Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Swing Session SaisonSwing Session Saison

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

147 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 147
Hads: 759
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 13
Gots: 68 | 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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 147 | Hads: 759
Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high dense white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, having lemongrass flavors along with notes of spices, the latter of which are most prevalent and linger through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of dryness is noticeable.
O: This beer has nice lemony flavors and while it lacks some of the complexities compared to other beers in the style, it is very easy to drink and definitely can be considered sessionable. (833 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Pale straw color with a slight haze to the body. Huge, fluffy white head that lingers around and leaves a ton of lacing.

S- Belgian yeast, citrus, pears, ginger, herbal tea, other spices.

T- Belgian yeast up front, with a blast of spices immediately after that initial taste. Lots of orange and citrus mixed in as well, but the peppery spice is a bit too much.

M- Very good light-medium body with perfect medium carbonation.

O- Good for what it is, but the spice is just a bit too much in my opinion. Close to being great, but still not bad. (548 characters)

Photo of jSehnert
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light hazy color pouring about inch of foam.
Floral and citrus hints from spice, no hop aroma.
Well carbonated and terrific mouthfeel for light
style. Light taste with overwhelming spices; too
much? Bitter balance with bitter and spicy finish.
Overall very good, but really not my style. Too
much spice and too little maltiness for my tastes. (343 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small tulip glass a hazed lighter golden with a bone white fluffy head atop.Aromas of medicinal hops and yeasty phenols mainly,a bit of toasted grain as well.Lightly citric up front on the palate with some toasted cereal grain,the phenols come in and provide some spice,a shot of herbal hops linger in the finish.A nice session saison it has some phenolic qualities wich Iam not a fan of but it's refreshing.Solid. (428 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Pour from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Pale, cloudy straw color with stark white cap, and slight lacing.

Smell: Grainy, peppery and citrusy (lemon, orange), with some light banana.

Taste: The citrus and lemon hops/spices are quite strong, with some light toasted malts. Quite spicy as well, especially on the finish, with an emphasis on pepper. The Belgian yeast (banana, cloves) is present but secondary. Surprisingly bitter.

Feel: Light body with relatively high carbonation. Very crisp with a bone dry finish.

Overall: Nice to see a new "Session" beer that isn't an IPA, although it is bitter enough. This is a very nice, crisply refreshing Spring seasonal. However, I still prefer Victory's Helios. (724 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Bright straw to light gold, almost clear - some chill haze. Lots of visible carbonation and a two-finger white frothy head. Almost perfect for style.

S: Grainy, some barnyard, lemony citrus and some peppery spiciness.

T: Light cracker and pilsner malt, funk, tart lemon, and a bigger black pepper punch on the front of the tongue than expected. Some fresh grass flavor as well. Some mild funky dryness hangs around at the end.

M: Light bubbly mouthfeel, no alcohol presence at all. Tons of carbonation.

O: I'm not sure about this one. It has way more funk and black pepper flavor than I would have expected. But it's lacking the complexity that makes the best saisons stand out. I suppose not completely unexpected for the quite modest ABV and the subsequent "Session" tag. This one falls into the "glad I tried it once" category for me. (904 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: A pale gold beer with good clarity. The rocky, white head has decent retention.

S: A medium-strong Belgian Pilsner malt aroma with spicy and lemony aromas. Some of the spice seems to be from the hops some from the yeast. There is a low graham cracker like note to the malt.

T: There is a crisp pils malt flavor with a medium hops bitterness which seems a bit stronger as the beer is a bit lighter. There is a medium amount of black pepper and bitter citrus peel flavors. The balance is dry and somewhat bitter with a dry finish.

M: A Light boded beer with a very strong level of carbonation that gets a bit drying on the palate.

O: Hit the mark on being a flavorful, low alcohol beer wish would be a refreshing choice for lunch if you had been working the farm under a hot Summer Sun. The flavors profile is a bitter light but the flavors see strong against the lighter backdrop. (886 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle
Feb. '13
DFH IPA glass

A: Pours a SLIGHTLY hazed bright yellow/golden color. Initially I got about two fingers of bright white tight bubbled head. Leaves some sticky lacing bits on the glass.

S: Get slight barnyard funky notes. But more of the orange peel and citrus than the Saison like funk. It certainly smells bright and airy, and light.

T: Up front you get a little bit of that traditional Saison spicy hint. Not overly aggressive at all. Then you get a rush of those light citrus flavors in the mid-palate. It's very light and clean. The finish is refreshing and dry.

M: Light body here. (611 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a light straw color, very clear, 1 finger soapy white head. Decent Lacing.
S - Wheat, lemon peel, clove, a light yeast, and come mild citrus hop scents.
T - A little wheat, some tart dried fruit, some various spices.
M - Nice bitter and sour touch, refreshing and light bodied.
O - Good saison, not much to go into about this one. (363 characters)

Photo of OhioRay
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Straw colored. What little head there is fades quickly to a small ring. Bubbles rise throughout.

S - Orange, grapefruit, faint floral hops. Hint if coriander with deeper inhales. Very pleasant.

T - More citrus. Grapefruit most prominent. Good amount of hop bitterness. Tastes for like a lower bitterness IPA than a saison. Faint wheat character. Finished dry with the bitterness lingering.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-light body. Pretty refreshing.

O - Good beer in my opinion, although not very much like a saison in my opinion. I could definitely drink a few of these. (586 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard goblet. Comes out with a noticeable haze to it and a pale golden yellow body. Frothy head forms with a foamy texture, big bubbles and pretty nice retention. Thick ring leaves nice webbed rings of lace down the glass.

