Saison Du Swamp With Brettanomyces | Swamp Head Brewery

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Saison Du Swamp With BrettanomycesSaison Du Swamp With Brettanomyces

Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by macrosmatic on 07-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 90
Reviews by stakem:
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4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml into a tulip. The brew appears a clear golden yellow color with a solid white froth. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass as the cap fades.

The smells includes plenty of tropical brett notes that gets dry and yeasty with spice like pepper and some bready grain. There is an herbal element before getting faintly cheesy across the back like footy pils/sulfur.

The taste is dry and spicy with a lot of brett earthiness and pepper/straw grain aspects. Some herbal bitterness and a fruity complexity like pineapple blending to more tropics then apple and pear skins.

This is a light bodied brew with moderate spritzy carbonation. It is super dry, crisp and crushable. The awesomeness of this brew is in the simplicity and subtlety yet amazing drinkability factor. I would crush this regularly if given the opportunity to have it on hand at all times. Great stuff right here.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy light orange. Decent white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Hmm. Citrus and vegetables. Odd. More citrus than vegetable, but it's still there. Apples. A hint of brett.

Taste - Again it's got a lot of citrus and apple. Very fruity. Some vegetable notes though. Grainy. Pale malt in the finish. I don't get a ton of brett.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I had an old bottle of the regular version of this and it was a brett monster. I'd be interested in aging this. Maybe those weird flavors will pass.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 750ml/25.4oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stemware). This is a bottle from the original release in 2013, and it’s been in good care ever since purchase nearly two years ago. It’s been refrigerated for a couple of weeks now, so it’s had time to settle nicely.

Appearance (3.75): First off, this is a bit of a foamer—and if I reckon, it was two years ago, too. The head piles up two fingers of crackly white foam, capping a hazy golden body with orange highlights. It looks a lot like passion fruit juice, actually. Not a lot of lacing to speak of, and it leaves just a thin collar at the edge of the glass. It all dissipates as time goes on, leaving just the orange-gold body. It started beautifully, and ended average-ish.

Smell (4.5): Passion fruit, sweet limeade, a modest, funky twang on the back end, and a subtle, musty layer of barnyard underneath it all. If I’m not mistaken, this has got a lot of Brett C all over it, along with a nice, solid base of American-style saison—wheat malt, light coriander, tangerine, rustic country bread, this smells fantastic.

Taste (4.5): It deviates from the aroma in that it’s not as sweet as all that tropical fruit would suggest, but it picks up that funky twang and turns it into a full-blown, citrusy bite. Not bitter like citrus rinds, but tart and funky like orangeade stuffed with edible flowers. A little chamomile, maybe? Dry, floury biscuits in the malt character—but this beer is bone-dry. In place of any substantial malt body, the brett’s developed a nice base of musty, bucolic funk. Grassy, floral bitterness in the finish melds with the bretty twang that’s developed over time, and in the end it makes for a dynamic, multi-faceted saison. This is outstanding.

Mouthfeel (5.0): Carbonation is very active, covering all surfaces with a blanket of fine, tingly bubbles that sticks closely until the wash out, where it foams up easily and turns a modest sip into a satisfying swallow. The body is about spot-on for medium-weight, but its dryness belies any heft or slickness that might accompany a beer of this size. As a result, this is insanely easy to drink.

Overall (4.5): I reaaaaaaaaaaally like this beer. I had it fresh two years ago, but I was camping in the mountains of North Carolina and wasn’t about to sit down and write detailed tasting notes. Back then, it was fruitier and a little clearer, if I recall, but the base beer was already a year old at that time. I liked it slightly better back then, but fortunately, it’s aged extremely well and still tastes fantastic. This is a beautiful beer—easily one of my top-five in 2013, and easily one of my all-time favorites still today—and I hope Swamp Head continues to make it, even if only sporadically, for the foreseeable future.

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Saison Du Swamp With Brettanomyces from Swamp Head Brewery
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