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Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

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Swing Session SaisonSwing Session Saison

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148 Reviews
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Reviews: 148
Hads: 762
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 31.97%
Wants: 11
Gots: 69 | 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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Reviews: 148 | Hads: 762
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/13/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, coriander, clove, pepper, ginger, wheat, bread, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast ester, spice, and moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, coriander, clove, pepper, ginger, wheat, bread, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, coriander, clove, pepper, cracker, bread, floral, grass, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, spice, and moderate malt flavors; with great flavor robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice session saison style. Nice complexity, balance, and robustness of yeast, spice, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of larryi86
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Clear golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Bright, some citrus, floral, some cloves, farmhouse yeast.

T- Biscuity, pepper, some floral notes, some yeast, kind of light, get some citrus as it warms.

M- Smooth, light to medium body, high carbonation.

O- Spices and floral notes are the main focus, kind of light, definitely a session ale. Great for a warm day, kind of reminds me of Summer Love.

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Photo of WarEagleJeep
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw color, thin white head that doesn't stick around.

S: White pepper, light grain sweetness, herbal hops.

T: Crisp pepper bite, nice herbal spice, even malt sweetness.

M: Lively carbonation, light feel, clean dry finish.

O: Solid saison beer and at only 4.5% you can have more then a few. Was missing some of the fruit notes and yeast tartness I like in saisons. Great spring weather beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden color in the glass with a touch of amber. Plenty of foam and a pleasant pricly mouthfeel. Lovely nose of cloves without too much of it on the tongue. Spicy and very light bodied without a hint of fruitiness. Bitter aftertaste. Quite hoppy. Light but unmistakable barnyard funk.

Thoroughly interesting light beer, but it's the driest Saison I've ever tasted. Pleasant brett flavor. It reminds me of Green Flash Rayon Vert, with the dry funkiness. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice saison. And a session ale to boot. Great nose, good character. Somewhat grassy with a yeasty thing going on and nice levels of spice; I was told they used Szechuan peppercorns in this one. A bit too inky on the tail end, I'd have to say, but overall a good beer; especially being a saison.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of garuda
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pale gold, hazed, white head has good retention and lace.

S/T - Right where it should be with barnyard hay, grass, funk, herbal hops.

M - Light body, high carbonation, but stays light and fluffy smooth across the palate. FInishes with moderate hop bitterness.

O - In the grand scheme of saisons, I'd say it's above average. They really hit the nail on the head, though, by brewing a light, sessionable, saison that packs a lot of flavor. I'll be getting more of this.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a light golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that soon lowers to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of surface foam. Lacing is jagged and somewhat resilient.

S- Very bright, citrusy aroma with lots of sweet, floral spices and a hint of funky saison yeast. The spices (especially coriander) go a bit overboard depending on your preference. Nice wheat background plus some soap once the head is fully aroused.

T- Very flowery flavor with a decent twang of yeast and spice. Coriander is still present but also collides with rosemary and lavender. Also some citrus notes like lemon and orange. Barely any funk compared to the aroma. Tangy and sessionable indeed.

M- Light and semi-spritzy with medium carbonation.

O- Decent but ends up being a little too heavy in the spice department. Reminds me of a fruity version of Saison du Buff (DFH version).

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Photo of seedyone
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

05/14/14 On tap. Be aware of the peppercorns that meet you at the door. In tandem w/the lemon this is a perfect match for a few chicken skewers, on a bed of spinach with a crumble of blue cheese. If you don't have the facilities to do this yourself, go straight to your friendly local & demand they support your research & get on it. Ever had a lemon-pepper chicken dish? Or used a lemon-pepper seasoning in a salad? Well here's your old friend...in a glass. A word to the wise is sufficient. PS it's way session-able, so grab a 6 & fire up the coals.

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Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of horshack7
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden in color. Visibly high in carbonation. Head is thin, however. What's there is supported by rising bubbles.

Coriander, farmhouse yeast, wheaty malts, pepper, and some lemon. Somewhat biscuity.

Dry and crispy. Saison yeast is peppery and a little dank. Garbles of wheat malts and biscuit. Simple. Hints of Thai basil, soft melon and citrus fruits. Refreshing. Sudsy on the tongue. A little abrasively so in the finish. Body is bright and just rare of medium.

A preferred spring drink; a saison with drinkability and just enough character to warrant another sip, and then, another glass.

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Photo of Billolick
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle w/freshness/bottling date info

Pours hazed medium tangerine, with looser off white froth, staying at about the 1/8 of an inch level. Leaves some low sheeting, and typical strands of lace.

