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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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398 Reviews
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Reviews: 398
Hads: 660
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 17.27%
Wants: 47
Gots: 41 | 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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Reviews: 398 | Hads: 660
Photo of MrMonkey
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden shade of amber with a thick and creamy two-finger off-white head that recedes slowly to about 1/8". Good retention and decent lacing.

Smell is Belgian yeast, banana, clove, white pepper, and lemon zest, with a mellow barnyard funk/wet hay smell lingering in the background.

Taste is much like the nose: peppery yeast, banana, clove, and lots of sweet citrus fruit flavors. The mellow funk maintains itself throughout, and it finishes semi-dry with a slight peppery bite.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very crisp and smooth. It is a little sweet, but not overly so. Overall, very balanced.

A great interpretation of the style. Very crisp and refreshing, and another great beer from the folks at Smutty!

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant orange with light ruby deep centered. Not an amazing head. Smell is full of pear, green grapes, hay field, tropical pineapple, hints of white pepper, and yeasty belgian floral earthiness. Taste... ok, I have to admit, this is, in my opinion, the most "to style" american made saison I have tasted to date. Taste is peppery pear, touches of citrus, earthy, moist hay yeastiness, fresh bread and green apples. Carbonated like champaign and goes down like veuve cliquot. I am impressed.

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Photo of digr
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This was a 2008 bottle - opened and tasted 8/2009. Had been in the cellar / fridge for last 6 months.

A - Beautiful Golden hue, mostly clear. Small white head that dissipated over 3 minutes.

S - Yeasty and Fruity esters. Very small amount of funk. Then a smell of caramel and maybe sugar...

M - Clean mouthfeel, but just enough body to let you know this is a solid beer. Carbonation is significant but works well for the style.

T - Slightly sweet taste (golden tasting...) Classic yeasty esters for the style, but not too much. No real Funk taste. Mild hop backend. Not really spicy. No real taste of alcohol. Very slight sour aftertaste. Mostly a bready kinda Strong Golden ale with a bit more complexity going on.

D: Nice Drinking Beer. Balance is nice, but better in the latter part of the evening (a bit heavy to start off with IMHO). Great to share with friends.

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Photo of Rainintheface
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up couple of Smuttynose Big Beer offerings (2007)
and since I'm partial to Saisons I'll start here.

A: golden, a little hazy with a nice head to start but goes quickly to thin lace

S: earthy yeast, spicy and citrusy. Saisony. If that's a word.

T: clove honey, pepper and orange

M: crisp, smooth medium bodied, low carbonation. Warming alcohol presence

D: Summer and Saisons go hand in hand in my book and this is one fine offering. Highly recommend.

Poured with vigor into big ass glass mug.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy golden, very hazy w/ a velvety foam off white dome

S - plenty of fruity like sweetness aromas come pouring off of this one. peaches, apple skin, apricot and some honey joins in the fun too, damn! also some spicy clove and pepper notes. light earthy and floral hop bouquette round things out.

T - 1st sip: wow! this is a fruity-ass saison. lots of orchard fruits w/ some banana and even tangerine. nice yeasty flavor to boot. I really gotta say -I prefer this "sweeter" style of saison vs. the "tart/sour" versions. The sweetness is kept in check by a good hop drying finish, but the flavor lingers on. this is one flavor-packed beer exceptional!

MF - very smooth and creamy w/ a low level of carbonation especially for the style. i find this pleasurable, as most saison's co2 levels are remniscent of spritzers or champagne.

D - while this may be too sweet for some, I found the balance to be near perfection.

Overall: very refreshing and packed full of flavor(have I mentioned that yet??) excellent American take on the style thanks to SMason for the chance to sample this work of art.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden/light amber color with a decent head that fades fast, no lacing.

Smell is very yeasty and bready, more so than I would have imagined, good spicy background with some malt.

Taste is very much like a hefeweizen, quite spicy, lemony, yeasty, good amount of carbonation, nice slickness, mild bitterness at the end.

A pleasant surprise, wasn't really thinking would be much but it fooled me wrong.

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Photo of mcallister
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper/orange in color with a large tightly wound head that is rich thick and white. Leaves some sticky lacing in its tracks.

Nice springy nose. Highly floral with tropical fruits galore. Lots of yeasty aromas as well. Mango, tangerine, and fresh pineapple as well as many other fruits esters.

