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:
15
Gots:
73
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 764 |  Reviews: 149
Photo of jzlyo
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is yeast, lemons, citrus, spices and a slightly out of place mustiness. The flavor is lemons, citrus, spices, thick/sticky and a tart/tangy finish.

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Photo of cbutova
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard goblet. Comes out with a noticeable haze to it and a pale golden yellow body. Frothy head forms with a foamy texture, big bubbles and pretty nice retention. Thick ring leaves nice webbed rings of lace down the glass.

S- Citrus zest with a certain lemon rind note up front. Some grass, yeast spice, coriander, slight peppercorn and bread hints supporting the citrus.

T- Things that jump out immediately are lemon/citrus zest/rind in a big way and fresh cracked peppercorn notes. A quick Google search reveals that both of these are added to the beer and it shows in a large way. Spicy and floral hops add a refreshing buffer to the strong spice flavors. Light sweets, wheat bread, coriander, herbs and clove also comes to mind.

MF- Light, fairly dried out body is supported by a nice silky feel that must come from the wheat and oat additions. Slight bitterness lingers on the palate as well as some pepper spice.

I am a bit surprised by the amount of citrus and pepper that comes through in this beer. I can't say that it is way too much but it certainly dominates the flavor for me. I enjoy the flavors but I am not sure it lends to it being a great "session" Saison.

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Photo of DrJay
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Big, fluffy white head that really lasted left lots of clumpy foam clinging to the glass. The beer is crystal clear and a bright yellow/gold. Nice aroma with notes of grain and spices, slightly sour wheat, a bit grassy with a hint of coriander and parsley. The flavour was a little less interesting but still alright, with mild bitterness and spice, moderate sweetness and grain character, a bit of lemon character, lingering spice and bitterness. Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, decent texture but maybe a bit heavier than expected.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours golden, slight haze, creamy, white head, good head retention. Fruity aroma with plenty of citrus rind - lemon and orange, biscuity grain, yeast. Refreshing shot of zesty lemon and orange, Farmhouse yeast, biscuit, slightly bitter finish with a hint of peppery spice, while being slightly earthy. Lighter body and lower carbonation - I thought it needed a bit more carbonation. Overall, super refeshing, nice addition of American hops to a Belgian styled ale. I definitely could have a few on a hot summer day.

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Photo of markgugs
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lightly hazed golden yellow color with a big billowy white head. The head initially fades very fast, but then slows its fade and lingers a bit. Once the head is completely faded (after about 4 min) a decent level of lace is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of wheat, yeast, grass and some haylike funk. Mixed with these are notes of pepper, coriander and nutmeg as well; overall a fairly drier smelling traditional saison.

Taste – The taste starts out of a medium wheaty flavor as well as some flavors of a light citrus. As the taste advances yeast and the spices detected in the nose, come to the tongue with the orange citrus transitioning more toward a lemon flavor. As the orange transitions to lemon, the bready flavors lighten and haylike and grassy flavors enter the taste. These flavors all take the taste its end, where the funky and hay flavors get even stronger in nature producing a somewhat bitter and a bit unbalanced grassy and astringent haylike funky flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is thin in its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are nice for making a crisp feeling brew and suit well the lighter session saison profile that the beer is going for.

Overall – The initial tastes, mouthfeel, and look were all very nice, but the finish to the taste, with its big funky, grassy, haylike, and bitter flavors weren’t balanced out by enough wheaty/bready flavors/body.

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Photo of madelf66
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of rlee1390
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear as day yellow, some carbonation, one finger head that doesn't leave any lacing.

S-Very herbal, lots of grass, spices. Similar to Saison Du Buff.

T-Some spices still the herbal notes, some citrus. No bitterness. Balance isn't quite there.

M-Lighter, nicely carbonated and easy drinking.

O-Too herbal and grass for my liking, more lemon and spice notes would have improved the beer.

