Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 11
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Tucquan on 02-26-2013

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.
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Ratings: 756 | Reviews: 147
Reviews by stewart124:
Photo of stewart124
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Thin film of white head. Leaves a nice lacing.

Nose of bready malts, lemon rind and that farmhouse Belgian yeast funk.

Taste is more of the same with a medium body and grassy character. Bread up front and finishing with spicey phenols. I'm not able to tell what is from the yeast and what has been added.

Very easy to drink on this especially hot and humid day. Very solid saison from Victory.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small tulip glass a hazed lighter golden with a bone white fluffy head atop.Aromas of medicinal hops and yeasty phenols mainly,a bit of toasted grain as well.Lightly citric up front on the palate with some toasted cereal grain,the phenols come in and provide some spice,a shot of herbal hops linger in the finish.A nice session saison it has some phenolic qualities wich Iam not a fan of but it's refreshing.Solid.

Photo of MadScientist
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: A pale gold beer with good clarity. The rocky, white head has decent retention.

S: A medium-strong Belgian Pilsner malt aroma with spicy and lemony aromas. Some of the spice seems to be from the hops some from the yeast. There is a low graham cracker like note to the malt.

T: There is a crisp pils malt flavor with a medium hops bitterness which seems a bit stronger as the beer is a bit lighter. There is a medium amount of black pepper and bitter citrus peel flavors. The balance is dry and somewhat bitter with a dry finish.

M: A Light boded beer with a very strong level of carbonation that gets a bit drying on the palate.

O: Hit the mark on being a flavorful, low alcohol beer wish would be a refreshing choice for lunch if you had been working the farm under a hot Summer Sun. The flavors profile is a bitter light but the flavors see strong against the lighter backdrop.

Photo of Beaver13
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden yellow with a big meringue white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is fruits and funk with some piney, floral hops and perfumey spices.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a little funky fruit and some spices (corriander, pepper) and a good sized piney floral bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I'm not sure I'd call it a saison. But I like it as a session beer with good bitterness and some funk.

Photo of Billolick
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
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

Photo of bsp77
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Pour from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Pale, cloudy straw color with stark white cap, and slight lacing.

Smell: Grainy, peppery and citrusy (lemon, orange), with some light banana.

Taste: The citrus and lemon hops/spices are quite strong, with some light toasted malts. Quite spicy as well, especially on the finish, with an emphasis on pepper. The Belgian yeast (banana, cloves) is present but secondary. Surprisingly bitter.

Feel: Light body with relatively high carbonation. Very crisp with a bone dry finish.

Overall: Nice to see a new "Session" beer that isn't an IPA, although it is bitter enough. This is a very nice, crisply refreshing Spring seasonal. However, I still prefer Victory's Helios.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle a little above fridge temp poured into a snifter. No freshness info.

Pours a light golden color with a slit haze. Big frothy 2 fingers of white head. Good head retention and good lacing.

Peppery spice, clove, lemon peel, spicey Belgian yeast, a very aromatic beer.

A big peppercorn flavor, big clove flavor, which I really enjoy, combines with the spicey phenols from the Belgian yeast, some lemon citrus peel a slight hint of hops and cereal grain towards the back.

Light and refreshingly crisp carbonation. Some hop bitterness does linger in the finish. Drinkable, but the big spice flavors might get a little old after a while.

A really good beer, I like a big spice profile from time to time and this fit the bill, but at the same time it is really there and i can see why many dont like this. A nice summer beer that many types of people can enjoy. Although, stylistically,more of a Belgian pale than a Saison, but whateves.

