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Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

Swing Session SaisonSwing Session Saison

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529 Ratings
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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 127
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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MrIncognito

Virginia

3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a stemless red wine glass

A - Hazy burnt orange/straw body beneath a thick 2-finger white head that leaves great lacing and retains for 3-4 minutes

S - Straw funk from the yeast and kind of a Saaz-like hop aroma. Crisp in the nose with just a slight hint of orange peel

T&M - Fizzy carbonation leads to a dry mouthfeel. Smooth straw taste with a quick hit of the bitter hops. Belgian yeast flavor and hops give it a nice funky saison flavor. Orange rind. Lightly crisp in the bitterness but still refreshing.

O - A nice saison that isn't overly complex but goes down easy and tasty. Would definitely try again

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 19:13:12 | More by MrIncognito
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six at Giant in Linglestown, PA, enjoyed chilled from a tulip.

The color is resplendent with hazed golden accent and thin white cap w/ tight bead. the smell is very phenolic with a mix of herbal hops and yeast spiciness with a subtle smell of actual spice which comes off tropical and has a ginger quality. The feel is good with mild malt texture and highly carbonated and dry with spice and yeast w/an assertive bitter element and bondy dry hoppy finish.

The flavor is good with some yeast and spiced to begin with however there is a bit too much hop astringency with a peppery hop taste coming in mid palate and overtaking the ginger which comes off as sharp as a result. The flavor of the yeast starts to emerge as it elevates in temperature, however the clash of hops and spice is not as pleasant as I hoped without much to cushion the impact in the malt dept. Overall kind of gave me an impression of prima pils with saison yeast and spice added, but not nearly as drinkable as Prima with a hop flavor that is not as subtle and the flavor could compliment the spice more, but I think the ginger is too heavy for such a low abv saison.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 14:02:31 | More by Slatetank
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Victory, Downingtown, PA

Hazy straw-yellow pour with a finger or so of foamy white head that retained as a ringlet; small amount of lacing. In the nose, pale malts, toasted grains, yeast, essence of citrus and grass. Pale/pils malts in the taste, grassy, slightly musty, saison-y spice notes, hints of lemon zest. Not bad, but as with most saisons made by the "big boys," this one just doesn't cut it with me. Light-medium body, crisp and drinkable, just not something I'd go for again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 01:30:47 | More by Rifugium
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Sample at EBF. Pours a lightly opaque pale yellow color.

S-The nose caught me off guard. I got a lot of lemon and eucalyptus or some other slightly medicinal aroma. Some spiciness.

T-More tangy lemons and that stinging medicinal flavor; maybe it's the yeast. Wheat and spice. Light sweetness. A bit chalky.

M-Light and quite bubbly. Would be sessionable if I enjoyed the flavor more.

O/D-A bit of a let down. A session Saison sounds awesome. Eh, I'm sure someone will nail it at some point.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2014 23:40:48 | More by VelvetExtract
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beerthulhu

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.

O: Overall lots of tart and musky nature packed in a 4.5% abv package makes for a great session style saision.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 00:03:33 | More by beerthulhu
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a one finger white head. Lots of tiny bubbles keep the head around for awhile but there are just a few spots of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma has quite a bit of sulphur in it which was interesting and not in a good way. Also a little skunkyness. Lemon along with some clove and banana that lets you know this is a Saison.

Thankfully the sulphur is pretty much absent from the flavor and what is left are the typical Belgian banana and clove but not quite as prominent as in other Saisons I have had. A little lemon and orange is thrown in there too with some bready grain underneath. Mouthfeel is not as dry as I was hoping for with some noticeable stickyness left on the finish. This suprised me given the low strength of this beer.

Overall, this is a solid offering from Victory but not exciting at all. A pretty tame beer although it does make for a great thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 22:43:31 | More by rangerred
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Best before July 2 2013. Served in a pint glass

Appearance: Pale golden yellow color with 3 fingers of a soapy white head. Body is hazy with lots of fine suspended sediment.

Smell: Grassy, herbal, lemon zest, pepper, with a tiny hint of funk.

Taste: Spices, herbs, lemongrass, bready malt, dry Belgian yeast, and floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes dry with a mild lingering bitterness.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but if it's meant to be a session beer I'm not sure they succeeded. While it has a low ABV, I think they overdid it with the spices which makes it difficult to have more than 1 or 2.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 03:54:03 | More by Jonada
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Mgm54

New York

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a 14oz draft at the pony bar in hell's kitchen, nyc

A - Golden yellow straw, slight 2 cm head, doesn't last long

S - Slight hops, citrus, lemon,and spice. Not much going on here, maybe my nose is broken

T - big citrus and lemon up front, ends with more lemon and some mild hop bitterness. A lot of lemon going on here, makes me

M - light, sessionable, drinks like a lager

O - not my personal preference, but a refreshing drink. I'll god drink some stouts now

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2013 20:52:53 | More by Mgm54
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Cyrano41

