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

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667 Ratings
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 sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy golden amber. A nice white head that has nice retention and some nice stickiness.

S-Nice. Banana and pineapple combined with a solid Belgian yeastiness and a bit of malt.

T-A nice moderate sweetness dominated by citrus and pineapple. Finishes with a nice Belgian yeast and a bit of bite.

M-Light with good carbonation. A bit of peppery bite lingers.

D-Excellent. Slides right down. I'd have another if I only had another.

Another fine Big Beer from the folks at Smuttynose.


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Photo of MrMonkey
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden shade of amber with a thick and creamy two-finger off-white head that recedes slowly to about 1/8". Good retention and decent lacing.

Smell is Belgian yeast, banana, clove, white pepper, and lemon zest, with a mellow barnyard funk/wet hay smell lingering in the background.

Taste is much like the nose: peppery yeast, banana, clove, and lots of sweet citrus fruit flavors. The mellow funk maintains itself throughout, and it finishes semi-dry with a slight peppery bite.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very crisp and smooth. It is a little sweet, but not overly so. Overall, very balanced.

A great interpretation of the style. Very crisp and refreshing, and another great beer from the folks at Smutty!

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

22 oz. bomber pours a hazy straw color with white foamy head. Some lacing. Aroma of citrus, cloves and a slight sour, earthy funk. Taste was light, refreshing, citrussy and spicy with a balanced finish. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel with good drinkability.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light orange snowglobe of active carbonation....head laces well after three-finger snowfall settles... fresh-mowed grass and spring farm scents--fresh but not piney or sprucey...herbal, flowery presence...complex and warming taste, pushing hops to the roof and floor of the mouth; mellow maltiness with a zesty lemon finish... soft, almost apologetic mouthfeel that lacks the usual "beerness" to a beer... need I say refreshing? "Lip smacking" is what the label denotes, but I find the beer mellow and at ease, yet less clean or flavorful as some others I've sampled within the genre...

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Photo of fitzy84
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink had a great orange-amber color with some creamy lacing. Very sugary aromas mixed with malts were sensed. They were smoothly balanced, making it really appetizing instead of something too overpowering. Taste was excellent: wicked sweet with great bready texture. Mouthfeel was awesomely smooth in texture, making it an enjoyable beverage for the night. Overall, an awesome saison.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally found the earthy funk in this Farmhouse Ale.

I've recently discovered this style, in great part due to the recent article in BA magazine. I've tried a couple of examples now and have enjoyed them. However, I was interested to note that the earthy "funk" described in the original article was less apparent than I had thought. That was not the case with this example, as it tasted more like I would have expected from the descriptions I had read.

This is a gorgeous looking beer. It pours a beautiful copper/orange color that is very clear and shows almost no carbonation. There was almost no head at all and no lacing to speak of. Looks great in the wine glass we utilized.

Aroma was assertive, earthy, spicy with some clove like characteristics. I believe the earthy aroma is associated with the "funk." Very interesting aroma.

Taste was very complex and as I drank my glass it really grew on me. The earthiness was very evident. Black pepper, fruit flavors (not citrus) a bit of clove.

Very nice. I am interested to see how this one will age.

Mouth feel was medium in body but also very smooth. Only slight carbonation noted here.

I am enjoying my tour of the Saison style.

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Photo of TeddyBG
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a Smutty pint glass.

A: Cloudy, burnt orange, with a virorous head and quickly recedes. No lacing.

S: Brettanomyces and lemon.

T: Tangy front with lemon and yeast. Slightly notice hops on the finish. Very good.

M: Full mouthfeel with decent carbonation.

D: This is a very tasty beer, but you can definitely feel the alcohol with this one.

This is my first foray into the big beer series of Smutty and I have to say that I was never impressed with their mainstream beers, notably their IPA. This one is a well crafted beer.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber purchased at Gary's in Wayne

Served into a tulip...

A- Blazingly bright golden yellow color with some serious orange tints. Nice head with sediment and foam floating on top.

S- Lemons, bananas, and some biscuit.

T- The first few sips I was very dissapointed. I found this one to be very tart and tangy and not much else. As I drank on I was plesantly surprised to find that there was much more to this beer. Big dosage of spices rounded out with a big lemon zesty/grassy flavor. The flavors were bigger and bolder than I am used to with other saisons.

M- Medium bodied, easy drinking, tingly and tangy.

D- Easy drinking beer. Pleasure to sip. Nice on this hot summer night.

I would surely give this one a try.

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Photo of Matty1918
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber. Bottled conditioned in 2008.

Pours a nice light amber/honey color with a nice foamy white head. Good amount of lacing and retention.

