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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

633 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 633
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 43
Gots: 27 | 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 Matt1516
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the BIG bottle--2009 vintage.

Not my favourite style but good example of it.

Hazy golden orange appearance. Tons of head and lacing throughout. Smells of yeast, bananas and cloves. Medium mouthfeel.

Very malty with yeast and strong carbonation. Peppery notes, lots of fruit, like lemon zest. Some earthiness and bread notes too.

A heavy beer with a hot ABV. If the origins of this style are true, I don't know how the farm workers would get anything done after drinking this.

Matt1516, May 20, 2011
Photo of July2Nov
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange-gold with a mostly clear, with some opaqueness look. Good amount of carbonation which helps with the continual lacing that glazes the top of the beer.

Smell: Sweet, malty and buttery with a bit of spice.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Some dryness upfront and frankly last the entirety of the beer. Very clean, big mouthfeel of alcohol at the end lingers a bit too long. The beginning has some sweetness, fruit and grass-like flavors...tends to acquire a buttery bent as it progresses.

Overall: Very good and simple beer and my first from Smuttynose Brewing Co. Really like the down home vibe of this working man's beer and the connotations that are adherent with it. The higher abv is very well-hidden for the most part. Worth a try.

July2Nov, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of sisuspeed
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2009

Poured into a red wine glass. Smuttynose's Farmhouse produces a huge, thick, foamy white head that sits upon an a hazy orange-apricot body. Tilting the glass leaves gentle lacing behind.

Bready, biscuity malt on the nose with Belgian spice, mainly coriander. A little earthy and musty. Somewhat sweet with a touch of light ripe fruit.

The taste contains sweet pears, earthiness, Belgian yeast and some bitterness. Alcohol comes through a bit. Oranges, orange peel and somewhat spicy. Malts are sweet and linger on the bready side. Overall, I find the flavor to be somewhat muddled and hard to pull apart.

Mouthfeel is decently thick and quite foamy with tiny, sharp carbonation. It would be nice to see the foaminess turned down a bit, but otherwise the mouthfeel is pretty good.

Drinkability is about average for me. A bit on the sweet side and a little too foamy. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable on the taste. Probably wouldn't want more than a pint of this.

Overall, this is a decent saison. Most of the general characteristics of the style are there, but this one is a bit too sweet and muddled for my taste. The body is a bit on the foamy side and I feel like the alcohol could be hidden from the taste a little better. If you see a bottle, give it a try, but there are much better examples out there.

sisuspeed, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of SilentSabre
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

SilentSabre, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage. Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a half finger of white head that subsided to a minimal amount upon sitting. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bananas, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, bitter malt, orange juice, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with low-mid carbonation. Overall this one wasn't that bad, nor was it that great either. I was just glad that the spices weren't overwhelming in this one. Started out to be pretty harsh as far as flavor, but definitely is much better upon warming up some.

thagr81us, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy and vibrant golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Earthy, fruity, spicy yeast aromas up front that I really enjoy. Some soapy hops come in next that kind of take over. Like dish detergent.
T: Follows the nose. That great funky, earthy, fruity character. Though almost taken over by soapy detergent like hops.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. I wish this much more dry and less soapy/oily. Not hard to drink. There is some significant alcohol that is present. Overall, a nice slow sipper.

I get to much soapy hops for some reason. Which detracts a bit for me. Not bad at all, but not what I am looking for in a Saison.

champ103, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of keithmurray
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is conditioned in 2013

Appearance - hazy straw color with white head

Smell - this is faint, what I am detecting is lemon and ginger

Taste - lemon, ginger, lemongrass, baked bread

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, heavy carbonation, dry on the finish. Crisp and refreshing

Overall - This is a decent Saison, but it lacks that 'pop' and complexity of flavor that other examples exhibit. Worth trying.

Price Point - $5.50/ 22 oz. bottle

keithmurray, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of cjfarris4
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

cjfarris4, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of snpub540
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale golden hue with a small white head. Delicate lacing is left on the glass the entire drink down.

Smells of hay, pears, ripe apples, and spice.

Pears come through in the flavor as well as a slight sweetness but it becomes extremely crisp and dry. Not a lot of alcohol flavor. Some spice in the finish. Fruity esthers as it warms.

Dry and crisp on the palate but slightly feels thin. A nice interpretation of a saison.

snpub540, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head isn't as towering as some saisons, but it is a one finger white shade. Retention isn't great, however.

S: This actually has a nice whiff of funk to it. It takes a while for it to really hit the nose, though - upon opening, it's mostly comprised of white wine with a spicy undertone. There are also some candied sugar notes buried in there. Aside from being a little sweet for my style preferences, it hits upon the major aspects well. Swirling it, in particular, will really allow all that stank-ass cheesiness to hit the nose.

T: It starts off with a wave of spiciness. Earthiness is also prevalent - especially around the middle - but some of the funk notes are a bit subdued next to the aroma. When sufficiently warmed up, swirling the glass will cause some of the funkiness to reappear more vividly - not just on the aroma, but on the flavor as well. The finish is bready and (perhaps) slightly too sugary. Definitely a good saison that's only let down by occasional overt sweetness.

M: An initial fizz helps to lift the (rather dense) body off of the tongue fairly well. After the swallow, though, it leaves a bit too much sweetness on the back palate. Even worse, it also leaves a bit too much astringency on the front of the palate, making it slightly harsh. That's never good. Otherwise, it's easy to drink.

O: This one's nice, but not my ideal saison. With a little less sweetness, this could have been killer. Still solid, still worth a try.

ThisWangsChung, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of DavyJones
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

DavyJones, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of ricksrealm
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

ricksrealm, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of mjh0527
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

mjh0527, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

sgttibbs, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

qcbrewer, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of Anything
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Anything, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of kellticgirl
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

kellticgirl, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of ItsTheLimit
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

ItsTheLimit, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of mixed_master7
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

mixed_master7, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of bccrosley
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

bccrosley, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of chrispoint
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

chrispoint, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of sweisel80
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

sweisel80, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of EricDu
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

EricDu, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Archemedies
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Archemedies, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of taez555
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a crystal clear orange/amber body with a small, almost non existant off-white head.

Nose was dominated by a nice ripe fruit smell, golden raisins, bananas, passion fruit, fresh cut grain, some wood, a mild leafy hop, a touch of Belgian funk, yeast and little garbage.

Taste is medium/full bodied with an immediate german/belgian hop snap to the senses followed a fruity wheat/golden/farmhouse taste. Surprisingly bitter right off the bat with, again, a lot of up front earthy leafy hops that attack you at first, but then subside and just linger into the finish. Crisp caramel and a strong biscuit grain taste. Yeast, banana, ripe golden fruits, some mild bubble gum and a mild touch of chalkiness. Ends with a lingering ripe fruit and earthy hop bitterness.

Definitely one of the better American Belgian attempts. Seems a little over hoppy for me, or maybe it just needs some age, but I'd prefer a bit more of the funk kick, but still another great solid beer from Smuttynose.

taez555, Sep 24, 2008
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 633 ratings.