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Saison Du Swamp - Swamp Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

150 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 134
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CampusCrew on 01-02-2011)
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Reviews by Alieniloquium:
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled 11/18/2011. Bottle #1038.

Appearance - Gushed when I opened it. Overflowed the glass. Slightly hazy orange yellow body. Huge white head and great retention.

Smell - Very bretty. Appley esters. Slight bready malt presence. Smells nice, if a little overpowered by the brett.

Taste - Apple esters strong here. Cider-like. Then the brett takes over. Very earthy, but still retains a fair bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Pretty dry. Very highly carbonated. Medium bodied.

Overall - This is extremely bretty, but it's still good. Overpowers any subtlety that the saison had. Fresh, I feel this beer is too sweet. This is better, but a bit monotonic.

Alieniloquium, Mar 31, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #59 (December 2011):

LOOK: Light haze, bright golden color

SMELL: Lemongrass, yeast, celery, lemon rind, tea leaves, musty

TASTE: Dry, smooth, green banana peel, dried grass, spice, orange peel, chalky yeast, tropical fruit, mineral, custard

Described simply as a Belgian Saison brewed with rye and spices, the brewer’s expression wowed us on this one. Though the rye didn’t jump out at us, the overall dryness and endless complexities made this an absolute pleasure to experience. Saison fans, rejoice! Oh, but mind the impressive cork. You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.

BeerAdvocate, May 02, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably the highlight of a recent trip to Florida.

Bottled Nov 2011
Bottle #0552

Hazy yellow, straw-colored. Small white head.

Great aroma: fruity and peppery, grassy and funky.

Taste of peach and apple. Still peppery. Still kind of barnyardy. A tiny bit of hops.

This was a crisp, inviting beer. I thought it was a bit expensive at $19, but well worth the price.

lordofthewiens, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Todd
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Todd, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

iemailjack, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Jason
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Jason, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 337 thanks to mntlover's trip to Florida. Pours a cloudy golden yellow body with a small white head that falls into a lasting cap.

Exquisite aroma. Lime zest, clover honey, white grapes, earthy yeast, ripe Granny Smith apples, and a spicy component of white pepper and coriander.

Light medium body has a prevailing dryness. Moderate carbonation.

Taste opens very citrusy, with lemon pulp and lime zest notes but honey drenched summer green apple hints balance nicely. A hint of coriander underneath and a pleasant yeast character make for a complex and very tasty experience.

Excellent saison by any standards.

merlin48, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of daedalusfinch
5/5  rDev +17.4%

daedalusfinch, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Freehouse, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Prospero
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Prospero, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

Hazy, light golden color with a quickly forming, moderately sized near-white head that eventually lives lines and dots of lacing down the glass. Pretty.

The aroma is a combination of bright, floral hops, citrus elements, mild funk character, lemon, and black pepper.

The flavor follows the aroma very similarly, and the flavors are even brighter than I would have imagined after smelling this beer. The lemon, floral, citrus, black pepper, and funk notes come together marvelously well. This is delicious, fantastic stuff.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Crisp. Incredibly drinkable.

The selfish part of me regretted opening this with so many people, as I would love nothing more than to sit at home with a bottle of this and drink every last drop. The other side of me was happy a small group of my very good friends got to drink an incredible, surprising, delicious, hugely drinkable saison.

ehammond1, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of TKEbeerman
4/5  rDev -6.1%

TKEbeerman, Apr 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

wo87810, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Beer21
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Beer21, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev -6.1%

johnyb, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12%

acurtis, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

MrVonzipper, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

cjgator3, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of RickS95
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow straw color, mostly cloudy and hazy. Lots of carbonation. Fluffy bright white head.

The smell really pops. Lots of funky Belgian yeast, lemon, pepper and pear. One of the best smelling beers I can remember, very close to a 5.

Only slightly fruity. Pepper is very prevalent. Honey is a nice addition. Spices are noticeable.

Spicy and sweet, lots of carbonation. Medium bodied. Very crisp and refreshing. Dry, slightly bitter finish.

I'd not heard of this beer or brewer before a trip to Florida. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with such a good saison.

RickS95, May 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Gonzoillini, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of wscaffe
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 217. Poured from a 750 into a tulip

A - Golden straw color.

S - Very sweet. Hints of banana and clove. Also hints of some citrus.

T - Fantastic pepper taste. Definitely a lot of clove and banana flavor coming from the yeast. Nice crispness. Extremely balanced. Almost no alcohol come through. A hint of rye as well.

M - Crisp but not too dry. No astringency whatsoever.

O - Overall this is a fantastic saison that stays true to style. I would definitely drink again. This saison stands up to anyone out there. Swamphead definitely knows what they are doing.

wscaffe, Jul 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

mdillon86, Jun 18, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy medium yellow color came gurgling out of the bottle, quickly coming to a head that reached a height of maybe two inches. There was then a rich coating of side glass lace that thoroughly coated the glass with some nice carbonation being visible throughout the session.

The aroma was highly charged on this one. Lots of light fruit swirling around with a healthy dose of spice in it as well. Nice touches of coriander, lemon, hints of pepper coming through, with a touch of pears warming up to it as it came up to room temperature. The initial taste was peppery, with a rush of lemon following suit almost immediately. A wonderful sense of light fruit really just ran all over this one. I was quite impressed I have to admit. Smooth mouth feel was more the adequately carbonated and really just kept the profile popping throughout. An easy sipper, the moderate ABV lended itself well to a warm late summer evening.

mikesgroove, Jul 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Hopsiam14, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

tclapper, Jan 09, 2012
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Saison Du Swamp from Swamp Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.