V-Saison | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rotsaruch on 07-14-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 181 |  Reviews: 161
Reviews by mkobes:
Photo of mkobes
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Bright pale yellow in color with a nice fluffy white head decent lacing. Malty spicey hoppy aroma. Saaz? Peppery. Very light and refreshing. Malty hoppy flavor. Crisp. Peppery. Dry tasting. Finish is spicey and malty. Drinkable. Very nice.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large tulip glass a honey tinged golden with a big blooming white head that settled slowly leaving broken lace behind,big funk in the aromas along with some wet grain and phenolic clove,a hit of lemon as well.Big yeasty flavors with phenolic clovey notes with some herb and big white pepper in the finish.Its brash with alot of yeasty flavors,not bad but I wouldnt pay $8.00 again for it.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to this saison from Victory for awhile now. Big 750ml corked and caged bottle. Bottled on April 1, 2005. The cork pops with a big 'ol champagne pop as wisps of smoke come out the top. Pours into my glass a cloudy golden yellow sun color with a nice bubbly creamy white head on top that lingers on. Aromas of light sun dried wheaty grains coated in lemon zest. Light citrus abounds alongside an underlying lightly peppery spiciness. The earthy, almost musty yeast shines through in the nose and gives it that special farmhouse appeal. Herbal, floral hops make an appearance as well. Light and airy.

First sip brings a rush of citrus laced pale, grainy maltiness with ample notes of lemon, orange and a hint of apple. Wheat husk blends with a laid back peppery spiciness. The earthy, slightly funky, musty yeastiness really adds to my enjoyment of this brew. Crisp and clean with some herbal, flowery hops that bring a slight bitterness on the way down. This is a tasty, fruity saison with a touch of spice. Yet another enjoyable Victory brew.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy with a blast of fast moving carbonation that dashes across the palate. Flavorful and refreshing...I would love to pop the cork on this on a hot sunny day, beachside. The 750 will dissapear into my beer loving stomach with ease. One of the better stateside brewed saisons I've sampled...well worth seeking out if you're a fan of the style. I'm glad I have another one to hang onto! Thanks to my buddy blitheringidiot for being kind enough to send these my way!

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Photo of JasonA
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly cloudy lemon copper. Thin but stayed head. Some sediment at the bottom.

Smells a citrus yeast, maybe biscuit.

Non sugary sweet. Lemon grass, citrus yet dry. ABV hidden well.

Sits a bit carbonated. Dry, completely non-alcoholic finish. Nothing special.

Im not overly impressed with this Saison. The start is nice, but I dont get much of a middle and finish. Pretty boring beer.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml brown magnum with a bottled on date of April 1st 2005.

A- Clear golden straw color, very active carbonation. Decent head retention as it leaves a thin white lace around for a good while.

S- Suggestions of canned Mandrin oranges, wet clove, faint phenol, nutty yeast and a dry dough maltiness.

T&M- Super crisp in a moderate body, complex dry malt character drops a clean husky and doughy flavor on the tastes buds. A touch yeasty. Nice lemony, herbal & evergreen hop and spice mix. Nice spicy bite middle to end, dry finish.

D- Why is this not a year round beer ... I buy this on a frequent basis, very refreshing. Its a palate cleanser and certainly a perfect beer for warmer weather.

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Photo of merlin48
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, corked and caged, bottling date of Apr 01, 2005, stamped on label.
Appearance: Pours a hazed, yellowish peach body with a one centimeter white head that bubbles away in less than ten seconds. No lacing.
Aroma: Subdued bouquet has some floral hops, musty yeast, and hints of pepper and lemonzest.
Mouthfeel: Spritzy high carbonation with a light medium body.
Taste: Bready wheat, dry bittering hops, musty yeast, a hint of fruit. Resembles a mild Belgian Pale Ale more than a Saison.Very disappointing.
Drinkability: The Vintage Cellar was out of Fantomes and Hennepin, so I picked this one up hoping to be rewarded with a nice Saison, even though I've not been impressed in the past with Victory's Belgian style ales. V-Saison is no Hennepin. Maybe, this one will improve with some sleeping time, but I doubt it. Another inferior North American effort at a Saison. Lacking flavor and complexity.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A true teat to enjoy this one on tap at the soon to be gone (hopefully only for awhile) Blind Tiger, this stunner pours very light wheat and almost clear, with a long lasting fine and white head. World class lacing! Striated, stratified, elaborate, fine and sticky. Typical Belgian nose of yeast, bubble gum and fruit. This is a strong, crisp and "triple like" saison. Notes of more fresh fruit and pleanty of gin/anise type spice. Dry floral and fruity light finish, more gin and spruce noted. Strong, yummy and satisfying American/Belgian. Very fine job in brewing by Victory. On tap this beer was just super, clean, crisp and very complex and flavorful. Go get yerself some!

