jedwards (10) - California, USA - OCT 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
According to the publican, this is the Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale which has been in an oak barrel for 3+ years, so this seems like the appropriate place to put the review. Listed on the menu as "Smuttynose Funky Farmhouse Ale" with an ABV of 9.3%
Pour is a rich gold/copper with a finger of extremely dense head that fades to a coating, leaving some mild lacing on the glass. Smell is dominated by a harsh paint thinner/solvent component initially, which fades as the beer warms and reveals a slight spiciness, toast/biscuit, and what seems to be a strong whiskey component -- going to guess that this was in a bourbon barrel?
Taste is rich and boozy, with some vinous/tart notes giving way to a huge bready malt component and a bit of a burn on the finish. Characteristic spicy saison flavors are present but muted, primary flavors are whiskey, caramel, and a bit of a tannic/astringent component. Mouthfeel is fairly thick for the style and has a lively, creamy carbonation.
A very strange beer, but worth trying and an interesting experiment with long-term barrel aging.
anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ FoBAB 2009, Chicago, IL. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity woody funky brett aroma with citrus hints. Fruity sour woody brett flavor with hints of citrus. Has a fruity sour funky yeasty woody finish.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at BT for thier farmhouse day. Pours a hazy orange-light copper with a thinnish head but nice lace. Aroma is horsey, funky, still kept in check- still some earthy green spices and hay, toast and light malt sweetness, funk, and some hints of acid to come- a bit sweaty and butyric as well, with fresh cut white oak- vanilla and chard/butter notes. Brett has set in nicely with the flavor- earthy, light horse, some sweaty goat, acidic, but not sour yet, vanilla and oak, toasted malts, and wood, earth and herbal hops- light bitterness with a mineral-salt -like sweaty finish. Pretty nice. totally different than the original.
TheAlum (6428) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at FoBAB 2009. Pours a nice hazy golde, good whitish head that laces well, sticks around. Aromas are a melange of fruit, apple, pear, citrus, and a touch of mago, light sourness. Initial is a good light tartness, dry, fruity sweetness, sour, light on the palate. A nice funk and lacto, sticks a bit to the palate. Drinks pretty easy overall. Very surpised this wonBest of Show, as it was a solid beer, but pretty far back in it’s own category in my opinion.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the Blind Tiger. This became nicely sour in its time in the oak. Very funky, lactic, creamy, oaky nose. Sweetish, lactic acid flavor, milky, with some funk in the middle and a muddy finish. Very light carbonation.