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Saison Du Swamp | Swamp Head Brewery

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Saison Du SwampSaison Du Swamp

Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery
Florida, United States

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

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Photo of billzav
5/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of ArcaneXor
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Swamp Head's Saison du Swamp is a wonderful summer beer, balancing dryness from rye and grains of paradise with lots of very pleasant and complex fruit esters. The appearance is wonderful as well - pours a light golden color with a thick, dense head. In my opinion, this is the best beer this young brewery has produced to date.

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Photo of CASK1
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 to a tulip glass.

Aroma - Tons of yeast character. Peppery, citrus and tropical fruit, pear and apple. Low spicy and earthy hop aroma. Light Pils malt sweetness in the background. Can't keep my nose out of the glass.

Appearance - Pale gold with a slight haze. Huge thick moussy white head that won't quit. Continuous streams of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

Taste - Just like the aroma. Lots of yeast character as both spice and fruit. Quite peppery, a character I like in Saisons. Some tartness, but stops well short of sour. Medium high hop bitterness. Light Pils malt graininess and a low alcohol sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, dry, and tart. Medium-high carbonation adds a prickly sensation. Low alcohol warmth. Very thirst-quenching.

An outstanding example of the style. The best of the Swamp Head beers I've had to date. Can't wait for the next release.

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Photo of pweis909
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
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 AdamBear
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of dwagner003
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
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 zonker17
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
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 drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of jgagne
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saison Du Swamp by Swamp Head
A-Foggy Golden with prominent bright white head
S-The smell is a perfect blend of spice and sweet citrus
T-A sweet beginning with a bold spicy but smooth after taste.
M-Very light but flavors still linger for a long while, very smooth, complex and exciting.
Overall a great beer that can measure up to any Saison out there.This creation by Swamp Head is a definite showstopper.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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 mullenite
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.42/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of mntlover
4.42/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Holland
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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 merlin48
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 version bottled Nov 18, 2011. #361. Pours a cloudy light amber with one finger of fast fading white head. Smell: semisweet pale malt, bread dough, tart plum, mild barnyard note, peppery and slightly grassy. Taste: tangy, wheat cracker with honey-ish sweetness, then into pepper, biscuit, finishing fruity and spicy. This is more interesting than 2010's, and not as dry. Pretty fantastic. 3/4.5/4.5/4/4.5

Corked and caged. Thanks for the sticker about how to get the champagne cork out, very considerate. Pours a hazy straw color with three fingers of styrofoamy white head, settles slowly, leaving a sheet of sticky lace. Smell: pale malt, hay, bready, grassy and spicy. Taste: sweet pale/pils malt, bready, grainy, grassy, and pretty spicy, with a very slight dried sugared pineapple component to the finish (from honey?). Lightish medium body, nice carb with a semi-dry finish. Seemed like a fairly standard approach to the style, but a very nice example. Bottle 523. (2010). 4/4/4.5/4/4

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Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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.

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Photo of Treebs
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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 wscaffe
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 217. Poured from a 750 into a tulip

A - Golden straw color.

S - Very sweet. Hints of banana and clove. Also hints of some citrus.

T - Fantastic pepper taste. Definitely a lot of clove and banana flavor coming from the yeast. Nice crispness. Extremely balanced. Almost no alcohol come through. A hint of rye as well.

M - Crisp but not too dry. No astringency whatsoever.

O - Overall this is a fantastic saison that stays true to style. I would definitely drink again. This saison stands up to anyone out there. Swamphead definitely knows what they are doing.

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Photo of maximum12
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Photo of rtaps
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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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