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

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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

80 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%


Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaggerEyes on 12-08-2007)
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fmccormi

New York

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: growler

06-14-2012 13:25:55 | More by fmccormi
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gregc

New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the blind tiger.
Poured a golden color with a small white head.
Aroma of hops, citrus and the faintest amount of brett. I was hoping for alot more, kinda disappointed. Where is the funk?
Flavor of citrus, malt and a small tart and dry finish. Again i was disappointed, no funk.
Overall it was a good beer, but if you are going to putt "Brett" in the name at least make it taste like a brett beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2008 12:21:19 | More by gregc
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

3.5 A
3.5 S
3.5 T
3.5 M
4.0 D

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2009 06:44:33 | More by DavoleBomb
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Served on tap into a Smuttynose Big Beer tulip glass. A really large pour (well over 12 oz.).

Appearance: Golden yellow in color, but doesn't pour much of a head surprisingly. A few fizzy white bubbles recede almost immediately into nothing.

Aroma" Big lemon and tart green apples upfront. I figured this might be more heavy on the funk and light on the sour from the name, but there is definitely a pretty vibrant sour character. I do get a bit of the brett as well, but not as much as I expected.

Taste: Sour green apple and lemon notes upfront. A sort of white wine sweetness is present as well. This is actually a lot sweeter than I would have suspected. The brett notes become more noticable as the sour fades, but they seem a bit underdeveloped and a bit muddled. Pretty refreshing overall, but not a stand out.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly heavy for the style. There is a good amount of body and it is a bit syrupy. Carbonation is not flat but definitely on the lower end of the spectrum.

Overall, a decent sour beer from Smuttynose and a good attempt for their first real shot at the style. I think it really suffered from the mouthfeel being too syrupy and the lack of carbonation, which might have brightened everything up a bit. I would be interested to see how this is holding up in a couple years, but right now it is jsut average.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2012 13:49:15 | More by Gosox8787
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

They poured this at the "From Smutty With Love" event at American Flatbread Burlington Hearth yesterday and were having problems with the amount of foam. I managed to get the bar manager to score me a pour. I had to let it settle for about 3 minutes before even thinking about getting near it.

HUGE bone white head and golden, somewhat cloudy appearance. Nosings of sour green apple and sour white peach with stone. Some earthy, bark-like notes. The palate was moderately sour and medium bodied. Flavors of Brett and sour peach were wrapped up by wooded notes and an astringent finish. The finish was a little too dry for me, a little too "woody" feeling. A nice effort, but either needs some time to settle out or needs a little tweaking.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2009 03:38:11 | More by SFLpunk
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2008 01:32:08 | More by jwc215
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2010 18:00:40 | More by deltatauhobbit
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Off the tap at American Flatbread this beer was a cloudy, amber-gold color. The one-finger, cream-colored head displayed good retention as a thin cap to a skim and left decent lacing. The aroma was tangy, citrus, spice and sour green apples. The flavors were very tangy. I tasted orange, lemon, a wheat twang, the spiciness of Brettanomyces, alcohol, Cascade hops and a hint of hoppy bitterness. Tight, tart and highly acidic, so much so that I wouldn't order another. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body was medium and the carbonation light/medium.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 16:59:24 | More by thekevlarkid
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle.
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 01:23:28 | More by u2carew
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wcintula

New York

3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 21:37:48 | More by wcintula
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dnichols

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: It poured cloudy and musty dirty gold with a slight white head. There was clumping and leggy lacing.

S: It had a sweet malty aroma laced with caramel, citrus and a funky farm house odor.

T: It had a distinct and immature flavor that was dominated by fruits, toffee malts, and Belgian spices. The funkiness was hidden making the beer less balanced than expected.

M: It was light bodied with modest carbonation and a biting and dry finish.

D: It was a good beer to experiment with but it is not a stong session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2008 23:53:02 | More by dnichols
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ccrida

Oregon

2.63/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The Kinsale in Boston, served in the Smuttynose Big Beer tulip, Brett & I is murky dark gold with a small, creamy white head that leaves scattered lace. Typed from notes within a week of taking them while relaxing in their outside seating after a nice Saturday walking the Freedom trail.

Smell is soft, with caramel malt but not particularly sweet, fusel alcohol and slight barnyard.

Taste is pretty strong and boozy, very white wine like, and not much brett funkiness save for being a bit on the drier, not sugary side for a thicker beer. IMHO this is not ready yet and should have been aged by brewery a good bit longer, to let the complexities of the brett develop and continue to thin out the malty mouthfeel, as well as generally smooth out the harsh alcohol bite. Big pet-peeve of mine in fact, when funky or sour beers are released to retail before the bugs have had time to actually get funky!!! I'm probably being hard on this because of the name, and lack of overwhelming brett character. Maybe they just used it in the secondary?

Mouthfeel is thick and drier, a boozy solvent feel.

Drinkability was lower for me, a pretty big disappointment as I really love some brett beers. I was expecting something like De Proef's Flemish Primitive's, but this was more of a heavy booze bomb, again, very wine like in regards to the strength of the alcohol, which is not something I wanted to drink a glass of, nor have be the dominating flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2008 22:37:45 | More by ccrida
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