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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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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 42
Gots: 26 | 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:
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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Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

Bitterbill, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

9/26/08- Purchased at Glen Beverages in Glen, NH.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with a bottling year on the bottom of the label. Poured into my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Off yellow, maybe approaching a light rust orange in color. Fairly creamy 1/2 inch head on the pour. Settles at a nice rim and leaves some sticky light patchwork behind.

Smell- Heavy yeast nose and a mild sweet malty nose as well. Seems fruity with a light whiff of funk.

Taste- Seems kinda of hefe-like as well as saison-like. Really not much of a funk flavor as I was hoping for. More of a candied sugar, a touch of bubble gum-clove action and some peppry notes. Pretty sweet with a tropical twist to it. Good warm weather pool beer.

Mouthfeel- Hefty carbonation level and a light sticky sensation.

Drinkability- Not really a top saison in my book. Tasty, but not really per style IMO.

GClarkage, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear, slightly coppery golden color. It poured with a big but short lived sticky white head.

s: Smutty got the funk part just right. Earthy, pungent, and mildy acidic yeasty notes dominate. Also some almost citric, flowery hops and a little coriander. Nice touch of heat as well.

t: This has brief moment of sweetness before the yeasty funk kicks in. The finish is dry and peppery with a surprising hit of leafy, lemony hops.

m: Big viscous body and lush, creamy carbonation. This has a filling, chewy feel overall with a lingering peppery/funk bite.

d: I really like this one. This almost gives Ommegang's Hennepin a run for it's money. I need some more of these.

DIM, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of taez555
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a crystal clear orange/amber body with a small, almost non existant off-white head.

Nose was dominated by a nice ripe fruit smell, golden raisins, bananas, passion fruit, fresh cut grain, some wood, a mild leafy hop, a touch of Belgian funk, yeast and little garbage.

Taste is medium/full bodied with an immediate german/belgian hop snap to the senses followed a fruity wheat/golden/farmhouse taste. Surprisingly bitter right off the bat with, again, a lot of up front earthy leafy hops that attack you at first, but then subside and just linger into the finish. Crisp caramel and a strong biscuit grain taste. Yeast, banana, ripe golden fruits, some mild bubble gum and a mild touch of chalkiness. Ends with a lingering ripe fruit and earthy hop bitterness.

Definitely one of the better American Belgian attempts. Seems a little over hoppy for me, or maybe it just needs some age, but I'd prefer a bit more of the funk kick, but still another great solid beer from Smuttynose.

taez555, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of Ryanbob
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy Orange

S - Not very noticable, a little pungent, a little fruity

T - Rich acidic, Fruity citrus and slight spice with a little earthy skunkiness in the background. Finish is clean with a faint, lingering hop bitterness.

M - creamy and light.

I think this is a nice drinkable summer beer, very satisfying. Not quite as impressive as the Big A IPA, but still very good. I would definitely buy this again if it was available in Texas.

Ryanbob, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of sethmeister
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased a few days ago pours clear gold at first with a fluffy off-white head which quickly becomes a film. The second glass is a bit cloudier w/ some sediment.

Nose: mild Belgian funk, pear, apple, orange peel, cloves and black pepper.

Taste: prickly on the tip of the tongue to start, then fruity and sweet, orchard and stone fruits - even a hint of banana - honey, a mild yeast funk and sourness, orange peel and spice - cloves and black pepper in particular. There is a very slight tartness and an astringent quality that comes in at the end. Lots going on here and the more I savor it as it warms, the more I flavors I notice. Perhaps a bit sweet for a saison but I prefer it that way. There's a sugar sweetness lingering on my lips but the beer is never cloying and the sweetness is balanced out by the other flavors.

If it is a medium mouthfeel then it is a voluptuous medium and almost velvety. Again perhaps a bit big for the style but I find it delightful.

Very easy to drink.

