Smuttynose Smuttlabs Chestnut Saison

Since we went to Smuttynose last year, I feel like I’m seeing their Smuttlabs beers pop up everywhere. This is the latest one that I’ve found.


ABV: 8.7%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to, “Chestnut trees are of moderate growth rate (for the Chinese chestnut tree) to fast-growing for American and European species. Their mature heights vary from the smallest species of chinkapins, often shrubby, to the giant of past American forests, C. dentata that could reach 60 m. Between these extremes are found the Japanese chestnut (C. crenata) at 10 m average; followed by the Chinese chestnut (C. mollissima) at about 15 m, then the European chestnut (C. sativa) around 30 m. The Chinese and more so the Japanese chestnuts are both often multileadered and wide-spreading, whereas European and especially American species tend to grow very erect when planted among others, with little tapering of their columnar trunks, which are firmly set and massive. When standing on their own, they spread on the sides and develop broad, rounded, dense crowns at maturity. The two latter’s foliage has striking yellow autumn colouring.”

Random: My grandmother used to make chestnuts when I was younger.

The beer poured with a small head that was less than a half a finger high. It was white and dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, tan color with moderate carbonation. The nose had limited amounts of nuts, but was a basic saison base with yeast, clove, and biscuit malt. The taste was confusing to me. If you’re going to call a beer a “chestnut saison,” I would assume that chestnut would be a prevalent flavor. I had to really stretch to even imagine it. It had sweetness up front and then bready malt. There was some sugar to it with apricot and the booze was noticeable. Right at the end of the sip, I got a touch of metal. Spice came through as the beer warmed with clove. The body was on the thicker side and the carbonation was light. It had a quick finish with the metal note and clove. A bottle of this was $8.99, which came to $.53 per ounce. This beer was a miss for me. It needed to tone the booze heat down and actually have chestnut.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

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