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Photo of Kraken
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Fin Du Monde tulip glass. Moderate pour results in a skim of a head that quickly fizzles into a skim of a head. Light lace, color is a cloudy straw amber.

Nose- Lemon citrus, slight yeasty presence, think gym socks.

Palate- Very nice. Light lemon citrus. Becomes lightly sticky and sweet with hints of bottling yeast. Finish is moderately long, nicely dry with a mild bitter edge. Well done.

Mouthfeel- Dry, aggressively carbonated.

Drinkability- Very Good.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light golden clouded body tiny bubbles developed into a lush white head dwindle slowly in my tulip glass with signs of yeast sediment floating about, lace forms evenly fine down the glass. Aroma: Tropical fruit notes funky yeast notes touch of sharp wheat sweetness along with some herbal hops to balance touch of spiciness and mild funk can definitely be compared to Saison Dupont. Taste: A creaminess in the flavor arises with spicy funky yeast notes fruity refreshing sweetness finishes with light herbal hop character. Mouthfeel: Effervescent bubbly carbonation yet has an overall smooth refreshing feel to it. Drinkability: In the year of the Saison it looks like Victory pulled it off quite nicely a very good representation of the style using a classic yeast strain, I recommend this one easily.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy straw color into a goblet with a medium thickness off white head and an active carbonated body. The aroma is very earthy, hints of yeast, banana. A bit bready. Very pleasing to this nose. The aroma was a nice malty sweet mix with a doughy taste and some hints of lemon and yeast. The body was medium and due to the good carbonation this was a very crisp and refreshing beer.

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Photo of asabreed
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz corked and caged bottle, dated April 01, 2005. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: A quite nice hazy yellow. The yeast must've done some disseminating as it was chilling in the fridge. Head is slightly frothy, but I didn't give it a hugely vigorous pour. Spots of long thin wet lacing remain on the sides of the glass, with a couple weird rings of lacing too.

Smell: Earthy and leathery phenols start off the aroma, some grass, slight citrus more toward lemon, chalky yeast, some flowery sweetness, a bit of bittering hops, and some faint whiffs of alcohol. As it warms some peppery spice and sour cherries seem to be coming at me. Very complex and engaging and surprising.

Taste: A great meld of peppery spice, earthy and subtle medicinal phenols, sour cherries, apple skin, slightly sweet citrus, grassiness, some nutty dough and yeast, and the faintest amount of hops by the end. The finish is long and lingering with yeast, phenols, and a good balance of sweetness and bitter hops and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Richly carbonated, but not so much that it loses any flavor. It maintains also a fair amount of fullness with what seems to be a body slightly on the lighter side, with the push of carbonation near the end letting the finish linger for a while.

Drinkability: Granted, this has aged about a year and a half, so that may be taken into a count, but... Wow. Without a doubt the best domestic Saison I've ever had. There's TLC in this bottle, I can tell you that. Delicious, refreshing, and complex, not to mention the decent price tag of $7 to $8 a bottle. I could drink this all the time and will certainly be getting more soon.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber, quite hazy, very good head that has retention and leaves much lacing. Aroma is of fruit, citrus, hops. A fine tasting beer with great body, but is yet refreshing. Sweetness of apples and citrus, balanced well but not overpowered by piney hops. Crisp and clean, although this is no session beer! In summary, a nice one, I'd look for this again.

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Photo of awright
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Also purchased from Whole Foods. Wife says our 11-month-old daughter picked it out for me.

