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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

590 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 590
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 40
Gots: 19 | 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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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-16-2013 18:34:41 | More by Kelp
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-09-2013 18:40:38 | More by Rekrule
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-11-2012 01:20:33 | More by RoryOMoore
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emdawg

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-01-2012 05:50:10 | More by emdawg
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-04-2013 18:10:53 | More by ryanpj
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sourgrass

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

09-16-2012 14:03:06 | More by sourgrass
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dirtylou

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Steve's -University Ave

happy new years and such

appearance: pours a bright apricot-orange tone into my bells tulip...frothy beige head and bubbly lace

smell: fairly muted aroma on this one, sweet pear and other fruit, fair amount of yeast, clove and other spice

taste: lots of citrus sweetness, pear, white grape...heavy clove and white pepper components. tame yeast and a heavy sweetness dominate this decent saison

mouthfeel: syrupy and sweet

drinkability: ok

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 00:04:57 | More by dirtylou
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Thur123

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok so, this brew pours a golden color with three fingers of think white head and little carbonation. The smell is notably creamy, with the spices taking a backseat while still making their presence known. A slight funk pervades the smell and I don't detect any boozy kind of smell.

Glug glug glug

Ok up front is smooth, sweet and creamy before rushing into the spice flavor, a slight bitter underlies the whole profile and the end and aftertaste contain more of the funk then before. I have to commend this brew for hiding the booze flavor while still retaining some of the heat. Overall this isn't bad but it seems to be lacking in complexity and also any kind sour apple taste I usually expect with this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 22:05:26 | More by Thur123
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of gsisk, I think. Pours a very hazed orange color with a small, off-white head. Not so much on retention and lacing is quite good.

Honey, ripe melon yeastiness and faint grassy hop aroma. Smells good, but a bit on the sweet side.

Yea, its a bit sweet and the yeast isnt as prominent as I would like to see. It is not as dry, crisp and refreshing like I like my saisons. It kinda tastes like a melon-ball salad with honey and sugar drizzled on top. It does have a nice little hop bite on the end. Not bad, about on par with most of decent American-made saisons. Fun to try, and I wouldnt mind having it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 01:34:53 | More by twiggamortis420
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/17/08. Bottle. Pours a deep orange with a small, fading white head. Aroma of melon rind, Flavor is light and fruity (melon, apple, pear) with lots of spices (pepper, clove). Not very exciting although certainly drinkable. I would have liked a little funk, seeing as this is supposed to be a saison.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 17:47:06 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy golden yellow with a one finger head

S-Some spices and lemon

T-Spices are there but they should be more present. Some lemon and wheat round it out.

M-Light to medium bodied with some carbonation.

O-Not a great Saison. Although it has the spice, lemon and wheat flavors they do not blend together perfectly or have strong presence.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 17:06:34 | More by rlee1390
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Vixie

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 03:19:01 | More by Vixie
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

With keen detail to the world of Belgium, the brewers of Smuttynose brings the high spice, subtle fruit flavors and high effervescence to their Portsmouth, NH endeavors.

Its resulting "farmhouse" flavor" stems from its bubbly champagne and hazy wheaten body to drift about the early palate with soft powdered sugar sweetness, and equal parts lemon, apple and orange with white pepper, cumin and coriander balances.

And those fruity-spicy balances gain traction upon the middle as the sweetness fades, the acidity increases and its bubbly character goes from creamy to zesty. As much of its ale character is traded for reisling wine, a tarter, sharper and more acidic tone transpires- reminding the tastebuds of white grape, cider and exotic tea.

And while those wine tendencies take hold, a return of creamy wheat echoes in finish along with the grassy and stemmy bitterness from hops to reaffirm the elixir's beery roots. Yet as damp hay, straw and grass layer upon any trailing taste, a moderate warmth sets in once the sweet and fruity disguise lifts..

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2014 06:12:44 | More by BEERchitect
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ryanobeirne

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow color with lots of foam. Lacing is a little "meh."

S - Smells very yeasty, with a tidbit of sourness. Some floral notes in the hops.

T - Tastes like it smells. The yeastyness sits front and center, like a good farmhouse ale should.

M - Very carbonated and tingly. This sensation subsides after a few minutes.

D - Definitely not a "gulper" but still fairly drinkable, on par with a farmhouse ale.

I think I have found that I like the farmhouse ales, although not enough to have one every day. This is still a great example of the style and good for a change once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 01:32:10 | More by ryanobeirne
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abrand

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 bomber poured into pint glass

Pours a bright yellow almost gold color. Hazy with some sediment. Nice 2 finger head that leaves lining on the glass. Smells are full of fruit, soap, and some bready yeast. Pretty good smelling beer. Smells quite refreshing. Taste is maybe slightly past prime. Still plenty of fruits and doughs. A hint of hops finish off the palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp. Overall this is pretty good. Should have consumed fresher but held up decently well.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 11:46:55 | More by abrand
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cjgator3

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a golden orange color with a HUGE off-white head that reminds me of a freshly poured Duvel. Definitely an impressive pour.

S- The aroma is pale malt with a lot of peppery spices, citrus and yeast.

T- The taste starts out with some pale malt, and also contains pears, spices, earthy hops, yeast and some warmth from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere in the middle of light and medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I enjoyed this brew. The alcohol stands out a little bit but I like the complexity of the different flavors. Definitely worth a try. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 04:40:23 | More by cjgator3
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Keith238

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Honey colored with 0 head after 2 minutes or so and very little lacing. Strong floral aroma and strong flavor of clove and honey. Mouthfeel is clean, very effervescent and little aftertaste. Aesthetically, it would have been more pleasing if there were a decent head or lacing. The clarity is a clean as the taste. Not MY favorite saison but worth trying. Overall an enjoyable beer. Be sure to pick up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 05:37:04 | More by Keith238
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Light chill haze in the golden color. Modest head that reduces to a thin layer of bubbles. Good lace, though.

