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

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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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HerrFaust

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

Previously had on tap, but reviewing a bomber...poured into a Duvel glass to get that signature merengue head. Esters hit the nose immediately. Overall, "Farmhouse," instead of Saison, seems an apt description. The tap version was very spicy, yeasty, and generally Saison-y, but the bottle had a Biere de Garde sweetness in the middle and end. I usually prefer the dryness of the former, but like some of Victory's special 750mL editions, this one works. There's enough spice and carbonation to balance it and prevent that cloying sweetness of some Bieres de Garde. While the Saison purests will have legitimate beef, this is America, and we have enough room for a highly drinkable New World hybrid.

08-26-2006 23:27:52 | More by HerrFaust
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1%

cystal clear orangey gold with a thin white head that doesn't hang around.
toasted malts, with clean orange, and traces of honest to goodness belgian barnyard funk make up the dominant portion of the aroma. other than that i find cracked pepper, strawberry, and alcohol. some soft red apple as it warms.
the taste is sweet, but has some welcomed citric tang, to counter it a little, earthy spicy pepper, clove, a *little* corriander? orange, apple, white grape the toasted malts come through some, bolstered by some surprisingly heavy booze on occasion. other times the booze disappears though. a little bitter at the end. let this warm substantially this is far better when approaching room temp. some of the other flavors overtake the sweetness at colder temps.
a medium body, with moderate carbonation, but lacks the medium bodied dry airyness of some great saisons
a little too sweet to hit the mark all that well, but certainly not a bad beer. i'll take my saison needs elsewhere, though.

08-23-2006 00:08:22 | More by kmo1030
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allengarvin

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

Thanks to malto to supplying this.

Pours out a hazy orange-amber color with a frothy but not lasting head. Good malty aroma with a pungent spiciness. Abundantly fruity character with lots of peppery, clove-like phenols. A fair amount of bitterness and earthy grapefruit hop flavor lurk around, becoming more apparent as the taste develops. A warming hint of alcohol appears at the very end. Fairly big bodied.

08-22-2006 02:02:36 | More by allengarvin
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +7%

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a short 1/2" head that falls quickly. Some spotty lacing develops. No visible carbonation bubbles.

Smell: fruity sweetness, yeast, and a hint of barnyard funkiness.

Taste: strong fruity flavor of plums and sweet apples, spicy yeast, pepper, nice bitterness,and a touch of alcohol. Also a bit dry too.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Crisp at the start and finish. The aftertaste is long on the fruity sweetness and yeast tones.

Drinkability: very easy to quaff. Flavorful but not overbearing. Nice beer.

08-20-2006 17:27:10 | More by Gavage
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Bright copper body, plenty of carbonaion, a bit hazy. Soft white head of tiny little bubbles clings around the rim for some stretchy lacing.

Spicy nose, some pepper, but some lighter notes also. Bit yeasty too.

Taste kicks off with a light fruity sweetness, but a tide of spiciness quickly rises to change the direction, bringing some teasing pepper to the forefront. Finishes dry but not dusty. Refreshing.

Nice light mouthfeel. Beer dances across the tongue.

Fine drinkability. Have one on a warm afternoon.

Big, but not too big for the season. Smuttynose delivers again.

08-18-2006 20:45:36 | More by RonfromJersey
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RedChrome

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

Pour resulted in a medium hued amber color. Inch high head of white color quickly dropped to a quater inch. Nice streams of average sized carbonation bubbles. Thin clumpy lacing.

A very nice fruit blend was the major aroma of this beer. The primary scent was of banana. It is very reminisicant of a hefeweizen. Second scents are of pineapple, white grape, and apple.

A nice blend of the fruit noted in the smell and the flavor of malt. The banana is again the foremost acting part of the beer, but the white grape tries it's hardest to make a race of it. A smooth finish leaves the crispness of apple.

Beer has a nice thick feel in the mouth. Taste cling on the back of the tongue.

Overall, a fantastic beer top to bottom. Would be a nice choice to go with either a pork dish, a tenderloin or a roast, or a rack of lamb.
This beer could alsostand on it's own as a nice refreshing late afternoon summer choice. A nice first taste fom a brewery I haven't tried before.

08-18-2006 00:56:32 | More by RedChrome
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sloejams

California

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

The Farmhouse Ale is Smuttynose's venture into the Belgian world of the Saison. Often I worry when sitting down with American interpretations of this style - more often then not, it just doesn't work. This one works.

