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Saison Du Swamp | Swamp Head Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery
Florida, United States
swamphead.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by CampusCrew on 01-02-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,809
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
207
pDev:
8.83%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
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Photo of Beachops
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrenihan
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The nose on this one is very apple-heavy, with some spice notes. It does have an unfortunate (to me) apple juice scent. Flavour is the same. Lots of apple, with a too-large dose of spices alongside. Finish is bitter, which jars with what is otherwise a very fruit-focused beer. Not a winner, in my books. It is apple dominated, which I don't like at all, and the spices are too strong. It doesn't really taste like a saison. Whether my bottle somehow varies from the bulk of reviewers on here (which I doubt, as it doesn't seem to have any problems) or I just have a different palate, my view on this one is quite different from the majority!

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Photo of Magery
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PorterLambic
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Arrives clear, bright yellow with a wee ring of white foam threaded around the glass.
Smell is weak just a faint funkiness with a whiff of malt (?) & citrus (?).
Taste is sweet from the honey, malty, alcohol, citrus, apple and grape notes. Quite boozy.
Body is just over medium with a sharp, medium carbonation. Booziness really hangs on. Coats the palate a lot. I like it.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zonker17
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Very light yellow with 2 finger head on pour that does not persist. One of the best noses on any beer ever, full of honey, fruit, and floral notes. Taste does not disappoint either, with honey leading the spices. Could use a bit more carbonation. Love thus beer!

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Photo of Dr_Fox
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jadjunk
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Summers here in North Florida are hot and humid, not exactly the conditions that most ale yeasts prefer. Except for the yeast used in the Wallonia region of Belgium to produce a refreshing yet complex seasonal ale known as Saison (French for season). Unlike typical ale yeasts that prefer temperatures in the 60's, these little critters like it hop - they do their best work at temperatures above 80. So we figured if we have to work in a sweltering swamp environment, why not brew a seasonal ale that enjoys Florida summers too. From the initial aromas of pepper and summer fruits to the lingering finish with a hint of floral hops, Saison Du Swamp is a bottle-conditioned ale that can be enjoyed in any season." Brewed in the style of a Saison Ale with Honey and Spices. Available in 750ml. bottles and on seasonal draft.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Explosive gusher alert! After losing nearly half of the bottle in a mad dash to the kitchen sink, it finally calmed enough for a pour. Pours a frothy foam off-white head over a very dense and hazy straw yellow body. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Tangy, tart acidity with notes of light stone fruit, citrus juice and effervescent spice atop a malt body of pilsner and pale malt notes. Moderate funk and tanginess from the yeast profile generates a considerable souring note for this ale. 4

(Taste) Very light malt profile of cracker and pale malt with a very light sweetness and a delicate, clean and dry body. White peppery spiciness with notes of coriander, lemon and peach juice generating a subtle acidity to balance the delicate body. Surprisingly accessible and enjoyable flavor. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is chalky, light, and moderate dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a light frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is light/medium for the style, light+ overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to tangy and acidic. Alcohol presence is very light and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) An impressively built Saison ale that makes its success from the lightness of the malt body, with the tangy, acidic and lightly soured yeast showcase clearly exposed. Perhaps the most unfortunate aspect of this beer is that I lost half of the bottle before I began my review, so be wary of the possibility of overcarbonation in this ale, or perhaps older bottles. 4

Swamp Head Brewery's
Saison du Swamp
4.1/5.00

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of IckyT2012
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of suckaj
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of edhizdeid
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RayReed522
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Farnswurth
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbwimer
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful banana scents on the nose. Flavors of dusty pepper and a good dose of lemon zest as well. There is a solid hop presence throughout the body of this beer. Very crisp and zesty overall. Slightly fruity and wonderfully easy to drink.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aasher
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jfstilling
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Saison Du Swamp from Swamp Head Brewery
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 207 ratings
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