Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

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Swing Session SaisonSwing Session Saison

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Reviews: 148
Hads: 762
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 31.97%
Wants: 11
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
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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 larryi86
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Clear golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Bright, some citrus, floral, some cloves, farmhouse yeast.

T- Biscuity, pepper, some floral notes, some yeast, kind of light, get some citrus as it warms.

M- Smooth, light to medium body, high carbonation.

O- Spices and floral notes are the main focus, kind of light, definitely a session ale. Great for a warm day, kind of reminds me of Summer Love.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into my Sly Fox mug.

A: A light to medium gold color that is a bit hazy. Nice 2 finger white head with no lacing.

S: Yeasty, lemon, grass, mint, pepper and some straw and wheat.

T: The light fruits start with the lemon and I got a pretty heavy mint flavor. Grassy, straw, pepper and spice mix with some biscuit malt and it remains fairly tart. Some hops on the finish with a little bitterness and continued spice.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel, but perfect for a summer session. No alcohol and easy to drink.

O: Summer session saison that is easy to drink and enjoyable? Yup, hits the mark very well. Is this an uber complex beer meant to sip and savor? Nope, drink it and enjoy it over a nice summer day.

Well done summer session beer for when you want something different. I liked it.

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Photo of msquared36
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this victory swing is a nice summertime beer. there is a lot of hops in this flavor- but also a good amount of citrus and i feel like even peach flavors here. all of these flavors come together nice and theyre not over bearing. makes for a clean drinkable brew. this is a good beer if you are a fan of flavorful beers..and you want to unwind on a warm evening.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a pint glass

A light yellow body with a fluffy bone white cap. The cap rises two fingers and falls slowly. Moderate chunks of lace cling to the inside of the glass.

Oranges and lemons, perfume, and an herbal spice up front. Wheat and biscuity aromas mixing with a touch of grassy and herbal hops underneath.

Wheat and lightly toasted biscuits up front before some oranges and herbal spices come through. A little bit of lavender and rosemary.

Light body, crisp, and dry finish. A touch of bitter citrus and grass lingers.

This is a simple take on the saison, and it most definitely works. A good all-around saison with some nice flavors. Balanced.

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Photo of Auraan
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up three single 12oz bottles from Baron's Market in Point Loma for $1.99 each. Poured into a Forestinne branded tulip glass.

Pours a hazed straw-like hue with a thin white head that dissipates within a few sips, decent lacing. Smell is mild but what comes through is nice - jasmine tea, citrus, wheat, light funk. Very floral flavor up front, lemon and orange zest, herbal and slightly medicinal pepperiness on the finish. Almost tart mouthfeel, lightly effervescent, on the lighter side of medium bodied, finishes dry.

Great spring/summer season beer, and with the lower ABV - you can put a few back and still mow the lawn!

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Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy, light gold color. Small head that settles to thin layer of bubbles. Great ring lace with thin blanket trail between each sip line.

Mild aroma for a Saison. Notably missing--the earthiness and sour nose.

Quite dry, with a strong coriander and clove bite. Complex flavor with a low pale malt touch and a moderate white pepper hop finish. The aftertaste reminds me of fresh basil and oregano. The body is good if thin and highly carbonated. For me, the lack of earthy and sour flavors make this a more enjoyable, if slightly off style, Saison.

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Photo of JuliusCaesar
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden color with a good head

S: Lemon, coriander, orange and Belgian yeast

T: Right away your hit with a lot of spice. Lemon and orange come through as well.

M: Light, bordering on watery

Overall: I like this beer. It's definitely very spicy but not so much that I don't it. Not my favorite but good none the less

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Photo of KTCamm
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of MattyG85
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Mojo
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium globe glass

A - light gold, slightly hazy (but not much) with a one finger foamy white head, good retention, and good lacing.

S - very fruity nose, citrus, and maybe some peaches.

T - lemon, grass, with a prickly spicy hop finish

M - pretty good carbonation with a bit of an aftertaste

O - very easy to drink. Light and refreshing. Perfect for a hot day.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.99/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2013-02-26 in Columbia, PA

A - Quite clear golden-yellow with a pillowy 2-finger white head that sticks around and leaves good lacing.

