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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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583 Ratings

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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 41
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of jampics2


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle opened and shared with friends at Nicole's birthday party. Enjoyed on the deck on a wonderful sunny afternoon.

Hazy body, an orange-yellow color, and little head and lacing. While it's not ideal, I'll take this over the farmhouses that pour 1/2 beer and 1/2 foam.

Smell is earthy and spicy, with some mild fruitiness. The yeast is grassy with just a touch of pepper. Nice, but I've had better.

Taste is nice, refreshing. Some orange and citrus and earthiness from the hops and yeast. Malt is bready and has just enough w/o being too bold. This is good, nice blend of flavors and spice, predominantly corriander and clove and just a touch of wildness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but the carbonation is too much. I enjoyed this American take on the style. I still prefer my Fantome anyday, but this is good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 16:41:11 | More by jampics2
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 23:22:05 | More by akahn
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, $5.99 from Lebanon Health Food Store, Lebanon NH. Bottle-conditioned in 2009. Served luke-cold, ~55F in a standard pint glass.

A: Massive 4-finger rocky white head takes forever to settle. Like meringue on a pie. Brew is a cloudy golden yellow. Huge icebergs of foam cling to the glass.

S: Sweet honey, lemon rind, melon, biscuit. Nice, but not hugely fragrant.

T: Taste is a much more intense version of the nose. Sweet honey and lemon rind throughout plus an appropriate bit of yeasty funk. Some herbal qualities become apparent later on.

M/D: Big thick mouthfeel. Alcohol not apparent. A bit too thick/sweet for what I'd expect from a Belgian farmhouse.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 18:57:16 | More by BeerNinja007
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2008 23:59:43 | More by Proteus93
Photo of 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
Photo of goodbyeohio


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

pours a glowing orange. hazy and thick, although dark blips in the shape of bubbles can be seen blurrily rising to the surface.. there, a crusty egg-white head rises and settles... chunks left behind in willy-nilly fashion.

very sweet, cloying, cotton candy aroma is a bit overwhelming. warmth brings out some tripel characters.. citrus rind, belgian malts and faint hints of white pepper in the nose.

flavor finds a nice happy point between tart sourness and sweet maltiness, although it falls victim to some unsalted butter hooks and riffs. what saves it, ultimately, is the one-two punch of carbonation and the tart flavors of barely ripe fruits. finishes strong with some green apple, apricot and bitter lemon peel. for 7.5%, this is pretty darn drinkable, although it leaves a warming in my empty stomach. very dry flavor overall, suggests awry hopping and raw grain husk unable to integrate.

like sly fox's saison vos, this tries to be a hennepin clone but plays it a bit too safe for my book. still, a solid, drinkable belgian style summer beer.

thanks t.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 22:20:41 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of Sam21


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

2010 edition poured into tulip. Purchased for $5.99.

Appearance - Tarnished golden body. First pour yields perfect clarity, while the second pour delivers a cloudy orange body (left most of the yeast in the bottle). Healthy head.

Smell - Fruity. Citrus rinds, subtle clove, and pale malts. Strong granny smith apple in there as well. The apple adds a unique edge.

Taste - Orange, apple, and lemon enter first before being met by spicy clove and underlying malt sweetness that supports the intense fruit and high alcohol content. The finish is spicy and phenolic with herbal bitterness. Spicy phenols linger. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overly so. It settles nicely within the sweet and spicy body.

Mouthfeel - Medium-body that leans slightly towards full. Carbonation is relatively soft and lively.

Drinkability - This is a big saison and rightfull holds a place in Smuttynose's Big Beer Series. A good beer that leans towards the spicy side. Nice sweetness and pronounced fruitiness add nice support. Bold, fruity, and spicy. Worth a try if you are able to find it!

2009 vintage. Bomber into tulip.

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a vicious billowing head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere.

Smell - Earthy spiciness, some citrusy sweetness, and Belgian yeast.

Taste - A mixture of spicy clove, lemon, orange, apple, and black pepper. Solid hop bite at the end with an alcohol bite finishing out the flavor profile.

Mouth Feel - Full bodied with very filling and lively carbonation. I'd prefer a little less carbonation, but I love the look it gives to this beer.

