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

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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

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Photo of nanertak
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz to tulip glass

Appearance: Golden. Bright and bubbly, 1 finger head, lot of carbonation.

Nose: Oranges, bananas, hint of grassyness. Belgian yeast.

Taste: Strong and sweet malts, fading into cloying alcohol. Mild spicy middle, lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thick. The carbonation gives a mild spice (a bit too mild) to the backbone, which quickly fades (a bit too quickly). Very round. A bit too round for a saison, in my opinion.

Drinkability: It's not bad. Reasonably good beefed up farmhouse/saison. A bit too round for summer drinking, so I'm not sure where or when I'd drink another.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in the good ol' US of A, and brought back to Sydney. Cracked open with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a deep, hazed golden colour, that looks a lot darker when not held to the light. Head is full and frothy, although it vents its air and collapses relatively quickly, leaving a pure white veil on the top. Lacing is patchy, and the body is very heavy for a saison, but otherwise looks good.

Nose is light and slightly tart, with green appleskin characters the main event, along with a touch of slightly sweet vinegar. There's a little peppery vegetative character like arugula or something else slightly herbal, and it gives it the slight organic edge a saison needs. Not bad, but certainly not as good as the best.

Taste is also pleasant, and vaguely stylistically correct, without hitting the high notes. Slight peppery phenols through the centre and a dry, yeasty Belgian finish. Some herbal, organic notes, but only if you're searching for them. Lacks the slight touch of acidity and the true rustic funk of a good saison, but again, it's kinda on the right tracks.

Not a bad beer, and a surprisingly supple one for a saison this big, but the phenols and booze hints it gets from the extra alcohol are not supported by a really good base beer, so it feels big for no reason. I'd prefer more funk and less booze, thanks.

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Photo of admiralcrunch
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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 AlexanderSelby
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow, slight haze, weak head. Smells of bananas, lemon peel, slightly peppery. Tastes like a screw-driver, but better of course. There is a whole lot of sour citrus in there, lemon and orange mostly, and the booze is pretty obvious. There is some clove-like vanilla vibe on the back palate when you look for it, but orangey, lemony, screwdriver is really what comes to mind.

I am typically turned off by Saisons, but this guy seems to be more concise than a lot of the variety. The wild yeasts don't run ramped and muddle up the flavors. This does not mean a lack of complexity, just an accomplishment in discretion with a very hard-to-handle 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 bruachan
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

grabbed this daddy up at yankee spirits in attleboro. never seen it in the midwest

sweet aromas swirl around as i sit on my couch. the beer i poured into my goblet has a creamy merengue head, and itself is a rich, effervescent amber. almost like a river-worn globe of amber. the head's withdrawal leaves creamy lacing

the aromas are of buttered popcorn and coriander. sweet but funky. the flavor profile is sweet and fruity: pear, apricot, but minimally spicy. bitterness shows up at the finish to cut off the sweetnes. it's fairly meaty all the while—certainly for a saison

it's too sweet, and head brewer david yarrington admits as much on the website, as well as the fact that it's a little bigger than intended. i was very impressed to see in his notes that offered criticisms for his own brews and plans to improve them in the future. such honesty is totally unnescessary, but very appreciated. i will definitely try this again, since i have reason to believe it will only get better (and i appreciate the difficulty in the intricacies of saison fermenting)

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Photo of Vancer
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A crystal clear perfect amber greets me on the pour, frothy ivory cap leaving a ring o' lace in the Corsendonk tulip. Lots of yeasties on the bottom clouds up the next pour after a good swirling.

Just a minimal pop of funk in a mostly malty aroma. A very easy-going quaff of light fruits with musty background. Hint of sweet cherry rounds out a light bodied saison with an no alcohol taste. Would have guessed 5%.

Saw where someone paid $5 for a bomber - makes this a very good brew at a good price.

Someone HAD to have sent this to me, forgive me - I forgot to put your name on the label as I usually do. Many thanks anyway.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 22oz bomber poured into an oversized wine glass. The bottle does not list the alcohol percentage, and it does not have a fresh by date. It does mark when the beer was bottle conditioned (2010).

