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

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667 Ratings
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
Ratings:
667
Reviews:
399
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
13.14%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
44
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 667 |  Reviews: 399
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 acurtis
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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 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 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 oline73
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A plume of smoke and gentle hiss christens the opening...

The hefty bomber pours out a cloudy orange tone into a chalice. Suspended sediment of yeast swirls around, dancing around in the moderate carbonation.

Aroma of funky Belgian yeast, true to style. Some resemblance to Orval in the funk factor. Estery fruit and mild phenolic alcohol in there too, still very pleasing.

At first the taste reminded me of a Tripel, due to a sweet bubblegum and fruity, estery alcohol presence. This was countered by a spicy, peppery finish that balanced the initial mild sweetness. After a few sips, the mild phenolic alcohol mellowed, and became well integrated. An earthy, bittersweet note emerged, accompanied by pear, orange peel, and berry in the middle. Throughout there was the funky Orval-esque yeast. Finish was definitely not as dry as most Belgian Saisons, and it was easy to finish the 22 oz. bottle.

A hearty drinker may be able to session 2 bombers, but honestly that would be more than enough.

This is a great example of a domestic Saison in the Belgian tradition.
Served around 50-55º.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of JJPM74: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a big foamy head with good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with some nice medium sweet Belgian malt. Taste is also dominated by some nice fruity ester probably coming from the yeast that was used with some nice medium sweet Belgian malt and a subtle dry hoppy ending. Body was quite full with a somewhat oily texture and some good carbonation. I thought this was a bit too sweet and somewhat cloying when compared to the staples of the style.

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Photo of largadeer
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle received from Dyan, thanks man.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden-amber, clear but slightly hazy. An inch of white head forms, slowly settling into a thin sheet.

Smell: Spicy phenols, slightly herbal/medicinal, bread with apricot jam, and funk - nice footy funk. Granted, it's a mild funk, but it's very welcome. I do believe this is the first American-made saison I've ever had with actual funk. Pretty nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet cereal grain malt flavors open this one, with spice and fruit hitting the palate soon after. Pepper and clove lend a nice spicy kick to an otherwise smooth and sweet profile, and there's a touch of yeasty funk below the spice. The body is sufficiently light, though there's more residual sugars than I generally like in the style. This one finishes on the sweet side, quite uncharacteristic for the style, but I'm still enjoying it.

Notes: Very good. With slightly lower ABV and a drier finish it might even be great.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, golden-orange color with a foamy, white, one-finger head. It left some thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and a little funk. It had tons of yeasty aromas.

T - It tasted of funky yeastiness, some orange and caramel malt. There was a touch of honey flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry flavor. A medium bodied farmhouse ale.

D - This is a pretty darn good Belgian ale from an American brewery. It is very well-balanced and delicious.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip, 2010 vintage. Pours clear golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Decent lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of spice, pepper, apple, grape, lemon, grass, and a small bit of funkiness and leather. Great aromas here, very interesting as well. Taste of big lemon, pepper, grape, and apple; with big spiciness on the finish with small bit of tartness and booze in the back. Some lingering notes of fruits and spices after the finish. Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. A small bit of noticeable alcohol on the taste, but it smoothed out as it got a lot warmer. Fairly large alcohol warming ofter the finish. Overall an excellent saison, big on flavor, and great balance.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.33/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to Joppa for this bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear golden color, starting with a two-finger white head and falling quickly to a thin cap without leaving too much lacing behind.

The nose starts out with some faint phenolics and just a touch of fruit in the background. Light notes of alcohol. The flavor really beefs up the alcohol presence atop the peppery phenolics and spice, plus very mild fruitiness.

Body is medium with average carbonation and quite a bit of booze. Yikes.

Not a fan of this one. The saison character goes in the wrong direction and this beer is unnecessarily big. Why have a saison at 9%? It doesn't work here, that's for sure.

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Photo of nickfl
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with just under one finger of white foam on top of a somewhat hazy, copper colored body. The head collapses quickly and leaves little lace.

S - A spicy yeast aroma with notes of clove, coriander, and a hint of pineapple. Some Bready malt in the background with some light, musty European hops.

T - Spicy notes of yeast and wheat up front with some coriander and a big note of musty clove. Earthy hop flavors come out in the middle with some toasted malt. The beer finishes with lots of medicinal clove and musty hops as well moderate bitterness. Lingering clove flavors are accompanied by a sweet, but muddy toasted malt flavor.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a very yeasty saison, but unfortunately the yeast character is mostly lacking in the more pleasing notes that the style is capable of in the best instances. There is a huge note of medicinal clove that really becomes overwhelming in the finish. There are some nice notes in the nose, but these fade quickly and don't manage to balance out the phenolics. In addition to the unfortunate yeast character there is an excessive residual sweetness that adds to the cloying nature of the flavor by leaving a lingering sweetness that seems to perpetuate the medicinal notes in the aftertaste. Honestly, I think half the problem here is that they shot for a big beer on this one. Going over 9 percent is really pushing the limits in a way that doesn't seem to work for this style, there is just too much lingering sweetness and the yeast seems to have been stressed in such a way that is put out all of its most unpleasant byproducts. I would like to find something nice to say about this beer, but I really can't seem to; not something I would recommend.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slight hazed burnt orange-like color with a thinner but well retaind white head,alot of different things going on in the nose some lemony tartness as well as some yeasty phenolic notes but not overbearing with lingering hints of iron and herb.In my opinion the flavors are very Belgian-like in its yeasty tones and almost medicinal hop profile with lemon and overipe pineapple tones.I like it not alot of the barnyard funk you get in traditional Belgian saisons wich I dont care for so that was a plus for me,pretty refreshing and substantial at the same time.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose's Farmhouse Ale pours a slightly hazy amber with an orange cast beneath a short head of creamy off-white froth. The head retention is fairly good, and it leaves some nice lace at the outset of the glass.

The nose is quite interesting with notes of toasty, wheaty malt and Belgian yeast (fruitiness and spice).

It's dextrinous medium body is fuller than might be expected, and it's pillowy smooth across the palate with a gently zesty carbonation.

In the flavor the yeast shows it's true character, revealing phenols and even more black pepper spiciness. The fruitiness is citrusy (orange, and pineapple?), and works well against the sweet malt. A very firm bitterness holds it together, and it finishes a bit sweet but not sticky as some alcohol is present and helps to thin it a bit.

An interesting and unique beer that's well worth it if you can find it!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of yeast and banana with a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is bready and a little fruity with flavors of yeast, banana and touch of spice. It’s simple but effective and refreshing. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is mild. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily as evident by the fact that I killed the bomber that I had in a very short time, not filling at all, good representation of style and a good kick, this is a very good light and refreshing beer that I good drink quite a bit of. It’s one of the best Saison style beers that I’ve had.

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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 Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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