Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

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745 Ratings
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Ratings: 745
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 8
Gots: 56 | 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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Photo of philbe311
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Minimal off-white head comprised of chunky medium-sized bubbles quickly fizzes away... What remains is a lopsided splotchy veil of lacing and a thin collar... The color is of pale golden straw with a glowing honey hue... Just a couple streak of sluggish to moderate paced carbonation... Very pedestrian...

S - Lemon grass... Loaded with an array of floral notes - Lavender being the most prominent... White pepper... A slight barnyard funkiness... Some minor melon notes... Perhaps even a slight bit of mint buried beneath the surface... A unique and fairly complex aroma that yields something slight different with each whiff...

T - Loads of lemon zest... A slight Belgian yeastiness... Honey dew... Floral notes... Some faint white pepper and assorted other spices... A very minor noble hop presence... Lots of strong flavors that don't necessarily meld well together nor compliment one another... A bit rough around the edges...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Dry and slightly astringent throughout... A moderate bit of fizzy slightly harsh carbonation...

D - I love the words "session" and "Saison..." So I needless to say, I was eager to give this one a try... I was unfortunately a bit let down... This isn't a bad beer by any stretch, but it pushes the style guidelines and not in a good way... There are both many session beers and Saisons that I would recommend over this offering...

Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of smcolw
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy, light gold color. Small head that settles to thin layer of bubbles. Great ring lace with thin blanket trail between each sip line.

Mild aroma for a Saison. Notably missing--the earthiness and sour nose.

Quite dry, with a strong coriander and clove bite. Complex flavor with a low pale malt touch and a moderate white pepper hop finish. The aftertaste reminds me of fresh basil and oregano. The body is good if thin and highly carbonated. For me, the lack of earthy and sour flavors make this a more enjoyable, if slightly off style, Saison.

Photo of mattkoon
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this victory swing is a nice summertime beer. there is a lot of hops in this flavor- but also a good amount of citrus and i feel like even peach flavors here. all of these flavors come together nice and theyre not over bearing. makes for a clean drinkable brew. this is a good beer if you are a fan of flavorful beers..and you want to unwind on a warm evening.

Photo of KMcG
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As with the 21st A saison, before I drank it my expectations were low for an American saison. I was a little surprised at the 21st A, so hopefully I will with this one too, but I'm expecting a wit beer like thing.

Pours a nice 1 finger pasty white fizzy bubbly but pillowy head that fades at a med pace, tiny wifts of lacing, hazy lighter lemony colored beer.

Nose brings a bit of saison aromas, hint of lemon zest, light spices like coriander, orange peel, etc, hint peppery, and a bit yeasty, grassy, wheat, hay like, and a touch of funk, and light golden malt sweet base.

Taste starts light but crisp, a touch of farmhouse funk and a little yeasty but not a lot in either sense. Very juicy, a citrus lemon juice, with the spices blended in, orange peel, coriander, grassy hay, wheat, lemongrass, etc. The farmhouse saison funk comes through a bit more as it increases, a little grainy toasty like as well, and very light golden malt sweetness, as well as bitterness mostly from the orange peel and lemon zest flavors, but a little lemony hop kick as well. It also brings a light stem like green flavor and tannin feel, with tart lemony flavors. Finish is fairly dry, more bitterness, lemony bitterness and light spices lingering, and a touch of funk.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, nice fluffy carb.

Overall not bad, it surprised me a little too with some nice saison farmhouse funk and juicy flavors, I liked the citrus flavors, but they seem to lose the point of a good saison a bit if they brewed it WITH spices since that should already come from the yeast, and I think that brings a bit too much of the spices and that green stem tannic flavor. However, very drinkable and I would call this a session beer easily, and fairly tasty.

Photo of coldriver
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Navysqurl
1.75/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of In_Control_Mike
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of babaracas
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Well, it seems that much of BA does not understand the table saison. Bummer, as it's a much more interesting choice for a summer seasonal than the usual hoppy yeast-neutral wheat or overhopped czech pils beginning to crowd the shelves.

Pours a mostly clear gold with billowing dense white head. Leaves thick rings of lace down the glass and slowly settles to a meringue-like dollop. Smell: snappy graininess, coriander, pale malt + a little white grape sweetness, clove note. Taste: mildly grassy, coriander, juice orange, fleeting pale malt sweetness into pepper-centric spiciness. Slowly drying finish.

This is really quite good.

Photo of KBomb
2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Light golden color has almost a green tint to it. Nice nebulous lacing, but the color is as pale as you'd expect from the description of this "session" beer.

Smells strongly of grassy hops and phenols, some medicinal aromas as well. Something almost like anise; which returns in the aftertaste in something a bit like Chinese 5-spice powder. The smell straddles a line between funky and skunky; at moments its delectable, others its not.

And here we reach a problem. The aftertaste is so strong of black pepper and lemongrass, I really can't describe the flavor of the malt and grains at all. Their lightness is so overshadowed by the additions they become completely non-descript.

