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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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616 Ratings

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Ratings: 616
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 Daniellobo
3.9/5  rDev +1%

Nice earthy offering from Smuttynose leaning on a sweet side for this type of brew. Maybe a tad too hefty for the style.

Presentation: 22 oz capped brown bottle. Label with a classic painting of a family scene under a tree noting style. Side paragraph describes the series, style, main intent, and ingredients. Shows bottle conditioning date (2009). Served into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep gold pour with a rich frothy head, good retention and some lacing.

S - Sweet and spicy notes with an earthy and shy funk touch. Orange peel, clove...

T - Sweetness goes rubbing shoulders with an earthy bitterness. Spicy touches, pepper, clove, orange peel.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a generally smooth finish hindered by an occasional bitter swing.

D - It works well but lags a bit behind of what could be a higher drinkability with a better balance, in particular a smoother integration of the sweet profile.

Notes: Quite likable, and the price-quality ratio of these bombers in the area has been remarkable. But while enjoyable I´m not sure it is the saison I like the most to engage people around a table, it can be a bit rough, or heavy handed on occasion.

Daniellobo, May 12, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

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 HattedClassic
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

The beer pours a beautiful and clear amber which is very different from the Saison's usual color. The head is white and foamy but dissipates rather quickly.

The beer has a fruity smell and a hint of sweet caramel smell with slight hops. The fruit smell seems to resemble more of an orange smell.

The overall taste is a complex fruity taste with a bit of caramel. The hops are stronger and have a bitter and orange taste. However, the bitterness is counteracted by the caramel and fruit taste.

Biting carbonation and heavy bodied. Given how long this thing has been aged, I'm not surprised.

I thought that this was a pretty decent beer after its been aged for 5 years. I should probably get a fresh one.

HattedClassic, May 30, 2013
Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a small off white head and not much lacing..smell is of fruit clove and yeast..taste is crisp and light sour with the yeast with hints of bananas and apples,,some clove and pepper are in the background..it very tasty..mouth feel is light medium its crisp and tart with lots of flavor..very drinkable tasty and refreshing really liked this saison

gatornation, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

2011 Vintage

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden orange in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some apricot + peach + burnt orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a very large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of light fruits (apples, white grapes, and a hint of orange), yeast, and spices.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of pale malts with some light fruity sweetness - hints of apple, white grape, and orange. That is followed by a moderate amount of saison yeast, barnyard funk, and some spices. Just a hint of spicy/earthy hops that imparts a light amount of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Considering the strength, this beer is easy to drink and the alcohol is extremely well hidden. Nice saison spicy flavors and nice complexity.

dbrauneis, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of beancounter
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

A- Poured into a standard pint glass. The color is dark gold to light amber. I hear a loud fizzy sound as I pour. Highly carbonated. There is very little head but what is there stays around for the entire session.

S-Sweet and malty also some caramel.

Taste-A mildly sweet and yeasty taste hit my senses first. Then in the back of my tongue I sense a substantial bitterness. I also taste some citrus/lemon flavors but they are very faint. There are also some other flavors but they hide just beneath my ability to identify them.

Mouth feel is medium and appropriate for the style.

D-I like this beer. I could easy drink a few in one sitting. The bitterness may be off-putting to some for this style, but I think it provides a nice balance.

beancounter, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of sitarist
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours golden yellow with orange tints...there is copious amounts of thick foamy head that last awhile before falling to a 1/4" cap that leaves sheets of lacing.

I smell red apples, grapes, lemon, ginger, biscuits, sweet with some spice. I would like a little more earthy, musty funk.

I taste sweet red apples and ripe fruits up front, with a spicy bite taking over.

I think a creamier body would have suited this beer better...too dry...with too much bite.

Enjoyable with great flavors... not one Id drink all night though.

sitarist, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

2013 version.

A: Carbonation stream is beautiful, but the head simmers down right away. I like my farmhouses murky; this is clear as day.

S: Strong. White wine. A little cotton candy and green apple. Decent, but undistinguished.

T: Follows the nose. Very white winelike. Some green apple. A slight citrus flash and some lingering hoppiness. Can't find the sage.

M: Active, soft. Bitterness on back end.

O: Above average, but out of the elite tier. Followed this with another saison brewed with sage -- Stillwater Cellar Door -- and Smuttynose couldn't compete.

