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Swing Session Saison | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Swing Session SaisonSwing Session Saison

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

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

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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 KTCamm
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 6/21

Pours very pale gold, a little hazy, 1/4 inch white head. Peppery spicy belgian yeast nose. Tart, citrus taste with a peppery hop. Spicy. Buzzes in the mouth during and after. Lively saison. Snaps to a close.

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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 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 argock
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly hazy golden with small cap of off-white head with a thin line of lacing around the top of the glass.

S: Very earthy, almost dirty aroma with gritty grainy malty aroma coupled with very earthy, herbal, lightly citrus hop character. The yeast is also high in phenols and lightly medicinal in nature. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Again I have to use the descriptor gritty to describe this beer -- very earthy and herbal in nature with lightly citrus hopping and grainy maltiness. The yeast character carries this beer with a heavy dose of phenols and some medicinal, earthy tones. It is enjoyable, but I doubt I would want to drink two.

M: Very light bodied with high carbonation and crisp feel overall.

O: I liked this beer, but the phenols are pretty hefty by the end of the pint. Perfect for one, but I was ready to move on when it was done. Still, a really nice, earthy, scrappy saison.

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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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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of July 27, 2013 printed on the bottleneck, so I'm a little late on this one, but I fear not. Yet another offering from Victory Brewing Co., this time their spring saison.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a light lemon colored body with lots of spritzy carbonation rushing to the surface, and some very fine sediment suspended in the glass. Just over a finger of soft bubbly white head. Some scattered rings of fat lace. Looks good.

S - Smell is of cracked black pepper, citric lemon juice, dried grass / herbal spice rack notes like oregano and thyme, and some sour vinegar acidity.

T - Tastes like a Belgian beer would, by most standards. Bubblegum malt, cloves, herbal spice rack notes - oregano, thyme, lemongrass, etc., hint of pepper, rye, dry papery grains, metallic well water, and some faint citric lemon zest on the finish.

M - Feel is crisp, clean, smooth, and refreshing. Just a hint of mild herbal bitterness lingering on the palate. Finishes dry and lightly grainy. Light-bodied, with appropriate high spritzy, tingling carbonation on the tongue.

Overall, definitely well enough for what it is. Not my favorite style by far, but a light, refreshing, and sessionable choice. Light and approachable. I might even have it again, if the occasion should arise.

Victory Swing Session Saison ---3.5/5

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Photo of wedge
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed sunny gold topped with a small, pure-white head. Fresh herbal, lemon, and spice aromas...basil, hay, dank, spices, flowers, and a melon sweetness. Peppery, yeasty flavor with continued citrus rind and more grassy/earthiness from the hops. Fresh, cracker-like malts, coriander, and green herbs. Crispy clean, dry mouthfeel. Flavorful and very refreshing.

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Photo of prototypic
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Swing pours a lighter straw color. It looks crystal clear. That’s a bit of a departure from the style, but it’s a nice color. Backlighting gives it a brighter, more of a yellow look. It’s topped with a light white head that stands a little over a finger tall. It’s quick to recede. Lacing was sticky and moderate in volume. Looks pretty good.

The nose kicks off with a mix of spices, grass, and herbs. It’s very earthy. The spicy notes are no doubt attributed to Belgian yeast. Pepper is definitely the strongest, but lighter spices are also noted. There are some light citrus lemon notes throughout. It also smells like some grassy hops are present. Maybe some form of noble hops. Alcohol isn’t a factor at all. I’m not getting any.

This pretty tasty stuff for a lower abv, session ale. I’m impressed. It does have a very earthy, spicy character. It’s very earthy and grainy throughout. Spicy esters are very strong and flavorful. Pepper is the most notable spice by far. Belgian yeast is tasty, but takes a back seat to the spices and herbs. Grassy hops are definitely in the mix. It’s almost certainly a noble hop. They add a slight bitter kick and a strong dose of grass. There’s an interesting flavor that almost tastes salty. That’s not all that great. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. Finishes spicy, herbal, grassy, and dry.

