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Big Beer Series - Farmhouse Ale by Smuttynose Brewing Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
7.50 % ABV


 
Review by everetends on 04/07/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 2010
Old Review
Had this on tap at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT. Served in a tulip.

A: Poured a nice golden yellow that had a tint of pink to the color profile. Slightly hazy. This brew was served with about an inch of head that had great retention and had a lot of nice sticky lacing to it.

S: Smell was of a serious earthy nature. My first time I can actually use the term horse blanket in the nose. Yeast, that is clean and light but plentiful. Banana, spices (pepper big time), green apples.

T: Taste is earthy yet again with serious yeast presence. There is a bit of funkiness coming from the fruit, but it could probably be better classified as sour. Sour green apples, pear and cherries are coming through. Banana is there but heavily muted. Pepper rounds out the profile.

M: This is a medium bodied brew that has a tinge of stickiness to it in the feel. It really coats the mouth and allows the pepper and sour fruit to linger. The carbonation is light but still present and noticable.

D: This was a great brew to have before lunch while cooling off after walking the streets of Burlington. One tulip was enough for me though. Any more in a sitting would feel like too much. Greatly enjoyed though and will drink again.

Served In: Tulip

Review by joe1510 on 02/16/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 2008
22oz Bottle

2008 Vintage

After searching through all my trading notes I can't seem to find who sent me this saison. Whoever it was, thank you very much! Smutty's Farmhouse Ale has a glimmering, polished copper body with surprisingly good clarity on the first pour. Tiny carbonation bubbles rush to the surface from all sides of the glass. The clean white head grows to two fingers easily and while doesn't have the greatest retention does leave amazing sheet lacing down the glass covering every inch.

The nose shows off a good deal of spice; coriander, white pepper, and spicy yeast. Orchard fruits play a big role as well with juicy pear and semi-tart green apple. Nice pale malt sweetness lays down the base while the yeast esters and spiciness take center stage with both lemon and orange bursting through at times. This is a damn fine smelling saison.

The spiciness I mentioned in the aroma is here in full glory, never huge but lasting throughout each drink. Green apple and pear wash over the tongue while a blast of orange hits off the bat but fades rather quickly. A slight mineral quality brings up the rear in a pleasant fashion. All the aspects of this saison come together to create a mouthwatering brew.

The bubbles are soft but the beer pushes through easily at a good clip. The finish isn't nearly as dry as I'd like but each drink is refreshing.

This saison is an easy one to put away. The sweetness is there and fairly light while the spiciness balances it nicely. A bomber disappears in a hurry.

I'd love to get a few more bottles of this. Especially at the price point. It's not a great, classic styled saison but it's a supremely enjoyable summertime sipper. Thanks again whoever sent this, stand up and take a bow!

Reviewed: 5/9/09

Served In: Tulip

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 17 5 9 0
I have been waiting for this one all summer.

Pours a slightly hazy, golden apricot color. About 5-6 ozs is poured when the head just takes off... shit. Once cleaned up and given a minute or two to subside, the nearly sun-bleached white cap drops to a clumpy meringue with a huge dollop smack in the middle... and gorgeous strands of lacing left on the sides of the glass - impressive. A good look into the depths reveals very active carbonation streamers on the rise - the frothy cap is going nowhere.

The nose is impressive. Right of the bat I am slapped with a huge amount of dusty barnyard goodness, sweaty horse tack, and cheese cloth... it's fuckin' heaven I tell ya. next to titillate the nostrils is green fruits - apples, unripened pear, green grape skins... some citrus - a squeeze of lemon and just a touch of grapefruit pith. Rounding everything out is that required spice element - just enough to lend balance - coriander (of course), and a pinch of both white and black pepper.

Good fruity notes hit the tongue first - again with the ripe green apple, pears and lemon. Quickly following up is a noticeable hop bite - not overly so - but there and stepping forward, so with this comes another citrus taste - sweet grapefruit. Spices are next - white pepper and coriander make their presence well known. Towards the end that dusty barnyard funk grabs control, and commandingly so... such great balance here, and so very true to the nose. Everything blends well and lasts throughout the never ending finish.

Moderate in body. Crisp, clean, slightly abrasive mouthfeel. Very dry. Carbonation is a touch harsh, but very complimenting overall. Good peppery prick to the gums. A light boozy warmth to it.

This Saison surprised me. I was expecting a good one, and the overall scores on this ehcoed this thought... but holy shit! This is an EXCELLENT representation of the style, and one that I will be stocking up on. Very underrated - can't for the life of me figure out why... refreshing, funky with a good balance between the fruit aspect and spicy elements... very well done. Cheap-ish as well (less than $6!)!!
A Must Try.

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