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 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 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 Rainintheface
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up couple of Smuttynose Big Beer offerings (2007)
and since I'm partial to Saisons I'll start here.

A: golden, a little hazy with a nice head to start but goes quickly to thin lace

S: earthy yeast, spicy and citrusy. Saisony. If that's a word.

T: clove honey, pepper and orange

M: crisp, smooth medium bodied, low carbonation. Warming alcohol presence

D: Summer and Saisons go hand in hand in my book and this is one fine offering. Highly recommend.

Poured with vigor into big ass glass mug.

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Photo of Thur123
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok so, this brew pours a golden color with three fingers of think white head and little carbonation. The smell is notably creamy, with the spices taking a backseat while still making their presence known. A slight funk pervades the smell and I don't detect any boozy kind of smell.

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Ok up front is smooth, sweet and creamy before rushing into the spice flavor, a slight bitter underlies the whole profile and the end and aftertaste contain more of the funk then before. I have to commend this brew for hiding the booze flavor while still retaining some of the heat. Overall this isn't bad but it seems to be lacking in complexity and also any kind sour apple taste I usually expect with this style.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Smutty Big Beer Glass. Head rises an inch or so and settles quickly. No head like some of the Belgian's, where you have to pour 2 or 3 times to get a glass. Aroma is decidedly spicy with hoppy overtones. Hints of sweetness weave in and out.

Taste hits lightly sweet and the hops quickly carry through. The sweet and spicy yeast combine with the hops perfectly. This one may not be typically Belgian but may be one of the finest American Saisons and one of Smutty's finest.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a dark and hazy golden color. The head is off-white and moderate in size. The smell is citrousy and grassy. The taste mirrors the smell with a lemony grass tang. The mouthfeel is smooth. A pleasant beer but not one I would want to drink many of in any single session.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Found this in my usual haunt in Belfast. Pours golden orange color with a thick head. Smells a bit like malt. Tastes quite sweet, almost a bit raisiny, malt and some spices, though the spices are not prevelant. Mouthfeel is good. But overall, it's just OK in my opinion. It's a little too sweet for me. I'd drink it again if it was given as a gift, but I won't be looking for it.

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Photo of Richardberg
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of jbsteiny
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12 oz. wineglass with a tulip glass – a hazy reddish gold with an inch and a half of head that left chunks of lace on the glass. Smelled wonderful, a highly floral and fruity nose with hints of alcohol and spice, and tasted even better. A bitter hop finish keeps this ale from being all flowers and fruit, which helped the taste, but hurt the mouthfeel a touch – otherwise, this medium bodied ale has good carbonation and masks its 7.5% ABV well enough to be a refreshing, but complex, drink on a hot afternoon.

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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 bonbright7
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Farmhouse Ale poured beautifully into my tall pint glass with a short head that belied its fathoms of taste. The fruit and floral aromas told me more about this ale I as dove in for a taste. The golden red ale tasted differently each time as a hundred different colors came to my mind. A light sense of hops came around to remind me this was an ale and not just a glorious find. It also had a malty background, unlike other saison interpretations I have had.

My hat is off to the Smuttynose Brewing Company for creating such a great ale.

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

22oz bottle purchased at Bauer Wine and Spirits in Boston. Poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, but mostly clear orange. It smells fruity, particuarly of pineapple. It tastes a little sweet and fruity, but not really citrusy. The taste finishes with a little bit of spice. Overally this is a pretty good beer, well-suited to warm weather.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass (I really need to get an actual tasting glass).

This is my first beer of this style and from the description it seems kinda hard to narrow the way its supposed to be brewed. It almost seems as if this was the original ale style.

A: Thin head, but with lots of carbonation to support it through the life of the pour. The head leaves little lacing, but enough to mark the pulls. Pours a gold color.

S: Has strong earthy tones to it. More hoppy scent then anything. A slight hint of fruit. Kinda like walking in the woods and starting to catch the scent of that lone apple tree.

T: Has a dominate floral hoppiness about it. Undertones of a bready-sweet yeast. Has an apple fruit taste to it.

M: Good, medium bodied with a light coating of the tongue. The carbonation is just enough to let you know its there. No film left behind.

D: Goes down easy, but I will get tired of the fruity taste of it. Would like to see the yeast play a bigger role.

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

A- pours an ever so slightly cloudy copper with a small foamy head.

S- Sweet and fruity. Oranges, cherries, grapes, pears, etc. Very pleasant.

T- spicy with a dry sweetness. Fruity but well balanced with spice and cloves.

M- Medium body with a good dose of carbonation.

D- Excellent. The alcohol is well masked,pleasant nose and flavor profile, overall an excellent brew. The only note I would make is that it could use a touch of that, "Belgian" tartness.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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 emsroth
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage

App: gold to slightly amber. Medium level of haze. HUGE frothy, foamy, chunky head that took forever to die down. A perfect looking beer.

Smell: Strong fruity aromas dominate: apples and cranberries. A dank, zesty, wet smell is also present. Faint wafts of alcohol and grainy malt occasionally slip through.

Taste: Strong and spicy. Starts with an alcoholic kick that fades into pear and mild apple. Next comes a spicy wet grass flavor which turns into the bitterness of the hops. Ends slightly fruity with a medium husky and herbal dryness.

Medium-full body with intense the top carbonation.
A saison that's more on the malty side, but a good one nonetheless.

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Photo of smanders
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Picked this up at TW in Springfield for $4.99 on a hot summer day in VA. Bottled in July 2014.

Appearance: hazy amber with a thin head. No lacing, whatsoever.

