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Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

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Swing Session SaisonSwing Session Saison

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Reviews: 148
Hads: 762
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 31.97%
Wants: 11
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(on tap at Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen - served in a goblet, a la Stella Artois)

A: gold liquid, relatively clear... tight, white, cottony foam - lotta foam at first, little retention, little lace

S: moderately-intense floral hoppy-phenolic notes... perfumy cloth.... light-toasty grain, dry hay

T: mild bubblegum, white grape... spicy bitterness... lingering herbal, peppery aftertaste - grapefruit zest and lightly-sweetened granola as well... overall, moderately fruity but very dry

M: tiny bit of grainy body up front... very crisp and clean, perhaps a bit watery in the finish... bit of a citrus-acid residue left on the palate

O: refined, quite easy to drink... very much a Saison in its flavor characteristics... they did manage to pack a lot of flavor into this beer, though maybe nothing unique (had some strong similarities to Dupont) - but it's hard to knock it... something to keep in the cooler at a bbq

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Extremely light yellow straw color. Even with a swirl the head is very minimal and dissipates very quickly. Just a bit of a collar.

S: It really smells like a lager with steady farmhouse smell that is a lot of horse blanket, which is amplified by the resonant smells of the lager-esque scents.

T: I've been going through the session IPAs, so why not a session saison. Really weird taste here. Doesn't really come across as a saison, but tasted more like just a standard lager. Just nothing exciting at all here. I barely get any saison out of this.

M: Light and coarse.

O: Not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't this. I will say that it isn't watery at all which is usually the first issue that session beers have to overcome. It seems that tasting too much like a standard lager might be the issue with session saisons.

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Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of jneiswender
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a very nice golden cloudy body and fluffy white head

This beer has a very nice chive dill from the earth flavor with a nice hop touch at the end. Smell is similar

Medium to light mouth feel

I really enjoyed this beer I would certainly drinking again

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Photo of utopiajane
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful hazed lemon yellow with about a fingers worth of white foam that fell quickly. Nose is funky with Belgian yeast and has some bright sweet lemon peel. There's a tiny bit of spice on the nose too. Taste is simple and graceful. Bright lemon, a bit tart, on a sweet light dry cracker. Sparkling carbonation and a touch of pepper as it finishes. This beer is everything a saison should be. Has a very pleasant hop herbal on the nose and a bit of spice in the drink. As you drink you will find a delightful tartness to offer just a slight bit of pucker. Has plenty of juicy lemon on the palate and a crisp off dry finish.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Stella snifter. Thanks, Stella!

Pours a bright yellow color with a rush of bubbles that ascend to the surface. Aroma is quite potent, very sulfur / spicy yeast smells dominate.

First sip is a rush of effervescent bubbles, followed by a spicy bite. Clove and allspice-like flavors dominate the flavor. Very sweet and full bodied for a smaller beer. This isn't my personal favorite style, as the sulfur like aromas and flavors could easily be replaced by hops or malt... but this does at least have a ton of flavor going for it.

Not my favorite, but a solid beer and a must have for saison lovers.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale yellow with sone clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Peppery, clove, yeasty, bready, some sweetness, herbal, lemony, and some ginger.

Taste: Spiciness between the hops, rye, and pepper. Chewy notes from the wheat and oats and s little sweetness from the 2 row. A little lemon and yeastiness too.

Mouthfeel: A little dry, light bodied, medium carbonation, chewy, and spicy tingling sensation.

Overall: I think this beer is best served with a pork loin. The amount of spices in it would work well with the food. Other than that, a nice Saison at 4.5%.

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Photo of Naugled
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is definitely a well made beer, as most are from Victory, but the concept behind the spicing baffles me. It tastes way too savory and herbal, like chicken stuffing. It just left me with an odd impression. It's a beer worth trying, but I'm not sure how many people this will appeal to.

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Photo of OhioRay
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Straw colored. What little head there is fades quickly to a small ring. Bubbles rise throughout.

S - Orange, grapefruit, faint floral hops. Hint if coriander with deeper inhales. Very pleasant.

T - More citrus. Grapefruit most prominent. Good amount of hop bitterness. Tastes for like a lower bitterness IPA than a saison. Faint wheat character. Finished dry with the bitterness lingering.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-light body. Pretty refreshing.

O - Good beer in my opinion, although not very much like a saison in my opinion. I could definitely drink a few of these.

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Photo of WarEagleJeep
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw color, thin white head that doesn't stick around.

S: White pepper, light grain sweetness, herbal hops.

T: Crisp pepper bite, nice herbal spice, even malt sweetness.

M: Lively carbonation, light feel, clean dry finish.

