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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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398 Reviews
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Reviews: 398
Hads: 660
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 17.27%
Wants: 47
Gots: 41 | 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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Reviews: 398 | Hads: 660
Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice light golden color, like rays of sunshine captured in a bottle

Aroma: slight orange note, yeasty with a touch malt

Taste: nice orange slightly sweet, excellent hop balance dry finish
abv is well hidden

Mouthfeel: great carbonation, light body easy to drink

This is a really nice beer from Smuttynose, not sure if I would classify as a saison but who really knows what a saison is? It would be easy to session this beer but the abv makes me think thats a bad idea. Nice beer great for the warmer months.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very nice Saison style beer. Sturdy amber/gold appearance. A hint of spice, but not overpowering. Good citrus with a clear, slightly bitter finish. Satisfying and drinkable. Big but not heavy. Overall, a very good, solid beer. Not as complex as some Saison beers, but that's part of its appeal.

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Photo of gosurfobx
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle. Pours with a large rocky head. Beer is a cloudy straw color. Smell has some spicy notes with noticeable malt sweetness. Taste is decent but not what I expected, does not have the spiceyness that I have come to expect from saisons. The sweet malty backbone of this beer prevails and any spice notes get pushed to the side. Mouthfeel is pretty good, the carbination feels good in the mouth. A drinkable beer, but not my favorite as far as saisons go.

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Photo of mtbbaboon
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this one. Poured from a 22oz bottle. Gold color with a touch of haze. I had to swirl the bottle get the yeast goodness off the bottom of the bottle. The clove, spice and fruit scent is very nice. Slight carbonation in the mouth. The cloves and fruits are picked right up by the taste buds. Smooth texture and finish with a slight bitter aftertaste. Definitely a nice saison on a warm summer day.

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Photo of Keith238
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Honey colored with 0 head after 2 minutes or so and very little lacing. Strong floral aroma and strong flavor of clove and honey. Mouthfeel is clean, very effervescent and little aftertaste. Aesthetically, it would have been more pleasing if there were a decent head or lacing. The clarity is a clean as the taste. Not MY favorite saison but worth trying. Overall an enjoyable beer. Be sure to pick up a bottle.

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Photo of Abilow33
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good beer. It has a fruity flavor and is very easy going down. Part of the Smuttynose big beer seriesl. I was hoping to get their Baltic Porter, but this beer is very good. A good Summer beer that quenches the thirst. The one thing that got my attention was the strong and good smell of this beer.

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Photo of mattpetti
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with an average head that dissipated fast into a small ring in my glass. The smell was a mixture of something slightly sweet, my guess is honey, floral, and a pleasing smell of yeast backing it all up. In sum up it smells like a winner. The taste is very good. I started drinking it when it was ice cold and it is a beer you can down fast without hesitation. But i chose to slow down and enjoy the subtlies of this one. It is smooth and medium bodied with flavors of sweet malts, basic light hops, slight breadiness that leaves your mouth watering after each sip. There is a light hint of alcohol too. The close is the slightest kick of citrus zest. This beer is very coating for a saison. All in all i enjoyed drinking it and will get more for the hot summer months ahead. I think if you are a fan of hennepin give this one a shot. Another good one from our friends in NH. Make yours a smutty farmhouse.

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Photo of TheBCrew
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber pours a hazy straw color with white foamy head. Some lacing. Aroma of citrus, cloves and a slight sour, earthy funk. Taste was light, refreshing, citrussy and spicy with a balanced finish. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel with good drinkability.

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Photo of skivtjerry
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours with normal, not Belgian, carbonation. Probably, the bottle can't take more CO2. Nice clear straw color. Small persistent head.

Smell: malt, spices and cotton candy. Hop aroma blends seamlessly into the other spicy aromas. There is something there I can't quite define, sort of the smell of very fresh air after a storm.

Taste: malt, noble hops and the aforementioned cotton candy. finishes with a nice lactic tang.

Mouthfeel: just right. Very refreshing, not cloying as many domestic 'saisons' are. Good hop bitterness dries the palate out just enough at the end.

Drinkability: dangerously high. Every sip is a pleasure. My new favorite 'American saison'. Higher carbonation and a touch more hop aroma would bump the drinkability up to a 5 in my book.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big pillowy white head upon pour, wait a few minutes and an extremely nice lacing occurs. The brew is a nice golden, slightly hazy color with a head that just lingers to the end!

