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

very good
667 Ratings
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 fields336
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz, vintage 2011 (Total wine had it for 2.99 a piece)

A: Orange to copper in color, 2 finger awesome looking head on it, with lots of bubbles. opaque, but looks like lots of bubbles

S: nice yeasty smell, with some bready malts and some floral/spicy/earthy/noble type hop aroma, barnyard, tart, green apple skin

T: pepper, clove, banana, spicy, lemon zest, cardamom, A wave of bready and sweet malts. little to no hop presence, not surprised for a year or so old. Nice depth of flavor.

M: Medium bodied, but nice dry finish. Hides the ABV well, its very drinkable

O: wow man, $2.99 a bottle was such a steal, I'm glad I picked up 3, but I should have bought out the store.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smuttynose "Big Beer Series" bottle - 2007 edition, purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $4.99...
After an aggressive pour, this beer displays a clean, clear, lucid appearance, very apple-juice like with a moderate-sized foamy head that soon dissipated, leaving a hefty amount of lacing...
Aroma was on-point for a Saison, carrying the typical earthy, citrus, lemon nuances...
Taste was good, but not great, a fair representation of the style, but not the best Saison that I've ever sampled... Flavor full of fresh florals, citrus, grapefruit, pears, and apples...
Nice, crispy, clear, clean mouthfeel...
Easy level of drinikability due to the lack of any interfering flavors and a nice thirst-quenching factor that did well to hide any alcohol apparent in the taste...
Good stuff from Smuttynose... Recommended...

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber with a modest banana-colored head that hangs in there for a bit; no lacing.

S - It's got that nice Belgian farmhouse spicy aroma.

T - Splendid! It's got that sour pineapple and white pepper and spice thing going which is always treat on these warm summer evenings.

M - Super light carbonation in support of deft creaminess.

D - Drinkable and food friendly; this is nice stuff.

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Photo of doctorpepperguy
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yancey82
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jettjon
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber scored “Bottle conditioned in 2010” into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). Hazy, cloudy yellow color with a thin pale head. Sweet malt up front with spicy, bready, and yeasty notes. Very faint hint of alcohol. On the tongue it’s sweet, spicy, peppery, with elements of cloves and a bit of booze toward the end. A bit of alcohol heat, and faint hint of dry, bitter hops at the end. Mouth is bubbly, crisp, sharp, and complementary. Overall: A decent saison, though a bit over the top for me, a bit too alcoholic but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Flying Bison tulip glass. Poured a bright golden orange color with a thin and fizzy white lacing scattered across the top of the beer. The head faded to some faint traces after a few minutes.

The aroma has an orange peel and coriander type of citrus flavor to it. Some peppery spice comes through as well. I imagine the Belgian yeast adds a lot of the fruit and spice flavors that are coming through. Pretty flavorful and interesting aroma to it.

The taste has a nice mix of citrus and spice flavors. Some orange peel citrus flavor comes through along with some peppery spice in the finish. The Belgian yeast adds to the fruity and spiciness of the flavor. Some herbal, earthy hops are present throughout the flavor as well. A little bit of bready wheat rounds out the flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is on the higher side. Drinkability is pretty good, it had a nice mix of flavors and was a pretty good beer to drink this afternoon.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium over-sized wine glass. The bottle is labeled "Bottle Conditioned in 2009". Huge fluffy, egg-white head over an opaque orange brew. So much head I thought it might be contaminated. Super sticky lacing that coats the glass.

A funky Belgian yeast aroma with bread-y malts and some sour and peppery notes. Really different. Almost intimidating, but after a sip or two I'm ready to enjoy only my second saison, the first being several Hennepin. That gives it a lot to live up to, but I have huge confidence in Smuttynose, one of my favorite brewers.

The taste is sweet, but not overly so, tart, spicy and a little dry. I can't say I've ever tasted a beer like this before. The second pour from the bomber overflowed the glass with foam so quickly I hardly had time to react. The Belgian yeast is evident in the taste as well; it's almost sour and definitely peppery, one of the most unique flavor profiles I've had. It's a sipper, one enjoyed over an hour perhaps. The ale is warming and hardly feels like a summer beer to me, as I thought saisons were. The 9% ABV is not noticeable in the taste, but I can feel it. If this was for the peasants what were the capitalists drinking? Upon the third pour I'm getting sour apple notes, crisp and refreshing. I've got to rate the taste a "4" for complexity alone.

