Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 147
Hads: 760
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 13
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of jneiswender
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a very nice golden cloudy body and fluffy white head

This beer has a very nice chive dill from the earth flavor with a nice hop touch at the end. Smell is similar

Medium to light mouth feel

I really enjoyed this beer I would certainly drinking again (271 characters)

Photo of crag
4.46/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Was pleasantly surprised by this low octane offering from my neighborhood brewery. As compared to other Victory offerings this beer was more mellow in taste without giving up on the uniqueness that has become Victory. The copious amounts of lemon zest contribute well to this beer as does the other spices. (306 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Session saison? Now this is what I’m talking about. Great Belgian-style ales shouldn’t just be for special occasions.

A: A fizzy, pale yellow body with a bit of haze; looks like a typical American lager, but with a stark white head of cappuccino foam. Few strands of lace here and there.

S: An invigorating character of strong, spicy hops, black pepper, and pure lemon – complex and aromatic. A wonderful Belgian yeast character sits behind, showcasing scents of bread and ester that would please anyone with a penchant for Belgian beer. Hints of coriander and ginger floating around, as well.

T: A blast of hops to start, jolting the taste buds with bright lemon peel and citrus pulp. Belgian ale tastes of leafy, fruity wheat, coriander, sugar cookie dough, and light vanilla fill the gaps in the palate, but this beer seems to be all about the zest – the fruits of the front end soon grow to a spicy salt and pepper kick. Needless to say, it satisfies with every sip. A crisp snap of a finish, condensing the entire palate into an upward swing of lemon-lime. Fantastic.

M: There’s not a saison out there that feels as light as a pilsner, but this one comes close; bubbles pop in time with the bitters to give a bright, mildly fizzy character. Light-to-medium body with that sessionable feel, inviting another sip.

O: One of my favorite beers this year – a sunny day in a bottle. I can’t think of anything I’d rather have for a lawnmower beer. (1,466 characters)

Photo of MinisterCurry
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

App: pours yellow-gold like a filtered wheat ale; tame lacing, with no sediment

N: grapefruit bomb, citrus pith, lemon and clementine zest, melon, cedar, white flowers, white pepper, salicylic acid.

T: lemongrass, grapefruit, clementine, lemon peel, white wine vinegar.

M: dry, tart, zesty, slightly metallic, buttery filmy, finish a la movie theatre popcorn, sharp initially ending with rich undertones.

O: a pleasantly bright, aromatic and tart saison! It's the love child of Australian Sauvignon Blanc and oaked, Napa Chardonnay.

Pairings: Dry enough for fish, white fowl and mixed nuts, bright enough for salads, fruits and cheeses, serve early in a meal. Not sweet, but citrusy and acidic enough for white wine appropriate foods. (740 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Bloomington, IL
Date: Best by August 2013
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

A delicious and easily drinkable saison, with well-balanced saison yeast influences with hop and spice inclusions. The result is a moderately light saison that drinks exceptionally easy. Victory has a solid recipe with Swing Session, one I'd happily return to again in the future.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of clean, white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, creating a dense-looking, frothy mass atop the body of the beer. Retention is slightly above average at about one and a half minutes, fading to a thin remnant of lace that lingers atop the beer for the entire session. Lacing is quite good, with a fairly dense matrix of medium-sized dots and washes of lace clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a strong golden yellow color, quite hazy (60-70% opaque) with light bringing out brighter, slightly less strong golden yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible through the body, rising in significant numbers strongly from the center of the glass.

Aroma is slightly musty and yeasty (of the saison-type strain), with coriander, dried lemon and orange zest, and a bit of herbal hoppiness as well. Light, but not insubstantial, and readily enjoyable.