Smuttynose will you marry me?

sethmeister, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of dickieb
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw like color, almost like a dark macro but with a nice bubbly head and some real nice lacing. The smell is sweet like candied sugar with hints of Belgian yeasts and apricots. The flavor comes on strong with a nice malt backbone some citrus and grass like hops and some light spicing, and it has a good dry finish. The mouthfeel is a bit big but it suits the beer. This is a very good beer to drink over a long time as it seems to get a bit better as it warms, but its not something i could drink all that quickly anyway. An impressive beer from Smutty.

dickieb, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of deanhead
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strawlike in color and very bubbly. Fruity and candy like aroma. Subtle alcoholic taste, sliglhty tart with some very subtle yeast like esters. Light bodied, and extremely dry finish. Highly drinkable Saison. I really enjoyed this offering from Smutynose.

deanhead, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of BWH3
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden color, terrific clarity. Off white head pours large and fades fast amongst the flurry of bubbles.

S: Orange peel, clove, pepper, hints of toasted grain, sour yeast components.

T: The black pepper and clove come through despite the robust malt backbone. The fermentation leaves a funky and phenolic taste on the back of the throat. The hops are subdued adding a grass like flavor to the mix. Finishes with the heat of the alcohol to clean out some of the leather like tastes.

M: Smooth and crisp. Medium bodied.

D: This beer is complex and difficult just as the style must be. Some will hate or detest certain aspects of this beer, and I can not blame them, however, these aspects are what make these beers so unique and complex. I applaud an American brewery for attempting and succeeding at brewing this style.

BWH3, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of blackie
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a finger width off-white head that recedes to a thin layer and ring, the beer is a gorgeous, bright golden straw color

s: lightly sweet and grainy pale malts accompany a dry citrus peel hop aroma, grassy hay notes, perhaps a touch of pear or white grape, spicy melon rind, apricot, quite nice

m: carbonation a low medium and very delicate, body on the light side of medium, I appreciate the smoothness here but it needs more life from the carbonation

t: much similar to the aroma, grainy pale malts give a moderate sweetness on the palate with notes of melon rind and white grape, grassy hop flavors, the sweetness cleans up pretty well with a light bitterness in the finish and lingering grain

d: a breeze

overall: would score higher were it not for the sweetness, though I do like it at times...certainly recommended

bomber from Whole Foods Reston...passed it up many times and just couldn't leave it alone any longer

blackie, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is not the most distinctive beer I've had in recent memory, but I thought it pretty good. And at $4.89/22oz, in this day and age it was not a bad "value."

Pours a pretty rich and translucent amber with a less-is-more head which fades quickly to a scum. Aroma is light, lightly fruity and sweet, but not at all funky as you might expect from a farmhouse ale. Flavor is quite light and champagney, with some fruitiness and a pretty good Belgian-spice tang. Mouthfeel is quite light, closer to thin than to cloying, but still not watery.

I'd recommend this beer. After a hot, exhausting day it really hit the spot.

I got this bottle at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

BeerBelcher, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of gonzo46and2
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my first beer trade. Thank you Jwale73!

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a fluffy head with big loose bubbles. After a few minutes it mostly diminished with big blobs of sticky lacing along the sides of my tulip glass.

Aroma is more like a belgian abbey tripel (or even trappist) than many Farmhouse ales. I detected fresh pear, clove, spice, bits of banana, candy sugar... Delightful. I want to keep sniffing.

Taste is complex with rustic bready malts, honey, citrus and pear, and lots of spice. Taste is sweet and earthy at first and warms to a nice hop bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sting of spice, alchohol and bitterness. Well balanced carbonation that's not overdone.

This is a fantastic beer although it's hard to call it a farmhouse beer. You won't get much brett, dirt, or horse blanket but it's a true belgian beer made in the USA. It has very similar qualities to the ommegang farmhouse and tripel but a bit better/complex IMHO.

gonzo46and2, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from JasonA, cheers!!

Pours an effervescent amber with one finger of pearl colored head. Nice vicious look to this one, hazes a bit at the bottom of the bottle; average lacing & head retention

S: Orchard fruits & apple peels, orange blossoms & nature in abundance!

