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

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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is there a bad saison? Smuttynose produces a competent saison that simulates, with bolder taste, your conventional farmhouse saison, funky horseblanket et al.I aged this and so the yeast is diminished and smooth orange and corriander flavour is in every sip over a complex lunch. Creamy easy mouthful.

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Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The ale is a bright orange amber color, clear with no sign of any haze. A pour invigorates a 1.5 finger head that does not retain well but does leave small spots of lace.

S: The saison has a dirty, barnyard-like aroma. Some peppery coriander pops up also, as does a bit of brettanomyces sourness.

T: The ale has a strong coriander flavor that pops out up front. It is followed by a some cardamom and berry sweetness. The brett that I smelled in the nose does not appear here. There is a bit of funky flavor but not to the point of sour.

M: The spices and fruitiness are pleasant, providing a sweet kick that sticks around long in the mouth.

D: The ale, like most saisons, is eminently drinkable. The spices and barnyard flavors kick in at the right time and never approach the level of sourness that I am not a fan of.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a trade with Husslerc

Looks very nice. Dark apricot color with a thick frothy white head. Sticky looking head leaves chunks of thick lace on my Duvel tulip.

Smell is lemony/citrus and grassy notes. Other fruits hit too... Maybe pear, apple?, apricot? Some spicy yeast notes as well. Smells clean and fresh.

This follows nose. Sweet notes up front blend into some acidic fruity notes and leads into spicy yeast and a slight alcohol bite. Ends with a little hoppy bitterness.

Pretty highly carbonated. It works well for this slightly less than medium bodied brew!

This isn't one I would really drink very often. I do like several other saisons/farmhouse ales, but this one just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of OutFox
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 release, 22oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

A - Clear amber orangeish sort of color. Decent white head with ok lacing and retention. Its def. a filtered sort of farmhouse which I find odd.

S - Has that barnyard sort of smell. You can pick out the wheat and then move on to the sort of tart fruityness.

T - barnyardy with wheat overtones followed by this tart fruit thing. Almost the same as the nose.

M - This is the only place I had a problem with this beer. Its missing that bottle contioned/unfiltered aspect. It really needs that sort of Belgian farmhouse body. Its too light.

O - Good farmhouse. I liked it just thought it needed a little more body. Good beer from Smuttynose though, second Big Beer series Ive had and they have both been good.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer couldn't look more perfect in the glass a nice hazy golden color with an enormous fluffy head and tons of lace. The aroma is floral with some lemon zest and peppery notes. The flavor is florally bitter with some rye bread boldness and a nice noble herbal hop note. The beer is dry and the palate is sharp and particularly bubbly. Tasty tasty stuff.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, bottle-conditioned in 2009. Pours a hazy golden color, maybe an range tint to it. White fluffy head holds together well for a few minutes, then fades to a nice ring, leaving a nice patchwork of lace.

Fruity in the nose, especially ripe apples. Maybe a hint of banana. Some earthy, slightly peppery and yeasty notes seem to close things out.

A big malt character seems to stick out up front, with a good amount of sweetness. Lots of ripe fruit. A faint pepper note. Earthy and slightly yeasty. Only a hint of tartness, and not much funk to it.

Mouth seems a bit full for the style, and the carbonation is on the lighter side. Alcohol seems hidden pretty well. A nice beer, but quite my preference for the style.

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Photo of grub
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, purchased on a recent trip to buffalo. sampled june 11/09.

pours crystal clear deep orangey amber with a small dense white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. big perfumey floral nose. lots of spice too - clove, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg. light alcohol. crackers and white bread. touch of funk. orange peel.

taste is nice. orange peel. touch of caramel sweetness. floral and perfumey hops. spice seems a little more restrained than in the aroma, but still fairly strong. clove, corriander, cardamom. bit of cinnamon. light alcohol. cracker and white bread. touch of biscuit. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is nice. medium carbonation. body feels a bit full for the style at over medium weight.

drinkability is pretty good. fairly well balance. a bit of an "americanized" version of the style, and a bit too perfumey for my taste. fairly nice overall, just not quite the point on the spectrum where i like my sasons.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, cloudy golden color with a thick and foamy head. Medium-high carbonation. Golden color is radiant, almost glowing. Head evaporates but has some minor lace.

Smell is a wheaty, sweet Belgian-style smell. Strong and pungent. Smells like a Belgian white. Great smell.

Extremely pungent, but inviting. Has that Belgian-y quality without the alc-kick. Some fruity orange/coriander; a bit spicy.

Has the feel of an ale but a slight bubbly champagne kick. Surprisingly smooth, yet thick.

Remarkably easy to drink, considering its heavy flavor. Thick but smooth. Maybe can't have too many in a row, but 22oz is juuust fine.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a dark and hazy golden color. The head is off-white and moderate in size. The smell is citrousy and grassy. The taste mirrors the smell with a lemony grass tang. The mouthfeel is smooth. A pleasant beer but not one I would want to drink many of in any single session.

