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Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

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687 Ratings
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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 5
Gots: 35 | 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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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy, light gold color. Small head that settles to thin layer of bubbles. Great ring lace with thin blanket trail between each sip line.

Mild aroma for a Saison. Notably missing--the earthiness and sour nose.

Quite dry, with a strong coriander and clove bite. Complex flavor with a low pale malt touch and a moderate white pepper hop finish. The aftertaste reminds me of fresh basil and oregano. The body is good if thin and highly carbonated. For me, the lack of earthy and sour flavors make this a more enjoyable, if slightly off style, Saison.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2013 16:34:50 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent light gold, almost a witbier like look, though not as cloudy. Soft white head, leaving some lace.

S: Yeasty notes, with a garden like aroma, meadowflowers.

T: Not bombastic, but a lovely flavour of pepper, honeysuckle and citrus. Complex, definitely saison like. I like the wealth of flavours I'm getting for the low ABV.

M: Crisp, quite clean, refreshing. Light-bodied and drinkable.

O: One of the better low ABV beers I've had in a while. A great late spring to summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 21:19:03 | More by Halcyondays
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

04-11-2013 23:02:27 | More by mendvicdog
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kojevergas

Texas

2.41/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Picked this one up because Victory is really growing on me. Acquired at a bottle shop in the L.A. area. 4.5% ABV confirmed. Self-described on the label as a "Session Saison." I will review it as such. "Ale brewed with spices." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with straightforward label art and branded blue pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a modest two finger head of white colour. Slight cream is noticeable. Thickness is generally good. Pretty decent (~4 minute) retention - though the low ABV makes this relatively easy to accomplish. No lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a somewhat dull pale yellow redolent of unwashed straw. Not a clean or crisp looking beer. The clarity surprises me given the style; this is transparent and translucent as can be. Clearly filtered and not at all typical of a good saison. I'm on high alert looking at it; things are not as they should be.

Sm: Definite citrus - primarily in the form of lemon; it's not that juicy or gushing but it's fairly pleasant. Straw, a light lactic touch, and lemongrass. Pale malts. Light buried orange. More typical of a witbier than a saison, to be honest. I do get some spices but my broken nose is terrible at identifying them; cilantro perhaps? Clove? It's a grainy aroma, but it isn't refreshing and clean. Above average in strength. The lactic character is a highlight, but I'm not sure it belongs here.

T/Mf: Hmph. Light lactic character alongside a dazzingly thin, boring, and bland foundation comprised of generic pale malts, straw, and a bit of lemongrass. The entire second act comes off empty and weak. Lacks sufficient body. Awkwardly thick up front and on the finish yet borderline watery and thin in the middle. Too wet. Smoothness is also weird. Bizarrely constructed. Luckily, the flavour does pick up on the climax with a surge of lemon citrus zest - but it lacks the refreshing punch it should have. Hopping is minimal, generic, and floral. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Light spices; I'd guess cilantro, clove, and perhaps even ginger and garlic/onion. One of the only positive features of the mouthfeel is its crispness, which really sells this as a spring beer. Badly balanced - both structurally and in terms of flavours. Bizarrely off-style. I'm not a big fan of this.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable, and one of the most underwhelming "saisons" I've had this year. Even the Blue Moon saison was closer to the style than this. A severe disappointment from Victory. I'm glad I only bought one bottle; I wouldn't want to have this again. I definitely wouldn't recommend this to friends. Pass on this one if you come across it. None of the complexity, subtlety, or balance of an artful saison is in any way present here.

D+

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 03:17:32 | More by kojevergas
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

08-19-2013 22:36:57 | More by imperialking
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 06:15:56 | More by corby112
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, thanks Mike.

Pours a clear straw golden color with a creamy white head. Spicy and yeasty nose, earthy and grassy, slight bitterness. Medium full body, well carbonated, clean dry finish. Flavor is earthy and grassy with some pepper spice. Refreshing, crisp and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 01:45:41 | More by yourefragile
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-18-2013 07:56:58 | More by zestar
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev +12.4%

04-22-2013 04:42:22 | More by oriolesfan4
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I am going all-alliterative on this one since it was a Cooler Curiosity for me at Hunger n Thirst and Victory seems to love sibilants - Swing Session Saison. It's like I was telling the Old Lady the other night - baby, it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that Swing! We are contemplating becoming a Swinging couple, but she has me settling for watching "Swingers" on DVD. I'm putting in a Swing set and not in the backyard, either. Up in the bedroom, where it belongs! Schwing! Swing and a miss! Hey, batter, batter! Paul Cezanne was known to be a Swinger and his sessions were groovy, man. I'm going to Swing by the neighbors' place later for a beer. All right, let's get this Swinging scene in motion.

From the bottle: "Swing. It's a lively jazz rhythm, a vigorous sway, a change of view or even a roll in the proverbial hay. Now, it also means the welcome jolt of joy you'll experience upon your first sip of this session saison. Bracing but benign, thie Belgian-style ale enlivens any experience with a spicy, aromatic start, citrus snap and fresh finish. Swing into spring with taste! [undersigned] Bill [&] Ron The Brew,asters of Victory"; "Ale Brewed with Spices".

