Saison Du Swamp - Swamp Head Brewery

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 192
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 4.02%
Wants: 143
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: CampusCrew on 01-02-2011

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ehammond1 for sharing this one at MrVonzipper's tasting!

Bottle # 261.

Pours a hazy light golden yellow with an off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is fruity with pepper and spice aromas and a slight funk. Taste is fruity up front with spice and pepper flavors on the finish. There is a slight bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good saison that is quite tasty and easy to drink. (568 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)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Humbard for breaking out this delicious saison last Saturday after the Zwanze 2011 festivities at Churchkey. Served in a Val-Dieu chalice.

Pours a nice yellow-golden color with a nice white head. Good retention and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose starts off with a bit of straw and light spice before heading in a very fruit direction. Nice notes of pear and apple with a bit of some stone fruits. Delicate and subtle, but quite nice.

The flavor mixes the fruit and yeast spice quite well. Excellent balance and beauty in the individual components as well. Slight bitterness after a light-medium body. Crisp carbonation and a faint fruitiness through the finish. Really superb. (703 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 StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

for a brewery i have never even heard of, this may have been my favorite beer from this recent trip to florida i was blessed to take with my family. wow is this cool and clever beer, maybe my favorite honey beer since the casey one. its a big bold saison, with lots of body, but also lots of yeast haze, tall lacy head, and carbonation. its beautiful in the glass, and the honey aroma is really intense, its definitely not all fermented out like these can sometimes be, and although the label also says spices are in here, i cant really pick any out, save maybe some orange peel, but this doesnt present itself as a spiced beer, at least not on the nose. the flavor is wheat based for sure, textured and a little tannic, white wheat has to make up a big portion of this. the honey is again really evident, its only a little sweet, but that raw waxy comb thing is happening in this one, giving it a blooming spring thing, and the weight of the beer really likes the lightness of the honey too, its a col juxtaposition of feels. the yeast is awesome too, a strain not like others i recognize, i guess it could just be the insanely warm fermentation temperatures on this, but its worked wonders for whatever strain and original gravity the started with. funky enough, but still delicate and not overbearing. this was a great companion to a spicy seafood dinner, but could work in a million food contexts. this brewery now has my attention, i cant believe how good this one was. maybe my favorite beer from my whole trip. worth seeking out, and worth the 18 bucks the fetch for it. (1,577 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 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 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 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 drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is the #8 saison on the top saisons list on beeradvocate.com. Fun, bottle obtained by in laws at the release party, shared post Zwanze day 2011 with friends. I was worried that this beer was pure homerism but it is not, lived up to the hype.

Beer is yellow and clear with a big white head, soft, nice lacing, good carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, floral, honey, grains, good yeast nice.

Beer is light and fluffy on the palate, sweet and clean good body, nice feel, great mildly dry finish, overall a nice beer and I'd have more. (560 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 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 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 maximum12
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to moose3285 for introducing me to yet another brewery, one I hadn't even heard of yet. Big 750 ML corked-and-caged bottle. Split into two glasses. Bottle #854.

Pour is heady & fizzy, very light yellow with fast visible carbonation. Nose is very sweet, honey, spicy yeast, lesser sightings of banana & clove.

Saison du Swamp uses a lovely hybrid of all manner of goodness. The spicing comes out hard, but is quickly masked by the honeyed sweetness. Tons of layers. White pepper & pears. Sweet bread, light apples, maybe citrus. Nice graininess, lovely lightness on the tongue, one of the most pleasantly drinkable saisons in my experience.

This brew is like an archaelogical dig, with great tastes spilling out the deeper the heavy equipment goes. Just a masterful use of ingredients to forge one of the best saisons I've had. Excellent beer, thanks for the intro Mike! (881 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (369 characters)

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 Holland
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a cloudy gold/straw color that's dull but has a nice bubbly head. Great looking carbonation.

S: smells of citrus and spice with some malt and sweetness. Not a super strong smell, but it was kind of cold.

T: taste is heavy on the yeast spice and esters. Much more fruity that I would have though, but it's not overwhelming and fits in nicely. Malt is slightly there but not a big part of this beer. Definitely a bit of funk, but just enough.

M: crisp and delicious with medium-heavy carbonation and a medium-light mouthfeel.

O: wish I had more of this stuff, but it was a tough buy at $15 at the brewery or $17 elsewhere in Gainesville. Great beer overall, and incredible to drink on a hot, humid Florida Saturday afternoon. (740 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 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 merlin48
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  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. (966 characters)

Photo of dwagner003
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, what a treat.. Pours a cloudy, amber yellow with a minimal head. The smell is all Brett. It's awesome. The back of your jaw gets a slight ache just anticipating the tartness that's to come.

But the tartness is so perfectly subtle. You get a ton of lemon up front, with a tart, effervescent finish. The Brett is there, but it's balanced with the citrusy, sweet goodness.

Great beer. I wish it was more readily available. I'd buy it a lot. (446 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 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)

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Saison Du Swamp from Swamp Head Brewery
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