Saison Du BUFF - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 251
Hads: 575
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 15
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bursting like a Christmas tree, the big, bold and herbally savory collaboration that is the brainchild of the brewers from Victory, Dogfish Head and Stone takes the Saison style out of Belgium and gives it an off-the-wall American twist.

Its hazy straw appearance billows with an off-white pillowy fresh froth that carries all host of botanical herbs- sage, rosemary, thyme and grassy flat-leaf parsley give the nose a bright and savory character. With the sweetness to follow, the taste is soft with dry crackers, faint honey and freshly toasted bread. All that's missing is the lamb chops.

One the beer strikes the middle palate, the sweetness drops out and the racy carbonation highlights the beer's more spicy attributes. Natural peppercorn, cumin and clove begin to counter the dried lemon, dried orange and apple esters while the spice additions swirl above the tongue. As the champagne-like effervescence pulls the ale from the tongue, a bitter, herbal and peppery finish exhumes.

Bright and brazen, those fresh herbs pop and gives the beer a very "holiday" kind of life. Usually meant to brighten savory and meaty entrees, here those herbs spice the beer- giving this already spicy farmhouse ale and exacerbated, complex and somewhat over-the-top character. Its medium-light body trends bitter with freshly shaven pine and citrus rinds as those hops outlast the sweetness and the herbs provide a rich afterglow. (1,422 characters)

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had the Dogfish Head version last year and didn't care for it, so I thought I would give this a try. Just a little better flavor profile, but probably just because it was fresher. Just not my cup of tea. Leave the parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme to the chefs or Simon and Garfunkel. Still, I'll still try the Stone version for comparison purposes if the opportunity presents itself. (387 characters)

Photo of pinyin
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, I got this 4-pack really fresh from my local Wegmans. Victory's newest product. du BUFF Saison.

Served in a 16 ounce goblet at 39-45F.

Beautiful texture and mouthfeel. Straight saison heaviness. Like glazed doughnuts heft.

The aroma and taste are amazing and seem to improve as your palette works its way through the four pack.

I get a floral, hibiscous, bright yet subdued dry finish.

I really like this ale, but I fear that it will never be as fresh as I am relaying my taste experience now, or to other reviewers below me.

This is defenitley a seasonal launch, so get it while its fresh. You wont be disappointed.

use beermenus and your gps to find it. (671 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
2.13/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Clear yellow with a lot of carbonation. Smell of hops and citrus is above average. Usually Victory makes pale ales without all the bitterness that most breweries have. This one doesn't. Victory is a great greT brewery but this is the worse beer I've ever had from them. (271 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big perfumey aroma, with sage, apricot, and honeysuckle dominating initially. The rosemary gives a jasmine impression. Grain becomes evident late. Smells a little soapy.

Flavor reveals more fruity notes than I recall in the Dogfish version. The finish is earthy and moderately bitter. Lemon thyme really comes to the forefront, with rosemary taking over mid palate. Sage is less present than I recall from Dogfish, as well. Very interesting. (442 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 12 oz as part of a mixed six because I have liked Victory beers I have tried lately. Had the typical appearance of the saison but the smell seemed strange which had me guessing but the beer was very good. Surprised me that is was at 6.8, did not seem any different than the 5% saisons I have had and the higher alcohol content has value in my book. Enjoyed the beer and was disappointed that is has been retired, would have purchased again. (452 characters)

Photo of RingoBro
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager pint glass. Bought as a single for $2.29

A - Clear straw color. Not much head or lacing with this beer

S - Tangy, citrus smell. Maybe a hint of spices and mint

T - Tastes herbal/spicey. Bitter aftertaste

M - On the high end with carbonation, but felt pretty light on the tongue. Went down smoothly

Overall, I thought this was a decent beer. I'm a big fan of Dog Fish Head Brewery and saw this as a single so I picked it up. I wouldn't purchase it again (as I can see they don't make it anymore), but I'm glad I picked up this single. (592 characters)

Photo of Swift989
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light orange or dark yellow in color. Lovely smell To it with some yeast and banana coming through. Malty and gritty condensation making for a scratchy and well carbonated mouth feel. Taste is very citrusy. Reminds me of allagash's saisons but also has the coriander and some zest like Hennepin. Overall tasty beer and cool Concept from three unique breweries on both coasts. Which I could compare to the stone version. Had at bier baron tavern DuPont Washington, D.C. (468 characters)

Photo of LeRose
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Twelve once bottle no date but I assume it is pretty old.

The pour was a light straw color with a bit of haze. About a finger of head that backed down to a modest ring, good amount of lacing. Head persisted to the very end.

