Saison Du Swamp | Swamp Head Brewery

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
207 Ratings
Saison Du SwampSaison Du Swamp
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by CampusCrew on 01-02-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
207
Reviews:
58
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
8.79%
 
 
Wants:
134
Gots:
34
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 207 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of gwiedman1
2.5/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of bsuedekum
2.5/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of cbutova
2.99/5  rDev -29%
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 _morandi_
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of jrenihan
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
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!

 642 characters

Photo of suckaj
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MastaShonuf
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of mattreitz49
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Shaw
3.58/5  rDev -15%
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 womencantsail
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
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 Chico1985
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

 778 characters

Photo of Dr_Fox
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whitenads
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of pixieskid
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of RayReed522
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PorterLambic
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

 374 characters

Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev -9%
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 BeerOps
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
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 Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Saison Du Swamp from Swamp Head Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 207 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.