Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 758
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 13
Gots: 68 | 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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Photo of rangerred
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of Jonada
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of jzlyo
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is yeast, lemons, citrus, spices and a slightly out of place mustiness. The flavor is lemons, citrus, spices, thick/sticky and a tart/tangy finish.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of MrIncognito
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Photo of Slatetank
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Vixie
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow color with a fairly decent sized white head. There are a fair amount of bubbles coming up, and the head lasts for a few minutes before reducing down.

Smells floral, yeasty, and a bit of a smell of hay.

Starts out with a mix of spice and citrus. There is a bit of pepper and finishes with a hop bite, leaving some bitter aftertaste.

Nothing to complain about with the feel, there is a bit of tingle from the carbonation.

Basically a middle of the road saison. Nothing really outstanding about it, but nothing really wrong either. I would like to see the hops dialed back a bit, I think they are dominating a bit too much and overwhelming the other flavors. It does go down easy, but pretty much an average beer for the style.

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 chefjack428
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle.

Pours a nice cloudy yellowish color with a small white head.
Aroma is very dominated by fresh sage, also pick up on peppercorns, Belgian yeast, coriander and a small amount of orange zest. The over powering of the sage aroma is a bit of a turn off.
Taste is hint of citrus, spices and sage. I don't think there is sage in this beer, but it seems to be one of the main flavors I am picking up on. The finish has a a slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel is ok, it is a bit thin..
Overall the beer is a better option for warm summer days then what is currently offered in the same ABV range.

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 Stinkypuss
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Pours a light gold with some tiny particulate matter preventing it from being totally clear. Short lived white foam and leaves a little lace.

SMELL: Herbal, grassy hops and a touch of citrus.

TASTE: Peppery and grassy, with a small dry citrus. Belgian yeast provides a subtle twang, but coriander, peppercorn and herb are the major flavors here.

FEEL: Light bodied, well carbonated, decent fullness of flavor and depth of character.

OVERALL: A good, perhaps slightly over spiced saison. Not bad, but for a session, one is more than enough. Good lawn mower beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with strong citrus zest and spice flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of spice bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the smell is much better than the taste in my opinion.

Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Nice lemon bodied yellow to darker brown colored body. Slightly cloudy with a nice rising column of carbonation. Head is fluffy and bone white, with an easy three fingers on the pour. Good creamy retention while waiting.

Notes of soft yeast, and peanut butter quality. Smells quite a bit nutty. Moderate to mild indistinguishable citrus notes. Not bad, a hint of saision like pepper quality rounds out most of the aromas.

Palate seems to match light bodied and sessionable quality. Slightly watery with not much malt depth, and mild crisp saison like dry heat. Slight pepper but also fleeting. REally not much fruit character to this at all, but the spice angle sticks around.

Overall it is as advertised, but it's also a little bit weak and boring.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of July 27, 2013 printed on the bottleneck, so I'm a little late on this one, but I fear not. Yet another offering from Victory Brewing Co., this time their spring saison.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a light lemon colored body with lots of spritzy carbonation rushing to the surface, and some very fine sediment suspended in the glass. Just over a finger of soft bubbly white head. Some scattered rings of fat lace. Looks good.

S - Smell is of cracked black pepper, citric lemon juice, dried grass / herbal spice rack notes like oregano and thyme, and some sour vinegar acidity.

T - Tastes like a Belgian beer would, by most standards. Bubblegum malt, cloves, herbal spice rack notes - oregano, thyme, lemongrass, etc., hint of pepper, rye, dry papery grains, metallic well water, and some faint citric lemon zest on the finish.

M - Feel is crisp, clean, smooth, and refreshing. Just a hint of mild herbal bitterness lingering on the palate. Finishes dry and lightly grainy. Light-bodied, with appropriate high spritzy, tingling carbonation on the tongue.

Overall, definitely well enough for what it is. Not my favorite style by far, but a light, refreshing, and sessionable choice. Light and approachable. I might even have it again, if the occasion should arise.

Victory Swing Session Saison ---3.5/5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

meh, add it to the legions of average generic American saisons. the pour is clear and really light shaded yellow, funny looking for the style. there is an inch of white head on top without a ton of retention. the nose is bright and fruity, crisp yet yeasty still, not farmy and wild like a true saison, but more cultured, more predictable. tons of coriander too. the flavor has some dry lemon tartness up front and a malt body that is just freakishly light. semi bitter towards the finish with the coriander standing out a little too much, and the yeast is like if saison yeast could be a lager yeast too, its got that cold fermented clean character to it, really out of place in a saison. for a summer drinker though, it does what it claims to do. great carbonation and a really drinkable texture, gentle and refreshing. overall this is nothing special, but its nice to have a different take on a summer beer, plus, its better than the summer beer they came out with last year. ill take it, but its tough to stack this against authentic versions of the style.

Photo of stakem
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draft served in a tulip shaped pint glass. The brew appears a clear yellow color with streaming bubbles of carbonation through solution. A white topping rests atop fading quick leaving stringy lace on the wall of the glass.

The aroma includes notes of peppery spice overtop a rough grain feel that is like straw or hay with a mild touch of wheat. Herbal hops are present blending into a light cirtus component.