A: Hazy honey gold with a thin white head that is gone within 20 seconds of pouring (it leaves a slight spiral on top like oil on water). You can see a few slow carbonation bubbles.

S: Honey, citrus, earth, sweetbread, floral notes.

T: Starts with lots of citrus, then prunes, earth, spice, fruit cake, slight bitterness from hops, and a good bit of warming alcohol.

M: Medium and semi-sweet, but a bit flat (it needs more carbonation).

O: My biggest complaint about this beer would have to be the alcohol. It is very high for a saison, and the alcohol is obvious when you consume the beer. The alcohol could have been blended better. I am not always against heavy warming alcohol (winter is a perfect time for such beers). But since this beer is meant to be consumed in the late spring and summer, the high alcohol of this beer is not as pleasing. I do enjoy bitter and earthy aspects of this beer, but they are almost drowned out by the alcohol flavor that takes over the finish and rests in the back of your throat. The beer is also a bit flat and needs more carbonation to add zing to all the complex flavors. Still the beer does deliver nice flavor, especially if you prefer spicy and earthy characteristics in your beer.

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Photo of david18
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to a get this beer because it's winter and I've been looking at this beer for weeks. It's actually very good in a style I don't drink very much. I had a Hennepin, which I liked better, but I decided to try this as it gets cold. Great high carbonation, intense aroma and good flavor. In general I would recommend this beer.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle.
Bottle Conditioned in 2006.

Light, glowing peach in color with shades of copper. Foamy, white head that lingers as a delicate sheet with pools of larger bubbles. Beads of lacing around the goblet.

Bright, slightly tart fruit esters: orange, cherry. Big clove and corriander spice that cuts through the sour quality. Faint, musty Belgian candied sugar.

Mouth puckering tartness at first: bright lemon, green apple, orange, and grapefruit followed by earthen, yet bright floral hops. A rather intense corriander and pepper spiciness that leads to a musty sweetness with a drop of diacetyl.

A light, medium bodied; a bit filmy, properly carbonated.

Not a bad stab at a Belgian Saison. A bit one-sided on the spices, but a pleasant flavored brew.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love trying new Smuttynose beers as they have yet to disappoint me.

This big beer pours a golden orange with a head that disipates to a thin collar, but there appears to be plenty of carbonation. The poor head retention has led to poor lacing.

This saison has all of the typical qualities in the nose including a sour funk and spice. There is a hint of grassy lemoney hops that give the nose a finishing twang. Lurking in the background are notes of lightly toasted malts.

Tastes of spices such as clove and pepper along with a zesty farmhouse yeasty funk. This saison is a little sweeter than most I've had in the past and features greater orange flavoring that finishes with a bit of a hot alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation makes the alcohol finish a little difficult as it warms, which hurts its drinkability. This isn't my top saison, but it's an interesting twist and worth a try.

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Photo of ralree
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
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 gameface23
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale pours a pale yellow, good sized froth and decent retention. Aroma is light but there was some belgian yeast notes. In the flavor, belgian ale characteristics with some sweetness. Alittle bit of earthy funk but very distant. Overall this drinks like a belgian pale ale with alittle wheat malt and straw. As it warms, ever so faintly tart. Lighter bodied and hides the big alcohol fairly well.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber bottled in 2009
a: frothy cloudy white foam w/ great retention that leaves a pretty decent spotty foam coating the side of the glass; lots of movement in the clear bronze body; looks great

s: first and foremost it is spicy; nice warm spices; honey; oranges; coriander; sweet sugar; in the middle is some nice yeasty grains;

t: a little disappointing since the smell and look were both really good; you can definitely taste an almost whiskey like abv here that is a little strong bc the flavors are a little watery; light bitter tinge of hops at the finish; some mild spiciness;

m: a little aggressive and watery for my tastes

d: a decent offering but in the realm of saisons there are many better

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Photo of vfgccp
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottle enjoyed in May 2011.

