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V-Saison | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by rotsaruch on 07-14-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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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 midaszero
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy orange straw with 2 fingers of white head and some yeast

S - Belgian yeast with citrus notes some funk and some spice

T - Belgian spices with lemon peel

M - medium body with medium carbonation

D - pretty good but there are other saisons that I would reach for first but a pretty decent example

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Photo of bort11
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of mymrnngjckt and the BA Secret Halloween '08

750 ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on Apr 1 '05. Poured into my Boulevard Smokestack Series goblet. Very, very active carbonation in the pour. Definitely involves the ears with tis one. Smaller white head that recedes pretty quickly, but the bubble still pop. Not a lot of lacing. Color is a hazy peach.

While getting a good smell, the carbonation pops up my nose for a quick tickle. The smell is more fruity than musty with this saison. Apples, pears, and maybe a little bit of peaches. Very dry malt and yeast character. The taste is very dry for a sweeter beer. Very balanced. Some notes of hay

Mouthfeel is dominated by the scrubbing carbonation. Very crisp and leaves a dry finish. Very enjoyable and a treat for the Fall season

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

App - pale gold color, a bit cloudy. Pours a monster head with good retention despite being somewhat slightly coarse bubbled.

Smell - An almost pumpkin-like sweetness, some pepper-like spice, hint of alcohol.

Taste - Some malty sweetness to start, but the spiciness and hop bitterness kick in quickly, leading to a complex finish mixing subtle bitterness and spicy fruitiness. Farmhouse nature not overpowering.

MF - medium body and carbonation. Carbonation somewhat lower than anticipated based on the head. No astringency, and a slight alcohol warming.

D'ability - A mellow Saison - enough French/Belgian character to make it interesting, but drinkable as a nice balanced ale. Price (~$8.99 for a bomber) might discourage a return visit for me, but worth a look.

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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 Bugsey
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle this beer definitely had more bite and bitterness, the kind that make you furl your brow and say "Hmm, not sure I like this." But it does warm and mellow, then taste more creamy and fruity like a tipel.

Still there is something in the aftertaste that bothered me. Something metallic and tart, like lemon peel, and something harsh like overripe banana.

Enjoyable, yes. Glad it was a big bottle, so I could work on it a while.

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Photo of froghop
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy orange with a small dirty white head, good lacing throughout.

smell is of fruit, caramel, malt, and a touch of citrus.

taste is of fruits, caramel, sweet malt, lemon, and some spice, ends with a nice mellow bitterness.

overall not bad at all, a drinkable beer.

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

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

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Photo of Phillyduke
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle with a bottled date of April 01, 2005, opened with a pleasant "pop" and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Beer is clear and pale straw color with an inch and a half head of active carbonation that quickly fades to a fine cap with decent lacing. Bubbles continue to rise actively to the top.

Nose at first seems a bit off to me; it reminds me more of a crisp, dry white wine than a beer--a tad "metallic. Plenty of ripe fruit smells, though (banana, orange, pineapple, grapes) with a discernible hint of alcohol and an earthiness brought on by the Belgian yeast.

Taste is clean and crisp, with the fruit and yeast flavors coming forward. Malt and clove pick up along with the spiciness in the middle. Finish is spicy and very dry with a bit of a hop bite and bitterness that I'm sure has faded over the past 3 and a half years. Mouthfeel is active and very carbonated...maybe a bit too much.

I'm not so sure this is the best representation of the style, but it is a very nice, crisp and refreshing palate cleanser that is easy to drink. This is definitely one to share when it's hot and humid!

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750-ml cork-in-cage bottle opened with a satisfying little pop!, poured into a large tulip glass yields a hazy pale golden body with a finger of fluffy white foam atop, fed by streamers of active carbonation in the drink. A few freckles of lacing remain on the glass.

The smell of the drink is fruity, with notes of overripe banana, orange, and pineapple with a brief whiff of alcohol and a musky bit of cantaloupe. Smells like a smoothie, with just a touch of barnyard.

The taste of the drink is fruity with yeasty essence reminiscent of fresh grapefruit slices wrapped in unbaked cinnamon roll dough. A splash of bittersweet orange and crisp green apple freshen a sugary, steely backbone. More pineapple sweetness emerges as the drink warms a bit. Tingly, a bit tangy and spicy, 'V' has a nice oily nuttiness that lingers in the aftertaste.