The flavor is herbal hops somewhat grassy with wheat evident. Some mild citrus notes and an earthy to peppery and clove-like spiced aspect from the yeast.

This is a light bodied brew that is fittingly dry, crisp and refreshing. For being a smaller sessionable saison it is a little rough around the edges.

Photo of Treyliff
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a bright pale yellow with a two-finger foamy white head that retains beautifully long after the pour leaving thick lacing behind, looks great

S- getting more of a witbier aroma right off with notes lemony-coriander-like aromas, some Saison aromas start to come out with notes of phelonic yeast and some fruity esters, yet overall subtle

T- fruity notes with some lemon zest up front, some subtle Saison flavors one through mid-palate with phenol and banana to close it out, bone dry finish

M- light bodied with crisp carbonation, foamy mouthfeel from the long-retentioned head, crisp and refreshing finish

O- white not the most flavorful Saison, it does a good job for its purpose, as a sessionable beer. It drinks more like a witbier with some Saison flavors. A good switch up on a hot summer day as it is very drinkable

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 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 woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I am going all-alliterative on this one since it was a Cooler Curiosity for me at Hunger n Thirst and Victory seems to love sibilants - Swing Session Saison. It's like I was telling the Old Lady the other night - baby, it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that Swing! We are contemplating becoming a Swinging couple, but she has me settling for watching "Swingers" on DVD. I'm putting in a Swing set and not in the backyard, either. Up in the bedroom, where it belongs! Schwing! Swing and a miss! Hey, batter, batter! Paul Cezanne was known to be a Swinger and his sessions were groovy, man. I'm going to Swing by the neighbors' place later for a beer. All right, let's get this Swinging scene in motion.

From the bottle: "Swing. It's a lively jazz rhythm, a vigorous sway, a change of view or even a roll in the proverbial hay. Now, it also means the welcome jolt of joy you'll experience upon your first sip of this session saison. Bracing but benign, thie Belgian-style ale enlivens any experience with a spicy, aromatic start, citrus snap and fresh finish. Swing into spring with taste! [undersigned] Bill [&] Ron The Brew,asters of Victory"; "Ale Brewed with Spices".

See what I meant about alliteration?!? I may use this as an example with my students in the coming school year (SY). BTW, the bit about "a roll in the proverbial hay" always puts me in mind of Terri Garr in "Young Frankenstein" who took it literally, much to Gene Wilder's chagrin. "Wow, what knockers!"

The two fingers of rocky, bone-white head rose and fell like an elevator (simile) as I poured it from the bottle into a shaker pint glass. Finally, it simply fell like a souffle when the oven door is banged shut. Doing that to a souffle disturbs me, but the gorgeous lacing that this left behind did wonders for my attitude. Color was a cloudy golden-yellow and i must have disturbed the lees as it was initially pouring very clear. I am glad that the yeast is back in suspension as that is where the flavor is derived and who ever heard of filtering a Saison? Nose on this was full-on lemon zest, leading me to wonder what spices were used. I'd bet that coriander was one of them. Mouthfeel seemed to be on the thin side, tending to watery. Is that a characteistic of the style, I wonder? The taste was still very lemony, but now the black pepper phenols were really beginning to assert themselves. I spoke, in my previous review of Ithaca's Ground Break, of pairing a Saison with grilled fish, like bass. This beer would also work well, but as a second choice. I liked it, but not as much as the previous one. Finish was dry and lemon-peppery and a nice representation of the style as I understand it. Worth a go!

Photo of AlexFields
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with a large pristine white head.

Smells of lemon zest, coriander and other strong spice, citrusy hops too. Smells very nice.

Taste is light citrus hops, zest, mild spices but less than in the nose. Slightly watery but still good.

Carbonation is good, body is slightly watery though.

7.0/10

Photo of MDDMD
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-light yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grain, lemon, spices, slight yeasty funk, grass

T-lemon, light malt presence, pepper, coriander, herbal, mildly bitter and astringent finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-as a sessionable Saison this beer was very solid, but within the category is not as stellar as many others

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 philbe311
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Minimal off-white head comprised of chunky medium-sized bubbles quickly fizzes away... What remains is a lopsided splotchy veil of lacing and a thin collar... The color is of pale golden straw with a glowing honey hue... Just a couple streak of sluggish to moderate paced carbonation... Very pedestrian...

S - Lemon grass... Loaded with an array of floral notes - Lavender being the most prominent... White pepper... A slight barnyard funkiness... Some minor melon notes... Perhaps even a slight bit of mint buried beneath the surface... A unique and fairly complex aroma that yields something slight different with each whiff...

T - Loads of lemon zest... A slight Belgian yeastiness... Honey dew... Floral notes... Some faint white pepper and assorted other spices... A very minor noble hop presence... Lots of strong flavors that don't necessarily meld well together nor compliment one another... A bit rough around the edges...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Dry and slightly astringent throughout... A moderate bit of fizzy slightly harsh carbonation...

D - I love the words "session" and "Saison..." So I needless to say, I was eager to give this one a try... I was unfortunately a bit let down... This isn't a bad beer by any stretch, but it pushes the style guidelines and not in a good way... There are both many session beers and Saisons that I would recommend over this offering...

Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 758 ratings.