Swing Session Saison | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Swing Session SaisonSwing Session Saison
BA SCORE
3.54/5
764 Ratings
Swing Session SaisonSwing Session Saison
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
Ranking:
#39,538
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
764
pDev:
14.12%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
73
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 764 |  Reviews: 149
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with strong citrus zest and spice flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of spice bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the smell is much better than the taste in my opinion.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up at Mad Mex pours with a gracious white capped head, eggshell white lovely and textured with effervescent carbonation the body is golden slightly hazed nice looking beer served into their house pint glasses. Aroma has citrus, floral and earthy spice, peppery with a yeast presence driven in this fine tasting session ale from Victory. Flavors were light palatable and complex. I got a lot of citrus fruit, spicy pepper, mango, guava tropical notes with a bready yeast appreciation that kept the beer flowing on the palate. Light herbal grassiness is I'm guessing the hop presence in this beer known as Swing Session Saison. I wish more beers out there had this much complexity in an under 5% alcohol by volume. Medium to light bodied carried by lively carbonation spices tend to sit on the palate between sips, but this was pure session ale. I doubt you will be able to have just one go forth and enjoy this type of beer with friends, I know I did.

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Photo of bmur112
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of mre0683
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of NoProblem
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent light gold, almost a witbier like look, though not as cloudy. Soft white head, leaving some lace.

S: Yeasty notes, with a garden like aroma, meadowflowers.

T: Not bombastic, but a lovely flavour of pepper, honeysuckle and citrus. Complex, definitely saison like. I like the wealth of flavours I'm getting for the low ABV.

M: Crisp, quite clean, refreshing. Light-bodied and drinkable.

O: One of the better low ABV beers I've had in a while. A great late spring to summer brew.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Rekrule
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of jrohrbacher
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden color in the glass with a touch of amber. Plenty of foam and a pleasant pricly mouthfeel. Lovely nose of cloves without too much of it on the tongue. Spicy and very light bodied without a hint of fruitiness. Bitter aftertaste. Quite hoppy. Light but unmistakable barnyard funk.

Thoroughly interesting light beer, but it's the driest Saison I've ever tasted. Pleasant brett flavor. It reminds me of Green Flash Rayon Vert, with the dry funkiness. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy pale golden yellow in color with some moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and some light lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small slightly thicker patches and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of lemon/citrus with some lighter notes of grassy and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there are some light flavors of pale malt followed by some light to moderate flavors of lemon/citrus. There is a light presence of grassy hops followed by a slightly stronger flavor of herbal/spicy/lemongrass hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness. The spicy notes become a little more pronounced as the beer warms up.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness are noticeable in the finish.

O: Definitely an easy to drink beer with a low ABV which makes it sessionable, unfortunately it is not as complex as some other saisons but there is a nice light lemony freshness to it. Enjoyable but not anything special - somewhat pedestrian.

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Photo of 510a
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of rosschive
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of bef126
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Brenden
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
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 cbutova
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
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 timwardjr
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of philbe311
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Minimal off-white head comprised of chunky medium-sized bubbles quickly fizzes away... What remains is a lopsided splotchy veil of lacing and a thin collar... The color is of pale golden straw with a glowing honey hue... Just a couple streak of sluggish to moderate paced carbonation... Very pedestrian...

S - Lemon grass... Loaded with an array of floral notes - Lavender being the most prominent... White pepper... A slight barnyard funkiness... Some minor melon notes... Perhaps even a slight bit of mint buried beneath the surface... A unique and fairly complex aroma that yields something slight different with each whiff...

T - Loads of lemon zest... A slight Belgian yeastiness... Honey dew... Floral notes... Some faint white pepper and assorted other spices... A very minor noble hop presence... Lots of strong flavors that don't necessarily meld well together nor compliment one another... A bit rough around the edges...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Dry and slightly astringent throughout... A moderate bit of fizzy slightly harsh carbonation...

D - I love the words "session" and "Saison..." So I needless to say, I was eager to give this one a try... I was unfortunately a bit let down... This isn't a bad beer by any stretch, but it pushes the style guidelines and not in a good way... There are both many session beers and Saisons that I would recommend over this offering...

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Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy, light gold color. Small head that settles to thin layer of bubbles. Great ring lace with thin blanket trail between each sip line.

Mild aroma for a Saison. Notably missing--the earthiness and sour nose.

Quite dry, with a strong coriander and clove bite. Complex flavor with a low pale malt touch and a moderate white pepper hop finish. The aftertaste reminds me of fresh basil and oregano. The body is good if thin and highly carbonated. For me, the lack of earthy and sour flavors make this a more enjoyable, if slightly off style, Saison.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this victory swing is a nice summertime beer. there is a lot of hops in this flavor- but also a good amount of citrus and i feel like even peach flavors here. all of these flavors come together nice and theyre not over bearing. makes for a clean drinkable brew. this is a good beer if you are a fan of flavorful beers..and you want to unwind on a warm evening.

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Photo of KMcG
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 764 ratings
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