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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

584 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 41
Gots: 16 | 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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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 17:46:38 | More by CanuckRover
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nineworldseries

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-07-2014 20:19:56 | More by nineworldseries
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Casey10

Maine

3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 04:55:04 | More by Casey10
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, $5.99 from Lebanon Health Food Store, Lebanon NH. Bottle-conditioned in 2009. Served luke-cold, ~55F in a standard pint glass.

A: Massive 4-finger rocky white head takes forever to settle. Like meringue on a pie. Brew is a cloudy golden yellow. Huge icebergs of foam cling to the glass.

S: Sweet honey, lemon rind, melon, biscuit. Nice, but not hugely fragrant.

T: Taste is a much more intense version of the nose. Sweet honey and lemon rind throughout plus an appropriate bit of yeasty funk. Some herbal qualities become apparent later on.

M/D: Big thick mouthfeel. Alcohol not apparent. A bit too thick/sweet for what I'd expect from a Belgian farmhouse.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 18:57:16 | More by BeerNinja007
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 13:49:17 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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assurbanipaul

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant clear gold with a medium white head. Nose is lightly malty and musty, like a farmhouse that has been boarded up airtight for years. Perhaps just a little floral when the glass is swirled.

Taste is more light toasty malt and a touch of malty sourness. Light caramel sweetness, more light yeasty and musty flavors. Just a bare touch of fruit in the finish, something like pear or apricot. Only the slightest hint of a Belgian yeast strain, no alcohol flavors at all.

Mouthfeel is medium but a little heavy for the style, and it leaves a crisp bite on the end of the tongue. I realize saisons have a lot of leeway when it comes to the style but I don't get a lot of the spicy saison-y flavors I would expect (especially after finishing a Belgian/French beer tasting two days ago). I like it but this impresses me more as a slightly sour maibock or maybe a hefty cider.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 02:54:59 | More by assurbanipaul
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Atlas1

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I shared this bomber with my wife last week. We both loved it. This review is based on the notes I jotted down at the time.

The appearance is a pretty apricot color with a thin bubbly head. Lots of carbonation. It's a nice color for a saison, but otherwise it's nothing special. The nose is beautiful. A sweet and spicy aroma wafts up from the glass. Notes of fruit - peach, apricot, banana, impress upon the drinker a light, springtime atmosphere; perfect for a saison. The taste is very light but peppery as well. It almost evokes thoughts of a light fruit soda (think Nehi Peach), but not in a bad way. This beer is so utterly delightful it's a shame when the glass begins to run low. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy, and firm.

The Farmhouse Ale is an excellent beer in my opinion. It's a big saison (which is a great idea; nicely done, Smuttynose!), but despite the high ABV, it goes down very easily. Almost too easily, perhaps. Cheers for this fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 18:11:22 | More by Atlas1
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 23:12:26 | More by burnstar
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arguemaniac

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly clear amber with a frothy, well-sustained white head. The palate offers plenty of clovey spice and yeasty phenols but none of the flavors are too sharp or cloying.

A slightly mellower example of the style as the spice profile is more rounded and the bright malt character isn’t too sweet. Still, it’s rich enough with all the classic character of a Farmhouse ale.

Recommended…

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 05:35:51 | More by arguemaniac
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ThirstyBird

Germany

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into an imperial pint glass
A - Pours pale yellow orange with a two finger head that falls to a chunky low coating.
S - Spice, herbs some fruitiness and yeast. There is some funkiness there and I like it!
T - Yeasty and complex. Spicy and a touch malty sweet.
MF - delicately carbonated yet fully carbonated. It feels rich though the body is medium at best.
D - This is a very drinkable farmhouse. The sweetness might prevent me from drinking more than a couple of glasses but they would definitely be enjoyed!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 23:35:11 | More by ThirstyBird
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BarrelO

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 07:53:43 | More by BarrelO
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a pint glass:

A: murky orange body with a film of a immediately dieing head, some spotty lacing leaving some rings here and there

S: yeasty and earthy

T: wheaty and some earthy flavors with some orange

M: medium, fairly sessionable, alcohol well hidden, dry sticky finish

O: not a bad beer, but nothing spectacular. I don't think I would have this again, or if I did, it would have to be on tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 20:10:25 | More by BeerKangaroo
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sitarist

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with orange tints...there is copious amounts of thick foamy head that last awhile before falling to a 1/4" cap that leaves sheets of lacing.

I smell red apples, grapes, lemon, ginger, biscuits, sweet with some spice. I would like a little more earthy, musty funk.

I taste sweet red apples and ripe fruits up front, with a spicy bite taking over.

I think a creamier body would have suited this beer better...too dry...with too much bite.

Enjoyable with great flavors... not one Id drink all night though.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 01:57:50 | More by sitarist
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Vylo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-08-2012 12:11:21 | More by Vylo
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours like a cloudy, mid-day August sun... a one finger, off white head floats on this golden brew. Brilliant sticky lacing left behind as it quickly fades away.

S- Honey, yeast, banana, clove and some spicy black pepper. A nice sweet maltiness prevails. Very unusual for this style! Really nice grassy earth flavors... like laying in a field of hay!

T- WOW! Sweet... Black pepper heat... nice fruity banana, peach, green apple, and a yeasty, caramel nuttiness! Is this Saison really over 9%? The sweetness really cuts the heat, and the grassy hops lend a nice balance of bitterness!

