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Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

Swing Session SaisonSwing Session Saison

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547 Ratings
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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%


Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Seasonal release beer brewed w/ German & American whole-flowers, 2-row German malts, Rye, Oats & Wheat. Spiced w/ peppercorn & fresh lemon zest. Belgian saison yeasts.

(Beer added by: Tucquan on 02-26-2013)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 03:31:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high dense white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, having lemongrass flavors along with notes of spices, the latter of which are most prevalent and linger through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of dryness is noticeable.
O: This beer has nice lemony flavors and while it lacks some of the complexities compared to other beers in the style, it is very easy to drink and definitely can be considered sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 20:17:43 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 18:59:55 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 22:04:06 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I'd make a Swing Kids reference, but no one saw that movie (and I don't fully remember it, myself). Anyway, this stuff pours a partly cloudy straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon peel, coriander, sweet flowers, and light funky wheat. That lemon is rather strong, but luckily not artificial. The taste holds notes of old and musty lemon (both zest and rind) and a mild blend of vague spices, which are nearly out-shouted by the lemon. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this saison just didn't work. I'm assuming a lackluster yeast performance, but it was just a never-ending blast of bad citrus with occasional bits of muddled spices. Definitely not for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 07:45:43 | More by TMoney2591
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 23:26:43 | More by jlindros
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice saison. And a session ale to boot. Great nose, good character. Somewhat grassy with a yeasty thing going on and nice levels of spice; I was told they used Szechuan peppercorns in this one. A bit too inky on the tail end, I'd have to say, but overall a good beer; especially being a saison.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 21:43:44 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2013 02:30:26 | More by WVbeergeek
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2013 16:34:50 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 21:19:03 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 04:18:20 | More by mactrail
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 19:07:24 | More by StonedTrippin
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kojevergas

Texas

2.41/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Picked this one up because Victory is really growing on me. Acquired at a bottle shop in the L.A. area. 4.5% ABV confirmed. Self-described on the label as a "Session Saison." I will review it as such. "Ale brewed with spices." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with straightforward label art and branded blue pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a modest two finger head of white colour. Slight cream is noticeable. Thickness is generally good. Pretty decent (~4 minute) retention - though the low ABV makes this relatively easy to accomplish. No lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a somewhat dull pale yellow redolent of unwashed straw. Not a clean or crisp looking beer. The clarity surprises me given the style; this is transparent and translucent as can be. Clearly filtered and not at all typical of a good saison. I'm on high alert looking at it; things are not as they should be.

Sm: Definite citrus - primarily in the form of lemon; it's not that juicy or gushing but it's fairly pleasant. Straw, a light lactic touch, and lemongrass. Pale malts. Light buried orange. More typical of a witbier than a saison, to be honest. I do get some spices but my broken nose is terrible at identifying them; cilantro perhaps? Clove? It's a grainy aroma, but it isn't refreshing and clean. Above average in strength. The lactic character is a highlight, but I'm not sure it belongs here.

T/Mf: Hmph. Light lactic character alongside a dazzingly thin, boring, and bland foundation comprised of generic pale malts, straw, and a bit of lemongrass. The entire second act comes off empty and weak. Lacks sufficient body. Awkwardly thick up front and on the finish yet borderline watery and thin in the middle. Too wet. Smoothness is also weird. Bizarrely constructed. Luckily, the flavour does pick up on the climax with a surge of lemon citrus zest - but it lacks the refreshing punch it should have. Hopping is minimal, generic, and floral. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Light spices; I'd guess cilantro, clove, and perhaps even ginger and garlic/onion. One of the only positive features of the mouthfeel is its crispness, which really sells this as a spring beer. Badly balanced - both structurally and in terms of flavours. Bizarrely off-style. I'm not a big fan of this.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable, and one of the most underwhelming "saisons" I've had this year. Even the Blue Moon saison was closer to the style than this. A severe disappointment from Victory. I'm glad I only bought one bottle; I wouldn't want to have this again. I definitely wouldn't recommend this to friends. Pass on this one if you come across it. None of the complexity, subtlety, or balance of an artful saison is in any way present here.

D+

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 03:17:32 | More by kojevergas
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Victory, Downingtown, PA

Hazy straw-yellow pour with a finger or so of foamy white head that retained as a ringlet; small amount of lacing. In the nose, pale malts, toasted grains, yeast, essence of citrus and grass. Pale/pils malts in the taste, grassy, slightly musty, saison-y spice notes, hints of lemon zest. Not bad, but as with most saisons made by the "big boys," this one just doesn't cut it with me. Light-medium body, crisp and drinkable, just not something I'd go for again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 01:30:47 | More by Rifugium
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Billolick

New York

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle w/freshness/bottling date info

Pours hazed medium tangerine, with looser off white froth, staying at about the 1/8 of an inch level. Leaves some low sheeting, and typical strands of lace.

Effervescent and lemon infused nose.

Pepper, oranges and bright lemon on the palate. Ginger and lime in the finish. This is a fresh tasting and spiced up saison. Nice summer sessioner, probably a real nice fit with some tangy cheese, raw shell fish, salads. You get the picture

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 14:56:23 | More by Billolick
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head that has pretty good retention, only slowly fading into a thick, lasting ring. Large streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

The aroma reminds me more of a wheat beer. There is some subtle grassy barnyard character but the dominant notes are peppery spice, bready yeast, banana and citrus. Only slightly earthy with pepper, clove and coriander followed by a strong wheat/bread like presence, lemon juice and citrus zest.

Fuller bodied than expected and a bit more like a saison than the nose suggests but it still feels and tastes more like a witbier/American wheat beer. Subtle earthy funky with lots of zesty spice up front followed by bread/yeast, banana and citrus juice. Coriander and clove flavor with lemon zest, wheat, light fruit and lemon peel. Crisp, light, refreshing and easy to drink but I don't think anyone would say that this is a saison in a blind tasting. Not bad but reminds me of a mediocre American wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 06:15:56 | More by corby112
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 17:27:27 | More by woodychandler
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 19:32:29 | More by stakem
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plaid75

New York

3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2013 18:59:08 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 00:03:33 | More by beerthulhu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 19:09:15 | More by Stinkypuss
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 01:50:40 | More by Huhzubendah
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 14:02:31 | More by Slatetank
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/13/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, coriander, clove, pepper, ginger, wheat, bread, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast ester, spice, and moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, coriander, clove, pepper, ginger, wheat, bread, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, coriander, clove, pepper, cracker, bread, floral, grass, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, spice, and moderate malt flavors; with great flavor robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice session saison style. Nice complexity, balance, and robustness of yeast, spice, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 05:16:17 | More by superspak
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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