Damn fine beer. Slightly lacking depth but other than than it's a total winner. Nicely carbonated with a tingle sensation about it. Very fruity again with a bittering hop on the end. Nicely balanced with a piercing acidity. Some RS detectable as well. Very tropical and island worthy. Easily drinkable on a warm summers day. Does not seem near 7.5 ABV

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Photo of Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Brewery Ommegang 10th Anniversary flute. Poured the color of pale straw. Voluminous head dissipated into a 1/4 inch of foam before settling into a light skim. Thin lacing and adherence during the tasting Refreshing floral nose with a touch of spice and yeast. Taste similar to nose with a slightly peppery bite at the finish. Very refreshing and tasty brew and one of my new favorites from Smuttynose. Wish I discovered this over the summer.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mhatters
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel glasss

Pours a brigthish orange with a haze and some suspended sediment, little head

Fruity and earthy nose, apple and peach - delightful

Really pleasant - light fruit, apple, with yeastiness and breadiness too. A great herbal note finishes it off.

Soft, dry and crisp finish. Moderately carbonated - enough to keep it tingly.

A really fun and enjoyable beer

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had a few of these Big Beer Series from Smuttynose, and I do have to take my hat off for this amazing brewery. The beers that I have had from them have been spectacular!

The appearance on this one is a really nice orange heart that gradients out to a strong golden color. It has a nice off white head that is incredibly frothy and leaves a nice lacing on the sides of my tulip.

The smell is of strong Belgian spice, bitter orange, and coriander.

The taste is amazing, very well done. It has a great dry saison taste that is backed by some great Belgian yeast esters, orange peel, white pepper, and a little bit of barnyard. Really spicy which adds a great complexity, totally enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is good, perfectly carbonated and the spices really let the palate roam free. The drinkability is awesome, but there are so many flavors and it is such a complex brew that you want to savor it while its still in your glass.


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Photo of alexbutler
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - An extremely thin head sits atop a light amber body. THe head practically disappears in a pint at rest. Thin and light.

S - Very sharp aroma, reminds me of apples. It's almost sour... like a cider. The aroma doesn't throw itself at you, not pungent but sharp nonetheless.

T - Here's where any hint of a cider flies out the window. The very light body inhibits any lingering... but what you're left with is a very clean taste. A nice balance of spice and sage with a medium carbonation. Very tasty.

M - Starts off light, but finishes medium. Extremely clean finish to this one... almost no lingering aftertaste whatsoever.

O - Very pleasantly surprised with this farmhouse ale. It's my second of the Big Series Beers by Smuttynose, and so far they're two for two.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at The Old Toad, Rochester, NY.

Pours a glowing yellowish orange with a decent amount of cloudiness. Not much for a head, (if it had a really nice head I would have upped the appearance to a 4 or 4.5). The smell is wonderful. A big whiff of orange peel, belgian yeast providing a mellow, round, clove smell, and the end is dry with hops (maybe goldings?) The taste is also wonderful with a dry, peppery, earthy start working up to a bold fresh citrus that slowly fades into a clove and bitter hop ending. Nice and dry. Lots of flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, clean but the amount of orange flavor makes it almost sticky at times. A great, and americanized (nothing subtle about the flavor) example of one of my favorite belgian beer types.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I shared this bomber with my wife last week. We both loved it. This review is based on the notes I jotted down at the time.

The appearance is a pretty apricot color with a thin bubbly head. Lots of carbonation. It's a nice color for a saison, but otherwise it's nothing special. The nose is beautiful. A sweet and spicy aroma wafts up from the glass. Notes of fruit - peach, apricot, banana, impress upon the drinker a light, springtime atmosphere; perfect for a saison. The taste is very light but peppery as well. It almost evokes thoughts of a light fruit soda (think Nehi Peach), but not in a bad way. This beer is so utterly delightful it's a shame when the glass begins to run low. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy, and firm.

The Farmhouse Ale is an excellent beer in my opinion. It's a big saison (which is a great idea; nicely done, Smuttynose!), but despite the high ABV, it goes down very easily. Almost too easily, perhaps. Cheers for this fine beer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, golden-orange color with a foamy, white, one-finger head. It left some thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and a little funk. It had tons of yeasty aromas.

T - It tasted of funky yeastiness, some orange and caramel malt. There was a touch of honey flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry flavor. A medium bodied farmhouse ale.

D - This is a pretty darn good Belgian ale from an American brewery. It is very well-balanced and delicious.

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12 oz. wineglass with a tulip glass – a hazy reddish gold with an inch and a half of head that left chunks of lace on the glass. Smelled wonderful, a highly floral and fruity nose with hints of alcohol and spice, and tasted even better. A bitter hop finish keeps this ale from being all flowers and fruit, which helped the taste, but hurt the mouthfeel a touch – otherwise, this medium bodied ale has good carbonation and masks its 7.5% ABV well enough to be a refreshing, but complex, drink on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden yellow color, with a thick white head. The head fades slwoly, leaving a slight lace.

