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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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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

ChrisKayler, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of jifigz
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

bottle poured into a weird glass

The beer is a nice and light clear yellow and orange. The head lingers for a long, long time however it is pretty warm....probably about 65 degress as it was in my trunk. The aroma is spicy, hoppy, and very clean. The taste is of cloves up front and quicly dies to a taste reminscent of bitter. The beer is very flavorul and the spices do not dominate the profile. The MF is nice ligt to medium and very sutiable.

Not a bad Saison...nothing great...good enough

jifigz, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of nakedninjaturtle
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

nakedninjaturtle, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of rcatalano
4/5  rDev +13%

rcatalano, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of rfgetz
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 jealmanzar
3/5  rDev -15.3%

jealmanzar, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Phillyz
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Phillyz, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Eastside151
4/5  rDev +13%

Eastside151, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of lstokes
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy lemon yellow with a wispy head and lively carbonation. Lots of wheat and Belgian yeast in the nose. Very much a summer beer, with strong tastes of wheat, citrus, coriander, pepper, a bit of lavender? Mouthfeel is light, ending very crisp. This is a really nice beer--it really is an easy-drinking saison which you could have a few of without thinking too hard about it.

lstokes, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of CreightonSM
3/5  rDev -15.3%

CreightonSM, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of BamfBacon
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

BamfBacon, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of WritersBlock
4/5  rDev +13%

WritersBlock, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Dizzy242
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Dizzy242, Apr 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

drabmuh, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of WynnO
4.11/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A previous reviewer mentioned "lawn mower beer". YES, that is a good description.

Surprisingly joyful attack on the palette. This embodies everything a Saison should be---a bit wild, unique, spicy, and refreshing. The lower end ABV makes this a real keeper on the farm (or on the riding mower).

Intense enjoyable spicy notes attacks the nose, and the taste is, just plain good to my palette. I shy away from comparing this to a Fantome because it is not in same league, but I do sense similarities.

All in all I think it's decent, drinkable beer.

WynnO, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Session saison? Now this is what I’m talking about. Great Belgian-style ales shouldn’t just be for special occasions.

A: A fizzy, pale yellow body with a bit of haze; looks like a typical American lager, but with a stark white head of cappuccino foam. Few strands of lace here and there.

S: An invigorating character of strong, spicy hops, black pepper, and pure lemon – complex and aromatic. A wonderful Belgian yeast character sits behind, showcasing scents of bread and ester that would please anyone with a penchant for Belgian beer. Hints of coriander and ginger floating around, as well.

T: A blast of hops to start, jolting the taste buds with bright lemon peel and citrus pulp. Belgian ale tastes of leafy, fruity wheat, coriander, sugar cookie dough, and light vanilla fill the gaps in the palate, but this beer seems to be all about the zest – the fruits of the front end soon grow to a spicy salt and pepper kick. Needless to say, it satisfies with every sip. A crisp snap of a finish, condensing the entire palate into an upward swing of lemon-lime. Fantastic.

M: There’s not a saison out there that feels as light as a pilsner, but this one comes close; bubbles pop in time with the bitters to give a bright, mildly fizzy character. Light-to-medium body with that sessionable feel, inviting another sip.

O: One of my favorite beers this year – a sunny day in a bottle. I can’t think of anything I’d rather have for a lawnmower beer.

BarryMFBurton, Apr 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

pathman, Apr 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

buckyp, Apr 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

mendvicdog, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of MrIncognito
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a stemless red wine glass

A - Hazy burnt orange/straw body beneath a thick 2-finger white head that leaves great lacing and retains for 3-4 minutes

S - Straw funk from the yeast and kind of a Saaz-like hop aroma. Crisp in the nose with just a slight hint of orange peel

T&M - Fizzy carbonation leads to a dry mouthfeel. Smooth straw taste with a quick hit of the bitter hops. Belgian yeast flavor and hops give it a nice funky saison flavor. Orange rind. Lightly crisp in the bitterness but still refreshing.

O - A nice saison that isn't overly complex but goes down easy and tasty. Would definitely try again

MrIncognito, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of CoCambria
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

CoCambria, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Falcone, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

JohnK17, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

sendbeer, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellowish golden orange with a lot of fast rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A crisp and citrus forward aroma with lots of wheat and some funky yeast. Belgian yeast with hints of barnyard funk, coriander, clove, and white pepper. Bright hints of citrus orange and lemon zest as well as some banana. Wheat grains and pale malts with hints of hay, cracker, and biscuit. Also some grassy hints of hops.A solid Belgian style light wheat aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a funky citrus taste of wheat and Belgian spice. Belgian yeast and barnyard funk with notes of clove, coriander, and white pepper. Banana fruit taste as well as some juicy citrus orange and lemon zest. Slightly tart tasting. Wheat grains and malts with notes of hay, biscuit, and crackers. Earthy and herbal grassy hop notes. A solid taste that is somewhat tart and very zesty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp. Nicely juicy and smooth.

Overall: A solid light session version of a Saison. Nice mix of funk and citrus.

MattyG85, Apr 10, 2013
Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.