T: Pears, honey, apricot & a bit of dirt, mushrooms & dryness up front. Nice green apples, white grape juice & grapefruiity hops as this warms. Finishes with fruitty crispness, a bit of grapefruit hops & much appley goodness

MF: Sticky, effervescent & light/medium bodied all at once

Drinks very easy, despite all the complexity going on here. A great take on the style! Smutty rarely disappoints & mostly blows me away!

russpowell, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy pale orange with a substantial head that left good lacing. Nice.

Smells of spice, sweet grain, yeast.

Sweetness and raw grain are all up front. Oh, don't forget the alcohol kick too. Spice and citrus notes and a bit of tartness fights thru in the end.

Mouth coating, with good carbonation. Alcohol in your breath at the end too.

Well crafted, nice style, gorgeous beer -- just not my favorite. I fully appreciate it, just not my thing. Worth a try, as you mught just dig this one.

OtherShoe2, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy golden body with a slight white head and a small amount of lacing. Lots of fairly sizeable particles floating around throughout.

Smells very sweet like candy and sweet malts with a little bit of sourness in the background.

Taste is predominantly of sweet sugars with some malt character. So much so that at first I don't taste any sourness that classic saisons exhibit. As the brew warms I do notice that funky sourness in the background, which allowed me to finish the beer.

A pretty thick mouthfeel here.

A little too sweet for me to drink a ton of.

Hojaminbag, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Served in a tulip at CAH. A crisp and clear blonde pour, decent white head with a lot of sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Quite a leafy scent, with a Belgian funkiness in the spices.

T: A fair bit of candi sugar, spiciness and a funk. An interesting flavour.

M: A moderate carbonation rounding out a fuller medium body. A bit of chewiness and stick.

D: Alcohol is well hidden, easy going sipper that can be consumed fairly easily.

Proteus93, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of number1bum
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber color, pretty good clarity and about one finger of fizzy white head. Head recedes to not much more than a rimjob with a thin lace.

Smell is immediately funky, but not in a good yeast strain sort of way - more like feet. There is also some grain and honey sweetness in the nose.

Taste is a little better but still isn't a terribly good representation of a saison. There is a honey like sweetness and a graham cracker sort of base, with some grain and a bit of hop bitterness even. Bit of fruit flavor, as well, and some yeasty funk, and some medicinal phenols. Not loving it but it's ok.

Mouthfeel is a smooth medium body but it feels chalky and finishes feeling a bit heavy in the mouth. Overall this really isn't a very good saison. There are far better US versions out there. I wouldn't bother with this again.

number1bum, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one in a trade a few months back and had been sitting on it in the fridge ever since waiting to be able to try it. Twenty two ounce bomber was served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into snifter and allowed to warm up. Consumed 08/21/2008.

The pour was nice with a very hazy, and very cloudy dark amber color coming forward, much darker then I thought it would be for the style. Nice head, maybe two inches with some really great retention and a wonderful bit of side glass lacing. Lots of carbonation was visible streaking up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was a little bit light for me to be honest. Some nice notes of yeast, grain, with lots of breadiness in the middle, not nearly the funky farmhouse ale I was expecting it to be. Lots of light fruit notes with hints of peppery spice dominating on the flavor. Quick hints of pear, peach, maybe some apple, all in that general family. Nice touches of figs and light bread. Light feel on this, a little slick to be honest, but still not bad at all. Good carbonation and a nice smooth sipper.

Overall not bad, I am not blown away like I usually am from their beers though. Still very nice approach to it though and a bit different then what I was expecting, which is never a bad thing. I would try this one again, maybe, but nothing really stood out as excellent to me.

mikesgroove, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap for my birthday at American Flatbread (thanks Chad!). Poured into a tulip glass a slightly cloudy, honey gold. Decent, frothy head that displayed fine retention and laced well too. Aromas were very earthy, wet hay, yeast, black pepper, some tropical fruit. Flavors were strong, pineapple sweetness, sour apple first followed by yeast (slightly musty) and cloves and black pepper. Quite accurate for a Saison and a very good American version. Light carbonation, medium body and the sweetness gives it a richness. Really coats the mouth and would be tough to session but is well worth trying.

thekevlarkid, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of kkipple
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mmm, tasty...

