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

Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series)
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Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series)

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

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

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Photo of augustgarage
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained in trade from ShogoKawada (many thanks!). Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Troubadour tulip glass. "Bottle conditioned in 2007."

Liquid pours a deep glowing gamboge with golden yellow highlights topped by a nice stand of mousse-like orange-cream foam. Good retention and lacing, minimal legs.

Aroma at first seems slightly malty, floral, and clean (like laundry fresh from the dryer). A bit of candy sweetness is revealed as the beverage warms up a bit.

Cointreau, grassy hops, a bit of yeast funk on the palate. A little citrus-like and lactic tartness intermingle with a nice lightly sweet malt foundation. Finish is perfectly balanced between all of the components of the flavor profile and hints at lavender and alfalfa as well.

Soft, almost medium-bodied, with good carbonation (though effervescence could be a touch higher) and billowy overall with a mild warming from the alcohol.

Simple, but beautifully crafted ale - quite drinkable. I'd return to this often if I had it available. One of the better domestic saisons.

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Photo of atsprings
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a pint glass a slightly hazy light orange with a decent off-white head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of spices and sweet malts. The taste is a nice amount of sweet malts with a nice spice backbone. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation. This is one of the best on-tap Farmhouse ales I've had yet.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy golden, very hazy w/ a velvety foam off white dome

S - plenty of fruity like sweetness aromas come pouring off of this one. peaches, apple skin, apricot and some honey joins in the fun too, damn! also some spicy clove and pepper notes. light earthy and floral hop bouquette round things out.

T - 1st sip: wow! this is a fruity-ass saison. lots of orchard fruits w/ some banana and even tangerine. nice yeasty flavor to boot. I really gotta say -I prefer this "sweeter" style of saison vs. the "tart/sour" versions. The sweetness is kept in check by a good hop drying finish, but the flavor lingers on. this is one flavor-packed beer exceptional!

MF - very smooth and creamy w/ a low level of carbonation especially for the style. i find this pleasurable, as most saison's co2 levels are remniscent of spritzers or champagne.

D - while this may be too sweet for some, I found the balance to be near perfection.

Overall: very refreshing and packed full of flavor(have I mentioned that yet??) excellent American take on the style thanks to SMason for the chance to sample this work of art.

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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 brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright gold with tight bubbles and a thin off white head that quickly retreats to a ring of foam.

S - Fruity nose, slightly grassy and earthy, hints of lemon, clove, crackers and wheat bread.

T - Fruity with lemon and orange, some malty sweetness, clove, perfumey hops, some bread and crackers and some yeast.

M - On the light side of medium with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Enjoyable. Tends to get a little sweet and perfumey as it warms.

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

A very nice Saison style beer. Sturdy amber/gold appearance. A hint of spice, but not overpowering. Good citrus with a clear, slightly bitter finish. Satisfying and drinkable. Big but not heavy. Overall, a very good, solid beer. Not as complex as some Saison beers, but that's part of its appeal.

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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 digr
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This was a 2008 bottle - opened and tasted 8/2009. Had been in the cellar / fridge for last 6 months.

A - Beautiful Golden hue, mostly clear. Small white head that dissipated over 3 minutes.

S - Yeasty and Fruity esters. Very small amount of funk. Then a smell of caramel and maybe sugar...

M - Clean mouthfeel, but just enough body to let you know this is a solid beer. Carbonation is significant but works well for the style.

T - Slightly sweet taste (golden tasting...) Classic yeasty esters for the style, but not too much. No real Funk taste. Mild hop backend. Not really spicy. No real taste of alcohol. Very slight sour aftertaste. Mostly a bready kinda Strong Golden ale with a bit more complexity going on.

D: Nice Drinking Beer. Balance is nice, but better in the latter part of the evening (a bit heavy to start off with IMHO). Great to share with friends.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a delirium tremens glass.

