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RATINGS: 481   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Farmhouse ales are less of a style and more of a loose branch on the beer family tree,  originating in the agrarian borderland shared by France and Belgium. When farm owners needed to provide nourishment and compensation to seasonal farm workers, beer was an obvious part of the package, since they were already growing many of the ingredients. The humble origins of these beers meant that they were brewed with whatever ingredients were on hand. This lack of convention has lead to a wide range of expressions of the style and even breweries that specialize in or brew saisons exclusively, like Oxbow in Maine and Fantome in Belgium. We’ve tweaked the recipe for  our Farmhouse Ale a little bit this year, adding a small amount of pineapple sage. The result is slightly amplified fruit character, that really adds to the flavor (but don’t be afraid that we’ve completely recreated the beer). Cheers!


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kramer (5826) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2014
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubblehouse (1341) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Pours a murky golden color with a nice aroma. Really good saison and you can really taste the belgian yeast.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nealblind (1679) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2014
mid orange pour. aroma of wheat, sage, yeast tang. tastes barnyard yeast, herbs. nice dry finish

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
annunz123 (948) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2014
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (9538) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle, shared at the Boxing Day tasting at TimE’s place in Calgary. Hazy golden body with a thick white head. Esters of soft banana, spices, sweet candyish malt. Belgian blonde yes, Saison no. Disappointing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (12682) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle - Apricot, grass and and some light citrus with some spice. Cloudy yellow and a thin white head. Banana esters, grass and a bit if coriander. More like a German Hefeweizen.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
Dark yellow. Funky pear scent. Flat, dry. Pear juice without sugar. Sad. Good tasting. Good friends. Not so good beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (5034) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2013
Golden color. White head. Sage, soap, wheaty nose, malty, but too sweet for the style. Really not that impressive but ok, though not to style.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (2053) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours a hazy light yellow with a thin white head. Clove aroma. Predominant lemon and pepper flavors. Not very complex but pretty solid saison overall.


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