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Photo of mattreitz49
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazed straw color. The head is a fluffy two finger white shade that collapses pretty quickly, but leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: There is a decent amount of complexity here for a 4.5% saison. I pick up coriander, orange peel, grassy hops, sage, and black pepper. However, there's also a vegetal green pepper note that's detracting - and even worse, it gets stronger as it warms up.

T: This is weird. It opens up fairly citrusy - which I like - but ends on both a watery and a vegetal note. Decent (if overdone) spicing in the middle gives way to a bell pepper finish that really rubs me the wrong way. The flavor profile sorely lacks balance and cohesion.

M: Very clean and dry, which I like. Very astringent too, which I don't. This beer seemingly parches the palate excessively in the name of drinkability. Ah well, the latter is good, at least.

O: Swing...and a miss. This one was quite disappointing, considering Victory makes another saison that's really damn good. And it's another damning reminder that they really need to put Helios in 6-packs!

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Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of atone315
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up this one as part of a mixed 6 at the local store. Generally like Saisons and have had pretty good luck with Victory. Okay appearance but nailed the smell, gives you that good Saison vibe. Taste however returns to okay. Not bad, decent Saison but nothing special. Probably would not get the beer again but would certainly not turn one down.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellowish golden orange with a lot of fast rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A crisp and citrus forward aroma with lots of wheat and some funky yeast. Belgian yeast with hints of barnyard funk, coriander, clove, and white pepper. Bright hints of citrus orange and lemon zest as well as some banana. Wheat grains and pale malts with hints of hay, cracker, and biscuit. Also some grassy hints of hops.A solid Belgian style light wheat aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a funky citrus taste of wheat and Belgian spice. Belgian yeast and barnyard funk with notes of clove, coriander, and white pepper. Banana fruit taste as well as some juicy citrus orange and lemon zest. Slightly tart tasting. Wheat grains and malts with notes of hay, biscuit, and crackers. Earthy and herbal grassy hop notes. A solid taste that is somewhat tart and very zesty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp. Nicely juicy and smooth.

Overall: A solid light session version of a Saison. Nice mix of funk and citrus.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Dizzy242
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Brenden
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a very pale yellow but with a deeper gold hue to it, and quite hazy as well; even being so light, it's barely opaque. A nice white head itself to be shows creamy, thick and fluffy. It reaches about a full finger and retention is pretty good, as a good swirl will bring it back up though it's faded to foam. Lacing is left in moderation, mostly patching with some spottiness.
There's very much of an herbal quality on the nose, with the spices really coming through; this definitely goes more vegetal than sweet and fruity, though there's some citrus zest. Grassiness and a bite of black pepper finish it out, while more herbal notes come out.
My first impression is basil. Straight up, this basil flavor never leaves at any point. It may simply be how the spices combine with the herbal hops, but fresh basil leaf is a big component. Otherwise, it's got lots of fresh lemon and a light twang of hops bitterness. Grassy and peppery notes finish it.
Crisp and light and flowing nicely, it's pretty smooth all the way through. For a time, it seems to threaten to foam out of the mouth. It doesn't, though, and that's good.

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Photo of dertyd
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of bubseymour
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Chimay challis was dark yellow / pale orange, with murky appearance like a wheat beer but with minimal head and lacing. Head should be much more billowy for the style.

Smells of very nice Belgian yeast and spices.

Tastes is tart and crisp and slightly bitter. Almost like a sour but more hop presence in the finish. Not very sweet or flavorful like the nose, but very subdued flavorings.

Moutfeel is quite watery but this is a 4.5% sessionable farmhouse ale, so a light body was the intention here.

Overall - I'm a big fan of Victory beers, but this one wasn't quite one of their better creations. I probably won't buy again, as Farmhouse ales are one of my favorite varieties of beer and this one is further down the list of ones I've liked. Still drinkable and decent and worth a sampling.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-light yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grain, lemon, spices, slight yeasty funk, grass

T-lemon, light malt presence, pepper, coriander, herbal, mildly bitter and astringent finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-as a sessionable Saison this beer was very solid, but within the category is not as stellar as many others

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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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