msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 Vintage - Brewed with Pineapple Sage
The beer pours a pale, copperish orange with hints of gold. The beer forms a thin head of eggshell-white bubbles that leave a thin, yet solid sheet of lacing on the sides of the glass. In body, the beer is oddly crystal clear. It has a decided transparency and cleanness of body that is odd for the style. On the nose, however, this beer screams farmhouse ale. Rustic toast meets dried hay, meets corn flake, and then meets spicy hops. When you really shove your nose in it, banana and clove enter the nose to add a slight hefe twist. When I dig further, I start to get some overripe pineapple and very faint peach. On the tongue, the beer tastes fruity, and slightly tart acidity, with a soft balancing bitterness that leads into a very dry finish. This bad boy was dried out to a near full attenuation that nicely pops the more rustic aspects. In flavor, the beer begins as peach and pineapple, mixing in with corn flakes and wheat bread crust. Things take a slight twist towards near-lemon fruit tartness in the middle and briefly with the finish, while spicy hops and peppery esters linger into the aftertaste from nearly the beginning of the sip. As it warms, some slightly unpleasant flavors do establish themselves with the finish, jumping from banana to mustier funk that could turn ugly if this aged. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with lighter carbonation that still keeps the beer crisp on the tongue. In mouthfeel, the beer feels crisp, yet slightly oily with a decidedly dry/sticky finish. When the beer leaves, the mouth is left dry, but with plenty of saliva pouring from the edges. Overall, this is a rustic, funky saison, and my favorite of Smutty’s Farmhouse iterations. It’s got some really nice yeast character, though some things might hint at rougher musty flavors to come. I do wish the hops were a little more prevalent, but that is my personal taste in saison/farmhouse ales. As is, she’s a nice summer drink with plenty of complexity to interest the tongue.
Bulk_Carrier (2774) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - JUN 27, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pint glass and a tulip. There were any significant differences between the two glasses.
The appearance was a gentle light to hazy pale orange color with some decent golden yellow tinges sliding in and around the edges of the beer. The head had a one finger white foamy presence that dissipated within less than a minute. The lacing was fairly thin and it slid for the most part right on into the beer.
The smell seemed slightly stale, however, there was some light flavorings of lemon to yeast. It seemed weaker than other saisons I’ve had.
The taste was semi-sweet but had a dampened earthy/herbalness running through the flavoring.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with somewhat of a sessionable aspect about it.
Overall, this was actually not one of my more favorite saisons on the market. I don’t miss this one.
suprchunk (2666) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden color. Small white head. Not much in the way of lacing. Nose is citrusy with malt and yeast notes. Taste is a peppery blast up front followed by the malt and yeast. Some citrus lingers.
strongpieman (1601) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Very good overall -- nice balance with a little sweetness, but lots of yeast, a little spice & fruit. Medium palate, soft finish.
Chudwick (2475) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bomber vintage of 2013 into le Duvel - nose is crazy hay, floral and yeastie. Smooth and a tad flat. Just not doing it. I’ve been impressed with the last few of the Big Beer series bombers but this one is womp womp. Can’t detect the high ABV. On the sweetish side.
kramer (5393) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold body with a small fizzy white head that faded to a thin wispy film. The nose is lightly fruity with some light earthy wheat and pale malt. Doesn’t smell all that dry or rustic. The flavor is lightly spicy with more emphasis from the spice than from the yeast. Just a little too heavy and sweet for my tastes. This doesn’t really conform too well to my ideal profile of a Saison. Rather heavy and clingy body with hard fizzy carbonation. Too sweet, too heavy, and not my thing.
bubblehouse (808) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a murky golden color with a nice aroma. Really good saison and you can really taste the belgian yeast.
nealblind (1152) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
mid orange pour. aroma of wheat, sage, yeast tang. tastes barnyard yeast, herbs. nice dry finish
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
600 ml bottle. Pours a very cloudy pale golden with an orangeish tint and a thick, resilient white head. Aroma is very spicy, as well as citrusy and earthy. Flavor is very spicy, peach, nectarine and pear. Finish is earthy and lemoney. Lingering earthy, biscuit and banana flavors. Light body, creamy mouthfeel, average to strong carbonation.
annunz123 (924) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Citrus, banana, and clove in the aroma. Flavor is fruity and spicy, with a little citrus bitterness and peppery spice in the finish. Certainly good, but not as good as some of the other big beers from Smuttynose.