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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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very good

632 Ratings

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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.47%
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

StrongOakOnTheFront, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Phillyandrew, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

2014 Edition: Poured a seethru orange/golden body (maybe tinted red but I can't tell) with a yeasty, Belgian spiced type aroma with bits of citric orange twang and touches of tropical fruit sweetness.
Beer is dry and crisp, and while I didn't get in the nose there are some sour/acidic tart taste notes in this beer mixed with pineapple and other tropical fruits.
The sour notes and sweet fruits balance for complex flavor profiles (at times it felt like sweet pineapple and other times like sour cherry and apple) and beer is smooth with a citric yeast profile that is mild but noticeable.
Maybe not typical saison as the sour/funk profile is not as high as others, and more sweeter that most saisons, but this is a sturdy beer to relax with.

clayrock81, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

silverking, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

WesM63, Aug 19, 2014
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1/5  rDev -74.1%

argylegirl, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

mrovelli, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

PatGreer, Aug 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

JohnK17, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

MicroBeerMan1980, Aug 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

PGVG, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of alexbutler
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - An extremely thin head sits atop a light amber body. THe head practically disappears in a pint at rest. Thin and light.

S - Very sharp aroma, reminds me of apples. It's almost sour... like a cider. The aroma doesn't throw itself at you, not pungent but sharp nonetheless.

T - Here's where any hint of a cider flies out the window. The very light body inhibits any lingering... but what you're left with is a very clean taste. A nice balance of spice and sage with a medium carbonation. Very tasty.

M - Starts off light, but finishes medium. Extremely clean finish to this one... almost no lingering aftertaste whatsoever.

O - Very pleasantly surprised with this farmhouse ale. It's my second of the Big Series Beers by Smuttynose, and so far they're two for two.

alexbutler, Aug 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

stephy1771, Aug 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Boone757, Aug 02, 2014
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

JillHaas, Aug 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

logicalparadox, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliantly clear deep golden with no head. Aroma is toasted, nutty, slightly farmhouse, with a definite tart, acetic character. Flavor is more earthy, with a touch of fecal character, and a nice tartness. It's lactic and acetic, I believe. Malt sweetness is a bit high, but a nice starter/gateway sour, probably.

barczar, Jul 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

lou50rp, Jul 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Stagga_Lee, Jul 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

ambiguousfigures, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Sellen, Jul 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Stargazer2892, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

AlvinLin, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

JPronovost, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Maxwell
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale, copperish orange with hints of gold. The beer forms a thin head of eggshell-white bubbles that leave a thin, yet solid sheet of lacing on the sides of the glass. In body, the beer is oddly crystal clear. It has a decided transparency and cleanness of body that is odd for the style. On the nose, however, this beer screams farmhouse ale. Rustic toast meets dried hay, meets corn flake, and then meets spicy hops. When you really shove your nose in it, banana and clove enter the nose to add a slight hefe twist. When I dig further, I start to get some overripe pineapple and very faint peach. On the tongue, the beer tastes fruity, and slightly tart acidity, with a soft balancing bitterness that leads into a very dry finish. This bad boy was dried out to a near full attenuation that nicely pops the more rustic aspects. In flavor, the beer begins as peach and pineapple, mixing in with corn flakes and wheat bread crust. Things take a slight twist towards near-lemon fruit tartness in the middle and briefly with the finish, while spicy hops and peppery esters linger into the aftertaste from nearly the beginning of the sip. As it warms, some slightly unpleasant flavors do establish themselves with the finish, jumping from banana to mustier funk that could turn ugly if this aged. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with lighter carbonation that still keeps the beer crisp on the tongue. In mouthfeel, the beer feels crisp, yet slightly oily with a decidedly dry/sticky finish. When the beer leaves, the mouth is left dry, but with plenty of saliva pouring from the edges. Overall, this is a rustic, funky saison, and my favorite of Smutty’s Farmhouse iterations. It’s got some really nice yeast character, though some things might hint at rougher musty flavors to come. I do wish the hops were a little more prevalent, but that is my personal taste in saison/farmhouse ales. As is, she’s a nice summer drink with plenty of complexity to interest the tongue.

Maxwell, Jul 10, 2014
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.