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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:
#10,626
Reviews:
399
Ratings:
668
pDev:
13.25%
Bros Score:
3.99
 
 
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49
Gots:
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Ratings: 668 |  Reviews: 399
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dennho
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of grover37
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Atlanta for cheap ($4 or 5 iirc). Poured into an over-sized Sloeber tulip. Notched 2010 on the bottle.

Appearance (2): Hazy dark orange. Not a lot of head unless aggressively poured. Not much head retention outside a very thin layer and a medium sized ring. Not a lot of lacing either. Not impressive except for bright orange color.

Smell (4): Yeasty, earthy, and citrus. A typical, slightly musky, farmhouse yeast scent is accompanied by strong, bright fruits like lemon, tangerine, and grapefruit.

Taste (4.5): Wheat and earthy flavors up front with some orange. Much more earthy through the middle and finish. More complex fruit flavors like lemon and maybe sweet white grape in the dry finish.

Mouthfeel (3.5): A touch watery and slick, especially for 9+%. Not as effervescent as the typical saison, but also a much higher gravity. Medium carbonation and medium bodied.

Overall (3.5): A lot of tasty fruit flavors and typical saison yeast notes make for a drinkable saison., even at a high ABV.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque honey orange, head is a bit off-white and soapy looking - quickly dissipates into the beer. Wish it stuck around longer, and left little lacing.

S: First thing I pick up is a tad sourness, maybe some Bret? There is a mild summer fruit character in the background. It is somewhat mild, yet assertive.

T: Big fruits in the taste: passionfruit is what comes to mind first, and this flavor drowns out the other flavors it seems. There is a firm bitterness, maybe too bitter for a Saison and the hops have a nice floral characteristic. The alcohol is present in the finish and aftertaste. Somewhat sweet. Overall not bad, it's growing on me.

M: Medium body, carbonation is a bit lower than I like for saison. A touch of alcohol burn in the finish.

D: Dispute it's flaws, this beer is quite drinkable. I wish the alcohol was lower so I could have more of it.

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Photo of OutFox
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 release, 22oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

A - Clear amber orangeish sort of color. Decent white head with ok lacing and retention. Its def. a filtered sort of farmhouse which I find odd.

S - Has that barnyard sort of smell. You can pick out the wheat and then move on to the sort of tart fruityness.

T - barnyardy with wheat overtones followed by this tart fruit thing. Almost the same as the nose.

M - This is the only place I had a problem with this beer. Its missing that bottle contioned/unfiltered aspect. It really needs that sort of Belgian farmhouse body. Its too light.

O - Good farmhouse. I liked it just thought it needed a little more body. Good beer from Smuttynose though, second Big Beer series Ive had and they have both been good.

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Photo of jsh420
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours cloudy golden orange with a 1 finger head that left some spotted lacing

smells of bananas and some citrus

taste is solid - very bright and clean flavors lemon bananas touch of spice and bready malt

mouthfeel light medium body low carbonation - adds nothing to the beer

overall - drinkability is crazy good for a 9.3% abv i thought i was drinking something around 5-6% however the flavor drinks like a beer with less abv

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Photo of snpub540
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale golden hue with a small white head. Delicate lacing is left on the glass the entire drink down.

Smells of hay, pears, ripe apples, and spice.

Pears come through in the flavor as well as a slight sweetness but it becomes extremely crisp and dry. Not a lot of alcohol flavor. Some spice in the finish. Fruity esthers as it warms.

Dry and crisp on the palate but slightly feels thin. A nice interpretation of a saison.

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Photo of mindlucent2007
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-hazy golden color, with a frothy, white head.
There's not much lacing and it looks to have medium carbonation. A funky, grassy, yeasty aroma, and a tad spicy to the nose. The taste is similar to the smell since there is a yeasty, Belgian, candy-like sweetness that dominates. This isn't heavy at all and there is no noticeable alcohol which is surprising at 9.3% abv. Low carbonation with a mild, barely bitter aftertaste. A nice pick up from Smuttynose, but it could be more crisp. This ale is a little rough around the edges, but a good job overall.

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Photo of olympicgatorade
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange, with wisps of milky head

S: Starts light bread, then decent funkiness, faint hops and tart fruit

T: Belgian breadiness giving way to slight funkiness and then finishes with tart and slight hops. Very low booze presence. To think this is a 9.3 %-er is pretty scary and, um, impressive.