A - Nice appearance. A resounding pop with a clear, gold pour, strong effervescence and a sudsy, persistent, white head (about an inch).

S - Tart, earthy smell. Light smell of pineapple and hops.

T - Quite bitter and some off flavors. Drinkable and pleasant, but a bit aggressive for the style. Funky belgian yeast very forward on the palate.

M - Refreshing and clean, but with a salt-and-pickle sensation, and spiciness that lingers.

D - Complex and slow-drinking.Light and fairly dry, but with tartness, bitterness and complexity that makes it somewhat filling.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled on JUl 2 2007 Pours out a hazy gold brew with big head,,i poured it pretty hard.Fairly carbonated. Smells of the typical belgian esters,,to me they mostly all smell the same,i know others feel differently. Tastes like a tripel to me. Just ok but im not the best judge of the style. Mouthfeel is pretty good. I couldnt drink alot of these,,a little too belgiany.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just notes.... a secondary review will probably follow....

Hazy yellow-orange body. Full, fluffy, bright-white head. Excellent retention, but limited lacing. The nose is yeasty with some mild phenolics; citrusy (fresh peeled lemon rind); and some floral hops. Smooth, and lightly zesty on the palate before warming to become airy. Medium bodied. Very nice, superbly fine-bubbled natural carbonation. The flavor offers a slight tartness and lots of yeasty character with a bit of peppery spice over a candyish, hay-like malt. Some mineral-like character as well. Grassy & floral hops are well entwined. A firm bitterness balances it quite nicely. Finishes dry with passing yeast character and then residual spice. Seemingly not ready yet... needs to cellar for at least a few months. At the very least, the yeast needs to compact at the base of the bottle. Reminder to self, buy 2 more bottles and go back on Saturday to sample the draft.

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Photo of prototypic
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to csmiley for the bottle.

Bottled on July 2, 2007

V-Saison is a straw color. It's hazy, but not opaque. Backlighting gives it a nice gold look. Carbonation seems active. The cork popped out with some force and it's topped with a foamy white head that's nearly two fingers tall. It recedes to a surface covering quickly and leaves light, thin lace behind.

The nose is pretty good. A little underpowered. It features some nice fruity aromas up front. Apple and pear are the most prominent. Earthy and herbal scents are prominent. Smells a little grainy. It is more malty than I anticipated and has a slight buttery scent to it. I'm not too enamored with that, but it's not overtly bad. Yeast is present, but seems like a secondary feature. I'm not picking up any alcohol. It's not bad. A little rough around the edges, but still pretty good.

The flavor is a notch above the nose. Apple and pear fruit flavors are strong initially. They're complemented by nice earthy, herbal notes. It's not at all vegetal, which is a good thing in my book. There's an acute spiciness to it that adds just the right amount of pizzazz. I'm a little amazed, but I think there's a rather substantial hop flavor that's still here. After two and half years, that's incredible! It has a strong buzzy, bitter kick. The yeast flavor is alright, but doesn't rival its authentic Belgian colleagues. That's not too surprising from an American brewery. Alcohol is blended well. It finishes bitter and a little dry.

V-Saison has a light-medium body that feels far too thin. It needs more body in a bad way. Active carbonation doesn't help the cause much. It feels buzzy and thin. Not a good combo for this style. Drinkability is above average. I like the flavor alright and it goes down pretty easy. Having said that, there are a number of better choices out there in the style. I'm good with a 750.

V-Saison is a pretty good effort. It's not one of my favorite Victory releases, but it's far from a bad beer. The nose could use more muscle and the body needs a lot of work. That's by far its weakest attribute. It just feels too flimsy. Overall, it's worth a try. I'd stick with a single 750 though.

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at the Allentown Wegmans for $8.50. Bottled August 08.

Just like the label says, this is a nice, earthy saison. The aroma has a soft bready scent with sweet sugar candy and a hint of spice and barn funk. The flavor is a crisp balance of lemon candy, white grape, and French bread, with black pepper and earthy (there it is) hops pulling up for the finish. Dry and drinkable. A well-balanced, well-made saison. Also, the bottle says to serve at 45F, but I really enjoyed this better at cellar temperature.

