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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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618 Ratings

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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 42
Gots: 25 | 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 BadBadger
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BadBadger, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

NeroFiddled, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Westsidethreat, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of SwillBilly
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SwillBilly, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of akahn
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

akahn, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

asabreed, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Jason, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of cbl2
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No best by date. 22 oz. bottle.


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


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


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.

cbl2, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of froggyfrog
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

froggyfrog, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

ppoitras, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of UnionMade
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

UnionMade, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of ybnorml
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean orange/amber beer. Has a small off white head. Which leaves a nice lace. The aroma is tart fruit notes up front. With hints of pear in the background. The tartness carries over into the start of the taste. Followed quickly by a sour character pushing forward. THere is a soft sweet malt note in the middle. There is a light pepper hoppiness to add a little snap to the finish.

ybnorml, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of wedge
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bright, hazy orange glow - fine, creamy ivory head sticks to the surface for the duration. Warm candied fruit aroma...belgian yeast aplenty - light spicy dried banana. Tastes of spiced citrus fruits, earthy middle, peppery yeast...lightly drying aftertaste likened to after biting into an orange slice. Sweet but not cloying. Solid mouthfeel is a little heavy for the style but the fine carbonation balances it out - keeps it from being as rediculously drinkable as some others.

Nice, juicy saison. Sweet, citrusy, and friggin' delicious if I do say so myself.

wedge, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange copper gold color with oily creamy looking white head. Lace is everywhere. Nose is sugary and tropical with pinapples, candied lemon and orange, bananas, and melon. Like a sugary fruit infused farmhouse. A little peppery spice balances the sweet fruit and caramel malt. Taste is like candied fruit with bread, yeast, hidden spice, slightly earthy hop. Mouthfeel of the medium-full biody is slick and smooth. Very drinkable. Orange fruit candy finish. Somehow the sweetness isnot overwhelming but after a few of these I would probably go for an ESB or IPA.

Great for the warm months, and I think it would make a great summer dessert beer. Sweet and soothing.

tastybeer, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, "Bottle conditioned in 2006", pours a bright orangy, shimmering amber, clear with bubbles slowly streaming to the top. This flavorful brew is topped with a near white head, that initially was puffy and retentive, then dissolving to a film and leaving pleanty of fine, sticky and good looking lacing and sheeting. Nose here is tropical fruit sweet, pepper and floral. Spicy, complex and satisfying brew, lots of pepper, rye, Belgian yeasty, earthy notes. Bottle finishes with a final yeasty pour. Nice saison from Smutty. Bring on the spicy food to enjoy with this very worthy offering.

Billolick, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale
22 oz brown bottle
Bottled conditioned 2006
Served in a Chimay goblet

Pours a light hazy peach color. Trails of mini carbonation bubbles race to the top of the glass. Rocky, puffy head that leaves excellent trails of sticky lace that cling to the side of the glassware.

Pleasant aroma with whiffs of funky yeast, faint citrus fruit and bananas.

Sweet, almost syrupy flavors up front with a clean, dry wheat like finish. Lemon tartness, Hubba Bubba bubblegum with a spicy clove punch and a tad medicinal too. The mouthfeel is rather soft and clean on the palate.

Very drinkable and enjoyable overall. Smuttynose has nailed yet another great style of beer. Certainly worth checking out if you see this beer on the shelves this summer.

Hibernator, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a small, foamy, eggshell colored head that quickly faded to a thing bubble ring. Light aroma of lemon, wheat, and earthy bubblegum. Hazy golden beer with fine particles suspended throughout. Sweet candied flavors of spring flowers and bubblegum up front. Tart, almost sour flavor develops in the middle, but is never overpowering. Finish is fairly bitter, and lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is solid, but a good dose of carbonation keeps it from sticking. Sourness towards the end is felt as much as tasted. I like a Saison that keeps my attention, and this one has plenty flavors and textures to keep it interesting. I was worried at first because it wasn't much to look at, but a whif of the glass showed promise, and it delivered in the end.

HappyHourHero, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of Foxman
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a quite clear golden amber, graciously carbonated. Two fingers of frothy white head soon play out to a velvety sheen. Wisps of lacing cloud the inside of the glass.

Wafting from the aroma is a tart grain sweetness, toasty with caramel, spiced lightly with cloves, and smoothed with vanilla, green apple, tangerine, and a funky yeasty dough note.

Upon sipping, there's an earthy slide of tangy malt and grain sweetness, mildly sugary and promptly dried by a duet of clove and just-ripe Granny Smith apple. A creamy vanilla and toffee center is sharpened a bit by an edge of alcohol. A rounded spicy bitterness dries any residual grain, lingering crisply at the back of the palate. It's a sassy, refreshing, and very good rendition of a classic flavor profile.

Pretty much medium bodied, it has a spicy sweet, upbeat presence in the mouth, coating in a lively fashion.

It has a slightly funky backbeat, with a sweet grain lead and a spicy rhythm. It's what you'd expect of the style, coming on strong and then crisping up, but it has enough signature to be its own beer. The ABV gives a mellow glow that combines with the saison-ality to make every sip nicely anticipated. No Smuttynose Big Beer has yet disappointed me, and after finishing this, that streak is still intact.

Foxman, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Found this in my usual haunt in Belfast. Pours golden orange color with a thick head. Smells a bit like malt. Tastes quite sweet, almost a bit raisiny, malt and some spices, though the spices are not prevelant. Mouthfeel is good. But overall, it's just OK in my opinion. It's a little too sweet for me. I'd drink it again if it was given as a gift, but I won't be looking for it.

Manosbeeroffate, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of gosurfobx
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle. Pours with a large rocky head. Beer is a cloudy straw color. Smell has some spicy notes with noticeable malt sweetness. Taste is decent but not what I expected, does not have the spiceyness that I have come to expect from saisons. The sweet malty backbone of this beer prevails and any spice notes get pushed to the side. Mouthfeel is pretty good, the carbination feels good in the mouth. A drinkable beer, but not my favorite as far as saisons go.

gosurfobx, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of nfo
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall, I thought this was a tasty beer, although not a great example of the style (or my perception of the style is off).

I was looking for more of the characteristic tartness and spiciness, and a less of the sweetness that I'd associate more with a tripel. If I forget about my expectations, we still have a fine Belgian ale, with lots of fruity and yeasty flavors. It has a full, creamy mouthfeel, with light carbonation, and the alcohol is hardly there. I'd prefer it to be a little drier/crisper, a little funkier, but I would get it again for the right food or mood.

nfo, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of phisig137
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color with a minimal head and no lacing.

Aroma is yeast and bready, but little else. Not quite what I'd expect.

Flavor is decent. Minimal hops, and little malt. The yeast is prevalent, but not quite spicy enough for me. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and drinkability is dangerously high. This one hides it alcohol VERY well.

I expected more, considering Smutty's other big beers series. As an ale, it's pretty good, but as a saison, it's not so hot. Decent beer overall, but I don't think I'll be buying it again anytime soon. It just doesn't "wow" me.

phisig137, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer. Plus the label on the 22oz bottle is cool. It was an orange color with a small head and some nice carbonation. It had a sweet spicy aroma. The taste was fruity up front, followed quickly by the spices. Carbonation was excellent. It had a nice bite to it, and I thought it was fairly robust. A great beer to drink; I will be buying many more in the coming weeks.

lordofthewiens, Jun 01, 2006
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.