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

BA SCORE
87
very good
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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 667 |  Reviews: 399
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008.

Nose is softly sour and sweetish/malty. Good bit of clean fruit. Fresh and peaceful. Smells pretty good.

Pours a brilliant honey color with fair clarity and almost no head. (It traveled with me from Maine to Boston to Dallas, so I'll give it then benefit of the doubt.) Looks good. Nice little yeast cake in bottle.

Smooth body with spicy carbonation. Good mouth of malt with generous hops and yeast. Some honey-like sweetness and roasted character. A good bit of bitterness - tea leaf kind of phenol. Apple-like sweetness and juiciness. Subtle earthiness. Hints of lemon/lemongrass. Minor notes of pepper. Good tartness. Lasting phenolic bite into the finish. Tastes good. Feels good. Very good drinkability.

Good final gravity and malt content vs. sweetness. Impressive level of hops. Expected funkiness - not too much, not too soft - right where it should be. Good solid Saison

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Photo of cbl2
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No best by date. 22 oz. bottle.

Appearance:

Pours a hazy brownish orange with an inch of foamy head on top that is slow to settle.

Aroma:

Fresh citrus notes, with hints of coriander spice, and an odd mustyness.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Has that odd "natural" flavor to it that all saisons do: tart and funky due to uncontrolled fermentation with fresh herbaceousness (anise, rosemary, tarragon). Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly viscouse. Finish is citric tart and drying.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ericj551
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my new favorite Belgian style beer. It pours a nice light amber color, with a healthy head that fades quickly. Smell is like a typical Belgian Tripel to me. This is one delicious beer! The taste is nice and malty, slightly yeasty and spicey. No overpowering Belgian flavors that typically turn me off from the style, just in my mind, the perfect balance between those and a sweet maltiness. There is a slight tartness there to balance the malty sweetness. Hops are there, but not very strong. Although Hennipen is the only other Saison I've tried, I am starting to see the appeal of these beers.

Update: I just had another bottle of this beer last night, and I have to add that it is really refreshing. I had it shortly after running (after a few glasses of water of course) and it really tasted great.

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

This beer pours a clear golden yellow color, with a thick white head. The head fades slwoly, leaving a slight lace.

This beer has a spicy aroma. I can smell coriander, all spice, and orange peel. It has a spicy Saaz hop aroma also.

This beer tastes like it smells. Spicy flavors. Some earthy yeast flavor also. Some floral and spicy hop flavors are present also. A slight lemony flavor is also present.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a spicy aftyertaste.

This beer might make a decent session beer. It is a little high in alcohol, but it is pretty easy to drink.

Overall: Thank you Ppoitras for generously giving me the chance to try this one. I liked it a lot.

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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 bccrosley
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

The beer pours from the brown bomber an amber color and relatively clear for a Saison. Toward a Belgian nose: yeasty, spicy, fruity and a tad of hops. Light and carbonated on the palate. Fruity, earthy and spicy on the palate with the clove really coming through. A bit of malt sweetness balances this beer out. Sufficient complexity, good drinkability and over all a pretty good beer.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 bottle conditioned vintage. Served at just over fridge temperature in a tasting tulip. Paired with sushi and sashimi for dinner.

Appearance- Pours an incandescent, very clear burnished orange, supporting a fat soapy crown. Fast, active carbonation streams from the etching at the base of my glass... the lacing is sticky and in abundance.

Smell- The Belgian saison yeast imparts a spicy, fruity, slightly tart lemony nose that carries an earthiness right alongside. Fragrant and floral, it's more colorful than most typical Belgian offerings.

Taste- Lots going on here, this one's *packed* with flavor. The dominating spiciness brings with it plenty of fruit (I'm getting more of a peach/nectarine character) with hints of lemon and pepper.

Mouthfeel- An *exceptional* mouthfeel, the best in any category I've had in months. Liquid seafoam, sturdy yet sublime. Creamy. Phenomenal.

Drinkability- Though a bit "weighty" in its strength, this beer is undeniably one of Smuttynose's finest works and a total pleasure to have enjoyed. I wouldn't have more than one or two of these for the sake of myself and my guests, but it's a fantastically bold example of the style. This actually overpowered the sushi... lesson learned, bold is not better when it comes to raw fish and rice.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cystal clear orangey gold with a thin white head that doesn't hang around.
toasted malts, with clean orange, and traces of honest to goodness belgian barnyard funk make up the dominant portion of the aroma. other than that i find cracked pepper, strawberry, and alcohol. some soft red apple as it warms.
the taste is sweet, but has some welcomed citric tang, to counter it a little, earthy spicy pepper, clove, a *little* corriander? orange, apple, white grape the toasted malts come through some, bolstered by some surprisingly heavy booze on occasion. other times the booze disappears though. a little bitter at the end. let this warm substantially this is far better when approaching room temp. some of the other flavors overtake the sweetness at colder temps.
a medium body, with moderate carbonation, but lacks the medium bodied dry airyness of some great saisons
a little too sweet to hit the mark all that well, but certainly not a bad beer. i'll take my saison needs elsewhere, though.

