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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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
399
Ratings:
664
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
13.4%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
44
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 399 | Ratings: 664
Photo of admiralcrunch
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Bottle poured into Hennepin chalice.

A) The head is somewhat thin and dissipates after sipping. Body looks like apple juice, and very clear.

S) Smells pretty Belgian-y. Since the bottle is almost a year old there isn't much hop aroma left; yeast and alcohol are pronounced.

T) The flavors very closely match the aromas. In fact I'd say that it tastes exactly how it smells, which now that I think about it is pretty curious.

M) Very good balance between light and thick. If this were fresh I can picture more of a bite from the carbonation.

D) I don't foresee any issues finishing the bomber. Yummy.

Will stock up when the 2009 release happens.

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Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow, slight haze, weak head. Smells of bananas, lemon peel, slightly peppery. Tastes like a screw-driver, but better of course. There is a whole lot of sour citrus in there, lemon and orange mostly, and the booze is pretty obvious. There is some clove-like vanilla vibe on the back palate when you look for it, but orangey, lemony, screwdriver is really what comes to mind.

I am typically turned off by Saisons, but this guy seems to be more concise than a lot of the variety. The wild yeasts don't run ramped and muddle up the flavors. This does not mean a lack of complexity, just an accomplishment in discretion with a very hard-to-handle style.

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Photo of Onceeven
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After allowing the brew to reach proper temperature, poured into a Duvel tulip. Poured rather forcefully to achieve a moderate sized head. Well formed lacing clung to the sides of the glass, making a nice overall presentation to this bright gold beer.
Smell was not as pronounced as I had expected. An assertive yeast aroma makes itself known with a bright fruity kick and clove. Restrained yet complex.
Mouthfeel is a bit prickly, slightly heavy, but not coating. Clove aroma mixed with a warming alcohol flavor are the first to kick in. A dried apricot flavor lingers in the background. Pleasant, drinkable, but not at the top of it's class.

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Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a frothy head that sticks well and leaves swathes of lace

Smell: Some modest horseblanket, but the aroma is dominated by a sweet herbal aspect; lots of clove, orange peel and overripe pineapple

Taste: This is way to sweet at the outset, and the cloying tones offset a lot of the otherwise great flavor profile in the beer; it is peppery, with loads of clove and pineapple phenols that develop, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with moderate but prickly carbonation

Drinkability: What this beer could be if it were not so sweet would put Smuttynose right up there with some of the better American Belgian style brewers; I love a lot of the Smuttynose beers but this is one that is tough to drink

Thanks, ohmesohoppy, for the opportunity

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Photo of SABERG
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle dated 2013 into the modified tulip glass.
A - Wonderfully clear, a nice honey color, the carbonation is active and supports an omnipresent cap.
S - Chamomile, orange marmalade, and orchard fruit.
T - Starts sweet honey drop, then quickly changes toward the tropics, dried pineapple, papaya and a nice
dry graininess, probably wheat?
M - Medium in body, a strong coating of the palate, lingers for quite some time.
O - A very round, rich farmhouse ale, French Ale yeast I am guessing, nicely constructed and well executed.
Cheers

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Photo of cjgator3
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a golden orange color with a HUGE off-white head that reminds me of a freshly poured Duvel. Definitely an impressive pour.

S- The aroma is pale malt with a lot of peppery spices, citrus and yeast.

T- The taste starts out with some pale malt, and also contains pears, spices, earthy hops, yeast and some warmth from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere in the middle of light and medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I enjoyed this brew. The alcohol stands out a little bit but I like the complexity of the different flavors. Definitely worth a try. Recommended!

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Photo of Keith238
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Honey colored with 0 head after 2 minutes or so and very little lacing. Strong floral aroma and strong flavor of clove and honey. Mouthfeel is clean, very effervescent and little aftertaste. Aesthetically, it would have been more pleasing if there were a decent head or lacing. The clarity is a clean as the taste. Not MY favorite saison but worth trying. Overall an enjoyable beer. Be sure to pick up a bottle.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold colour with enough haze to blur the light shining through. Head is nice and fluffy; sinks slowly but surely and leaves a thin crown of big bubbles. Steady bead, pleasant lace. Looks great.

Smell is very rubbery at first. An unpleasantly bitter phenol comes through which, with training, evolves into a lighter, enjoyable citrus aroma, with tangerine, orange peel and some frangipani as well. Too subtle to wow me, but it's pleasant enough.

Taste is a fairly odd one. Starts a little 'off' with some rank funk giving an almost spoiled-milk flavour, but it's too short-lived to be truly bad. Refreshing early on the palate with subtle citric notes that then turn into more funk, with rubber, marzipan and a savoury, gristly note as well. Touch of barnyard and a slight hint of floral camomile on the back helps lift it late. Can't help but feel like the flavours here would be nicer and blend together nicer if this weren't such a big beer. Not all beers need to be so big and complex, and as a result of it being so, this beer is just a bit overblown.