The mouth feel is medium in body and well carbonated with small bubbles constantly rising from the bottom. It leaves your mouth dry, but not at a pucker. The drinkability is somewhat questionable due to the 9.3% ABV. One bomber is just about right for big drinkers, but others might want to split this with a friend. I'm in the first category.

A really unique experience that makes me want to try more in this style. I'm interested to see if the tart, sour nature is found in others. I would appreciate any advise about this style if you're feeling generous.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice golden color with a huge cascading head.

S - The aroma had hints of citrus, sweet malt and floral hops.

T - Citrus / light sour with a sweet malty backbone. Light spice undetone.

M - Quite the flavor swirl on this one. Definitely one that will be refreshing as the summer temperatures rise!

D - Haven't really had many beers in this style. This was a nice intro and I would consider trying others based on this brew. One bottle was plenty for the evening and I can envision enjoying one on the deck with friends this summer!

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Photo of kmo1030
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cystal clear orangey gold with a thin white head that doesn't hang around.
toasted malts, with clean orange, and traces of honest to goodness belgian barnyard funk make up the dominant portion of the aroma. other than that i find cracked pepper, strawberry, and alcohol. some soft red apple as it warms.
the taste is sweet, but has some welcomed citric tang, to counter it a little, earthy spicy pepper, clove, a *little* corriander? orange, apple, white grape the toasted malts come through some, bolstered by some surprisingly heavy booze on occasion. other times the booze disappears though. a little bitter at the end. let this warm substantially this is far better when approaching room temp. some of the other flavors overtake the sweetness at colder temps.
a medium body, with moderate carbonation, but lacks the medium bodied dry airyness of some great saisons
a little too sweet to hit the mark all that well, but certainly not a bad beer. i'll take my saison needs elsewhere, though.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - heavy and hazy orange yellow with a short spritzy head and a touch of lacing.
S - lemons and oranges with a bit of yeast funk. The sharp fruits clearly win the battle for the nose.
T - the citrus tones dominate in a big way but leave enough room for the yeast and malt to come through. That must be some fairly heavy sweetness in the background if it can cut through the tartness.
M - finely carbonated and medium bodied with a crisp feel.
D - not a quaffer but why chug?
I've had better saisons but this is passable and if anything a mild twist on the style.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very nice Saison style beer. Sturdy amber/gold appearance. A hint of spice, but not overpowering. Good citrus with a clear, slightly bitter finish. Satisfying and drinkable. Big but not heavy. Overall, a very good, solid beer. Not as complex as some Saison beers, but that's part of its appeal.

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Photo of Nordbier
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice earthy offering from Smuttynose leaning on a sweet side for this type of brew. Maybe a tad too hefty for the style.

Presentation: 22 oz capped brown bottle. Label with a classic painting of a family scene under a tree noting style. Side paragraph describes the series, style, main intent, and ingredients. Shows bottle conditioning date (2009). Served into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep gold pour with a rich frothy head, good retention and some lacing.

S - Sweet and spicy notes with an earthy and shy funk touch. Orange peel, clove...

T - Sweetness goes rubbing shoulders with an earthy bitterness. Spicy touches, pepper, clove, orange peel.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a generally smooth finish hindered by an occasional bitter swing.

D - It works well but lags a bit behind of what could be a higher drinkability with a better balance, in particular a smoother integration of the sweet profile.

Notes: Quite likable, and the price-quality ratio of these bombers in the area has been remarkable. But while enjoyable I´m not sure it is the saison I like the most to engage people around a table, it can be a bit rough, or heavy handed on occasion.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Abilow33
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good beer. It has a fruity flavor and is very easy going down. Part of the Smuttynose big beer seriesl. I was hoping to get their Baltic Porter, but this beer is very good. A good Summer beer that quenches the thirst. The one thing that got my attention was the strong and good smell of this beer.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours with very little head and beer is a slightly watery looking golden color.

Smell- Lots of fruit in the nose, very ripe bananas and oranges come to mind.

Taste- Well balanced, a little on the sweet side with lots of yeasty tastes. Slightly bitter and acidic on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- A little bit on the weak side, does cover palate well and leaves me wanting more.