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Photo of ThreeFishes
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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 Didier
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of hwwty4
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to portia99 for this one.

Poured a bomber into my New Belgium globe glass. This beer pours a crystal clear straw with a massive white head that leaves some serious lacing. The aroma is crisp lemon zest, sweet malts, damp earth, and white pepper. The flavor starts with a subtle sweetness that's muted by lemon and orange citrus zest, pepper, yeasty biscuits, toast and the spiciness that you get from Belgian yeast strains. The mouthfeel is dry leaving to palate crying for another sip. This is another great beer by Smutty. I love the Big Beer Series.

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Photo of jettjon
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber scored “Bottle conditioned in 2010” into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). Hazy, cloudy yellow color with a thin pale head. Sweet malt up front with spicy, bready, and yeasty notes. Very faint hint of alcohol. On the tongue it’s sweet, spicy, peppery, with elements of cloves and a bit of booze toward the end. A bit of alcohol heat, and faint hint of dry, bitter hops at the end. Mouth is bubbly, crisp, sharp, and complementary. Overall: A decent saison, though a bit over the top for me, a bit too alcoholic but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Skillz
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Ego
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

my third bottle of this already.. sheesh! I like it.. but time to stack it up and review it.. can't wait to have this on tap tommorow!

served @ perfect cellar temp in my allagash glass

eyes...
2 full fingers of head that begins to simmer as it shakes down towards the beer. clean orange hue, the head as it recedes clings on the sides like an ex girlfriend, some carbonation noted in the glass, an inviting beer but nothing special.

nose...
bready, spicy, yeasty, honey, the sweetness tends to dominate here, but I am still getting a nice floral "spring" aroma from this one, throw in a chunk of belgian funk as well which lends a grassy element.. personally I dig the nose on this.

taste etc...
light body with prickly carbonation which makes this refreshing and easy to drink. where as many belgian saisons have frothy head, this is more straightforward but still retains the features of traditional saisons. there are some lemon notes, a grassy finish with touches of honey. the yeast leaves your mouth feeling dry wanting another sip.. and then bang, the bottle is gone. The alcohol is barely perceptable. I really enjoy this one. Although bottle to bottle it tends ot vary a bit actually.

verdict?
I bought 6 bottles to have around for the spring season. I worry about keeping this too long as I had a bad experience with one bottle. I was taking it to a friend's house for dinner and it was laying down in the cooler.... when I went to retrieve it .. it was leaking.. so be carefull and store this upright just in case

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber was purchased at Marty's in Newton. Poured in to a Portsmouth brewery tulip glass an orange coloration, with a large, but quickly dissipating white heading. Aroma is of wild flowers, chamomile, banana, spice, and alcohol. A bit of lemon and cream can also be picked up after it warms up a tad. Taste is more of the same, but with a big blast of what resembles fruit juice...mango, papaya and pineapple come to mind. Body is somewhat high for this style, but still very drinkable. This might be my favorite from Smuttynose. I recommend drinking one now, and cellaring one or two more, as age does some very cool things to this beer. Cheers

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Photo of MadScientist
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of July2Nov
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange-gold with a mostly clear, with some opaqueness look. Good amount of carbonation which helps with the continual lacing that glazes the top of the beer.

Smell: Sweet, malty and buttery with a bit of spice.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Some dryness upfront and frankly last the entirety of the beer. Very clean, big mouthfeel of alcohol at the end lingers a bit too long. The beginning has some sweetness, fruit and grass-like flavors...tends to acquire a buttery bent as it progresses.

Overall: Very good and simple beer and my first from Smuttynose Brewing Co. Really like the down home vibe of this working man's beer and the connotations that are adherent with it. The higher abv is very well-hidden for the most part. Worth a try.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.22/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a nice golden color, yellow like a regulard brew. The smell was bready yeasty. the beer had a nice head. Thats all i can say good about it. The taste was skunky bad yuk hell no. i had to pour the whole thing dow the drain. So sorry but NO, I will not buy this beer again,, And I like most Smuttynose products, but not this one.

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Photo of huysmans
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Diomede
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of jim_carignan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 667 ratings.
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