Swing Session Saison | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Seasonal release beer brewed w/ German & American whole-flowers, 2-row German malts, Rye, Oats & Wheat. Spiced w/ peppercorn & fresh lemon zest. Belgian saison yeasts.

Added by Tucquan on 02-26-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
764
Reviews:
149
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
14.21%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
73
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0
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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Bloomington, IL
Date: Best by August 2013
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

A delicious and easily drinkable saison, with well-balanced saison yeast influences with hop and spice inclusions. The result is a moderately light saison that drinks exceptionally easy. Victory has a solid recipe with Swing Session, one I'd happily return to again in the future.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of clean, white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, creating a dense-looking, frothy mass atop the body of the beer. Retention is slightly above average at about one and a half minutes, fading to a thin remnant of lace that lingers atop the beer for the entire session. Lacing is quite good, with a fairly dense matrix of medium-sized dots and washes of lace clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a strong golden yellow color, quite hazy (60-70% opaque) with light bringing out brighter, slightly less strong golden yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible through the body, rising in significant numbers strongly from the center of the glass.

Aroma is slightly musty and yeasty (of the saison-type strain), with coriander, dried lemon and orange zest, and a bit of herbal hoppiness as well. Light, but not insubstantial, and readily enjoyable.

Well-executed flavors: moderately heavy saison yeast influences mingle with much brighter coriander and citrus zest to produce a fairly balanced beer, lightened by the sweetness remaining from the malts. Front of palate finds light mustines and saison yeast flavors with pale malt sweetness, hints of coriander and dried citrus zest. Mid-palate of zesty coriander and dried lemon zest with pale malt sweetness and substantial yeast and mustiness. Back of palate experiences strong coriander, citrus zest, white pepper spiciness, musty and saison yeast flavors, with light hop bitterness. Aftertaste of moderate hop bitterness, slightly musty and strong saison yeast, and mild sweetness and coriander flavor in the background.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a slightly effervescent, then foamy and slightly smooth mouthfeel. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness lingering on the lips and palate.

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Photo of Wjmckeown
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of horshamguy
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a .5 liter HB glass.
A--Hazy yellow. Very nice head that dies off into a light white coating. Lacing reminiscent of an actual quality Belgian.
S--If Saisony is a word, that's what it smells like. Lemony citrus is predominant. Some spiciness, mostly pepper. Some grassiness as well.
T--Awesome!! All of the smells come through in the taste, followed by some earthy "saisoniness". This is the best American Saison I've come across by far. The closest to a Belgian I've tasted.
M--Foamy/creamy mouthfeel from high carbonation. A bit of tannic tartness at the end. On further reflection, perhaps better than the 3.75 I rated it.
O--Absolutely awesome. This is by far the best American example of a Saison I've come across. I'd actually say that this is fighting it out for 2nd place after DuPont's Saison. Screw the rest of Belgium.
P.S. I'm just a bit biased towards Victory products. But only because they honestly do rock.

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Photo of IronLover
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light golden yellow on color with just the slightest haze. Poured with a thick, billowy, white foam that is endlessly fed by thousands of bubbles migrating from the bottom of the glass. Orange and lemonz est aromas with spicy corriander and lepper along with a funky yeast aroma. Smooth, creamy feel with a slighty dry finish. Light citrussy bitterness up front that rides a wave of corriander and pepper through the middle. Herbal hop and funky, yeasty notes follow the spicy flavors near the end. Finishes semi-dry with lemon zest and a light spicy aftertaste.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my Tired Hands stempiece; freshness date of July 27, 2013 printed in grey ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“Enjoy By: Jul 27 2013”). Going by a five-month freshness period that Victory uses for this beer, I’m assuming that it was bottled on February 27, give or take, making this beer about three and a half weeks old.

Appearance (4.75): This offers a good two fingers of tight, fine-grained foam that’s eggshell-white and takes plenty of time dying down, offering good retention and surprisingly complete lacing: tight webbing and wide, chunky collars all over the place. Seriously looks like meringue, which is awesome. The body is a crisp, chill-hazed golden yellow with a slight orange tint. Admittedly somewhat out of nowhere, this proved to be an extraordinarily attractive saison.

Smell (4.0): Ooh, really fresh, grassy, and lemony on this one—bright and floral fruitiness, with prominent lemon tones and a nice, slightly musty, straw-like aroma. Little to no malt presence in the nose, just lots of that dusty, musty hay and a shitload of lemon tones: lemon zest, sweetened lemon juice, lemon curd, etc.

Taste (4.25): So light, so crisp, so bright, so spicy—awesome. A nice, moderate peppery spice follows the palate from start to finish, accompanied by more of that lemon zest that is so prominent but well-played—it really is the most notable component of the flavor. There’s a modest herbal hoppiness that lends bitterness to the mid-palate and finish. That finish is really dominatd by herbal bitterness and lemon zest, with earthy and spicy undertones. Whatever yeast component is in here is earthy, slightly musty, and somewhat spicy, but it’s easy to overlook underneath all of that lemon and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Sessionable, no doubt about it. Light body, full and active carbonation that foams easily and prickles lightly, and then a dry-as-a-bone finish. Really, really nice to drink—they really nailed the “session saison” aspect in this department, because it’s both of those in spades.