It pours a unfiltered, straw yellow haze. It has an aroma of bread yeast, clove and bubble gum - sweet but subdued. It has similar flavors, very juicy but somewhat tart. It's very reminiscent of Ommegang's Hennepin. This is the finest of the Big Beers I've tasted.

08-15-2006 18:53:08 | More by sloejams
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andjusticeforale

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

This poured a nice big hazy honey golden yellow with a nice head that could be brought back to life with pre-sip swirling.

There was some controlled funk in the smell; The first taste was all buttery smooth malt, nutty yeast and a bitter finish. THat finish really balanced teh sweetness. I guess it was alcohol rather than a hoppiness in the finish, but there was a use of flavoring hops that also pushed the limit as to what was possible- I wouldn't go any further. The mouthfeel was okay, but there was just not as luxurious a feel that needs to be there is a saison. What I would like to see is a slick and feather light middle; yet the feeling that you just drank something substantial. This just didn't get here.

08-14-2006 13:07:57 | More by andjusticeforale
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Celt44

New York

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance is a light and transparent amber - Creamy head present and lacing lasts throughout.

Aroma - grape jumps out first with splashes of citrus - grapefruit and lemon.

Taste is superior for the style. Not overbearing and abv is masked very well. Very fruity with a spicy finish. Yeast abounds.

Mouthfeel starts creamy and finishes smooth.

Excellent Saison. These go down very easy for a "big beer".

08-11-2006 21:32:58 | More by Celt44
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soultrain

New York

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured into a Hennipen glass.
A-Semi-clear golden orange beer. 2" head disappears quickly. Yeast chunks abound. O.k. lacing.
S-Very slight sweetness morphs into a sharp yeast attack.
T-Gritty bottle-conditioned goodness. Sweet but farm tart. Nice funk. No loose ends.
M-Almost perfect.
D-Can I have another?

CRUX: THIS IS A REALLY NICE FARMHOUSE ALE. Good stuff.

07-17-2006 16:28:23 | More by soultrain
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

This beer pours a nice amber color, little to no cloudiness and a medium head that is tight and off white. No real lacing noticeable in the glass.

The smell is more like a hefeweizen than a Saison, with banana and clove notes, but it is appetizing.

The taste is nice as well, but it doesn't have the depth of flavor I like in a Saison. The taste starts out a little thin and with a slight sourness as well as some dry hoppiness. The hops linger and become more spicy and there is a fruitiness as well (some stone fruit flavor I can't identify) and finally some earthiness at the end.

The mouthfeel starts creamy but becomes a little less so as I progress through the bottle. Very pleasant at first, maybe a little soapy later

A drinkable beer, but maybe not as haunting in flavor as some Saisons- that always makes me want to keep quaffing them. This one is interesting enough though, and despite the moderately high alcohol it goes down easy.

07-12-2006 04:36:06 | More by Georgiabeer
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juzy

Alaska

4.13/5  rDev +7%

What an interesting color, milky gold, almost peachy. Very pretty. A loose, big bubbled head disipated quickly, perhaps my glass had some residue or maybe this bottle was too cold.

Smells of honey, blood, a bit of hay, bubble gum.

The flavor is much the same as the aroma, maybe a bit more pronounced banana. Some pepper and almost tropical taste, like pineapple? Maybe a bit more sweetness than I like, but I think it might age well.

Mouthfeel is nice. Sparkling, dry on the finish with a bit of residual sweetness.

Overall a nice farmhouse style ale. Glad I was able to procure a couple of bottles.

07-10-2006 17:01:20 | More by juzy
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BadBadger

New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours from the bottle a dark and hazy golden color. The head is off-white and moderate in size. The smell is citrousy and grassy. The taste mirrors the smell with a lemony grass tang. The mouthfeel is smooth. A pleasant beer but not one I would want to drink many of in any single session.

07-10-2006 00:30:31 | More by BadBadger
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Smuttynose's Farmhouse Ale pours a slightly hazy amber with an orange cast beneath a short head of creamy off-white froth. The head retention is fairly good, and it leaves some nice lace at the outset of the glass.

The nose is quite interesting with notes of toasty, wheaty malt and Belgian yeast (fruitiness and spice).

