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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Pours a light gold with some tiny particulate matter preventing it from being totally clear. Short lived white foam and leaves a little lace.

SMELL: Herbal, grassy hops and a touch of citrus.

TASTE: Peppery and grassy, with a small dry citrus. Belgian yeast provides a subtle twang, but coriander, peppercorn and herb are the major flavors here.

FEEL: Light bodied, well carbonated, decent fullness of flavor and depth of character.

OVERALL: A good, perhaps slightly over spiced saison. Not bad, but for a session, one is more than enough. Good lawn mower beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

meh, add it to the legions of average generic American saisons. the pour is clear and really light shaded yellow, funny looking for the style. there is an inch of white head on top without a ton of retention. the nose is bright and fruity, crisp yet yeasty still, not farmy and wild like a true saison, but more cultured, more predictable. tons of coriander too. the flavor has some dry lemon tartness up front and a malt body that is just freakishly light. semi bitter towards the finish with the coriander standing out a little too much, and the yeast is like if saison yeast could be a lager yeast too, its got that cold fermented clean character to it, really out of place in a saison. for a summer drinker though, it does what it claims to do. great carbonation and a really drinkable texture, gentle and refreshing. overall this is nothing special, but its nice to have a different take on a summer beer, plus, its better than the summer beer they came out with last year. ill take it, but its tough to stack this against authentic versions of the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small tulip glass a hazed lighter golden with a bone white fluffy head atop.Aromas of medicinal hops and yeasty phenols mainly,a bit of toasted grain as well.Lightly citric up front on the palate with some toasted cereal grain,the phenols come in and provide some spice,a shot of herbal hops linger in the finish.A nice session saison it has some phenolic qualities wich Iam not a fan of but it's refreshing.Solid.

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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mix and matched for $1.75

A - Even though it's very carbonated I only got a 1/4 inch of head that pulls back to a thick lace ring. Color is a bright hazy yellow.
S - Smell is pretty good for a saison, peppery, chalky/fruity yeasts, and little to no hops. Pretty good actually.
T - Big peppery bite up front, followed by chalky yeast, and some dry bittering hops. Leaves the palate pretty dry so for a Saison it's fairly good.
M - Light to medium but I am not sure of the session ability.

Overall it delivers what it says a full flavored saison with light ABV for session ability. I guess if anything it could use more balance because it drinks very bitter and traditionally dry.

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Photo of SteveMi
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A - Straw yellow with a very small, faint white lacing which remains a while post pour. Carbonation still seems strong as bubbles make their way from the bottom. Not all that attractive. It actually looks sort of like Bud Light with less of a head.

S - Light with funk. There is some spice notes in there too but I mainly get funk. Someone else online noted it smells kind of like a hotdog. I can't explain it but, in a weird way, they are right.

T - Interesting! Right up front the pepper makes itself known followed a musk and hushed citrus that fades into a dry non-hop bitter taste.

M - Light body with medium carbonation. As the name suggests this would be very sessionable.

O - Not all that impressed with the over all taste and appearance but for a sessionable beer it's quite good.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with 1.5 fingers of head that fades to a 1/2 inch of cap that retains for a while

S: Some nice spicy Belgian yeast, light fruits, and some wheat malt

T: Starts off with the spicy yeast, some light citrusy fruitiness including lemon peel, and some wheat and rye maltiness. Finishes with a light spice note

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice "session" saison with pleasant yeast and hop notes. Refreshing with no overbearing flavors. Perfect spring-summer beer

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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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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