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Photo of babaracas
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014. 7.2% abv. Brewed with Sage. Pours a clear gold with one finger thick fizzy white head, a few dots of lace on the glass. Thin ring sticks to the end. Smell: pils, mildly herbal and spicy, dried apricot and dried pineapple notes. Taste: spicy, biscuit, sugary dried apricot and tropical fruit; strong herbal flavor cuts through the sweetness which is otherwise more in BSPA territory. Really, the whole beer is, but it's nice nonetheless. 3.5/3.75/3.75/4/3.75

2010. 9.3% abv. Pours a mostly clear golden color with one finger white head, spotty lacing. Smell: pale malt base, a little musty, spicy and a little grassy. Taste: quite spicy with a dose of orange citrus, pretty standard otherwise, but nice enough. Mouthfeel: carbonation maybe a little more than most, but not to the detriment of the beer. Alcohol makes only positive contributions here, very drinkable for a saison of this abv. Not amazing but pretty enjoyable. Early July 2010 release. 3.5/3.5/4/4/4

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Photo of Kraken
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into massive pint glass of unknowen size. Color is a cloudy golden orange Amber with 2 fingers of head. Head dissapates rapidly to a thin skim fairly nice lacing.

Nose-Citrus, Belgian yeast, floral esters, melon, and pheonals.

Taste- Fruit in the forefront, orange, faintest lemon zest and dried apricots. Sweet, grassy,earthy undertones followed by some peppery spice.

Mouth feel- Pretty good nice long dry finish. This is a must IMO. It is slightly sticky/cloying.

Drinkability is good

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Photo of jvdineen
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good try from Smuttynose. It pours a yellow-orange hue with a little head. The hops give a not-overwhelmingly spicy taste that lasts the entire bomber. Quite light and refreshing. The moderately high alcohol content is well hidden and balanced.
Bottle conditioned in 2006. Label contains a 18th-19th century scene of a "gentleman farmer" and his family as he quaffs some drink.
Bought at Charles St. Liquors on reccomendation of employee.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Copper hue. Glowing brilliant clarity despite yeast sediment. Thin off white head. Tiny carbonation bubbles.

S: Nice floral and fruity aroma. Subtle alcohol aroma. some clove phenols. Floral hop aroma. Candy sugar and honey aromas. Pear scented ester aromas.

T: Tastes of candy sugar and honey. Almost overly sweet. Pear flavored esters peek through. Some spicy tastes. A bitter finish.

MF: Quite effervescent. Slightly dry finish. Medium body.

D: As usual a good offering form the Big Beer Series. Good beer for sessioning -despite the overly sweet candy sugar taste.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy light amber. Snow-white head, settles nice and thick. Good spotty lacings.

Big fruity nose and kind of ominous phenols.

Hot right from the start. Spicy through the middle, pepper and coriander, as you would expect. Yeast takes over really quickly and it's all strong fruit and strong herbal flavors. Nice complex finish.

If this said strong Belgian ale on the front I'd be more of a fan. However saisons are my favourite style, and this is just too hot. Certainly worth a try though.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz Smutty Big Beer series bomber into a pint glass. Pours cloudy orange, with 2 hands thick creamy white foam that is everlasting. Mounds of lacing down the side. Patience is a virtue after the pour.

Fruity citrus smell - reminds me of orange slices and peels from kids soccer sidelines. Spices buried in the back.

Loads of Belgain-esque malty goodness, big fruity mouthfeel with a very mild hop in the background. Hints of raisins/licorice. Good carbonation, very full and tasty in the mouthfeel.

I've found the Big Beer series to be hit or miss, but this one is a hit. Easy to double up here, if not for the 7.5% ABV.

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Photo of obywan59
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 into my St. Bernadus glass.

A beautiful golden-apricot in color with a 3/4 finger white head that quickly dissipates leaving a ring around the glass and a thin film over the beer. Light lacing. Copious bubbles of carbonation rising throughout the brew.

The smell is reminiscent of dry white wine with an earthy background. It has it's barnyard aspect, which I suppose goes hand-in-hand with it being a farmhouse ale. Fruity and tart.

Taste is fairly dry and somewhat tart at first, again calling to mind a dry white wine. Later, a bit more sweetness develops along with a hint of lime, and some hoppy bitterness that's muddled by more barnyard funk. The end seemed substantially more dry again.

Medium-thick. A relief, as I was in the mood for a thinner brew after the Schlafly quad I sampled last night. Some light sticky syrup and a prickle of carbonation. Descent burn in the throat from the carbonation and the 9.3% ABV.

A descent drinker. The funkiness and the ABV slowed me down, but the more moderate mouthfeel made it more drinkable.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a creamy white head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very bready and yeasty with some pronounced fruity and spicy tones.

Very yeasty and bready with some nice fruity and spicy flavors. Has a rather bold tartness to it.

Full body, good carbonation.

A nice saison with an interesting tartness. No problems putting down the bomber.

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Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of MrRetardedMonkey poured into a tulip.

Pours a crystal clear golden orange with a decent fluffy white head that dissipated very quickly to a ring with limited lacing.