See what I meant about alliteration?!? I may use this as an example with my students in the coming school year (SY). BTW, the bit about "a roll in the proverbial hay" always puts me in mind of Terri Garr in "Young Frankenstein" who took it literally, much to Gene Wilder's chagrin. "Wow, what knockers!"

The two fingers of rocky, bone-white head rose and fell like an elevator (simile) as I poured it from the bottle into a shaker pint glass. Finally, it simply fell like a souffle when the oven door is banged shut. Doing that to a souffle disturbs me, but the gorgeous lacing that this left behind did wonders for my attitude. Color was a cloudy golden-yellow and i must have disturbed the lees as it was initially pouring very clear. I am glad that the yeast is back in suspension as that is where the flavor is derived and who ever heard of filtering a Saison? Nose on this was full-on lemon zest, leading me to wonder what spices were used. I'd bet that coriander was one of them. Mouthfeel seemed to be on the thin side, tending to watery. Is that a characteistic of the style, I wonder? The taste was still very lemony, but now the black pepper phenols were really beginning to assert themselves. I spoke, in my previous review of Ithaca's Ground Break, of pairing a Saison with grilled fish, like bass. This beer would also work well, but as a second choice. I liked it, but not as much as the previous one. Finish was dry and lemon-peppery and a nice representation of the style as I understand it. Worth a go!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 17:27:27 | More by woodychandler
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Billolick

New York

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 14:56:23 | More by Billolick
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draft served in a tulip shaped pint glass. The brew appears a clear yellow color with streaming bubbles of carbonation through solution. A white topping rests atop fading quick leaving stringy lace on the wall of the glass.

The aroma includes notes of peppery spice overtop a rough grain feel that is like straw or hay with a mild touch of wheat. Herbal hops are present blending into a light cirtus component.

The flavor is herbal hops somewhat grassy with wheat evident. Some mild citrus notes and an earthy to peppery and clove-like spiced aspect from the yeast.

This is a light bodied brew that is fittingly dry, crisp and refreshing. For being a smaller sessionable saison it is a little rough around the edges.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 19:32:29 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-19-2013 15:41:33 | More by InspectorBob
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 23:36:40 | More by dbrauneis
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

03-13-2014 16:47:10 | More by DrunkinYogi
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-19-2013 00:00:39 | More by BARFLYB
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

04-19-2013 23:05:44 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Pours a light gold with some tiny particulate matter preventing it from being totally clear. Short lived white foam and leaves a little lace.

SMELL: Herbal, grassy hops and a touch of citrus.

TASTE: Peppery and grassy, with a small dry citrus. Belgian yeast provides a subtle twang, but coriander, peppercorn and herb are the major flavors here.

FEEL: Light bodied, well carbonated, decent fullness of flavor and depth of character.

OVERALL: A good, perhaps slightly over spiced saison. Not bad, but for a session, one is more than enough. Good lawn mower beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 19:09:15 | More by Stinkypuss
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is transparent and pale straw with a little over an inch of fluffy white head. the aroma brings hops, funk, farm, sunshine, lemons, lemon rind, grass, a touch of spice. Nice floral notes and hops. Light and refreshing. I'm really digging the light body and low alcohol. A thirst quencher of a beer, and packed with flavor. I'll have no trouble with this sixer and definitely see this as a repeat purchase for hot weather beer consumption, i.e. lawnmowing beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 01:50:40 | More by Huhzubendah
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 05:16:17 | More by superspak
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rab53

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

03-24-2013 02:16:58 | More by rab53
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plaid75

New York

3.81/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2013 18:59:08 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pristine flat gold coloring, has healthy rise of carbonation medium dense in nature. Light, milky beige heas is creamy, slight in size with a weak hold. Light speckled lace on the glass.

S: Sweet manderin oranges, sugar topped grapefruit, honey-dew with some light citrus muskiness.

T: Flavor was musky citrus, light banana yeastiness, biscuity, tart citrus and some barnyard musk. Pilsner grains, slight funk, bright lemons with some musky undertones of grapefruit. Flavor was sharp, fairly crisp.

M: Crisp mouthful, tart, musky warmth of lemons with a medium body.

O: Overall lots of tart and musky nature packed in a 4.5% abv package makes for a great session style saision.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 00:03:33 | More by beerthulhu
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Nice lemon bodied yellow to darker brown colored body. Slightly cloudy with a nice rising column of carbonation. Head is fluffy and bone white, with an easy three fingers on the pour. Good creamy retention while waiting.

Notes of soft yeast, and peanut butter quality. Smells quite a bit nutty. Moderate to mild indistinguishable citrus notes. Not bad, a hint of saision like pepper quality rounds out most of the aromas.

Palate seems to match light bodied and sessionable quality. Slightly watery with not much malt depth, and mild crisp saison like dry heat. Slight pepper but also fleeting. REally not much fruit character to this at all, but the spice angle sticks around.

Overall it is as advertised, but it's also a little bit weak and boring.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2014 20:30:31 | More by smakawhat
Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.