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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

638 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 46
Gots: 32 | 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
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Photo of ramseye4
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed while enjoying some tasty deer burgers and watching Monday Night Football. Heaven? I think so. Pours a golden color with a decent head into my Redhook tulip. Beautiful, appetizing color, good lacing. Smells fruity, spiced, almost elegant, a bit of spice, and some bready notes. Tastes...different than the smell had me expecting. But it works, and well. Alcohol is very evident, making this one a sipper, hovers dangerously to overpowering the taste. Hoppy bitterness surprisingly surfaces, with some spice and malt. Hard to describe, but very good. Mouthfeel is very full bodied, carbonation pops and sizzles, and the drinkability suffers a tad bit from the high alcohol presence in the taste.

Overall this is very very good, my first Saison, great job by Smuttynose.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from Cuzco in Blind Beer #3. Thanks Nate.

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Which may have been a mistake. Need a tighter glass top to concentrate the aromas.

Pours a hazy gold, with a big stark white head that dropped fairly quickly. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles rushing to the top as well.

Aromas of tobacco, hard candy, sweet malt, no hop aroma. Some light citrus aroma of lemons and oranges.

First sip is of, well, I don't know. I'm having a hard time tasting anything. Maybe it's too cold. I'm getting a little alcohol bite. Some slight bitterness. Some sweetness. But nothing too informative. As it warms, a little pepper spice, to be expected from a saison.

Mouthfeel is full and chewy. Some prickle from the carbonation.

Very drinkable, but not too flavorful at first. Kinda dull. Doesn't taste bad, just doesn't have a lot of anything sensory to give. As it warms, though, I get more of a saison, but a big saison that is more malt focused than hop balanced.

Photo of Genuine
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up the last bottle at my local place, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Poured from the bomber into my pint glass, a pale reddish/amber in color. Not much of a head to speak of, even after an aggressive pour.

Smell - I noticed the aroma of this one right off the bat. Very fruity, citrusy and sweet. Could not miss this one at all. Crisp, even.

Taste - First siason ever, wasn't sure what to expect but it was a very nice pleasant crisp and fruity. Some grapefruit mixed in, with a bit of the alcohol being noticable, especcially at 9.2%. Light body, I noticed some earthy flavors as well, I could see that this was going to go well with dinner.

Mouthfeel - Nice, light and crisp. Nothing that'll destroy the palate but it'll keep you coming back for more. It went very well with Thanksgiving dinner and all of the big flavors.

Drinkability - I enjoyed it greatly with dinner. Not sure if I'd want another bomber right after, as I was feinding for a Celebration next. Great beer to enjoy with food, cleans the palate and enjoyable. A very nice beer from Smuttynose!

Photo of BeerCon5
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a bright, pale red-orange color with two fingers of white fluffy/bubbly head that remained for most of the beer.

The scent was of citrus, grain, notes of coriander and some alcohol.

The taste was interesting, it began as sweet citrus but with each sip became more and more like sour grapefruit. Toasted grain was noticeable, coriander, and mild earthy hops, alcohol was noticeable but not overbearing.

Light bodied, very crisp and dry, very high carbonation.

I'm kind of split on this beer, I though it was excellent at first but began to enjoy it less and less. I may revisit this another time.

Photo of flexabull
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of TheManiacalOne, thanks again!

Pours a hazy gold color with a huge white head.

Aromas are quite nice, white wine, cider vinegar funk, lime, and spice.

Taste starts out dry and a little sour. Flavors then settle into some lime, pepper and spice. Finish is tart, with some lemon zest and mineral bitterness.

Mouthfeel works well, full, smooth, with a nice crispness.

Drinkability is good. This is a nice Saison, it is subtle, yet tasty. I kind of wish it had a little more pop to it, and complexity. But with that said, this is still a solid take on the style.

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.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap and poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky golden color with a nice white foam head that quickly dissipates to a film and patches of lacing.

S: Lots of spicy, fruity and earthy notes. Fruit, yeast, cloves and corriander are very predominant.

T: The spicy hits the palate up front, followed up with some sour apples and earthy hops. Very unusual and complex, but nicely put together.

M: A slight creamy, sweet taste on the palate. There is also a slight hint of alcohol.

D: The alcohol is very well hidden, I only really taste it slightly on the palate after. A nice Farmhouse offering that should be tried.

Photo of zimmerbloke
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From Blind Bomber BIF (Thanks to Hophead101!):

A: Hazy blonde pour with a fairly substantial frothy, head. Well carbonated.

S: A little sweet, strong yeast. Hops and a little bit of bitterness.

T: Somewhat sweet, some stronger yeast flavors as well. A bit of fruity, earthy hop notes fade pretty quickly into mild bitterness. Malt takes a backseat here, but has lightly toasted flavor.

M: Pretty carbonated, but still smooth.

D: Very high. Refreshing flavor without anything particularly overpowering, could definitely drink this often.

Wow, can't believe this is 9.5%! Really well hidden. I don't know if I really recognized this as a Farmhouse Ale, but I definitely enjoyed it. Thanks for the fantastic box, Hophead101!