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Photo of nickd717
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from K&L Redwood City, bottled on July 3, 2007. Part of my first haul after Victory started distributing out here, which was very exciting since I'm from Pennsylvania. This bottle is well over 2 years old, and that worried me a bit about how it might have aged. Fortunately, it seems not to have changed much over the years. Cork comes out of the corked & caged bottle with a nice pop.

Pours bright golden with lots of tiny bubbles rising up and a creamy, lumpy white head that leaves some good lacing.

Aroma is barnyard funk, Belgian yeast, pale malt, and spiciness.

Flavor is pale malt, Belgian yeast, funk, mild citrus, black pepper, and floral hops. Not at all oxidized or stale.

Body is medium-light and palate is somewhat peppery and lively.

Drinkability medium-high. Overall this is a very nicely done saison.

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gusher! Lost about an ounce. Pours a bright apricot/amber with a finger plus of cream colored head, some oiliness to it, plus a few small floaties at the end. Average head retention & above average lacing

S: Apples, grassyness & tropical fruits

T: Green apples, white pepper & a bit of white grape juice up front. A bit of juicy fruit as this warms, then some peach, plus honey, a whisper of warming booze, green apples, grapefruit, & some mushrooms as this warms. This really starts to display saison characteristics once warm. Finishes fruitty (pears & apples mostly), semi-crisp with some pronounced, but complimentary grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, a bit of syruppy feel & perfect carbonation, plus a nice warming sensation

Drinks easy, the complexity & warmth slow you down a bit, I liked this one. Funk fans won't appreciate this, but this is a nice fruity, hoppy & warming saison

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Photo of dgallina
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle marked bottled-on July 2nd 2007. This was the tightest cork I've ever had to pull and my fingers still hurt a half-hour later. At least we know it will be fresh.

Pours faintly clouded golden straw. A tall and thin head dissipates rapidly, leaving a sheen of lace. The aroma is right on target; husky grains and pepper overlaid with tart lime and lemon. The Victory house yeast makes the beer taste a little over-honeyed, but the flavor is very nice regardless. Initially full of honey sweetness, but develops into a grainy, chewy, and spicy pepper center. Finishes with medium-dry chalky lime notes. A little heavier and rougher in body than some saisons, but still refreshing. An all-around good job from Victory and one of the more convincing American saisons.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright yellow and nontransparent. Head is decent and film on surface sticks around for the duration of the drink.

S- Orange peel, spice, candi sugar, lemons.

T- Sweet and citrusy of fresh oranges. The spice (corriander?) is very nice. Candi sugar taste is a little strong.

M- Thin to medium and very high carbonation.

D- Quite high. As refreshing and drinkable as any other Saison that I have had.

Overall- I split a bottle with some friends tonight for dinner with baked chicken. The chicken was marinated in a raspberry vinegarette dressing, and complemented each other very well. I will definitely try to pick up another bottle of this if I find it.

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Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a small white head that dissipated into nothing, no cap no lace. The smell is rather faint, some Belgian yeast and light apple juice. The taste is of tart green apples, some light Belgian candi sugar, a bit of the Belgian funk and some floral hops. The feel is light to moderate and fizzy, finishes slightly tart. A rather safe Saison, good basic flavors but nothing robust. The appearance is a bit of a downer, quite flat looking.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Goldorak
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Almost opaque peachy yellow, the head was quick to make it's exit, leaving in it's wake a shy lace.

Smell: Lemon meringue, sprinkled with black earth, and just a bit of spicy, saison yeast towards the end.

Taste: The first thing that hits you is the carbonation which I found way over the top and aggressive, it almost felt like it burnt my tongue. It felt like pop rocks and coke in my mouth. Maybe I'm just not used to this level of carbonation since I gave up soda pop a few years ago, but I'm aware that a few lively bubbles in a Beer can bring out some aspects in the palate. In this case, it took all the flavors hostage. As far as I could tell, it tasted a bit yeasty, with lemon rinds and coriander. I didn't hate this Beer, I've got a bottle in the Beer closet that I won't touch for at least a year, and even then, I'll pop open the bottle and leave it to rest for a good half hour before drinking it.

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V-Saison from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 181 ratings