Well-executed flavors: moderately heavy saison yeast influences mingle with much brighter coriander and citrus zest to produce a fairly balanced beer, lightened by the sweetness remaining from the malts. Front of palate finds light mustines and saison yeast flavors with pale malt sweetness, hints of coriander and dried citrus zest. Mid-palate of zesty coriander and dried lemon zest with pale malt sweetness and substantial yeast and mustiness. Back of palate experiences strong coriander, citrus zest, white pepper spiciness, musty and saison yeast flavors, with light hop bitterness. Aftertaste of moderate hop bitterness, slightly musty and strong saison yeast, and mild sweetness and coriander flavor in the background.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a slightly effervescent, then foamy and slightly smooth mouthfeel. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness lingering on the lips and palate. (2,201 characters)

Photo of horshamguy
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a .5 liter HB glass.
A--Hazy yellow. Very nice head that dies off into a light white coating. Lacing reminiscent of an actual quality Belgian.
S--If Saisony is a word, that's what it smells like. Lemony citrus is predominant. Some spiciness, mostly pepper. Some grassiness as well.
T--Awesome!! All of the smells come through in the taste, followed by some earthy "saisoniness". This is the best American Saison I've come across by far. The closest to a Belgian I've tasted.
M--Foamy/creamy mouthfeel from high carbonation. A bit of tannic tartness at the end. On further reflection, perhaps better than the 3.75 I rated it.
O--Absolutely awesome. This is by far the best American example of a Saison I've come across. I'd actually say that this is fighting it out for 2nd place after DuPont's Saison. Screw the rest of Belgium.
P.S. I'm just a bit biased towards Victory products. But only because they honestly do rock. (941 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light golden yellow on color with just the slightest haze. Poured with a thick, billowy, white foam that is endlessly fed by thousands of bubbles migrating from the bottom of the glass. Orange and lemonz est aromas with spicy corriander and lepper along with a funky yeast aroma. Smooth, creamy feel with a slighty dry finish. Light citrussy bitterness up front that rides a wave of corriander and pepper through the middle. Herbal hop and funky, yeasty notes follow the spicy flavors near the end. Finishes semi-dry with lemon zest and a light spicy aftertaste. (562 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my Tired Hands stempiece; freshness date of July 27, 2013 printed in grey ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“Enjoy By: Jul 27 2013”). Going by a five-month freshness period that Victory uses for this beer, I’m assuming that it was bottled on February 27, give or take, making this beer about three and a half weeks old.

Appearance (4.75): This offers a good two fingers of tight, fine-grained foam that’s eggshell-white and takes plenty of time dying down, offering good retention and surprisingly complete lacing: tight webbing and wide, chunky collars all over the place. Seriously looks like meringue, which is awesome. The body is a crisp, chill-hazed golden yellow with a slight orange tint. Admittedly somewhat out of nowhere, this proved to be an extraordinarily attractive saison.

Smell (4.0): Ooh, really fresh, grassy, and lemony on this one—bright and floral fruitiness, with prominent lemon tones and a nice, slightly musty, straw-like aroma. Little to no malt presence in the nose, just lots of that dusty, musty hay and a shitload of lemon tones: lemon zest, sweetened lemon juice, lemon curd, etc.

Taste (4.25): So light, so crisp, so bright, so spicy—awesome. A nice, moderate peppery spice follows the palate from start to finish, accompanied by more of that lemon zest that is so prominent but well-played—it really is the most notable component of the flavor. There’s a modest herbal hoppiness that lends bitterness to the mid-palate and finish. That finish is really dominatd by herbal bitterness and lemon zest, with earthy and spicy undertones. Whatever yeast component is in here is earthy, slightly musty, and somewhat spicy, but it’s easy to overlook underneath all of that lemon and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Sessionable, no doubt about it. Light body, full and active carbonation that foams easily and prickles lightly, and then a dry-as-a-bone finish. Really, really nice to drink—they really nailed the “session saison” aspect in this department, because it’s both of those in spades.

Overall (4.25): This is a really great saison. I suspect that those who really didn’t care for it aren’t interested in more traditional saisons, given the penchant for high-ABV, soured, and barrel-aged saisons that a lot of BAs have. And I’m not knocking them, per se—it’s just a shame that smaller, dry, spicy, and for once AFFORDABLE saisons like this get passed over. Hopefully this one doesn’t become a sleeper, and hopefully Victory makes a shitload of this one. Great job, guys. (2,596 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a fizzy white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of lemony citrus and some floral notes.

