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Saison Du Swamp - Swamp Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
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54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 194
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 4.02%
Wants: 142
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CampusCrew on 01-02-2011

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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 194
Photo of cbutova
2.99/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

750ml purchased in Tampa two weeks ago. Full review at time of consumption to IPad.

A- Yellow and hazy from the 750ml to four glasses. A large foamy ring results from the death of a sub one finger head. Sparse sheets and webs of lace speckle the glass.

S- Fresh cut apples and white apples absolutely obliterate the nostrils. Minor spice and malts try to come up but the fruit notes are obscene.

T- Just a strange semi tart white grape beast like a white wine mixed with a Saison at times. Earthy honey, huge green apples, pepper and cracked grains.

MF- Medium bodied for the style with a creamy and foamy texture. Medium high carbonation leads to a finish that is just a bit tart.

Apples and white grapes. A bit of a letdown for me honestly. Tart light fruits dominate it all. (782 characters)

Photo of Shaw
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in November 2011. Bottle No. 0638.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, almost white, even, with a bright white head about a quarter-inch thick.

Very earthy aroma, with sour notes of vinegar and mustiness.

The taste is dry and citric fruity, no doubt due to the use of orange peel, coriander and grains of paradise. Refreshing and easy to drink. I'm not getting too much funky flavors, but there is the flavor of grass and the great outdoors.

Nice smooth body that got heft too it: In other words, it isn't watery.

A good beer, and I'm glad I tried it. But I don't think I'll have it again. I can't say it's worth $18 a bottle. There are better options out there at a much better price. (692 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Jacob.

A: The beer pours a pale yellow color with a rather large white head.

S: Not a bad nose. A bit funky with a little bit of feet and lemon grass, but otherwise some more typical aromas with lemon, pear, apple, and pepper. A touch of coriander as well as some pale bready malts.

T: The flavor is slightly sweet and malty, but there is a lot of fruit to it. Apples, pears, and lemons are the most prominent, and there is a touch of pepper and ginger. A mild yeastiness as well.

M: Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Surprisingly nice. Quite light and refreshing. (612 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Cam for sharing this swampy saison. There should be a blending of this beer with Trou Diable's Saison du Tracteur. Swamps and tractors, it'd be a big ol fun sloppy mess for everyone.

A - Pour is haze, pale and orange. A finger of white head retains pretty well, eventually falling to a mostly-full cap and leaving bits of lace on the way.

S - Absurdly strong fresh cut apples, honey, spice. Mostly apples.

T - Granny smith apple/caramel/honey bomb. Winy grapes, apricot, cinnamon spice? Sooo much apple, not much real saison, but it's tasty.

M - Pretty good biggish body, nice foamy carbonation, somewhat chalky feel.

O - Er, not a great "saison" technically (I assume this is an off bottle) but this does have quite an enjoyable apple/honey/spice thing going on. (778 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a layer of off white head. The smell is a bit sweeter than I expected and it has a grape note to it. There is an herbal note behind the sweetness. The taste is also rather sweet with a strong grape like presence. Herbal notes also show up in the flavor, but I thought the grapey taste pushed everything else to the background. The carbonation was light and tingly. This was a good beer, but I would have liked the sweet flavors to be a bit more delicate. (544 characters)

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended by clerk in McK's in Daytona Beach, FL. 750ml bottle served in Hoegaarden tumbler.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow. Clarity improves tremendously after sitting for a few minutes. Fluffy, bright white head. Very similar in appearance to a wit, just a bit darker. Attractive.

S: Very fresh floral aroma. Slightly yeasty. Underlying spiciness. White pepper. Pleasant, if somewhat muted, overall.

T: Delicate lightly sweet flavors. Yeast and spice. Green apple skin and pear. Slightly drying in mid palate and sweet in the finish.

M: Soft carbonation. Creamy feel. Medium body.

O: Quite nice. I wasn't impressed initially, but this one grew on me. Solid, American brewed Saisons aren't terribly plentiful, but this is a good entry in the category. If you have an opportunity give this a try.