Photo of nickfl
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with just under one finger of white foam on top of a somewhat hazy, copper colored body. The head collapses quickly and leaves little lace.

S - A spicy yeast aroma with notes of clove, coriander, and a hint of pineapple. Some Bready malt in the background with some light, musty European hops.

T - Spicy notes of yeast and wheat up front with some coriander and a big note of musty clove. Earthy hop flavors come out in the middle with some toasted malt. The beer finishes with lots of medicinal clove and musty hops as well moderate bitterness. Lingering clove flavors are accompanied by a sweet, but muddy toasted malt flavor.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a very yeasty saison, but unfortunately the yeast character is mostly lacking in the more pleasing notes that the style is capable of in the best instances. There is a huge note of medicinal clove that really becomes overwhelming in the finish. There are some nice notes in the nose, but these fade quickly and don't manage to balance out the phenolics. In addition to the unfortunate yeast character there is an excessive residual sweetness that adds to the cloying nature of the flavor by leaving a lingering sweetness that seems to perpetuate the medicinal notes in the aftertaste. Honestly, I think half the problem here is that they shot for a big beer on this one. Going over 9 percent is really pushing the limits in a way that doesn't seem to work for this style, there is just too much lingering sweetness and the yeast seems to have been stressed in such a way that is put out all of its most unpleasant byproducts. I would like to find something nice to say about this beer, but I really can't seem to; not something I would recommend.

Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a small off white head and not much lacing..smell is of fruit clove and yeast..taste is crisp and light sour with the yeast with hints of bananas and apples,,some clove and pepper are in the background..it very tasty..mouth feel is light medium its crisp and tart with lots of flavor..very drinkable tasty and refreshing really liked this saison

Photo of generallee
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 6oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. It is labeled as "Bottle Conditioned In 2010" and there is no ABV%.

Appearance: It has a hazy orange body with a small one finger white head. The head quickly fades to a thin filmy layer which still makes lots of spotty lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell: The yeast notes really come though here in the nose. It has both a fruity estery character with notes of orange zest and a funky earthy character with notes of wet earth and light spice.

Taste/Palate: Its firm medium body is loaded with complex yeast notes, boozy sweetness and mild hop bitterness. There are some notes of tropical fruit esters, dry spice and funky earthy barnyard from the yeast. This is mixed with a malty sweet boozy base and there is a good battle back and forth between dry funk and sweet malt with sweetness coming out on top. In the finish I get some hops coming in and adding some light bitterness and dryness but overall sweetness still pulls through on the tongue. Carbonation is active yet still smooth in the overall texture.

Notes: There is a lot going on but the boozy sweetness makes me think more of Belgian Tripel.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of ryanobeirne
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of MrOH
2.26/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: clear, light gold with orange highlights and small head which disappears quickly and leaves no lacing. Not too bubbly at all

Aroma: sour plums (?), rose water, slight touch of earthy, spicy phenols to go with nice estery character

taste: spicy and slightly astringent, then fruit and earth in layers, touch of sour, the spice lingers and prickles and then disappointingly finishes with nail polish remover

Drinkability: not very, the solvent character of the finish really keeps you from coming back for more

Photo of Cresant
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Bell's tulip pint. 2009 date notched on the label. The eggshell colored head of this one was ginormous and brittle. It eroded oddly and left big soapy dollops and sticky sheets of lacing - impressive. The body was an orangy gold color and it had a light haze.

The smell was primarily of Belgian yeast and soil. Plums and general fruitiness grew as it warmed slightly.

The taste was tart and peppery. Very scratchy and spicy. Pears and stonefruits. Green apples. Lots of flavor in this one. Pretty complex flavors here.

Mouthfeel was medium in body, but full enough. Medium to mild in carbonation. The head and the flavor are the standout characteristics of this one.

Photo of babaracas
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear golden color with one finger white head, spotty lacing. Smell: pale malt base, a little musty, spicy and a little grassy. Taste: quite spicy with a dose of orange citrus, pretty standard otherwise, but nice enough. Mouthfeel: carbonation maybe a little more than most, but not to the detriment of the beer. Alcohol makes only positive contributions here, very drinkable for a saison of this abv. Not amazing but pretty enjoyable. Early July 2010 release.

Photo of Lukecook
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- Big frothy white head, cloudy golden color, head stays thick and fluffy, lots of lacing.

S- Smells very earthy, with notes of apple and a little lemon.

T- Mildy fruity, apple is present with pepper and a nice hop finish.

M- Medium body, medium to high carbonation.

D- This is my first time trying this beer style and I thought that it was great, looking forward to my next!

Photo of jampics2
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle opened and shared with friends at Nicole's birthday party. Enjoyed on the deck on a wonderful sunny afternoon.

Hazy body, an orange-yellow color, and little head and lacing. While it's not ideal, I'll take this over the farmhouses that pour 1/2 beer and 1/2 foam.

Smell is earthy and spicy, with some mild fruitiness. The yeast is grassy with just a touch of pepper. Nice, but I've had better.