Aroma is of hay at first with a hint of hoppy bitterness there also. A touch floral and nice malt aroma too. A lot going on.

Ok the taste has a lot going on too. Very earthy up front which is followed by a nice spice...cloves maybe and a touch of cinnamon. There's a balanced taste of hops...slight bitterness with some flowers in there too. You can taste some sweet malts in there too. Very good...has a lot of things going on in there.
You can feel the alcohol too...just a little at the end.

Very nice mouthfeel..creamy, not to heavy...very nice. Nice amount of carbonation.

A nice sipping brew indeed. Very enjoyable. I'll go buy some more of these...some to enjoy and some to cellar.

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Photo of eberkman
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden-orange with a fairly thick head that reduces to a ring and surface foam leaving decent lacing on the glass. Somewhat hazy appearance.

Aromas of citrus, banana, candy sugar and spice -- definitely a Belgian feel but somewhat resembling a hefeweizen in the banana notes. Overall a pleasing smell.

Taste is an unbalanced presentation of a small amount of citrus tartness and dryness overwhelmed by cloying sugary sweetness with a big spice presence in the middle.

Brisk, tingly mouthfeel -- good crispness. But way too sugary-sweet for this one to be a session beer. Kind of disappointing for a style that I look to as a refreshing quencher in the warm months. The sweetness makes it a small doses kind of beer. I guess I like my saisons a little bit more dry.

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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, 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 aerozeppl
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Bottling 22 oz bomber

A: Clear golden color with a little bit of white head. Some lacing but minimal head retention.

S: Wonderful nose. Nice and spicy yeast. A little bit bready. Slight almost lager smell at the end. Little sweet.

T: Nice saison. Very sweet but balanced enough by the yeast. This is on the sweeter side of the style but works on a hot night.

M: Med body that really coats the tongue.

D: Very nice saison. Their big beer series I have really enjoyed except for the Baltic Porter but than was more personal taste than anything else. Keep crankin em out!

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden/light amber color with a decent head that fades fast, no lacing.

Smell is very yeasty and bready, more so than I would have imagined, good spicy background with some malt.

Taste is very much like a hefeweizen, quite spicy, lemony, yeasty, good amount of carbonation, nice slickness, mild bitterness at the end.

A pleasant surprise, wasn't really thinking would be much but it fooled me wrong.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours with very little head and beer is a slightly watery looking golden color.

Smell- Lots of fruit in the nose, very ripe bananas and oranges come to mind.

Taste- Well balanced, a little on the sweet side with lots of yeasty tastes. Slightly bitter and acidic on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- A little bit on the weak side, does cover palate well and leaves me wanting more.

Drinkability- A great beer to have with a meal, greatly compliments foods and somthing Ill be buying again.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy, clean, crisp orange color. The head is stark white and about an inch of fluffy goodness. Lots of bubbles make this beer look alive and quite refreshing.

Smells spicy and funky just like it should. Lots of sweet apple smells also combine with the organic/earthy notes and even some hints of leather. This smell is exceptional.

Taste is more of that spice and funk that comes from the yeast strain. The sweet fruit tastes are also present with a nice dry finish. Its an excellent example of the style in my opinion. Actually, this is probably one of the better saisons that I've ever had.

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

A - Slightly cloudy orange with a solid, creamy head of foam.

S - Spicy, yeasty, fruit - oranges, pineapple, some funk.

T - Mm... apple, pear, lots of alcoholic complexity, lemon. A little bit sweet, but not too much and a fairly assertive bitter finish.

M - Fairly light, but with an oily slickness. Carbonation is lowish.

D - Very tasty, but a big beer for sure. Well worth trying, but maybe best to split a bomber.

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Photo of Franchise
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering from the Smuttynose Big Beer Series pours a foggy golden orange leaving a thick tan head. The aroma is pitted and tropical fruit, bananas, orange, lemon, lime, cilantro, yeast, wheat/bready aroma very nice and complex.

The taste is absolutely fantastic sugary ripe pineapple, grapes, passion fruit, orange, mango, wheat, spicy rustic hops and yeast delicious farmhouse one of the best I've had.

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Photo of ejquin
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden with 1-finger thick white head. Decent lacing. It's already appearent there is much less carbonation in this beer compared with usual Saison's.

S: You get that typical saison aroma, fading to brown sugar sweetness. A touch of molasses and fig is a bit unique. Some hop spiciness mixed with clove. Slight banana.

T/m: Starts a bit slow for a saison, yeasty and jucy middle turns to brown sugar sweetness fading to clove and slight hop perception lingers in finish. Little alcohol perception. Nice creamy mouthfeel, again less carbonation than you'd expect in a saison.