Tastes of the lemon with some grainy malts and a bit of hops. Lemon zest notes lead off before some floral hops come through. Grainy malts come next with a bit of sweetness. A touch of pepper and funk add towards the end before one last kick of citrus finishes it.

Moithfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty saison and gets a bit of a bonus for keeping the alcohol down. (549 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (952 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, thanks Mike.

Pours a clear straw golden color with a creamy white head. Spicy and yeasty nose, earthy and grassy, slight bitterness. Medium full body, well carbonated, clean dry finish. Flavor is earthy and grassy with some pepper spice. Refreshing, crisp and easy drinking. (289 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Well, it seems that much of BA does not understand the table saison. Bummer, as it's a much more interesting choice for a summer seasonal than the usual hoppy yeast-neutral wheat or overhopped czech pils beginning to crowd the shelves.

Pours a mostly clear gold with billowing dense white head. Leaves thick rings of lace down the glass and slowly settles to a meringue-like dollop. Smell: snappy graininess, coriander, pale malt + a little white grape sweetness, clove note. Taste: mildly grassy, coriander, juice orange, fleeting pale malt sweetness into pepper-centric spiciness. Slowly drying finish.

This is really quite good. (633 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a bit of head at pour but disappates relatively quickly. No lacing present.

S: Spices and lemon.

T: Good amount of citrus up front with lingering farm spices on the back. Peppery. Nice.

M: Light. Carbonation resembles soda pop.

O: Underrated Saison - sessionable at 4.5 ABV and yet has some Saison body. Really good. (358 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.79 for a 12oz at BevCo.. Brewed with Rye, oats and wheat. Hopped with "German and American hops". Spiced with peppercorns, orange peel and fresh lemon zest. Belgian saison yeasts.. 4.5% ABV.

Pours out to a light pale blonde, forming a tall foamy bone white head with awesome retention and lacing owing in part to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.75 carbs. The aroma is nice. Spicy phenolic belgian saison yeast strain with some sulfur notes and subtle citrus. No off flavors or aromas. The mouthfeel is very light bodied, crisp and clean with firm carbonation. The taste is great...opening with citrus and spice, a delicate pale saltine cracker malt and wheat body with a pleasantly medium firm bitterness which contrasts nicely with some orange lingering in the finish. Some good hop character in the middle, and a subtle hint of pepper, although I wouldn't have called it had I not known it was brewed with it.

A really nice easy drinking summer saison, low in ABV but complex and bitter enough to make the craft beer drinker happy. Recommended. (1,046 characters)

Photo of WynnO
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A previous reviewer mentioned "lawn mower beer". YES, that is a good description.

Surprisingly joyful attack on the palette. This embodies everything a Saison should be---a bit wild, unique, spicy, and refreshing. The lower end ABV makes this a real keeper on the farm (or on the riding mower).

Intense enjoyable spicy notes attacks the nose, and the taste is, just plain good to my palette. I shy away from comparing this to a Fantome because it is not in same league, but I do sense similarities.

All in all I think it's decent, drinkable beer. (551 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is transparent and pale straw with a little over an inch of fluffy white head. the aroma brings hops, funk, farm, sunshine, lemons, lemon rind, grass, a touch of spice. Nice floral notes and hops. Light and refreshing. I'm really digging the light body and low alcohol. A thirst quencher of a beer, and packed with flavor. I'll have no trouble with this sixer and definitely see this as a repeat purchase for hot weather beer consumption, i.e. lawnmowing beer. (469 characters)

Photo of lstokes
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy lemon yellow with a wispy head and lively carbonation. Lots of wheat and Belgian yeast in the nose. Very much a summer beer, with strong tastes of wheat, citrus, coriander, pepper, a bit of lavender? Mouthfeel is light, ending very crisp. This is a really nice beer--it really is an easy-drinking saison which you could have a few of without thinking too hard about it. (388 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (1,010 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed sunny gold topped with a small, pure-white head. Fresh herbal, lemon, and spice aromas...basil, hay, dank, spices, flowers, and a melon sweetness. Peppery, yeasty flavor with continued citrus rind and more grassy/earthiness from the hops. Fresh, cracker-like malts, coriander, and green herbs. Crispy clean, dry mouthfeel. Flavorful and very refreshing. (368 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of Phocion
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated 12 oz. bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Hazy straw body with a solid finger of creamy white head. Good retention and thin rings of lacing.

