Smuttynose Luna Moth | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by GarthDanielson on 06-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of 05Harley
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in May 2013
Bottle 694 of 912
Estimated calories - 216/12oz

Purchased @ Johnson's Market Place, New Durham NH
Price - $15.75/750ml bomber

Pours a murky amber orange with a massive three inch soapy white head. Liquid is completely free of fines and sediment from start to finish. Thick foam and very clingy too with legs like Tina Turner, wow.

Aroma is packed with the typical barnyard of sorts you would expect from a Farmhouse Ale. Apricot, water melon and pear dominate followed by spices and of course that bready Belgian yeast smell.

Flavors of white grapefruit and freshly squeezed orange take charge followed by peppery spices and fresh cut grass. An almost perfect flavor profile accept for the alkaline aftertaste in the finish.

Body is medium with a slite bittering feel on the tongue thanks to it's freshness. Carbonation is low and the alcohol is barely noticeable. Finishes crisp and dry.

Overall a decent example of the style. The first couple of glasses a bit more chilled were refreshing. As I finish the bottle and it gets closer to room temperature is where I feel the beer loses it's flavor edge to the metal gods. A bit on the pricey side too but it is a one off.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 530 of 912. The label states :"A Hoppy Saison." Bottled May, 2013. Poured from a cage and cork bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, copper-gold coloring with faint ruby highlights and a tall, frothy, big bubbled head that starts a solid 2 inches, but settles down into a foamy surface coating after a minute or two. Aromas of bubble gum, berry sweetness, saffron, toasted grains, and a hint of resin and bitterness from the hops. Flavors are toasty initially, with a blast of resin and piney hops immediately after, clearing the palate completely. The yeast gives some great blasts of flavor across the palate as you drink, including some herbal profiles of mint and sage. Grassy and citrus notes slowly build as you drink. Carbonation and a light body keeps the beer crisp and very drinkable. Refreshing and light, with a minimalistic aftertaste of biscuit and citrus hops. Crisp, clean, slightly effervescent finish. Tasty brew, and great in the dog days of summer.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a strikingly clear medium golden color with a huge bubbly white head that shows great retention and lace. Aromas of light sweet sugar and honey with pear and apple notes along with some yeasty phenols and a hint of tropical fruit. The flavor is light and sweet with a nice hit of earthy yeasty phenols. Lots of light fruit flavors play nicely with a moderate level of hop bite. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet fruity tart mouthfeel. Nice brew, I'm glad I got to try it but seriously smuttynose at a retail of almost 18 dollars I'm finding it very hard to continue supporting your brewery.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle 709 of 912, "Meant to be consumed fresh." No problem there.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a pinkish tint. The pillowy and creamy white head retains very well, and gobs of foamy lacing remain in its wake.

S: Vibrant fruit aromas greet the nose as soon as the cork shoots out of the bottle. Freshly picked strawberries, apple blossom, and loads of juicy pear. Yeast plays a very prominent role as well, lending a chalky scent with a dash of white pepper. Somewhat musty. Just a touch medicinal. Biscuity malt. Slight prick of alcohol with tropical esters of starfruit and pineapple in tow.

T: Opens with pithy citrus tastes of white grapefruit and oranges. Lots of pear, as in the nose. Very yeasty. Chalky, somewhat musty. Slightly medicinal. White pepper toward the tail end. Doughy malt. Peppery alcohol is well hidden. Pineapple and starfruit esters. Pithy orange and oily hops merge with chalky yeast on the lingering finish.

M: The body sits on the lighter side of medium. Creamy, slight scrubbing carbonation. Light hop astringency, slight alcohol warmth.

O: Good stuff. A very yeasty saison with some nice hop action. This El Dorado hop strain seems to mesh particularly well with the saison style, or at least it does in this instance.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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2.99/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light gold, topped briefly by a finger of foam, quickly a thin cap and persistent ring follow. Spotty lace overarches the ring.

Light citrus hops linger above some lightly tart and just mildly spicy yeast notes, with some stale sweet also in the mix.

All the flavors of the nose with the sweet more prominent, but equally stale. This may have been more lively when fresher. Lackluster finish to say the least, with an end of sip that compares poorly to many of the other saisons I have enjoyed lately.

Undercarbed, not refreshing, mildly interesting, and a finish that is less than optimal, to be kind.

Without doubt the least enjoyable of the small batch beers from Smutty, and I don't recommend it.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Smuttynose Luna Moth from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 25 ratings