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Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

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Swing Session SaisonSwing Session Saison

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753 Ratings
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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 11
Gots: 62 | 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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Ratings: 753 | Reviews: 147
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3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
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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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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly hazy golden with small cap of off-white head with a thin line of lacing around the top of the glass.

S: Very earthy, almost dirty aroma with gritty grainy malty aroma coupled with very earthy, herbal, lightly citrus hop character. The yeast is also high in phenols and lightly medicinal in nature. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Again I have to use the descriptor gritty to describe this beer -- very earthy and herbal in nature with lightly citrus hopping and grainy maltiness. The yeast character carries this beer with a heavy dose of phenols and some medicinal, earthy tones. It is enjoyable, but I doubt I would want to drink two.

M: Very light bodied with high carbonation and crisp feel overall.

O: I liked this beer, but the phenols are pretty hefty by the end of the pint. Perfect for one, but I was ready to move on when it was done. Still, a really nice, earthy, scrappy saison.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden in color. Visibly high in carbonation. Head is thin, however. What's there is supported by rising bubbles.

Coriander, farmhouse yeast, wheaty malts, pepper, and some lemon. Somewhat biscuity.

Dry and crispy. Saison yeast is peppery and a little dank. Garbles of wheat malts and biscuit. Simple. Hints of Thai basil, soft melon and citrus fruits. Refreshing. Sudsy on the tongue. A little abrasively so in the finish. Body is bright and just rare of medium.

A preferred spring drink; a saison with drinkability and just enough character to warrant another sip, and then, another glass.

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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed sunny gold topped with a small, pure-white head. Fresh herbal, lemon, and spice aromas...basil, hay, dank, spices, flowers, and a melon sweetness. Peppery, yeasty flavor with continued citrus rind and more grassy/earthiness from the hops. Fresh, cracker-like malts, coriander, and green herbs. Crispy clean, dry mouthfeel. Flavorful and very refreshing.

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Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
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