The usual funky mustiness of a saison is present in the nose, along with a heavy Belgium yeast, coriander and light fruit (oranges and pears...).

Light fruit hits the palette first, followed by a bready maltiness and ending with a stronger alcohol crispness. Light hints of coriander and other spices work throughout.

A sharp, light-medium mouthfeel with very active carbonation.

Overall, a decent farmhouse ale. Not all the flavors marry together as smooth as I would like, mainly because of the high alcohol finish. A little bit of time in a cellar might help mellow and bring it all together.

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Photo of MacDomer
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bomber several months ago in Boston and am now getting around to drinking it. Poured into a standard nonic glass.

A - This Smutty pours a fairly clear golden hay color. Pretty nice two finger fluffy head which fades off into off-white lace.

S - Nice easy, accessible nose with notes of oranges, orchard fruits, as well as earthy and yeasty notes. There are also some toasted notes and some backgroud spiciness as well.

T - A nice crisp flavor. I'm getting some more orchard fruits, clove and other spiciness, yeastiness as well. Some nice malts and in the background some funkiness, but not much.

M - Medium body. A bit sweet, but still very refreshing. Appropriate level of carbonation.

D- Pairs well with food. Tastes great by itself. This is a darn good saison. I'll look for more when I'm in Boston next summer and fall.

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Photo of Onceeven
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After allowing the brew to reach proper temperature, poured into a Duvel tulip. Poured rather forcefully to achieve a moderate sized head. Well formed lacing clung to the sides of the glass, making a nice overall presentation to this bright gold beer.
Smell was not as pronounced as I had expected. An assertive yeast aroma makes itself known with a bright fruity kick and clove. Restrained yet complex.
Mouthfeel is a bit prickly, slightly heavy, but not coating. Clove aroma mixed with a warming alcohol flavor are the first to kick in. A dried apricot flavor lingers in the background. Pleasant, drinkable, but not at the top of it's class.

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Photo of Lukecook
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

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Photo of OutFox
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 release, 22oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

A - Clear amber orangeish sort of color. Decent white head with ok lacing and retention. Its def. a filtered sort of farmhouse which I find odd.

S - Has that barnyard sort of smell. You can pick out the wheat and then move on to the sort of tart fruityness.

T - barnyardy with wheat overtones followed by this tart fruit thing. Almost the same as the nose.

M - This is the only place I had a problem with this beer. Its missing that bottle contioned/unfiltered aspect. It really needs that sort of Belgian farmhouse body. Its too light.

O - Good farmhouse. I liked it just thought it needed a little more body. Good beer from Smuttynose though, second Big Beer series Ive had and they have both been good.

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Photo of danmouer
2.65/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale is one of the more disappointing Alerican craft beers I have tasted in a while. The beer is clean, no offensive odors or flavors, well made, but just not to style.

I expect a "farmhouse ale" to follow, more or less, the conventions of Belgian Saisons, which I have noted often are among my favorite beers to drink and brew. The principal flaw with the muttynose is that it remains sweet. I expect a saison to be bone dry, and this one is far from it. Another problem is that the beer has little to no aroma, and almost no flavor character. Saisons are/should be nothing if not full f character. Where is the spice?

This beer is neutral, inoffensive, reasonably well balanced for a generic ale, but far too sweet for a saison, or for an American pale, for that matter. And where is the hop character? There s none. There is sufficient bitterness to barely balance the sweetness...for an English ale, I suppose, but not for a saison! There needs to be a bit of hop presence, not just a little note struggling against the undying, cloying sweetness of malt. Where is the tang? Where is the spice? Where is the brisk tongue-tickling carbonation? Where is e mellow flavir of pilsner or pale malt? Nowhere in this brew!

Sorry. This beer is a huge let down.

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Photo of soultrain
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Hennipen glass.
A-Semi-clear golden orange beer. 2" head disappears quickly. Yeast chunks abound. O.k. lacing.
S-Very slight sweetness morphs into a sharp yeast attack.
T-Gritty bottle-conditioned goodness. Sweet but farm tart. Nice funk. No loose ends.
M-Almost perfect.
D-Can I have another?


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Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow, slight haze, weak head. Smells of bananas, lemon peel, slightly peppery. Tastes like a screw-driver, but better of course. There is a whole lot of sour citrus in there, lemon and orange mostly, and the booze is pretty obvious. There is some clove-like vanilla vibe on the back palate when you look for it, but orangey, lemony, screwdriver is really what comes to mind.

