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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:
#10,615
Reviews:
399
Ratings:
668
pDev:
13.25%
Bros Score:
3.99
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
44
Trade:
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Ratings: 668 |  Reviews: 399
Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Khyber, Philly, PA

Poured a honey color with a decent white head that retained fairly well and a bit of lacing. Toasted malts in the aroma, hay, and yeast, with some fruit and spice noticeable, but more just semi-stale funk that ends up taking over. Sweet pale malts and yeast in the taste at first, with some grass and hay moving in, and slight notes of citrus. Light-medium body, and pretty easily drinkable.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Light chill haze in the golden color. Modest head that reduces to a thin layer of bubbles. Good lace, though.

Earthy but less so than some Saisons. Notable yeast bite, although the appearance wouldn't indicate it.

Strong level of fruitiness--apricot, nectarine and pineapple. Oily from the alcohol level. The hop, while present, isn't enough to give balance. Rich liquid with moderate level of carbonation.

There are some elements of a barley wine in the character, but the flavor is definitely Saison.

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Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from JasonA, cheers!!

Pours an effervescent amber with one finger of pearl colored head. Nice vicious look to this one, hazes a bit at the bottom of the bottle; average lacing & head retention

S: Orchard fruits & apple peels, orange blossoms & nature in abundance!

T: Pears, honey, apricot & a bit of dirt, mushrooms & dryness up front. Nice green apples, white grape juice & grapefruiity hops as this warms. Finishes with fruitty crispness, a bit of grapefruit hops & much appley goodness

MF: Sticky, effervescent & light/medium bodied all at once

Drinks very easy, despite all the complexity going on here. A great take on the style! Smutty rarely disappoints & mostly blows me away!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber - $5.49 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Bottle-conditioned in: 2009. A nice "pssst!" upon opening, as if it had a deep, dark secret to tell. Go on, Farmhouse Ale, unburden yourself and spill those beans for me.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, orange-golden body with a large, meringue-like, off-white head despite a relatively gentle pour. Continuous streams of effervescence throughout.

Smell: It's a bold, busy aroma where everything is vying for your attention -- everything from malted barley and wheat, non-frosted cake, fresh-picked orchard fruits, Curaçao liqueur, and plenty of spices.

Taste: Tastes like a sweetish mixture of crisp pils and soft wheat malts smoothed over with a touch of candi sugar. Small hint of fresh pound cake in there as well. Initial fruit tastes of apples and tart pears, but soon an orange citrus character joins the fray and eventually overtakes the other fruit flavors. The yeast provides a particularly bold spiciness to the beer, giving an impression of finely-ground cloves and pepper. The hops provide an additional rustic spiciness and a fair amount of sweetness-countering bitterness. The finish provides a taste of cake soaked in spices and fruit liqueurs with some warming, soothing alcohol lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Highly carbonated providing for a rather zippy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A bold, warming, bubbly affair, for sure, and, while good, I feel I'd sooner reach for a standard Saison Dupont. Still though, it is worth a try.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kruggerand gold with a faint yeasty haze following the first pour. The three finger crown is an especially attractive shade of rich ivory, has a firmly creamy texture and isn't shy about laying down lace. Plainly and simply, this is good looking beer.

According to the aroma, Farmhouse Ale is a fruity-herbal-spicy saison, as opposed to an earthy-funky one. In other words, this is a Brettanomyces-free zone. Can a saison yeast result in a beer that smells this authentic and this wonderful? In the right hands, why not? Warming opens things up even more and forces me to click on the next highest score.

Farmhouse Ale is yet another outstanding Big Beer Series offering from Smuttynose. Who knew they had a Belgian-style saison in 'em? They definitely did their homework... and it shows. This stuff should be released in 750 ml bottles with a cork and cage. That way, the packaging can be as impressive as the contents.

With respect to flavor, barley malt stays the hell out of the way, which is definitely for the best. I'm guessing that pale or pilsner malt is numero uno by a fairly wide margin. Thanks to Belgian candi sugar, there's still a good bit of residual sweetness to balance the bitterness and the hoppiness.

The flavor profile includes ripe pears and apples, a surprising amount of creamy banana, a twist of lemon and a generous sprinkling of ground clove (possibly even coriander). It just occured to me that this ale tastes like an Imperial hefeweizen. And a damn good one at that.

It doesn't matter if you like big American beer or Belgian beer, the mouthfeel is beautifully built. The beer feels medium-full on contact, then the well-buried bubbles take over and lighten it to a silky smooth creaminess that seems to linger forever.

When I put Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale on my wants list, I had no idea what incredible beer it is. Thanks to biegaman for sending me this bottle so I could find out. Trouble is, now I want more. Much, much more.

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Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
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 mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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 mikesgroove
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one in a trade a few months back and had been sitting on it in the fridge ever since waiting to be able to try it. Twenty two ounce bomber was served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into snifter and allowed to warm up. Consumed 08/21/2008.