M: Pretty dry and fairly refreshing, though its cloying, bitter aftertaste is my least favorite thing about this brew.

O: Pretty damn good, but just short of outstanding. Wouldn't do this one more than a few times a year, but a thoroughly enjoyable saison nonetheless. Also have to praise Smuttynose on a solid beer for a very solid price ($5.99/bomber). A definite American take on the style (see: big); would definitely recommend.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - heavy and hazy orange yellow with a short spritzy head and a touch of lacing.
S - lemons and oranges with a bit of yeast funk. The sharp fruits clearly win the battle for the nose.
T - the citrus tones dominate in a big way but leave enough room for the yeast and malt to come through. That must be some fairly heavy sweetness in the background if it can cut through the tartness.
M - finely carbonated and medium bodied with a crisp feel.
D - not a quaffer but why chug?
I've had better saisons but this is passable and if anything a mild twist on the style.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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 wadecats
1.16/5  rDev -69.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

- we can't remember not being able to drink a beer. Had this on tap from a respectable beer shop in Brooklyn; tapped the night before, but was just not drinkable at all. I'm not sure, because this beer might have been infected, but the saison was like cough syrup in smell and taste. Poor head on the beer, no real hop character to speak off - super red-dark for a saison - candy cloying malt, maybe like a melted down urinal puck mixed with a can of Moxie and a can of sam adam's lager - metalic. I found nothing resembling even a stretch for a saison or farmhouse ale in this Smuttynose farmhouse. Was this an accident? 9.3% abv - come on.

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Photo of beagle75
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, brassy golden color with less than one finger of diminishing loose white foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Fruit and almonds are combined in the most apparent qualities of this beer's smell, emphasizing the presence of yeast secondary metabolites. There is little depth beyond the up-front qualities, lacking a discernible malt backbone or hop influences. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with tangy nectarine and pear fruit that is dynamic. Carbonic acid follows, detectable as a flavor but with little of the harshness that it contributes to the mouthfeel. Flavors mellow in the middle as bready malt becomes more pronounced. Bitterness is curiously astringent in the finish, less like hops than like seeds that one should not eat, and spirituous alcohol lingers.

M: Thin viscosity, acidity burns the palate yet it is also fairly sticky, with heavy carbonation.

D/O: This saison may seem true to form at first glance, with a strong Belgian yeast presence in both the nose and on the palate, but then it is defied by its many rough edges. Some will like this--it is, after all, rustic--but there are a number of other American-brewed saisons that are less messy and far more enjoyable.

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Photo of CuttDeez
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber series into a Tulip glass.

A - Solid looking saison that is a hazy gold with a thick frothy white head that laces well.

S - A good balance of sweet fruity sugars, earthen herds, and a little funk.

T & M & D - This saison is like most others as it follows the nose. There are good fruits, earth tones, and funk. The beer is different as it is sweeter upfront than most with only a subtle pepper on the back end. The funk is very slight. Medium bodied and carbinated well. A pretty drinkable brew in flavor, but heavy on the ABV in actuallity.

O - A solid saison from a good brewery. On the sweeter end, but a beer I would do again if given the chance.

-Cheers

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Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice light golden color, like rays of sunshine captured in a bottle

Aroma: slight orange note, yeasty with a touch malt

Taste: nice orange slightly sweet, excellent hop balance dry finish
abv is well hidden

Mouthfeel: great carbonation, light body easy to drink

This is a really nice beer from Smuttynose, not sure if I would classify as a saison but who really knows what a saison is? It would be easy to session this beer but the abv makes me think thats a bad idea. Nice beer great for the warmer months.
Enjoy

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Photo of sjverla
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: Fruity and funk. Alcohol and clove. Spicy. Complex and yeasty.

Appearance: About a half-inch of frothy white head. Quickly dissipates. Amber gold.

Taste: Fruity and juicy. Alcoholic. Very spicy and tart. Hot on the gums and lightly bitter. Rustic, but not quite funky.

Overall: This one bites back. A little boozy though. Overall, pretty satisfying.

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Photo of ken2cart1
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

served in pint glass

a- foggy dark yellow orangy brew...spooky 0.5 inchy frothy head that dissapates rather quickly, def wheat mallt

a- lemony from the wheat,phenolic, peppery, herbal spices

t- nice solid wheat malt in fore with a great spicy peppery finish that lingers....solid throughout

m- wheat malt= smooooth creamy..

