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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rotsaruch on 07-14-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Golden
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL corked bottled in July 2007. Cellared for a while.

Poured into a stocky Ommegang 10 year anniversary flute, producing about 1 cm white head that quickly reduced to a thin layer. The color is golden with a slight haze. The lacing slides down the side of the glass. The smell is slight horse blanket with a slight lemony citrus. It smells sweet and slightly dirty. The taste is great, slightly bitter and earthy with plenty of sweetness. There is some grassy and coriander tastes. Finishes crisp with great mouth feel and nice effervescence to balance the sweet.

A great beer!

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Photo of Higravity
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best American Saisons I have had. Light and fluffy chunky offwhite head sit atop a semi-cloudy straw. An aroma of pilsner spice malt eminates from the glass with a citrus haze and yeast bready delight. Taste is a rich tapesty of simple malt and saison yeast giving it most of the phenols and spicyness, the hops are muted but give a slight bitterness in the background. A full mouthfeel and great carbonation make this a easy drinker and something I will visit often.

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

Purchased a bottle in Ellicott City, MD.

A- Pours a hazy gold color, nice white head.

S- Lots of dried fruit, very wine-like, but malty.

T- Not overly sweet, hints of dry fruit, no noticable hops.

M- Very bubbly, but not overly done, medium body.

D- Very inviting, wine-like, but a beer a beer-lover can appreciate.

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

Pours a slightly hazy honey lemon gold. An aggressive, frothy white head forms. It falls over a respectable time period to a thin ring with some islands of foam. Plenty of tiny bubbles still rise to the surface. But no lace.

Aroma is a good blend of fruity sweetness, citric tartness, spice, and a hint of barnyard character.

Taste is very lightly sweet, soon taken over by a refreshing dry tartness. A slight mustiness joins a gentle bitterness in the finish. Nice light body with brisk, carbonation.

I like tart saisons. This is definitely fits the bill. This is a good balance for me and is in the running for my favorite.

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

750ml bottle: Wow! There was almost a 1/4 inch of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Be careful, or you’ll get a bit in the glass. This pours a clear, golden color. There was a small white head that dropped off fairly quickly, although there was still a bit of fiziness going on in the glass. The aroma is quite spicy. The taste is a bit dry and spicy, with some tart fruitiness to it, but much more subdued than a typical belgian. Very nice!

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Photo of oelergud
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden body, white airy head with good retention and lace.
Sweet grain and bread scent with some spiced honey wheat.
Great taste, sweet wheat but not too intense. Mild fresh hops and abit of a sour note, biscuit and butter with a hint of fruit, especially cherries.
Medium mouthfeel and pleasantly hydrating.
Very very drinkable.


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Photo of Gehrig
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So pleased to see this offering from Victory at Friar Tuck in Savoy, IL. Hazy medium golden body topped with three roiling fingers of ornery white head atop. Decent lacing and duration help to offset the soda-like explosion of the bottle, despite my best efforts to contain the juggernaut.

Wonderful aromas of pear, apple, and lemon, but without the typical and distinct farmhouse smell. curiously enough. Still, great nose. The taste is wonderful and more of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale than Saison. It's creamy, very smooth, fairly fruity, and reeks of fruit. It's very delicious and pleasant on the palate. If there is a drawback to "Saison," it's that the carbonation dramatically fades from the mouthfeel, abandoning the malt at a crucial juncture. It isn't as though the mouthfeel is a dud by any stretch; rather, it's that this very delicious beer suffers somewhat from identity crisis, and the mouthfeel doesn't help matters as it could.

Still, Victory has produced another gem, again showing that they have the Midas touch on beers and styles. What they produce is unfailingly good at worst, sublime at best. That this is in the middle doesn't make it pedestrian but excellent, which says a lot for this beer, and even more for this unfailingly excellent brewery.

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Photo of ericj551
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very cloudy pale straw/yellow with a big foamy head that quickly dissipates. Smell is herbal and earthy, hints of dry yeasty aromas and faint hops. Tastes is dry and almost sour, yet still fruity. There is a chalky yeast flavor as well as a spicy alcohol bite. This beer is smooth and refreshing, I just wish it was a little bit cheaper.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle purchased caged and corked from Bottle King in Livingston for $7.99...
After an aggressive pour, the result was a brass, amber colored-hue with a minimal frothy head that lay atop a hazy, and cloudy appearance...
Great smell, bursting with fresh florals and fruit, noticeable pears, and apples...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, very Belgian-like and authentic, with pleasing nuances of slight grapefruit, apples, pears, honey,lemons, citrus zest, fresh florals and fruits...
Nice, crisp, refreshing mouthfeel - this beer would be perfect for a hot, lazy, Summer day... Good drinkability as well, with no interference of any unwanted flavors and a 7.5% ABV that is well masked behind delicate, sweet, and rich flavors...
Another great selection from Victory...