Yeast-forward aroma with a healthy dose of hops as well. Spicy phenols combine with citrusy and grassy hops, an interesting combination of Noble and lemon zesty (Sorachi?) varietals. Aside from the yeast, the grassiness and malts are almost reminiscent of a German pilsner.

There are a lot of flavors going on for such a tame beer. Mildly funky and doughy yeast, soft bready and slightly wheaty pale malts, and a tart lemon zest and peppery finish. There's an earthy grassiness as well. The finish is a combination of tart and spicy.

Light-medium body with a crisp and fairly highly carbonated mouthfeel.

Overall this is a very refreshing, fairly complex, and extremely drinkable low ABV brew with just enough twists to make it stand out. (890 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Year 2 of the Victory spring seasonal Swing. A session saison at 4.5% abv. Enjoy by June 30, 2014. Gotta love a freshness date! Poured into a willi becher pint glass.

Crisp clarity shows off the moderate carbonation rising through the pale gold body. The head is thick at first. A white, soap-sudsy consistency that doesn't last. I tried to make sure that the glass was clean, but I used hard tap water to clean it, and now I am wondering if that impacted the head much. Usually Victory beers have very good head retention.

The aroma is citrus-forward, evoking bitter rinds of grapefruit, orange and lemon. There is a peppery note here as well, though it's subtle and behind the citrus. It smells right at home in the saison category, but it certainly differentiates itself from the pack. There might be a slight aroma from hops here too, but it blends in seamlessly with the other aromas.

Very nice flavor here. A fairly dry beer with very modest bitterness that allows the peppercorn flavor to come through in the finish. The citrus takes the stage front and center and contributes a clean, refreshing citrus flavor on the palate. The carbonation is strong enough to carry this beer and keep it light on the tongue.

If the goal was to create a sessionable saison, then I would say Victory certainly did their job. It is an interesting, flavorful, moderately bitter saison with lots of citrus, making it suitable for the spring, summer, and lots of cuisine. However, my only complaint with this beer is that it tires the palate, and not because it is overly heavy or too hoppy, but because it should be dialed down a few more notches. I liked Classique a lot (which I reviewed but a few days ago) because it was SO basic and well executed. I find this to be "reaching" so to speak...Nonetheless, great well crafted beer! (1,826 characters)

Photo of mikehartigan
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was in the mood for a Saison. A session Saison didn't exactly grab my attention, but it was the only Saison available at the time.

A: Light straw color. Nice one finger, slightly off-white head. Good staying power. Beautiful lacing, just as it should be.

S: A little funk in the aroma (smells like a Saison!). Citrus. Hoppier aroma than I'm used to in a Saison.

T: Lemon zest is unmistakable, though the orange peel softens it a bit. Spicy. Bitterness is a little harsh, but not enough that I wouldn't order a second. Thirst quenching. Bitterness lingers into the finish (I need a cracker!)

M: Dry. Lemons hang around, but not too long - unlike the harsh bittrness.

This will be a good lawn mower beer, if lawn mower season ever arrives in Chicago. A very enjoyable, refreshing session beer. Low ABV for a Saison, but surprisingly satisfying. (853 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent light gold, almost a witbier like look, though not as cloudy. Soft white head, leaving some lace.

S: Yeasty notes, with a garden like aroma, meadowflowers.

T: Not bombastic, but a lovely flavour of pepper, honeysuckle and citrus. Complex, definitely saison like. I like the wealth of flavours I'm getting for the low ABV.

M: Crisp, quite clean, refreshing. Light-bodied and drinkable.

O: One of the better low ABV beers I've had in a while. A great late spring to summer brew. (519 characters)

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Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.