Plenty of carbonation... perhaps even a wee bit too much, but even if it comes across a bit of a gassy, adult-style soda pop, the drink is nonetheless crisp and refreshing with great drinkability.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely corked bottle that poured into a murky pale-ale-ish looking drink. Lacing on the bubbly, patchy head, none on the side. Aromas were a fantastic mix of fruit contexts and hops. I smelled grapes to an almost wine-level alcohol punch. Also found yeasty textures with a slight cinnamon like spice to it. Taste was pretty good and sweet. Smooth and slightly dry, this one definitely gives you a grapey/citrus balance over a generally light bready texture. Mouthfeel is also well carbonated while still being light and enjoyable. Definitely a drink you can enjoy throughout the evening. Overall, not a bad saison at all.

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Photo of jojox
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - Golden yellow, prolific head, very carbonated. Slightly cloudy, yeast in the bottom of my glass.

s - funky, yeasty phenolic belgian yum. Bananna, pineapple, super Belgian.

t - Funky farmhouse feel, very Leffe-like. But smoother.

m - smooth and easy, high carbonation

d - fair. I don't want another.

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

Lightly hazy gold with an orange haze and a big beautiful lid of creamy fuzz.

Smells of some candi sugar sweetness along with tartly yeasty funky fruit, and some spice to boot.

Tastes of the same. It's not real complex, but it is damn tasty, refreshing, and super drinkable. Lots of tickly-tingley carbonation to the medium-full body.

Very nice saison.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle

A: Pours golden under a big white head.

S: Fruity, earthy, sweet, some "dirty" hops. Some apples and earth yeast mostly, with the hops trailing along in the back. A lot going on but not cluttered. Pretty nice.

T: Taste doesn't exhibit the same characteristics as the aroma. Mostly earthy and rustic (like the bottle says). A little bit of sweetness and some hay. Would have liked some more fruit and hop in the taste.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is a bit prickly, not too much. Alcohol shows up in a small drying quality. Decent drinkability. Just the taste needs a little bolstering.

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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 Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Saison had much less head than the others that I have tried this season. A scant foam formed across the top of the beer after poured from the 750Ml bottle. The beer appeared cloudy and orange gold in color. (Almost honey like) Despite trying to handle the bottle as little as possible, there was a good amount of floating particles suspended in the beer.

Aroma was mostly sweet and reminded me of very ripe fruit, perhaps peaches or nectarines etc.

Flavor was nice and had notes of honey, white pepper, sweet peach and the slightest of clove finish. I could detect a very slight earthiness in the background, but I would hardy describe this as the famous "funk." Didn't perceive the funk as sometimes noted. What I found interesting is that while I could taste a bit of this earthiness, I didn't really detect it in the aroma at all.

Mouth feel was rather light and I always find this style refreshing and more like drinking a nice white wine. (Not saying it tasted like white wine) Drinkability was quite high.

A very nice saison and another great product from Victory.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Delirium Tremens tulip. Poured a cloudy orange-gold with a two-inch foamy white cap with tiny ringlets dispersed throughout. Head subsided to a quarter-inch layer before eventually settling into a thin skim that coalesced around the shoulders of the glass; some sheets of watery lacing, but poor adherence. Scent of citrus, yeast and spice (lemon zest and clove). Taste consistent with nose with perhaps a hint of candi sugar for sweetness. Mouthfeel was light and effercescent leaving a mild tingle across the tongue between quaffs. Finish is semi-dry and a little sweet. Good drinkability and very refreshing; alcohol was well-hidden. Great offering from Victory and a very nice tribute to the style.

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Photo of Keith238
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice golden appearance. Poured right you'll keep the yeast in the bottle (or most of it). No head retention and no lacing in my glass.

S- Very pleasant fruit notes almost wine like as another BA pointed out.

T- Loved the fruit, very little hops. Being a hop head I like to know I'm drinking beer but the complexity of this brew more than makes up for the lack of hops.

M/D- Very light and fruity. Just the right amount of carbonation. This saison would make a nice session beer. 7.5% ABV won't exactly kill you so feel free to have a couple.

Highly recommended and perfect for the summer season.

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

Victory V-Saison
750mL brown bottle (caged & corked)

A: poured into a snifter. solid white head atop a hazy straw yellow color. good retention rate and good lacing.

S: some sour lemon zest along with a serious hint of cloves.

T: nice light lemon flavor with a solid clove/spice flavor. nice malty finish, ironically.

M: very clean and crisp mouthfeel. medium to high carbonation with a solid body.

D: one hell of a saison. give this one a try. I need some more, one bottle was a tease.

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V-Saison from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.92 out of 5 based on 181 ratings.
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