I am typically turned off by Saisons, but this guy seems to be more concise than a lot of the variety. The wild yeasts don't run ramped and muddle up the flavors. This does not mean a lack of complexity, just an accomplishment in discretion with a very hard-to-handle style.

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Photo of admiralcrunch
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Bottle poured into Hennepin chalice.

A) The head is somewhat thin and dissipates after sipping. Body looks like apple juice, and very clear.

S) Smells pretty Belgian-y. Since the bottle is almost a year old there isn't much hop aroma left; yeast and alcohol are pronounced.

T) The flavors very closely match the aromas. In fact I'd say that it tastes exactly how it smells, which now that I think about it is pretty curious.

M) Very good balance between light and thick. If this were fresh I can picture more of a bite from the carbonation.

D) I don't foresee any issues finishing the bomber. Yummy.

Will stock up when the 2009 release happens.

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Photo of ken2cart1
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

served in pint glass

a- foggy dark yellow orangy brew...spooky 0.5 inchy frothy head that dissapates rather quickly, def wheat mallt

a- lemony from the wheat,phenolic, peppery, herbal spices

t- nice solid wheat malt in fore with a great spicy peppery finish that lingers....solid throughout

m- wheat malt= smooooth creamy..

0verall-very very good, smutty is most reliable brewery eever..btw def cant notice 9% alc...be careful

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Photo of mindlucent2007
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-hazy golden color, with a frothy, white head.
There's not much lacing and it looks to have medium carbonation. A funky, grassy, yeasty aroma, and a tad spicy to the nose. The taste is similar to the smell since there is a yeasty, Belgian, candy-like sweetness that dominates. This isn't heavy at all and there is no noticeable alcohol which is surprising at 9.3% abv. Low carbonation with a mild, barely bitter aftertaste. A nice pick up from Smuttynose, but it could be more crisp. This ale is a little rough around the edges, but a good job overall.

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Photo of ksbrainard
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright gold yellow color with a thin head.

S - Somewhat sour, then spicy as expected for Saison. A bit of malt sweetness peeks in there. Also subtle hop aroma.

T - Big bitter taste coats the tongue and alcohol numbs the mouth. Both the hops and alcohol are assertive in a good way. There is also a bit of sweetness of apples present.

M - I'd say medium-high body. It has a detectable sweetness, but not overly sticky. Still probably a bit more than I'd prefer, but not bad.

D - Great! This is tasty and interesting, and if I had more than one here I'd probably have another right after this one.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was stunned when I poured this big bottle brew into a wine glass and bore witness to the holy vortex of carbonation that ensued. I've never seen anything like it--too pristene to sip at.

This was a very good release by Smuttynose--proves their versatility. Without being too extravagant, this brew contained a nice mellow Belgian malt with a warm, spicy finish.

One of the beautiful things about the Saison genre is that you don't know exactly what you're getting with each brewery's rendition.

Certainly worth a try...but not the same as a true Belgian.

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Photo of bigflatsbeerman
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into tulip pint glass from 22 oz. bomber. Clear golden color with 2 inch good looking head.
Smell - Citrus and yeasty smell, not unusual for a saison.
Taste - Pretty good. I did get a pretty strong alcohol taste probably on the third swig (just found out this was 9%+) but that went away after a while.
Mouthfeel - Somewhat heavy not light. For me this is drinkable.
Overall - Pretty good, not my favorite saison (Hennepin) but decent none the less. I would recommend you trying this.

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Photo of HombreWing
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from 2007...modified Duvel glass

Eyes: Pours bright ..orange. Heads nicely and recedes to a 1/4" head that laces the glass as it does.

Nose: Orange blossom ...honeyed malts

Tounge: Sweet Malt that winds up only to ride shotgun to citrusy spice

Texture: Medium body...smooth....creamy after some breathing

Overall experience: Not my first bottle of this elixir...not my last!
The kicker ....4.99 for the bomber

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Photo of TeddyBG
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a Smutty pint glass.

A: Cloudy, burnt orange, with a virorous head and quickly recedes. No lacing.

S: Brettanomyces and lemon.

T: Tangy front with lemon and yeast. Slightly notice hops on the finish. Very good.

M: Full mouthfeel with decent carbonation.

D: This is a very tasty beer, but you can definitely feel the alcohol with this one.

This is my first foray into the big beer series of Smutty and I have to say that I was never impressed with their mainstream beers, notably their IPA. This one is a well crafted beer.

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Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.