Smuttynose Short Batch #2 - Brett & I - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by wcintula:
3.35/5 rDev -14.3%
Curious to try this when I saw it on tap at Ginger Man.
Poured into a snifter the beer had almost no head and minimal lacing. Had a nose not unlike a dry white wine. The taste was dry, sour, tart and had a nice bready graininess in the back. Not a bad beer, but could be more visually enticing. Listed at the bar as 7% so I don't know what's up there.
03-27-2012 21:37:48 | More by wcintula
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4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
On tap at the Birdsal House in Peekskill, NY. Enjoyed a few months ago and reviewed from notes.
Pours dull dark orange amber, with no head or lace exhibited.
I get a minor musty forest floor nose.
More then moderatly sour. Sour apple, musty funkyness, deliciousness fully in evidence. Densely flavorful and intriguing brew. Belgian yeasty notes to boot. I'd like to see this widely available in bottles...c'mon Smutty whaddya say?
12-18-2012 17:35:40 | More by Billolick
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.
Pours an opaque muddy golden color with a two-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of grainy pale malts with hints of funk and lighter hints of light fruit - mostly pears but with hints of citrus.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy and slightly spicy pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined midway through the sip by mild amounts of funk. Also joining in midway through the sip are faint citrus flavors and sweeter light fruit flavors that carry through to a slightly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I finished my glass easily and could have another.
Overall this was a very interesting beer - somewhere in between an APA and BSPA with brett added. Worth a shot if you see it around.
01-17-2010 19:27:59 | More by glid02
3.83/5 rDev -2%
Had a 10 oz. pour of this at the Ithaca Ale House. Appearance is a clear pale yellow/orange (a little hard to really see in the restaurant). Small white head dissipates. The aroma is a sweet and a little fruity, with hints of pineapple. Some lacing is present. Flavor is rather crisp with a mild hop bitterness and the fruit aspects coming through again. None of the sourness/funkiness that you usually expect from a brett beer. Finishes clean and crisp on the palate, somewhat thin mouthfeel and easy drinkability.
01-13-2008 15:11:29 | More by TheBCrew
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
On tap @ Cole's. Served in snifter.
A - Medium amber colour with a small amount of white head.
S - Slight tartness up front. Some sweet bready malts and a touch of funk.
T - Tartness up front that is not too bold. Some bready malts in the background and a slight sweet candy/caramel malt base that is able to pierce through the brett. Finish is tart and dry.
M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.
O - A nice beer. The BPA and the brett played well together.
04-29-2012 15:37:46 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.38/5 rDev -13.6%
A) Pours with a finger thick head that quickly dissipates to nothing. Relatively clear rust orange body. No lacing on the drink down.
S) Subtle woodsy - oak notes. A bit of a wet dog aroma. Overall not too aromatic.
T) Beneath the initial sour bite are notes of grapefruit, green apple, and nuts.
M) Medium-light body. Nearly zero carbonation. Drinks like a white wine. Dry in the finish.
O) A decent brew. My palate isn't acclimated to sours / brett beers so I am not a reliable review. Although I will say a very drinkable beer. Not too sour and still has some nice taste characteristics instead of a sucker punch to the face.
04-05-2012 01:23:28 | More by u2carew
3.53/5 rDev -9.7%
On-tap over at the Lion's Pride.
Pours a golden color with a tinge of orange and a bit of haze, good sized head and some sticky lacing.
Smell seems a bit musty actually, not really picking up much of the funky brett characteristics, has more of a spicy fruit aroma but definitely lacking in funk.
Taste is rather mild but this was the follow-up to the Oak Aged Maibock afterall, has a light malt taste with fruit in the background and earthy undertones, a crisp but soft carbonation works very well though.
01-26-2010 18:00:40 | More by deltatauhobbit
4.2/5 rDev +7.4%
2007 vintage on tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Golden body, very slight haze. Very little head with no retention and hardly any lacing. Aroma includes pineapple, tangerine, candi sugar, peach, caramel, and maybe a hint of brett. Taste also has a little brett, faint. Some sweetness in the form of tropical fruit and some coming from the residual sugars and from the aged flavor of the beer. Could be disappointing to someone looking to pucker up. Other than that, the beer is certainly interesting and quite tasty.
