Smuttynose Short Batch #2 - Brett & I | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Short Batch #2 - Brett & ISmuttynose Short Batch #2 - Brett & I
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DaggerEyes on 12-08-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
91
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
6
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours an opaque muddy golden color with a two-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with hints of funk and lighter hints of light fruit - mostly pears but with hints of citrus.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy and slightly spicy pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined midway through the sip by mild amounts of funk. Also joining in midway through the sip are faint citrus flavors and sweeter light fruit flavors that carry through to a slightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass easily and could have another.

Overall this was a very interesting beer - somewhere in between an APA and BSPA with brett added. Worth a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of bobv
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ccrida
2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The Kinsale in Boston, served in the Smuttynose Big Beer tulip, Brett & I is murky dark gold with a small, creamy white head that leaves scattered lace. Typed from notes within a week of taking them while relaxing in their outside seating after a nice Saturday walking the Freedom trail.

Smell is soft, with caramel malt but not particularly sweet, fusel alcohol and slight barnyard.

Taste is pretty strong and boozy, very white wine like, and not much brett funkiness save for being a bit on the drier, not sugary side for a thicker beer. IMHO this is not ready yet and should have been aged by brewery a good bit longer, to let the complexities of the brett develop and continue to thin out the malty mouthfeel, as well as generally smooth out the harsh alcohol bite. Big pet-peeve of mine in fact, when funky or sour beers are released to retail before the bugs have had time to actually get funky!!! I'm probably being hard on this because of the name, and lack of overwhelming brett character. Maybe they just used it in the secondary?

Mouthfeel is thick and drier, a boozy solvent feel.

Drinkability was lower for me, a pretty big disappointment as I really love some brett beers. I was expecting something like De Proef's Flemish Primitive's, but this was more of a heavy booze bomb, again, very wine like in regards to the strength of the alcohol, which is not something I wanted to drink a glass of, nor have be the dominating flavor.

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Photo of PatGreer
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's in Baltimore tonight.

This is pretty much average in all regards. The appearance was fine, but didn't impress me. It had what you'd expect from an on-tap beer. The brett introduced a unique taste, but it didn't stand above or below any other brett'ed beer. Still, it was not bad and I'd easily have this again.

3.5 A
3.5 S
3.5 T
3.5 M
4.0 D

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Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +5%

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

Reviewed on 6/19/08. On tap at Dek's. Pours a light orange with lots of thick white head. Aroma of sweet fruits (raspberry), spices. Smells very good! Flavor of zingy spices, sourness/funk, orange peel, Belgian yeast, apple and other light fruits, and slight bitter hops. Dry finish. A very interesting beer with a lot of complex flavors that seemed familiar to me. I just wanted to keep drinking this until I discovered what lurks in its mysterious depths. Quite drinkable.
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear, dark amber pour with no head and light carbonation. The nose is very tart and has a light sweetness. You get Brett in the nose, but it's a weird beer...unlike any Brett beer I've had. The taste is weird as well; it's very tart upfront, but finishes buttery instead of dry. I was expecting this beer to be more Orval-like, but this isn't like an Orval at all. The tartness and carbonation (what's left after a week) makes this drink like a slightly fruity lambic (apricot/peach) initially, but it finishs a completely different beer. I must give them some credit for making a beer that's different and new, but it's not quite perfect.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Chugs13
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Off the tap at American Flatbread this beer was a cloudy, amber-gold color. The one-finger, cream-colored head displayed good retention as a thin cap to a skim and left decent lacing. The aroma was tangy, citrus, spice and sour green apples. The flavors were very tangy. I tasted orange, lemon, a wheat twang, the spiciness of Brettanomyces, alcohol, Cascade hops and a hint of hoppy bitterness. Tight, tart and highly acidic, so much so that I wouldn't order another. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body was medium and the carbonation light/medium.

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Photo of DonFrap
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jaasen64
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Shared with DonFrap.

A- Pours a translucent slightly reddish orange with not much head- maybe a quarter finger of white head that dissipates fairly fast and doesn't leave too much head.

S- Brett and grassy funk mixed with a little bit of vinegar acidity, and some alcohol. The sour funk brett smell is definitely the most predominant. Average aroma strength, not the best smelling sour I've had though- a little bit too much of a vinegar acidity.

T- Sour brett with some lemon, hay, grass, etc.. It has a nice sour brett flavor balanced with the rest of the flavors.

M- Decent carbonation, refreshing, easy to drink, fairly light, abv decently well hidden.

O- This was a decent sour. I feel like Smuttynose is really a hit or miss and I felt like this was one of their better beers that I've had. Nice level of brett funk that balanced well with the other flavors and went down very easily, just a little bit too much vinegar acidity. I would try this again, but definitely not go out of my way to obtain it.

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Photo of smutty33
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap over at the Lion's Pride.

Pours a golden color with a tinge of orange and a bit of haze, good sized head and some sticky lacing.

Smell seems a bit musty actually, not really picking up much of the funky brett characteristics, has more of a spicy fruit aroma but definitely lacking in funk.

Taste is rather mild but this was the follow-up to the Oak Aged Maibock afterall, has a light malt taste with fruit in the background and earthy undertones, a crisp but soft carbonation works very well though.

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Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of bonkers
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My cousin was kind enough to split this one with me, hazy orange pour, smallish head, no lacing. The aroma has some light funk. The flavor was mild, some citrus, funkiness. The carbonation was light, no alcohol, easy drinking. I was expecting more funkiness, but an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of harsley
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this recently on tap. I'm thinking age may have helped this beer along. I didn't find it overly alcoholic at all and fairly drinkable. Didn't have much of a head at all when I got it, served in a small snifter. Smelled a little malty, with mostly brett earthyness. Fairly light on the palate with a dry crisp finish. Taste was pleasant. Sort of earthy with some brett tartness and a malt backbone. It was a sipper for me and wouldn't have more than one, but was pretty refreshing still on a hot humid night in August.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jrfehon33
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Duhast500
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Smuttynose Short Batch #2 - Brett & I from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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