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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

607 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 607
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 40
Gots: 24 | 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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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

09-14-2010 00:52:35 | More by SilentSabre
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

11-17-2010 12:24:18 | More by thagr81us
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champ103

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

12-30-2011 02:00:44 | More by champ103
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keithmurray

New York

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

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

07-13-2013 21:09:46 | More by keithmurray
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snpub540

California

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

10-16-2011 09:39:11 | More by snpub540
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

09-08-2013 22:20:52 | More by ThisWangsChung
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DavyJones

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-27-2012 20:09:03 | More by DavyJones
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ricksrealm

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-08-2012 14:28:22 | More by ricksrealm
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mjh0527

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-09-2013 01:06:30 | More by mjh0527
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-14-2014 12:27:58 | More by sgttibbs
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-09-2014 21:08:57 | More by qcbrewer
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Anything

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-04-2012 20:21:28 | More by Anything
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kellticgirl

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-10-2012 02:54:08 | More by kellticgirl
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ItsTheLimit

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-17-2013 01:35:52 | More by ItsTheLimit
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mixed_master7

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-13-2012 00:22:31 | More by mixed_master7
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bccrosley

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-22-2013 22:11:47 | More by bccrosley
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-20-2012 18:20:14 | More by chrispoint
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sweisel80

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-24-2012 18:37:39 | More by sweisel80
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EricDu

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-13-2013 04:11:15 | More by EricDu
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-01-2013 23:59:46 | More by Archemedies
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taez555

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

09-24-2008 21:47:49 | More by taez555
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Lord_of_the_Rinks

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-26-2013 19:42:00 | More by Lord_of_the_Rinks
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DoubleJ

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-01-2013 06:01:31 | More by DoubleJ
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cbl2

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

06-25-2006 22:30:41 | More by cbl2
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-31-2014 08:02:29 | More by zestar
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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