Swing has a lighter body. Carbonation is relatively light and soft. More body would smooth it out a bit, but it’s not bad. It’s definitely easy drinking. With a very friendly abv, it’s tough not to drink a few.

Swing Session Ale is a pretty nice release from Victory. For a lower abv Saison, it’s pretty tasty. No, it’s nowhere near competing with an authentic Belgian Saison. Having said that, it’s rather impressive for what it is. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2013-02-26 in Columbia, PA

A - Quite clear golden-yellow with a pillowy 2-finger white head that sticks around and leaves good lacing.

S - Enticing. Fruity yeast, citrus, straw, musky grape skin, floral.

T - Spicy, toasted bread, citrus, yeast, pepper, nice kick of hop bitterness and spice in the finish. Plenty of flavor.

M - Light-medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth at first then crisp.

O - Enjoyed this quite a bit. Victory managed to pack a lot of flavor into a sessionable brew. Well done.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Pale straw color with a slight haze to the body. Huge, fluffy white head that lingers around and leaves a ton of lacing.

S- Belgian yeast, citrus, pears, ginger, herbal tea, other spices.

T- Belgian yeast up front, with a blast of spices immediately after that initial taste. Lots of orange and citrus mixed in as well, but the peppery spice is a bit too much.

M- Very good light-medium body with perfect medium carbonation.

O- Good for what it is, but the spice is just a bit too much in my opinion. Close to being great, but still not bad.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a bright pale yellow with a two-finger foamy white head that retains beautifully long after the pour leaving thick lacing behind, looks great

S- getting more of a witbier aroma right off with notes lemony-coriander-like aromas, some Saison aromas start to come out with notes of phelonic yeast and some fruity esters, yet overall subtle

T- fruity notes with some lemon zest up front, some subtle Saison flavors one through mid-palate with phenol and banana to close it out, bone dry finish

M- light bodied with crisp carbonation, foamy mouthfeel from the long-retentioned head, crisp and refreshing finish

O- white not the most flavorful Saison, it does a good job for its purpose, as a sessionable beer. It drinks more like a witbier with some Saison flavors. A good switch up on a hot summer day as it is very drinkable

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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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Photo of justintcoons
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Pale straw with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

Lemon, sulfur, sage and cereal grains.

Sage, lemon juice and traces of sulfur. Really light grain bill mainly consisting of pilsner malt. Touches of bubblegum, caramel covered grains and perhaps some white pepper.

Light bodied, crisp, clean and very refreshing.

Extremely sessionable and easy drinking. Very balanced and clean. This is okay by me.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a bit of head at pour but disappates relatively quickly. No lacing present.

S: Spices and lemon.

T: Good amount of citrus up front with lingering farm spices on the back. Peppery. Nice.

M: Light. Carbonation resembles soda pop.

O: Underrated Saison - sessionable at 4.5 ABV and yet has some Saison body. Really good.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden yellow with a big meringue white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is fruits and funk with some piney, floral hops and perfumey spices.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a little funky fruit and some spices (corriander, pepper) and a good sized piney floral bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I'm not sure I'd call it a saison. But I like it as a session beer with good bitterness and some funk.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale yellow with sone clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Peppery, clove, yeasty, bready, some sweetness, herbal, lemony, and some ginger.

Taste: Spiciness between the hops, rye, and pepper. Chewy notes from the wheat and oats and s little sweetness from the 2 row. A little lemon and yeastiness too.

Mouthfeel: A little dry, light bodied, medium carbonation, chewy, and spicy tingling sensation.

Overall: I think this beer is best served with a pork loin. The amount of spices in it would work well with the food. Other than that, a nice Saison at 4.5%.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.79 for a 12oz at BevCo.. Brewed with Rye, oats and wheat. Hopped with "German and American hops". Spiced with peppercorns, orange peel and fresh lemon zest. Belgian saison yeasts.. 4.5% ABV.

