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

very good
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 IronLover
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bomber, poured a deep yellow orangish color with a big foamy head. Pretty hazy and murky with lots of sticky lacings. Sweet malty aroma with hints of biscuit, yeast, and citrusy grapefruit. Tons of carbonation and a nice sweet full body feel. Sweet malty flavor in the front that leadsto a brief yeasty/biscuity middle and a spicy alcoholic ending. Quite drinkable. I will enjoy this one again.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was better on tap. Still a pretty good brew in the bottle but some of the things I sensed from the tap version could go wrong did go wrong whenst bottled. A bit too heavy, syrupy and sugary, especially by comparison. There are some red ale like textures that I just don't dig; an abrasiveness that doesn't resonate with my tastes.
Lots of fruity richness to be enjoyed but you have to be in the mood for dessert.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured a light golden color with a one finger head in a tulip glass.
The aroma: spice, barnyard ,very aromatic ,but different than a lot of other Saisons- more balanced.

The MF is very carbonated as expected with the style.

The aroma transitions well to the taste:lots of spice with a nice citrus barnyard finish-but a different type of citrus than other Saisons.

Another excellent beer by Smuttynose. The spices are definitely distinct and different than other beers in the style. The sage rounds out the spicy character of the beer. With warming, the pineapple sage becomes prominent in the aroma and also in the taste. As beer warms up the spice becomes quite prominent especially in the finish.

One of the better American brewed Saisons I have tasted.

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Photo of PGVG
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a bunch, but it's been a while since I bought one. Here we go, 22oz into standard pint (My snifter broke today! NOOO!!!)

A- A faint, subdued straw yellow with a voluminous head that goes on for days. Bubbles are like a sno-cone or ice shavings.... really interesting. Like lemon sorbet ontop of my beer. Very inviting, high points awarded. Incredible lacing.

S- Floral, mildly funky, sweet, faint caramelized sugar... Hmm. I stick my nose into the beer and the grassy, wet-blanket funk is there, although reserved all things considered. Very nice, if subdued.

T- This beer is a winner. Sweet, a faint amount of tartness, funky funk is here in full effect. A citric acidity comes to bring up the rear. I can't say I can name all the flavors working in this one... but I like 'em!

M- Crisp, multi-faceted, a faint amount of the ABV is noted although does not detract. Very nice.

D- One of my favorites... prob. the first Farmhouse I ever had and after sampling a bunch, I still find qualities in this one that will keep me coming back again and again. Cheers!

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a large white foamy head. The smell is almost all Belgian candy sugar with some lemon and floral scents. The taste is sweet with candy sugar,lemon,pepper,clove,and honey. A really nice taste. The m/f is light and the flavors really mix well and hide the alcohol. All in all, this is another very good "Big Beer Series" beer from Smuttynose. Cheers.

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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 MaltyGoodness
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a creamy white head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very bready and yeasty with some pronounced fruity and spicy tones.

Very yeasty and bready with some nice fruity and spicy flavors. Has a rather bold tartness to it.

Full body, good carbonation.

A nice saison with an interesting tartness. No problems putting down the bomber.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a small, foamy, eggshell colored head that quickly faded to a thing bubble ring. Light aroma of lemon, wheat, and earthy bubblegum. Hazy golden beer with fine particles suspended throughout. Sweet candied flavors of spring flowers and bubblegum up front. Tart, almost sour flavor develops in the middle, but is never overpowering. Finish is fairly bitter, and lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is solid, but a good dose of carbonation keeps it from sticking. Sourness towards the end is felt as much as tasted. I like a Saison that keeps my attention, and this one has plenty flavors and textures to keep it interesting. I was worried at first because it wasn't much to look at, but a whif of the glass showed promise, and it delivered in the end.

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Photo of bort11
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Skinny Elvis for this one.
22 oz bomber split with my wife. Poured into Imperial pint glasses. Hazy golden orange color. Fizzy white head that receded to little to no lacing.
Smell is very fruity to begin with. Apples and pears with a dash of spices. Taste is pineapple and very juicy. Evenly blended coriander and other spices.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very refreshing. Very enjoyable

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

A - Nice golden color with a huge cascading head.

S - The aroma had hints of citrus, sweet malt and floral hops.

T - Citrus / light sour with a sweet malty backbone. Light spice undetone.

M - Quite the flavor swirl on this one. Definitely one that will be refreshing as the summer temperatures rise!

D - Haven't really had many beers in this style. This was a nice intro and I would consider trying others based on this brew. One bottle was plenty for the evening and I can envision enjoying one on the deck with friends this summer!

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mild, slightly pink hazy honey texture. Very thin head with yeasty trails.

Almost a champagne/yeast scent with sour citrus and horse blanket notes. A little woody mixed in with the yeast. Very nicely fragrant and carbonated.

Very pleasant sweetness to yeast and light malt. Carbonation brings out oaky sour fruit overtones with maybe even some herbs in there (rosemary, thyme?).

Big, woody tight citrus pucker feel. Long full finish with no unpleasant aftertaste.

Carbonation keeps this from being too heavy but this delivers full impact. Very enjoyable saison. Gotta love this style.

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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 dalepryor
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

A clean orange/amber beer. Has a small off white head. Which leaves a nice lace. The aroma is tart fruit notes up front. With hints of pear in the background. The tartness carries over into the start of the taste. Followed quickly by a sour character pushing forward. THere is a soft sweet malt note in the middle. There is a light pepper hoppiness to add a little snap to the finish.

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Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Purchased at Trader Joe's on the cheap, $3.49

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with ruby hues throughout. Slight head that dissipates in the middle, but hugs the edge of the glass. Oxidation noticeable with bubbles making their way to the top.
S: Aromas of grapefruit, bananas, bubblegum, green granny apples, and a slight tart with a nice maltyness that compliments. Smells wonderful.
T & M: Tastes of fruitness hits the palate first with many flavors including berries, grapefruit, bananas. Slight bitter tart at the front of the tongue and dryness at the sides of the mouth. Yeastyness is felt on the tongue. Slick and oily as it goes down. Nice aftertaste leaves me thinking this would be a perfect summer days brew.
D: Definately a drinkable beer while listening to a ballgame on the back porch in the sun. I will get this again. highly recommended as are all the smuttynose beers. Probably would go well with any meal.

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Photo of BillHilly
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Archemedies
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of fermentedbarley
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of SilentSabre
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale yellow with loads of assertive CO2 fueling an enormous head with even a deliberately gentle pour. So far, on par with its European counterpart.
Smell, too, is a bit impressive, with big sourness and wet basement aromas right up front.
Taste is a little disappointing after being spot on with appearance and smell. To be honest, it's a bit of a challenge to taste much of anything in this one. There are certainly some sour notes and a bit of barn animal funk, but rather muted and not even close to being as assertive as the appearance and smell would have suggested.
Still a tasty beer and a terrific attempt at the style.
I will say this, however. This drinks way, way below its 9,3%. I was stunned after 2 or 3 sips to look up and see the abv.
Overall, a good beer and glad I tried it.

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Photo of halo913
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of kkipple
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mmm, tasty...

Very Saison DuPont like. Pale dirty yellow with a decent off white head that fades to cover the surface. Cool esters, a bit of funk, white pepper, lemon-citrus, green apples and sweet light malt. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Just a touch of brett-funk lends an air of sour mystery to this thing. A bit sweet for my tastes, but excellent all around. Finish is dry, apple-like and alternates sour / sweet. A wonderful effort from Smuttynose and one you should try.

Drink up!

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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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