Bit sharp on the front, smooths out on the middle then very dry on the back. Not bad; suitable for the style.

Yeah, this beer is slightly dour in parts and as such it's just less refreshing than I would like from a saison. Otherwise a decent construction.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: lemon, with orange, a little floral, and a touch of spiciness in the background;

T: light coriander up front; joined quickly by tart lemon; tartness build to mid-palate, then fades toward the end; light bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; highly carbonated - tingly; lightly dry finish;

O: enjoyable, but lacking in terms of the style;

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Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Light chill haze in the golden color. Modest head that reduces to a thin layer of bubbles. Good lace, though.

Earthy but less so than some Saisons. Notable yeast bite, although the appearance wouldn't indicate it.

Strong level of fruitiness--apricot, nectarine and pineapple. Oily from the alcohol level. The hop, while present, isn't enough to give balance. Rich liquid with moderate level of carbonation.

There are some elements of a barley wine in the character, but the flavor is definitely Saison.

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Photo of ryanobeirne
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow color with lots of foam. Lacing is a little "meh."

S - Smells very yeasty, with a tidbit of sourness. Some floral notes in the hops.

T - Tastes like it smells. The yeastyness sits front and center, like a good farmhouse ale should.

M - Very carbonated and tingly. This sensation subsides after a few minutes.

D - Definitely not a "gulper" but still fairly drinkable, on par with a farmhouse ale.

I think I have found that I like the farmhouse ales, although not enough to have one every day. This is still a great example of the style and good for a change once in a while.

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Photo of n2185
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin layer with no lacing.

S: Light spice notes at first followed by lots of bubblegum, candy sugar, and banana aromas. Sweet bready aromas bring up the finish.

T: Belgian spices up front followed by some bubblegum flavors. Light fruit notes of pears and white grapes are present. Slightly sweet yeasty flavors bring up the finish.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is fairly light and clean, though could use a bit more carbonation.

O: A pretty decent American style saison. It could use a bit more depth and carbonation, but still a drinkable, refreshing saison.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was better on tap. Still a pretty good brew in the bottle but some of the things I sensed from the tap version could go wrong did go wrong whenst bottled. A bit too heavy, syrupy and sugary, especially by comparison. There are some red ale like textures that I just don't dig; an abrasiveness that doesn't resonate with my tastes.
Lots of fruity richness to be enjoyed but you have to be in the mood for dessert.

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Photo of abrand
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 bomber poured into pint glass

Pours a bright yellow almost gold color. Hazy with some sediment. Nice 2 finger head that leaves lining on the glass. Smells are full of fruit, soap, and some bready yeast. Pretty good smelling beer. Smells quite refreshing. Taste is maybe slightly past prime. Still plenty of fruits and doughs. A hint of hops finish off the palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp. Overall this is pretty good. Should have consumed fresher but held up decently well.

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Photo of Vixie
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a decent white head that lingers. Seems to be a fair amount of bubbles.

Smell starts out with a lot of malt and yeast. There's also citrus, pepper, and a bit of fresh grass and hay, a nice outdoor smell.

Very fruity up front. Once you get past that, there's some pepper spice as well as some grassy notes. Finishes dry with a touch of citrus.

Ok feel, there is a lot of carbonation so quite a bit of tongue tingle.

A decent beer, but not a truly outstanding one. I felt the citrus up front was a bit overwhelming and could be toned down a bit. It is nicely drinkable and goes down easy, but lacking compared to the best of the style I have tried.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

With keen detail to the world of Belgium, the brewers of Smuttynose brings the high spice, subtle fruit flavors and high effervescence to their Portsmouth, NH endeavors.

Its resulting "farmhouse" flavor" stems from its bubbly champagne and hazy wheaten body to drift about the early palate with soft powdered sugar sweetness, and equal parts lemon, apple and orange with white pepper, cumin and coriander balances.

And those fruity-spicy balances gain traction upon the middle as the sweetness fades, the acidity increases and its bubbly character goes from creamy to zesty. As much of its ale character is traded for reisling wine, a tarter, sharper and more acidic tone transpires- reminding the tastebuds of white grape, cider and exotic tea.

And while those wine tendencies take hold, a return of creamy wheat echoes in finish along with the grassy and stemmy bitterness from hops to reaffirm the elixir's beery roots. Yet as damp hay, straw and grass layer upon any trailing taste, a moderate warmth sets in once the sweet and fruity disguise lifts..

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Photo of rlee1390
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy golden yellow with a one finger head

S-Some spices and lemon

T-Spices are there but they should be more present. Some lemon and wheat round it out.