Aroma was vaguely fruity, some mixture of herbal notes but nothing distinctive. Almost like an herbal cough drop - not unpleasantly medicinal, just reminiscent of that smell. Maybe clove, rosemary, licorice. A little bready malt/sweet smell.

Taste was a smooth mixture of herbs (rosemary, fennel), bitter lemon citrus, hints of apple and pear. Slight acidic bite, some sweetness. Definite anise aftertaste. Heavy bitter component in the middle that fades. Some lively peppery notes. Nothing jumps out as an overwhelming taste component. Thought it had a lot going on but calmly so.

Mouthfeel was pretty lively. Well carbonated, spicy tingle on the finish. Cooling sensation like mint or menthol, maybe from whatever brings the anisette-type flavor? Dry and crisp.

I was surprised that this was so very drinkable. I have had the bottle at least a year. Very blended flavors. Alcohol well hidden, sneaks up. Pleasant drinking, nice beer. (1,165 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Did 7-Up make a beer? Bubbly, astringent... just off. Raul ain't doin' it and it ain't doin' Raul. Like Medussa, Raul better not look at it again because it will turn his a%$ into stone!

Like Michael Jordan, this thang should stay in retirement.

Peace! (255 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle: This one pours a hazy, golden color. There wasn’t much of a white head on it, and what was there didn’t linger or leave any lacing. It has a nice aroma. Somewhat musty, with lemon and grapefruit, wheat and some peppery notes. Interesting taste. Some tartness, wheat, spiciness, bit of bitterness, lemon, a touch of yeastiness and breadiness. A very nice Saison. I hope they do it again! (404 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No bottled on date. Purchased for $2.99. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Ours a slightly cloudy, straw yellow. Minimal white head, which quickly dissapates. Zero lacing. Well carbonated.

A - Grapefruit and herbal, citrusy

T - Crisp and clean, peppery, hint of citrus, not the typical funk of a saison

MF - Sharp and tingly

O - A refreshing balanced beer that I would buy again. (381 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale golden color, hazy body, steady carbonation, and a one finger thick head looked very good in the tulip glass. The aroma was quite rustic, with smell of lavender, lemon, green pepper, and coriander. The taste showcased the floral character up front, with a slightly sweeter notes dominating art first before turning lemony, tart, and dry. Finish had a flourish of white peppercorns as well as bittering hops. The body was light and airy, and overall the beer was very quenching. (482 characters)

Photo of AmitC
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So a collaboration beer from three breweries i really admire.

Poured into snifter, Pale orange in color. About three finger thick white colored head that has good retention. Stays as a thin 2 cm thick layer. Decent lacing on the sides, left by the head. A good amount of bubbles seen rising up. Hazy with some suspension, may be of Belgian yeast.

Slight dry fruit type nose that is dominant. Seems a little bit spicy as well. Some pepper like phenols. A little bit of Belgian yeast. No apparent alcohol. Not enough malt or hop aroma. Not a very typical Belgian saison aroma that is mind blowing.

Taste has some hops. A little bit of fruity esters. Some clove or pepper like taste. Seems somewhat spicy to me. Sweet and tart at the same time. More complex than i expected. No thing very distinct about it.

Feel is very medium to slightly on the lower side. Drinks easy and has spice related tartness. Moderate to high on carbonation. Smooth on the palate. Effervescent but not that much.

A nice Saison beer, not to my liking.

Style Rate: 4
Personal Rate: 3.5 (1,067 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, pear, pepper, clove, sage, thyme, rosemary, floral, grass, and earthy yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of the malt/spices. Taste of lemon, pear, pepper, clove, thyme, sage, parsley, floral, grass, cracker, earth, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, clove, pepper, grass, earth, herbs, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of the herbal flavors, with nice malt balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a lightly slick and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice herbal saison style. very nice balance and complexity of the flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one, very well done. (1,111 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle into a globe.

A-An average pour produced a very thin, shiny-white head. The brew is clear and straw in color with a few dribbles of carbonation. No real lacing on the glass.

S-Herbal and slightly medicinal. I get some sage, a touch of thyme, and even a little mint. There was also a touch of light, bready malts. The herbs pretty much dominate, but I found it pleasant.

T-The taste is not as sharp and herbal as the smell. Instead, it is only mild on the herb front, with a little bread, almost pils-like malt character. Not much in the way of hops and only faint, dry yeast notes.

M-The carbonation was ultra-fine and creamy, which gave the brew a heavier feel than normal. Quite quaffable.