Taste is nice, refreshing. Some orange and citrus and earthiness from the hops and yeast. Malt is bready and has just enough w/o being too bold. This is good, nice blend of flavors and spice, predominantly corriander and clove and just a touch of wildness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but the carbonation is too much. I enjoyed this American take on the style. I still prefer my Fantome anyday, but this is good stuff.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Saison for Saturday in Summer folks. Pours a golden / copper hugh which is very clear, bubbly and effervecent. Dense kinda soapy head with very good retention. The aroma is indeed farmhouse-esque. Hay, straw, some spices, grassy aroma and ehh dare I say a little soap comes through at the end but generally a nice aroma. Nice flavor, spicy and grassy. Not too much going on in the way of yeast produced tasty-ness here which is too bad. Mouthfeel is kinda what I expected, not bad not great. The alcohol is not terribly well hidden in this beer but that does not detract all to much from its drinkability. Not a bad beer and I'm pleased to be drinking it. But I don't know if I would buy it next summer for another saturday.

Photo of BarrelO
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a goblet. Bottle-conditioned in 2010.

A: Hazy orange body. Surprisingly modest head. No lacing.

S: Fruits, spices, and a hint earthiness.

T: Strong earthy notes and some nice bitterness. Not nearly as sweet as the smell would indicate. Unfortunately, it's all overpowered by an immense alcohol burn that gets worse as the beer gets warmer. The last few ounces were nearly undrinkable.

M: Medium-bodied, hardly any carbonation.

D: I feel like it has potential, but it needs some age on it to mellow out the alcohol before it can become really drinkable. It may not be fair to grade a beer that's still green, but my stance is that it shouldn't be available for sale if it isn't ready to be drank.

Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Flying Bison tulip glass. Poured a bright golden orange color with a thin and fizzy white lacing scattered across the top of the beer. The head faded to some faint traces after a few minutes.

The aroma has an orange peel and coriander type of citrus flavor to it. Some peppery spice comes through as well. I imagine the Belgian yeast adds a lot of the fruit and spice flavors that are coming through. Pretty flavorful and interesting aroma to it.

The taste has a nice mix of citrus and spice flavors. Some orange peel citrus flavor comes through along with some peppery spice in the finish. The Belgian yeast adds to the fruity and spiciness of the flavor. Some herbal, earthy hops are present throughout the flavor as well. A little bit of bready wheat rounds out the flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is on the higher side. Drinkability is pretty good, it had a nice mix of flavors and was a pretty good beer to drink this afternoon.

Photo of charmcityboh
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass.
I have never seen a beer with this much head. Huge, thick puffs of foam rising out of the glass. As it settled it left 1/4" thick remnants of the head all the way down the glass. Beer itself was a hazy burnt orange. Smell was funky, grassy. Definitely what I expect from a good saison. Taste was crisp and intense. The ever intriguing horseblanket was front and center with this beer, followed by a nice banana like flavor on the back end. Mouthfeel was crisp and dry.
I love Smuttynose, but this is the first I've had of their "Big Beer Series". Hardly an original concept, but this beer at least lives up to the name for sure.
Big presentation, big aroma, big flavor, big beer.

Photo of Casey10
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer it has a distinct taste of a farmhouse saison and represents the style well.

It pours a nice cloudy golden color and taste fresh earthy with lots of spice. Pour into a tulip glass the bubbles continued to flow to the top.

The taste was interesting but well within the style refreshing exspecaially on a hot day.

I highly recommend to someone looking for this style it is done well and as alway smuttynose delivers.

Photo of diechipmunk
2.03/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a cloudy brass with a think foamy head, really appealing.

Smell is not strong, but there is Belgian yeast and something like sweaty leather (saddle?). There is a warning of alcohol, but it's still promising

Taste, starts out crisp and citrusy with a hint of spice and a balancing undertone of fresh bread. Then disaster strikes. Who dropped the shot whiskey in my saison!? Nasty, cheap booze takes over and stays. Can't get rid of it. The promising start of the first sip is gone, the booze doesn't go away.

Mouthfeel was OK I guess, a little sweet, for me, medium body, but a touch heavy for saison, I think.

Drinkability - poor, to me. If you like Seagrams 7 and aren't looking for a crisp, refreshing saison it may be good. I did not want a premixed boiler maker.

A rare drain pour.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had a few of these Big Beer Series from Smuttynose, and I do have to take my hat off for this amazing brewery. The beers that I have had from them have been spectacular!

The appearance on this one is a really nice orange heart that gradients out to a strong golden color. It has a nice off white head that is incredibly frothy and leaves a nice lacing on the sides of my tulip.

The smell is of strong Belgian spice, bitter orange, and coriander.

The taste is amazing, very well done. It has a great dry saison taste that is backed by some great Belgian yeast esters, orange peel, white pepper, and a little bit of barnyard. Really spicy which adds a great complexity, totally enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is good, perfectly carbonated and the spices really let the palate roam free. The drinkability is awesome, but there are so many flavors and it is such a complex brew that you want to savor it while its still in your glass.

J

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