M-Light to medium bodied with some carbonation.

O-Not a great Saison. Although it has the spice, lemon and wheat flavors they do not blend together perfectly or have strong presence.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Steve's -University Ave

happy new years and such

appearance: pours a bright apricot-orange tone into my bells tulip...frothy beige head and bubbly lace

smell: fairly muted aroma on this one, sweet pear and other fruit, fair amount of yeast, clove and other spice

taste: lots of citrus sweetness, pear, white grape...heavy clove and white pepper components. tame yeast and a heavy sweetness dominate this decent saison

mouthfeel: syrupy and sweet

drinkability: ok

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of gsisk, I think. Pours a very hazed orange color with a small, off-white head. Not so much on retention and lacing is quite good.

Honey, ripe melon yeastiness and faint grassy hop aroma. Smells good, but a bit on the sweet side.

Yea, its a bit sweet and the yeast isnt as prominent as I would like to see. It is not as dry, crisp and refreshing like I like my saisons. It kinda tastes like a melon-ball salad with honey and sugar drizzled on top. It does have a nice little hop bite on the end. Not bad, about on par with most of decent American-made saisons. Fun to try, and I wouldnt mind having it again sometime.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/17/08. Bottle. Pours a deep orange with a small, fading white head. Aroma of melon rind, Flavor is light and fruity (melon, apple, pear) with lots of spices (pepper, clove). Not very exciting although certainly drinkable. I would have liked a little funk, seeing as this is supposed to be a saison.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 purchased at Kenny Road Market in Columbus, Ohio for $2 in 2015 and enjoyed September 9, 2015 in a MadTree tulip/snifter.

Look - Thick bubbled white head was there but gone before the picture. None left. No lacing. Very clear cider like body.

Smell - Sour. Apple. Pineapple. Strawberry.

Taste - Cider like apple/sour. Yeast. Malt. Cinnamon.

Feel - Carbonation surprises me with look. Heavy.

Overall - This is a two year old farmhouse. I didn't have high expectations. Mainly a cider compared to saison.

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Photo of Thur123
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok so, this brew pours a golden color with three fingers of think white head and little carbonation. The smell is notably creamy, with the spices taking a backseat while still making their presence known. A slight funk pervades the smell and I don't detect any boozy kind of smell.

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Ok up front is smooth, sweet and creamy before rushing into the spice flavor, a slight bitter underlies the whole profile and the end and aftertaste contain more of the funk then before. I have to commend this brew for hiding the booze flavor while still retaining some of the heat. Overall this isn't bad but it seems to be lacking in complexity and also any kind sour apple taste I usually expect with this style.

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Photo of taez555
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a crystal clear orange/amber body with a small, almost non existant off-white head.

Nose was dominated by a nice ripe fruit smell, golden raisins, bananas, passion fruit, fresh cut grain, some wood, a mild leafy hop, a touch of Belgian funk, yeast and little garbage.

Taste is medium/full bodied with an immediate german/belgian hop snap to the senses followed a fruity wheat/golden/farmhouse taste. Surprisingly bitter right off the bat with, again, a lot of up front earthy leafy hops that attack you at first, but then subside and just linger into the finish. Crisp caramel and a strong biscuit grain taste. Yeast, banana, ripe golden fruits, some mild bubble gum and a mild touch of chalkiness. Ends with a lingering ripe fruit and earthy hop bitterness.

Definitely one of the better American Belgian attempts. Seems a little over hoppy for me, or maybe it just needs some age, but I'd prefer a bit more of the funk kick, but still another great solid beer from Smuttynose.

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Photo of cbl2
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No best by date. 22 oz. bottle.

Appearance:

Pours a hazy brownish orange with an inch of foamy head on top that is slow to settle.

Aroma:

Fresh citrus notes, with hints of coriander spice, and an odd mustyness.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Has that odd "natural" flavor to it that all saisons do: tart and funky due to uncontrolled fermentation with fresh herbaceousness (anise, rosemary, tarragon). Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly viscouse. Finish is citric tart and drying.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale yellow with loads of assertive CO2 fueling an enormous head with even a deliberately gentle pour. So far, on par with its European counterpart.
Smell, too, is a bit impressive, with big sourness and wet basement aromas right up front.
Taste is a little disappointing after being spot on with appearance and smell. To be honest, it's a bit of a challenge to taste much of anything in this one. There are certainly some sour notes and a bit of barn animal funk, but rather muted and not even close to being as assertive as the appearance and smell would have suggested.
Still a tasty beer and a terrific attempt at the style.
I will say this, however. This drinks way, way below its 9,3%. I was stunned after 2 or 3 sips to look up and see the abv.
Overall, a good beer and glad I tried it.

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