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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 MrIncognito
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
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

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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 Immortale25
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a light golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that soon lowers to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of surface foam. Lacing is jagged and somewhat resilient.

S- Very bright, citrusy aroma with lots of sweet, floral spices and a hint of funky saison yeast. The spices (especially coriander) go a bit overboard depending on your preference. Nice wheat background plus some soap once the head is fully aroused.

T- Very flowery flavor with a decent twang of yeast and spice. Coriander is still present but also collides with rosemary and lavender. Also some citrus notes like lemon and orange. Barely any funk compared to the aroma. Tangy and sessionable indeed.

M- Light and semi-spritzy with medium carbonation.

O- Decent but ends up being a little too heavy in the spice department. Reminds me of a fruity version of Saison du Buff (DFH version).

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Photo of yourefragile
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, thanks Mike.

Pours a clear straw golden color with a creamy white head. Spicy and yeasty nose, earthy and grassy, slight bitterness. Medium full body, well carbonated, clean dry finish. Flavor is earthy and grassy with some pepper spice. Refreshing, crisp and easy drinking.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle a little above fridge temp poured into a snifter. No freshness info.

Pours a light golden color with a slit haze. Big frothy 2 fingers of white head. Good head retention and good lacing.

Peppery spice, clove, lemon peel, spicey Belgian yeast, a very aromatic beer.

A big peppercorn flavor, big clove flavor, which I really enjoy, combines with the spicey phenols from the Belgian yeast, some lemon citrus peel a slight hint of hops and cereal grain towards the back.

Light and refreshingly crisp carbonation. Some hop bitterness does linger in the finish. Drinkable, but the big spice flavors might get a little old after a while.

A really good beer, I like a big spice profile from time to time and this fit the bill, but at the same time it is really there and i can see why many dont like this. A nice summer beer that many types of people can enjoy. Although, stylistically,more of a Belgian pale than a Saison, but whateves.

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Photo of Cyrano41
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is transparent and pale straw with a little over an inch of fluffy white head. the aroma brings hops, funk, farm, sunshine, lemons, lemon rind, grass, a touch of spice. Nice floral notes and hops. Light and refreshing. I'm really digging the light body and low alcohol. A thirst quencher of a beer, and packed with flavor. I'll have no trouble with this sixer and definitely see this as a repeat purchase for hot weather beer consumption, i.e. lawnmowing beer.

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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 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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Photo of horshack7
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured into a Tulip is a cloudy and hazy golden beer with a head about a finger thick.

Aroma: Peppery, lemon zest, apricot, golden raisins, dates. subtle notes of banana, clove, wisps of cinnamon towards the tail end.

Taste: Lemon zest, floral esters, peppery, golden raisins, clove, yeasty notes, cinnamon, clove, a little bit of nutmeg. The mouthfeel has quite floral bite with a nice dry finish.

Notes: A solid U.S made Saison and very drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of prototypic
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow with a solid 3 finger white head. Lots of tiny bubbles shooting to the surface. Some nice rings of lacing.

S: Almost like a tea beer. I get lots of herbal spices and a chamomile overtone. A citrusy orange and lemon zing in there as well. A hint of funk from the yeast.

T: As with the aroma there is a citrus, a spicy pepper quality, bready malts and a slight hop backing. Similar profile to the Sasion Du Buff. The herbal tea sort of taste lingers in the aftertaste.

M: On the lighter side of the spectrum when it comes to body. A crisp finish with ample carbonation.

Overall I'm a fan of this divergent sasion. The spices are interesting and give it a freshness. Might be a little too much for those who are flavor purists.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of AlexFields
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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.


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Photo of Mgm54
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
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

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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 BWED
3.11/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, grassy, a bit of fruits. Taste is good, citrus, spices, grassy, malts, flavorful and complex, very tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a solid beer.

