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Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

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Swing Session SaisonSwing Session Saison

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686 Ratings
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Ratings: 686
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 5
Gots: 34 | 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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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 01:03:53 | More by puboflyons
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

08-10-2013 16:35:01 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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kmos27

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

08-10-2013 03:44:30 | More by kmos27
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icehawk

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

08-09-2013 20:21:32 | More by icehawk
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ianpstephens

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

08-09-2013 05:15:26 | More by ianpstephens
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 19:31:35 | More by falloutsnow
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kell50

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

08-05-2013 03:23:54 | More by kell50
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spoonhawk

Iowa

2/5  rDev -43.8%

08-05-2013 02:55:51 | More by spoonhawk
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Bromine

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

08-04-2013 11:17:46 | More by Bromine
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Tyrolaspenleaf

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

08-03-2013 00:18:11 | More by Tyrolaspenleaf
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TwoTrees

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-30-2013 19:20:19 | More by TwoTrees
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -15.7%

07-30-2013 13:45:59 | More by MN_Beerticker
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Tamaquadan

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -57.9%

07-29-2013 17:04:20 | More by Tamaquadan
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mattafett

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-27-2013 01:31:06 | More by mattafett
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MatthewPlus

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

07-26-2013 15:23:21 | More by MatthewPlus
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tazzman

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-25-2013 01:14:20 | More by tazzman
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timjim1327

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.7%

07-24-2013 03:34:40 | More by timjim1327
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-23-2013 23:29:18 | More by DelicateDelirium
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DeanMoriarty

California

3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 01:29:07 | More by DeanMoriarty
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DmanGTR

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-20-2013 18:38:26 | More by DmanGTR
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stewart124

Ohio

3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 00:24:48 | More by stewart124
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Lionhawk

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-17-2013 22:07:48 | More by Lionhawk
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abex44

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-17-2013 02:36:03 | More by abex44
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 06:00:04 | More by scotorum
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 21:18:22 | More by chinchill
Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 686 ratings.