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Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company

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148 Reviews
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Reviews: 148
Hads: 761
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
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: 761
Photo of HattedClassic
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance:
The beer pours a fairly white frothy head that seems to last quite a while. The beer itself is a pale straw.

Smell:
I get earthy, grapefruit and citrus hops. I also detect some pepper in the smell and very little malt.

Taste:
Earthy and citrusy as well as a little bitter with a hint of pepper.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied, which is heavier than I'm used to with most Saisons.

Overall:
A pretty good session saison and definitely worth checking out. I definitely plan on picking another one up if I can find one. (525 characters)

Photo of garuda
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Well, it seems that much of BA does not understand the table saison. Bummer, as it's a much more interesting choice for a summer seasonal than the usual hoppy yeast-neutral wheat or overhopped czech pils beginning to crowd the shelves.

Pours a mostly clear gold with billowing dense white head. Leaves thick rings of lace down the glass and slowly settles to a meringue-like dollop. Smell: snappy graininess, coriander, pale malt + a little white grape sweetness, clove note. Taste: mildly grassy, coriander, juice orange, fleeting pale malt sweetness into pepper-centric spiciness. Slowly drying finish.

This is really quite good. (633 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden, with a vibrant, robust white head. Extravagant lace!

Nose is spicy, herbal, and fruity. I get some definite citrus and clove. Very nice!

Taste is zesty and spicy, with a tangy twist of sour citrus hops at the finish. A very enjoyable ale. (261 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 dogfishandi
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle a little above fridge temp poured into a snifter. No freshness info.

Pours a light golden color with a slit haze. Big frothy 2 fingers of white head. Good head retention and good lacing.

Peppery spice, clove, lemon peel, spicey Belgian yeast, a very aromatic beer.

A big peppercorn flavor, big clove flavor, which I really enjoy, combines with the spicey phenols from the Belgian yeast, some lemon citrus peel a slight hint of hops and cereal grain towards the back.

Light and refreshingly crisp carbonation. Some hop bitterness does linger in the finish. Drinkable, but the big spice flavors might get a little old after a while.

A really good beer, I like a big spice profile from time to time and this fit the bill, but at the same time it is really there and i can see why many dont like this. A nice summer beer that many types of people can enjoy. Although, stylistically,more of a Belgian pale than a Saison, but whateves. (952 characters)

Photo of WynnO
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A previous reviewer mentioned "lawn mower beer". YES, that is a good description.

Surprisingly joyful attack on the palette. This embodies everything a Saison should be---a bit wild, unique, spicy, and refreshing. The lower end ABV makes this a real keeper on the farm (or on the riding mower).

Intense enjoyable spicy notes attacks the nose, and the taste is, just plain good to my palette. I shy away from comparing this to a Fantome because it is not in same league, but I do sense similarities.

All in all I think it's decent, drinkable beer. (551 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 rangerred
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a one finger white head. Lots of tiny bubbles keep the head around for awhile but there are just a few spots of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma has quite a bit of sulphur in it which was interesting and not in a good way. Also a little skunkyness. Lemon along with some clove and banana that lets you know this is a Saison.

Thankfully the sulphur is pretty much absent from the flavor and what is left are the typical Belgian banana and clove but not quite as prominent as in other Saisons I have had. A little lemon and orange is thrown in there too with some bready grain underneath. Mouthfeel is not as dry as I was hoping for with some noticeable stickyness left on the finish. This suprised me given the low strength of this beer.

Overall, this is a solid offering from Victory but not exciting at all. A pretty tame beer although it does make for a great thirst quencher. (968 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Extremely light yellow straw color. Even with a swirl the head is very minimal and dissipates very quickly. Just a bit of a collar.

S: It really smells like a lager with steady farmhouse smell that is a lot of horse blanket, which is amplified by the resonant smells of the lager-esque scents.

T: I've been going through the session IPAs, so why not a session saison. Really weird taste here. Doesn't really come across as a saison, but tasted more like just a standard lager. Just nothing exciting at all here. I barely get any saison out of this.

M: Light and coarse.

O: Not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't this. I will say that it isn't watery at all which is usually the first issue that session beers have to overcome. It seems that tasting too much like a standard lager might be the issue with session saisons. (880 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had a chance to give this a go, as I bought the last one of these in stock up in Totowa last week. I hadn't had a Victory beer in quite some time but thankfully, this was just as good as all of the others that I've enjoyed over the years. It didn't quite measure up to one of these that I could try from overseas or even Ommegang but for this time of the year, it was a great choice as it went down easily and had a nice, crisp feel to it.