Effervescent and lemon infused nose.

Pepper, oranges and bright lemon on the palate. Ginger and lime in the finish. This is a fresh tasting and spiced up saison. Nice summer sessioner, probably a real nice fit with some tangy cheese, raw shell fish, salads. You get the picture

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up this one as part of a mixed 6 at the local store. Generally like Saisons and have had pretty good luck with Victory. Okay appearance but nailed the smell, gives you that good Saison vibe. Taste however returns to okay. Not bad, decent Saison but nothing special. Probably would not get the beer again but would certainly not turn one down.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a pale straw with a thick head that fairly quickly dies down. Citrus peel is VERY overpowering in the smell. I like it, but I think it's covering up the base beer a bit too much. I even have a bit of a hard time picking out other qualities because of the peel. It's very fresh, however, and almost minty - like lemon mint. Citrus is still very strong, but not as overpowering as in the smell. The base beer is very much in the background, but it's solid. I get very subdued yeast flavors. The hops have a hard time competing with the lemon, but they offer a nice bitterness. Finishes DRY, which I love about this beer. I'm raising the taste of this based solely on dryness and crispness. Mouthfeel is lively and light. Not stickiness here.

Overall, I think this saison relies a little too much on spicing (which is a pet peeve of mine in saisons). I think victory could have made a more complex beer by drawing back on the spices and pushing yeast esters/phenols a little more. Overall this is pretty awesome for the hot weather we've been having, but it has its flaws. I should say, though, that it could be worse: it could be sweet, under-carbonated, and overly phenolic.

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Photo of sjverla
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nose: Spicy and clovey. Hints of lemon. A little musty - just a little. Very bright and refreshing.

Appearance: Hazy and pale straw. About 1" of head pillows up, bright white. It settles quickly, leaving some lacing.

Taste: Crisp and spicy. Surprisingly complex. Clove and lemon, a hint of bubble gum. Transitions to grassy & slightly citric hoppyness. A little earthy and a little bready, but still light. Finishes slightly dry.

Overall: Awesome drinkable, low ABV, high flavor. Looking forward to drinking this in the yard once it warms up a little more.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy yellow golden lively carbonation and a surprisingly thin head

S: fruity esters some banana

T: pretty funky a little spicy and some fruity notes. A little bitterness on the back end

M: medium bodied and semi dry

O: good try here by victory. A session saison is a rare one to come across. Not quite as dry or spicy as I'd like but this is a real nice one.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 11, 2013.

It pours your basic pale yellow with a full, fluffy white head and mildly cloudy. The head lingers.

Loads of herbal aroma including Rosemary, German Thyme, Bay, and Savory. Pale malts and citrus zing in there as well. Just very interesting on the nose like a potpourri.

The body is medium and smooth.

The taste is as herbal as it smells with a pleasant toasted pale maltiness, slightly lemony, and a low to moderate hop bitterness at the finish. I enjoyed it and would drink it again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy pale golden yellow in color with some moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and some light lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small slightly thicker patches and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of lemon/citrus with some lighter notes of grassy and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there are some light flavors of pale malt followed by some light to moderate flavors of lemon/citrus. There is a light presence of grassy hops followed by a slightly stronger flavor of herbal/spicy/lemongrass hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness. The spicy notes become a little more pronounced as the beer warms up.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness are noticeable in the finish.

O: Definitely an easy to drink beer with a low ABV which makes it sessionable, unfortunately it is not as complex as some other saisons but there is a nice light lemony freshness to it. Enjoyable but not anything special - somewhat pedestrian.

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Photo of stewart124
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Thin film of white head. Leaves a nice lacing.

Nose of bready malts, lemon rind and that farmhouse Belgian yeast funk.

Taste is more of the same with a medium body and grassy character. Bread up front and finishing with spicey phenols. I'm not able to tell what is from the yeast and what has been added.

Very easy to drink on this especially hot and humid day. Very solid saison from Victory.

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Stella snifter. Thanks, Stella!

Pours a bright yellow color with a rush of bubbles that ascend to the surface. Aroma is quite potent, very sulfur / spicy yeast smells dominate.

First sip is a rush of effervescent bubbles, followed by a spicy bite. Clove and allspice-like flavors dominate the flavor. Very sweet and full bodied for a smaller beer. This isn't my personal favorite style, as the sulfur like aromas and flavors could easily be replaced by hops or malt... but this does at least have a ton of flavor going for it.

Not my favorite, but a solid beer and a must have for saison lovers.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.