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orangey - yellow. Smells a lot of the spice, a zesty floral hops. This was a bit off-putting for me. Head was decent with some lacing.
The spices were overpowering but interesting, but they were followed by a tangy bitter hops note that I was not expecting in a saison.
Saisons are one of my favorite styles and this one strayed to far from my expectations. I may have one more because Victory is a brewery I respect and honestly I had high hopes for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 01:17:06 | More by Cyrano41
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SteveMi

North Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 00:43:46 | More by SteveMi
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keithmurray

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - hazy golden liquid with white head

Smell - lemon, ginger, coriander, pilsener malt

Taste - smells better than it tastes, sour lemon, limes, ginger

Mouthfeel - sour and astringent upfront, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is unbalanced

Overall - this was a disappointing beer that smelled better than it tasted

Price point - $1.79/ 12 oz single

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 23:35:59 | More by keithmurray
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Extremely light yellow straw color. Even with a swirl the head is very minimal and dissipates very quickly. Just a bit of a collar.

S: It really smells like a lager with steady farmhouse smell that is a lot of horse blanket, which is amplified by the resonant smells of the lager-esque scents.

T: I've been going through the session IPAs, so why not a session saison. Really weird taste here. Doesn't really come across as a saison, but tasted more like just a standard lager. Just nothing exciting at all here. I barely get any saison out of this.

M: Light and coarse.

O: Not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't this. I will say that it isn't watery at all which is usually the first issue that session beers have to overcome. It seems that tasting too much like a standard lager might be the issue with session saisons.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 03:11:29 | More by gillagorilla
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 21:18:22 | More by chinchill
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

3.14/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 01:46:05 | More by Jeffreysan
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Naugled

New York

3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is definitely a well made beer, as most are from Victory, but the concept behind the spicing baffles me. It tastes way too savory and herbal, like chicken stuffing. It just left me with an odd impression. It's a beer worth trying, but I'm not sure how many people this will appeal to.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 21:41:53 | More by Naugled
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BWED

Pennsylvania

3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint

A- A hazy straw yellow with a half finger white head. Good lacing hangs around.

S- The spices and yeast jump out first, with some citrus/lemon notes.

T- Lemony and some spice. Malt isn't really a strong player in this. Also, the finish is very cleaner-like in taste.

M- High carbonation, light body (definitely a session) The bitter lemon cleaner aftertaste is not very good.

O- This is almost a mix between a shandy and a lemon cleaner. It looks good, but pretty much goes downhill from there.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 01:49:05 | More by BWED
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

a: Translucent gold with an inch white head which slowly receded to a fairly even surface foam film with medium ring and extensive lacing. Looks like it ought to be a good quality summer drink.

s: Mild light citrus.

t: Soapy-sourness which becomes a bubble-gummy vaguely flavored meh.

m: Refreshingly light to medium.

o: In the same class as many of the mainstream fruity summer beers. Whatever spices were added muted the fruit flavor into something undistinguished.

OTOH it does kind of grow on you as you drink it, and the lacing continues to broadcast quality. Just would not be my personal warm weather pick when there are so many excellent IPAs, pale ales and pilseners out there.

That said, I LOVE Victory Hop Wallop!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 06:00:04 | More by scotorum
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head that has pretty good retention, only slowly fading into a thick, lasting ring. Large streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

The aroma reminds me more of a wheat beer. There is some subtle grassy barnyard character but the dominant notes are peppery spice, bready yeast, banana and citrus. Only slightly earthy with pepper, clove and coriander followed by a strong wheat/bread like presence, lemon juice and citrus zest.

Fuller bodied than expected and a bit more like a saison than the nose suggests but it still feels and tastes more like a witbier/American wheat beer. Subtle earthy funky with lots of zesty spice up front followed by bread/yeast, banana and citrus juice. Coriander and clove flavor with lemon zest, wheat, light fruit and lemon peel. Crisp, light, refreshing and easy to drink but I don't think anyone would say that this is a saison in a blind tasting. Not bad but reminds me of a mediocre American wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 06:15:56 | More by corby112
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lightly hazed golden yellow color with a big billowy white head. The head initially fades very fast, but then slows its fade and lingers a bit. Once the head is completely faded (after about 4 min) a decent level of lace is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of wheat, yeast, grass and some haylike funk. Mixed with these are notes of pepper, coriander and nutmeg as well; overall a fairly drier smelling traditional saison.

Taste – The taste starts out of a medium wheaty flavor as well as some flavors of a light citrus. As the taste advances yeast and the spices detected in the nose, come to the tongue with the orange citrus transitioning more toward a lemon flavor. As the orange transitions to lemon, the bready flavors lighten and haylike and grassy flavors enter the taste. These flavors all take the taste its end, where the funky and hay flavors get even stronger in nature producing a somewhat bitter and a bit unbalanced grassy and astringent haylike funky flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is thin in its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are nice for making a crisp feeling brew and suit well the lighter session saison profile that the beer is going for.