Drinkability- A great beer to have with a meal, greatly compliments foods and somthing Ill be buying again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright sunset orange color, nice frothy off white head. Stale oranges, citrus and a funky farmhouse yeast aroma dominate the nose with some sour fruitiness.

S: Nice spicy hoppiness is present, some musky yeastiness.

T: The beer starts off pretty malty per style with a nice tartness of sour warm oranges and malt. A decent sour bitterness with some slight sour citrus hints in the finish. Really malty per style, with a nice musky farmhouse yeast bite, peppery spiciness and a sour alcohol tang.

M: Mouthful is full and malty,

D: This is a really big interpretation per style but still a very good thirst quenching, citrusy farmhouse enjoyable in the warm weather.

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Photo of Casey10
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer it has a distinct taste of a farmhouse saison and represents the style well.

It pours a nice cloudy golden color and taste fresh earthy with lots of spice. Pour into a tulip glass the bubbles continued to flow to the top.

The taste was interesting but well within the style refreshing exspecaially on a hot day.

I highly recommend to someone looking for this style it is done well and as alway smuttynose delivers.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden orange in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some apricot + peach + burnt orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a very large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of light fruits (apples, white grapes, and a hint of orange), yeast, and spices.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of pale malts with some light fruity sweetness - hints of apple, white grape, and orange. That is followed by a moderate amount of saison yeast, barnyard funk, and some spices. Just a hint of spicy/earthy hops that imparts a light amount of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Considering the strength, this beer is easy to drink and the alcohol is extremely well hidden. Nice saison spicy flavors and nice complexity.

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Photo of sitarist
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with orange tints...there is copious amounts of thick foamy head that last awhile before falling to a 1/4" cap that leaves sheets of lacing.

I smell red apples, grapes, lemon, ginger, biscuits, sweet with some spice. I would like a little more earthy, musty funk.

I taste sweet red apples and ripe fruits up front, with a spicy bite taking over.

I think a creamier body would have suited this beer better...too dry...with too much bite.

Enjoyable with great flavors... not one Id drink all night though.

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Photo of mshallah
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber color that's only slightly hazy. Fluffy, sudsy, foamy head of two fingers which recedes slowly. Belgian yeast spice of clove and white pepper in the nose. Mandarin orange citrus fruitiness. Taste is what it is. A mellow Belgian style pale ale that is easy to drink with sweet, mildly toasty malt and a sour tartness from the yeast. A mellow, well rounded saison. Fruity and delicious.

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Photo of Pittsburgh
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd like to open this review with a question. Who cares how a beer smells? Does it matter if it tastes good? Unless it literally smells like an bad that you can't get it to your lips.

Anyways, I had to choose between this and Arrogant Bastard, and after the first sip I was wishing I had the bastad. I am not doing a comparison here, but after the next few sips, I got into the beer, and I was good with my choice. I think that says alot about the beer. It is solid, it is my first Smuttynose, I don't drink alot of belgians, so keep that in mind.

Good pour, great head, light vanilla brown color, taste is smooth for the most part, a bit bitter at the end, has that creamy vanilla taste, with a bit of lemon, light and fluffy, good for a change up. This is usually the opposite of what I drink, but I liked it, It is tough for me to compare it with others like this, because it is not usually what I get, but it was a solid beer, I would get it again sometime if I was looking for something in this world.

The real eye opener for me is Smuttynose, I want to try more of their beers. It is a tough task....but I am up for the challenge.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved from Yamar18 in the Phish BIF. Poured from 22oz. bottle into an Urthel chalice. Beer was a clear, orange color with a small, off-white head. Light lacing and soft carbonation.

Aroma was heavy pepper, spice and clove with notes of apples and pears.

Taste was full of earthy and fruity notes. Heavy spice and pepper, along with yeast, bread and light fruit.

This is a very tasty brew. I'm pretty impressed with how good of an interpretation Smuttynose has done with this one. Very easy drinking. Thanks Kevin for the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spurs slightly hazy golden, with a slight reddish cast and a nice head, though poor lacing. The aroma is fruity and phenolic, with a bit of orange and some spice. The flavor is fruity and flowery, a bit sour, like a bitter orange or tangerine, with allspice and perhaps some coriander in there. There is an underlying sweetness that counterpoints the bitter orange. The mouthfeel is surprisingly rich. A perfectly drinkable beer.

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Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 667 ratings.
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