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Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

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Swing Session SaisonSwing Session Saison

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Ratings: 706
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 5
Gots: 41 | 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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New York

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%

Served in a 14oz draft at the pony bar in hell's kitchen, nyc

A - Golden yellow straw, slight 2 cm head, doesn't last long

S - Slight hops, citrus, lemon,and spice. Not much going on here, maybe my nose is broken

T - big citrus and lemon up front, ends with more lemon and some mild hop bitterness. A lot of lemon going on here, makes me

M - light, sessionable, drinks like a lager

O - not my personal preference, but a refreshing drink. I'll god drink some stouts now

03-28-2013 20:52:53 | More by Mgm54
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-28-2013 03:42:28 | More by nmann08
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

03-27-2013 22:18:29 | More by SFC21
Photo of secondtooth


4/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours a pale golden, with a vibrant, robust white head. Extravagant lace!

Nose is spicy, herbal, and fruity. I get some definite citrus and clove. Very nice!

Taste is zesty and spicy, with a tangy twist of sour citrus hops at the finish. A very enjoyable ale.

03-27-2013 12:36:33 | More by secondtooth
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-27-2013 03:52:35 | More by UltimateLivewire
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-27-2013 02:21:08 | More by GeoffreyM
Photo of BWED


3.09/5  rDev -13%

12 oz. bottle into a pint

A- A hazy straw yellow with a half finger white head. Good lacing hangs around.

S- The spices and yeast jump out first, with some citrus/lemon notes.

T- Lemony and some spice. Malt isn't really a strong player in this. Also, the finish is very cleaner-like in taste.

M- High carbonation, light body (definitely a session) The bitter lemon cleaner aftertaste is not very good.

O- This is almost a mix between a shandy and a lemon cleaner. It looks good, but pretty much goes downhill from there.

03-27-2013 01:49:05 | More by BWED
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2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

03-27-2013 01:20:02 | More by khargro2
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3.01/5  rDev -15.2%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lightly hazed golden yellow color with a big billowy white head. The head initially fades very fast, but then slows its fade and lingers a bit. Once the head is completely faded (after about 4 min) a decent level of lace is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of wheat, yeast, grass and some haylike funk. Mixed with these are notes of pepper, coriander and nutmeg as well; overall a fairly drier smelling traditional saison.

Taste – The taste starts out of a medium wheaty flavor as well as some flavors of a light citrus. As the taste advances yeast and the spices detected in the nose, come to the tongue with the orange citrus transitioning more toward a lemon flavor. As the orange transitions to lemon, the bready flavors lighten and haylike and grassy flavors enter the taste. These flavors all take the taste its end, where the funky and hay flavors get even stronger in nature producing a somewhat bitter and a bit unbalanced grassy and astringent haylike funky flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is thin in its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are nice for making a crisp feeling brew and suit well the lighter session saison profile that the beer is going for.

Overall – The initial tastes, mouthfeel, and look were all very nice, but the finish to the taste, with its big funky, grassy, haylike, and bitter flavors weren’t balanced out by enough wheaty/bready flavors/body.

03-27-2013 00:47:02 | More by Darkmagus82
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-27-2013 00:43:05 | More by aranton
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3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, grassy, a bit of fruits. Taste is good, citrus, spices, grassy, malts, flavorful and complex, very tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a solid beer.

03-26-2013 23:20:57 | More by tone77
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

03-26-2013 22:26:58 | More by cclark67789
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -43.7%

semi-hazed golden color with a big fluffy bright white head. Nose is incredibly funky. Lots of strange belgian notes. As it open it starts to smell a bit better with some banana notes. Bit of must and funk.

The first sip was really offensive but it got better, maybe my tongue just needed to adjust. Light sparkly body musty belgian funk, banana notes spicy finish. Prickly with barnyard flavors. Not as refreshing as they planned i think a definitely a musty tasting beer. Also for being something sessionable it is incredibly filling. Also it starts to get a bit soapy as you go on drinking it on the back end. Also now picking up some buttered toasted biscuit flavors. Drinkable once you get acquainted with a soft sweetness, mild bitterness and possibly too much spice. Wouldn't recommend it or suggest it.

