Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series)

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
15 IBU

2008 - 7.0%
2009 - 8.8%
2010 - 9.3%
2013 - 7.0%
2014 - 7.2% brewed with Pineapple Sage

Added by Bierman9 on 02-12-2006

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Photo of joe1510
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle

2008 Vintage

After searching through all my trading notes I can't seem to find who sent me this saison. Whoever it was, thank you very much! Smutty's Farmhouse Ale has a glimmering, polished copper body with surprisingly good clarity on the first pour. Tiny carbonation bubbles rush to the surface from all sides of the glass. The clean white head grows to two fingers easily and while doesn't have the greatest retention does leave amazing sheet lacing down the glass covering every inch.

The nose shows off a good deal of spice; coriander, white pepper, and spicy yeast. Orchard fruits play a big role as well with juicy pear and semi-tart green apple. Nice pale malt sweetness lays down the base while the yeast esters and spiciness take center stage with both lemon and orange bursting through at times. This is a damn fine smelling saison.

The spiciness I mentioned in the aroma is here in full glory, never huge but lasting throughout each drink. Green apple and pear wash over the tongue while a blast of orange hits off the bat but fades rather quickly. A slight mineral quality brings up the rear in a pleasant fashion. All the aspects of this saison come together to create a mouthwatering brew.

The bubbles are soft but the beer pushes through easily at a good clip. The finish isn't nearly as dry as I'd like but each drink is refreshing.

This saison is an easy one to put away. The sweetness is there and fairly light while the spiciness balances it nicely. A bomber disappears in a hurry.

I'd love to get a few more bottles of this. Especially at the price point. It's not a great, classic styled saison but it's a supremely enjoyable summertime sipper. Thanks again whoever sent this, stand up and take a bow!

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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was stunned when I poured this big bottle brew into a wine glass and bore witness to the holy vortex of carbonation that ensued. I've never seen anything like it--too pristene to sip at.

This was a very good release by Smuttynose--proves their versatility. Without being too extravagant, this brew contained a nice mellow Belgian malt with a warm, spicy finish.

One of the beautiful things about the Saison genre is that you don't know exactly what you're getting with each brewery's rendition.

Certainly worth a try...but not the same as a true Belgian.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a deep yellow, clear brew with a one finger, fast and fizzy head. Not much lacing to speak of.

Aroma was of spices, clove and cinnamon, along with cantaloupe. Medium malts formed a backbone.

Taste was of spicy cloves, with a light fruitiness. Medium malts backed it up, with a bit of hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel was crisp, but mellow at the same time.

Drinkability... went down easy, didn't seem like a 7.5% brew. Dangerous!

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am sampling this brew at room temp in a stemmed tulip glass. The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with bleached white fizzy head of 1 cm. Aroma is fruity with white grape and melon and some spice nutmeg and cinnamon. First sip reveals an average to lite body and fine gentle carbonation. The flavor starts sweet with some general fruitiness and general spice as well. The finish rolls to a surprisingly huerbal and spciy hop finish. DIdnt see the hops coming from anywhere. No hint of booze makes it an easy drinkin beer.

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Photo of MacDomer
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bomber several months ago in Boston and am now getting around to drinking it. Poured into a standard nonic glass.

A - This Smutty pours a fairly clear golden hay color. Pretty nice two finger fluffy head which fades off into off-white lace.

S - Nice easy, accessible nose with notes of oranges, orchard fruits, as well as earthy and yeasty notes. There are also some toasted notes and some backgroud spiciness as well.

T - A nice crisp flavor. I'm getting some more orchard fruits, clove and other spiciness, yeastiness as well. Some nice malts and in the background some funkiness, but not much.

M - Medium body. A bit sweet, but still very refreshing. Appropriate level of carbonation.

D- Pairs well with food. Tastes great by itself. This is a darn good saison. I'll look for more when I'm in Boston next summer and fall.

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Photo of SwillBilly
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber.

Appearance: Pours a honey, gold like color with very minimal head and slight wisps of lacing.

Smell: Fruity and sweet aromas dominate the nose with hints of apricots, apples and bread. Very fragrant.

