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:
No notes at this time.

Added by rotsaruch on 07-14-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 181 |  Reviews: 161
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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 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 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 mactrail
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber in the Ommegang chalice. Decent head that subsides before long. Amazingly, label says it was bottled July 3, 2007, so we are drinking it just before the suggested five-year aging limit. Not that the age has done this much good, but it's a testament to Victory's clean brewing technology.

Fairly rich and winey body. Nose of roasted malt and caramel. Some tangy taste, but less acidic than many Saisons. Interesting flavors of golden raisins, dried pineapple, and mango. Fair amount of hops enliven the aftertaste. Rather nice blend of malt and fruit as it warms a little. A little butter and mustiness keeps it from winning the prize.

Purchased the 750 ml corked bottle at Mega Liquors in Hemet, Calif., so beware the "bottled on" date. Another point in Victory's favor. But I might not have bought the stuff had I noticed it's advanced age.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a deep golden body that would be clear were it not for a fine dusting of particles. Large, languishing, white head.

Smell: Earthy, leafy, florals blend into tart fruity notes and, finally, we reach some faintly grainy malts sprinkled over with ground pepper and golden syrup.

Taste: Lightly grainy pale malts with a distant hint of sourdough but more than a hint of simple syrup sweetness. Citrusy lemon, crisp apple, and tart pear fruitiness. Dash of fennel seeds and pepper. Lightly spicy, lightly leafy hops with a restrained level of bitterness. Mixture of sweetness, fruitiness, and spice until you reach the semi-dry, spiced finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A fairly good, fairly enjoyable stateside-brewed saison, though the body is heading towards being a bit too heavy for me.

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

Bottled on Jan 3 2007. Kruggerand gold with swirling yeast that gradually slow down and remain in suspended animation. Subsequent pours should blur things even more (and do). The crown is alabaster in color and doesn't quite achieve the magnificence of a Belgian ale. It's better than decent, though, and manages to deposit a few splotches of lace.

The nose is equal parts BSPA and saison, displaying the very best attributes of each. It's blonde malty and intensely fruity, with lemon peel as prominent as ripe pear and Golden Delicious apple. An underlying musky spiciness is most like due to both hops and yeast. This should be excellent beer.

V-Saison's flavor profile doesn't quite match the magnificence of its nose, but it's still a fine example of an American-brewed Belgian-style ale. I can't emphasize enough how important mouthfeel is in beer of this sort. Although it's far from disappointing, it drags this Victory brew from (potentially) very good to merely good. It's medium-full for the style and has a finishing slickness that doesn't quite fit. More volumizing carbonation would be great.

The flavor slants strongly toward BSPA/tripel and away from saison. As in the nose, the beer is bursting with candi sugar-soaked orchard fruit. Sun-ripened pears are especially generous on the palate. The expertly chosen hop bill (Czech Saaz, Hallertau Tettnang and East Kent Goldings) deliver a grassy bitterness and an herbal quality that add balance and complexity. Coriander?

Victory is one of those craft breweries that is capable of brewing any style they set their sights on. Although V-Saison isn't earth-shatteringly good, it's a wonderful effort that is impressing more and more with each passing ounce. Recommended.

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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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4/5  rDev +2%

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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4/5  rDev +2%

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 jwc215
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cage-corked bottle:

"Bottled on" date illegible, but can make out '07 as the production year:

Pours golden yellow with a thick white head that quickly settles to a lasting thin creamy cover. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of orange/lemon fruitiness with earthy, hay-like notes (though not quite as "musty" as some classic examples of the style).

The taste is of orange/lemon with coriander and a sweet, grainy pale maltiness. Though it remains sweetish with some peppery spiciness, there is a of grassy hops. The sweetness turns to an almost dry finish, with the help of a touch of alcohol.

Light-to-medium bodied with ample though not aggressive, carbonation.

Don't know if this ranks quite as high as some classic examples of the style (a bit too "clean"?) (Close though). A fine brew on its own right though, with an interesting "American touch" to the style. Smooth with a refreshing quality to it.

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

Hazed, straw yellow, thick, gossamer, snow-white foam capping it, lasting long.

Aroma of light citrus and tingly spice....lovely and invigorating.

Taste: forward flavor of lemon, orange, grapefruit, and various spices blasts the tongue on first encounter, then softly slides back into the mouth. Occurs anew with each subsequent sip, coating the palate, leaving a palpable impression. Light to medium in body, with an insistent, citric, spicy finish. Plenty hoppy, too.
Very tasty. I like it more as I drink. In fact, why don't I just wait a while before finishing this review?....dum de dum, doo de dee...

...soft and mellow as I enjoy the remainder of the bottle, with a considerably consistent and pleasurable flavor continuing...deliciously yeasty...this is a nice one, a good drinker, an ale I wish I could reach for with regularity...alas...

Beer is good. Happy farmhouse beering!

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

07/24/06- Received in a trade with Lou91.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Caged and corked with a bottled on date stamped on the label. 2005 version. Poured into my Troubadour tulip.

Appearance- Fairly deep clouded golden pour. Larger inch plus pock marked white head...settles in at a nice 1/4 inch. Decent streaks of lacing as well.

Smell- Corriander, white pepper and a bit of lemon rind. Good scent example. Not really any funk though.