Pours out to a light pale blonde, forming a tall foamy bone white head with awesome retention and lacing owing in part to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.75 carbs. The aroma is nice. Spicy phenolic belgian saison yeast strain with some sulfur notes and subtle citrus. No off flavors or aromas. The mouthfeel is very light bodied, crisp and clean with firm carbonation. The taste is great...opening with citrus and spice, a delicate pale saltine cracker malt and wheat body with a pleasantly medium firm bitterness which contrasts nicely with some orange lingering in the finish. Some good hop character in the middle, and a subtle hint of pepper, although I wouldn't have called it had I not known it was brewed with it.

A really nice easy drinking summer saison, low in ABV but complex and bitter enough to make the craft beer drinker happy. Recommended.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden in color. Visibly high in carbonation. Head is thin, however. What's there is supported by rising bubbles.

Coriander, farmhouse yeast, wheaty malts, pepper, and some lemon. Somewhat biscuity.

Dry and crispy. Saison yeast is peppery and a little dank. Garbles of wheat malts and biscuit. Simple. Hints of Thai basil, soft melon and citrus fruits. Refreshing. Sudsy on the tongue. A little abrasively so in the finish. Body is bright and just rare of medium.

A preferred spring drink; a saison with drinkability and just enough character to warrant another sip, and then, another glass.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly white frothy head that seems to last quite a while. The beer itself is a pale straw.

I get earthy, grapefruit and citrus hops. I also detect some pepper in the smell and very little malt.

Earthy and citrusy as well as a little bitter with a hint of pepper.

Medium bodied, which is heavier than I'm used to with most Saisons.

A pretty good session saison and definitely worth checking out. I definitely plan on picking another one up if I can find one.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Bright straw to light gold, almost clear - some chill haze. Lots of visible carbonation and a two-finger white frothy head. Almost perfect for style.

S: Grainy, some barnyard, lemony citrus and some peppery spiciness.

T: Light cracker and pilsner malt, funk, tart lemon, and a bigger black pepper punch on the front of the tongue than expected. Some fresh grass flavor as well. Some mild funky dryness hangs around at the end.

M: Light bubbly mouthfeel, no alcohol presence at all. Tons of carbonation.

O: I'm not sure about this one. It has way more funk and black pepper flavor than I would have expected. But it's lacking the complexity that makes the best saisons stand out. I suppose not completely unexpected for the quite modest ABV and the subsequent "Session" tag. This one falls into the "glad I tried it once" category for me.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Swing saison pours blonde in color maybe straw. The head is small and white. Carbonation is faily robust.
Aroma smells malty and hoppy with some barnyard funkiness mixed in. You can also smell some spice and yeasty esters of cloves.
Taste was mild with a desent malt base, bready notes come through as well. Not very hoppy but seems to have a sutle citrus bitterness to itself.
Drinks dry and bitter and perhaps alittle weak too.
The lower ABV and quenchablity of this brew are sure to be a hit in the summer parade.

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Photo of DIM
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was an almost completely clear, straw colored yellow. It poured with a small head quickly fade to spotty lace.

s: Grainy overall for lack of a better word. There was also some citrus peel, spice, and a hint of barnyard Belgian spice.

t: Bright and refreshing upfront, I tasted zesty citrus and peppery spice. The finish was an oddly heavy graininess the taste out of place.

m: Light and spritzy.

o: This wasn't as good as I hoped it would be, I'll stick to their incredibly delicious and bargain priced Helios.

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Photo of philbe311
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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 GilGarp
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served cold into a goblet.

Swing Session Saison is a slightly hazy pale golden yellow with thick white head. It's settles slowly and leaves a little sticky lace behind.

Aroma is quite pleasant with bright citrusy lemon, minty herb and spices.

Flavor is light and crisp but not low on character. More lemon, mint, and pepper come through here too.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated. Balanced and flavorful.

An interesting beer with lots of character. Unfortunately, I doubt I would want another right after which kind of kills it for being a session beer. Otherwise enjoyable.

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Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.66 out of 5 based on 763 ratings.
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