M- Just a touch of sparkle on the tongue. A hint of sweetness, sour and bready yeast! A really nice bite of Rye bread runs all over the mouth. Very sweet, but very spicy as well!!!

O- I can't wait to get some more of this fantastic brew! I've been in a Saison mood lately, and this is certainly one of the better ones! At $5.99/22oz... this is a steal!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 04:37:59 | More by Thickfreakness
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delta490

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2014 21:11:16 | More by delta490
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Franchise

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering from the Smuttynose Big Beer Series pours a foggy golden orange leaving a thick tan head. The aroma is pitted and tropical fruit, bananas, orange, lemon, lime, cilantro, yeast, wheat/bready aroma very nice and complex.

The taste is absolutely fantastic sugary ripe pineapple, grapes, passion fruit, orange, mango, wheat, spicy rustic hops and yeast delicious farmhouse one of the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 20:47:31 | More by Franchise
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jman005

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-29-2013 06:15:48 | More by jman005
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gfreed

Massachusetts

1.9/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Off to a great start: even an easy pour resulted in a generous head that took a very long time to fade. Had to wait several minutes before there was enough space to add more beer to the glass. The beer itself is a sort of matte peach color; topped by the giant white head it was nearly as attractive as a good Hefeweizen. A decent fistful of grapefruit in the aroma was tempered by malt that smelled a bit like cocoa. But that's where the good part ends. One taste of this deflated every anticipation of a good glass of beer. A one-word summation: booze. The overpowering taste of alcohol buried every single flavor. There's no subtlety, no gentle warmth from the alcohol; only ham-handed booze. Boozeboozebooze! This would best be enjoyed from a paper bag.

Smuttynose ought to abandon this Big Beer crap and stick with more moderate brews, which is what they do best. Definitely avoid.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 02:25:25 | More by gfreed
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Rudgers73

New York

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at The Old Toad, Rochester, NY.

Pours a glowing yellowish orange with a decent amount of cloudiness. Not much for a head, (if it had a really nice head I would have upped the appearance to a 4 or 4.5). The smell is wonderful. A big whiff of orange peel, belgian yeast providing a mellow, round, clove smell, and the end is dry with hops (maybe goldings?) The taste is also wonderful with a dry, peppery, earthy start working up to a bold fresh citrus that slowly fades into a clove and bitter hop ending. Nice and dry. Lots of flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, clean but the amount of orange flavor makes it almost sticky at times. A great, and americanized (nothing subtle about the flavor) example of one of my favorite belgian beer types.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-22-2007 22:48:01 | More by Rudgers73
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kenito799

New York

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Light amber hazy brew, leaves nice lacing, active bubbles

Aroma as spot on for the style, spicy-sour with a slight funkiness, but that is a clean funkiness, if that makes sense.

Taste is wonderful, tangy fruitness and a crisp mouthfeel, balanced by a nice heft on the palate. The flavors are multiple, complex, herbal and apply fruit notes. Great job!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 14:55:31 | More by kenito799
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Jmamay22

New York

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love trying new Smuttynose beers as they have yet to disappoint me.

This big beer pours a golden orange with a head that disipates to a thin collar, but there appears to be plenty of carbonation. The poor head retention has led to poor lacing.

This saison has all of the typical qualities in the nose including a sour funk and spice. There is a hint of grassy lemoney hops that give the nose a finishing twang. Lurking in the background are notes of lightly toasted malts.

Tastes of spices such as clove and pepper along with a zesty farmhouse yeasty funk. This saison is a little sweeter than most I've had in the past and features greater orange flavoring that finishes with a bit of a hot alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation makes the alcohol finish a little difficult as it warms, which hurts its drinkability. This isn't my top saison, but it's an interesting twist and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 18:08:22 | More by Jmamay22
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber purchased at Gary's in Wayne

Served into a tulip...

A- Blazingly bright golden yellow color with some serious orange tints. Nice head with sediment and foam floating on top.

S- Lemons, bananas, and some biscuit.

T- The first few sips I was very dissapointed. I found this one to be very tart and tangy and not much else. As I drank on I was plesantly surprised to find that there was much more to this beer. Big dosage of spices rounded out with a big lemon zesty/grassy flavor. The flavors were bigger and bolder than I am used to with other saisons.

M- Medium bodied, easy drinking, tingly and tangy.

D- Easy drinking beer. Pleasure to sip. Nice on this hot summer night.

I would surely give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 04:18:51 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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RedChrome

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour resulted in a medium hued amber color. Inch high head of white color quickly dropped to a quater inch. Nice streams of average sized carbonation bubbles. Thin clumpy lacing.

A very nice fruit blend was the major aroma of this beer. The primary scent was of banana. It is very reminisicant of a hefeweizen. Second scents are of pineapple, white grape, and apple.

A nice blend of the fruit noted in the smell and the flavor of malt. The banana is again the foremost acting part of the beer, but the white grape tries it's hardest to make a race of it. A smooth finish leaves the crispness of apple.

Beer has a nice thick feel in the mouth. Taste cling on the back of the tongue.

Overall, a fantastic beer top to bottom. Would be a nice choice to go with either a pork dish, a tenderloin or a roast, or a rack of lamb.
This beer could alsostand on it's own as a nice refreshing late afternoon summer choice. A nice first taste fom a brewery I haven't tried before.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 00:56:32 | More by RedChrome
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keithmurray

New York

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 21:09:46 | More by keithmurray
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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