V-Saison | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

very good
161 Reviews

Brewed by:
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 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 vrazionale
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottle reads: "Bottled on: May 30 08."

A - Quick-forming head with a dark-orange translucent body. The head is formed of many little bubbles, eventually settling down to wispy threads across the surface of the brew.

S - Lots of inviting spicy funk. Fruit is of a darker variety than other saisons - yellow peaches, red pears, dried apricots, dark figs. There is a really impressive interplay between the funky and spicy notes - it smells as you would imagine a bouquet of spices would smell in a dank, wet basement.

T - Very robust profile. Juicy stone fruit and pears against a yeasty, wheaty backdrop. Lots of spicy complexity here that complements the fruit and yeast well. The hop flavors have mostly faded with age, but there is still a touch of bitterness that holds the other flavors together, and stretches the finish a little longer.

M - Very crisp, with a carbonated "pop" that helps you enjoy the long finish. Fairly light bodied, but lots of dark flavors help to counterbalance that a bit.

D - A winner. Fans of saisons should get their hands on this brew. This will only improve with age, I'm sure. I would pair this with a rustic ploughman's platter for lunch - some charcuterie, cheese, bread, and this brew would so satisfying.

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

Thanks hackomal... been wanting to try this one for a while.

Pours a hazy orange-tinted straw color with several fingers of head, nice retention, moderate lacing.

Aroma is very bready and yeasty, with light pepper and warm spice notes and just a hint of floral notes.

On the palate this is a dry, balanced, drinkable saison. Bread and yeast notes combined with light wheat and pale malt for a subtly complex mixture, spice really resides only on the outside. Missing some of the tartness or earthy funk of my favorite saisons, this trended more towards the Hennepin side of things, brushing up against an American Wheat beer in character... which isn't a bad thing, necessarily, and certailny not here.

Lively carbonation gives this appropriate lift combining with the dryness to make this eminently quaffable.

As a more affordable (as saisons go) and readily available saison I could see this being a regular for lovers of that style.

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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 Dodo2step
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Brass Rail

caged and corked 750 ml poured into a weizen glass. My first farmhouse ale and i heard that you either love em or hate em.

A- a cloudy dull yellow color. A huge 3-4 finger head that is quite carbonated. Leaves a spideweb lacing on the glass and takes time to dissipate.

S- floral yeast and spiced apple. Alcohol is also rounding off the aroma.

T- A couple different things going on here. A cour, spiced apple flavor at first. Then the alcohol hits you and then the floral yeast kicks it down through the throat.

M- leaves a floral coating in the mouth. tastes like biting into a spiced apple candle somewhat. Quite a punch on the tongue.

D- with all the uniquities going on here i struggled somewhat to put this bad boy down. Don't get me wrong it was a good beer but after a few the alcohol comes out pretty quick and smacks ya in the face.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 750ml corked bottle poured into my Selin's Grove wine glass. Bottled on April 01, 2005. The ale appears a hazed golden yellow color with barely a finger of quickly fading bone white foam. Nose and flavors are of apples, slightly tart, slightly sweet, spicy yeast, bready, a bit of caramel, mild sourness comes out as it warms. Light super dry, crisp body with very high carbonation levels, not foamy, but rather bubbly/fizzy. The moderate carbonation hurts drinkability, for me at least.

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

Bottle has been aging for 4 yrs 1 month...don't know why I aged it that long, but I've finally decided to crack this one open.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow with a solid inch and a half of head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell: A spicy, earthy smell that has the sweetness of apples.

Taste: Not sure if it's because of the long aging time, but the taste reminds me of a mix between apples (both in the sweetness and in the tart) and a sour ale. The taste is very smooth, but unlike anything I've had before.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth, easy drinking. Not much else to say here.

Drinkability: I don't drink many saisons, they just aren't my style of beer. I wish I had a fresh V-Saison to compare to this so I can really see the difference between the fresh and the aged. As it is, I say this beer's drinkability lies in sharing it with friends to get their take on the aging. It's uniqueness does have me contemplating every sip, so in that regard it is a drinkable brew.

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Photo of becktone
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes 4-8-09

Eye: Body is cloudy and straw gold in color. Head is a frothy white with nice retention at an appropriate size. Nothing special here, just a good looking brew.

Nose: Spicy notes come out in this brew's strong aroma. Yeasty and bready aromas are real strong. Oakiness and woodiness come through. Not really too much more going on in here. Some farmhouse aromas make it through, straw and as aforementioned a woodiness. Some hops come through as well.