Smell: dried, sweetened fruits with an unbelievably fragrant yeast. Reminds me of Germany in the summertime!

Taste: wonderfully light fruitiness with a touch of tart. A little dryness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: High. This beer will bring coolness and refreshment on hot summer days.

Overall: Light, fruity goodness that represents the style well.

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Photo of Sam21
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 edition poured into tulip. Purchased for $5.99.

Appearance - Tarnished golden body. First pour yields perfect clarity, while the second pour delivers a cloudy orange body (left most of the yeast in the bottle). Healthy head.

Smell - Fruity. Citrus rinds, subtle clove, and pale malts. Strong granny smith apple in there as well. The apple adds a unique edge.

Taste - Orange, apple, and lemon enter first before being met by spicy clove and underlying malt sweetness that supports the intense fruit and high alcohol content. The finish is spicy and phenolic with herbal bitterness. Spicy phenols linger. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overly so. It settles nicely within the sweet and spicy body.

Mouthfeel - Medium-body that leans slightly towards full. Carbonation is relatively soft and lively.

Drinkability - This is a big saison and rightfull holds a place in Smuttynose's Big Beer Series. A good beer that leans towards the spicy side. Nice sweetness and pronounced fruitiness add nice support. Bold, fruity, and spicy. Worth a try if you are able to find it!

2009 vintage. Bomber into tulip.

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a vicious billowing head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere.

Smell - Earthy spiciness, some citrusy sweetness, and Belgian yeast.

Taste - A mixture of spicy clove, lemon, orange, apple, and black pepper. Solid hop bite at the end with an alcohol bite finishing out the flavor profile.

Mouth Feel - Full bodied with very filling and lively carbonation. I'd prefer a little less carbonation, but I love the look it gives to this beer.

Drinkability - Love the flavor profile in this beer but the alcohol bite at the end does lower the drinkability slightly. Still, lots of delicious things going on in this beer.

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Photo of fields336
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz, vintage 2011 (Total wine had it for 2.99 a piece)

A: Orange to copper in color, 2 finger awesome looking head on it, with lots of bubbles. opaque, but looks like lots of bubbles

S: nice yeasty smell, with some bready malts and some floral/spicy/earthy/noble type hop aroma, barnyard, tart, green apple skin

T: pepper, clove, banana, spicy, lemon zest, cardamom, A wave of bready and sweet malts. little to no hop presence, not surprised for a year or so old. Nice depth of flavor.

M: Medium bodied, but nice dry finish. Hides the ABV well, its very drinkable

O: wow man, $2.99 a bottle was such a steal, I'm glad I picked up 3, but I should have bought out the store.

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Photo of NoLiberty
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

App: I love the country art label, nice pics in this series of beers. The beer pours a beautiful apricot, orange color. Nice thick head, long lasting with high lacing.

Aroma: Nice big, strong farmhouse nose. Fruity, spicy sweet; wheat and fresh flowers, grassy. Very classic saison smell.

Taste: Front is a little light on the funkiness. Taste is not as strong as the smell, unfortunately. Nice warm, sweet middle with good warming alcohol and hop finish. Good yeast profile, but not overpowering.

Mouth: A bit too thick for this style, but not unpleasant. A little syrupy and hot, but good vibrant carbonation.

Drink: Definitely drinkable, as too style, but certainly better versions available.

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Photo of ramseye4
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed while enjoying some tasty deer burgers and watching Monday Night Football. Heaven? I think so. Pours a golden color with a decent head into my Redhook tulip. Beautiful, appetizing color, good lacing. Smells fruity, spiced, almost elegant, a bit of spice, and some bready notes. Tastes...different than the smell had me expecting. But it works, and well. Alcohol is very evident, making this one a sipper, hovers dangerously to overpowering the taste. Hoppy bitterness surprisingly surfaces, with some spice and malt. Hard to describe, but very good. Mouthfeel is very full bodied, carbonation pops and sizzles, and the drinkability suffers a tad bit from the high alcohol presence in the taste.

Overall this is very very good, my first Saison, great job by Smuttynose.

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Photo of MrOH
2.26/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: clear, light gold with orange highlights and small head which disappears quickly and leaves no lacing. Not too bubbly at all

Aroma: sour plums (?), rose water, slight touch of earthy, spicy phenols to go with nice estery character

taste: spicy and slightly astringent, then fruit and earth in layers, touch of sour, the spice lingers and prickles and then disappointingly finishes with nail polish remover

Drinkability: not very, the solvent character of the finish really keeps you from coming back for more

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Photo of mhatters
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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 andjusticeforale
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nice big hazy honey golden yellow with a nice head that could be brought back to life with pre-sip swirling.

There was some controlled funk in the smell; The first taste was all buttery smooth malt, nutty yeast and a bitter finish. THat finish really balanced teh sweetness. I guess it was alcohol rather than a hoppiness in the finish, but there was a use of flavoring hops that also pushed the limit as to what was possible- I wouldn't go any further. The mouthfeel was okay, but there was just not as luxurious a feel that needs to be there is a saison. What I would like to see is a slick and feather light middle; yet the feeling that you just drank something substantial. This just didn't get here.

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Photo of dickieb
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw like color, almost like a dark macro but with a nice bubbly head and some real nice lacing. The smell is sweet like candied sugar with hints of Belgian yeasts and apricots. The flavor comes on strong with a nice malt backbone some citrus and grass like hops and some light spicing, and it has a good dry finish. The mouthfeel is a bit big but it suits the beer. This is a very good beer to drink over a long time as it seems to get a bit better as it warms, but its not something i could drink all that quickly anyway. An impressive beer from Smutty.

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