Saison Du Swamp - Swamp Head Brewery
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
05-02-2012 10:31:09 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
4.43/5 rDev +4%
Probably the highlight of a recent trip to Florida.
Bottled Nov 2011
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.
02-08-2012 19:46:05 | More by lordofthewiens
4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
07-31-2011 22:47:00 | More by merlin48
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
Acquired via trade
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.
02-02-2012 20:34:53 | More by ehammond1
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
05-18-2012 03:49:14 | More by RickS95
3.93/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
03-31-2013 22:01:17 | More by Alieniloquium
4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
07-04-2011 02:24:17 | More by wscaffe
4.22/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
07-03-2011 20:57:52 | More by mikesgroove
Saison Du Swamp from Swamp Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.