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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
88
very good

397 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 397
Hads: 655
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 45
Gots: 40 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 397 | Hads: 655
Photo of cbl2
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No best by date. 22 oz. bottle.

Appearance:

Pours a hazy brownish orange with an inch of foamy head on top that is slow to settle.

Aroma:

Fresh citrus notes, with hints of coriander spice, and an odd mustyness.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Has that odd "natural" flavor to it that all saisons do: tart and funky due to uncontrolled fermentation with fresh herbaceousness (anise, rosemary, tarragon). Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly viscouse. Finish is citric tart and drying. (484 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale yellow with loads of assertive CO2 fueling an enormous head with even a deliberately gentle pour. So far, on par with its European counterpart.
Smell, too, is a bit impressive, with big sourness and wet basement aromas right up front.
Taste is a little disappointing after being spot on with appearance and smell. To be honest, it's a bit of a challenge to taste much of anything in this one. There are certainly some sour notes and a bit of barn animal funk, but rather muted and not even close to being as assertive as the appearance and smell would have suggested.
Still a tasty beer and a terrific attempt at the style.
I will say this, however. This drinks way, way below its 9,3%. I was stunned after 2 or 3 sips to look up and see the abv.
Overall, a good beer and glad I tried it. (801 characters)

Photo of Thur123
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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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. (715 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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 (485 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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) (331 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of Vixie
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
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.. (1,058 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of abrand
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of ryanobeirne
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
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! (640 characters)

Photo of Keith238
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (1,328 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: lemon, with orange, a little floral, and a touch of spiciness in the background;

T: light coriander up front; joined quickly by tart lemon; tartness build to mid-palate, then fades toward the end; light bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; highly carbonated - tingly; lightly dry finish;

O: enjoyable, but lacking in terms of the style; (459 characters)

Photo of Onceeven
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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 (793 characters)

Photo of eat
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz, looks like bottled in 2011 some time. Bright gold pour, thin layer of white.

Aroma, surprisingly malty. Also a fair dose of some citrus and biscuitiness, yeast.

Taste, more citrus and yeasty spice. Plenty of citrus zest. Some bready malt, white pepper, very light mustiness. An herbal note and slight bitterness in the finish.

About mid bodies and pretty thick for the style. Abv is very well hidden, to the point I wonder if the newer batches are lower. Still I hesitate to drink more than half this 22.
A BIG Saison, for the price worth trying to decide for yourself. I wish it was a little smaller. (610 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

9/26/08- Purchased at Glen Beverages in Glen, NH.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with a bottling year on the bottom of the label. Poured into my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Off yellow, maybe approaching a light rust orange in color. Fairly creamy 1/2 inch head on the pour. Settles at a nice rim and leaves some sticky light patchwork behind.

Smell- Heavy yeast nose and a mild sweet malty nose as well. Seems fruity with a light whiff of funk.

Taste- Seems kinda of hefe-like as well as saison-like. Really not much of a funk flavor as I was hoping for. More of a candied sugar, a touch of bubble gum-clove action and some peppry notes. Pretty sweet with a tropical twist to it. Good warm weather pool beer.

Mouthfeel- Hefty carbonation level and a light sticky sensation.

Drinkability- Not really a top saison in my book. Tasty, but not really per style IMO. (858 characters)

Photo of nanertak
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz to tulip glass

Appearance: Golden. Bright and bubbly, 1 finger head, lot of carbonation.

Nose: Oranges, bananas, hint of grassyness. Belgian yeast.

Taste: Strong and sweet malts, fading into cloying alcohol. Mild spicy middle, lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thick. The carbonation gives a mild spice (a bit too mild) to the backbone, which quickly fades (a bit too quickly). Very round. A bit too round for a saison, in my opinion.

Drinkability: It's not bad. Reasonably good beefed up farmhouse/saison. A bit too round for summer drinking, so I'm not sure where or when I'd drink another. (603 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in the good ol' US of A, and brought back to Sydney. Cracked open with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a deep, hazed golden colour, that looks a lot darker when not held to the light. Head is full and frothy, although it vents its air and collapses relatively quickly, leaving a pure white veil on the top. Lacing is patchy, and the body is very heavy for a saison, but otherwise looks good.

Nose is light and slightly tart, with green appleskin characters the main event, along with a touch of slightly sweet vinegar. There's a little peppery vegetative character like arugula or something else slightly herbal, and it gives it the slight organic edge a saison needs. Not bad, but certainly not as good as the best.

Taste is also pleasant, and vaguely stylistically correct, without hitting the high notes. Slight peppery phenols through the centre and a dry, yeasty Belgian finish. Some herbal, organic notes, but only if you're searching for them. Lacks the slight touch of acidity and the true rustic funk of a good saison, but again, it's kinda on the right tracks.

Not a bad beer, and a surprisingly supple one for a saison this big, but the phenols and booze hints it gets from the extra alcohol are not supported by a really good base beer, so it feels big for no reason. I'd prefer more funk and less booze, thanks. (1,330 characters)

Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.