Sep 17, 2015

Smuttynose Smuttlab Biere De’Shire

The first beer that I had from Smuttynose’s Smuttlab line of limited beers wasn’t what I would call stellar. There was definitely something off going on within that winter ale. Thankfully, this bottle of Biere De’Shire was contamination-free and pretty darn tasty.

Weighing in at 9.1% ABV, this Belgian-style saison is brewed with a French saison yeast and Brettanomyces. The result is a funky, earthy brew with a bit of a champagne-like dryness that I thoroughly enjoyed. Bier De’Shire is a bit big fro its britches in terms of the alcohol, leaving a warming glow in the chest after sip. That, however, didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the beer.


A persistent stack of light beige foam rests solidly atop a rich amber brew.

Smuttynose Smuttlab Biere De'Shire photo


Yeast, subtle banana, distant spices, herbacious notes, stone fruit and a touch of wild funk all linger playfully in the nose.


A champagne-like dryness presents itself almost immediately after the first sip and sticks around for a good long while throughout the experience. It mingles wonderfully with an earthy funk. Spices, yeast, grain, a twinge of Bretty tartness and a light bit of honey also present themselves. Lightly crisp with a light sweetness, Biere De’Shire has a long lasting finish with a tingle of peppery bite and warming alcohol.


I can dig this beer. It’s earthy with plenty of yeast and grain. The addition of the Brettanomyces makes for a increased amount of funk and a touch of wild tartness that mingles nicely with the Fresh saison yeast. I’d like to get another bottle of Biere De’Shire and see how it cellars.

Rating: 3.75/5

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