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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. Weve 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 dont be afraid that weve completely recreated the beer). Cheers!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (3184) - New York, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottled. Slightly pale gold. Particulate. Charismatic floral sugary saison aroma. Light hops, pretty credible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (2090) - Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Appearance: lightly hazed light yellow, with a thin, quickly vanishing creamy white head. Aroma: nose of yeasty esters, citrus, banana, light funk, uncooked pie crust, clove, banana, and a whiff of herb garden. Taste: extremely sweet, with strong notes of banana, orange, and vanilla cream over a lightly peppery yeasty note which includes clove; then theres some light floral honey notes and a hint of dried herbs. Finish: surprisingly dry, with that herbal sage note shucking and jiving in the background under the slowly fading yeast. Notes: Definitely on the sweet side for a saison, with some straight up hefeweizen characteristics. Then the sage comes out, really drying the palate. Alcohol was extremely well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsandman (1380) - New York, USA - JUL 21, 2014
On tap @ Good Beer NYC. Hazy yellow color. Earthy barnyard funk & lemon in the nose, slight twang in the taste but very very sweet & yeasty. Light/med mouthfeel, really really surprisingly high ABV given the taste & mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUL 14, 2014
It has a hazy orange body with a small one finger white head. The head quickly fades to a thin filmy layer which still makes lots of spotty lacing on the glass as I drink. The yeast notes really come though here in the nose. It has both a fruity estery character with notes of orange zest and a funky earthy character with notes of wet earth and light spice. Its firm medium body is loaded with complex yeast notes, boozy sweetness and mild hop bitterness. There are some notes of tropical fruit esters, dry spice and funky earthy barnyard from the yeast. This is mixed with a malty sweet boozy base and there is a good battle back and forth between dry funk and sweet malt with sweetness coming out on top. In the finish I get some hops coming in and adding some light bitterness and dryness but overall sweetness still pulls through on the tongue. Carbonation is active yet still smooth in the overall texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3128) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2014
WTWBA 2014. The aroma is like a farmhouse, hay, manure. The appearance hazy yellow. The flavor is farmhouse, earthy. The finish is the same. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2014
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 Smuttys Farmhouse iterations. Its 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, shes a nice summer drink with plenty of complexity to interest the tongue.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bulk_Carrier (5861) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - JUN 27, 2014
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 Ive 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 dont miss this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2991) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bomber. Very good overall -- nice balance with a little sweetness, but lots of yeast, a little spice & fruit. Medium palate, soft finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chudwick (3117) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - MAR 31, 2014
bomber vintage of 2013 into le Duvel - nose is crazy hay, floral and yeastie. Smooth and a tad flat. Just not doing it. Ive been impressed with the last few of the Big Beer series bombers but this one is womp womp. Cant detect the high ABV. On the sweetish side.

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