0verall-very very good, smutty is most reliable brewery eever..btw def cant notice 9% alc...be careful

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Photo of Kinsman
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a hazy bright orange color that is capped by a pure white head, albeit a bit thin for my liking.

Aroma greets you with a big fruity character suggesting citrus fruits and apples or pears. Toasted malts standout as the backbone of this beer. Minimal spice character picked up in the aroma.

Fruity and malty initially on the palate but as it warms the yeast character starts to come out. Not as much funk as some saisons carry but a strong spice note showing hints of clove. Earthy and a bit herbal in the finish.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp with a medium body feel. Overall, Smutty brings you a fine example of a Saison with a price thats hard to beat.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Big Beer release at the brewery - really enjoyed it so here's a bottle review.

Poured into a GI stem glass a light honey color with a finger of head that falls to a lumpy ring around the glass.

Nose has some light apple notes along a breadier base.

A sip is crisp and sweet - more of that apple from the nose but leaning towards some banana and the spice of clove; only a hint of mustiness one might expect in the style, but all in very nice harmony. Carbonation is delicate but fitting. No trace of the abv, which is a little unreal. This a big saison for sure, but dangerously drinkable!

Oh and it's $6.95 for a bomber! All things considered, Smutty has knocked another Big Beer out of the park.

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Photo of ElGallo
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber poured into a Hill Farmstead long stem snifter.

Color is a slightly hazy yellow orange with a finger of head and a little lacing.

Smells of bread, under ripe fruit and subtle spice, with some mild mustiness too.

Taste is of bread, mild spices, apple, and pear.

Medium carbonation in the mouthfeel with some spicy bite in the aftertaste.

Overall a nice and somewhat prototypical American farmhouse ale/saison. Worth trying if you like the style.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours like a cloudy, mid-day August sun... a one finger, off white head floats on this golden brew. Brilliant sticky lacing left behind as it quickly fades away.

S- Honey, yeast, banana, clove and some spicy black pepper. A nice sweet maltiness prevails. Very unusual for this style! Really nice grassy earth flavors... like laying in a field of hay!

T- WOW! Sweet... Black pepper heat... nice fruity banana, peach, green apple, and a yeasty, caramel nuttiness! Is this Saison really over 9%? The sweetness really cuts the heat, and the grassy hops lend a nice balance of bitterness!

M- Just a touch of sparkle on the tongue. A hint of sweetness, sour and bready yeast! A really nice bite of Rye bread runs all over the mouth. Very sweet, but very spicy as well!!!

O- I can't wait to get some more of this fantastic brew! I've been in a Saison mood lately, and this is certainly one of the better ones! At $5.99/22oz... this is a steal!!!

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Photo of match1112
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: cloudy straw in color with a half finger head.

s: lots of sweetness, everything from citrus to apple to bready yeast.

t: more sweetness from citrus and tart apple, little spice and some earthyness.

m: smooth and creamy with a clean crisp finish. carbonation is good. little heat from high abv, but this is a big beer series.

o:excellent saison, will go and get more for cellar.

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Photo of output01x
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (Bottled In 2009) into a tulip glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that slowly recedes to a decent dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a slightly hazy golden orange with a few small, slowly rising carbonation bubbles. Thick foam lacing clings to the sides of the glass in small, randomly placed clumps.

A sweet and rather tangy green apple is the dominant aroma in this beer. Lemon peel, pineapple and a little bready malt add character and backbone to the nose. While the aromas are not necessarily strong, they are pleasant and enjoyable.

A watery apple juice with a slight vinegar note sums up this beer pretty well. There is a graininess with the malt and a little citrus, but watery, vinegar apple juice is the long and short of it. A slight alcohol warmth lingers in the back of the throat but is not immediately noticeable.

Light to medium bodied with crazy carbonation, this beer fizzes like Pop Rocks in Mountain Dew. It is very easily drinkable (I could chug this beer like a glass of Strawberry Kiwi Juicy Juice) but of course is more enjoyable sipped.

While not unpleasant, this beer was still lacking in my opinion. The look and mouthfeel were both good, but a stronger nose and more complex flavor would have helped this beer significantly.

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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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