Saison Du Swamp | Swamp Head Brewery

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Saison Du SwampSaison Du Swamp

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Swamp Head Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CampusCrew on 01-02-2011

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +3.1%
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 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 nmbr0ne
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -5%
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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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 DarthKostrizer
4.17/5  rDev -1%
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

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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 kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.17/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

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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 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 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 inlimbo77
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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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.

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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 Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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.

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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.

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Saison Du Swamp from Swamp Head Brewery
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