Drinkability - Love the flavor profile in this beer but the alcohol bite at the end does lower the drinkability slightly. Still, lots of delicious things going on in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 06:11:27 | More by Sam21
Photo of gford217


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

22oz bomber courtesy of MrRetardedMonkey poured into a tulip.

Pours a crystal clear golden orange with a decent fluffy white head that dissipated very quickly to a ring with limited lacing.

The aroma is a mixture of bready Belgian yeast, roasted caramel malts and spices. Not that I was expecting a lot, but there was virtually no funk at all.

The taste is a little better than the aroma and had the slight funk I was looking for. There is still the dominant breadiness of the Belgian yeast throughout with significant peppery spices and a good bit of light fruits, peaches and apricots especially.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

This is a good saison, though not at the top of my list in the style or of Smuttynose beers I've had. Still tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 22:20:16 | More by gford217
Photo of lstokes


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

Pours a deep straw/copper with visible carbonation and a two finger head.

The smell is spicy with a bit of alcohol present, and the taste is one of those well-blended saisons where it's hard to pick things out. I get a lot of spicy yeast, some apple, some orange, a bit of black pepper.

It finishes with some mineral taste and is medium bodied, maybe a little bit on the dry side. It's not as funky as I like my Saisons--honestly it tastes a lot like a Tripel--but it's a fair American interpretation and it's very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 03:43:48 | More by lstokes
Photo of assurbanipaul


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

Pours a brilliant clear gold with a medium white head. Nose is lightly malty and musty, like a farmhouse that has been boarded up airtight for years. Perhaps just a little floral when the glass is swirled.

Taste is more light toasty malt and a touch of malty sourness. Light caramel sweetness, more light yeasty and musty flavors. Just a bare touch of fruit in the finish, something like pear or apricot. Only the slightest hint of a Belgian yeast strain, no alcohol flavors at all.

Mouthfeel is medium but a little heavy for the style, and it leaves a crisp bite on the end of the tongue. I realize saisons have a lot of leeway when it comes to the style but I don't get a lot of the spicy saison-y flavors I would expect (especially after finishing a Belgian/French beer tasting two days ago). I like it but this impresses me more as a slightly sour maibock or maybe a hefty cider.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 02:54:59 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of Richardberg

New York

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

A: poured from a 22oz bottle into a large beer glass. Tons of white fizz over a tan-orange (camelhair?) liquid. Cloudy throughout, not just at the bottom. Typical for the style.

S: lots of various yeasts, some citrus, bit of spice.

T: yeasty with some body, slightly sweet, some alky bite, finishes clean but not super crisp/dry.

M: a lot less carbonation in the mouth than I expected given the head. Feels nice but unexceptional.

D: very solid but not super bold Saisson. ABV present but not unpleasant. Would be a perfect way to introduce a beer newb to the style. For myself, I'd choose either more authentic Belgians or more distinctive American crafts.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 03:08:41 | More by Richardberg
Photo of ThreeDimesDown


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big pillowy white head upon pour, wait a few minutes and an extremely nice lacing occurs. The brew is a nice golden, slightly hazy color with a head that just lingers to the end!

The usual funky mustiness of a saison is present in the nose, along with a heavy Belgium yeast, coriander and light fruit (oranges and pears...).

Light fruit hits the palette first, followed by a bready maltiness and ending with a stronger alcohol crispness. Light hints of coriander and other spices work throughout.

A sharp, light-medium mouthfeel with very active carbonation.

Overall, a decent farmhouse ale. Not all the flavors marry together as smooth as I would like, mainly because of the high alcohol finish. A little bit of time in a cellar might help mellow and bring it all together.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 21:03:05 | More by ThreeDimesDown
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light orange snowglobe of active carbonation....head laces well after three-finger snowfall settles... fresh-mowed grass and spring farm scents--fresh but not piney or sprucey...herbal, flowery presence...complex and warming taste, pushing hops to the roof and floor of the mouth; mellow maltiness with a zesty lemon finish... soft, almost apologetic mouthfeel that lacks the usual "beerness" to a beer... need I say refreshing? "Lip smacking" is what the label denotes, but I find the beer mellow and at ease, yet less clean or flavorful as some others I've sampled within the genre...

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 03:56:27 | More by dacrza1
Photo of Geuzedad


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a tulip.

