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Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

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Swing Session SaisonSwing Session Saison

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148 Reviews
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Reviews: 148
Hads: 762
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 31.97%
Wants: 11
Gots: 69 | 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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Reviews: 148 | Hads: 762
Photo of rlee1390
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear as day yellow, some carbonation, one finger head that doesn't leave any lacing.

S-Very herbal, lots of grass, spices. Similar to Saison Du Buff.

T-Some spices still the herbal notes, some citrus. No bitterness. Balance isn't quite there.

M-Lighter, nicely carbonated and easy drinking.

O-Too herbal and grass for my liking, more lemon and spice notes would have improved the beer.

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Photo of Jonada
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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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 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 mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden color in the glass with a touch of amber. Plenty of foam and a pleasant pricly mouthfeel. Lovely nose of cloves without too much of it on the tongue. Spicy and very light bodied without a hint of fruitiness. Bitter aftertaste. Quite hoppy. Light but unmistakable barnyard funk.

Thoroughly interesting light beer, but it's the driest Saison I've ever tasted. Pleasant brett flavor. It reminds me of Green Flash Rayon Vert, with the dry funkiness. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy pale golden yellow in color with some moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and some light lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small slightly thicker patches and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of lemon/citrus with some lighter notes of grassy and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there are some light flavors of pale malt followed by some light to moderate flavors of lemon/citrus. There is a light presence of grassy hops followed by a slightly stronger flavor of herbal/spicy/lemongrass hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness. The spicy notes become a little more pronounced as the beer warms up.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness are noticeable in the finish.

O: Definitely an easy to drink beer with a low ABV which makes it sessionable, unfortunately it is not as complex as some other saisons but there is a nice light lemony freshness to it. Enjoyable but not anything special - somewhat pedestrian.

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Photo of Brenden
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard goblet. Comes out with a noticeable haze to it and a pale golden yellow body. Frothy head forms with a foamy texture, big bubbles and pretty nice retention. Thick ring leaves nice webbed rings of lace down the glass.

S- Citrus zest with a certain lemon rind note up front. Some grass, yeast spice, coriander, slight peppercorn and bread hints supporting the citrus.

T- Things that jump out immediately are lemon/citrus zest/rind in a big way and fresh cracked peppercorn notes. A quick Google search reveals that both of these are added to the beer and it shows in a large way. Spicy and floral hops add a refreshing buffer to the strong spice flavors. Light sweets, wheat bread, coriander, herbs and clove also comes to mind.

MF- Light, fairly dried out body is supported by a nice silky feel that must come from the wheat and oat additions. Slight bitterness lingers on the palate as well as some pepper spice.

I am a bit surprised by the amount of citrus and pepper that comes through in this beer. I can't say that it is way too much but it certainly dominates the flavor for me. I enjoy the flavors but I am not sure it lends to it being a great "session" Saison.

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Photo of philbe311
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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...

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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 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 jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As with the 21st A saison, before I drank it my expectations were low for an American saison. I was a little surprised at the 21st A, so hopefully I will with this one too, but I'm expecting a wit beer like thing.

Pours a nice 1 finger pasty white fizzy bubbly but pillowy head that fades at a med pace, tiny wifts of lacing, hazy lighter lemony colored beer.

Nose brings a bit of saison aromas, hint of lemon zest, light spices like coriander, orange peel, etc, hint peppery, and a bit yeasty, grassy, wheat, hay like, and a touch of funk, and light golden malt sweet base.

Taste starts light but crisp, a touch of farmhouse funk and a little yeasty but not a lot in either sense. Very juicy, a citrus lemon juice, with the spices blended in, orange peel, coriander, grassy hay, wheat, lemongrass, etc. The farmhouse saison funk comes through a bit more as it increases, a little grainy toasty like as well, and very light golden malt sweetness, as well as bitterness mostly from the orange peel and lemon zest flavors, but a little lemony hop kick as well. It also brings a light stem like green flavor and tannin feel, with tart lemony flavors. Finish is fairly dry, more bitterness, lemony bitterness and light spices lingering, and a touch of funk.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, nice fluffy carb.

Overall not bad, it surprised me a little too with some nice saison farmhouse funk and juicy flavors, I liked the citrus flavors, but they seem to lose the point of a good saison a bit if they brewed it WITH spices since that should already come from the yeast, and I think that brings a bit too much of the spices and that green stem tannic flavor. However, very drinkable and I would call this a session beer easily, and fairly tasty.

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Photo of babaracas
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of KBomb
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at TJ Finley's, Bayshore, NY.

Poured a bright straw hue with a three finger frothy white head. There was very Goid retention and excellent lacing.

The smell featured perfumy esters, light biscuity malts and herbal hops.

The taste consisted of clean crispy malts, grassy and herbal hops and a touch of sourness.

The mouthfeel was a touch light for the style.

Overall a pretty good saison.

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Photo of avalon07
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity aroma here. A nice smell, but doesn't seem much like a saison.

T: Tasted of light fruit (especially lemon), some malt, and a little hint of spices. Like the aroma, the flavor doesn't have much in common with a saison. The barnyard funk is nonexistent. A little thin in some spots.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finis.h. Light-bodied.

O: Not necessarily a bad beer, but certainly unfocused. Still, not undrinkable.

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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 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 flagmantho
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden hue with a light haze and a very strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy white foam. Not bad at all!

Smell: lightly funky with plenty of sweet malt thrown in as well. There's a bit of pear character in here too, which I think complements the funk well. I rather like it.

Taste: lightly funky and rather earthy; there's a bit of a wet grain flavor here with some earthy yet prickly hops. There's also just a hint of tartness bringing it all together. Not at all what the smell would indicate, and there's an edge of harshness here, but in general I like it.

Mouthfeel: light body but a good level of carbonation which yields a big, if ephemeral, creaminess.

Overall: this is a decent beer that would make a great lawnmower beer. It's not too sweet to session, nor too dry to quaff liberally. I'd like to give this beer another try in the summer.

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Photo of jifigz
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

bottle poured into a weird glass

The beer is a nice and light clear yellow and orange. The head lingers for a long, long time however it is pretty warm....probably about 65 degress as it was in my trunk. The aroma is spicy, hoppy, and very clean. The taste is of cloves up front and quicly dies to a taste reminscent of bitter. The beer is very flavorul and the spices do not dominate the profile. The MF is nice ligt to medium and very sutiable.

Not a bad Saison...nothing great...good enough

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Photo of rfgetz
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

hazy yellow, prickly froth, some retention. Big saison notes with yeast and spice, light earthyness, lemon, fresh flowers. Taste leads with flowers, moves in with some spice before mellowing a bit into a nice bready profile with a kiss of lemon. Lighter side of medium, ample carbonation. Strong flavor from a beer of this ABV profile. Nice new seasonal.

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Photo of lstokes
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of WynnO
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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