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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

634 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 45
Gots: 32 | 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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-12-2006

15 IBU

2008 - 7.0%
2009 - 8.8%
2010 - 9.3%
2013 - 7.0%
2014 - 7.2% brewed with Pineapple Sage
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Photo of Daniellobo
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Abilow33
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good beer. It has a fruity flavor and is very easy going down. Part of the Smuttynose big beer seriesl. I was hoping to get their Baltic Porter, but this beer is very good. A good Summer beer that quenches the thirst. The one thing that got my attention was the strong and good smell of this beer.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours with very little head and beer is a slightly watery looking golden color.

Smell- Lots of fruit in the nose, very ripe bananas and oranges come to mind.

Taste- Well balanced, a little on the sweet side with lots of yeasty tastes. Slightly bitter and acidic on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- A little bit on the weak side, does cover palate well and leaves me wanting more.

Drinkability- A great beer to have with a meal, greatly compliments foods and somthing Ill be buying again.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright sunset orange color, nice frothy off white head. Stale oranges, citrus and a funky farmhouse yeast aroma dominate the nose with some sour fruitiness.

S: Nice spicy hoppiness is present, some musky yeastiness.

T: The beer starts off pretty malty per style with a nice tartness of sour warm oranges and malt. A decent sour bitterness with some slight sour citrus hints in the finish. Really malty per style, with a nice musky farmhouse yeast bite, peppery spiciness and a sour alcohol tang.

M: Mouthful is full and malty,

D: This is a really big interpretation per style but still a very good thirst quenching, citrusy farmhouse enjoyable in the warm weather.

Photo of Casey10
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer it has a distinct taste of a farmhouse saison and represents the style well.

It pours a nice cloudy golden color and taste fresh earthy with lots of spice. Pour into a tulip glass the bubbles continued to flow to the top.

The taste was interesting but well within the style refreshing exspecaially on a hot day.

I highly recommend to someone looking for this style it is done well and as alway smuttynose delivers.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of sitarist
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mshallah
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber color that's only slightly hazy. Fluffy, sudsy, foamy head of two fingers which recedes slowly. Belgian yeast spice of clove and white pepper in the nose. Mandarin orange citrus fruitiness. Taste is what it is. A mellow Belgian style pale ale that is easy to drink with sweet, mildly toasty malt and a sour tartness from the yeast. A mellow, well rounded saison. Fruity and delicious.

Photo of Pittsburgh
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd like to open this review with a question. Who cares how a beer smells? Does it matter if it tastes good? Unless it literally smells like an ass....so bad that you can't get it to your lips.

Anyways, I had to choose between this and Arrogant Bastard, and after the first sip I was wishing I had the bastad. I am not doing a comparison here, but after the next few sips, I got into the beer, and I was good with my choice. I think that says alot about the beer. It is solid, it is my first Smuttynose, I don't drink alot of belgians, so keep that in mind.

Good pour, great head, light vanilla brown color, taste is smooth for the most part, a bit bitter at the end, has that creamy vanilla taste, with a bit of lemon, light and fluffy, good for a change up. This is usually the opposite of what I drink, but I liked it, It is tough for me to compare it with others like this, because it is not usually what I get, but it was a solid beer, I would get it again sometime if I was looking for something in this world.

The real eye opener for me is Smuttynose, I want to try more of their beers. It is a tough task....but I am up for the challenge.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved from Yamar18 in the Phish BIF. Poured from 22oz. bottle into an Urthel chalice. Beer was a clear, orange color with a small, off-white head. Light lacing and soft carbonation.

Aroma was heavy pepper, spice and clove with notes of apples and pears.

Taste was full of earthy and fruity notes. Heavy spice and pepper, along with yeast, bread and light fruit.

This is a very tasty brew. I'm pretty impressed with how good of an interpretation Smuttynose has done with this one. Very easy drinking. Thanks Kevin for the opportunity to try this one.

Photo of Seanibus
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spurs slightly hazy golden, with a slight reddish cast and a nice head, though poor lacing. The aroma is fruity and phenolic, with a bit of orange and some spice. The flavor is fruity and flowery, a bit sour, like a bitter orange or tangerine, with allspice and perhaps some coriander in there. There is an underlying sweetness that counterpoints the bitter orange. The mouthfeel is surprisingly rich. A perfectly drinkable beer.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Saison for Saturday in Summer folks. Pours a golden / copper hugh which is very clear, bubbly and effervecent. Dense kinda soapy head with very good retention. The aroma is indeed farmhouse-esque. Hay, straw, some spices, grassy aroma and ehh dare I say a little soap comes through at the end but generally a nice aroma. Nice flavor, spicy and grassy. Not too much going on in the way of yeast produced tasty-ness here which is too bad. Mouthfeel is kinda what I expected, not bad not great. The alcohol is not terribly well hidden in this beer but that does not detract all to much from its drinkability. Not a bad beer and I'm pleased to be drinking it. But I don't know if I would buy it next summer for another saturday.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
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.

Smell:
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.

Taste:
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.

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

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

Photo of zac16125
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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.  

Photo of beancounter
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Maxwell
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Proteus93
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Geuzedad
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of NoLiberty
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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