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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

88 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Jason_Quad
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Jason_Quad, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

jaasen64, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of DonFrap
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

DonFrap, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Bendurgin
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Bendurgin, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of andrewinski1
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

andrewinski1, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of vonnegut21
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

vonnegut21, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of seplo
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

seplo, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Sourgirl714
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Sourgirl714, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Chugs13, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

ThePorterSorter, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Duhast500
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Duhast500, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of bentonquest
4/5  rDev +1.8%

bentonquest, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
3.7/5  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!

fmccormi, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of TotallyHosed
4/5  rDev +1.8%

TotallyHosed, May 23, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

standardcherry, May 22, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Rochefort10nh, May 18, 2012
Photo of jrfehon33
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

jrfehon33, May 17, 2012
Photo of ajcormier
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

ajcormier, May 14, 2012
Photo of Gosox8787
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Gosox8787, May 01, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of jcarbaugh
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

jcarbaugh, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev +1.8%

phingdong, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of bonkers
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

bonkers, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +1.8%

kaelingirl, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of u2carew
3.38/5  rDev -14%
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.

u2carew, Apr 05, 2012
Smuttynose Short Batch #2 - Brett & I from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.