Taste: Begins with a yeasty, malty sweetness reminicent of golden fruits, the middle stays along the same lines, with a fruity sweetness. The finish is crisp, with golden apples and apricots dominating, very slight hints of hop bitterness lingers on the tongue long after the finish.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat crisp and dry with a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale is a decent but not great Saison when compared to the likes of Hennepin and Saison Dupont. A little to sweet for me but some may like it. Crisp, dry and very fruity. Alcohol is well hidden and goes down pretty easily. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip. 2010 vintage

A - This beer pours with very little to no head. A nice rich deep orange with lighter yellow edging. No lacing.

S - Funky Belgian yeast, some farm funk. Pepper, lemons, oranges.

T - Lots of nice fruits, lemons, oranges, tangerines, banana, some clove. A nice funkiness from the yeast is present. Some grass and grain.

M - Crisp, refreshing. ABV hidden well

O - I really enjoyed this saison. It was very easy to drink and is a great spring/summer beer. Would love to have this again.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange-copper, with a 1 finger fluffy off-white head.

Aroma is peppery clove, citrus and apricot, with an earthy, barnyard quality and a hint of herbal hops.

Taste is complex - sour apple, sweet grainy malt and tropical fruit, with a light wet hay and barnyard funk on the finish. It's that signature farmhouse complexity, blended so well together that it's hard to pull any one flavor out.

Medium body with a light but crisp carbonation. Really nice beer.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright orange, high clarity. Short, wispy foam that dissipates quickly to a ring.

S: Earthy, apple spice, and floral notes. Alcohol not very discernable.

T: Flavor has a light dryness, more mild spiciness, with cinnamon and fruit notes of apple and pear. Hardly any bitterness toward the finish.

M: Medium thick on the palate, nice solid carbonation creates an enjoyable smoothness.

D: This is a well-rounded Saison, nothing unexpected here. It has a good flavor and not too much alcohol, making it's drinkablility high. Worth trying... thanks to ghostwalker for the bottle...

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smuttynose farmhouse?... Big Beer Series?

A- Nice fluffy head with slightly rough pour that leaves beautiful thick foamy lacing that grabs the rims of the glass like it owns it. Orange hazy fluid with unfiltered effects showing its true colors.

S- Smells like a combo of nasties and harsh alcohol esters. Nice and full bodied scents of wheat and massive spice.

T-M- Taste is very alcohol tainted with mild notes of wheat and yeasty bite. Excellent farmhouse style. Mouthfeel is a little alcoholic with thick bite of wheaty tongue biting yeast.

D- Very drinkable if you find it but otherwise drink and consume on contact.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't know, it was pretty good but not great. A nice golden color with white head. Smelled of sweet belgian candi and herb. Tasted similar, predominently of light candi sugar used, a bit much I'd say, with some funkiness (not enough) and a bit of grassy hops. Overall, this was very tasty, but it was a little heavier and unbalanced.

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Photo of blackie
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a finger width off-white head that recedes to a thin layer and ring, the beer is a gorgeous, bright golden straw color

s: lightly sweet and grainy pale malts accompany a dry citrus peel hop aroma, grassy hay notes, perhaps a touch of pear or white grape, spicy melon rind, apricot, quite nice

m: carbonation a low medium and very delicate, body on the light side of medium, I appreciate the smoothness here but it needs more life from the carbonation

t: much similar to the aroma, grainy pale malts give a moderate sweetness on the palate with notes of melon rind and white grape, grassy hop flavors, the sweetness cleans up pretty well with a light bitterness in the finish and lingering grain

d: a breeze

overall: would score higher were it not for the sweetness, though I do like it at times...certainly recommended

bomber from Whole Foods Reston...passed it up many times and just couldn't leave it alone any longer

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly dissipated leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of fruits, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a bit of sweetness in the initial taste; the finish has a light amount of bitterness and spicy flavors. The fruity flavors stand out slightly more in the taste compared to the smell.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is remarkably easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Note: 2010 vintage

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Photo of flexabull
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of TheManiacalOne, thanks again!

Pours a hazy gold color with a huge white head.

Aromas are quite nice, white wine, cider vinegar funk, lime, and spice.

