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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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4/5  rDev +13%

KevinGordon, Mar 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

ROGUE16, Oct 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

ZEB89, May 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Griffith, Feb 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

DmanGTR, Jul 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

pathman, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of rfgetz
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

rfgetz, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

TheBeerAlmanac, May 17, 2014
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%

On-tap, served in a pint glass

A light yellow body with a fluffy bone white cap. The cap rises two fingers and falls slowly. Moderate chunks of lace cling to the inside of the glass.

Oranges and lemons, perfume, and an herbal spice up front. Wheat and biscuity aromas mixing with a touch of grassy and herbal hops underneath.

Wheat and lightly toasted biscuits up front before some oranges and herbal spices come through. A little bit of lavender and rosemary.

Light body, crisp, and dry finish. A touch of bitter citrus and grass lingers.

This is a simple take on the saison, and it most definitely works. A good all-around saison with some nice flavors. Balanced.

ColForbinBC, Mar 18, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

jophish17, Jul 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

AngusOg, Jun 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

mhaugo, Aug 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

outoffocus, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%

A-Sample at EBF. Pours a lightly opaque pale yellow color.

S-The nose caught me off guard. I got a lot of lemon and eucalyptus or some other slightly medicinal aroma. Some spiciness.

T-More tangy lemons and that stinging medicinal flavor; maybe it's the yeast. Wheat and spice. Light sweetness. A bit chalky.

M-Light and quite bubbly. Would be sessionable if I enjoyed the flavor more.

O/D-A bit of a let down. A session Saison sounds awesome. Eh, I'm sure someone will nail it at some point.

VelvetExtract, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.01/5  rDev -15%

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.

Darkmagus82, Mar 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Holland, Sep 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

Gagnonsux, May 19, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

deapokid, Mar 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

ShemRahBoo, Jul 09, 2014
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3.61/5  rDev +2%

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.

prototypic, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

7.0/10

AlexFields, Mar 30, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev +4%

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.

cbutova, Apr 23, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

thecheapies, Mar 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

malfunxion, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of argock
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

argock, Apr 02, 2014
Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.