A hazy golden bodied beer below a white two finger head that sticks around a good while leaving plenty of lacing as well. Aromas are brilliantly fruity and lightly hoped. Sweet and spice in the nose. Fresh baked bread and apricots as well. The flavor is wonderful. Loads of sweet malt with a spice kick that resembled spiced pears. Slight alcohol warmth shows as well. I am loving this fresh, but with some age it might show more spice and less alcohol. A lush mouthfeel with decent carbonation add to the experience. The finish is slightly earthly and floral hops that keep the sweetness in check and beg for another sip. I love saisons and I might actually prefer this over Hennepin. The mouthfeel is just a bit fuller than Hennepin and slightly less effervescent from what I can remember.

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Photo of BenSelf
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a hazy dark gold with lots of particulates. Creamy head sticks around and leaves good lacing on the glass. The aroma is like a basket of ripe fruit with some flowers and just a touch of grassiness. The flavor has good spice, lots of clove, apples in the middle, pale malt sweetness, and some banana. It's not a dry beer, and makes for a great thirst quencher (caution: 7.5%); there's also some lemon in there. Mouthfeel is near perfect; the beer is light on the tongue and yet the flavor lingers. This is my favorite style, and I would have given this beer a higher rating except for the fact that I prefer a slightly funkier farmhouse. Hats off to Smuttynose, I really want to see more Farmhouse/Saison on the market. Cheers!

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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 mhatters
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel glasss

Pours a brigthish orange with a haze and some suspended sediment, little head

Fruity and earthy nose, apple and peach - delightful

Really pleasant - light fruit, apple, with yeastiness and breadiness too. A great herbal note finishes it off.

Soft, dry and crisp finish. Moderately carbonated - enough to keep it tingly.

A really fun and enjoyable beer

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Photo of grub
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, purchased on a recent trip to buffalo. sampled june 11/09.

pours crystal clear deep orangey amber with a small dense white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. big perfumey floral nose. lots of spice too - clove, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg. light alcohol. crackers and white bread. touch of funk. orange peel.

taste is nice. orange peel. touch of caramel sweetness. floral and perfumey hops. spice seems a little more restrained than in the aroma, but still fairly strong. clove, corriander, cardamom. bit of cinnamon. light alcohol. cracker and white bread. touch of biscuit. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is nice. medium carbonation. body feels a bit full for the style at over medium weight.

drinkability is pretty good. fairly well balance. a bit of an "americanized" version of the style, and a bit too perfumey for my taste. fairly nice overall, just not quite the point on the spectrum where i like my sasons.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Seanibus
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spurs slightly hazy golden, with a slight reddish cast and a nice head, though poor lacing. The aroma is fruity and phenolic, with a bit of orange and some spice. The flavor is fruity and flowery, a bit sour, like a bitter orange or tangerine, with allspice and perhaps some coriander in there. There is an underlying sweetness that counterpoints the bitter orange. The mouthfeel is surprisingly rich. A perfectly drinkable beer.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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 lstokes
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep straw/copper with visible carbonation and a two finger head.

The smell is spicy with a bit of alcohol present, and the taste is one of those well-blended saisons where it's hard to pick things out. I get a lot of spicy yeast, some apple, some orange, a bit of black pepper.

It finishes with some mineral taste and is medium bodied, maybe a little bit on the dry side. It's not as funky as I like my Saisons--honestly it tastes a lot like a Tripel--but it's a fair American interpretation and it's very drinkable.

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Photo of joe1510
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle

2008 Vintage

After searching through all my trading notes I can't seem to find who sent me this saison. Whoever it was, thank you very much! Smutty's Farmhouse Ale has a glimmering, polished copper body with surprisingly good clarity on the first pour. Tiny carbonation bubbles rush to the surface from all sides of the glass. The clean white head grows to two fingers easily and while doesn't have the greatest retention does leave amazing sheet lacing down the glass covering every inch.

