Smuttynose Short Batch #2 - Brett & I - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Short Batch #2 - Brett & ISmuttynose Short Batch #2 - Brett & I

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88
very good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DaggerEyes on 12-08-2007

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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 38
Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tap filled bottle from the outstanding trader known as NutBrown. Thanks Alan!

There's a nice light pop when I opened the swing top and it pours a cloudy peach colour with +1 finger head of foam. The bubbles are very small and my glass has some nice sticky lacing.

It has a nice earthy and spicy and fruity nose with strong notes of green apples and plenty of Brett. Great nose.

The taste comes through with green apple tartness and big flavours of funk that brings some big bitterness, especially in the aftertaste. Now I'm noticing a touch of caramel malt sweetness that takes the edge of the bitter somewhat and a good dosing of pepper.

Interesting flavours to be found here for sure. The bitterness and funk kind of reminds me of Orval but the apples definitely lead it into an entirely different direction. Good stuff.

This has a fairly light mouthfeel with a very low level of carbonation but that suits the beer very well.

Drinkabilty? The alcohol is a non factor and this is such an interesting and unusual tasting brew...I'm having a fun session with this big old 1L GT bottle. Thanks again, Alan, for the opportunity to drink another straight from the tap offering without having to deal with the area hogging and more intensive packaging required bottle that is known as the Growler. ;^) This rules!!

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass or two at the BBF. Missed this one before at Coles in Buffalo.

Pours a lightly hazed light golden yellow, thin white head forms, settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick.

Smell is nice, lots of brett character, some barnyard and horse, nice light funkiness, caramel/honey sweetness, pineapples, lots of fruit character, really complex maltiness, and the funk plays well with the fruit character.

Taste is nice as well, neat pineapple/apple character, really malty, caramel and biscuit, honey malt, barnyard and funkiness, some wheat, really dry finish, light touch of spice.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. A pretty neat beer, I dig the maltiness and the fruit character.

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer served on draft at CK, served in a snifter. Beer is yellow with a haze, thin white head small bubbles, some lacing, low retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet with a nice brett c character, or something similar to that, the malt doesn't come through at all.

Beer is light in body and sweet with a nice tropical fruit component, the finish is interesting but not too dry, the funk shows up late but it is well incorporated into the profile of the beer. I'd have it again.

Photo of ajcormier
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review for Serving Type: Bottle
I've also had it on tap. Better bottle conditioned though.

Appearance: good over all color a peachy orange with good hazing.

Smells of funk and sour, small nuances of barnyard hay, good citrus notes that make the corners of my jaw twinge.

Taste of the above but down toned. The aromatics are more pungent than the flavor. Slightly subdued but good over all drinkability. I drank two bottles to myself on Monday. Delicious over all but a little lacking in mouth feel.

The mouth feel is what ends up bringing down the average of the quality. After speaking with the brewer the bottles were not given champagne yeast for bottle conditioning which is the reason for the lack of carbonation. It was a first time sour beer making mistake that will be corrected on the next batch. Brett-lacto is the finishing yeast strain which ate the shit out of the primary fermentation yeast strain as well as the residual sugars left over from primary. More carbonation would have lightened the body of the beer and made this thing a fantastic garden sipper... next time.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours nicely clouded gold with a white head. Funky antiseptic nose. Funky edge as well on flavor. Weird and total funk. Thick carbonation and smooth liquid. Leaves a lasting acrid, citrus flavor in the mouth. This is an interesting beer to say the least.

Photo of BBM
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a snifter. The brew appears a clear orange with white cap that is quick to fade. Some spotty lace sticks to the wall of the glass and a swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The smell is earthy with some fruity esters of funk and alcohol with earthy brett leather quality. Some oak and cheese is present. A nice mild aromatic mix of what you expect brett to smell like.

The taste is tart with fruity alcohol hints that blend into a bit of tropical rindy elements that is somewhat reminescent of hops but not really. Oak and earth strike the palate about mid way through with the finish being tropical and tart.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. This was a very mild and easily approachable brew. I could have tanked the entire 750 myself but friends were around to share in the experience.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/19/08. On tap at Dek's. Pours a light orange with lots of thick white head. Aroma of sweet fruits (raspberry), spices. Smells very good! Flavor of zingy spices, sourness/funk, orange peel, Belgian yeast, apple and other light fruits, and slight bitter hops. Dry finish. A very interesting beer with a lot of complex flavors that seemed familiar to me. I just wanted to keep drinking this until I discovered what lurks in its mysterious depths. Quite drinkable.
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold, with a nice fluffy white head. Doesn't take long to disappear.

Nose is lemony, hint of green apple, mellow, crisp. Hint of lightly sweet malt.

Taste is light, clean, yeastiness, bit of lemony citrus and more green apple, very mellow earthy barnyard funk, very farmhouse. Crisp finish, dry, yeasty, solid.

Mouthfeel is mellow, light carbonation, medium body, bit creamy.

Fantastic beer for drinkability, could definitely make this a nice summer beer. More farmhouse than expected - well done.

Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 3.3.13

A - Pours a cloudy dark orange with an active light tan head that fades fast.

S - Brett, oak, lots of fruits. Slightly citrus, but apple and pear also.

T - Oaky and Brett mostly. The fruit is pretty much gone.

D - Good carbonation, light body with a dry finish.

O - Brett heavy, oak with a teasing nose. Dry in the mouth.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bonkers
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My cousin was kind enough to split this one with me, hazy orange pour, smallish head, no lacing. The aroma has some light funk. The flavor was mild, some citrus, funkiness. The carbonation was light, no alcohol, easy drinking. I was expecting more funkiness, but an enjoyable brew.

Photo of russwbeck
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange pour with only hints of what was a white head. A slight amount of sticky lacing is noted. 3.5

A lot of Brett is noted here, unsurprisingly. But also some citrus and other tropical fruits. A nice malty undertone. 4

Certainly focused on the Brett, the taste otherwise is a bit mild. Some citrus, some oak like characters, malt, and sweet. I like the balance, but I wish something other than Brett took charge. 4

Light body with a nice amount of carbonation. The finish is really dry and I found it to be quite drinkable. 4

I enjoyed this, but thought it was only slightly better than average. I wish it had another aspect to bolster what seems to be turning into a really nice experiment 3.5

Photo of Thorpe429
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jaasen64
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Shared with DonFrap.

A- Pours a translucent slightly reddish orange with not much head- maybe a quarter finger of white head that dissipates fairly fast and doesn't leave too much head.

S- Brett and grassy funk mixed with a little bit of vinegar acidity, and some alcohol. The sour funk brett smell is definitely the most predominant. Average aroma strength, not the best smelling sour I've had though- a little bit too much of a vinegar acidity.

T- Sour brett with some lemon, hay, grass, etc.. It has a nice sour brett flavor balanced with the rest of the flavors.

M- Decent carbonation, refreshing, easy to drink, fairly light, abv decently well hidden.

O- This was a decent sour. I feel like Smuttynose is really a hit or miss and I felt like this was one of their better beers that I've had. Nice level of brett funk that balanced well with the other flavors and went down very easily, just a little bit too much vinegar acidity. I would try this again, but definitely not go out of my way to obtain it.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice. The color is clear and golden. There is a fluffy off-white head.

The aroma has some apple and grape fruit notes with some tart lemon rind and even a dose of autumnal spice.

The taste is mixes sweet malt with some vanilla and caramel notes with a slightly tart vinegary finish. This is a well balanced taste.

This is medium bodied with a nice full effervescent mouthfeel. This has really nice components, but altogether it's not in the upper echelon. It is delicious in its own right.

Photo of TheBCrew
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap tonight at the River Road Tavern Tap Takeover.
Came to my stool a fairly clear golden color without much of a head. The aroma is quite fruity and tart with lots of sour cherries apricots and lemons as a well as a hint of bready malt and a slightly earthy aroma. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Tart fruit mixed with a bit of bread and caramel and a hint of funk. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a tart almost puckering mouthfeel. This is a very nice sour ale, I quite enjoyed it, its too bad its taken me this long to find it.

Photo of DaggerEyes
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 10 oz pour of this at Mugs Ale House

Poured a Hazy gold with a thin bubbly white head that disappeared pretty quickly, light lacing on the glass.

Floral hops, citrus fruit (lemon) a bit of brett funkiness, brett doesn't play as large a role as one would be led to believe by the name.

Citrus fruit on the palate with some tartness and a bit of funk, bitter dry hoppy finish.

I was hoping for some more funk, but none the less this is a solid brew from a great brewery

Photo of Bendurgin
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. This one pours a clear orange color with a small cap of white head.

Brett right up front with a bit of a citrus background. Seems to have a bit of a tart character in the background. A little bit of citrus on the pallet with a bit a good brett overtone. A little tart in the finish.

The body is light with good carbonation. Overall this one is enjoyable for sure. Nice and light and easy to drink.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear, dark amber pour with no head and light carbonation. The nose is very tart and has a light sweetness. You get Brett in the nose, but it's a weird beer...unlike any Brett beer I've had. The taste is weird as well; it's very tart upfront, but finishes buttery instead of dry. I was expecting this beer to be more Orval-like, but this isn't like an Orval at all. The tartness and carbonation (what's left after a week) makes this drink like a slightly fruity lambic (apricot/peach) initially, but it finishs a completely different beer. I must give them some credit for making a beer that's different and new, but it's not quite perfect.

Photo of harsley
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this recently on tap. I'm thinking age may have helped this beer along. I didn't find it overly alcoholic at all and fairly drinkable. Didn't have much of a head at all when I got it, served in a small snifter. Smelled a little malty, with mostly brett earthyness. Fairly light on the palate with a dry crisp finish. Taste was pleasant. Sort of earthy with some brett tartness and a malt backbone. It was a sipper for me and wouldn't have more than one, but was pretty refreshing still on a hot humid night in August.

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