The aroma is a mixture of bready Belgian yeast, roasted caramel malts and spices. Not that I was expecting a lot, but there was virtually no funk at all.

The taste is a little better than the aroma and had the slight funk I was looking for. There is still the dominant breadiness of the Belgian yeast throughout with significant peppery spices and a good bit of light fruits, peaches and apricots especially.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

This is a good saison, though not at the top of my list in the style or of Smuttynose beers I've had. Still tasty.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this one in the Secret Santa BIF from joepais; thanks Joe. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my new fancy Losy Abbey glass. 2011 vintage, first beer of the year.

a - Pours a hazy orange-straw color with one finger of fluffy white head and mdoerate carbonation evident. Head lasts for about two minutes and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, lemon, citrus, earthy notes, floral hops, and a little bit of funk. Little bit fruity as well. Really like the nose.

t - Tastes of spices, pepper, Belgian yeast, earthy notes, floral notes, lightly musty. Nice, but not as nice as the nose.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very solid saison. I liked the nose a lot, and was surprised by how much funk it seemed to have. Taste was good though a little musty and earthy. Certainly a beer I'd have again and would pick up off the shelves.

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Photo of deciding39
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz brown bottle, served in a Saison Dupont glass.

A: Pours a golden-yellow color with a slight yeast haze. A sturdy one-finger head forms atop the brew, leaving a decent lace around the glass following each sip.

S: The nose is dominated by fruity esters and alcohol, with some faint malt sweetness. There are also some light phenols towards the back.

T: Earthy yeast, tart fruit (especially apple and pineapple), balanced nicely by sweet malt. Finishes dry with some pleasant mellow hop spice and bitterness. Very well-balanced; unlike some other saisons, the wild tones never become too cloying.

M & D: A smooth, medium-bodied brew with some unique and well-balanced flavors. Drinkable, but packs quite a punch at 7.5% ABV. Very true to the style.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant clear gold with a medium white head. Nose is lightly malty and musty, like a farmhouse that has been boarded up airtight for years. Perhaps just a little floral when the glass is swirled.

Taste is more light toasty malt and a touch of malty sourness. Light caramel sweetness, more light yeasty and musty flavors. Just a bare touch of fruit in the finish, something like pear or apricot. Only the slightest hint of a Belgian yeast strain, no alcohol flavors at all.

Mouthfeel is medium but a little heavy for the style, and it leaves a crisp bite on the end of the tongue. I realize saisons have a lot of leeway when it comes to the style but I don't get a lot of the spicy saison-y flavors I would expect (especially after finishing a Belgian/French beer tasting two days ago). I like it but this impresses me more as a slightly sour maibock or maybe a hefty cider.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap earlier at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden straw color. It has a nice size pure white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind some scattered lace on the glass. The smell starts off with some belgian yeast and and spices up front. There is a nice fruity smell, as well as a bit of funkiness and mild hop presence. The taste starts off with a lot of citrus fruit like oranges and lemons. There is also some clove and belgian yeast present. I am also getting some earthiness and a bit of hop flavor. The finish leaves some lingering earthiness and spice flavor on the palate. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice feel to it. There is some tingling on the palate from the spices. The drinkability is good here. I could easily have a few glasses of this in an evening. It goes down easy and has a nice flavor. Overall I thought it was a good saison, and I would drink it again.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally found the earthy funk in this Farmhouse Ale.

I've recently discovered this style, in great part due to the recent article in BA magazine. I've tried a couple of examples now and have enjoyed them. However, I was interested to note that the earthy "funk" described in the original article was less apparent than I had thought. That was not the case with this example, as it tasted more like I would have expected from the descriptions I had read.

This is a gorgeous looking beer. It pours a beautiful copper/orange color that is very clear and shows almost no carbonation. There was almost no head at all and no lacing to speak of. Looks great in the wine glass we utilized.

Aroma was assertive, earthy, spicy with some clove like characteristics. I believe the earthy aroma is associated with the "funk." Very interesting aroma.

Taste was very complex and as I drank my glass it really grew on me. The earthiness was very evident. Black pepper, fruit flavors (not citrus) a bit of clove.

Very nice. I am interested to see how this one will age.

Mouth feel was medium in body but also very smooth. Only slight carbonation noted here.

I am enjoying my tour of the Saison style.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a staw yellow / orange-ish color with a nice white head. Aromas that are yeasty with fruity notes. As in the taste, yeasty, spicey and hints of fruitiness. A yeasty mouthfeel, and a spicey aftertaste. A nice yeasty saison, fruity and spicey in the right places. Smooth and nice, and a very good beer.

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Photo of sjverla
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: Fruity and funk. Alcohol and clove. Spicy. Complex and yeasty.

Appearance: About a half-inch of frothy white head. Quickly dissipates. Amber gold.

Taste: Fruity and juicy. Alcoholic. Very spicy and tart. Hot on the gums and lightly bitter. Rustic, but not quite funky.

Overall: This one bites back. A little boozy though. Overall, pretty satisfying.

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