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Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

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Swing Session SaisonSwing Session Saison

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80
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720 Ratings
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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 5
Gots: 49 | 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:
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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Photo of beerthulhu
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

beerthulhu, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%

A - bright clear, yellow gold with a thick, dense cap of soft, pure white head that has good retention

S - intense Belgian yeast spices; clove, sage, some pepper. There is also a note I can't quite put my finger on, but it reminds me of old baseball card gum

T - intensely spicy, clove, peppery, herbal hop character, sage, rosemary, mildly bitter, a bit vegetal, some malty notes underneath all the herbal, earthy notes

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is a really nice Saison. It's full flavored and surprisingly intricate for what I expected to be a "small" beer. I could see myself working through a few of these on a hot day. It reminds me a bit of a toned down version of the Saison du BUFF. It's definitely worth a try for Saison fans.

tdm168, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

sendbeer, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%

Undated 12 oz bottle into a Piraat tulip glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden color. The white head has moderate size and duration but leaves ample lacing on the glass. High carbonation by appearances (and feel).

S: Plenty of lemon and other citrus with coriander and a background of grass, hops and wheat. Nice complexity for a 4.5% saison, albeit not very appealing.

T- Notably tart and fruity with some lemon zest, coriander, hay, banana, and vague spices. Rather sour and bitter aftertaste.

M- light bodied with crisp, high carbonation; dry finish.

O- a flavorful Saison that is too spiced to serve as a session beer for some. Nice and reffreshig, nonetheless, on a hot summer day.

chinchill, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of DrJay
3.61/5  rDev +2%

Big, fluffy white head that really lasted left lots of clumpy foam clinging to the glass. The beer is crystal clear and a bright yellow/gold. Nice aroma with notes of grain and spices, slightly sour wheat, a bit grassy with a hint of coriander and parsley. The flavour was a little less interesting but still alright, with mild bitterness and spice, moderate sweetness and grain character, a bit of lemon character, lingering spice and bitterness. Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, decent texture but maybe a bit heavier than expected.

DrJay, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

dmorgan310, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

PEIhop, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

rolltide8425, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

ShanePB, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

iL0VEbeer, May 20, 2014
Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

tobelerone, May 11, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -15.3%

xnicknj, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

flagmantho, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

avalon07, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -15.3%

atrocity, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

tone77, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

DrDemento456, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured golden with a two finger white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, fruit, sugar, banana runts, wheat, and bubblegum. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, bubblegum, fruit, spice, and subtle banana. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The banana runt aspect on the aroma really took this one to the next level as it was definitely unexpected and took me back to my favorite candy growing up and still is the only candy that I eat at all even today. This brought a huge level of complexity to the game and made it quite easy to get close to this beer over and over again. I really went into this one not expecting much at all, but was pleasantly surprised with it in both the flavor and aroma. Definitely glad I got the chance to try this one and suggest that you do the same at least once yourself.

thagr81us, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of vfgccp
3/5  rDev -15.3%

vfgccp, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

WOLFGANG, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Boone757, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%

12oz bottle, pours golden, slight haze, creamy, white head, good head retention. Fruity aroma with plenty of citrus rind - lemon and orange, biscuity grain, yeast. Refreshing shot of zesty lemon and orange, Farmhouse yeast, biscuit, slightly bitter finish with a hint of peppery spice, while being slightly earthy. Lighter body and lower carbonation - I thought it needed a bit more carbonation. Overall, super refeshing, nice addition of American hops to a Belgian styled ale. I definitely could have a few on a hot summer day.

barnzy78, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Lare453, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 11, 2013.

It pours your basic pale yellow with a full, fluffy white head and mildly cloudy. The head lingers.

Loads of herbal aroma including Rosemary, German Thyme, Bay, and Savory. Pale malts and citrus zing in there as well. Just very interesting on the nose like a potpourri.

The body is medium and smooth.

The taste is as herbal as it smells with a pleasant toasted pale maltiness, slightly lemony, and a low to moderate hop bitterness at the finish. I enjoyed it and would drink it again.

puboflyons, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

Brenden, Apr 23, 2013
Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.