Photo of MattyG85
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellowish golden orange with a lot of fast rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A crisp and citrus forward aroma with lots of wheat and some funky yeast. Belgian yeast with hints of barnyard funk, coriander, clove, and white pepper. Bright hints of citrus orange and lemon zest as well as some banana. Wheat grains and pale malts with hints of hay, cracker, and biscuit. Also some grassy hints of hops.A solid Belgian style light wheat aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a funky citrus taste of wheat and Belgian spice. Belgian yeast and barnyard funk with notes of clove, coriander, and white pepper. Banana fruit taste as well as some juicy citrus orange and lemon zest. Slightly tart tasting. Wheat grains and malts with notes of hay, biscuit, and crackers. Earthy and herbal grassy hop notes. A solid taste that is somewhat tart and very zesty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp. Nicely juicy and smooth.

Overall: A solid light session version of a Saison. Nice mix of funk and citrus.

Photo of GOBLIN
4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
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 !

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up at Mad Mex pours with a gracious white capped head, eggshell white lovely and textured with effervescent carbonation the body is golden slightly hazed nice looking beer served into their house pint glasses. Aroma has citrus, floral and earthy spice, peppery with a yeast presence driven in this fine tasting session ale from Victory. Flavors were light palatable and complex. I got a lot of citrus fruit, spicy pepper, mango, guava tropical notes with a bready yeast appreciation that kept the beer flowing on the palate. Light herbal grassiness is I'm guessing the hop presence in this beer known as Swing Session Saison. I wish more beers out there had this much complexity in an under 5% alcohol by volume. Medium to light bodied carried by lively carbonation spices tend to sit on the palate between sips, but this was pure session ale. I doubt you will be able to have just one go forth and enjoy this type of beer with friends, I know I did.

Photo of chinchill
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Undated 12 oz bottle into a Piraat tulip glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden color. The white head has moderate size and duration but leaves ample lacing on the glass. High carbonation by appearances (and feel).

S: Plenty of lemon and other citrus with coriander and a background of grass, hops and wheat. Nice complexity for a 4.5% saison, albeit not very appealing.

T- Notably tart and fruity with some lemon zest, coriander, hay, banana, and vague spices. Rather sour and bitter aftertaste.

M- light bodied with crisp, high carbonation; dry finish.

O- a flavorful Saison that is too spiced to serve as a session beer for some. Nice and reffreshig, nonetheless, on a hot summer day.

Photo of Auraan
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden color with a thin ring of white lacing. Nice, though a bit more head would be better, but it looks like a quite nice saison. Scents of sour funk, barnyard-like mostly, with a tang of lemon, undertones of pepper spiciness and hints of floral and herbal hops. A good, funky, lemon-rich, spicy aroma, leaning towards the funky citrus side of the saison spectrum and not the sweet fruity side. Flavor begins with a large amount of of lemon zest, moving into a moderate peppery spiciness, further lemon zest and some moderate hoppy bitterness, mostly floral. A bit high on bitterness for a saison. Moderate levels of dry, grainy malt appear in the middle. Finish is dry with moderate-high hop bitterness, lemon zest and slight white pepper. Aftertaste is grainy and dry with notes of floral hops and white pepper. A good overall flavor profile, perhaps a bit high in hop bitterness for a saison, but with a nice, traditional white pepper and lemon zest character. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium-high carbonation and a drying feel. A good, true to style, classic saison feel, very well done. Overall this is a pretty good saison that has a fantastic aroma, a good, though slightly too hoppy flavor and an excellent mouthfeel. Good, but not the best American saison, still quite nice.

Photo of Brenden
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a very pale yellow but with a deeper gold hue to it, and quite hazy as well; even being so light, it's barely opaque. A nice white head itself to be shows creamy, thick and fluffy. It reaches about a full finger and retention is pretty good, as a good swirl will bring it back up though it's faded to foam. Lacing is left in moderation, mostly patching with some spottiness.
There's very much of an herbal quality on the nose, with the spices really coming through; this definitely goes more vegetal than sweet and fruity, though there's some citrus zest. Grassiness and a bite of black pepper finish it out, while more herbal notes come out.
My first impression is basil. Straight up, this basil flavor never leaves at any point. It may simply be how the spices combine with the herbal hops, but fresh basil leaf is a big component. Otherwise, it's got lots of fresh lemon and a light twang of hops bitterness. Grassy and peppery notes finish it.
Crisp and light and flowing nicely, it's pretty smooth all the way through. For a time, it seems to threaten to foam out of the mouth. It doesn't, though, and that's good.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow with a solid 3 finger white head. Lots of tiny bubbles shooting to the surface. Some nice rings of lacing.

