308. Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (2007)
I picked up this bottle while I was at Smuttynose for the Strawberry Short Weisse release. They have a vintage cooler containing many bombers from the Big Beer Series that have been bottle aged at the brewery. This one was labeled 2007 so it has been sitting for approximately 5 years.
No idea what age does to a saison but I can tell you this was a very good beer. Color is a deep orange with single finger head. Lots of earthy aromas along with some spice make for a very interesting aroma. Taste is very complex with the spice from the aroma coming through but also a strong malt presence and just a bit of funk. Alcohol content is very well hidden. I really enjoy saisons and this option from Smuttynose is very well done.
Pros: Complex flavor
Alcohol Content: 8.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Smuttynose
Brewers Description: Broadly speaking, a farmhouse ale – or saison – is an esoteric style native to the French/Belgian border region. Characterized by a golden to light amber color, light to medium body, and noticeable fruity/spicy esters, this beer, known also as a “country ale” was traditionally brewed in primitive conditions in farmhouse breweries for consumption throughout the warm weather by seasonal farm workers.
Our Farmhouse Ale is an homage to traditional European beers brewed for quenching the thirst of farm workers, or “Saisonaires.” A unique Belgian Saison yeast is used to impart a mixture of spicy, fruity, & earthy notes along with lip-smacking palatability.