This beer has a spicy aroma. I can smell coriander, all spice, and orange peel. It has a spicy Saaz hop aroma also.

This beer tastes like it smells. Spicy flavors. Some earthy yeast flavor also. Some floral and spicy hop flavors are present also. A slight lemony flavor is also present.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a spicy aftyertaste.

This beer might make a decent session beer. It is a little high in alcohol, but it is pretty easy to drink.

Overall: Thank you Ppoitras for generously giving me the chance to try this one. I liked it a lot.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A plume of smoke and gentle hiss christens the opening...

The hefty bomber pours out a cloudy orange tone into a chalice. Suspended sediment of yeast swirls around, dancing around in the moderate carbonation.

Aroma of funky Belgian yeast, true to style. Some resemblance to Orval in the funk factor. Estery fruit and mild phenolic alcohol in there too, still very pleasing.

At first the taste reminded me of a Tripel, due to a sweet bubblegum and fruity, estery alcohol presence. This was countered by a spicy, peppery finish that balanced the initial mild sweetness. After a few sips, the mild phenolic alcohol mellowed, and became well integrated. An earthy, bittersweet note emerged, accompanied by pear, orange peel, and berry in the middle. Throughout there was the funky Orval-esque yeast. Finish was definitely not as dry as most Belgian Saisons, and it was easy to finish the 22 oz. bottle.

A hearty drinker may be able to session 2 bombers, but honestly that would be more than enough.

This is a great example of a domestic Saison in the Belgian tradition.
Served around 50-55º.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased a few days ago pours clear gold at first with a fluffy off-white head which quickly becomes a film. The second glass is a bit cloudier w/ some sediment.

Nose: mild Belgian funk, pear, apple, orange peel, cloves and black pepper.

Taste: prickly on the tip of the tongue to start, then fruity and sweet, orchard and stone fruits - even a hint of banana - honey, a mild yeast funk and sourness, orange peel and spice - cloves and black pepper in particular. There is a very slight tartness and an astringent quality that comes in at the end. Lots going on here and the more I savor it as it warms, the more I flavors I notice. Perhaps a bit sweet for a saison but I prefer it that way. There's a sugar sweetness lingering on my lips but the beer is never cloying and the sweetness is balanced out by the other flavors.

If it is a medium mouthfeel then it is a voluptuous medium and almost velvety. Again perhaps a bit big for the style but I find it delightful.

Very easy to drink.

Smuttynose will you marry me?

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Photo of bort11
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Skinny Elvis for this one.
22 oz bomber split with my wife. Poured into Imperial pint glasses. Hazy golden orange color. Fizzy white head that receded to little to no lacing.
Smell is very fruity to begin with. Apples and pears with a dash of spices. Taste is pineapple and very juicy. Evenly blended coriander and other spices.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very refreshing. Very enjoyable

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Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured a light golden color with a one finger head in a tulip glass.
The aroma: spice, barnyard ,very aromatic ,but different than a lot of other Saisons- more balanced.

The MF is very carbonated as expected with the style.

The aroma transitions well to the taste:lots of spice with a nice citrus barnyard finish-but a different type of citrus than other Saisons.

Another excellent beer by Smuttynose. The spices are definitely distinct and different than other beers in the style. The sage rounds out the spicy character of the beer. With warming, the pineapple sage becomes prominent in the aroma and also in the taste. As beer warms up the spice becomes quite prominent especially in the finish.

One of the better American brewed Saisons I have tasted.

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Photo of ksimons
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Bottle 7% ABV

A-clear golden color with a fingers worth of white head that quickly disappears to leave a bit of lace around the top

S-pale bready malt, a bit of spice, tart fruits, candy sugar sweetness, and a bit of Belgian yeast

T-very nice tasting, still get the pale malt backbone, but also get an interesting mix of sweet fruits, bitter hops, a bit of sourness, and

M-really great full to medium body and crisp carbonation

Overall again Smuttynose does not disappoint, a refreshing yet full body, complex and easy to drink

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale pours a hazy honey color with a small creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface leaving behind a few spots of lace around the glass.

The aroma is a combination of clove, pepper, apples, and yeast. The yeast smell is a bit funky. Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is very smooth and soft on the palate. The flavor is a well balanced combination of fruit, spice and malt. The fruit notes are mainly white grapes, apples and a hint of pear. Mild spicy flavors of clove and corriander are mixed in while a nice toasted malt stands in the background. It finishes somewhat tart with a hint of alcohol. Once gone the white grapes and corriander remain behind.

This is an easy drinking, very tasty beer. The flavor really comes out as the beer warms in the glass.

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Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.