Saison Du Swamp
Swamp Head Brewery

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #115
Ranked #2,350
4.2 | pDev: 8.81%
Swamp Head Brewery
Florida, United States
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Photo of jrenihan
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
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 PorterLambic
3.82/5  rDev -9%
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 zonker17
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Jadjunk
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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 StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of Chico1985
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
2.99/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

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Photo of Aleks_P
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Not particularly impressive. Pours clear pale yellow with a very thin white head. Does not appear to have much carbonation. Dissipates quickly. Not sure I could differentiate between this and Miller Lite in an eye test.

Smell: Pick up scents of honey sweetness and a little hint of something floral. Immediately more interested in the beer after smelling it.

Taste: Hopefully I'm not just predisposed from the language on the label, but there is definitely a honey-type aftertaste, barely noticeable, and the beer is almost a little peppery (like black pepper, not chile pepper).

Mouthfeel: Definitely smooth rather than dry, lightly carbonated, great Florida beer as it is not very heavy. Very slight bitterness in the aftertaste but not really dry at all.

Overall: Not much to look at but I sure enjoyed drinking it. I am becoming a big fan of this beer style and this was a nice lighter beer but with a lot of deep flavor, which is hard to pull off. Big fan. Going to Gainesville next weekend for the game and am going to try to stop at Swamp Head in person.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of flbrewdaddy
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great local bear. Hoppy like most of this brewers highly rated beers. Nice beer priced to high for what it is. Other regional beers as good with better availability and price point. Love this brewery though. So, I'll keep paying the price of admission.

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Photo of pweis909
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my top reviews ever was for Saison Du Pont. It was one of those experiences where the beer was in the right place at the right time and every thing clicked for me. My Saison du Swamp experience was similar. Very close to perfection for me. I lost my notes on this beer but I remember thinking it was almost note for note similar to Saison du Pont. Some characteristics that come to mind are fruity and nutty. The best American saison I've ever had, unless I count Swamp Heads Brett Saison.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.99/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: slightly cloudy, yellowish-amber color, great creamy head
S: full nose, traditional saison with herbs, graininess, yeast
T: well-balanced, traditional saison, true to type, only knock is that it could have been a bit more spritzy in the taste and CO2, a bit of hop bitterness in the finish
M: an ever-so-slight tilt to the cloying side, could use a bit more CO2
O: very, very good

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Photo of RickS95
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Chris from Fermentation Lounge for sharing this gem with me.

A: Saison du Swamp boasts a straw colored body, a touch of haze, and plenty of lacing. The head of the brew leaves a touch to be desired, but overall an appealing brew.

S: The farmhouse funk of this brew is stunning, with herbal and earthy tones blending harmoniously.

T: A bone-dry body is marked by lemon zest, herbs, and farmhouse funk.

M: The body is very light on the tongue, with a touch of biting carbonation bringing it to life.

O: One of the best American Saisons I've come across, with all of the hallmarks of the great Saison duPont showcased with delicate balance. This brew is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Holland
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of nmbr0ne
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter from 2011 bottle.

Appearance: Golden yellow, opaque, decent amount of spotted lacing, thick white head.

Smell: Banana, slight funk, honey, subtle hint of vanilla.

Taste: Spicy, lemony, different from the smell, a little sweet in the middle of the sip yet finishes pretty dry.

Feel: Good carbonation, smooth, light, the slightest bit of slick on the tongue, but good.

Overall: Great saison in my opinion. liked it a lot. With the taste resembling the aroma more. The lemon zest taste threw it off a bit for me for some reason, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of Khazadum
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Saison Du Swamp from Swamp Head Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 210 ratings