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

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3.9/5
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91 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by DaggerEyes on 12-08-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
91
pDev:
9.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
6
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass or two at the BBF. Missed this one before at Coles in Buffalo.

Pours a lightly hazed light golden yellow, thin white head forms, settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick.

Smell is nice, lots of brett character, some barnyard and horse, nice light funkiness, caramel/honey sweetness, pineapples, lots of fruit character, really complex maltiness, and the funk plays well with the fruit character.

Taste is nice as well, neat pineapple/apple character, really malty, caramel and biscuit, honey malt, barnyard and funkiness, some wheat, really dry finish, light touch of spice.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. A pretty neat beer, I dig the maltiness and the fruit character.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tap filled bottle from the outstanding trader known as NutBrown. Thanks Alan!

There's a nice light pop when I opened the swing top and it pours a cloudy peach colour with +1 finger head of foam. The bubbles are very small and my glass has some nice sticky lacing.

It has a nice earthy and spicy and fruity nose with strong notes of green apples and plenty of Brett. Great nose.

The taste comes through with green apple tartness and big flavours of funk that brings some big bitterness, especially in the aftertaste. Now I'm noticing a touch of caramel malt sweetness that takes the edge of the bitter somewhat and a good dosing of pepper.

Interesting flavours to be found here for sure. The bitterness and funk kind of reminds me of Orval but the apples definitely lead it into an entirely different direction. Good stuff.

This has a fairly light mouthfeel with a very low level of carbonation but that suits the beer very well.

Drinkabilty? The alcohol is a non factor and this is such an interesting and unusual tasting brew...I'm having a fun session with this big old 1L GT bottle. Thanks again, Alan, for the opportunity to drink another straight from the tap offering without having to deal with the area hogging and more intensive packaging required bottle that is known as the Growler. ;^) This rules!!

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Photo of harsley
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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 DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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 JohnQVegas
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold, with a nice fluffy white head. Doesn't take long to disappear.

Nose is lemony, hint of green apple, mellow, crisp. Hint of lightly sweet malt.

Taste is light, clean, yeastiness, bit of lemony citrus and more green apple, very mellow earthy barnyard funk, very farmhouse. Crisp finish, dry, yeasty, solid.

Mouthfeel is mellow, light carbonation, medium body, bit creamy.

Fantastic beer for drinkability, could definitely make this a nice summer beer. More farmhouse than expected - well done.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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 SFLpunk
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

They poured this at the "From Smutty With Love" event at American Flatbread Burlington Hearth yesterday and were having problems with the amount of foam. I managed to get the bar manager to score me a pour. I had to let it settle for about 3 minutes before even thinking about getting near it.

HUGE bone white head and golden, somewhat cloudy appearance. Nosings of sour green apple and sour white peach with stone. Some earthy, bark-like notes. The palate was moderately sour and medium bodied. Flavors of Brett and sour peach were wrapped up by wooded notes and an astringent finish. The finish was a little too dry for me, a little too "woody" feeling. A nice effort, but either needs some time to settle out or needs a little tweaking.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 dnichols
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: It poured cloudy and musty dirty gold with a slight white head. There was clumping and leggy lacing.

S: It had a sweet malty aroma laced with caramel, citrus and a funky farm house odor.

T: It had a distinct and immature flavor that was dominated by fruits, toffee malts, and Belgian spices. The funkiness was hidden making the beer less balanced than expected.

M: It was light bodied with modest carbonation and a biting and dry finish.

D: It was a good beer to experiment with but it is not a stong session beer.

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Photo of ccrida
2.65/5  rDev -32.1%
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 BBM
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at Deks up in Rocky Point NY. Poured a clear golden amber and a smooth 2-inch foam white head. Aroma was crisp and sweet.

Fruits, toffee malts, and Belgian spices all come together for a package that does not batter the tastebuds but rather lets you sit back and enjoy. Mouthfeel is spot on and this is a devilishly drinkable brew. A very good farmhouse ale from Smutty, wouldn't mind seeing this one stick around.

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Photo of gregc
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the blind tiger.
Poured a golden color with a small white head.
Aroma of hops, citrus and the faintest amount of brett. I was hoping for alot more, kinda disappointed. Where is the funk?
Flavor of citrus, malt and a small tart and dry finish. Again i was disappointed, no funk.
Overall it was a good beer, but if you are going to putt "Brett" in the name at least make it taste like a brett beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Blind Tiger, NYC - Poured into a tulip glass:

Pours hazed golden with a thin white head that lasts, leaving quite a bit of lacing.

The smell is sweettart with some brett funkiness.

The taste is of light malt - sweetish with a tart, funky mix. Not a knock-you-over-the-head funkiness, but it's there.

The carbonation is a bit mild. Light-bodied. Pretty crisp.

Nice for a milder, "intro-like" Belgian-style, funky brew with bretts.

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Photo of TheBCrew
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 10 oz. pour of this at the Ithaca Ale House. Appearance is a clear pale yellow/orange (a little hard to really see in the restaurant). Small white head dissipates. The aroma is a sweet and a little fruity, with hints of pineapple. Some lacing is present. Flavor is rather crisp with a mild hop bitterness and the fruit aspects coming through again. None of the sourness/funkiness that you usually expect from a brett beer. Finishes clean and crisp on the palate, somewhat thin mouthfeel and easy drinkability.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours nicely clouded gold with a white head. Funky antiseptic nose. Funky edge as well on flavor. Weird and total funk. Thick carbonation and smooth liquid. Leaves a lasting acrid, citrus flavor in the mouth. This is an interesting beer to say the least.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 10 oz pour of this at Mugs Ale House

Poured a Hazy gold with a thin bubbly white head that disappeared pretty quickly, light lacing on the glass.

Floral hops, citrus fruit (lemon) a bit of brett funkiness, brett doesn't play as large a role as one would be led to believe by the name.

Citrus fruit on the palate with some tartness and a bit of funk, bitter dry hoppy finish.

I was hoping for some more funk, but none the less this is a solid brew from a great brewery

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