It's dextrinous medium body is fuller than might be expected, and it's pillowy smooth across the palate with a gently zesty carbonation.

In the flavor the yeast shows it's true character, revealing phenols and even more black pepper spiciness. The fruitiness is citrusy (orange, and pineapple?), and works well against the sweet malt. A very firm bitterness holds it together, and it finishes a bit sweet but not sticky as some alcohol is present and helps to thin it a bit.

An interesting and unique beer that's well worth it if you can find it!

07-08-2006 03:36:50 | More by NeroFiddled
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Westsidethreat

California

3.15/5  rDev -18.4%

A: Deep brownish golden hue...slightly hazed...lots of little bubbles through out the glass. Head is a light cream, tight bubbles give the appearance that it was whippedt.

S: Very fruity, slightly sour. Grapefruit, lymon, fresh cut grass and very yeasty.

T: Sour right away, not really puckering but more pungent...sort of like over ripe lemons. Lots of green grass flavors, like if you actually chewed on green grass. A little bit of pineapple, granny smith with a biscuity aftertaste. Some bittering hops at the end that coast with the beer a bit.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation a touch prickly.

D: Sort of a mish mash of flavors, none of which being overwhelmingly desirable. Too sweet to be a true saison. So so.

07-07-2006 03:05:54 | More by Westsidethreat
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SwillBilly

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from 22oz bomber.

Appearance: Pours a honey, gold like color with very minimal head and slight wisps of lacing.

Smell: Fruity and sweet aromas dominate the nose with hints of apricots, apples and bread. Very fragrant.

Taste: Begins with a yeasty, malty sweetness reminicent of golden fruits, the middle stays along the same lines, with a fruity sweetness. The finish is crisp, with golden apples and apricots dominating, very slight hints of hop bitterness lingers on the tongue long after the finish.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat crisp and dry with a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale is a decent but not great Saison when compared to the likes of Hennepin and Saison Dupont. A little to sweet for me but some may like it. Crisp, dry and very fruity. Alcohol is well hidden and goes down pretty easily. Definitely worth a try.

07-02-2006 21:52:55 | More by SwillBilly
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akahn

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a rosy golden color, hazed. Firm white head, a bit sticky. Looks good to me.

Sweet tropical fruit aroma -- candied orange, especially. Also, musty yeast, earthy. Maybe I'm out of my mind, but I notice a hint of smoke!

Flavorful. Sweet, but dries out in the finish. Sweet orange and lemon flavors, with substantial earthy hops. Quite the tangy edge, as well. A bit boozy until it warms up. I can see how this would be better a bit drier, as the brewers intended.

On the fuller side of medium bodied. This makes it a bit less refreshing and "bigger," but that's what this series is about. Stronger carbonation could help cut this, I would appreciate that more than taking down the sweetness a notch. Goes down easy nonetheless. Interesting, and I plan to try more saisons!

06-28-2006 23:22:05 | More by akahn
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asabreed

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Bomber into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: A golden yellow with lots of bubbles floating to the top, making a decent foamy head which dissipates slowly, leaving spooky Swamp Thing-like monster-formed ghost lacing etches around my glass. Pretty weird, like seeing Jesus in a chicken nugget.

Smell: Lots of citrus, mild chalky yeast, mild medicinal phenols, a bit of barnyard and earthiness, and with a swish or two and an immediate plunge into the glass I get some pungent alcohol. Good, all in all, yes, though I somehow could use some more funkiness from the phenolic characteristics.

Taste: I like how a good combination of dark fruit and sour cherries comes in toward the middle with the citrus, with the phenolic traces blooming more in the taste than the aroma, a bit of bandaid and earthiness, not much but enough to keep things interesting. Finishes long, with the hops taking over, along with some yeast residuals, lemon, and sour cherries. Pretty balanced stuff.

Mouthfeel: Feels almost a bit watery at first, but then the carbonation luckily takes over as it moves around with a swish and some tasting, providing a pretty silky feeling overall, with some bubbles dancing on the palate with the swallow.

Drinkability: A good attempt at the style from a pretty kickass brewery. I like the beers being quickly churned out in the Big Beer series now, and for their price ($3-$4 a bottle), you really can't beat at least trying all of them once. A very enjoyable brew, complex and highly drinkable.

06-28-2006 03:37:14 | More by asabreed
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

22 oz bomber with vintage year of 2006 on the label.