ZethOfTheNorth, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Brilliantly clear deep golden with no head. Aroma is toasted, nutty, slightly farmhouse, with a definite tart, acetic character. Flavor is more earthy, with a touch of fecal character, and a nice tartness. It's lactic and acetic, I believe. Malt sweetness is a bit high, but a nice starter/gateway sour, probably.

barczar, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Nice golden body with a slightly patchy smaller beige head.

S - Smells like citrus and sweet malty alcohol.

T - Taste is clean with citrus, spices, warm alcohol and some sweet maltiness.

M - Very smooth and crisp. Moderately carbonated with a very nice sweet clean finish.

D - The alcohol is masked well in this brew and is very smooth. The physical drinkability of this one is great.

BeerForMuscle, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of babaracas
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a mostly clear golden color with one finger white head, spotty lacing. Smell: pale malt base, a little musty, spicy and a little grassy. Taste: quite spicy with a dose of orange citrus, pretty standard otherwise, but nice enough. Mouthfeel: carbonation maybe a little more than most, but not to the detriment of the beer. Alcohol makes only positive contributions here, very drinkable for a saison of this abv. Not amazing but pretty enjoyable. Early July 2010 release.

babaracas, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours a light wheaty gold with a big fluffy white head. Nose is funky and sweet.

Taste is super funky and a bit sour but so nice and creamy. Very smooth with some awesome carbonation makes for a great mouthfeel. One of the best beers I've had from smutty in a while!

kingcrowing, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of cokes
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a lightly murky and shadowy goldenrod sporting a moderate chalk-colored rise on top.
It's fairly sedate and lethargic, aroma-wise, but notions of sugared pears, white grapes, with yeast- (and partially hop-) driven peppercorns, bay leaves, and driftwood. It smells, actually, very good, you just have to try hard and risk snorting the liquid itself.
Across the mouth, the malt is laid with sourdough bread, golden raisins, bruised pears, and rock candy. It's definitely on the malty side of the style, and the first half has a Maibockesque vibe. Yeast delivers clove and ginger, and just a flash of suede-y funk. It segues with black peppercorn into an equally spicy hop closure, with dried herbs, and wildfire-prone plains. A splash of apple brandy dots the swallow, with background alcohol and sweetness
It's pretty rotund in the mouth, and those used to a spritzy, gassy saison might view this as a lard-ass. I think it works here, because the emphasis is on the malt, thus the saddle bags are apropos, and there is enough slow-n-steady carbonation to move this down the mouth-stomach conveyor belt unfaultingly.

Plain and simple, I like it, and will readily buy a lot more of it at roughly $4 a bomber. It's a steal in my book.
Caveat emptor: those looking for a farmhouse brew funkier than those boxer shorts you left in your gym bag in the trunk of your car all summer will be sorely disappointed, as that is not what this is about. It's all well-showered malts and only faintly musty hops here.

cokes, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of andjusticeforale
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.

andjusticeforale, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of nfo
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

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 arguemaniac
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

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.


arguemaniac, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a staw yellow / orange-ish color with a nice white head. Aromas that are yeasty with fruity notes. As in the taste, yeasty, spicey and hints of fruitiness. A yeasty mouthfeel, and a spicey aftertaste. A nice yeasty saison, fruity and spicey in the right places. Smooth and nice, and a very good beer.

OWSLEY069, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of sjverla
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Nose: Fruity and funk. Alcohol and clove. Spicy. Complex and yeasty.

Appearance: About a half-inch of frothy white head. Quickly dissipates. Amber gold.

Taste: Fruity and juicy. Alcoholic. Very spicy and tart. Hot on the gums and lightly bitter. Rustic, but not quite funky.

Overall: This one bites back. A little boozy though. Overall, pretty satisfying.

sjverla, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Maxwell
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

