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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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Summers here in North Florida are hot and humid, not exactly the conditions that most ale yeasts prefer. This is why Swamp Head chose a yeast for this beer that likes it hot! This traditional ale yeast used in the Wallonia region of Belgium produces a complex seasonal ale known as Saison. They do their best work at temperatures above 80, while typical ale yeasts prefer temperatures in the 60’s. So we figured if we have to work in a sweltering swamp environment, why not brew a seasonal ale that enjoys Florida summers too! From the initial aromas of pepper and summer fruits to the lingering finish hinted of floral hops, Saison du Swamp is a bottle-conditioned ale sealed for any season.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
48FanInCali (706) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2014
2011 Bomber - straw pour with white head. Nose of yeast, pepper, grass, and other spices. Taste follows the nose with some venous qualities. Lots of better choices but not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (1992) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with two fingers of tight white foam. Nose is nice blend of rustic grain, earthy yeast, dusty grass and a touch of grapefruit. Palate follows with bright carbonation, nice floral herbal nuances that are well balanced with the yeast profile and slightly dough rustic fieldgrain. Hints of tropical fruits and pepper linger late palate through finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5339) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2014
Tallahassee, Fl. - Proof Brewing Company - on tap. Sparkling medium gold pour, sticky white head, nice thick lacing. Aroma has some sweet honey accents, a touch of aricots. Flavor is juicy with some pear-like fruit accents, some honey-like sweetness, a bit of honeydew melon and finishes with some nice rye mintiness. Lip smacking thick mouthfeel. Enjoyed this with Aurelius.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4027) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2014
Honey gold, clear brew with a thin white head. Inviting, sweet, citrus candy and cidre aroma. Sourish with bright citrus and a slight astringency. Woody alcohol tones. Chemical tones from time to time. Surprisingly good. Proof, on tap, downstairs with PorterPounder.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilBeerDoctor (3409) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2014
On tap at Aardwolf. Pours a hazy golden orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet phenols, bready malt, sweet tart candies, hay. Flavor of sweet tart fruits, diaper, hay, bready malt. A bit sweet, decently drinkable, subpar compared to some of the top saisons. 6/4/6/3/13 (3.2/5)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (2980) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Sampled @ Hunahpu Day 2014. Pours hazy yellow color with white head. Aromas of yeast and spices. Lightly funky flavor with spicy yeast and some fruitiness. Medium body with average carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rbrazell (1568) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle from Market Square. Hazy deep golden pour with a large rocky white head. First smell presents cloves, spices and white pepper leaning into yeast funkiness and honey malt sweetness. Sweeter and thicker in body than one would expect with lemon citrus, peppery spice, yeast and honey. Medium thickish body with middle carbonation. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (2029) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Light golden colored pour. Big white head. Plenty of lacing. Nice malt and citrus aroma. Some hoppy notes mixed with yeast. Taste is a maltiness up front with some crisp hop notes. Dry and sweet. Tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastmaster (222) - Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Pour opaque yellow. Citrus and pineapple aroma.Light body. Fruity. Medium-light body, well carbonated.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
queenholly (2827) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle courtesy of BMMillsy. Thanks dude! Sweet pineapple, orange, yeast, and light vanilla aroma. Honey gold with a small white head. Spicy Belgian yeast, sweet fruity orange, and creamy wheat malt. Medium creamy body, soft carbonation. This one had a lot of wheat character, reminding me of a slightly funky Belgian wit. Very enjoyable, easy to drink.


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