A- tawny golden color, good clarity with a decent but fading off white lace.

S- Orangey, earthy, hint of nutty yeast, toasted grains and spicy clove makes for a complex aroma.

T&M- Just as smooth as it is crisp, sturdy medium body. Hints of black pepper, clove, and an even medicinal phenol. The maltiness hits a high and shows some stamina against the spicy flavors. A kiss of hot fermentation funk is present, par for the style and not over done at all. Finishes a tad sweet with a mildly hot alcoholic end.

D- I love how Smuttynose embraces a style and adds their own flair to it. Amazing complexities don't take away from the drinkablilty, paired well with beer braised brats and herb roasted potatoes.

06-27-2006 01:21:17 | More by Jason
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cbl2

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

No best by date. 22 oz. bottle.

Appearance:

Pours a hazy brownish orange with an inch of foamy head on top that is slow to settle.

Aroma:

Fresh citrus notes, with hints of coriander spice, and an odd mustyness.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Has that odd "natural" flavor to it that all saisons do: tart and funky due to uncontrolled fermentation with fresh herbaceousness (anise, rosemary, tarragon). Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly viscouse. Finish is citric tart and drying.

06-25-2006 22:30:41 | More by cbl2
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froggyfrog

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -21%

22 oz. brown bottle served cold in an over-sized wine glass.

Pours a tempestuous golden orange with swirling carbonation with flakes of sedimentary yeast and a substantial sudsy tangerine-tinged head with solid staying power and above average lacing.

Smells of yeasty esters with a caramelized citrus backbone.

Taste is spritzy and crisp. More citrus is evident. Coriander. Slightly bready. Subtly smoky clove notes mixed in. Creamy orange with a tart bitter finish.

This beer made me feel somewhat bloated and gassy. Saison is not a style I typically enjoy. This appears to be a decent example of the style. The taste improves as the beer warms.

06-23-2006 01:44:09 | More by froggyfrog
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

22ozer from Brattleboro Co-Op, Brattleboro, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head over a clear and bright golden copper brew. Head lasts nicely, with lots of delicate lacing. Aroma is spicy doughiness. Taste is strong candy sweetness upfront, goes bubblegum for a second, and then the spices kick in and linger. Mouthfeel is smooth, although drinkability is limited a tad by sweetness that could get cloying after awhile, possibly. Another nice Big Beer.

06-21-2006 20:32:39 | More by ppoitras
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UnionMade

New York

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

Fiery, bright orange, topped with a lasting, misty lather of white suds. Very sweet and spicy aroma. Candyish and caramel, a bouquet of tropical fruit and flowers. Heady phenols, very belgian and clove spicy. Very inviting. Immediately sweet on the tongue. Pale malt, sugary, slathered with sticky, molten caramel. Heaps of banana, with apple and passionfruit juice. Some orange juice, the kind in the carton with no pulp. Spicy, peppery finish, layered with plasticine, clove-like phenols. Minimal hops, just a dash of floral bite, underscoring the floral, fruity tang the finish consists of. A wee bit of alcoholic heat in the end, leaving off sticky and sweet. Full bodied, with fine bubbled, tingly carbonation. Excellent.

06-21-2006 04:54:47 | More by UnionMade
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oberon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured a slight hazed burnt orange-like color with a thinner but well retaind white head,alot of different things going on in the nose some lemony tartness as well as some yeasty phenolic notes but not overbearing with lingering hints of iron and herb.In my opinion the flavors are very Belgian-like in its yeasty tones and almost medicinal hop profile with lemon and overipe pineapple tones.I like it not alot of the barnyard funk you get in traditional Belgian saisons wich I dont care for so that was a plus for me,pretty refreshing and substantial at the same time.

06-20-2006 00:44:09 | More by oberon
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear copper with a low white head that barely formed and lightly laced at the glass.

The aroma was earthy with a light peppery spice character. Some sweet malt character was present, but some nice fruity esters cloaked it's presence.

The flavor was nice with a light malty sweetness and a moderate earthy bittering character. The flavor was lightly fruity with a nice peppery spice.

The finish was just dry with a lasting earthy and peppery spice presence pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a decent carbonation level that was a bit on the low side. A nice beer, perhaps just a bit too sweet, but who cares.

22 ounce bottle.

06-19-2006 22:28:09 | More by GCBrewingCo
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