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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Hazy amber, fizzy light tan head. Nose held muted tones of bread, spices, lemon, vanilla, and faint banana. Belgian-esque flavors are well noted with hints of orange peel, spices, woodsiness, and soft vanilla notes. Full bodied, soft carbonation, fruity finish. A good change of pace for me anyway..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Sampled at the "2nd Richmond Gathering." Usually I love Smuttynose beers, but this came up a bit short somehow. Medium gold, slight head, clear. Floral sweet aroma, chamomille notes as well. Flavor is balanced, floral, pepper, and faint spice, with a bit of honey. Not bad. All the saison flavors are there, but somehow, it isnt quite right. To make a gross generalization, American brewers really seem to have a hard time with this style. Its like they throw together all the right ingredients, but in the end, it just doesnt come out quite right.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10994) - 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 (745) - 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 Smuttynoses 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 (1834) - 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 its definitely a great beer,

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