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Saison Du BUFF - Victory Brewing Company

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Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF

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553 Ratings
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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 16
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: garuda on 08-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed in collaboration w/ Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Stone Brewing Company, and Victory Brewing Company, who each brewed a version at their own breweries.
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Ratings: 553 | Reviews: 246
Reviews by SFC21:
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Onto the final brewery release of this collaboration that I've sampled. Pours into my glass a hazed goldenrod with a quarter inch of bubbly white foam that falls to a ring along with mellow active carbonation. Aromas kick off with fresh cut herbs...sage rosemary and thyme all come to the forefront. Semi-sweet sun drenched malts underneath. Nice and punchy.

First sip brings a rush of fresh cut herbs upfront alongside a smooth, semi-sweet malt. Sage and rosemary blend with the thyme and parsley undertones nicely. Lemon zest accents along with a touch of herbal spiciness. Herbs are well integrated and not overpowering. Finishes with a lingering earthy accent.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with fast paced bubbles. A bit of a slickness as well. Overall, after trying all 3 I've come to quite enjoy this brew and I can't really say one version is superior to the others by any means. They have subtle differences only. Glad to have been able to try this one...it would be nice as a summer seasonal for any of the 3 breweries!

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.89/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

$5 for this bottle.
It poured a hazy yellow color with a minimal white head.
Pleasant citrus aroma, but also a pronounced herbal presence, which was a little bit jarring.
Things went downhill from there. There was some lemon, a fair amount of thyme and rosemary, and a big, huge dose of garlic. I felt like I had just eaten some scampi or other heavily garlicked meal, and was breathing garlic.
The garlic and herbs made for a sharply unpleasant mouthfeel. Won't drink this again.

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Novare Res, over the course of a few days i was able to try all three versions.

Very clear pale yellow thick white head good lace

The nose is sweet with some citrus grassy hops and yeast the spices do no present them self

Starts with a sweet citrus and spicy it milds and finishes dry with a dry mouth the spices present themselves and finishes bitter much like you'd get from licking a lemon

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Mealy58
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Altenor
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Brilliant yellow with a small white head, very similar to a pils. Not much carbonation must say even though I poured a little aggressively at the end. Nothing spectacular.

S: Crisp lemon, some pepper, herbaceous, not bad.

T: All that was in the nose plus a little honey sweetness that is quickly overpowered by the bitterness. Bitterness remains in the finish quite a while. I feel that the hop bitterness is a little rustic, almost like drinking a classy Budweiser. The bitterness is too much for the other flavors. It doesn't really invite you to take another sip, but have to say that it's very flavorful. Once I it got warmer the balance was a little better.

M: Although it didn't produce a big head, it feels lively. Very refreshing and thirst quenching. Great for a hot day.

O: Not bad but nothing extraordinary. Just a good take on the Saison style with an American hoppy twist. I would have preferred less bitterness but I get what they were going after. Would recommend.

Photo of mjtiernan
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of ehammond1
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle (2010)

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Clear goldenrod and yellow with a very thin, almost non-existent, white crown. Spotted lacing down the glass.

A strange, herbal aroma consisting of spicy pepper and rosemary (and thyme?). There's some hop/citrus aromas, but they're not the highlight or standing out.

Strangely herbal flavor dominated by rosemary, thyme, ?garlic?, and a high level of bitterness. Nothing marries here particularly well, but it's not at all bad. The lingering aftertaste of plant stems is the most unfortunate aspect of this beer.

Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

This version is slightly better than Stone's, but I don't particularly like either.

Photo of jminch
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Soonami
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory's version of Saison Du Buff is a nice saison and the first of the series that I have had. I have the rest of the them and am looking to try them all together to compare.