S: Almost like a tea beer. I get lots of herbal spices and a chamomile overtone. A citrusy orange and lemon zing in there as well. A hint of funk from the yeast.

T: As with the aroma there is a citrus, a spicy pepper quality, bready malts and a slight hop backing. Similar profile to the Sasion Du Buff. The herbal tea sort of taste lingers in the aftertaste.

M: On the lighter side of the spectrum when it comes to body. A crisp finish with ample carbonation.

Overall I'm a fan of this divergent sasion. The spices are interesting and give it a freshness. Might be a little too much for those who are flavor purists.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with a finger of white head that slowly dissolved into a lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: The beer has that typical, floral, Belgian-Saison aroma of banana, clove, orange-peel and yeast. A very bright aroma.

Taste: The flavor, however, is much weaker than the aroma. Very thin floral notes of hops and citrus, with just the faintest touch of coriander and clove.

Mouthfeel: Thin, slightly watery, but with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. At an ABV of only 4.5%, there is absolutely no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer, but nothing special. I enjoyed it, and if offered, will enjoy it again, but I probably won’t go out of my way to look for it.

Photo of GilGarp
4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served cold into a goblet.

Swing Session Saison is a slightly hazy pale golden yellow with thick white head. It's settles slowly and leaves a little sticky lace behind.

Aroma is quite pleasant with bright citrusy lemon, minty herb and spices.

Flavor is light and crisp but not low on character. More lemon, mint, and pepper come through here too.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated. Balanced and flavorful.

An interesting beer with lots of character. Unfortunately, I doubt I would want another right after which kind of kills it for being a session beer. Otherwise enjoyable.

Photo of tdm168
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - bright clear, yellow gold with a thick, dense cap of soft, pure white head that has good retention

S - intense Belgian yeast spices; clove, sage, some pepper. There is also a note I can't quite put my finger on, but it reminds me of old baseball card gum

T - intensely spicy, clove, peppery, herbal hop character, sage, rosemary, mildly bitter, a bit vegetal, some malty notes underneath all the herbal, earthy notes

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is a really nice Saison. It's full flavored and surprisingly intricate for what I expected to be a "small" beer. I could see myself working through a few of these on a hot day. It reminds me a bit of a toned down version of the Saison du BUFF. It's definitely worth a try for Saison fans.

Photo of secondtooth
4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden, with a vibrant, robust white head. Extravagant lace!

Nose is spicy, herbal, and fruity. I get some definite citrus and clove. Very nice!

Taste is zesty and spicy, with a tangy twist of sour citrus hops at the finish. A very enjoyable ale.

Photo of Grugalug
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Pours a straw golden color. A little bit hazy, and pours a nice and thick 2 finger head. Some lacing and a good deal of carbonation. Looks nice. (3.7)

S- Earthy yeast and fruit aromas. Maybe a slight hint of spice. Not terribly complex but nonetheless decent. (3.35)

T- The taste is bright and fruity. Some of that earthy yeast is present, as is a very light caramel note from the malt. Just a slight hop bitterness to round it out. Refreshing and quite nice. (3.55)

M- Lots of carbonation and very light. Perhaps a bit too thin, but it is very drinkable and crisp. (3.5)

O- Certainly fits the billing of a session saison. Could easily drink a few of these on a sunny spring or summer day. I wish it had more complexity, but it is a reasonable interpretation of the style that successfully represents even with the low ABV. (3.52)

Photo of prototypic
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Swing pours a lighter straw color. It looks crystal clear. That’s a bit of a departure from the style, but it’s a nice color. Backlighting gives it a brighter, more of a yellow look. It’s topped with a light white head that stands a little over a finger tall. It’s quick to recede. Lacing was sticky and moderate in volume. Looks pretty good.

