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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

617 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 617
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 danmouer
2.64/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale is one of the more disappointing Alerican craft beers I have tasted in a while. The beer is clean, no offensive odors or flavors, well made, but just not to style.

I expect a "farmhouse ale" to follow, more or less, the conventions of Belgian Saisons, which I have noted often are among my favorite beers to drink and brew. The principal flaw with the muttynose is that it remains sweet. I expect a saison to be bone dry, and this one is far from it. Another problem is that the beer has little to no aroma, and almost no flavor character. Saisons are/should be nothing if not full f character. Where is the spice?

This beer is neutral, inoffensive, reasonably well balanced for a generic ale, but far too sweet for a saison, or for an American pale, for that matter. And where is the hop character? There s none. There is sufficient bitterness to barely balance the sweetness...for an English ale, I suppose, but not for a saison! There needs to be a bit of hop presence, not just a little note struggling against the undying, cloying sweetness of malt. Where is the tang? Where is the spice? Where is the brisk tongue-tickling carbonation? Where is e mellow flavir of pilsner or pale malt? Nowhere in this brew!

Sorry. This beer is a huge let down.

danmouer, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of pfhanlon
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

pfhanlon, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

avisong, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of dank203
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

pours glowing orange. on the nose, some sweet malts but the sage comes through with lime and pepper a bit and its definitely in the flavor too. a bit spicy . really bubbly and grainy. yeast comes through as well. its all there but it lacks the punch and the complexity for me

dank203, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of Viperman1316
2/5  rDev -48.2%

Viperman1316, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Whiskeydeez, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Loco_Joe
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Loco_Joe, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

sgttibbs, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of halo913
4/5  rDev +3.6%

halo913, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of VTBrewHound
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

VTBrewHound, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of thecheapies
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold, but almost as light as straw. Actually, more like straw. Stocky ring of foam, but the head all but expired.

An apple-y nose with a good and firm farmhouse yeast character, not short on sweetness. Almost honeyed with creamy tones. Some good dryness from the sage, which doesn't exactly come out and smack you. Apricot and faint citrus round things out with touches of lemon and pepper.

A sweeter saison with a distict flavor of artificial green apple, like a Jolly Rancher. Some dry sage notes with a restrained pungency that hints at bitter lemon peel and white pepper. Flamboyant in its yeast character with lots more fruitiness than any nuttiness. Some citrus and some stone fruit. Finishes with more apple, pear, and white peach. Not too bad.

Breezy feel with a light dry air and some latent spicy crispiness. Very agreeable. I like more chalky dry chew with the carbonation and residual foam.

This holds up well as a good saison.

thecheapies, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

DrFunkenstein, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Skillz
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Skillz, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of niiiv
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

niiiv, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

2dogbrew, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of kjrod20
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

kjrod20, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of ThreeFishes
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

ThreeFishes, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

vermilcj, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Vixie
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a decent white head that lingers. Seems to be a fair amount of bubbles.

Smell starts out with a lot of malt and yeast. There's also citrus, pepper, and a bit of fresh grass and hay, a nice outdoor smell.

Very fruity up front. Once you get past that, there's some pepper spice as well as some grassy notes. Finishes dry with a touch of citrus.

Ok feel, there is a lot of carbonation so quite a bit of tongue tingle.

A decent beer, but not a truly outstanding one. I felt the citrus up front was a bit overwhelming and could be toned down a bit. It is nicely drinkable and goes down easy, but lacking compared to the best of the style I have tried.

Vixie, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

BillRoth, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

mklisz, Dec 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

MadScientist, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of Makebelieve81
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Makebelieve81, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of AndyEich
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

AndyEich, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of BodiesLexus
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

BodiesLexus, Nov 29, 2013
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.