The pour was nice with a very hazy, and very cloudy dark amber color coming forward, much darker then I thought it would be for the style. Nice head, maybe two inches with some really great retention and a wonderful bit of side glass lacing. Lots of carbonation was visible streaking up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was a little bit light for me to be honest. Some nice notes of yeast, grain, with lots of breadiness in the middle, not nearly the funky farmhouse ale I was expecting it to be. Lots of light fruit notes with hints of peppery spice dominating on the flavor. Quick hints of pear, peach, maybe some apple, all in that general family. Nice touches of figs and light bread. Light feel on this, a little slick to be honest, but still not bad at all. Good carbonation and a nice smooth sipper.

Overall not bad, I am not blown away like I usually am from their beers though. Still very nice approach to it though and a bit different then what I was expecting, which is never a bad thing. I would try this one again, maybe, but nothing really stood out as excellent to me.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I Tried this on tap a KClinger's Tavern in Hanover PA.
Served cool in a standard pint.
A - Hazy, medium amber w/ a half inch of tan head, some lace is apparent.

S - Slightly funky, belgian style yeast aroma w/ slightly sweet citrus nose.

M - Medium body w/ a tangy, mildly carbonated feel. There are gentle hints of spice w/ a nice malt presence and subtle hop spiciness.

T - A mild flavor of wheat w/ nice citrus flavor that doesn't go overboard. Some light pepper and herbal tea-like flavors in the mix. A pleasant dry toasted malt flavor and delicated hop accent w/ herbal qualities.

D - A mild farmhouse w/ little funkiness, very smooth, a quaffer. I could drink multiples of this w/ no problem. It seems a bit restrained for the style, yet still has very drinkable qualities.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden body with a slightly patchy smaller beige head.

S - Smells like citrus and sweet malty alcohol.

T - Taste is clean with citrus, spices, warm alcohol and some sweet maltiness.

M - Very smooth and crisp. Moderately carbonated with a very nice sweet clean finish.

D - The alcohol is masked well in this brew and is very smooth. The physical drinkability of this one is great.

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

2010 Vintage.
Pours a deep golden color with a decent sized white head that laces all the way down. Smell is fruity, herbal, and spicy. Pears and green apples, honey and bread, pepper and spicy yeast are all found in the nose. Taste is sweet and fruity up front. I get some honey like malt sweetness mixed with bits of pear and maybe peach. She turns spicy in the middle with an herbal earthy peppery bite that then hits with some warming alcohol. Moderately dry finish with a lingering fruity sweetness. Medium body with a healthy level of carbonation and a slick sweetish mouthfeel. I enjoyed this beer, but then again I usually enjoy Smuttynose beers. I think this beer has definitely benefited from the age as I usually find the big beer series a little hot fresh. Great brew.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, "Bottle conditioned in 2006", pours a bright orangy, shimmering amber, clear with bubbles slowly streaming to the top. This flavorful brew is topped with a near white head, that initially was puffy and retentive, then dissolving to a film and leaving pleanty of fine, sticky and good looking lacing and sheeting. Nose here is tropical fruit sweet, pepper and floral. Spicy, complex and satisfying brew, lots of pepper, rye, Belgian yeasty, earthy notes. Bottle finishes with a final yeasty pour. Nice saison from Smutty. Bring on the spicy food to enjoy with this very worthy offering.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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

Pours a clear amber with a white head. Nose is dough. Perfume is there as well. Flavor is excellent. Citrus. Dough (minor). Little bit of funky. It's just smooth overall. Feel is slightly slick on liquid with a minor carbonation. This is nice. Most American brewers royally f--k this style. Another fine Smuttynose brew.

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Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Bottle Conditioned

Pours golden - Nice color and clarity, with a thin, highly carbonated off-white head that soon disappears to almost nothing. Nice color - poor head retention.

The smell is of spiced yeast, citrusy lemon and some earthy grains.

The taste is the same as the smell, but fuller. Complex, yet light and smooth. A touch of sweetness emerges as the drink progresses.

The feel is smooth and refreshing. The taste, especially the fruitiness, hold up well.

This one really hit the spot after coming home from work on a hot day - light and tasty. A classic interpretation of the style with a Smuttynose twist!

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

9/26/08- Purchased at Glen Beverages in Glen, NH.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with a bottling year on the bottom of the label. Poured into my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Off yellow, maybe approaching a light rust orange in color. Fairly creamy 1/2 inch head on the pour. Settles at a nice rim and leaves some sticky light patchwork behind.

Smell- Heavy yeast nose and a mild sweet malty nose as well. Seems fruity with a light whiff of funk.

Taste- Seems kinda of hefe-like as well as saison-like. Really not much of a funk flavor as I was hoping for. More of a candied sugar, a touch of bubble gum-clove action and some peppry notes. Pretty sweet with a tropical twist to it. Good warm weather pool beer.

Mouthfeel- Hefty carbonation level and a light sticky sensation.

Drinkability- Not really a top saison in my book. Tasty, but not really per style IMO.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Jredner for this brew.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is mostly malty, some yeast, and spices. The taste is very malty/sweet for a Saison, the typical yeast, cloves, slight caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty Saison, also another awesome brew from Smuttynose.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 668 ratings
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