A – Gold amber. Nice white head with great lace and nice retention.

S – Cider with tart peach, sweet nectar, and a barny hay note.

T – Fruity sweetness brings out pear on top of apple. Grassy mid with a crisp peppercorn and light booze backend.

M – Net-sweet finish. Medium body – perhaps medium/full for the style. Leaves a syrupy coating on your palate.

O – It’s an interesting take on a double saison. It’s definitely a delicious beer, but relative to the world of saisons I’m not sure I would have pushed as hard in the direction of sweet, thick, and syrupy when making a double. That said, I still enjoyed it : )

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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 timtim
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy dark gold with a bright white head that goes away but leaves a nice little lace. smells of yeast and spice. a faint faint hop smell. tastes of clove, corriander, a little citrus. more clovy than i prefer in a saison and not barnyardy enough for me. nonetheless, i give it to smuttynose for producing a decent saison. good mouthfeel. easy, pleasant drink. i would much rather have a foret or saison dupont, but this is still a pretty good beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a hazy apricot body with a big foamy off-white head with a sea of slow microbubbles.
S- The fruit aroma has a dry soft cinnamon spice with a light we stone note in the finish.
T- This beer has a green herbal pine note with some wheat dough notes. There are some cheese rind notes with some yeasty earthy hint in the finish. The light spice comes through in the finish aswell.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizzy finish. Some alcohol heat comes through in the finish.
D- This beer is a big fusel in the alcohol finish with some odd fruity finishes that is more like breakfast cereal than yeasty.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy pale orange with a substantial head that left good lacing. Nice.

Smells of spice, sweet grain, yeast.

Sweetness and raw grain are all up front. Oh, don't forget the alcohol kick too. Spice and citrus notes and a bit of tartness fights thru in the end.

Mouth coating, with good carbonation. Alcohol in your breath at the end too.

Well crafted, nice style, gorgeous beer -- just not my favorite. I fully appreciate it, just not my thing. Worth a try, as you mught just dig this one.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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 tlazaroff
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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 hoptualBrew
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber to the pint glass - murky as hell straw yellow/orange color with an off white head and tons of lacing.

Funk upfront, yeast dominant nose but alot of citric fruit plays around in the background. Lemon peel, orange zest, sour plum compliment the funk well.

Hardcore citrus on the palate with that funky yeast, pairs well. Descent bittering spice hop presence out back to put a nice end touch on this brew. Body is moderate (6/10) and carbonation is on point.

Overall, it's a descent saison - nothing spectacular, but very classic to the style. If your looking for the WOW factor, this isnt it - but its a solid drinker.

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Photo of phisig137
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color with a minimal head and no lacing.

Aroma is yeast and bready, but little else. Not quite what I'd expect.

Flavor is decent. Minimal hops, and little malt. The yeast is prevalent, but not quite spicy enough for me. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and drinkability is dangerously high. This one hides it alcohol VERY well.

I expected more, considering Smutty's other big beers series. As an ale, it's pretty good, but as a saison, it's not so hot. Decent beer overall, but I don't think I'll be buying it again anytime soon. It just doesn't "wow" me.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold, but almost as light as straw. Actually, more like straw. Stocky ring of foam, but the head all but expired.

An apple-y nose with a good and firm farmhouse yeast character, not short on sweetness. Almost honeyed with creamy tones. Some good dryness from the sage, which doesn't exactly come out and smack you. Apricot and faint citrus round things out with touches of lemon and pepper.

A sweeter saison with a distict flavor of artificial green apple, like a Jolly Rancher. Some dry sage notes with a restrained pungency that hints at bitter lemon peel and white pepper. Flamboyant in its yeast character with lots more fruitiness than any nuttiness. Some citrus and some stone fruit. Finishes with more apple, pear, and white peach. Not too bad.

Breezy feel with a light dry air and some latent spicy crispiness. Very agreeable. I like more chalky dry chew with the carbonation and residual foam.

This holds up well as a good saison.

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