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Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

Swing Session SaisonSwing Session Saison

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534 Ratings
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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%


Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Seasonal release beer brewed w/ German & American whole-flowers, 2-row German malts, Rye, Oats & Wheat. Spiced w/ peppercorn & fresh lemon zest. Belgian saison yeasts.

(Beer added by: Tucquan on 02-26-2013)
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a straw yellow color with some nice light golden tints and a soft white head that fizzles away to just a scrim, leaving some medium sheets of tight-bubbled lacing on the glass. As you sip the beer though, it tends to only leave thin and droopy tendrils of lacing on the glass. In the body, the beer is properly hazy, though some light does make its way through the beer. The beer also displays a nice torrent of bubbles working their way to the head. On the nose, the beer is nicely pungent from the moment it pours. It smells of funky straw and lemon grains with touches of banana and cloves with just a hint of uncharacterized spice in the nose. The yeast esters are very big and tangible on the nose, almost dripping off, which is lovely in a 4.5% beer. The overall mélange of smells does give a slightly skunked smell, but I think that is more from all of the spices and yeast esters mixing together into a strange potpourri, and less from light exposure. On the tongue, the beer tastes of grassy bitters, sweet spices, and funky yeast character that moves from bitter to sweet, to acidic, and leaves a nice bit of neutralizing saliva behind. In flavors, the beer begins with funky bitter grass, which opens into lovely banana esters with touches of cloves and some coriander as well. Lemon citrus runs on the lesser side of the flavors, and melds with some of the breadier characteristics of the yeast and the light clean malt flavors. The finish is big with coriander spice, slight orange peel, and some funky banana/clove esters, and the aftertaste continues this with the addition of slightly medicinal, grassy bitters that tingle on the tongue. Judging by the taste, I would not say this beer is 4.5% ABV. In the mouth, the beer feels medium to medium-light in body with a big fluffy carbonation that provides some tongue scrubbing to keep the sweeter yeast and spice characteristics from overpowering the bitters. The mouth is left slightly chalky and tingling with some saliva on the sides of the tongue. Overall, this is a great normal saison, and the fact that it is 4.5% and fully sessionable makes it all the better. Its flavor profile slightly reminded me of a less coriander-heavy Hennepin from Brewery Ommegang. It was phenomenally full of flavor, and comparable to my personal favorite session saison, Notch Sasion. My one complaint with this beer is that, in the belly, it seems to carry a little bit more weight than I normally like from a 4.5% beer, but it is not to such a degree that it ruins this beer. This beer is good, and great for a long drinking night. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 22:54:13 | More by Maxwell
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Billolick

New York

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle w/freshness/bottling date info

Pours hazed medium tangerine, with looser off white froth, staying at about the 1/8 of an inch level. Leaves some low sheeting, and typical strands of lace.

Effervescent and lemon infused nose.

Pepper, oranges and bright lemon on the palate. Ginger and lime in the finish. This is a fresh tasting and spiced up saison. Nice summer sessioner, probably a real nice fit with some tangy cheese, raw shell fish, salads. You get the picture

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 14:56:23 | More by Billolick
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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North Carolina

2.66/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Color / Carb = like a very pale Easter egg yellow dye, with moderate foam

Smell = muted fruity / hops

Taste = hits you initially, then lingers (too much) in a bad way (again, not a hop lover); light with dry aftertaste; 1.5 rungs above your standard domestic lager with some added fruit/floral flavor. Refreshing ? Enough, or moreso, barely.

Just noticed the laundry list that Victory now puts out, and my hopes now rest on the Victory Altbier offering that I saw advertised with Sierra Nevada Beer Camp tour / 12 pack coming July-2014.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 22:46:07 | More by Honisbygonis
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russwilliam

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9%

04-16-2014 01:28:50 | More by russwilliam
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5%

04-15-2014 03:56:49 | More by poorbuthappy
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-15-2014 02:58:53 | More by thampel09
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Rob_Z

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2%

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Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2%

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2.25/5  rDev -37%

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Ohio

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Victory Swing

Victory for your taste

Poured into pint glass

A: Nothing spectacular. straw color. Rather clear. Similar to an adjunct.

S: Pleasant smelling saison style beer with notes of wheat, citrus and pepper.

T: Delicious flavors of lemon, grass and some spices as well. On the light side of tangy to tart.

M: Light bodied as was expected. Crisp and dry finish

O: An enjoyable saison. Will be nice this spring/summer season. Glad I bought a six of this. Victory does no wrong !

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 20:50:24 | More by GOBLIN
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Ohio

3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow. Clear with minimal head retention.

Took me a minute to place it, but the aroma is basil. Like sticking your face into a basil plant, basil. Not sure I've ever smelled a beer like it. Perfect combination of citrus, pepper and grass to create a unique aroma.

Taste is lemony and grassy with a dry hop finish. Noticing a hint of melon as it warms.

Substantial fine carbonation that enhances the refreshing quality of the taste.

Overall a nice, refreshing beer. Would have liked some of the peppery spice from the scent to have made it into the taste. Nevertheless, a nice front porch sipper for the first day that feels like spring in Ohio.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 20:43:42 | More by msquared36
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-13-2014 18:57:41 | More by SoupKitchenBeerSnob
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New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pristine flat gold coloring, has healthy rise of carbonation medium dense in nature. Light, milky beige heas is creamy, slight in size with a weak hold. Light speckled lace on the glass.

S: Sweet manderin oranges, sugar topped grapefruit, honey-dew with some light citrus muskiness.

T: Flavor was musky citrus, light banana yeastiness, biscuity, tart citrus and some barnyard musk. Pilsner grains, slight funk, bright lemons with some musky undertones of grapefruit. Flavor was sharp, fairly crisp.

M: Crisp mouthful, tart, musky warmth of lemons with a medium body.

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(on tap at Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen - served in a goblet, a la Stella Artois)

A: gold liquid, relatively clear... tight, white, cottony foam - lotta foam at first, little retention, little lace

S: moderately-intense floral hoppy-phenolic notes... perfumy cloth.... light-toasty grain, dry hay

T: mild bubblegum, white grape... spicy bitterness... lingering herbal, peppery aftertaste - grapefruit zest and lightly-sweetened granola as well... overall, moderately fruity but very dry

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Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.