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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

626 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 42
Gots: 26 | 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 phingdong
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

phingdong, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of seplo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

seplo, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of bccrosley
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

bccrosley, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jh1982, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a hazy bright orange color that is capped by a pure white head, albeit a bit thin for my liking.

Aroma greets you with a big fruity character suggesting citrus fruits and apples or pears. Toasted malts standout as the backbone of this beer. Minimal spice character picked up in the aroma.

Fruity and malty initially on the palate but as it warms the yeast character starts to come out. Not as much funk as some saisons carry but a strong spice note showing hints of clove. Earthy and a bit herbal in the finish.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp with a medium body feel. Overall, Smutty brings you a fine example of a Saison with a price thats hard to beat.

Kinsman, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of berley31
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with an absolutely huge, frothy white head that persisted... and persisted. The head continues to rise past the rim of the glass, growing quite rocky. Great lacing. Body is a beautiful, golden orange, and hazy.

S: Very spicey, peppery aroma. Good amount of fruity citrus in the background.

T: Very fruity and spicey, as the aroma would indicate. A touch of funky sourness is present, and welcome. Finishes quite dry. A fine representation of the style.

M: Light body, slightly tart, with very high carbonation.

D: A great saison; I don't have too much experience with this style, but this makes me want to try more. An excellent beer.

berley31, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of halo913
4/5  rDev +3.6%

halo913, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of fitzy84
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink had a great orange-amber color with some creamy lacing. Very sugary aromas mixed with malts were sensed. They were smoothly balanced, making it really appetizing instead of something too overpowering. Taste was excellent: wicked sweet with great bready texture. Mouthfeel was awesomely smooth in texture, making it an enjoyable beverage for the night. Overall, an awesome saison.

fitzy84, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of sisuspeed
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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 jman005
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jman005, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of nineworldseries
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

nineworldseries, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 version.

A: Carbonation stream is beautiful, but the head simmers down right away. I like my farmhouses murky; this is clear as day.

S: Strong. White wine. A little cotton candy and green apple. Decent, but undistinguished.

T: Follows the nose. Very white winelike. Some green apple. A slight citrus flash and some lingering hoppiness. Can't find the sage.

M: Active, soft. Bitterness on back end.

O: Above average, but out of the elite tier. Followed this with another saison brewed with sage -- Stillwater Cellar Door -- and Smuttynose couldn't compete.

ZethOfTheNorth, Aug 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Elfastball7, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of eat
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought over by either ritzkiss or bobsy, I forget who's this was. 2008 vintage consumed summer of 2010. Thanks guys! From old notes: Opaque honey/amber coloured body with a good cover of white head and bits of lacing.

Pineapple, caramel, candy malt and strawberry shortcake all make for a sugary, malty nose.

Quite sugary in the mouth as well, with light caramel and candy sugar. A little dark, earthy hops and a very subtle spicing round it out. A little alcohol shows on the finish, though this is still crazy smooth for its weight. Too sweet and not as much complexity as I like to find in a saison.

Medium-light body with low carbonation. Okay feel.

This one is just sweetness with a mostly characterless bitterness. Very smooth for the ABV but I don't think I would pick this one up.

eat, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4/5  rDev +3.6%

MicroBeerMan1980, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of phisig137
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color with a minimal head and no lacing.

Aroma is yeast and bready, but little else. Not quite what I'd expect.

Flavor is decent. Minimal hops, and little malt. The yeast is prevalent, but not quite spicy enough for me. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and drinkability is dangerously high. This one hides it alcohol VERY well.

I expected more, considering Smutty's other big beers series. As an ale, it's pretty good, but as a saison, it's not so hot. Decent beer overall, but I don't think I'll be buying it again anytime soon. It just doesn't "wow" me.

phisig137, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of tlazaroff
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque honey orange, head is a bit off-white and soapy looking - quickly dissipates into the beer. Wish it stuck around longer, and left little lacing.

S: First thing I pick up is a tad sourness, maybe some Bret? There is a mild summer fruit character in the background. It is somewhat mild, yet assertive.

T: Big fruits in the taste: passionfruit is what comes to mind first, and this flavor drowns out the other flavors it seems. There is a firm bitterness, maybe too bitter for a Saison and the hops have a nice floral characteristic. The alcohol is present in the finish and aftertaste. Somewhat sweet. Overall not bad, it's growing on me.

M: Medium body, carbonation is a bit lower than I like for saison. A touch of alcohol burn in the finish.

D: Dispute it's flaws, this beer is quite drinkable. I wish the alcohol was lower so I could have more of it.

tlazaroff, Oct 25, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +1%

Nordbier, Oct 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

oldedog, May 08, 2013
Photo of Higravity
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeah so this is a nice orange red tinted clear with a white large chunky dense head. Damn near picture perfect in fact why not. Smell is of summer feilds with sweet malt and a lingering stinging feel from the CO2 in my nose. The nice citrus tones are well matched with the noble hop character. The flavor is just a large dump of the smells with a tangy sweet after taste that plays well in Peoria. Nice light decent carbonation that lends to solid drinkablility and makes this a beer to get a lot of at only $3 a 22oz.

Higravity, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Nice saison. Slightly sweet taste too it.

Kevinpitts, Monday at 08:53 AM
Photo of CanuckRover
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy light amber. Snow-white head, settles nice and thick. Good spotty lacings.

Big fruity nose and kind of ominous phenols.

Hot right from the start. Spicy through the middle, pepper and coriander, as you would expect. Yeast takes over really quickly and it's all strong fruit and strong herbal flavors. Nice complex finish.

If this said strong Belgian ale on the front I'd be more of a fan. However saisons are my favourite style, and this is just too hot. Certainly worth a try though.

CanuckRover, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of burnstar
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty orangish gold. Slightly murky. Huge persistent dense white head. Smell is yeasty. Some spiciness and phenolic notes. Taste has a little sweetness in the beginning. Spicy. Again lots of yeasty flavors here. Nicely balanced. Great crisp well carbonated mouthfeel. Very drinkable. This is really good for an American belgian.

burnstar, Jul 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

logicalparadox, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of BodiesLexus
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

BodiesLexus, Nov 29, 2013
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.