This beer is a light crisp beer that was very pale and had almost no head. The beer smelled primarily of freshly crushed sage, rosemary and lemon peel. The beer definitely had the flavors from the herbal additions as well as a sound bitterness and peppery bite and a tartness in the sweet finish. For me it was a bit too sweet and the herbs dominated the flavors and aromas not really balancing with the beery contributions. The carbonation was a bit low for my liking. Overall this was a good beer that was well made and easy finished

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears pale golden slightly hazed hue with a bright white head and forms fine even lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma full of fresh herbals alot of rosemary/citrus/grassiness. Malt base shines through with pale biscuit malt tones and spicy yeast characters. Flavors hit maybe too aggressive with with botanical/herb additions. Full on stem/leafy rosemary bitterness masks many aspects of a nice saison that could be here somewhere...I thought the Stone version was rough and the DFH a bit more palatable, but this one is unbalanced on it's own. Use as a marinade with some chicken breast or serve it with a nice meal, on it's own this is a bit much. I can't picture this flavor working in a regular offering, interesting experiment, but I've done enough sampling of these herb/spiced brews with these 3 interpretations. Mouthfeel dry in the finish with overkill herbaceous qualities, medium bodied decent carbonation. Drinkability overall I think I've said enough about my sentiments on the repeat drinkability, serve in small portions with herbally infused meats.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a clear orangish-yellow body with a thin film of off-white foam that soon fades to a thick bubbly ring. There is a good carbonation of bubbles that support the head.
S- The rosemary and dry lemon zest blend with a yeasty cheese rind note. This is followed by a green dry herbal finish with some woody hop qualities and some more rosemary that really grows as the beer opens up. There is also a soft decaying leaves aroma that comes through in the finish as the beer warms.
T- This beer has a full but not offensive rosemary flavor with some bigger parsley flavor and a bit of a tart bite. The pale malt flavor gives way to a club soda flavor and a carbonic acid and dry pungent hop finish. There is some dry lemon zest that pops through as the beer warms and s a slight tang of green cinnamon hops in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a dry texture and a fizzy bite in the finish.
D- The herbs are nice and full but the rosemary and tartness get a bit too dry and strong as the beer opens up. The yeast takes on more of the qualities of a Tripel moreso than the other two Saison du Buffs.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden color with a 1.5 finger puffy white head. Lots of large bubbles are visible rising to the surface. Head dwindles to a film within a few minutes. Good lacing on the sides.

S: Initial smell hits you with spice and herb. Can really pull out the rosemary, sage and thyme. A little wheat in the background and a real faint hop bitterness.

T: Starts off with some light herb and spice. Some wheat body in the middle. Ends with a little bitterness from the hops. Really enjoy those spices in this style.

M: Fairly light on the palate. Good carbonation and a clean finish.

Overall a unique saison that is definitely worth a try. I'm always partial to beers that are pushing the envelope which I am sure will show in my review. A little less spice/herb than the dogfish head version.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of r0nyn
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my newly acquired Otter Creek nonic pint glass.

Pours a translucent golden yellow hue with a minimal quarter-inch head that doesn't leave much lacing at all. Bit more subdued than the DFH offering, but I like it all the same. Herbs and spices dominate the nose again, but I can also pick out a bit of malt and yeastiness as well. Maybe a little bit of pine and citrus too amongst the herbal bomb of smells.

Herbs, herbs and more herbs to start, along with some hoppy bitterness. Both are on the subdued side however, and quickly give way to a sweeter malty backbone along with some bubblegum snap yeast. The spices linger into the aftertaste, which coats the tongue pretty well. As it warms, herbs lighten slightly, which is surprising, but not unwelcome. Alcohol is just a warming twinge at the end. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and crisp, with a little bit of effervescence from the carbonation.

Drinkability is just slightly better than the DFH version to me because of the tempering of the herbal taste as the beer warms up. Towards the end it gets more malty and sweet and I do quite like that so it's a very welcome development. It was an enjoyable brew and I hope I can find the Stone version of it soon to complete the trifecta.

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Saison Du BUFF from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.