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RATINGS: 479   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10522) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Bottle... Hazy, deep golden ale with a mid-sized, wispy, off-white head. Good retention. The aroma is of coriander, mandarin orange and wood. Well-balanced flavor of sweet malt, tart yeast and bitter hops; the hops are a distant third. Full-bodied and oily with supple carbonation. Fruity, tangy finish. Too spicy for my nose and palate, but a quality brew nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Very Belgian-like aroma, bread and yeast are very evident along with the typical light fruit accents. Golden body with a white head. Clean as well, with light fruits and some malt accents. Cool ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2008 On tap on 08/29/2008. Clear golden body with a small frothy white head. Sweet spice, and belgian candi sugar. Citrusy flavor, lots of spice and candi sugar. Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Bottle on 05/27/2006. Clear golden color with a small frothy white head. Aroma of spice and Candi sugar. Sweet flavor, lots of spice, some lemons, and a touch of Candi sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
22oz. bottle. Slightly hazy golden color with a thin film of white head. Candied pineapple and clove ester aromas. Complex spicy flavors, with fruit and clove and peppery yeast ester components. Grain of paradise and residual fruitiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth but not very dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Got a bottle whilest in Massachusetts. Clear clear golden color with almost no head. Yeasty aroma. Smooth lemony taste which seemed to become more prevelant as it warmed up. Good, but one of Smuttynose’s weaker beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 25, 2006
A solid "4" beer, if ever there was one. 22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a hazy, orange / yellow color, with a thick, sticky, off white head. Aromas are of soft citrus fruit, some tropical fruit, and sweet malts. Some earthy hops in the background. Flavors are of soft citrus fruits, slight orange & tangerine flavors. Sweet malts, with earthy hops bite at the end. Medium mouthfeel, decent body. Not as spicy as most Saisons, which is a refreshing change. Good beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jason (1813) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Bottle. Sweet araoma with malty, hoppy tones. Pale orange color with thin head. Flavor is jam packed and melow at the same time with low carbonation. Very malty with smooth hoppy tones. Overall a good saison that goes well with food. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Bottle. Pours a great golden color with a nice head and excellent lacing. Aroma is floral and fruity with notes of pear and apricot. Nice carbonation and mouthfeel. Taste is sugary and sweet, with accents of honey. A mild and drinkable beer for its style, its not my favorite Saison but it’s definitely a great beer,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2541) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2006
22 oz bomber. Pours a golden orangey color with a medium sized white head. Aroma is of fresh spices, fruit, yeast and a hint of wheat. Taste is spicy with hints of banana, nutmeg, bread dough, yeast and dates. Excellent and the alcohol content isn’t too high which makes for more drinking of this gem.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (5130) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2006 2006 bomber shared with SuIIy on 5/2206.
Frothy sponge-cake colored head is not dense, but provides web-like lacing as it recedes. Hangs about at a half-finger in height and eventually fades. No sediment on the bottom, a bit filtered unfortunately, but very well bottle-conditioned. Body is a brassy-tangerine orange, with some light blood orange tints and alternately, some lighter golden strands as well. A respectable appearance, but it’s no overwhelming, full, dense, perfectly retained head like you see on some of the best Belgian saisons.
The nose is deeply perfumey, with plenty of delicate esters and dry, flower-petal-like clean Belgian yeast notes. Some minor meatiness does follow up on the end, breaking the dryness, but still adding an earthy, nearly funky level to it. Unfortunately, if it was just reserved to the dry, delicate pils malt and refreshing, tightly-citrus -estered yeast, I think it would be more successful. The aroma is strong though, and no alcohol is noted (and no ginger, thank god).
Flavor is a bit sweeter than I was hoping for, I will have to admit, so right away, I wasnt impressed by the attenuation level, though I wouldnt go as far as to say I was disappointed by it either. Still, it dosent compete with some of the best of Belgium. Not nearly as dry as Dupont Classic. Almost more like Dupont Foret, though in flavor (yeasty, sweet, nearly-meaty). Certainly it needs less filtration. The carbonation is on (fairly tight and engaging, with tiny bubbles), but the mouthfeel could be more supple were it not for the filtration. Rather have a bam biere, if given the choice, as I see that as more dry, refreshing drink.

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