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Saison Du Swamp - Swamp Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 194
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 4.02%
Wants: 142
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 194
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 Treebs
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Eric(Holland) for this brew. 750 ml bottle served in a Great Divide flute. Bottle # 1067, bottle in I think November of 2011. "Migrational Release".

A: Pours a golden yellow with a slight chilled haze to the body and some ribbons of apricot. The body is very lively and a fluffy, 1.5 finger head forms on the pour. It's pure white in color and lives some sticky, splotchy lace.

S: Sweet Belgian and funky yeast are first present with a hint of pepper. There is a nice citrus peel to the nose as well and it has a damp, musty finish.

T: Great musty basement and funk combine with a peppery yeast and a nice sharp citrus peal. Green apple skin and light hay add another layer of flavor. There is a slight honey sweetness to the drink that carries into the finish as well.

M: Higher carbonation with a light body. Very crisp and refreshing, the finish is extremely clean and cleansing. Drinkability is high.

O: A very complex and delicious saison. The flavors were very well in balance. The drinkability is great and I could honestly drink it all day. It didn't take me long to finish the whole 750, and on a hot day I bet it would go even faster. (1,163 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 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 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 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 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 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 rtaps
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to ehammond1 for this one

pours a nice golden color, with a white head with decent retention

has a nice aroma, bananas and spices almost sour like. but yet its a little sweet

taste kind of fallows the nose. banana like with a peppery spice with a lemon zest to it and its a bit bready

fluffy with good carbonation and smooth

overall this was a tasty treat (367 characters)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 AdamBear
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle #254 hand written on the side of the bottle...pretty cool

"Caution: Cut cork then use wine opener"...this is new to me!

...ended up being quite an ordeal to open, but that's okay, it built up some anticipation

A-cloudy dark yellow with a nice thick white head.

S-very aromatic! smells like tart citric peel and corn. smells really good! strong scent.

T-best saison i've ever had. in and out this is such a smooth drink. it comes in with a very mellow taste of slightly tart pale belgian malts and cooked corn. Before the after-taste there's a slight bitterness that quickly vanishes. The after-taste is quite complex with spicy pale belgian malts and sweet fruits. there's a subtle tartness that sticks to the tongue. this is good.

M-high but creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-wow this is a great saison. i've never had a belgian style that was this smooth, let alone a saison this smooth. it tastes so good. a 750 mL bottle isn't enough for one person! i'm impressed with the drinkability and the higher ABV as well. this just needs to be cheaper! (1,071 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 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 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 mntlover
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up thanks to the beer guys recommendation at Grassroots in Jacksonville, bottle number 330, thank you for the recommendation.

Pours a hazy golden color with just a touch of peach added to make it glow. Nice off white head falls slowly to scum and leaves some lace behind.

Aroma is nice sweet malts definite honey noted adding to sweet nectar like smell. Nice fruit notes pear, white grapes, tangerine to round out fruits. Under the sweet and wonderful fruit lays the spice and light tartness or hopefully funk.

Taste is a touch of the sweet honey and malt sweetness, but its swept away quickly. Tart and fruity pear moving toward tart lemon with big doses of spice clove, coriander. Then the yeast kicks in nice earthy notes then funk that linger with spice for a great finish.

Mouthfeel is good enjoyable light medium with just right amount of pep to bring out fruit and spice as needed.

Overall very enjoyable, next time I'm in Florida this brewery goes on my list with Cigar City as stuff i need to bring back home. Picked two up one for me and one for friend, hope I can keep my hands off of it for his sake. (1,133 characters)

Photo of billzav
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An outstanding farmhouse ale from the emerging Gainesville brewery. It pours a golden straw color, with fruitful notes of banana and other citrus complimented by sweet malt, honey, and peppery spices with a semi dry finish. There’s a hint of rye in the backbone as well, and this ale has a nice zesty character throughout. The brewery’s best offering to date. (363 characters)

Photo of mullenite
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Taking a break from packing and cleaning with this beautiful beer. Nice light golden to dark straw color with a huge fluffy white head. Nice lacing hanging out on the glass.

Nice lemon and floral aroma a little bit of a yeast funk as well. Very light and refreshing smell to it. Like a nice shandy or radler with all the lemon.

Taste is right on with the aroma, light refreshing lemon flavor with a little but of fresh cut grass and nice yeast compliment. Some honey flavors coming through as well.

Dry but not puckering mouthfeel with light carbonation. Thin body but the honey flavor keeps it from being watery.

Great saison with lots of character and a great depth to the flavor. An all around beautiful beer. (716 characters)

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