My first offering from Swamp Head and it's a good one. At $19 a bottle it isn't cheap, but I am glad I had a chance to try it. I figured I wouldn't get many chances to try something from this mostly draft only brewer in the future. (1,035 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeasty, hazy straw capped by a thick lasting froth. Floral, funky nose, a bit salty actually. Tropical fruit, spice, mild sourness. Very characterful, yeasty aroma. Phenolic and spicy palate, herbal, lightly earthy. Some very pleasant esters, tropical fruit with a bit of lemony citrus behind it. Body feels a bit thin for the ABV, and I'd like a firmer finish. Ends on an herbal, fruity note with lingering phenols. There's a tannic astringency that may come from the spices that wears on the tongue slightly, but it's not a huge detraction. Surprisingly nice stuff on the whole. (580 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Pours a hazy yellow with very small white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, pears, apples, white grapes, oranges, honey, some hay or straw, yeast. Flavor is a big yeasty sweetness, lots if pear and apple flavor, ever so slight spice, maybe coriander? This is a big time fruity Saison and is closer to a sweet Wit or Tripel than a musty Saison. Definitely unique with the sweetness. Full bodied, especially for the style, and medium carbonation. Overall a very nice brew on the sweet side of the style. (519 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright papery citrus smell. Lemon without the zest. Little bit of light Belgian sweetness. Backend of sharp light acidity.

Flavor nit as amazing. Little sweetness, but fries out great. Low flavor retention, great middle of pepper... Thin thin thin body. Low carbonation even for a saison. Missing... Something to meld it all together. It opens slathered Belgian sugar but really breaks apart there.

Smelled so great. (418 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle (capped not c&c'ed) from the November '11 release. Bottle #0247. Served in a white wine goblet.

A: Pours a completely hazy light yellow color. I got one finger of bright white head. The swirl makes it grow to around 3 big fluffy fingers. Love that bottle conditioning. You get some lacing trails.

S: I definitely get some of that straw and wet hay hints. Not tons of barnyard funk or anything. I get some banana, white grape, and maybe some green apples notes.

T: Lots of those spicy notes hit you. I get that white grape fruitiness. It's really refreshing, although its super dry on the back end.

M: Light and airy. I wouldn't say this is medium.

O: Very solid little Saison. I like it a lot and wish I had another on. A nice replacement for a white wine for the summer for those none beer lovers. (817 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at cigar city.

A: Pours a solid yellow color, with a thick collar that fades rather quickly and doesn't leave much lace.

A: Lemon, pepper, coriander, orange zest, and almost a grains of paradise scent. I get. Notes of base malts with a touch of honey sweetness.

T: follows the nose. Lemon and spice dominates, but the honey like sweetness gives this a nice balance. I am really enjoying the peppery flavor. Finishes dry and spicy with o hint of the abv.

M: Light body, maybe just a touch under carbonated, but pretty typical for the style.

O: I really enjoyed this. Again, the peppery component made this beer for me. Is it the best of the style, no, but it's up there. Recommended. (694 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saison du Swamp - Florida Style Saison with rye

appearance: dark golden with a solid head retention

smell: spicey belgian yeast aromas

taste: saison with a kick with the rye addition. great idea to spike up a saison.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: I tried this at the kickbacks Swamphead dinner among many others. This brewery in new and going in the right direction. Solid beer from a solid brewery. I would love to have this again. (457 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Opens a little gushy. #1075. Pours a light cloudy yellow color witha nice white head. Pear, apple, slightly funky with a slight pepper note. Floral with some banana. Light/medium mouthfeel. Lots of flavor; pear, apple, pepper, and banana notes. No real alcohol notes. Very solid beer overall. (300 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to maximum for this one!

Pours a white head. Color is hazed pale yellow.

Aroma: sour and spiced. Very funky. Pepper. Pears and red apple skins. Reminds me a bit of cynic. Some bready malts. Very fruity! Awesome.