O: Solid saison beer and at only 4.5% you can have more then a few. Was missing some of the fruit notes and yeast tartness I like in saisons. Great spring weather beer.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy yellow golden lively carbonation and a surprisingly thin head

S: fruity esters some banana

T: pretty funky a little spicy and some fruity notes. A little bitterness on the back end

M: medium bodied and semi dry

O: good try here by victory. A session saison is a rare one to come across. Not quite as dry or spicy as I'd like but this is a real nice one.

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Photo of Copernicandream
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Dark golden hue, with one finger of thin head dissipating very quickly.

S: Relatively strong hues of citrus, lemon predominates but some orange or grapefruit as well.

T: An early citrus punch, lemon and orange. Overpowering white pepper that fades into the classical Belgian funk finish of a saison. Minimal but detectable hop finish - a strange bitterness added to the fruit and peppercorn.

M: Medium thickness, somewhat thick for the style, somewhat reminiscent of biting into a pear (that gritty fullmouth feel). The fine carbonation helps release the citrus zest and fades early for a gentle hoppy finish.

O: Saisons are not exactly my go to style, but this one in particular was not a stunner. The white pepper and clove really conflict with the crisp citrus and Belgian yeast. I'm glad I didn't get a whole 6 pack.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Year 2 of the Victory spring seasonal Swing. A session saison at 4.5% abv. Enjoy by June 30, 2014. Gotta love a freshness date! Poured into a willi becher pint glass.

Crisp clarity shows off the moderate carbonation rising through the pale gold body. The head is thick at first. A white, soap-sudsy consistency that doesn't last. I tried to make sure that the glass was clean, but I used hard tap water to clean it, and now I am wondering if that impacted the head much. Usually Victory beers have very good head retention.

The aroma is citrus-forward, evoking bitter rinds of grapefruit, orange and lemon. There is a peppery note here as well, though it's subtle and behind the citrus. It smells right at home in the saison category, but it certainly differentiates itself from the pack. There might be a slight aroma from hops here too, but it blends in seamlessly with the other aromas.

Very nice flavor here. A fairly dry beer with very modest bitterness that allows the peppercorn flavor to come through in the finish. The citrus takes the stage front and center and contributes a clean, refreshing citrus flavor on the palate. The carbonation is strong enough to carry this beer and keep it light on the tongue.

If the goal was to create a sessionable saison, then I would say Victory certainly did their job. It is an interesting, flavorful, moderately bitter saison with lots of citrus, making it suitable for the spring, summer, and lots of cuisine. However, my only complaint with this beer is that it tires the palate, and not because it is overly heavy or too hoppy, but because it should be dialed down a few more notches. I liked Classique a lot (which I reviewed but a few days ago) because it was SO basic and well executed. I find this to be "reaching" so to speak...Nonetheless, great well crafted beer!

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Has a golden yellow color with a very healthy white foam. Smell is lemon, but the taste is a little weak. There’s a hint of lemon and some light spices in the finish. Otherwise the beer is a little bland. Has a nice carbonated feel, but overall is just okay.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of July 27, 2013 printed on the bottleneck, so I'm a little late on this one, but I fear not. Yet another offering from Victory Brewing Co., this time their spring saison.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a light lemon colored body with lots of spritzy carbonation rushing to the surface, and some very fine sediment suspended in the glass. Just over a finger of soft bubbly white head. Some scattered rings of fat lace. Looks good.

S - Smell is of cracked black pepper, citric lemon juice, dried grass / herbal spice rack notes like oregano and thyme, and some sour vinegar acidity.

T - Tastes like a Belgian beer would, by most standards. Bubblegum malt, cloves, herbal spice rack notes - oregano, thyme, lemongrass, etc., hint of pepper, rye, dry papery grains, metallic well water, and some faint citric lemon zest on the finish.

M - Feel is crisp, clean, smooth, and refreshing. Just a hint of mild herbal bitterness lingering on the palate. Finishes dry and lightly grainy. Light-bodied, with appropriate high spritzy, tingling carbonation on the tongue.

Overall, definitely well enough for what it is. Not my favorite style by far, but a light, refreshing, and sessionable choice. Light and approachable. I might even have it again, if the occasion should arise.

Victory Swing Session Saison ---3.5/5

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with a finger of white head that slowly dissolved into a lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: The beer has that typical, floral, Belgian-Saison aroma of banana, clove, orange-peel and yeast. A very bright aroma.

Taste: The flavor, however, is much weaker than the aroma. Very thin floral notes of hops and citrus, with just the faintest touch of coriander and clove.

Mouthfeel: Thin, slightly watery, but with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. At an ABV of only 4.5%, there is absolutely no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer, but nothing special. I enjoyed it, and if offered, will enjoy it again, but I probably won’t go out of my way to look for it.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of guityler83
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A bright white head 3 fingers tall formed in the glass and receeded quicly leaving behind spider web like lacing on the edge. The beer a light peach color, very clear until I poured the remaining dregs into the glass then a bit of sediment was introduced.