The pour was typical, with a blonde hue, slightly opaque body to it, a good head, and a small amount of lacing that fiercely stuck to the side of the glass after each sip. A good amount of pepper and lemon-zest could be found in the nose and those were repeated in the taste, along with a good amount of straw and a hint of orange citrus. To be fair, the spice wasn't that strong and there was a champagne-like lightness to this both in the body and the carbonation, which when combined with the "wetness" of the orange juice-like body, made this go down relatively easily.

The alcohol in this was light enough that if I wanted more in one session, it would be easy to take another and pop it open. Although it's night now, this would be great to have on a nice sunny day when a watered-down lawnmower beer won't do. It's not too spicy, sour, or funky and for someone looking for a light take on this style, this would be a great place to start. There's enough "swing" in this beer to please nearly everyone. (1,460 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(on tap at Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen - served in a goblet, a la Stella Artois)

A: gold liquid, relatively clear... tight, white, cottony foam - lotta foam at first, little retention, little lace

S: moderately-intense floral hoppy-phenolic notes... perfumy cloth.... light-toasty grain, dry hay

T: mild bubblegum, white grape... spicy bitterness... lingering herbal, peppery aftertaste - grapefruit zest and lightly-sweetened granola as well... overall, moderately fruity but very dry

M: tiny bit of grainy body up front... very crisp and clean, perhaps a bit watery in the finish... bit of a citrus-acid residue left on the palate

O: refined, quite easy to drink... very much a Saison in its flavor characteristics... they did manage to pack a lot of flavor into this beer, though maybe nothing unique (had some strong similarities to Dupont) - but it's hard to knock it... something to keep in the cooler at a bbq (919 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Bloomington, IL
Date: Best by August 2013
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

A delicious and easily drinkable saison, with well-balanced saison yeast influences with hop and spice inclusions. The result is a moderately light saison that drinks exceptionally easy. Victory has a solid recipe with Swing Session, one I'd happily return to again in the future.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of clean, white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, creating a dense-looking, frothy mass atop the body of the beer. Retention is slightly above average at about one and a half minutes, fading to a thin remnant of lace that lingers atop the beer for the entire session. Lacing is quite good, with a fairly dense matrix of medium-sized dots and washes of lace clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a strong golden yellow color, quite hazy (60-70% opaque) with light bringing out brighter, slightly less strong golden yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible through the body, rising in significant numbers strongly from the center of the glass.

Aroma is slightly musty and yeasty (of the saison-type strain), with coriander, dried lemon and orange zest, and a bit of herbal hoppiness as well. Light, but not insubstantial, and readily enjoyable.

Well-executed flavors: moderately heavy saison yeast influences mingle with much brighter coriander and citrus zest to produce a fairly balanced beer, lightened by the sweetness remaining from the malts. Front of palate finds light mustines and saison yeast flavors with pale malt sweetness, hints of coriander and dried citrus zest. Mid-palate of zesty coriander and dried lemon zest with pale malt sweetness and substantial yeast and mustiness. Back of palate experiences strong coriander, citrus zest, white pepper spiciness, musty and saison yeast flavors, with light hop bitterness. Aftertaste of moderate hop bitterness, slightly musty and strong saison yeast, and mild sweetness and coriander flavor in the background.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a slightly effervescent, then foamy and slightly smooth mouthfeel. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness lingering on the lips and palate. (2,201 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up three single 12oz bottles from Baron's Market in Point Loma for $1.99 each. Poured into a Forestinne branded tulip glass.

Pours a hazed straw-like hue with a thin white head that dissipates within a few sips, decent lacing. Smell is mild but what comes through is nice - jasmine tea, citrus, wheat, light funk. Very floral flavor up front, lemon and orange zest, herbal and slightly medicinal pepperiness on the finish. Almost tart mouthfeel, lightly effervescent, on the lighter side of medium bodied, finishes dry.

Great spring/summer season beer, and with the lower ABV - you can put a few back and still mow the lawn! (633 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Session saison? Now this is what I’m talking about. Great Belgian-style ales shouldn’t just be for special occasions.

A: A fizzy, pale yellow body with a bit of haze; looks like a typical American lager, but with a stark white head of cappuccino foam. Few strands of lace here and there.

S: An invigorating character of strong, spicy hops, black pepper, and pure lemon – complex and aromatic. A wonderful Belgian yeast character sits behind, showcasing scents of bread and ester that would please anyone with a penchant for Belgian beer. Hints of coriander and ginger floating around, as well.