Taste starts out dry and a little sour. Flavors then settle into some lime, pepper and spice. Finish is tart, with some lemon zest and mineral bitterness.

Mouthfeel works well, full, smooth, with a nice crispness.

Drinkability is good. This is a nice Saison, it is subtle, yet tasty. I kind of wish it had a little more pop to it, and complexity. But with that said, this is still a solid take on the style.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice amber color, little to no cloudiness and a medium head that is tight and off white. No real lacing noticeable in the glass.

The smell is more like a hefeweizen than a Saison, with banana and clove notes, but it is appetizing.

The taste is nice as well, but it doesn't have the depth of flavor I like in a Saison. The taste starts out a little thin and with a slight sourness as well as some dry hoppiness. The hops linger and become more spicy and there is a fruitiness as well (some stone fruit flavor I can't identify) and finally some earthiness at the end.

The mouthfeel starts creamy but becomes a little less so as I progress through the bottle. Very pleasant at first, maybe a little soapy later

A drinkable beer, but maybe not as haunting in flavor as some Saisons- that always makes me want to keep quaffing them. This one is interesting enough though, and despite the moderately high alcohol it goes down easy.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

2014 Edition: Poured a seethru orange/golden body (maybe tinted red but I can't tell) with a yeasty, Belgian spiced type aroma with bits of citric orange twang and touches of tropical fruit sweetness.
Beer is dry and crisp, and while I didn't get in the nose there are some sour/acidic tart taste notes in this beer mixed with pineapple and other tropical fruits.
The sour notes and sweet fruits balance for complex flavor profiles (at times it felt like sweet pineapple and other times like sour cherry and apple) and beer is smooth with a citric yeast profile that is mild but noticeable.
Maybe not typical saison as the sour/funk profile is not as high as others, and more sweeter that most saisons, but this is a sturdy beer to relax with.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. This beer pours a solid golden color with a 2 finter chunky head that sits incredibly strong atop the brew. The clarity is superb and there is a very steady stream of bubbles working up through the beer. This is a damn nice looker. Taking a sniff, I am hit immediately with lemony and orangey citrusy notes, with a solid honey-kissed pilsener malt base to it. There is just a hint of mustyness breaking into hte background. I like it. The first sip delivers much what I found in the nose. The first to come is a mild sweetness that is a little honey and a little candied sugar. Next comes a light grainyness, with the citrusyness and spiceyness following. It finishes with a blast of mustyness. I dig it. The mouthfeel is moderate with a mild carbonation. Seems it all has worked out in the bubble I se.e. I am a fan of this beer. All the flavors seem in harmony to me, and it drinks a lot smaller than the ABV. Good show.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I actually have had this bottle since EBF, courtesy of Renee at Smutty, but am only now getting around to try it. Needed the weather to get warmer, ahh reckon...

Pours from a 22oz bottle a clear, pale golden hue. Intermittent bubbles rise within towards the thin, fine white head. This topping is creamy looking, and lasts quite well, albeit at a miniscule layer. Lacing is average, at best. Has some fine particulate suspended within, and there's actually plenty more sitting in the bottom of the bottle with the remaining 5 or so ounces of Farmhouse. Aroma has a light fruitiness to it, along with a musty, yeasty quality. First thing that came to mind was the "-ation" series of biers from Russian River, with their funky, wild qualities. Tripel-like is also an apt aroma description. Body is mid-range, and the Farmhouse passes rather inconspicuously over the palate. A small bit of prickly, bubbliness attacks the tongue, though it doesn't detract much, if at all.

Farmhouse flavor also has a light fruity character, akin to tropical fruit and a little green apple. Also entering into the mix are some earthy, yeasty notes, candi-ish flavors and a slight suggestion of spiciness. Aftertaste is again fruity, with floral hops also playing a role. Somewhat dry in the finish, Smutty Farmhouse could be a nice thirst-quencher in summery climes. And this is 7.5% abv? Never would have guessed it; quite well-hidden.

While Saison is not a style I actively seek out, this version is quite well-made and tasty, though I have come to expect consistently high-quality offerings from the Smutty gang.


overall: 3.95
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with Yamar18. Thanks Kevin!

