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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 Vylo
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Vylo, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Casey10
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.

Casey10, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
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.

BeerNinja007, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Viperman1316
2/5  rDev -48.2%

Viperman1316, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of Atlas1
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.

Atlas1, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of assurbanipaul
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.

assurbanipaul, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of banger7
4/5  rDev +3.6%

banger7, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of arguemaniac
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…

arguemaniac, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of ThirstyBird
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!

ThirstyBird, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of BarrelO
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.

BarrelO, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of BeerKangaroo
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.

BeerKangaroo, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of sitarist
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.

sitarist, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of Thickfreakness
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!!!

Thickfreakness, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Jmamay22
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.

Jmamay22, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of huysmans
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

huysmans, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of keithmurray
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

keithmurray, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Franchise
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.

Franchise, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of gfreed
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.

gfreed, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of rondufresne
4/5  rDev +3.6%

rondufresne, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Rudgers73
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.

Rudgers73, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of grover37
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

grover37, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Skillz
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Skillz, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured a light golden color with a one finger head in a tulip glass.
The aroma: spice, barnyard ,very aromatic ,but different than a lot of other Saisons- more balanced.

The MF is very carbonated as expected with the style.

The aroma transitions well to the taste:lots of spice with a nice citrus barnyard finish-but a different type of citrus than other Saisons.

Another excellent beer by Smuttynose. The spices are definitely distinct and different than other beers in the style. The sage rounds out the spicy character of the beer. With warming, the pineapple sage becomes prominent in the aroma and also in the taste. As beer warms up the spice becomes quite prominent especially in the finish.

One of the better American brewed Saisons I have tasted.

brureview, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of kenito799
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!

kenito799, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of LostHighway
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

LostHighway, Jun 11, 2012
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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