03-26-2013 20:37:47 | More by jtierney89
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

03-25-2013 22:33:51 | More by bigfnjoe
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

03-25-2013 14:56:42 | More by jmann40
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-25-2013 03:52:45 | More by ryanpj
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New York

4/5  rDev +12.7%

03-25-2013 03:16:08 | More by FCRICH
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New York

4.23/5  rDev +19.2%

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my Tired Hands stempiece; freshness date of July 27, 2013 printed in grey ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“Enjoy By: Jul 27 2013”). Going by a five-month freshness period that Victory uses for this beer, I’m assuming that it was bottled on February 27, give or take, making this beer about three and a half weeks old.

Appearance (4.75): This offers a good two fingers of tight, fine-grained foam that’s eggshell-white and takes plenty of time dying down, offering good retention and surprisingly complete lacing: tight webbing and wide, chunky collars all over the place. Seriously looks like meringue, which is awesome. The body is a crisp, chill-hazed golden yellow with a slight orange tint. Admittedly somewhat out of nowhere, this proved to be an extraordinarily attractive saison.

Smell (4.0): Ooh, really fresh, grassy, and lemony on this one—bright and floral fruitiness, with prominent lemon tones and a nice, slightly musty, straw-like aroma. Little to no malt presence in the nose, just lots of that dusty, musty hay and a shitload of lemon tones: lemon zest, sweetened lemon juice, lemon curd, etc.

Taste (4.25): So light, so crisp, so bright, so spicy—awesome. A nice, moderate peppery spice follows the palate from start to finish, accompanied by more of that lemon zest that is so prominent but well-played—it really is the most notable component of the flavor. There’s a modest herbal hoppiness that lends bitterness to the mid-palate and finish. That finish is really dominatd by herbal bitterness and lemon zest, with earthy and spicy undertones. Whatever yeast component is in here is earthy, slightly musty, and somewhat spicy, but it’s easy to overlook underneath all of that lemon and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Sessionable, no doubt about it. Light body, full and active carbonation that foams easily and prickles lightly, and then a dry-as-a-bone finish. Really, really nice to drink—they really nailed the “session saison” aspect in this department, because it’s both of those in spades.

Overall (4.25): This is a really great saison. I suspect that those who really didn’t care for it aren’t interested in more traditional saisons, given the penchant for high-ABV, soured, and barrel-aged saisons that a lot of BAs have. And I’m not knocking them, per se—it’s just a shame that smaller, dry, spicy, and for once AFFORDABLE saisons like this get passed over. Hopefully this one doesn’t become a sleeper, and hopefully Victory makes a shitload of this one. Great job, guys.

03-25-2013 00:55:04 | More by fmccormi
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-25-2013 00:26:25 | More by CesarLopes
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15.5%

03-24-2013 21:02:43 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

03-24-2013 19:53:24 | More by JohneHoodlum
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3.49/5  rDev -1.7%

LOOK: Pours a light gold with some tiny particulate matter preventing it from being totally clear. Short lived white foam and leaves a little lace.

SMELL: Herbal, grassy hops and a touch of citrus.

TASTE: Peppery and grassy, with a small dry citrus. Belgian yeast provides a subtle twang, but coriander, peppercorn and herb are the major flavors here.

FEEL: Light bodied, well carbonated, decent fullness of flavor and depth of character.

OVERALL: A good, perhaps slightly over spiced saison. Not bad, but for a session, one is more than enough. Good lawn mower beer.

03-24-2013 19:09:15 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

meh, add it to the legions of average generic American saisons. the pour is clear and really light shaded yellow, funny looking for the style. there is an inch of white head on top without a ton of retention. the nose is bright and fruity, crisp yet yeasty still, not farmy and wild like a true saison, but more cultured, more predictable. tons of coriander too. the flavor has some dry lemon tartness up front and a malt body that is just freakishly light. semi bitter towards the finish with the coriander standing out a little too much, and the yeast is like if saison yeast could be a lager yeast too, its got that cold fermented clean character to it, really out of place in a saison. for a summer drinker though, it does what it claims to do. great carbonation and a really drinkable texture, gentle and refreshing. overall this is nothing special, but its nice to have a different take on a summer beer, plus, its better than the summer beer they came out with last year. ill take it, but its tough to stack this against authentic versions of the style.

03-24-2013 19:07:24 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-24-2013 03:38:04 | More by Profchaos20
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

03-24-2013 02:16:58 | More by rab53
Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 706 ratings.