S- Citrus zest with a certain lemon rind note up front. Some grass, yeast spice, coriander, slight peppercorn and bread hints supporting the citrus.

T- Things that jump out immediately are lemon/citrus zest/rind in a big way and fresh cracked peppercorn notes. A quick Google search reveals that both of these are added to the beer and it shows in a large way. Spicy and floral hops add a refreshing buffer to the strong spice flavors. Light sweets, wheat bread, coriander, herbs and clove also comes to mind.

MF- Light, fairly dried out body is supported by a nice silky feel that must come from the wheat and oat additions. Slight bitterness lingers on the palate as well as some pepper spice.

I am a bit surprised by the amount of citrus and pepper that comes through in this beer. I can't say that it is way too much but it certainly dominates the flavor for me. I enjoy the flavors but I am not sure it lends to it being a great "session" Saison. (1,217 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of jifigz
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

bottle poured into a weird glass

The beer is a nice and light clear yellow and orange. The head lingers for a long, long time however it is pretty warm....probably about 65 degress as it was in my trunk. The aroma is spicy, hoppy, and very clean. The taste is of cloves up front and quicly dies to a taste reminscent of bitter. The beer is very flavorul and the spices do not dominate the profile. The MF is nice ligt to medium and very sutiable.

Not a bad Saison...nothing great...good enough (496 characters)

Photo of etoimazo
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I got into the Saison style last year and brewed a relatively strong batch that friends and neighbors enjoyed more than the beer judges who sampled my first-ever submission. Since then, I’ve been acquiring a taste for the style and have developed a preference for beers that are more luscious than dry. Victory’s offering is of the latter variety: lemony and peppery – not much of the sweetness of some I’ve tried, but still a solid summer Saison

Appearance- straw to light golden color, a bit cloudy, half-inch head that dissolves quickly, while carbonation persists

Aroma- characteristic Saison fragrance, some coriander and citrus, inviting

Taste- somewhat bitter for a Saison, lemony dry, grassy, a bit peppery, refreshing.
Hoppy/lemony bitterness persists with no solvent-like or alcohol burn.

Overall- Unlike my first Saison, which snuck up on you with its 8.7% ABV, this one is “What you see is what you get” – sessionable at its 4.5% ABV, with no surprises (983 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly hazy golden with small cap of off-white head with a thin line of lacing around the top of the glass.

S: Very earthy, almost dirty aroma with gritty grainy malty aroma coupled with very earthy, herbal, lightly citrus hop character. The yeast is also high in phenols and lightly medicinal in nature. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Again I have to use the descriptor gritty to describe this beer -- very earthy and herbal in nature with lightly citrus hopping and grainy maltiness. The yeast character carries this beer with a heavy dose of phenols and some medicinal, earthy tones. It is enjoyable, but I doubt I would want to drink two.

M: Very light bodied with high carbonation and crisp feel overall.

O: I liked this beer, but the phenols are pretty hefty by the end of the pint. Perfect for one, but I was ready to move on when it was done. Still, a really nice, earthy, scrappy saison. (971 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful hazed lemon yellow with about a fingers worth of white foam that fell quickly. Nose is funky with Belgian yeast and has some bright sweet lemon peel. There's a tiny bit of spice on the nose too. Taste is simple and graceful. Bright lemon, a bit tart, on a sweet light dry cracker. Sparkling carbonation and a touch of pepper as it finishes. This beer is everything a saison should be. Has a very pleasant hop herbal on the nose and a bit of spice in the drink. As you drink you will find a delightful tartness to offer just a slight bit of pucker. Has plenty of juicy lemon on the palate and a crisp off dry finish. (633 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Big, fluffy white head that really lasted left lots of clumpy foam clinging to the glass. The beer is crystal clear and a bright yellow/gold. Nice aroma with notes of grain and spices, slightly sour wheat, a bit grassy with a hint of coriander and parsley. The flavour was a little less interesting but still alright, with mild bitterness and spice, moderate sweetness and grain character, a bit of lemon character, lingering spice and bitterness. Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, decent texture but maybe a bit heavier than expected. (543 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale yellow with sone clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Peppery, clove, yeasty, bready, some sweetness, herbal, lemony, and some ginger.

Taste: Spiciness between the hops, rye, and pepper. Chewy notes from the wheat and oats and s little sweetness from the 2 row. A little lemon and yeastiness too.

Mouthfeel: A little dry, light bodied, medium carbonation, chewy, and spicy tingling sensation.

Overall: I think this beer is best served with a pork loin. The amount of spices in it would work well with the food. Other than that, a nice Saison at 4.5%. (726 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours golden, slight haze, creamy, white head, good head retention. Fruity aroma with plenty of citrus rind - lemon and orange, biscuity grain, yeast. Refreshing shot of zesty lemon and orange, Farmhouse yeast, biscuit, slightly bitter finish with a hint of peppery spice, while being slightly earthy. Lighter body and lower carbonation - I thought it needed a bit more carbonation. Overall, super refeshing, nice addition of American hops to a Belgian styled ale. I definitely could have a few on a hot summer day. (528 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear as day yellow, some carbonation, one finger head that doesn't leave any lacing.

S-Very herbal, lots of grass, spices. Similar to Saison Du Buff.

T-Some spices still the herbal notes, some citrus. No bitterness. Balance isn't quite there.

M-Lighter, nicely carbonated and easy drinking.

O-Too herbal and grass for my liking, more lemon and spice notes would have improved the beer. (392 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,840 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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... (1,415 characters)

Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.