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

634 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 43
Gots: 30 | 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 tlazaroff
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of oldedog
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Higravity
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of huysmans
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Vylo
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of CanuckRover
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of burnstar
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Casey10
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Atlas1
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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…

Photo of rondufresne
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of keithmurray
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Photo of BarrelO
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Photo of sitarist
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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!!!

Photo of Jmamay22
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of Skillz
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

Photo of DLS168
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Franchise
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of gfreed
1.9/5  rDev -50.6%
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.

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