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

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3.85/5
Very Good
668 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
Ranking:
#10,685
Reviews:
399
Ratings:
668
pDev:
13.25%
Bros Score:
3.99
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
44
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 668 |  Reviews: 399
Photo of bobv
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Bung
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz, looks like bottled in 2011 some time. Bright gold pour, thin layer of white.

Aroma, surprisingly malty. Also a fair dose of some citrus and biscuitiness, yeast.

Taste, more citrus and yeasty spice. Plenty of citrus zest. Some bready malt, white pepper, very light mustiness. An herbal note and slight bitterness in the finish.

About mid bodies and pretty thick for the style. Abv is very well hidden, to the point I wonder if the newer batches are lower. Still I hesitate to drink more than half this 22.
A BIG Saison, for the price worth trying to decide for yourself. I wish it was a little smaller.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. 2010 vintage.

A: Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. We'll see how that plays out later. At first pour, a clearish light honey-coloured beer. A finger and a half of head fades quickly, leaving heavy lacing behind.

S: Very funky-sour. I'm unsure how I feel about these unripe fruits...though as time passes, my nose seems to detect a mellowing and sweetening of the fruit here. I like it, along with all the strange yeast.

T: These are the sorts of saisons I seek out -- the quirky, unboring ones. I really, really like this beer. The foretaste is initially puckery fruit and a blast of scrumptious Belgian yeast. The maintaste is long and sweet-sour, like kiwi. The aftertaste is full of funky, mildly unpleasant yeast that somehow construes itself to be a plus.

M: Good. Moderate carbonation, puckery-strong mouthfeel mixes with a refreshing drinkability.

O: The ABV of this beer is underplayed and the fruity-yeasty characteristics are played up. Highly recommended to all, those investigating saisons and those who already love them. One of my personal favourites. Would drink again.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head isn't as towering as some saisons, but it is a one finger white shade. Retention isn't great, however.

S: This actually has a nice whiff of funk to it. It takes a while for it to really hit the nose, though - upon opening, it's mostly comprised of white wine with a spicy undertone. There are also some candied sugar notes buried in there. Aside from being a little sweet for my style preferences, it hits upon the major aspects well. Swirling it, in particular, will really allow all that stank-ass cheesiness to hit the nose.

T: It starts off with a wave of spiciness. Earthiness is also prevalent - especially around the middle - but some of the funk notes are a bit subdued next to the aroma. When sufficiently warmed up, swirling the glass will cause some of the funkiness to reappear more vividly - not just on the aroma, but on the flavor as well. The finish is bready and (perhaps) slightly too sugary. Definitely a good saison that's only let down by occasional overt sweetness.

M: An initial fizz helps to lift the (rather dense) body off of the tongue fairly well. After the swallow, though, it leaves a bit too much sweetness on the back palate. Even worse, it also leaves a bit too much astringency on the front of the palate, making it slightly harsh. That's never good. Otherwise, it's easy to drink.

O: This one's nice, but not my ideal saison. With a little less sweetness, this could have been killer. Still solid, still worth a try.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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 mrfrancis
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy gold color with a huge off-white head. The head literally filled my glass after the first pour, however it finally settles into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light to medium fruits - pears and green apples - with a good deal of sweetness and a small amount of spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sugar-coated pear flavors up front segue into darker green apple flavors before allowing a small amount of spiciness to come out before the ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a very nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I feel as though this beer didn't really have much of an identity. The level and intensity of the fruit flavors was right on par but there wasn't a whole lot else going on. Still, a good effort and worth a shot.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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 ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber (notched 2008, I just bought in Boston last week) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, the Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale is a dark burnt gold with a large, tight bubbled white head that leave heavy chunks of foam.

Smell is full of saison esters, peppery then tropical fruit, with a hint of rubber and some funky phenols.

Taste is very nice, big saison flavor, very authentic and well done, with no off flavors. Pithy citrus and other fruits dominate, yummy.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, medium bodied and super clean.

Drinkability is great, a big estery saison, heavy on the fruit, right up my ally. I brew mostly saisons, and this is very similar to my favorite batches, and so really speaks to me. Wish I would have brought back another one of these to share with some fellow saison lovers, as this is one of the best American Saison I've ever had...I need to give this one a showdown with Southampton's Saison Deluxe, wow, it's f-in' good!

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Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You really can't miss with a Smuttynose brew. Not even close to my favorite style, but worth a shot anyway. Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a twenty-two ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale pours out a slightly hazy, almost straw like, pale golden color. A rather normal pour yielded about a finger of thick, pillowy white foam. Head faded kind of quickly into a thin layer of foam. Some streaky white lace was left clinging to the glass.

Smell: Nice spicey nose on the Farmhouse Ale. Quite malty, slightly hoppy earthy aromas. Lots of in you face spices: cloves, lemon grass, and hints of orange zest. Definitely a strong, fruity Belgian yeast presence. Almost a banana like aroma deep in the background.

Taste: Again, quite spicey. Definitely some big malty flavors, with a faint hoppiness. More of the cloves with hints of white and black peppercorns. Has a sweet underlying fruitiness along with some spicey Belgian yeast. Pretty full flavors with not a drop of noticeable alcohol. I was actually pretty impressed with the flavors of this beer. Like I said before, not my favorite style.

Mouthfeel: Lightish, medium bodied mouthfeel. Moderately carbonated, somewhat thick.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable brew in my opinion. The lighter mouthfeel really helps drinkability. Another good beer from Smuttynose.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Nice saison. Slightly sweet taste too it.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Gatordaddy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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 trevorpost
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of thagr81us
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage. Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a half finger of white head that subsided to a minimal amount upon sitting. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bananas, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, bitter malt, orange juice, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with low-mid carbonation. Overall this one wasn't that bad, nor was it that great either. I was just glad that the spices weren't overwhelming in this one. Started out to be pretty harsh as far as flavor, but definitely is much better upon warming up some.

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Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013

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 OWSLEY069
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 668 ratings
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