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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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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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Photo of SLeffler27
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big almond froth settles to multiple pillows over a semi-transparent, golden-orange beer with lively carbonation in a tulip glass.

Aroma presents the typical sourdough followed by straw, nuts, floral, peat, pear and possibly some honey.

This one is rather salty with a quick punch of bitterness and lingering, lightly sour finish. Fruits present more of the dried variety.

A medium to full-bodied beer with a dry, creamy feel, soft carbonation and hint of alcohol.

Victory has brewed up a nice session beer, probably better with cheeses and a quiet afternoon with friends.

Date consumed: 6 August 2008

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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 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 gciccarelli
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet. Bottled on May 30 08.

A - A pale gold color with slight cloudiness. Bright, full 1-finger white head quickly forms. Head stays while drinking Impressive lacing sticks to the side of the glass.

S - A bounty of aromas. Citrus, definitely orange and perhaps more, jump out. I also sense apple and a little spice. There is a slight banana aroma as well...also, able to notice the alcohol in the smell.

T - The apple notes are very apparent, and you can taste the alcohol. It's very sweet. You also notice some banana and pear flavorings. Sweeter than other farmhouse ales I have tried...

M - Very carbonated, but almost too much? Leaves a nice residue behind. Taste lingers for a while, but in a good way.

D - Could easily quaff many of these. Goes down easy and tastes good.

A pretty good beer, but not exactly what I expected...

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was about a quarter inch of head and some good lacing.

S: Smelled of fruit, yeast and some malt.

T: A nicely done taste, with apples, yeast, lemon and spices. Kind of funky (as the style generally goes) but tasty.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a well made, drinkable beer that goes down easy.

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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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