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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Givemebeer
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy yellow golden lively carbonation and a surprisingly thin head

S: fruity esters some banana

T: pretty funky a little spicy and some fruity notes. A little bitterness on the back end

M: medium bodied and semi dry

O: good try here by victory. A session saison is a rare one to come across. Not quite as dry or spicy as I'd like but this is a real nice one.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Dark golden hue, with one finger of thin head dissipating very quickly.

S: Relatively strong hues of citrus, lemon predominates but some orange or grapefruit as well.

T: An early citrus punch, lemon and orange. Overpowering white pepper that fades into the classical Belgian funk finish of a saison. Minimal but detectable hop finish - a strange bitterness added to the fruit and peppercorn.

M: Medium thickness, somewhat thick for the style, somewhat reminiscent of biting into a pear (that gritty fullmouth feel). The fine carbonation helps release the citrus zest and fades early for a gentle hoppy finish.

O: Saisons are not exactly my go to style, but this one in particular was not a stunner. The white pepper and clove really conflict with the crisp citrus and Belgian yeast. I'm glad I didn't get a whole 6 pack.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Year 2 of the Victory spring seasonal Swing. A session saison at 4.5% abv. Enjoy by June 30, 2014. Gotta love a freshness date! Poured into a willi becher pint glass.

Crisp clarity shows off the moderate carbonation rising through the pale gold body. The head is thick at first. A white, soap-sudsy consistency that doesn't last. I tried to make sure that the glass was clean, but I used hard tap water to clean it, and now I am wondering if that impacted the head much. Usually Victory beers have very good head retention.

The aroma is citrus-forward, evoking bitter rinds of grapefruit, orange and lemon. There is a peppery note here as well, though it's subtle and behind the citrus. It smells right at home in the saison category, but it certainly differentiates itself from the pack. There might be a slight aroma from hops here too, but it blends in seamlessly with the other aromas.

Very nice flavor here. A fairly dry beer with very modest bitterness that allows the peppercorn flavor to come through in the finish. The citrus takes the stage front and center and contributes a clean, refreshing citrus flavor on the palate. The carbonation is strong enough to carry this beer and keep it light on the tongue.

If the goal was to create a sessionable saison, then I would say Victory certainly did their job. It is an interesting, flavorful, moderately bitter saison with lots of citrus, making it suitable for the spring, summer, and lots of cuisine. However, my only complaint with this beer is that it tires the palate, and not because it is overly heavy or too hoppy, but because it should be dialed down a few more notches. I liked Classique a lot (which I reviewed but a few days ago) because it was SO basic and well executed. I find this to be "reaching" so to speak...Nonetheless, great well crafted beer!

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look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Has a golden yellow color with a very healthy white foam. Smell is lemon, but the taste is a little weak. There’s a hint of lemon and some light spices in the finish. Otherwise the beer is a little bland. Has a nice carbonated feel, but overall is just okay.

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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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