Overall (4.25): This is a really great saison. I suspect that those who really didn’t care for it aren’t interested in more traditional saisons, given the penchant for high-ABV, soured, and barrel-aged saisons that a lot of BAs have. And I’m not knocking them, per se—it’s just a shame that smaller, dry, spicy, and for once AFFORDABLE saisons like this get passed over. Hopefully this one doesn’t become a sleeper, and hopefully Victory makes a shitload of this one. Great job, guys.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a fizzy white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of lemony citrus and some floral notes.

Tastes of the lemon with some grainy malts and a bit of hops. Lemon zest notes lead off before some floral hops come through. Grainy malts come next with a bit of sweetness. A touch of pepper and funk add towards the end before one last kick of citrus finishes it.

Moithfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty saison and gets a bit of a bonus for keeping the alcohol down.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle a little above fridge temp poured into a snifter. No freshness info.

Pours a light golden color with a slit haze. Big frothy 2 fingers of white head. Good head retention and good lacing.

Peppery spice, clove, lemon peel, spicey Belgian yeast, a very aromatic beer.

A big peppercorn flavor, big clove flavor, which I really enjoy, combines with the spicey phenols from the Belgian yeast, some lemon citrus peel a slight hint of hops and cereal grain towards the back.

Light and refreshingly crisp carbonation. Some hop bitterness does linger in the finish. Drinkable, but the big spice flavors might get a little old after a while.

A really good beer, I like a big spice profile from time to time and this fit the bill, but at the same time it is really there and i can see why many dont like this. A nice summer beer that many types of people can enjoy. Although, stylistically,more of a Belgian pale than a Saison, but whateves.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, thanks Mike.

Pours a clear straw golden color with a creamy white head. Spicy and yeasty nose, earthy and grassy, slight bitterness. Medium full body, well carbonated, clean dry finish. Flavor is earthy and grassy with some pepper spice. Refreshing, crisp and easy drinking.

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Photo of babaracas
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Well, it seems that much of BA does not understand the table saison. Bummer, as it's a much more interesting choice for a summer seasonal than the usual hoppy yeast-neutral wheat or overhopped czech pils beginning to crowd the shelves.

Pours a mostly clear gold with billowing dense white head. Leaves thick rings of lace down the glass and slowly settles to a meringue-like dollop. Smell: snappy graininess, coriander, pale malt + a little white grape sweetness, clove note. Taste: mildly grassy, coriander, juice orange, fleeting pale malt sweetness into pepper-centric spiciness. Slowly drying finish.

This is really quite good.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a bit of head at pour but disappates relatively quickly. No lacing present.

S: Spices and lemon.

T: Good amount of citrus up front with lingering farm spices on the back. Peppery. Nice.

M: Light. Carbonation resembles soda pop.

O: Underrated Saison - sessionable at 4.5 ABV and yet has some Saison body. Really good.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.79 for a 12oz at BevCo.. Brewed with Rye, oats and wheat. Hopped with "German and American hops". Spiced with peppercorns, orange peel and fresh lemon zest. Belgian saison yeasts.. 4.5% ABV.

Pours out to a light pale blonde, forming a tall foamy bone white head with awesome retention and lacing owing in part to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.75 carbs. The aroma is nice. Spicy phenolic belgian saison yeast strain with some sulfur notes and subtle citrus. No off flavors or aromas. The mouthfeel is very light bodied, crisp and clean with firm carbonation. The taste is great...opening with citrus and spice, a delicate pale saltine cracker malt and wheat body with a pleasantly medium firm bitterness which contrasts nicely with some orange lingering in the finish. Some good hop character in the middle, and a subtle hint of pepper, although I wouldn't have called it had I not known it was brewed with it.

A really nice easy drinking summer saison, low in ABV but complex and bitter enough to make the craft beer drinker happy. Recommended.

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Photo of WynnO
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A previous reviewer mentioned "lawn mower beer". YES, that is a good description.

Surprisingly joyful attack on the palette. This embodies everything a Saison should be---a bit wild, unique, spicy, and refreshing. The lower end ABV makes this a real keeper on the farm (or on the riding mower).

Intense enjoyable spicy notes attacks the nose, and the taste is, just plain good to my palette. I shy away from comparing this to a Fantome because it is not in same league, but I do sense similarities.

All in all I think it's decent, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is transparent and pale straw with a little over an inch of fluffy white head. the aroma brings hops, funk, farm, sunshine, lemons, lemon rind, grass, a touch of spice. Nice floral notes and hops. Light and refreshing. I'm really digging the light body and low alcohol. A thirst quencher of a beer, and packed with flavor. I'll have no trouble with this sixer and definitely see this as a repeat purchase for hot weather beer consumption, i.e. lawnmowing beer.

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Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.66 out of 5 based on 764 ratings.
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