Tongue: Spicy tones are strong as well as yeasty notes. Alcohol comes through a bit. Overall this is a dry beer. Sweet malt supports all that is going on here, which unfortunately isn't all that much. I'm getting a slight fruity note once the beer hits the tongue, then it disappears. Woodiness and alcohol work well together. There's just not as much here as I would've liked. Bit of diacetyl towards the end.

Feel and Drinkability: Carbonation is high and the body of this one is light with a dry finish. All elements of feel work together to create a nice feel but again its nothing outstanding. This is a drinkable beer, and is pretty good, but it just doesn't do it for me. I'm glad I got to try it, but there's nothing that is really pulling me to purchasing this one again anytime soon. Perhaps a few years from now I'll give it another go round.

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Photo of lstokes
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an especially refreshing and tasty beer. It poured with a thick and aggressive (perhaps too aggressive!) head with lots of visible carbonation, and I could smell a funky yeast undertone with a lot of different notes on top--a lot of citrus, some interesting malt notes, a little bit of spice. Very fun to smell.

The body was nice and light, and the taste was very solid--complex malts, a lot of herbal yeast, some grapefruity and lemony hops, a tart dry finish. Maybe a bit more flat on the palate than my favorite saisons, but still a great example of the style. There are a lot of things you could say about this beer, but it's refreshing and light despite being complex.

Another keeper from a very reliable brewery.

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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 tpd975
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SeaBass for this one.

A: Pours a light cloudy yellow hue. No fizz or head noted. No lace either.

S: Sweet summer fruit like apples and pears mixed with banana and Belgian yeast.

T: Flavor similar to aroma with the addition of honey and a bit of earth.

M: Fairly thin for the style, smooth and drinkable.

D: Not bad, not the best Saison but is pretty solid.

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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 number1bum
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden color with a light tangerine hint to it and a good hazing. Looks like it's well carbonated as bubbles immediately start clinging to the side and the white head quickly rises to about three fingers. Settles back down to a mostly full lace, especially at the rim, but without leaving much stick.

Smells of earthy and herbal aromas along with some grass and black pepper. Seems to be some hops here in addition to a nice yeast strain. Also some lemon zest, ginger, grain, and even a bit of cracker sweetness. It's not the most complex of noses but it's complex enough and very well put together.

Taste also consists of earthy and herbal yeast flavors, also slightly spicy and has a bit of herbal and slightly grassy hops. Some grain, a bit of honey and a subtle toasty cracker sort of malt character. There's some nice lemon flavor and a bit of ginger, as well. In the finish there is some herbal bitterness and a bit of residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry, and quite smooth, but it's overcarbonated. Looked like it would be that way on the pour, and indeed it was. It doesn't kill the feel but it does detract from it a bit. It's also a bit chalky in the finish, however, which is another negative.

This is a nice saison and one I'm shaking my head that I haven't tried it earlier. If the mouthfeel were improved it'd be even more drinkable, but still it's a brew I'd be glad to have again.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

V-Saison pours a dirty golden color with a nice cap of foam. Fresh orchard fruit in the nose along with yeast, clove and a sourness. Beer is light and agile on the palate bounding with refreshing carbonation. Crisp slightly sweetened citrus balanced by a hint of breadiness. Spicy and earthy toward the finish and signs off with a touch of sourness.

Overall a solid refreshing saison.

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Photo of Naugled
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked bottle served in chalice

A: orangy yellow color almost flourescent with a touch of haze. creamy silky white head, very carbonated.

S: nice fresh but earthy nose, sort of like a spring dirt field. light herb spicy notes

T: rich full flavor for a saison, earthy notes and light citrus, mostly tangerine.

M: smooth rich full feel

D: very drinkable but only for the first few quaffs. not very refreshing or interesting after.

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

Appearance: This pours a gold hazy color. It does have a lot of carbonation which allows the beer to have great head. Something else I noticed is there appears to be a lot of particular floating in there. I am not sure if I am seeing yeast or it's just the beer bubbling. In either case it is a result of what I believe to be bottle conditioning.

Aroma: Smells nice. Very lite and almost sweet. I do get hints of citrus.

Taste: Grapefruit and banana. That's all I get. The taste is not all over powering just perfect.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, very citrus like. What do you expect?

Overall Impression: Great saison from Victory. This isn't a lawn mower beer though. It is a great beer to sit out side at night on a hot sticky summer night and enjoy the sounds of nature.

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Photo of blakesell
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in May 08, poured from the 750ml caged and corked bottle into a German style stein.

Appearance- Yellow and hazy with hints of orange, head sticks around for about five minutes and collapses giving very little lacing. Foam at the top of the beer looks like that alien creature in Dune that lived in the smoky aquarium. A twisted looking Admiral Ackbar.