02-19-2013 02:49:49 | More by KickbacksSteve
3.7/5 rDev -5.4%
Straight pour from 750ml growler to oversized wineglass (HF stemware), courtesty of bentonquest (thanks again, Jeremy!). Review from notes taken 6/13/12.
Appearance (3.0): Essentially no head on this, it foams for a bit and settles to a thin collar of off-white carbonation around the edge of the glass, leaving no lacing. The body, however, is quite attractive, boasting a crystal-clear bronze color—very clean and crisp-looking.
Smell (4.0): All brett here: slightly musty, with a moderate white pepper character laced all over the place. There’s a lightly sweet malt character, enhanced by that strange fruitiness that super-bretty beers will develop: some green apple, some apricot. Not a bad-smelling beer, for sure.
Taste (4.0): Somewhat tart, not sour, with more of the same fruit tones (green apple’s crisp, tart sweetness, richer and bolder apricot, and the kind of neutral sweetness of pear), more white pepper behind the fruitiness, and some tame, low-lying mustiness throughout, operating underneath the rest of this. Malt? Hops? Both are very, very neutral here, as this is definitely a yeast- (and without a question, brett-) forward beer. Extraordinarily vinous in nature, actually—this has more in common with white wine than it does with your typical beer.
Mouthfeel (2.5): Low carbonation, dry finish, slightly tingly, medium-bodied. Again, more like a robust white wine than a beer.
Overall (3.5): A Brett story, for sure. This has so many qualities that strike me as vinous more than anything else. From what I can tell, this beer was apparently brewed with Brett B and a Trappist strain, then inoculated with lacto and aged in neutral oak barrels for 10 months. Given that knowledge, the low carbonation and yeast-forwardness of this beer makes a lot more sense. Not what I’d call a Belgian Pale Ale, but that’s what it is for lack of a better category on here (wouldn’t really call it an American Wild, either). Interesting beer, glad to have tried. Thanks again, Jeremy!
06-14-2012 13:25:55 | More by fmccormi
3.6/5 rDev -7.9%
Had this on tap at Max's in Baltimore tonight.
This is pretty much average in all regards. The appearance was fine, but didn't impress me. It had what you'd expect from an on-tap beer. The brett introduced a unique taste, but it didn't stand above or below any other brett'ed beer. Still, it was not bad and I'd easily have this again.
05-17-2009 06:44:33 | More by DavoleBomb
4.08/5 rDev +4.3%
Had this one at Deks up in Rocky Point NY. Poured a clear golden amber and a smooth 2-inch foam white head. Aroma was crisp and sweet.
Fruits, toffee malts, and Belgian spices all come together for a package that does not batter the tastebuds but rather lets you sit back and enjoy. Mouthfeel is spot on and this is a devilishly drinkable brew. A very good farmhouse ale from Smutty, wouldn't mind seeing this one stick around.
06-25-2008 19:22:38 | More by BBM
3.53/5 rDev -9.7%
On-tap @ Blind Tiger, NYC - Poured into a tulip glass:
Pours hazed golden with a thin white head that lasts, leaving quite a bit of lacing.
The smell is sweettart with some brett funkiness.
The taste is of light malt - sweetish with a tart, funky mix. Not a knock-you-over-the-head funkiness, but it's there.
The carbonation is a bit mild. Light-bodied. Pretty crisp.
Nice for a milder, "intro-like" Belgian-style, funky brew with bretts.
06-13-2008 01:32:08 | More by jwc215
3.88/5 rDev -0.8%
On tap at Rustico in Alexandria. Served in a tulip.
Pours a very hazy orange color with a very short white head and nothing really going in the lace department. A good swirl doesn't really raise anything either.
The nose carries some light earth and a touch of citrus and some tropical fruits. Light pineapple. A bit of black tea as well, though that is very faint. Flavor brings a pineapple-like acidity with some floral and earth characteristics. Acidity is light and a nice touch. Some faint cherry notes as it warms.
Light-medium body with low carbonation. Normally that wouldn't work for a saison, but here that touch of acidity helps carry the fruit and funk through. Quite nice.
03-22-2012 10:21:27 | More by Thorpe429
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