Taste: I get the honey here. A little more sweet with a hint of booze. A lot of pepper and spice. Very Belgian flavored with a lot of yeast. Grape skins.

Mouthfeel: smooth and spiced. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It fit the style well. Thanks Corey! (547 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle # 986 into a snifter. When the cap comes off, its a slow gusher. Pours a hazed light golden yellow color with a finger of white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass. Small fingers of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is tart smelling with minor hints of lemon. Some sweet floral and herbal aspects. A wheat grain inclusion runs throughout with a minor touch of sulfur.

The taste is fruity and tart with lemon and floral/herbal accents. A modest bitterness lasts into the aftertaste couple with some wheat flavoring that is somewhat tart. A mild mineral/sulfur flavor with some grassy quality is evident across the back.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall a nice take on the style. I enjoyed the tartness/lemony almost lactic quakity but it clashed a bit with the herbal bitterness that has somewhat earthy elementts at times. My biggest gripe with this brew was the price. For how much I paid, I wouldnt buy it again. (990 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #689

Appearance: Quite the gusher and, as with many gushers, the head wasn't nearly what it should be once the volcano settled down; the liquid was a cloudy amber color and there was some dotty lacing

Smell: Fruity (with pear, apple, white grapefruit and banana) with a touch of honey; grassy and yeasty

Taste: Opens fruity, with the flavors detected in the aroma jutting forward; the grassy hops add balance in the mid-palate and the yeast and honey add complexity to the back end with spicy rye tones in the aftertaste; I note the finish is rather leathery and while this isn't the Brett version I wonder whether there might be some Brett in here

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: There is a lot going on in this Saison and even though it sat in my cellar for a few years, the hops are still making an impact; one of the better stateside Saisons I have tasted (897 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ehammond1 for sharing this very nice saison

Look: Straw yellow with a 1/8 inch white head and no real retention

Smell: Pineapple citrus and a bit of funk

Taste: Like most good saisons it starts out very fruit with notes of banana lemon and other citrus fruits and finishes with a touch of funk and pepper spice

Mouthfeel: Thin body and ample carbonation

Overall: Great saison (390 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter, sharred with fellow BA's.

Bottle #1075

A- Pours a cloudy yellow straw color, nice lacing, off white layer on top.
S- Really refreshing aroma, nice spice, pepper, pear, apple, really refreshing aroma, nice fruity notes, slight funk presence.
T- Really nice tasting Saison, love the subtle funk that comes out in the taste, refreshing, fruity, pear, spice, really enjoyable.
M- Light mouth feel, refreshing, well carbonated, easy drinking for being 7.6 %, clean finish.
O- Really enjoyable beer, refreshing as I’ve already mentioned, would easily drink again. (598 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (918 characters)

Photo of Deadheadbill
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on draft at the brewery.

Pours golden with a nice tight white head. Smells of yeast and a little fruit. Light to med bodied with some very nice typical Saison flavors, plus an added spiciness which gives it a nice complexity. ABV is a little high for a Farmhouse Saison at 7.6, but this beer hides it very well.

Overall a very nice Saison from Swamp Head. (365 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is clear and sunshine yellow with a small white head. The aroma brings wine, flowers, grass, wheat, dandelions, yeast. The flavor offers pleasant spice character with delicious saison yeast characteristics. Light bodied and smooth on the palate. Nice honey taste with white grapes. White grape juice with mild sweetness. Very tasty. (382 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single finger head with nice lacing on a cloudy bright golden body. Aroma is very fruity with mild Belgian yeast, dishwasher detergent, grains and hint if candy sugar. Flavor is pretty spicy, banana, Belgian yeast, lemon grass and pepper. Less fruity than the aroma would suggest. Light to medium body and high carbonation with a dry finish. Very nice version of the style, actually one I would use to introduce a beer novice to a saison. I would like it to be a little fruitier. (479 characters)

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Saison Du Swamp from Swamp Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.