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Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

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Swing Session SaisonSwing Session Saison

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748 Ratings
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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 10
Gots: 60 | 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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2.81/5  rDev -20.6%
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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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 748 ratings.