S: Spicey lemon and orange zest mixed with corriander and some citrusy hop aroma. Very low toasty aroma masked by the very purfumey spices.

T: On the first sip a burst of spices hits the pallet very very much like the aroma would lead you to expect. corriander, zest and peppery notes. After a few more sips and the pallet adjusts a moderate hop bitterness is detected, possibly being emphasised by the spices and the dry finish of this beer. Noble type hop flavor is low in the finish. Very low low bready flavors also come through.

M: Carbonation is high giving it a bit of a sharp carbonic bite. The spices leave a drying sensation on the tounge. Very low body making it more drinkable and consistant with the session title.

O: A spicey (boarderline overboard), dry, saison that doesn't live up to the session name. If this beer would have been lighter on the spices and slighly less carbonated I might be able to get behind it but overall I'm not a fan.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - hazy golden liquid with white head

Smell - lemon, ginger, coriander, pilsener malt

Taste - smells better than it tastes, sour lemon, limes, ginger

Mouthfeel - sour and astringent upfront, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is unbalanced

Overall - this was a disappointing beer that smelled better than it tasted

Price point - $1.79/ 12 oz single

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Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Bloomington, IL
Date: Best by August 2013
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

A delicious and easily drinkable saison, with well-balanced saison yeast influences with hop and spice inclusions. The result is a moderately light saison that drinks exceptionally easy. Victory has a solid recipe with Swing Session, one I'd happily return to again in the future.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of clean, white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, creating a dense-looking, frothy mass atop the body of the beer. Retention is slightly above average at about one and a half minutes, fading to a thin remnant of lace that lingers atop the beer for the entire session. Lacing is quite good, with a fairly dense matrix of medium-sized dots and washes of lace clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a strong golden yellow color, quite hazy (60-70% opaque) with light bringing out brighter, slightly less strong golden yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible through the body, rising in significant numbers strongly from the center of the glass.

Aroma is slightly musty and yeasty (of the saison-type strain), with coriander, dried lemon and orange zest, and a bit of herbal hoppiness as well. Light, but not insubstantial, and readily enjoyable.

Well-executed flavors: moderately heavy saison yeast influences mingle with much brighter coriander and citrus zest to produce a fairly balanced beer, lightened by the sweetness remaining from the malts. Front of palate finds light mustines and saison yeast flavors with pale malt sweetness, hints of coriander and dried citrus zest. Mid-palate of zesty coriander and dried lemon zest with pale malt sweetness and substantial yeast and mustiness. Back of palate experiences strong coriander, citrus zest, white pepper spiciness, musty and saison yeast flavors, with light hop bitterness. Aftertaste of moderate hop bitterness, slightly musty and strong saison yeast, and mild sweetness and coriander flavor in the background.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a slightly effervescent, then foamy and slightly smooth mouthfeel. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness lingering on the lips and palate.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up three single 12oz bottles from Baron's Market in Point Loma for $1.99 each. Poured into a Forestinne branded tulip glass.

Pours a hazed straw-like hue with a thin white head that dissipates within a few sips, decent lacing. Smell is mild but what comes through is nice - jasmine tea, citrus, wheat, light funk. Very floral flavor up front, lemon and orange zest, herbal and slightly medicinal pepperiness on the finish. Almost tart mouthfeel, lightly effervescent, on the lighter side of medium bodied, finishes dry.

Great spring/summer season beer, and with the lower ABV - you can put a few back and still mow the lawn!

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Photo of stewart124
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Thin film of white head. Leaves a nice lacing.

Nose of bready malts, lemon rind and that farmhouse Belgian yeast funk.

Taste is more of the same with a medium body and grassy character. Bread up front and finishing with spicey phenols. I'm not able to tell what is from the yeast and what has been added.

Very easy to drink on this especially hot and humid day. Very solid saison from Victory.

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3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

a: Translucent gold with an inch white head which slowly receded to a fairly even surface foam film with medium ring and extensive lacing. Looks like it ought to be a good quality summer drink.

s: Mild light citrus.

t: Soapy-sourness which becomes a bubble-gummy vaguely flavored meh.

m: Refreshingly light to medium.

o: In the same class as many of the mainstream fruity summer beers. Whatever spices were added muted the fruit flavor into something undistinguished.

OTOH it does kind of grow on you as you drink it, and the lacing continues to broadcast quality. Just would not be my personal warm weather pick when there are so many excellent IPAs, pale ales and pilseners out there.

That said, I LOVE Victory Hop Wallop!

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