O-I liked the smell of this stuff, but otherwise, I was not terribly impressed. I was hoping for some of that herbal nose to carry into the taste, but the flavor was notably mild. Mouthfeel was really creamy, which might have worked for another style of beer, but did not mesh well with the taste. Criticisms notwithstanding, it was easy to drink. (1,064 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale fizzy yellow. Small white head atop. Fair amount of bubbles rising throughout. The nose is really herbal, which was expected. Notes of grass, yeast, thyme. Crisp mouthfeel, again expected due to the vast amount of carbonation present. A flavorful beer here with thyme, oregano, lemon pepper, lime, yeast, mild citrus. A lot going on, but it's almost too strange. This was the last of the 3 versions I needed to try. I don't think any of the other ones really jumped out at me, and this is no exception. Probably a beer I won't be visiting again. But hey, the friend I shared it with, it's his favorite beer. To each their own. (677 characters)

Photo of Phelps
2.91/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Compared to the Dogfish edition of is beer, this version of Saison du Buff is lighter and much clearer -- a pale wheat color. Half an inch of white bubbles pops away in just a few seconds.

Gonna come out and say it: this smells a little like pee. There's a weird, urine-y funk that covers all the good stuff, which could be good if given the chance. Lemon, pear, black pepper...pee.

Thankfully the anomaly is gone from the flavor. Just-picked pears, pepper, coriander. Crisp and mostly dry.

Moderate, pinching carbonation. In a medium-light body. Just a touch of fizz. A hint of alcohol heat.

More citrusy than the other editions, and the potty aroma really turns me off. I wouldn't pour it out, but I probably wouldn't have it again. (738 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$2.29 for a single 12 oz. bottle.

A: light amber color, ever-so-slight haze, nice creamy head that stayed
S: full, traditional saison, with spicy qualities
T: very nice beer, definite saison qualities but finish is a bit too herbal for my liking, some unusual bitterness in finish
M: a bit heavier and not as effervescent as I would expect (340 characters)

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

I've wanted to try this beer for a while now. This brew is golden and very clear. Slight white head and effervescent carbonation. Its aroma is fruity (peach, apricot), and very yeasty. Earthy and moderately dry. A little funk and a lot of bitterness....hops. The mid-taste has some nut and wood flavors. Light aroma, but a strong and complex taste. The finish is bitter and lengthy. Good beer. (393 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

A- Pours a crystal clear straw colored body with a generous 3" white fizzy head that reduces to a concave circle of foam. Leaves little lacing. Energetic carbonation.

S- Yeast, slight funk, bread, citrus.

T- Starts off with some subtle Belgian spices and malt, ends with big citrus, tangerine and hoppy characteristics for balance. Slightly tart aftertaste.

M- High carbonation, light mouthfeel. Refreshing, easy drinker.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised at how easy to drink and balanced this brew was. A little hoppy for a farmhouse, but I liked the change of pace. Definitely worth a try. (720 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes from 10/28/12.

A- Pours a slightly cloudy yellow/gold. Half finger head quickly dissipates. Lots of carbonation flowing.

S- HOLY CRAP! That's a lot of rosemary and thyme in the nose! Also some sweet floral and citrus aromas push through.

T- As expected the spices are in the forefront of the flavor. Some bready malt & yeast make way to some citrus and a touch of piney hops in the finish.

M- Light and highly carbonated.

O- Delightful! (461 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent brew. Pours golden yellow with a nice head and good lacing on the glass. Slightly cloudy. Smells of spices - rosemary and thyme present as expected. Taste is crisp and refreshing. Spices again are present but add in a citrus flavor leaning towards lemon and some grapefruit. Ingredients are the same in the 3 versions of SDB but the malt flavoring is more present than the others and the hops are less present - The water is the biggest difference in each so it gives you a sense of the impact of this beers largest ingredient. (537 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with lingering sweetness and some sage and light rosemary notes. Taste is a great balance mix between some sage and rosemary mix in with some rustic malt with bready notes with light floral undertones and some lingering sweetness. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed this beer and must admit that all three version were quite good. (506 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a translucent straw-yellow. Lots of carbonation rising. Small, white, fluffy head of about a half finger. Retention is good, lacing is just ok.

S- Scent starts of with light malts that leave a 'skunky' impression much like a European pils. Underneath the light malt flavors are a variety of spices. I pick up rosemary, hints of something like basil, and a slight hint of lemon.

T- Starts with a very small hint of lemon, then progresses straight into the spices. Rosemary is prominent and almost overpowering. Other spices that I can't name are there mingling in too. At the end a little bit of hops bitterness kicks in. Mild bitterness provides a clean ending.

M- Light and effervescent. Easy to drink, provided you want to drink more of the flavor. Fairly watery as opposed to creamy. Not alcohol heat or heaviness is detectable.

Overall, this is just another saison, and I'm not a saison guy. Not a bad style representation, but the amount of rosemary is simply borderline overpowering. Not one I would buy again. (1,029 characters)

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Saison Du BUFF from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.