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Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

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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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of bubseymour
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Chimay challis was dark yellow / pale orange, with murky appearance like a wheat beer but with minimal head and lacing. Head should be much more billowy for the style.

Smells of very nice Belgian yeast and spices.

Tastes is tart and crisp and slightly bitter. Almost like a sour but more hop presence in the finish. Not very sweet or flavorful like the nose, but very subdued flavorings.

Moutfeel is quite watery but this is a 4.5% sessionable farmhouse ale, so a light body was the intention here.

Overall - I'm a big fan of Victory beers, but this one wasn't quite one of their better creations. I probably won't buy again, as Farmhouse ales are one of my favorite varieties of beer and this one is further down the list of ones I've liked. Still drinkable and decent and worth a sampling.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with 1.5 fingers of head that fades to a 1/2 inch of cap that retains for a while

S: Some nice spicy Belgian yeast, light fruits, and some wheat malt

T: Starts off with the spicy yeast, some light citrusy fruitiness including lemon peel, and some wheat and rye maltiness. Finishes with a light spice note

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice "session" saison with pleasant yeast and hop notes. Refreshing with no overbearing flavors. Perfect spring-summer beer

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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

On-tap, served in a pint glass

A light yellow body with a fluffy bone white cap. The cap rises two fingers and falls slowly. Moderate chunks of lace cling to the inside of the glass.

Oranges and lemons, perfume, and an herbal spice up front. Wheat and biscuity aromas mixing with a touch of grassy and herbal hops underneath.

Wheat and lightly toasted biscuits up front before some oranges and herbal spices come through. A little bit of lavender and rosemary.

Light body, crisp, and dry finish. A touch of bitter citrus and grass lingers.

This is a simple take on the saison, and it most definitely works. A good all-around saison with some nice flavors. Balanced.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of IronLover
4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light golden yellow on color with just the slightest haze. Poured with a thick, billowy, white foam that is endlessly fed by thousands of bubbles migrating from the bottom of the glass. Orange and lemonz est aromas with spicy corriander and lepper along with a funky yeast aroma. Smooth, creamy feel with a slighty dry finish. Light citrussy bitterness up front that rides a wave of corriander and pepper through the middle. Herbal hop and funky, yeasty notes follow the spicy flavors near the end. Finishes semi-dry with lemon zest and a light spicy aftertaste.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of DIM
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was an almost completely clear, straw colored yellow. It poured with a small head quickly fade to spotty lace.

s: Grainy overall for lack of a better word. There was also some citrus peel, spice, and a hint of barnyard Belgian spice.

t: Bright and refreshing upfront, I tasted zesty citrus and peppery spice. The finish was an oddly heavy graininess the taste out of place.

m: Light and spritzy.

o: This wasn't as good as I hoped it would be, I'll stick to their incredibly delicious and bargain priced Helios.

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of tdm168
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - bright clear, yellow gold with a thick, dense cap of soft, pure white head that has good retention

S - intense Belgian yeast spices; clove, sage, some pepper. There is also a note I can't quite put my finger on, but it reminds me of old baseball card gum

T - intensely spicy, clove, peppery, herbal hop character, sage, rosemary, mildly bitter, a bit vegetal, some malty notes underneath all the herbal, earthy notes

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is a really nice Saison. It's full flavored and surprisingly intricate for what I expected to be a "small" beer. I could see myself working through a few of these on a hot day. It reminds me a bit of a toned down version of the Saison du BUFF. It's definitely worth a try for Saison fans.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Swing saison pours blonde in color maybe straw. The head is small and white. Carbonation is faily robust.
Aroma smells malty and hoppy with some barnyard funkiness mixed in. You can also smell some spice and yeasty esters of cloves.
Taste was mild with a desent malt base, bready notes come through as well. Not very hoppy but seems to have a sutle citrus bitterness to itself.
Drinks dry and bitter and perhaps alittle weak too.
The lower ABV and quenchablity of this brew are sure to be a hit in the summer parade.

Photo of corby112
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head that has pretty good retention, only slowly fading into a thick, lasting ring. Large streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

The aroma reminds me more of a wheat beer. There is some subtle grassy barnyard character but the dominant notes are peppery spice, bready yeast, banana and citrus. Only slightly earthy with pepper, clove and coriander followed by a strong wheat/bread like presence, lemon juice and citrus zest.

Fuller bodied than expected and a bit more like a saison than the nose suggests but it still feels and tastes more like a witbier/American wheat beer. Subtle earthy funky with lots of zesty spice up front followed by bread/yeast, banana and citrus juice. Coriander and clove flavor with lemon zest, wheat, light fruit and lemon peel. Crisp, light, refreshing and easy to drink but I don't think anyone would say that this is a saison in a blind tasting. Not bad but reminds me of a mediocre American wheat beer.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 748 ratings.