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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Reviews: 37
Hads: 89
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 5.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | 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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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 89
Photo of Gosox8787
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (1,360 characters)

Photo of harsley
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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! (2,017 characters)

Photo of dnichols
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of BBM
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of wcintula
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of ajcormier
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (1,090 characters)

Photo of DaggerEyes
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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 (488 characters)

Photo of gregc
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of TheBCrew
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (515 characters)

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