Earthy but less so than some Saisons. Notable yeast bite, although the appearance wouldn't indicate it.

Strong level of fruitiness--apricot, nectarine and pineapple. Oily from the alcohol level. The hop, while present, isn't enough to give balance. Rich liquid with moderate level of carbonation.

There are some elements of a barley wine in the character, but the flavor is definitely Saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 21:51:44 | More by smcolw
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold colour with enough haze to blur the light shining through. Head is nice and fluffy; sinks slowly but surely and leaves a thin crown of big bubbles. Steady bead, pleasant lace. Looks great.

Smell is very rubbery at first. An unpleasantly bitter phenol comes through which, with training, evolves into a lighter, enjoyable citrus aroma, with tangerine, orange peel and some frangipani as well. Too subtle to wow me, but it's pleasant enough.

Taste is a fairly odd one. Starts a little 'off' with some rank funk giving an almost spoiled-milk flavour, but it's too short-lived to be truly bad. Refreshing early on the palate with subtle citric notes that then turn into more funk, with rubber, marzipan and a savoury, gristly note as well. Touch of barnyard and a slight hint of floral camomile on the back helps lift it late. Can't help but feel like the flavours here would be nicer and blend together nicer if this weren't such a big beer. Not all beers need to be so big and complex, and as a result of it being so, this beer is just a bit overblown.

Bit sharp on the front, smooths out on the middle then very dry on the back. Not bad; suitable for the style.

Yeah, this beer is slightly dour in parts and as such it's just less refreshing than I would like from a saison. Otherwise a decent construction.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 01:44:53 | More by laituegonflable
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a frothy head that sticks well and leaves swathes of lace

Smell: Some modest horseblanket, but the aroma is dominated by a sweet herbal aspect; lots of clove, orange peel and overripe pineapple

Taste: This is way to sweet at the outset, and the cloying tones offset a lot of the otherwise great flavor profile in the beer; it is peppery, with loads of clove and pineapple phenols that develop, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with moderate but prickly carbonation

Drinkability: What this beer could be if it were not so sweet would put Smuttynose right up there with some of the better American Belgian style brewers; I love a lot of the Smuttynose beers but this is one that is tough to drink

Thanks, ohmesohoppy, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 23:26:10 | More by brentk56
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ommegangpbr

New York

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was better on tap. Still a pretty good brew in the bottle but some of the things I sensed from the tap version could go wrong did go wrong whenst bottled. A bit too heavy, syrupy and sugary, especially by comparison. There are some red ale like textures that I just don't dig; an abrasiveness that doesn't resonate with my tastes.
Lots of fruity richness to be enjoyed but you have to be in the mood for dessert.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 16:00:02 | More by ommegangpbr
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought over by either ritzkiss or bobsy, I forget who's this was. 2008 vintage consumed summer of 2010. Thanks guys! From old notes: Opaque honey/amber coloured body with a good cover of white head and bits of lacing.

Pineapple, caramel, candy malt and strawberry shortcake all make for a sugary, malty nose.

Quite sugary in the mouth as well, with light caramel and candy sugar. A little dark, earthy hops and a very subtle spicing round it out. A little alcohol shows on the finish, though this is still crazy smooth for its weight. Too sweet and not as much complexity as I like to find in a saison.

Medium-light body with low carbonation. Okay feel.

This one is just sweetness with a mostly characterless bitterness. Very smooth for the ABV but I don't think I would pick this one up.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 21:06:19 | More by eat
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n2185

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin layer with no lacing.

S: Light spice notes at first followed by lots of bubblegum, candy sugar, and banana aromas. Sweet bready aromas bring up the finish.

T: Belgian spices up front followed by some bubblegum flavors. Light fruit notes of pears and white grapes are present. Slightly sweet yeasty flavors bring up the finish.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is fairly light and clean, though could use a bit more carbonation.

O: A pretty decent American style saison. It could use a bit more depth and carbonation, but still a drinkable, refreshing saison.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 03:22:48 | More by n2185
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Onceeven

New York

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After allowing the brew to reach proper temperature, poured into a Duvel tulip. Poured rather forcefully to achieve a moderate sized head. Well formed lacing clung to the sides of the glass, making a nice overall presentation to this bright gold beer.
Smell was not as pronounced as I had expected. An assertive yeast aroma makes itself known with a bright fruity kick and clove. Restrained yet complex.
Mouthfeel is a bit prickly, slightly heavy, but not coating. Clove aroma mixed with a warming alcohol flavor are the first to kick in. A dried apricot flavor lingers in the background. Pleasant, drinkable, but not at the top of it's class.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 00:41:42 | More by Onceeven
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

grabbed this daddy up at yankee spirits in attleboro. never seen it in the midwest

sweet aromas swirl around as i sit on my couch. the beer i poured into my goblet has a creamy merengue head, and itself is a rich, effervescent amber. almost like a river-worn globe of amber. the head's withdrawal leaves creamy lacing

the aromas are of buttered popcorn and coriander. sweet but funky. the flavor profile is sweet and fruity: pear, apricot, but minimally spicy. bitterness shows up at the finish to cut off the sweetnes. it's fairly meaty all the while—certainly for a saison

it's too sweet, and head brewer david yarrington admits as much on the website, as well as the fact that it's a little bigger than intended. i was very impressed to see in his notes that offered criticisms for his own brews and plans to improve them in the future. such honesty is totally unnescessary, but very appreciated. i will definitely try this again, since i have reason to believe it will only get better (and i appreciate the difficulty in the intricacies of saison fermenting)

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 01:56:26 | More by bruachan
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