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Photo of rotsaruch
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, the Victory boys decided to make a classic saison and I think they accomplished their objective. Their saison made with DuPont yeast "is the sinceress part of flattery" that they could have hoped to achieve. No other yeast was used or needed. The appearance, head and degree of carbonation can only be described as surprisingly and pleasingly similar to the classic saison brew. The appearance is a beautiful pale morning summer sunrise yellow, almost like real lemonade. The nose has a noticable herbal fragrance. The taste is all about the Dupont yeast - it has this delightful spicy, zesty, peppery flavor with citrus undertones. The hops are more apparent than its name-sake, but as the brew warms the malty sweetness makes an appearance. The body and mouthfeel are very similar to the original brew.

This is truly a summer delight!! Althought the abv is 7.5%, it doesn't affect the taste or flavor profile. However, after two 22-oz drafts of this beauty, it will get your attention. I look forward to grilling and enjoying some BBQ with this terrific brew.

It is available in 750-ml caged, corked bottles.

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Photo of RixBeer
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The date on the bottle says "Bottled Jul 02 07"
Off the shelf (and just received by my local store on 5-13-08)

Pours an orange-yellowish brew with a light fluffy white head. Light shine into but not all the way through.

Smells of orange and coriander. Actually the coriander is overwhelming in this brew.

Tastes like many belgian brews like De Dolle. I'm not sure what that is. The yeast? The water? I don't know but it reminds me of licking a metal spoon (not silver but maybe tin or something).

Feels like a beer with light bubbles that tend to sit in the back of your throat a little bit.

Pretty drinkable but it'll mess you up!

Awesome, this beer has been aged/matured for me....:)

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Photo of GnomeKing
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, now I get the saison thing. This style is popular for a reason. Victory's rendition made me understand that. The citrus and sweetness are unmistakable but offered judiciously rather than gratuitously. The flavors are nicely in balance. I could drink this all day. The mouthfeel is soft but not the least bit thin or creamy (too qualities I dislike in the mouthfeel). A nice bit of hops comes through. A real winner.

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Photo of DIM
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This beer is a cloudy yellow orange color. It pours with a medium sized white fizzy head.

s: Smells like a saison should, bananas, peppery cloves and some floral hops.

t: The bite from the floral hop is aggressive and refreshing. The peppery spicy notes provide a nice balance. Some bananas as well.

m: Lively and effervescent.

d: This is a great example of the style. I only wish that victory would knock off the expensive corking and caging for this one. These are too pricy given the style. Regular old 12 ouncers would work just fine for these.

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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 drtth
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. (My last bottle of a favorite summer beer that has always come in a 750ml bottle. Time to review it in hopes I'll be able to tell how different it may be from the re-branded re-packaged version to soon to appear in 22oz bottles.)

Appearance: The beer pours out a nice bright and clear gold color with a bit of copper tone that then gets a bit cloudy as some yeast is poured as well. The 2" thick almost off-white recedes gradually leaving lacing on the sides. Sipping produces some interesting lacing patterns. Later on as the head recedes to a ring and patch of foam the speckles of lacing become more sparse and leggy.

Smell: The aroma is sweet and fruity, with green apple and fresh pear putting in an appearance. There is some nice light malt and there are some grassy, spicy notes from the hops.

Taste: The flavor is lightly sweet from the pale malts. There are fruity tastes (the green apple and the pear are here but there's more I think) with some tartness as well. While there is a bit of alcohol here it is barely noticeable. There may even be a touch of spice (clove)?

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and creamy with ample carbonation. The long finish begins as a mix of sweetness from the malts and tartness from the fruits and then ends in a nice soft spicy and dry bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a nearly ideal summer brew. Clean, refreshing tastes that are reasonably complex and end on notes that leave you wanting another sip. If I hadn't poured this for two people I could easily drink the other half of the bottle

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: Jul 2 07

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a fluffy head that leaves lace a plenty

Smell: Sweet and musty, with honeyed candi sugar, tart hints of green apples and apricots

Taste: Starts with a honeyed floral flavor, with plenty of fruit arriving by mid-palate (pear, grape, apple); after the swallow, the sweeter flavors take over and add a mellow floral character with a hint of hops and funk at the back of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant, but creamy carbonation

Drinkability: Drinking this at a much earlier stage than the 2005, I am quite impressed by Victory's ability to brew a nice Belgian style; so many domestic craft brewers can brew a great IPA but collapse when they try a Belgian

Bottled: Apr 1 05 3/4/4/3.5/3.5

Appearance: Purs a cloudy honey color with a fizzy head that quickly disappears - no lace

Smell: Floral barnyard funk; fermented honey; tart green apples

Taste: Starts with a floral and fermented honey character that is soon complemented by tart green apples; after the swallow, some woodsy and herbal elements appear and blend nicely

Thanks, mymrnngjckt, for the opportunity

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Photo of deapokid
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm quite excited to try this offering from Victory, being that they're one of the most reliable breweries on the planet and, quite possibly, the best brewer in Pennsylvania.

