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 flexabull
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +1.8%
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 +1.8%

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 +1.8%
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 +1.8%
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 +1.8%
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 +1.8%

Photo of aerozeppl
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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 connecticutpoet
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 gskitt
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really nice apricot color and wow the head is incredible. Foamy and white, super thick and never really receded. Smelled of sour fruit, had some earthy farm smells as well. Tastes sour, sweet, fruity and tart. Medium mouthfeel, and really drinkable for 9% ABV.

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Photo of IronLover
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bomber, poured a deep yellow orangish color with a big foamy head. Pretty hazy and murky with lots of sticky lacings. Sweet malty aroma with hints of biscuit, yeast, and citrusy grapefruit. Tons of carbonation and a nice sweet full body feel. Sweet malty flavor in the front that leadsto a brief yeasty/biscuity middle and a spicy alcoholic ending. Quite drinkable. I will enjoy this one again.

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Photo of isrlycon
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of joe1510
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +2.6%
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 Jason
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with vintage year of 2006 on the label.

A- tawny golden color, good clarity with a decent but fading off white lace.

S- Orangey, earthy, hint of nutty yeast, toasted grains and spicy clove makes for a complex aroma.

T&M- Just as smooth as it is crisp, sturdy medium body. Hints of black pepper, clove, and an even medicinal phenol. The maltiness hits a high and shows some stamina against the spicy flavors. A kiss of hot fermentation funk is present, par for the style and not over done at all. Finishes a tad sweet with a mildly hot alcoholic end.

D- I love how Smuttynose embraces a style and adds their own flair to it. Amazing complexities don't take away from the drinkablilty, paired well with beer braised brats and herb roasted potatoes.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a bowl goblet, revealing ultra thick and airy cream head over hazy frosted gold body. Very prettyful. Some lacing. Smells sweet and slightly nutty, with the appropriate farmhouse funk almost like the Hennepin. Slight citrus, slight metallic tinge, hint of spice.

Tastes solid saison. Some metallic notes, lots of fresh corn and vegetable "funk" character. Slight bitterness, gentle citrus, and solid malt finish. More hint of spice. Mouthfeel is light with prickly carbonation. Medium-light body. Very drinkable, especially just chilled.

Overall I like this offering. Especially on a warm day, especially for the price.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with slightly more than a fingers worth of head that slowly dies down into a thin cap

S: Some slightly funky/barnyard yeast and lighter fruits start things off, along with a hint of spiciness and earthy hops

T: Again, starts off with the yeastiness which imparts very light funk and some barnyard along with light fruits and a touch of spiciness. Definitely get some sage about mid-way through. Finishes lightly yeasty with a touch of alcohol

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice "Imperial" farmhouse ale that provides some good flavors and is true to style. The saison yeast doesn't overpower the beer, but really provides a nice jumping points for the flavors. Good price point as always from Smutty, and another solid brew in the Big Beer Series

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Photo of twistjawa
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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