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Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

semi-hazed golden color with a big fluffy bright white head. Nose is incredibly funky. Lots of strange belgian notes. As it open it starts to smell a bit better with some banana notes. Bit of must and funk.

The first sip was really offensive but it got better, maybe my tongue just needed to adjust. Light sparkly body musty belgian funk, banana notes spicy finish. Prickly with barnyard flavors. Not as refreshing as they planned i think a definitely a musty tasting beer. Also for being something sessionable it is incredibly filling. Also it starts to get a bit soapy as you go on drinking it on the back end. Also now picking up some buttered toasted biscuit flavors. Drinkable once you get acquainted with a soft sweetness, mild bitterness and possibly too much spice. Wouldn't recommend it or suggest it.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my Tired Hands stempiece; freshness date of July 27, 2013 printed in grey ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“Enjoy By: Jul 27 2013”). Going by a five-month freshness period that Victory uses for this beer, I’m assuming that it was bottled on February 27, give or take, making this beer about three and a half weeks old.

Appearance (4.75): This offers a good two fingers of tight, fine-grained foam that’s eggshell-white and takes plenty of time dying down, offering good retention and surprisingly complete lacing: tight webbing and wide, chunky collars all over the place. Seriously looks like meringue, which is awesome. The body is a crisp, chill-hazed golden yellow with a slight orange tint. Admittedly somewhat out of nowhere, this proved to be an extraordinarily attractive saison.

Smell (4.0): Ooh, really fresh, grassy, and lemony on this one—bright and floral fruitiness, with prominent lemon tones and a nice, slightly musty, straw-like aroma. Little to no malt presence in the nose, just lots of that dusty, musty hay and a shitload of lemon tones: lemon zest, sweetened lemon juice, lemon curd, etc.

Taste (4.25): So light, so crisp, so bright, so spicy—awesome. A nice, moderate peppery spice follows the palate from start to finish, accompanied by more of that lemon zest that is so prominent but well-played—it really is the most notable component of the flavor. There’s a modest herbal hoppiness that lends bitterness to the mid-palate and finish. That finish is really dominatd by herbal bitterness and lemon zest, with earthy and spicy undertones. Whatever yeast component is in here is earthy, slightly musty, and somewhat spicy, but it’s easy to overlook underneath all of that lemon and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Sessionable, no doubt about it. Light body, full and active carbonation that foams easily and prickles lightly, and then a dry-as-a-bone finish. Really, really nice to drink—they really nailed the “session saison” aspect in this department, because it’s both of those in spades.

Overall (4.25): This is a really great saison. I suspect that those who really didn’t care for it aren’t interested in more traditional saisons, given the penchant for high-ABV, soured, and barrel-aged saisons that a lot of BAs have. And I’m not knocking them, per se—it’s just a shame that smaller, dry, spicy, and for once AFFORDABLE saisons like this get passed over. Hopefully this one doesn’t become a sleeper, and hopefully Victory makes a shitload of this one. Great job, guys.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small tulip glass a hazed lighter golden with a bone white fluffy head atop.Aromas of medicinal hops and yeasty phenols mainly,a bit of toasted grain as well.Lightly citric up front on the palate with some toasted cereal grain,the phenols come in and provide some spice,a shot of herbal hops linger in the finish.A nice session saison it has some phenolic qualities wich Iam not a fan of but it's refreshing.Solid.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mix and matched for $1.75

A - Even though it's very carbonated I only got a 1/4 inch of head that pulls back to a thick lace ring. Color is a bright hazy yellow.
S - Smell is pretty good for a saison, peppery, chalky/fruity yeasts, and little to no hops. Pretty good actually.
T - Big peppery bite up front, followed by chalky yeast, and some dry bittering hops. Leaves the palate pretty dry so for a Saison it's fairly good.
M - Light to medium but I am not sure of the session ability.

Overall it delivers what it says a full flavored saison with light ABV for session ability. I guess if anything it could use more balance because it drinks very bitter and traditionally dry.

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