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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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by zeledonia:
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to cubanbeerguy for the bottle. Tasted 28 Feb 2014.

Pours clear pale golden yellow (until I stir up the yeast at the bottom). 1.5 fingers of white head, good retention, decent lacing.

Smell is awesome. Spicy saison yeast, earthy brett funk, and honey sweetness. A light floral touch in the back. Lovely.

Taste is bright and varied, with all sorts of interesting things going on. Peppery spice, floral lightness, fruity sweetness, and a soft bitter touch in the finish. Fantastic.

Feel is even better than the taste. Light-bodied but expansive, filling my mouth with flavor just like I want it to. Carbonation is perfect. Prickly and tingly up front, relaxing to foamy and buoyant as it progresses. Excellent.

This is potent, delicate, and massively varied. Such a well-crafted beer. My new almost-favorite brett saison, just a small notch below Boulevard's Saison-Brett.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.18/5  rDev -24.5%
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 -5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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Photo of fmccormi
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
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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4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden apricot draft pour with white head. Funky and tart nose and first sip. Sweet and spicy finish. Quite nice.

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Saison Du Swamp With Brettanomyces from Swamp Head Brewery
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