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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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Photo of JuliusCaesar
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden color with a good head

S: Lemon, coriander, orange and Belgian yeast

T: Right away your hit with a lot of spice. Lemon and orange come through as well.

M: Light, bordering on watery

Overall: I like this beer. It's definitely very spicy but not so much that I don't it. Not my favorite but good none the less

JuliusCaesar, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, light straw-hued body with a medium-small, white head.

Smell: Fragrant citrus shrouds the particularly pale maltiness, with bits of grain-flecked dough with subtle florals and a melange of spiciness.

Taste: Pils malts, hints of other such grains sprinkled with a fine dusting of powdered sugar. Floral hints meld into citrus notes from the hops and citrus fruit additions which shimmy into a spiciness from the yeast, peppercorns, and hops, aided by the crisp carbonation. Dry, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation for a lively, zippy mouthfeel.

Overall: I'd always thought the Victory V / Helios Ale saison was a bit too chewy for me, bodywise. This new Swing Session Saison is bright, light, and refreshing.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of wonothesane42
4/5  rDev +13%

wonothesane42, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of horshack7
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured into a Tulip is a cloudy and hazy golden beer with a head about a finger thick.

Aroma: Peppery, lemon zest, apricot, golden raisins, dates. subtle notes of banana, clove, wisps of cinnamon towards the tail end.

Taste: Lemon zest, floral esters, peppery, golden raisins, clove, yeasty notes, cinnamon, clove, a little bit of nutmeg. The mouthfeel has quite floral bite with a nice dry finish.

Notes: A solid U.S made Saison and very drinkable. Cheers.

horshack7, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of prototypic
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Swing pours a lighter straw color. It looks crystal clear. That’s a bit of a departure from the style, but it’s a nice color. Backlighting gives it a brighter, more of a yellow look. It’s topped with a light white head that stands a little over a finger tall. It’s quick to recede. Lacing was sticky and moderate in volume. Looks pretty good.

The nose kicks off with a mix of spices, grass, and herbs. It’s very earthy. The spicy notes are no doubt attributed to Belgian yeast. Pepper is definitely the strongest, but lighter spices are also noted. There are some light citrus lemon notes throughout. It also smells like some grassy hops are present. Maybe some form of noble hops. Alcohol isn’t a factor at all. I’m not getting any.

This pretty tasty stuff for a lower abv, session ale. I’m impressed. It does have a very earthy, spicy character. It’s very earthy and grainy throughout. Spicy esters are very strong and flavorful. Pepper is the most notable spice by far. Belgian yeast is tasty, but takes a back seat to the spices and herbs. Grassy hops are definitely in the mix. It’s almost certainly a noble hop. They add a slight bitter kick and a strong dose of grass. There’s an interesting flavor that almost tastes salty. That’s not all that great. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. Finishes spicy, herbal, grassy, and dry.

Swing has a lighter body. Carbonation is relatively light and soft. More body would smooth it out a bit, but it’s not bad. It’s definitely easy drinking. With a very friendly abv, it’s tough not to drink a few.

Swing Session Ale is a pretty nice release from Victory. For a lower abv Saison, it’s pretty tasty. No, it’s nowhere near competing with an authentic Belgian Saison. Having said that, it’s rather impressive for what it is. Definitely worth checking out.

prototypic, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of StubFaceJoe
4/5  rDev +13%

StubFaceJoe, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of tneenan1
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

tneenan1, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow with a solid 3 finger white head. Lots of tiny bubbles shooting to the surface. Some nice rings of lacing.

S: Almost like a tea beer. I get lots of herbal spices and a chamomile overtone. A citrusy orange and lemon zing in there as well. A hint of funk from the yeast.

T: As with the aroma there is a citrus, a spicy pepper quality, bready malts and a slight hop backing. Similar profile to the Sasion Du Buff. The herbal tea sort of taste lingers in the aftertaste.

M: On the lighter side of the spectrum when it comes to body. A crisp finish with ample carbonation.

Overall I'm a fan of this divergent sasion. The spices are interesting and give it a freshness. Might be a little too much for those who are flavor purists.

CloudStrife, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +13%

CaptDavyJones, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-light yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grain, lemon, spices, slight yeasty funk, grass

T-lemon, light malt presence, pepper, coriander, herbal, mildly bitter and astringent finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-as a sessionable Saison this beer was very solid, but within the category is not as stellar as many others

MDDMD, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

bacher468, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with a large pristine white head.

Smells of lemon zest, coriander and other strong spice, citrusy hops too. Smells very nice.

Taste is light citrus hops, zest, mild spices but less than in the nose. Slightly watery but still good.

Carbonation is good, body is slightly watery though.

7.0/10

AlexFields, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of mquinn919
5/5  rDev +41.2%

mquinn919, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Thedrizzle
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Thedrizzle, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of Mgm54
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Mgm54, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

nmann08, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of SFC21
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

SFC21, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of secondtooth
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

secondtooth, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

GeoffreyM, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of BWED
3.09/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

BWED, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of khargro2
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

khargro2, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.01/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Darkmagus82, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of aranton
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

aranton, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

tone77, Mar 26, 2013
Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.