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Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

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Swing Session SaisonSwing Session Saison

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691 Ratings
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Ratings: 691
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 5
Gots: 37 | 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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pixieskid

Germany

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

03-01-2014 04:39:52 | More by pixieskid
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazed straw color. The head is a fluffy two finger white shade that collapses pretty quickly, but leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: There is a decent amount of complexity here for a 4.5% saison. I pick up coriander, orange peel, grassy hops, sage, and black pepper. However, there's also a vegetal green pepper note that's detracting - and even worse, it gets stronger as it warms up.

T: This is weird. It opens up fairly citrusy - which I like - but ends on both a watery and a vegetal note. Decent (if overdone) spicing in the middle gives way to a bell pepper finish that really rubs me the wrong way. The flavor profile sorely lacks balance and cohesion.

M: Very clean and dry, which I like. Very astringent too, which I don't. This beer seemingly parches the palate excessively in the name of drinkability. Ah well, the latter is good, at least.

O: Swing...and a miss. This one was quite disappointing, considering Victory makes another saison that's really damn good. And it's another damning reminder that they really need to put Helios in 6-packs!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 19:55:28 | More by ThisWangsChung
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lauries444

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

05-29-2014 01:58:18 | More by lauries444
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cscarly69


2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

07-30-2014 19:00:56 | More by cscarly69
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JWalterWeatherman

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

04-28-2014 15:31:58 | More by JWalterWeatherman
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

05-08-2014 01:54:53 | More by XmnwildX12
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AnthonySkatz

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

05-09-2014 23:09:53 | More by AnthonySkatz
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Coreynezy4

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

04-29-2014 15:37:50 | More by Coreynezy4
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Cheesecole

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

05-11-2014 05:43:57 | More by Cheesecole
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Copernicandream

Michigan

2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Dark golden hue, with one finger of thin head dissipating very quickly.

S: Relatively strong hues of citrus, lemon predominates but some orange or grapefruit as well.

T: An early citrus punch, lemon and orange. Overpowering white pepper that fades into the classical Belgian funk finish of a saison. Minimal but detectable hop finish - a strange bitterness added to the fruit and peppercorn.

M: Medium thickness, somewhat thick for the style, somewhat reminiscent of biting into a pear (that gritty fullmouth feel). The fine carbonation helps release the citrus zest and fades early for a gentle hoppy finish.

O: Saisons are not exactly my go to style, but this one in particular was not a stunner. The white pepper and clove really conflict with the crisp citrus and Belgian yeast. I'm glad I didn't get a whole 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 00:29:31 | More by Copernicandream
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KBomb

Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Light golden color has almost a green tint to it. Nice nebulous lacing, but the color is as pale as you'd expect from the description of this "session" beer.

Smells strongly of grassy hops and phenols, some medicinal aromas as well. Something almost like anise; which returns in the aftertaste in something a bit like Chinese 5-spice powder. The smell straddles a line between funky and skunky; at moments its delectable, others its not.

And here we reach a problem. The aftertaste is so strong of black pepper and lemongrass, I really can't describe the flavor of the malt and grains at all. Their lightness is so overshadowed by the additions they become completely non-descript.

Mouthfeel is incredibly crisp and dry; certainly what I expect the brewers are going for.

Session Saison gets points for bravery in its bold additions of ingredients, but in its execution its resulted in flavors much out of balance.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 04:04:26 | More by KBomb
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guityler83

Wisconsin

2.99/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A bright white head 3 fingers tall formed in the glass and receeded quicly leaving behind spider web like lacing on the edge. The beer a light peach color, very clear until I poured the remaining dregs into the glass then a bit of sediment was introduced.

S: Spicey lemon and orange zest mixed with corriander and some citrusy hop aroma. Very low toasty aroma masked by the very purfumey spices.

T: On the first sip a burst of spices hits the pallet very very much like the aroma would lead you to expect. corriander, zest and peppery notes. After a few more sips and the pallet adjusts a moderate hop bitterness is detected, possibly being emphasised by the spices and the dry finish of this beer. Noble type hop flavor is low in the finish. Very low low bready flavors also come through.

M: Carbonation is high giving it a bit of a sharp carbonic bite. The spices leave a drying sensation on the tounge. Very low body making it more drinkable and consistant with the session title.

O: A spicey (boarderline overboard), dry, saison that doesn't live up to the session name. If this beer would have been lighter on the spices and slighly less carbonated I might be able to get behind it but overall I'm not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 23:19:04 | More by guityler83
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.5%

04-19-2013 00:41:39 | More by DWolf
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.5%

04-27-2013 17:36:27 | More by acurtis
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cclark67789

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.5%

03-26-2013 22:26:58 | More by cclark67789
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timjim1327

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.5%

07-24-2013 03:34:40 | More by timjim1327
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -15.5%

06-25-2013 02:30:59 | More by Kunstman
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15.5%

03-24-2013 21:02:43 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.5%

05-10-2013 22:07:54 | More by mikeburd1128
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jeddis1

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.5%

03-14-2013 20:18:17 | More by jeddis1
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Goldndomer

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.5%

02-10-2014 02:45:21 | More by Goldndomer
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johnnydicfore

Ohio

3/5  rDev -15.5%

04-09-2013 22:30:26 | More by johnnydicfore
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -15.5%

07-30-2013 13:45:59 | More by MN_Beerticker
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15.5%

03-23-2014 15:06:51 | More by Dave_Treat
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PaulD

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -15.5%

04-07-2013 21:18:57 | More by PaulD
Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 691 ratings.