Smell- This is one fine smelling Saison, with good sweet sugary malts, white pepper, sunflower seeds, and a bit of funk. The nose on this is more than a bit impressive. Light noble hopping, a bit of sherry nutty oxidation as well.

Taste- Sweet upfront with a lot of warming alcohol esters, light malts, balanced hops. A strong astringency on the finish that is really hurting this beer in every way. Perhaps I cracked this one too soon and it needs much more time.

Mouthfeel- That astringency just doesn't go away and it seems to get stronger as the beverage sits. Cloying, medicinal (band aid), effervescent, warming, medium bodied, and medium in carbonation.

Drinkability- I'll try to get another one and age it back to see what happens. The appearance and smell was too good not to give it a second chance.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Golden hue. Pours with a moderate sized, white, rocky head that dissipates quickly. clear with some suspended yeast.

S: Sugary sweet with pronounced perfumy and fruity esters. Melon and some citrus. Soft full malt adds fullness. This is a hell of an aroma.

T: Clove. Perfume/floral flavors are pretty strong as well. Some earthy base but doesn't match the "earthly delight" moniker. Some light bitterness at the end. Pils malt flavor comes through as well.

MF: Light carbonation. Moderate body but big mouthfilling feel that really pops.

D, notes: Great nose and great mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

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Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge, three finger plus head when poured, however, made of very delicate bubbles which crumble in the glass down into unrelated bubbles across the surface, minimal lacing. Semi-translucent haze to it, imbues a strong glow in the carrot orange to yellow color, just looks friendly and inviting. Round, pliantly textured nose of just picked apricot, peach fruit, fetching floral dew as well, sweet lemon zest, baking dough and a mix of meadow grasses and herbs. Full-bodied, slightly heavy, moves but just at its own pace. Soda bread, lemon tart, orange blossom and honey, apricot, pear, yellow apple fruit in there. Pinch of ginger or cinnamon. Carbonation presents itself as a consistent, just perceptible tingle. Mild vegetal quality, as if the vegetable stew has been on the burner for a couple of minutes. Relaxing enough to drink, yet, as the weight keeps the pressure on through the finish plus adding in a sour twist it's hard to not notice it there at any juncture.

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Photo of DIPAbrewer
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep golden amber cloudy brew poured from a 22oz bomber. Sparce head falls rapidly into the bubbly liquid.

Aroma is wonderfully complex with oranges, clove, bubblegum, yeast notes.

Flavor is fruity, spicy, intense. More flavor than other Saisons, but its a little blunt on the palate. My favorite part of the Saison style is the subtle complexities you find and this example lacks subtlety. It tastes good though, just a little overpowered.

Drinkability is good, I could finish the bottle...maybe I will.

A full, flavorful, American Saison. Not up to Saison Dupont in my book but then what is? I would buy it again and pair it with a nice spicy asian dish.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, bottled on may 30, 2008. poured into tulip.

golden honey and dark straw colors. slight haze. fluffy, puffy head fades to wisps. moderate lacing.

aroma is sulfurous and fruity at the same time upfront, with ripe apple and grapes. whiff of gentle funk and grass. hint of pepper.

flavor is again quite fruity, mostly apple. toasted malts come ine, then give way to yet more fruit with grassy hop bite. spice (coriander seed? dried orange peel? peppercorn?) and phenols mix at the end. moderate hop bitterness in the finish, with another hint of fruit and then a trace of funk.

ever so slightly watery. fluffy but also at time overly prickly carbonation.

perhaps just too fruity, with a funk that doesn't exactly meld. still refreshing and drinkable though.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 C + C Music Factory with a bottling date of 5/30/2008. Not a lot of pop at all from the cork as it pours into an Ommegang chalice.

A bit of chill haze in the honey-lemon body. Thin, bluish-tinged translucent head is ephemeral at best, leaving yeast wisps on top.

Classic esters of coriander and candi sugar are clear. Not a lot of zest bite. Yeast electricity is sound.

Here we go...mild white peppercorn spiciness. Yeast strain comes through with carbonation delivering the goods and a slight hop soapiness (with minimal pine) to match. Good at a cold temperature and keeps it up with warmth.

A little banana syrup-iness from heavy hand of esters but as the haze burns off with warmth the spice kicks it up a notch.

Yup - this one'll play fine. Not the most complex or bright Saison but could be solid gateway material.

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

Bottled May 30, '08

A: very attractive. hazy golden with a 2+ finger slightly off-white, foamy head.

S: lemon, orange, herbal and grassy. dough

T: I hate to say ditto aroma, but...ditto. along with a bit of spiciness

M: moderate body. very crisp with a dry finish

D: very drinkable. V for Victory.

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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
3.92 out of 5 based on 181 ratings.
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