Very Saison DuPont like. Pale dirty yellow with a decent off white head that fades to cover the surface. Cool esters, a bit of funk, white pepper, lemon-citrus, green apples and sweet light malt. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Just a touch of brett-funk lends an air of sour mystery to this thing. A bit sweet for my tastes, but excellent all around. Finish is dry, apple-like and alternates sour / sweet. A wonderful effort from Smuttynose and one you should try.

Drink up!

kkipple, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of Kraken
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into massive pint glass of unknowen size. Color is a cloudy golden orange Amber with 2 fingers of head. Head dissapates rapidly to a thin skim fairly nice lacing.

Nose-Citrus, Belgian yeast, floral esters, melon, and pheonals.

Taste- Fruit in the forefront, orange, faintest lemon zest and dried apricots. Sweet, grassy,earthy undertones followed by some peppery spice.

Mouth feel- Pretty good nice long dry finish. This is a must IMO. It is slightly sticky/cloying.

Drinkability is good

Kraken, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of ccrida
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber (notched 2008, I just bought in Boston last week) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, the Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale is a dark burnt gold with a large, tight bubbled white head that leave heavy chunks of foam.

Smell is full of saison esters, peppery then tropical fruit, with a hint of rubber and some funky phenols.

Taste is very nice, big saison flavor, very authentic and well done, with no off flavors. Pithy citrus and other fruits dominate, yummy.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, medium bodied and super clean.

Drinkability is great, a big estery saison, heavy on the fruit, right up my ally. I brew mostly saisons, and this is very similar to my favorite batches, and so really speaks to me. Wish I would have brought back another one of these to share with some fellow saison lovers, as this is one of the best American Saison I've ever had...I need to give this one a showdown with Southampton's Saison Deluxe, wow, it's f-in' good!

ccrida, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of bcastine
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy golden/orange color with a modest head, spotty lacing present while the beer lasted.

S-Belgian yeast, citrus fruit and pear

T-Again first notice the yeast, but then comes some complex flavors, peppery without being overly spicey, pepper is initially detected but citrus tones finish out the flavor, finishes with a pleasant lemon/fruity yeasty aftertaste.

M-lightly carbonated, dry on the tongue, sweet and hard to avoid taking the next sip.

D- Despite the abv this is an easy beer to drink, session like, hides the alcohol very well goes done easily and is very smooth. One of the more complex summer style beers I've had this season. The kind of beer one looks for on a summer day while taking a break between projects, just tread lightly as it does creep up on you.

bcastine, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle received from Dyan, thanks man.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden-amber, clear but slightly hazy. An inch of white head forms, slowly settling into a thin sheet.

Smell: Spicy phenols, slightly herbal/medicinal, bread with apricot jam, and funk - nice footy funk. Granted, it's a mild funk, but it's very welcome. I do believe this is the first American-made saison I've ever had with actual funk. Pretty nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet cereal grain malt flavors open this one, with spice and fruit hitting the palate soon after. Pepper and clove lend a nice spicy kick to an otherwise smooth and sweet profile, and there's a touch of yeasty funk below the spice. The body is sufficiently light, though there's more residual sugars than I generally like in the style. This one finishes on the sweet side, quite uncharacteristic for the style, but I'm still enjoying it.

Notes: Very good. With slightly lower ABV and a drier finish it might even be great.

largadeer, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cant say enough good things about this beer. Fan-freekin-tastic.

Pours a 1 finger foam clear golden yellow.

Smells, crisp, fruity, a little funky. P-funky...

Sweet, carbonated, fruity

Finishes sweet, crisp. If fairies peed, this is what it'd taste like.

Murchmac, Aug 14, 2008
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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