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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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of hwwty4
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to portia99 for this one.

Poured a bomber into my New Belgium globe glass. This beer pours a crystal clear straw with a massive white head that leaves some serious lacing. The aroma is crisp lemon zest, sweet malts, damp earth, and white pepper. The flavor starts with a subtle sweetness that's muted by lemon and orange citrus zest, pepper, yeasty biscuits, toast and the spiciness that you get from Belgian yeast strains. The mouthfeel is dry leaving to palate crying for another sip. This is another great beer by Smutty. I love the Big Beer Series.

Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a lovely deep gold hue, slightly cloudy with a thin disc of slightly fizzy white head. The head has pretty good retention and leaves small soapy lacing. The aroma is very nice, with strong yeast esters and hints of banana. The flavor is equally good, with none of the sometimes weird metallic nature that sometimes comes from this style. The body has a nice thin weight but feels just right on the palate. This is a really good farmhouse.

Photo of Nordbier
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jamie2dope
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber was purchased at Marty's in Newton. Poured in to a Portsmouth brewery tulip glass an orange coloration, with a large, but quickly dissipating white heading. Aroma is of wild flowers, chamomile, banana, spice, and alcohol. A bit of lemon and cream can also be picked up after it warms up a tad. Taste is more of the same, but with a big blast of what resembles fruit juice...mango, papaya and pineapple come to mind. Body is somewhat high for this style, but still very drinkable. This might be my favorite from Smuttynose. I recommend drinking one now, and cellaring one or two more, as age does some very cool things to this beer. Cheers

Photo of IronLover
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bomber, poured a deep yellow orangish color with a big foamy head. Pretty hazy and murky with lots of sticky lacings. Sweet malty aroma with hints of biscuit, yeast, and citrusy grapefruit. Tons of carbonation and a nice sweet full body feel. Sweet malty flavor in the front that leadsto a brief yeasty/biscuity middle and a spicy alcoholic ending. Quite drinkable. I will enjoy this one again.

Photo of July2Nov
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of Minkybut
2.22/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a nice golden color, yellow like a regulard brew. The smell was bready yeasty. the beer had a nice head. Thats all i can say good about it. The taste was skunky bad yuk hell no. i had to pour the whole thing dow the drain. So sorry but NO, I will not buy this beer again,, And I like most Smuttynose products, but not this one.

Photo of bccrosley
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Diomede
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of jim_carignan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Out of a bomber scored “Bottle conditioned in 2010” into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). Hazy, cloudy yellow color with a thin pale head. Sweet malt up front with spicy, bready, and yeasty notes. Very faint hint of alcohol. On the tongue it’s sweet, spicy, peppery, with elements of cloves and a bit of booze toward the end. A bit of alcohol heat, and faint hint of dry, bitter hops at the end. Mouth is bubbly, crisp, sharp, and complementary. Overall: A decent saison, though a bit over the top for me, a bit too alcoholic but enjoyable nonetheless.

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

my third bottle of this already.. sheesh! I like it.. but time to stack it up and review it.. can't wait to have this on tap tommorow!

served @ perfect cellar temp in my allagash glass

eyes...
2 full fingers of head that begins to simmer as it shakes down towards the beer. clean orange hue, the head as it recedes clings on the sides like an ex girlfriend, some carbonation noted in the glass, an inviting beer but nothing special.

nose...
bready, spicy, yeasty, honey, the sweetness tends to dominate here, but I am still getting a nice floral "spring" aroma from this one, throw in a chunk of belgian funk as well which lends a grassy element.. personally I dig the nose on this.

taste etc...
light body with prickly carbonation which makes this refreshing and easy to drink. where as many belgian saisons have frothy head, this is more straightforward but still retains the features of traditional saisons. there are some lemon notes, a grassy finish with touches of honey. the yeast leaves your mouth feeling dry wanting another sip.. and then bang, the bottle is gone. The alcohol is barely perceptable. I really enjoy this one. Although bottle to bottle it tends ot vary a bit actually.

verdict?
I bought 6 bottles to have around for the spring season. I worry about keeping this too long as I had a bad experience with one bottle. I was taking it to a friend's house for dinner and it was laying down in the cooler.... when I went to retrieve it .. it was leaking.. so be carefull and store this upright just in case

Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.71/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured in a tulip glass. Foamy head that gently settled to a vague ring around the top. Yellow-orange in color with nice carbonation and a bit of a spicy kick to the palate. Sage is very present as well as some sweet malts and yeast. I found it easy to drink and very enjoyable. Not at all my style of preferred beers but I'll have to keep my eyes open looking for this one again. Very nice Smuttynose!

Photo of mattparsons
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of grover37
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Atlanta for cheap ($4 or 5 iirc). Poured into an over-sized Sloeber tulip. Notched 2010 on the bottle.

Appearance (2): Hazy dark orange. Not a lot of head unless aggressively poured. Not much head retention outside a very thin layer and a medium sized ring. Not a lot of lacing either. Not impressive except for bright orange color.

Smell (4): Yeasty, earthy, and citrus. A typical, slightly musky, farmhouse yeast scent is accompanied by strong, bright fruits like lemon, tangerine, and grapefruit.

Taste (4.5): Wheat and earthy flavors up front with some orange. Much more earthy through the middle and finish. More complex fruit flavors like lemon and maybe sweet white grape in the dry finish.

Mouthfeel (3.5): A touch watery and slick, especially for 9+%. Not as effervescent as the typical saison, but also a much higher gravity. Medium carbonation and medium bodied.

Overall (3.5): A lot of tasty fruit flavors and typical saison yeast notes make for a drinkable saison., even at a high ABV.

Photo of dacrza1
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light orange snowglobe of active carbonation....head laces well after three-finger snowfall settles... fresh-mowed grass and spring farm scents--fresh but not piney or sprucey...herbal, flowery presence...complex and warming taste, pushing hops to the roof and floor of the mouth; mellow maltiness with a zesty lemon finish... soft, almost apologetic mouthfeel that lacks the usual "beerness" to a beer... need I say refreshing? "Lip smacking" is what the label denotes, but I find the beer mellow and at ease, yet less clean or flavorful as some others I've sampled within the genre...

Photo of Artjsantos
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of ThreeFishes
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of MadScientist
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Murchmac
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cant say enough good things about this beer. Fan-freekin-tastic.

Pours a 1 finger foam clear golden yellow.

Smells, crisp, fruity, a little funky. P-funky...

Sweet, carbonated, fruity

Finishes sweet, crisp. If fairies peed, this is what it'd taste like.

Photo of logicalparadox
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of kjrod20
2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.