Poured a very hazy yellow with a thin white head that left in a hurry leaving some very clingy lacing.

Smell was wonderful! A lemony zest, barnyard funk, and some earthy bready notes made my mouth water!

Taste was a bit of a let down. Yeast and a bit of sweet up front, followed by a peppery slighty sour middle and finished of with a medium hop bite that was a bit on the dry side.

Mouthfeel was medium, slick and well carbonated but not overpowering. A bit astringent in the finish.

Not the best Saison but then I use Dupont as the standard. Not as funky as I would have liked and the 9% ABV is a bit high, not really making this a session beer for me, but more of a sipper. Overall it was good but being one of the big beer series one was definitely enough!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 01:32:05 | More by Geuzedad
Photo of jvdineen


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good try from Smuttynose. It pours a yellow-orange hue with a little head. The hops give a not-overwhelmingly spicy taste that lasts the entire bomber. Quite light and refreshing. The moderately high alcohol content is well hidden and balanced.
Bottle conditioned in 2006. Label contains a 18th-19th century scene of a "gentleman farmer" and his family as he quaffs some drink.
Bought at Charles St. Liquors on reccomendation of employee.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 22:52:02 | More by jvdineen
Photo of deciding39


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz brown bottle, served in a Saison Dupont glass.

A: Pours a golden-yellow color with a slight yeast haze. A sturdy one-finger head forms atop the brew, leaving a decent lace around the glass following each sip.

S: The nose is dominated by fruity esters and alcohol, with some faint malt sweetness. There are also some light phenols towards the back.

T: Earthy yeast, tart fruit (especially apple and pineapple), balanced nicely by sweet malt. Finishes dry with some pleasant mellow hop spice and bitterness. Very well-balanced; unlike some other saisons, the wild tones never become too cloying.

M & D: A smooth, medium-bodied brew with some unique and well-balanced flavors. Drinkable, but packs quite a punch at 7.5% ABV. Very true to the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 00:17:26 | More by deciding39
Photo of NoLiberty


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 04:52:58 | More by NoLiberty
Photo of BadBadger

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 00:30:31 | More by BadBadger
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 03:49:10 | More by Sammy
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a creamy white head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very bready and yeasty with some pronounced fruity and spicy tones.

Very yeasty and bready with some nice fruity and spicy flavors. Has a rather bold tartness to it.

Full body, good carbonation.

A nice saison with an interesting tartness. No problems putting down the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 02:42:14 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of 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
Photo of Reagan1984


3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally found the earthy funk in this Farmhouse Ale.

I've recently discovered this style, in great part due to the recent article in BA magazine. I've tried a couple of examples now and have enjoyed them. However, I was interested to note that the earthy "funk" described in the original article was less apparent than I had thought. That was not the case with this example, as it tasted more like I would have expected from the descriptions I had read.

This is a gorgeous looking beer. It pours a beautiful copper/orange color that is very clear and shows almost no carbonation. There was almost no head at all and no lacing to speak of. Looks great in the wine glass we utilized.

Aroma was assertive, earthy, spicy with some clove like characteristics. I believe the earthy aroma is associated with the "funk." Very interesting aroma.

Taste was very complex and as I drank my glass it really grew on me. The earthiness was very evident. Black pepper, fruit flavors (not citrus) a bit of clove.

Very nice. I am interested to see how this one will age.

Mouth feel was medium in body but also very smooth. Only slight carbonation noted here.

I am enjoying my tour of the Saison style.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 14:17:14 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap earlier at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden straw color. It has a nice size pure white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind some scattered lace on the glass. The smell starts off with some belgian yeast and and spices up front. There is a nice fruity smell, as well as a bit of funkiness and mild hop presence. The taste starts off with a lot of citrus fruit like oranges and lemons. There is also some clove and belgian yeast present. I am also getting some earthiness and a bit of hop flavor. The finish leaves some lingering earthiness and spice flavor on the palate. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice feel to it. There is some tingling on the palate from the spices. The drinkability is good here. I could easily have a few glasses of this in an evening. It goes down easy and has a nice flavor. Overall I thought it was a good saison, and I would drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 15:35:54 | More by JizackFH
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-20-2013 02:12:01 | More by MadScientist
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-20-2013 19:46:42 | More by csmartin6
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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