This farmhouse ale is a crisp burnt yellow with a boisterous and thick white head. It packs that classic saison scent with notes of lemon, banana, grapefruit and maybe a hint of powdered sugar.

Taste is tangy and bubbly with delicious fruit notes, mostly banana and orange, with a nice dry finale that doesn't overpower, but makes its presence felt.

Oddly, this is light on the tongue like a hefeweizen, but has the dry finish of a wine. I think that might be why it works. It so seamlessly combines the sweet and the tart that its 7.5% ABV is an afterthought, making this summery beer roll down the throat so easily.

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Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris and Kyoko for sharing this bottle.

Pours a cloudy amber, thin ring of lace rises up, sticks around for a while, drops some lace spots as well. Smell is nice, lots of citrus, caramel, hay and floral, wheat, bread, light fruit and spice, some sour/tart aroma. Taste is quite malty, caramel/honey, citrus, biscuits, wheat, floral, dry spicy finish with some light sourness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, nice dry body, I like. Thanks Chris!

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Photo of kegerator
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was an all around tasty and refreshing brew. props to Victory.

Pours out a hazy pale yellow with a nice 2 finger head thats fizzy yet cloud like at the same time. It sticks around a good while and leaves nice lacing.
Aroma was lemony and slightly floral with hints of tart and sour lingering in the background.
Taste was citrusy, lemon with a tonic like tartness snap. It was light despite its 7% + abv, crisp and refreshing as hell. I split this with a fellow BA and we both agreed that this was a very tasty, enjoyable brew. Too bad I only picked up one. i will go back and get more.

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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 philbertk
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison Ale--Earthy Delight as a rustic and refreshing pale ale, redolent of field fresh hops, in keeping with this classic Belgian ale style-V Series--2009 25.4 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. 10 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Thin mild lace white head. Hazy bright orange sun gold color. Wild floral fruit ester mild hop front. Zesty thin dry sweet fruit ester citrus tangy wild Belgian Golden Wheat Ale Body. Clean lingering Belgian EtOH mild hop fruit spice wild Saison Orange End. Sampled 5/28-29/2010. 2 @ $6.99 Each.

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

750 ml, cork-n-crown, conditioned bottle, with a smudged inkjet date of (I think) July 3, 2007. Brewed with German malts, Saaz, Tettnang, Hallertau, and whole-leaf East Kent Goldings. It pours a lightly-sedimented bright gold, with medium carbonation and three fingers of frothy, off-white head that reduces to a thin, clingy collar that doesn't quite manage to lace the glass. Nice and aromatic, with notes of banana, orange, apple, pear, wheat?, honey, grassy hops, and yeast. Just as complex on the palate, with noble, grassy and spicy hops, tropical fruits, pear, melon, orange, honey, yeast, a mild bitterness and perhaps a light musty character. It has a medium, smooth body with some prickly carbonation, and it goes down very easily. Definitely a tasty brew, but I could go for more mustiness to kick the flavor score up to a five.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very pale yellow with a slight orange tint to it. About a finger thickness of head that dissipates very quickly to a tiny ring around the top. No lacing to speak of at all.

S: A very interesting citrus spicy smell. It definitely made me want to take my first sip.

T: Just as the smell suggested there is a citrus flavor and some spicing. A lighter but complex taste. Nice to get that much of a flavor in a lighter colored beer.

M: Perfect amount of in mouth carbonation Decent viscosity as well. This one is enjoyable to just swish around in the mouth.

D: The right amount of bitterness, flavor, and alcohol make this one a fantastic experience. I could easily knock back a bottle of this in no time.

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Photo of iamntbatman
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw-yellow in color, with a huge thick head that has real staying power and good lacing. A great looking beer by any account.

Smell: Nothing going on here that can't be described as yeasty, though of course the yeast strain used here offers a lot of complexity. Slightly funky, sour, and very fruity but all glossed over with a nice bready yeastiness.

Taste: Quite yeasty and slightly sweet. Very mild flavor and very fruity. All kinds of fruits to be found here.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation levels but still definitely smooth. Couldn't be described as thick or even sturdy, but the carbonation makes up for this.

Drinkability: Because it's not too heavy, I could drink quite a bit of this, although the fairly high ABV and high carbonation levels would get in the way eventually.

Very tasty, one of my favorite saisons.

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