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RATINGS: 481   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Bottle. Frothy, white head, with nice lacing. Golden orange color, slight haze. Very yeast aroma, slightly sweet malt nose, hint of spice. Flavor is fruity and yeasty and very delicious. Very good beer, with a slight alcohol aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2006
thick head for a belgian with a strong yeast smell with an orange fruity undertone. Good with a smooth aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPA (17) - Leominster, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2006
nice orange color with a white head. Fruity aroma with a nice yeast, fruit and spice flavor, a fine example of a saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Orange, with a white head. Aromas are fruit, yeast, and spice. Flavors are spice, yeast, fruit, and malt. Doesn’t seem exactly like a saison, but it good anyway.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2006
2006 bottle from Tom (oldgrowth) Thanks! Smuttynose is one of my favorite breweries, if not my favorite. Pours out an orange color with a thick white head. Smell is fruity and earthy, full of yeast and malts. Taste is rich and smooth, very easy to drink. Goes down so easily I could almost chug it. This is the best saison I have ever drank, hands down. Smuttynose is almost a reason for this southern boy to move to New Hampshire. Simply awesome. VERY underrated on this site. Thanks so much for this one Tom!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Dark, sedate yellow pour with a dingy white head. Smells like sour bologna, but not in a bad way really. Some light lemon notes. A nice watermelon tang. Wet lettuce flavor I don’t like, dusty, toffee, and poppies seed. Dry peppermint flavor with an orange peel flavor that lasts. Ap-3 ar-8 tas-6 pal-3 ov-14

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3433) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Big ups to cousin brian for hooking me up with this one. Nice nose. Malty and citrusy tastes as well. Yeast predominates. Finishes a little sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Bomber - Poured a darkish amber with a thin whitish head. Aroma was distinctive of Belgian ales... very yeasty and rich with only a very slight hint of hops. Flavor is also of strong Belgian yeast with a minor amount of sourness. Malty sweetness is in the background, but supports the overall richness of the brew. Palate is rich and creamy. Finish is slightly sour and fairly long lasting. A really great beer and one that I sincerely wish to repeat soon...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Ok, so I was a little congested when I tried this beer, and I’ve pushed the rating up slightly to compensate. Even with limited faculties I can tell this beer has great depth and complexity. The pour is beautiful. Clear golden straw supports a foamy, creamy off-white head. Floral hop aromatics spiced up with cloves. Some citrus hops as well. Fruits. These are balanced very nicely by maltiness and the obvious and always welcome Belgian ale yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Bomber. Sweet, sugary, slightly orange hoppy aroma. This is quite floral and aromatic. Certainly sweet and aromatic for a saison, yet this is a very pleasurable aroma. Transparent golden-copper color with a small off-whitish head and fair lacing. Sweet, sugary start with some pineapple notes present. A little musty in the middle, with some sticky toffee notes later on with some more floral and grassy hops. I don’t think this is a very authentic saison, but it is an enjoyable and flavorful beer, nonetheless.

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