The beer pours a pale, copperish orange with hints of gold. The beer forms a thin head of eggshell-white bubbles that leave a thin, yet solid sheet of lacing on the sides of the glass. In body, the beer is oddly crystal clear. It has a decided transparency and cleanness of body that is odd for the style. On the nose, however, this beer screams farmhouse ale. Rustic toast meets dried hay, meets corn flake, and then meets spicy hops. When you really shove your nose in it, banana and clove enter the nose to add a slight hefe twist. When I dig further, I start to get some overripe pineapple and very faint peach. On the tongue, the beer tastes fruity, and slightly tart acidity, with a soft balancing bitterness that leads into a very dry finish. This bad boy was dried out to a near full attenuation that nicely pops the more rustic aspects. In flavor, the beer begins as peach and pineapple, mixing in with corn flakes and wheat bread crust. Things take a slight twist towards near-lemon fruit tartness in the middle and briefly with the finish, while spicy hops and peppery esters linger into the aftertaste from nearly the beginning of the sip. As it warms, some slightly unpleasant flavors do establish themselves with the finish, jumping from banana to mustier funk that could turn ugly if this aged. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with lighter carbonation that still keeps the beer crisp on the tongue. In mouthfeel, the beer feels crisp, yet slightly oily with a decidedly dry/sticky finish. When the beer leaves, the mouth is left dry, but with plenty of saliva pouring from the edges. Overall, this is a rustic, funky saison, and my favorite of Smutty’s Farmhouse iterations. It’s got some really nice yeast character, though some things might hint at rougher musty flavors to come. I do wish the hops were a little more prevalent, but that is my personal taste in saison/farmhouse ales. As is, she’s a nice summer drink with plenty of complexity to interest the tongue.

Maxwell, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of bilyboy65
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass (I really need to get an actual tasting glass).

This is my first beer of this style and from the description it seems kinda hard to narrow the way its supposed to be brewed. It almost seems as if this was the original ale style.

A: Thin head, but with lots of carbonation to support it through the life of the pour. The head leaves little lacing, but enough to mark the pulls. Pours a gold color.

S: Has strong earthy tones to it. More hoppy scent then anything. A slight hint of fruit. Kinda like walking in the woods and starting to catch the scent of that lone apple tree.

T: Has a dominate floral hoppiness about it. Undertones of a bready-sweet yeast. Has an apple fruit taste to it.

M: Good, medium bodied with a light coating of the tongue. The carbonation is just enough to let you know its there. No film left behind.

D: Goes down easy, but I will get tired of the fruity taste of it. Would like to see the yeast play a bigger role.

bilyboy65, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of CuttDeez
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from the bomber series into a Tulip glass.

A - Solid looking saison that is a hazy gold with a thick frothy white head that laces well.

S - A good balance of sweet fruity sugars, earthen herds, and a little funk.

T & M & D - This saison is like most others as it follows the nose. There are good fruits, earth tones, and funk. The beer is different as it is sweeter upfront than most with only a subtle pepper on the back end. The funk is very slight. Medium bodied and carbinated well. A pretty drinkable brew in flavor, but heavy on the ABV in actuallity.

O - A solid saison from a good brewery. On the sweeter end, but a beer I would do again if given the chance.


CuttDeez, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Matty1918
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from a 22oz bomber. Bottled conditioned in 2008.

Pours a nice light amber/honey color with a nice foamy white head. Good amount of lacing and retention.

Aroma is of hay at first with a hint of hoppy bitterness there also. A touch floral and nice malt aroma too. A lot going on.

Ok the taste has a lot going on too. Very earthy up front which is followed by a nice spice...cloves maybe and a touch of cinnamon. There's a balanced taste of hops...slight bitterness with some flowers in there too. You can taste some sweet malts in there too. Very good...has a lot of things going on in there.
You can feel the alcohol too...just a little at the end.

Very nice mouthfeel..creamy, not to heavy...very nice. Nice amount of carbonation.

A nice sipping brew indeed. Very enjoyable. I'll go buy some more of these...some to enjoy and some to cellar.

Matty1918, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of ElGallo
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

22 oz. Bomber poured into a Hill Farmstead long stem snifter.

Color is a slightly hazy yellow orange with a finger of head and a little lacing.

Smells of bread, under ripe fruit and subtle spice, with some mild mustiness too.

Taste is of bread, mild spices, apple, and pear.

Medium carbonation in the mouthfeel with some spicy bite in the aftertaste.

Overall a nice and somewhat prototypical American farmhouse ale/saison. Worth trying if you like the style.

ElGallo, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

22 ounce bomber bottle split with brothercannon. 2006 vintage, swirled up the yeast and poured into my Duvel tulip glass. Appears a murky muted orange color with at least an inch of fluffy lingering white foam. No lacing to speak of. Smells and tastes of crisp fall fruits such as green apple and pear, slightly spicy yeast, a touch of black pepper and lemon. Crisp and dry with little alcohol presence. Medium bodied and a notch below that in carbonation. Still, this is a really nice saison and certainly worth a try to any fan of the style.

ClockworkOrange, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

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