T: A blast of hops to start, jolting the taste buds with bright lemon peel and citrus pulp. Belgian ale tastes of leafy, fruity wheat, coriander, sugar cookie dough, and light vanilla fill the gaps in the palate, but this beer seems to be all about the zest – the fruits of the front end soon grow to a spicy salt and pepper kick. Needless to say, it satisfies with every sip. A crisp snap of a finish, condensing the entire palate into an upward swing of lemon-lime. Fantastic.

M: There’s not a saison out there that feels as light as a pilsner, but this one comes close; bubbles pop in time with the bitters to give a bright, mildly fizzy character. Light-to-medium body with that sessionable feel, inviting another sip.

O: One of my favorite beers this year – a sunny day in a bottle. I can’t think of anything I’d rather have for a lawnmower beer. (1,466 characters)

Photo of larryi86
3.9/5  rDev +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. (443 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,185 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 ocelot2500
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a fizzy white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of lemony citrus and some floral notes.

Tastes of the lemon with some grainy malts and a bit of hops. Lemon zest notes lead off before some floral hops come through. Grainy malts come next with a bit of sweetness. A touch of pepper and funk add towards the end before one last kick of citrus finishes it.

Moithfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty saison and gets a bit of a bonus for keeping the alcohol down. (549 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

a: Translucent gold with an inch white head which slowly receded to a fairly even surface foam film with medium ring and extensive lacing. Looks like it ought to be a good quality summer drink.

s: Mild light citrus.

t: Soapy-sourness which becomes a bubble-gummy vaguely flavored meh.

m: Refreshingly light to medium.

o: In the same class as many of the mainstream fruity summer beers. Whatever spices were added muted the fruit flavor into something undistinguished.

OTOH it does kind of grow on you as you drink it, and the lacing continues to broadcast quality. Just would not be my personal warm weather pick when there are so many excellent IPAs, pale ales and pilseners out there.

That said, I LOVE Victory Hop Wallop! (782 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Victory Swing

Victory for your taste

Poured into pint glass

A: Nothing spectacular. straw color. Rather clear. Similar to an adjunct.

S: Pleasant smelling saison style beer with notes of wheat, citrus and pepper.

T: Delicious flavors of lemon, grass and some spices as well. On the light side of tangy to tart.

M: Light bodied as was expected. Crisp and dry finish

O: An enjoyable saison. Will be nice this spring/summer season. Glad I bought a six of this. Victory does no wrong ! (488 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

semi-hazed golden color with a big fluffy bright white head. Nose is incredibly funky. Lots of strange belgian notes. As it open it starts to smell a bit better with some banana notes. Bit of must and funk.

The first sip was really offensive but it got better, maybe my tongue just needed to adjust. Light sparkly body musty belgian funk, banana notes spicy finish. Prickly with barnyard flavors. Not as refreshing as they planned i think a definitely a musty tasting beer. Also for being something sessionable it is incredibly filling. Also it starts to get a bit soapy as you go on drinking it on the back end. Also now picking up some buttered toasted biscuit flavors. Drinkable once you get acquainted with a soft sweetness, mild bitterness and possibly too much spice. Wouldn't recommend it or suggest it. (811 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (811 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden color with a thin ring of white lacing. Nice, though a bit more head would be better, but it looks like a quite nice saison. Scents of sour funk, barnyard-like mostly, with a tang of lemon, undertones of pepper spiciness and hints of floral and herbal hops. A good, funky, lemon-rich, spicy aroma, leaning towards the funky citrus side of the saison spectrum and not the sweet fruity side. Flavor begins with a large amount of of lemon zest, moving into a moderate peppery spiciness, further lemon zest and some moderate hoppy bitterness, mostly floral. A bit high on bitterness for a saison. Moderate levels of dry, grainy malt appear in the middle. Finish is dry with moderate-high hop bitterness, lemon zest and slight white pepper. Aftertaste is grainy and dry with notes of floral hops and white pepper. A good overall flavor profile, perhaps a bit high in hop bitterness for a saison, but with a nice, traditional white pepper and lemon zest character. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium-high carbonation and a drying feel. A good, true to style, classic saison feel, very well done. Overall this is a pretty good saison that has a fantastic aroma, a good, though slightly too hoppy flavor and an excellent mouthfeel. Good, but not the best American saison, still quite nice. (1,307 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (562 characters)

Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.