The nose shows off a good deal of spice; coriander, white pepper, and spicy yeast. Orchard fruits play a big role as well with juicy pear and semi-tart green apple. Nice pale malt sweetness lays down the base while the yeast esters and spiciness take center stage with both lemon and orange bursting through at times. This is a damn fine smelling saison.

The spiciness I mentioned in the aroma is here in full glory, never huge but lasting throughout each drink. Green apple and pear wash over the tongue while a blast of orange hits off the bat but fades rather quickly. A slight mineral quality brings up the rear in a pleasant fashion. All the aspects of this saison come together to create a mouthwatering brew.

The bubbles are soft but the beer pushes through easily at a good clip. The finish isn't nearly as dry as I'd like but each drink is refreshing.

This saison is an easy one to put away. The sweetness is there and fairly light while the spiciness balances it nicely. A bomber disappears in a hurry.

I'd love to get a few more bottles of this. Especially at the price point. It's not a great, classic styled saison but it's a supremely enjoyable summertime sipper. Thanks again whoever sent this, stand up and take a bow!

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Photo of gameface23
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty standard saison made outside of Belgium. Apricot & green apple aroma with slight amounts of funk, but not as much as I was hoping for. Nice fruity/spicy taste, but the yeast isn't all that apparent. It isn't the best representation I have seen for a Saison/Farmhouse Ale produced in America, but it's still a decent choice.

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

22 ounce bomber bottle split with brothercannon. 2006 vintage, swirled up the yeast and poured into my Duvel tulip glass. Appears a murky muted orange color with at least an inch of fluffy lingering white foam. No lacing to speak of. Smells and tastes of crisp fall fruits such as green apple and pear, slightly spicy yeast, a touch of black pepper and lemon. Crisp and dry with little alcohol presence. Medium bodied and a notch below that in carbonation. Still, this is a really nice saison and certainly worth a try to any fan of the style.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange-copper, with a 1 finger fluffy off-white head.

Aroma is peppery clove, citrus and apricot, with an earthy, barnyard quality and a hint of herbal hops.

Taste is complex - sour apple, sweet grainy malt and tropical fruit, with a light wet hay and barnyard funk on the finish. It's that signature farmhouse complexity, blended so well together that it's hard to pull any one flavor out.

Medium body with a light but crisp carbonation. Really nice beer.

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

2008 Bottle poured into Hennepin chalice.

A) The head is somewhat thin and dissipates after sipping. Body looks like apple juice, and very clear.

S) Smells pretty Belgian-y. Since the bottle is almost a year old there isn't much hop aroma left; yeast and alcohol are pronounced.

T) The flavors very closely match the aromas. In fact I'd say that it tastes exactly how it smells, which now that I think about it is pretty curious.

M) Very good balance between light and thick. If this were fresh I can picture more of a bite from the carbonation.

D) I don't foresee any issues finishing the bomber. Yummy.

Will stock up when the 2009 release happens.

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


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 ralree
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Gold transparent beer with a fluffy white head, slow dissipation, good lacing.

S: Light fruit, a touch of hops, apple, pear.

T: Apple permeates the flavor. It's like a very light Belgian ale, not too sweet or too alcoholic, but very balanced.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied, carbonation is good, a little syrupy.

D: This goes down easier than any other beer I've had in this style.

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

A: poured from a 22oz bottle into a large beer glass. Tons of white fizz over a tan-orange (camelhair?) liquid. Cloudy throughout, not just at the bottom. Typical for the style.

S: lots of various yeasts, some citrus, bit of spice.

T: yeasty with some body, slightly sweet, some alky bite, finishes clean but not super crisp/dry.

M: a lot less carbonation in the mouth than I expected given the head. Feels nice but unexceptional.

D: very solid but not super bold Saisson. ABV present but not unpleasant. Would be a perfect way to introduce a beer newb to the style. For myself, I'd choose either more authentic Belgians or more distinctive American crafts.

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Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 73.2% out of 100 with 667 ratings
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