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
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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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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 ccrida
2.65/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Photo of dnichols
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of wcintula
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of u2carew
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of VeganUndead
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brettanomyces are very very very prevalent. A little too unbalanced on the tart side for my personal preference, but not bad

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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

Photo of SFLpunk
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of Gosox8787
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of gregc
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of fmccormi
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
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!

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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