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Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

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81
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733 Ratings
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Ratings: 733
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 7
Gots: 54 | 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:
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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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Lehighace06, Jan 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

atrocity, Apr 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Nichols33, Aug 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

cgarcer, Jun 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

wtkphoto, May 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

volta, Mar 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Jason1337, Apr 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

tkdchampxi, Feb 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

TwoForty, Apr 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

CreightonSM, Apr 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

zbooks, Jun 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

rmcnamee, May 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

GFD400, Sep 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Smarty_Pints, Nov 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

chrishensley, May 16, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.01/5  rDev -15%
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.

Darkmagus82, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

corby112, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of scotorum
3.08/5  rDev -13%
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!

scotorum, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of BWED
3.09/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

BWED, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Naugled
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Naugled, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of Jeffreysan
3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Jeffreysan, Oct 30, 2013
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3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

chinchill, Jul 15, 2013
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3.16/5  rDev -10.7%

Scott_Thomas, Aug 21, 2014
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3.16/5  rDev -10.7%

Tabannon, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of gillagorilla
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

gillagorilla, Apr 03, 2014
Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 733 ratings.