D: Very crisp and refreshing as a saison should be inspite of abv.


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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 received as a massive box of extras back in December from PEBKAC ... Awesome and finally enjoying it tonight from my New Belgium snifter... 2007 bottling.

3 Finger head rocky head dies back into a slightly hazy dark gold brew.

Smell is a complex mix of pale/toasted malts with lemon and white pepper... I like alot.

Maltier with a bigger body than many of the benchmark Saisons but it works in a big way. Dry finish. Spicy but not in a way that I am used to... some hints of coriander with more lemon grass. Earthy sweet and sour all at the same time with a binding low malt sweetness. The bigger body brings out a biscuity/bready quality as it warms along with more peppery and Bazooka Joe notes. Carbonation is lite/medium.

This would be a fridge staple if I had access to it. Huge thanks to Adam... I need to repay your generosity sometime soon.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smuttynose "Big Beer Series" bottle - 2007 edition, purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $4.99...
After an aggressive pour, this beer displays a clean, clear, lucid appearance, very apple-juice like with a moderate-sized foamy head that soon dissipated, leaving a hefty amount of lacing...
Aroma was on-point for a Saison, carrying the typical earthy, citrus, lemon nuances...
Taste was good, but not great, a fair representation of the style, but not the best Saison that I've ever sampled... Flavor full of fresh florals, citrus, grapefruit, pears, and apples...
Nice, crispy, clear, clean mouthfeel...
Easy level of drinikability due to the lack of any interfering flavors and a nice thirst-quenching factor that did well to hide any alcohol apparent in the taste...
Good stuff from Smuttynose... Recommended...

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Photo of cokes
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly murky and shadowy goldenrod sporting a moderate chalk-colored rise on top.
It's fairly sedate and lethargic, aroma-wise, but notions of sugared pears, white grapes, with yeast- (and partially hop-) driven peppercorns, bay leaves, and driftwood. It smells, actually, very good, you just have to try hard and risk snorting the liquid itself.
Across the mouth, the malt is laid with sourdough bread, golden raisins, bruised pears, and rock candy. It's definitely on the malty side of the style, and the first half has a Maibockesque vibe. Yeast delivers clove and ginger, and just a flash of suede-y funk. It segues with black peppercorn into an equally spicy hop closure, with dried herbs, and wildfire-prone plains. A splash of apple brandy dots the swallow, with background alcohol and sweetness
It's pretty rotund in the mouth, and those used to a spritzy, gassy saison might view this as a lard-ass. I think it works here, because the emphasis is on the malt, thus the saddle bags are apropos, and there is enough slow-n-steady carbonation to move this down the mouth-stomach conveyor belt unfaultingly.

Plain and simple, I like it, and will readily buy a lot more of it at roughly $4 a bomber. It's a steal in my book.
Caveat emptor: those looking for a farmhouse brew funkier than those boxer shorts you left in your gym bag in the trunk of your car all summer will be sorely disappointed, as that is not what this is about. It's all well-showered malts and only faintly musty hops here.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright sunset orange color, nice frothy off white head. Stale oranges, citrus and a funky farmhouse yeast aroma dominate the nose with some sour fruitiness.

S: Nice spicy hoppiness is present, some musky yeastiness.

T: The beer starts off pretty malty per style with a nice tartness of sour warm oranges and malt. A decent sour bitterness with some slight sour citrus hints in the finish. Really malty per style, with a nice musky farmhouse yeast bite, peppery spiciness and a sour alcohol tang.

M: Mouthful is full and malty,

D: This is a really big interpretation per style but still a very good thirst quenching, citrusy farmhouse enjoyable in the warm weather.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Brewery Ommegang 10th Anniversary flute. Poured the color of pale straw. Voluminous head dissipated into a 1/4 inch of foam before settling into a light skim. Thin lacing and adherence during the tasting Refreshing floral nose with a touch of spice and yeast. Taste similar to nose with a slightly peppery bite at the finish. Very refreshing and tasty brew and one of my new favorites from Smuttynose. Wish I discovered this over the summer.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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 HombreWing
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from 2007...modified Duvel glass

Eyes: Pours bright Heads nicely and recedes to a 1/4" head that laces the glass as it does.

Nose: Orange blossom ...honeyed malts

Tounge: Sweet Malt that winds up only to ride shotgun to citrusy spice

Texture: Medium body...smooth....creamy after some breathing

Overall experience: Not my first bottle of this elixir...not my last!
The kicker ....4.99 for the bomber

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