The nose kicks off with a mix of spices, grass, and herbs. It’s very earthy. The spicy notes are no doubt attributed to Belgian yeast. Pepper is definitely the strongest, but lighter spices are also noted. There are some light citrus lemon notes throughout. It also smells like some grassy hops are present. Maybe some form of noble hops. Alcohol isn’t a factor at all. I’m not getting any.

This pretty tasty stuff for a lower abv, session ale. I’m impressed. It does have a very earthy, spicy character. It’s very earthy and grainy throughout. Spicy esters are very strong and flavorful. Pepper is the most notable spice by far. Belgian yeast is tasty, but takes a back seat to the spices and herbs. Grassy hops are definitely in the mix. It’s almost certainly a noble hop. They add a slight bitter kick and a strong dose of grass. There’s an interesting flavor that almost tastes salty. That’s not all that great. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. Finishes spicy, herbal, grassy, and dry.

Swing has a lighter body. Carbonation is relatively light and soft. More body would smooth it out a bit, but it’s not bad. It’s definitely easy drinking. With a very friendly abv, it’s tough not to drink a few.

Swing Session Ale is a pretty nice release from Victory. For a lower abv Saison, it’s pretty tasty. No, it’s nowhere near competing with an authentic Belgian Saison. Having said that, it’s rather impressive for what it is. Definitely worth checking out.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured two fingers of head on a hazy, light straw colored body.
It has a pleasant aroma of grain and citrus.
The taste is mellow but good. A little spice and Belgian candy sweetness with a mild citrus bitter finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A solid session saison.

Photo of SteveMi
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A - Straw yellow with a very small, faint white lacing which remains a while post pour. Carbonation still seems strong as bubbles make their way from the bottom. Not all that attractive. It actually looks sort of like Bud Light with less of a head.

S - Light with funk. There is some spice notes in there too but I mainly get funk. Someone else online noted it smells kind of like a hotdog. I can't explain it but, in a weird way, they are right.

T - Interesting! Right up front the pepper makes itself known followed a musk and hushed citrus that fades into a dry non-hop bitter taste.

M - Light body with medium carbonation. As the name suggests this would be very sessionable.

O - Not all that impressed with the over all taste and appearance but for a sessionable beer it's quite good.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: bright straw to gold in color. Two finger bright white head. Some lacing present. Gorgeous.
S: earthy and rustic. Notes of lemon/citrus, bread and a peppery spice. Complex and interesting.
T: lemon and spice dominate and leave the malts asking for more relevance. Closes with a earthy/floral burst and pepper burn.
M: medium to high carbonation and a light body. Very crisp and refreshing. Bitter and spicy hang.
O: complex and refreshing, however more balance is in order. This is perhaps a bit too spicy and limits your desire to have more than one on those hot days.

Photo of thagr81us
4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured golden with a two finger white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, fruit, sugar, banana runts, wheat, and bubblegum. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, bubblegum, fruit, spice, and subtle banana. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The banana runt aspect on the aroma really took this one to the next level as it was definitely unexpected and took me back to my favorite candy growing up and still is the only candy that I eat at all even today. This brought a huge level of complexity to the game and made it quite easy to get close to this beer over and over again. I really went into this one not expecting much at all, but was pleasantly surprised with it in both the flavor and aroma. Definitely glad I got the chance to try this one and suggest that you do the same at least once yourself.

Photo of KTCamm
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 6/21

Pours very pale gold, a little hazy, 1/4 inch white head. Peppery spicy belgian yeast nose. Tart, citrus taste with a peppery hop. Spicy. Buzzes in the mouth during and after. Lively saison. Snaps to a close.

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Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
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