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
For Trade:
0
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3/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of lstokes
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy lemon yellow with a wispy head and lively carbonation. Lots of wheat and Belgian yeast in the nose. Very much a summer beer, with strong tastes of wheat, citrus, coriander, pepper, a bit of lavender? Mouthfeel is light, ending very crisp. This is a really nice beer--it really is an easy-drinking saison which you could have a few of without thinking too hard about it.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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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4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Session saison? Now this is what I’m talking about. Great Belgian-style ales shouldn’t just be for special occasions.

A: A fizzy, pale yellow body with a bit of haze; looks like a typical American lager, but with a stark white head of cappuccino foam. Few strands of lace here and there.

S: An invigorating character of strong, spicy hops, black pepper, and pure lemon – complex and aromatic. A wonderful Belgian yeast character sits behind, showcasing scents of bread and ester that would please anyone with a penchant for Belgian beer. Hints of coriander and ginger floating around, as well.

T: A blast of hops to start, jolting the taste buds with bright lemon peel and citrus pulp. Belgian ale tastes of leafy, fruity wheat, coriander, sugar cookie dough, and light vanilla fill the gaps in the palate, but this beer seems to be all about the zest – the fruits of the front end soon grow to a spicy salt and pepper kick. Needless to say, it satisfies with every sip. A crisp snap of a finish, condensing the entire palate into an upward swing of lemon-lime. Fantastic.

M: There’s not a saison out there that feels as light as a pilsner, but this one comes close; bubbles pop in time with the bitters to give a bright, mildly fizzy character. Light-to-medium body with that sessionable feel, inviting another sip.

O: One of my favorite beers this year – a sunny day in a bottle. I can’t think of anything I’d rather have for a lawnmower beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of MrIncognito
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a stemless red wine glass

A - Hazy burnt orange/straw body beneath a thick 2-finger white head that leaves great lacing and retains for 3-4 minutes

S - Straw funk from the yeast and kind of a Saaz-like hop aroma. Crisp in the nose with just a slight hint of orange peel

T&M - Fizzy carbonation leads to a dry mouthfeel. Smooth straw taste with a quick hit of the bitter hops. Belgian yeast flavor and hops give it a nice funky saison flavor. Orange rind. Lightly crisp in the bitterness but still refreshing.

O - A nice saison that isn't overly complex but goes down easy and tasty. Would definitely try again

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Immortale25
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a light golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that soon lowers to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of surface foam. Lacing is jagged and somewhat resilient.

S- Very bright, citrusy aroma with lots of sweet, floral spices and a hint of funky saison yeast. The spices (especially coriander) go a bit overboard depending on your preference. Nice wheat background plus some soap once the head is fully aroused.

T- Very flowery flavor with a decent twang of yeast and spice. Coriander is still present but also collides with rosemary and lavender. Also some citrus notes like lemon and orange. Barely any funk compared to the aroma. Tangy and sessionable indeed.

M- Light and semi-spritzy with medium carbonation.

O- Decent but ends up being a little too heavy in the spice department. Reminds me of a fruity version of Saison du Buff (DFH version).

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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