It pours a slightly hazy orange gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Lots of lacing here and head retention looks to be very good.

The smell has notes of yeast, spice, earthy malt, and slight fruit.

The taste is quite spicy. It has some strongish pepper and light clove along with a fruity sweetness and some light funk and earthy malt. Nice. I get some warming from the alcohol but that doesn't hurt the drinkability too much.

Good medium mouthfeel with lightish carbonation, it finishes slightly bitter, slightly tart. A nice example of the style indeed!

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Photo of benloho
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of aerozeppl
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Bottling 22 oz bomber

A: Clear golden color with a little bit of white head. Some lacing but minimal head retention.

S: Wonderful nose. Nice and spicy yeast. A little bit bready. Slight almost lager smell at the end. Little sweet.

T: Nice saison. Very sweet but balanced enough by the yeast. This is on the sweeter side of the style but works on a hot night.

M: Med body that really coats the tongue.

D: Very nice saison. Their big beer series I have really enjoyed except for the Baltic Porter but than was more personal taste than anything else. Keep crankin em out!

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Photo of Kinsman
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a hazy bright orange color that is capped by a pure white head, albeit a bit thin for my liking.

Aroma greets you with a big fruity character suggesting citrus fruits and apples or pears. Toasted malts standout as the backbone of this beer. Minimal spice character picked up in the aroma.

Fruity and malty initially on the palate but as it warms the yeast character starts to come out. Not as much funk as some saisons carry but a strong spice note showing hints of clove. Earthy and a bit herbal in the finish.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp with a medium body feel. Overall, Smutty brings you a fine example of a Saison with a price thats hard to beat.

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Photo of grover37
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Atlanta for cheap ($4 or 5 iirc). Poured into an over-sized Sloeber tulip. Notched 2010 on the bottle.

Appearance (2): Hazy dark orange. Not a lot of head unless aggressively poured. Not much head retention outside a very thin layer and a medium sized ring. Not a lot of lacing either. Not impressive except for bright orange color.

Smell (4): Yeasty, earthy, and citrus. A typical, slightly musky, farmhouse yeast scent is accompanied by strong, bright fruits like lemon, tangerine, and grapefruit.

Taste (4.5): Wheat and earthy flavors up front with some orange. Much more earthy through the middle and finish. More complex fruit flavors like lemon and maybe sweet white grape in the dry finish.

Mouthfeel (3.5): A touch watery and slick, especially for 9+%. Not as effervescent as the typical saison, but also a much higher gravity. Medium carbonation and medium bodied.

Overall (3.5): A lot of tasty fruit flavors and typical saison yeast notes make for a drinkable saison., even at a high ABV.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: Slightly hazy orange-gold body with just a whiff of fine bubbles on top - can't even call this a head. Disappointing.

S: Sweet fruity esters are predominant, with tons of pear and citrus, maybe some pomegranate. Enticing.

T: More intense and straightforwardly yeasty than the nose, but with all the same fruity sweetness up front. This sweetness gives way to some bready malt, floral hops, and dry, fruity alcohol on the finish. Very complex and completely enjoyable.

M: Light to medium body; carbonation starts out sharp and mellows through the course of a sip.

D: A little on the sweet side for me, but still a pleasure to drink.

Notes: Another solid offering from Smutty, this delivers an enjoyable array of estery goodness. Quite different from other Saisons I've had (DuPont, Foret, Hennepin, NG Imperial Saison) in that it's far sweeter, but in its own way this is every bit as good as those (although I'd rather have a Hennepin on tap, and the NG beer was just awesome).


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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into an imperial pint glass
A - Pours pale yellow orange with a two finger head that falls to a chunky low coating.
S - Spice, herbs some fruitiness and yeast. There is some funkiness there and I like it!
T - Yeasty and complex. Spicy and a touch malty sweet.
MF - delicately carbonated yet fully carbonated. It feels rich though the body is medium at best.
D - This is a very drinkable farmhouse. The sweetness might prevent me from drinking more than a couple of glasses but they would definitely be enjoyed!

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Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 668 ratings
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