S - Enticing. Fruity yeast, citrus, straw, musky grape skin, floral.

T - Spicy, toasted bread, citrus, yeast, pepper, nice kick of hop bitterness and spice in the finish. Plenty of flavor.

M - Light-medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth at first then crisp.

O - Enjoyed this quite a bit. Victory managed to pack a lot of flavor into a sessionable brew. Well done.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours hazy gold under a sudsy white 1” foam collar that provides good lace. S: The aromas are spicy and fruity with over ripe fruit and banana and a lightly smoky phenolic odor hiding in the background. T: Fruity spice, orange, citrus, coriander, over ripe fruit, some pepper, and an assertive bitter finish. F: Medium high carbonation and medium body. O: A refreshing saison with a little something odd going on.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of illpass78
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy golden with a big white head that dissipates after about a minute.

Aroma: Smells of lemon, citrus, pepper and some faint herbaceous notes. Smells appealing. The nose is very forward but in no way overpowering or funky.

Taste: This is a really tasty saison. It starts out with lemon and citrus and then finishes dry and slightly peppery. Those grassy, herbaceous notes are also in there on both ends.

Mouthfeel: The body is just right. Just about spot-on for a saison.

Overall: A pretty terrific domestic saison. It hits all the notes - great aroma, nice citrus and lemon flavor, appealing dry pepper finish. Would drink again.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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

M: tiny bit of grainy body up front... very crisp and clean, perhaps a bit watery in the finish... bit of a citrus-acid residue left on the palate

O: refined, quite easy to drink... very much a Saison in its flavor characteristics... they did manage to pack a lot of flavor into this beer, though maybe nothing unique (had some strong similarities to Dupont) - but it's hard to knock it... something to keep in the cooler at a bbq

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had a chance to give this a go, as I bought the last one of these in stock up in Totowa last week. I hadn't had a Victory beer in quite some time but thankfully, this was just as good as all of the others that I've enjoyed over the years. It didn't quite measure up to one of these that I could try from overseas or even Ommegang but for this time of the year, it was a great choice as it went down easily and had a nice, crisp feel to it.

The pour was typical, with a blonde hue, slightly opaque body to it, a good head, and a small amount of lacing that fiercely stuck to the side of the glass after each sip. A good amount of pepper and lemon-zest could be found in the nose and those were repeated in the taste, along with a good amount of straw and a hint of orange citrus. To be fair, the spice wasn't that strong and there was a champagne-like lightness to this both in the body and the carbonation, which when combined with the "wetness" of the orange juice-like body, made this go down relatively easily.

The alcohol in this was light enough that if I wanted more in one session, it would be easy to take another and pop it open. Although it's night now, this would be great to have on a nice sunny day when a watered-down lawnmower beer won't do. It's not too spicy, sour, or funky and for someone looking for a light take on this style, this would be a great place to start. There's enough "swing" in this beer to please nearly everyone.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
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 !

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Photo of secondtooth
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly white frothy head that seems to last quite a while. The beer itself is a pale straw.

I get earthy, grapefruit and citrus hops. I also detect some pepper in the smell and very little malt.

Earthy and citrusy as well as a little bitter with a hint of pepper.

Medium bodied, which is heavier than I'm used to with most Saisons.

A pretty good session saison and definitely worth checking out. I definitely plan on picking another one up if I can find one.

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Photo of mikehartigan
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, light straw-hued body with a medium-small, white head.

Smell: Fragrant citrus shrouds the particularly pale maltiness, with bits of grain-flecked dough with subtle florals and a melange of spiciness.

Taste: Pils malts, hints of other such grains sprinkled with a fine dusting of powdered sugar. Floral hints meld into citrus notes from the hops and citrus fruit additions which shimmy into a spiciness from the yeast, peppercorns, and hops, aided by the crisp carbonation. Dry, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation for a lively, zippy mouthfeel.

Overall: I'd always thought the Victory V / Helios Ale saison was a bit too chewy for me, bodywise. This new Swing Session Saison is bright, light, and refreshing.

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Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.