Overall – The initial tastes, mouthfeel, and look were all very nice, but the finish to the taste, with its big funky, grassy, haylike, and bitter flavors weren’t balanced out by enough wheaty/bready flavors/body.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 00:47:02 | More by Darkmagus82
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guityler83

Wisconsin

2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A bright white head 3 fingers tall formed in the glass and receeded quicly leaving behind spider web like lacing on the edge. The beer a light peach color, very clear until I poured the remaining dregs into the glass then a bit of sediment was introduced.

S: Spicey lemon and orange zest mixed with corriander and some citrusy hop aroma. Very low toasty aroma masked by the very purfumey spices.

T: On the first sip a burst of spices hits the pallet very very much like the aroma would lead you to expect. corriander, zest and peppery notes. After a few more sips and the pallet adjusts a moderate hop bitterness is detected, possibly being emphasised by the spices and the dry finish of this beer. Noble type hop flavor is low in the finish. Very low low bready flavors also come through.

M: Carbonation is high giving it a bit of a sharp carbonic bite. The spices leave a drying sensation on the tounge. Very low body making it more drinkable and consistant with the session title.

O: A spicey (boarderline overboard), dry, saison that doesn't live up to the session name. If this beer would have been lighter on the spices and slighly less carbonated I might be able to get behind it but overall I'm not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 23:19:04 | More by guityler83
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KBomb

Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Light golden color has almost a green tint to it. Nice nebulous lacing, but the color is as pale as you'd expect from the description of this "session" beer.

Smells strongly of grassy hops and phenols, some medicinal aromas as well. Something almost like anise; which returns in the aftertaste in something a bit like Chinese 5-spice powder. The smell straddles a line between funky and skunky; at moments its delectable, others its not.

And here we reach a problem. The aftertaste is so strong of black pepper and lemongrass, I really can't describe the flavor of the malt and grains at all. Their lightness is so overshadowed by the additions they become completely non-descript.

Mouthfeel is incredibly crisp and dry; certainly what I expect the brewers are going for.

Session Saison gets points for bravery in its bold additions of ingredients, but in its execution its resulted in flavors much out of balance.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 04:04:26 | More by KBomb
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Copernicandream

Michigan

2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Dark golden hue, with one finger of thin head dissipating very quickly.

S: Relatively strong hues of citrus, lemon predominates but some orange or grapefruit as well.

T: An early citrus punch, lemon and orange. Overpowering white pepper that fades into the classical Belgian funk finish of a saison. Minimal but detectable hop finish - a strange bitterness added to the fruit and peppercorn.

M: Medium thickness, somewhat thick for the style, somewhat reminiscent of biting into a pear (that gritty fullmouth feel). The fine carbonation helps release the citrus zest and fades early for a gentle hoppy finish.

O: Saisons are not exactly my go to style, but this one in particular was not a stunner. The white pepper and clove really conflict with the crisp citrus and Belgian yeast. I'm glad I didn't get a whole 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 00:29:31 | More by Copernicandream
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazed straw color. The head is a fluffy two finger white shade that collapses pretty quickly, but leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: There is a decent amount of complexity here for a 4.5% saison. I pick up coriander, orange peel, grassy hops, sage, and black pepper. However, there's also a vegetal green pepper note that's detracting - and even worse, it gets stronger as it warms up.

T: This is weird. It opens up fairly citrusy - which I like - but ends on both a watery and a vegetal note. Decent (if overdone) spicing in the middle gives way to a bell pepper finish that really rubs me the wrong way. The flavor profile sorely lacks balance and cohesion.

M: Very clean and dry, which I like. Very astringent too, which I don't. This beer seemingly parches the palate excessively in the name of drinkability. Ah well, the latter is good, at least.

O: Swing...and a miss. This one was quite disappointing, considering Victory makes another saison that's really damn good. And it's another damning reminder that they really need to put Helios in 6-packs!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 19:55:28 | More by ThisWangsChung
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I'd make a Swing Kids reference, but no one saw that movie (and I don't fully remember it, myself). Anyway, this stuff pours a partly cloudy straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon peel, coriander, sweet flowers, and light funky wheat. That lemon is rather strong, but luckily not artificial. The taste holds notes of old and musty lemon (both zest and rind) and a mild blend of vague spices, which are nearly out-shouted by the lemon. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this saison just didn't work. I'm assuming a lackluster yeast performance, but it was just a never-ending blast of bad citrus with occasional bits of muddled spices. Definitely not for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 07:45:43 | More by TMoney2591
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brutusmuktuk

Michigan

2.69/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Has a golden yellow color with a very healthy white foam. Smell is lemon, but the taste is a little weak. There’s a hint of lemon and some light spices in the finish. Otherwise the beer is a little bland. Has a nice carbonated feel, but overall is just okay.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 16:26:20 | More by brutusmuktuk
Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
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