Taste- Pretty spicy. A good amount of lemon, but not so much as to overpower the rest of the flavors. Pretty good dash of peppery flavor and even some mildly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel- Pretty heavily carbonated, hoppy aftertaste...a bit of burning from the peppery flavor.

Drinkability- A really good example from an American Saison. I would definitely try this beer again if found. Good job from Victory as usual. Thanks again Lou!

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

Picked up some bombers at a recent brewpub visit. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a 2" white head. The head lasts a while, and some minor lacing develops. Loads of carbonation bubbles present.

Aroma is spicy, as lemon zest and some yeast is detectable. The flavor is of wheat, yeast, banana, lemon, and black pepper. Decent bitterness and a bit of earthiness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel is very crisp at the start. The finish is crisp and nicely dry.Spiciness lingers on the tongue. Nicely drinkable, a refreshing brew.

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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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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. There are plenty of yeast floaties present. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a fruity yeast aroma. It seems like a hefe yeast aroma. It's more fruity than earthy. There is no alcohol warmth in the nose. The taste is good. It has a very smooth pale malt flavor that goes down with ease and finishes with a mild earthiness. The hops are light, but noticable. It's not as earthy as some. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking saison. It's not the best around, but it's a lot easier to drink than most because it's not that earthy in the finish.

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

Poured with a massive runaway head that was white and foamy. Dissipated fairly slowly.

Nose of cloves and bananas, burnt orange, citrus and bread.

Taste was pleasant and somewhat winey with a finish of clove and orange citrus.

Mouthfeel was a little sappy. Not quite as crisp as I like my Saisons, which hurts its drinkability score as well. Overall pretty decent, I just couldn't drink a ton of them.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lucky me - found one bottle 04/01/2005 - four years of aging done for me. Poured a clear straw gold color with great carbonation and minimal fizzy head. Wonderful floral aroma with yeast sticking through, breadiness, and some sour spicey smell. Light-bodied and smooth, chewey, has a great fruit taste like apple, pear, hints of lemon and there is some sharp sourness that balances the sweetness (derived from yeast and breadiness) thanks to the carbonation. Passes easily and finshes clean; a great thirst quencher. A good light beer for anyone to try.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost brilliantly clear, rich gold color with a hint of copper to it. The head is initially three-fingers thick with a just off white color. The head subsides in a rocky surfaced manner with a touch of Belgian lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is quite fruity as I pour this beer into my glass; I get notes of apple and pear, with mostly the fruity tart aspects of these fruits. Going in for a deeper smell yields a nice grain character which evokes thoughts of grassy grain, and sweet malt. Some of the grassiness seems to be hop derived as well. There is a nice herbal almost spicy hop character to the nose that mixes well with the earthy spice notes from the fermentation character. I get notes of orange zest, a hint of white pepper, and some notes of clove.

The taste is pretty dry up front with just a hint of malt sweetness. There is also a nice level of tartness here, though nothing approaching any acid producing organisms, just a nice tart character from the yeast and grain. The beer finishes with a nice spicy bite, a combination of the ample carbonation and spicy yeast derived notes. The finish is a mix of lightly hot alcohol, ginger, pepper, a yeasty almost bread-like bite. The carbonation is just about perfect, it is quite high, especially for an American beer. It really goes well with the light refreshing aspects of this beer. Hops you ask, yes they are here as well, certainly not over the top, but here in a nice supporting way. The hops add some herbal grassy character to this beer, as well as contributing to the overall spiciness of this brew. There is a bit of malt sweetness in the middle through to the finish of this beer; a nice sweet grain character.

This is a really nice example of a Saison, I am really digging it right now. It is perhaps a little sweeter than I would prefer, but the initial carbonation really helps to offset this in the beginning. As time wears on though it seems to not maintain the interest, it loses a bit of complexity perhaps, or more appropriately, I think it needed a bit more fermentation complexity. It seems to need a bit more yeast derived spiciness and bite. I think that the grain character, which is nice by the way, becomes a bit too dominant in the end. It somehow weakens the finish of this beer.

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

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe! It's been on my wants list for a long time.

This pours from caged and corked 750ML bottle(bottled July 02 2007 and I had to resort to using a corkscrew) a very effervescent bright yellow gold with about a 1 finger head of foam. Lots of bubbles and lots of lacing. Head retention....very good. Second por and it becomes a cloudy yellow-orange in colour.

The smell is very yeasty with a lot of candy sugar sweetness and some fruit and some earthiness. Smells nice.

The taste is very sweet up front. Big candy sugar that threatens to make this overly sweet but then I get nice notes of yeast, pepper, and earth and light funk with some citrus hops moving in to take the edge off the sweetness. Now I'm really starting to enjoy it as it gets to the meat for the style, something I expected, more so hoped for, but you just never know. The Brett is getting more noticeable the more I drink and that puts a big smile on my face. Dang, this is good.

The mouthfeel and carbonation are both medium and it finishes earthy and funky with a very pleasing aftertaste.

Drinkability? 7.50%abv and it's hidden very well indeed. The tastes and mouthfeel make it a smooth drinker and very drinkable. Another class brew from the gang at Victory!

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V-Saison from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 76.8% out of 100 with 181 ratings
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