begin with. Apples and pears with a dash of spices. Taste is pineapple and very juicy. Evenly blended coriander and other spices.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very refreshing. Very enjoyable

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Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The ale is a bright orange amber color, clear with no sign of any haze. A pour invigorates a 1.5 finger head that does not retain well but does leave small spots of lace.

S: The saison has a dirty, barnyard-like aroma. Some peppery coriander pops up also, as does a bit of brettanomyces sourness.

T: The ale has a strong coriander flavor that pops out up front. It is followed by a some cardamom and berry sweetness. The brett that I smelled in the nose does not appear here. There is a bit of funky flavor but not to the point of sour.

M: The spices and fruitiness are pleasant, providing a sweet kick that sticks around long in the mouth.

D: The ale, like most saisons, is eminently drinkable. The spices and barnyard flavors kick in at the right time and never approach the level of sourness that I am not a fan of.

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Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.