Mouthfeel is incredibly crisp and dry; certainly what I expect the brewers are going for.

Session Saison gets points for bravery in its bold additions of ingredients, but in its execution its resulted in flavors much out of balance.

Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of DeutschesBier
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of browniewithnuts
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of plaid75
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at TJ Finley's, Bayshore, NY.

Poured a bright straw hue with a three finger frothy white head. There was very Goid retention and excellent lacing.

The smell featured perfumy esters, light biscuity malts and herbal hops.

The taste consisted of clean crispy malts, grassy and herbal hops and a touch of sourness.

The mouthfeel was a touch light for the style.

Overall a pretty good saison.

Photo of gpblackgt
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity aroma here. A nice smell, but doesn't seem much like a saison.

T: Tasted of light fruit (especially lemon), some malt, and a little hint of spices. Like the aroma, the flavor doesn't have much in common with a saison. The barnyard funk is nonexistent. A little thin in some spots.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finis.h. Light-bodied.

O: Not necessarily a bad beer, but certainly unfocused. Still, not undrinkable.

Photo of Jason1337
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Maxwell
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a straw yellow color with some nice light golden tints and a soft white head that fizzles away to just a scrim, leaving some medium sheets of tight-bubbled lacing on the glass. As you sip the beer though, it tends to only leave thin and droopy tendrils of lacing on the glass. In the body, the beer is properly hazy, though some light does make its way through the beer. The beer also displays a nice torrent of bubbles working their way to the head. On the nose, the beer is nicely pungent from the moment it pours. It smells of funky straw and lemon grains with touches of banana and cloves with just a hint of uncharacterized spice in the nose. The yeast esters are very big and tangible on the nose, almost dripping off, which is lovely in a 4.5% beer. The overall mélange of smells does give a slightly skunked smell, but I think that is more from all of the spices and yeast esters mixing together into a strange potpourri, and less from light exposure. On the tongue, the beer tastes of grassy bitters, sweet spices, and funky yeast character that moves from bitter to sweet, to acidic, and leaves a nice bit of neutralizing saliva behind. In flavors, the beer begins with funky bitter grass, which opens into lovely banana esters with touches of cloves and some coriander as well. Lemon citrus runs on the lesser side of the flavors, and melds with some of the breadier characteristics of the yeast and the light clean malt flavors. The finish is big with coriander spice, slight orange peel, and some funky banana/clove esters, and the aftertaste continues this with the addition of slightly medicinal, grassy bitters that tingle on the tongue. Judging by the taste, I would not say this beer is 4.5% ABV. In the mouth, the beer feels medium to medium-light in body with a big fluffy carbonation that provides some tongue scrubbing to keep the sweeter yeast and spice characteristics from overpowering the bitters. The mouth is left slightly chalky and tingling with some saliva on the sides of the tongue. Overall, this is a great normal saison, and the fact that it is 4.5% and fully sessionable makes it all the better. Its flavor profile slightly reminded me of a less coriander-heavy Hennepin from Brewery Ommegang. It was phenomenally full of flavor, and comparable to my personal favorite session saison, Notch Sasion. My one complaint with this beer is that, in the belly, it seems to carry a little bit more weight than I normally like from a 4.5% beer, but it is not to such a degree that it ruins this beer. This beer is good, and great for a long drinking night. Try it.

Photo of sweisel80
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of mikehartigan
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was in the mood for a Saison. A session Saison didn't exactly grab my attention, but it was the only Saison available at the time.

A: Light straw color. Nice one finger, slightly off-white head. Good staying power. Beautiful lacing, just as it should be.

S: A little funk in the aroma (smells like a Saison!). Citrus. Hoppier aroma than I'm used to in a Saison.

T: Lemon zest is unmistakable, though the orange peel softens it a bit. Spicy. Bitterness is a little harsh, but not enough that I wouldn't order a second. Thirst quenching. Bitterness lingers into the finish (I need a cracker!)

M: Dry. Lemons hang around, but not too long - unlike the harsh bittrness.

This will be a good lawn mower beer, if lawn mower season ever arrives in Chicago. A very enjoyable, refreshing session beer. Low ABV for a Saison, but surprisingly satisfying.

Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden hue with a light haze and a very strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy white foam. Not bad at all!

Smell: lightly funky with plenty of sweet malt thrown in as well. There's a bit of pear character in here too, which I think complements the funk well. I rather like it.

Taste: lightly funky and rather earthy; there's a bit of a wet grain flavor here with some earthy yet prickly hops. There's also just a hint of tartness bringing it all together. Not at all what the smell would indicate, and there's an edge of harshness here, but in general I like it.

Mouthfeel: light body but a good level of carbonation which yields a big, if ephemeral, creaminess.

Overall: this is a decent beer that would make a great lawnmower beer. It's not too sweet to session, nor too dry to quaff liberally. I'd like to give this beer another try in the summer.

Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 745 ratings.