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Saison Du BUFF - Victory Brewing Company

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Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF

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very good

266 Reviews
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Reviews: 266
Hads: 660
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 20.68%
Wants: 19
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 266 | Hads: 660
Photo of jtaylord
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden. A bit lighter in color than many saisons. Smells better than it tastes which is a bit concerning. Overall a tad disappointed in this Victory beer.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.32/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

$2.79 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed withPilsner malt, wheat, rye parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Hopped with Centennial, Cascade, Citra
6.8% ABV.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear medium golden, forming a thin white head with poor retention and sparse lacing. Nose of cat urine, guava and papaya. Mouthfeel is crisp, biting acidity, tart, ruddy finish, peppery dry. Taste of cat urine and tropical fruit, pepper and herbs. Higher alcohols in the middle, medium bitterness, more than expected for the style. Bone dry finish.

Not my cup of tea. Ruddy, hot, the cat pee is way too much. Can not recommend this.

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Photo of jera1350
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very complex nose and flavor for the style. Lots of floral, fruit, earthy notes. Some light citrus and hop bitterness. Some astringent alcohol also. Very long finish, refreshing. Overall, solid beer that is terrific for the style.

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Photo of BryanReed
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly haze gold yellow in color. Aroma is very herbal. Picking up mainly on the parsley and thyme. Less citrus than I'm used to for saison. Taste follows nose. Huge blast of herbs, very slight citrus is overwhelmed by herbs. Not bad, just different. It kind of grows on you. Decent carbonation, and pretty dry. The herbs lend a unique bitterness along with the hops, all amplified by the dryness, and a strange oily feel on the tongue.

Not my favorate, but not bad. Kind of a challenging beer, but something I could see myself trying again.

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Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden copper with a finger of white head. The nose has a touch of lemon and a touch of funk. The flavor profile is pretty standard for the style. The finish is a tad tart and a bit dry.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this bottle at Barley Mow in West Reading enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is golden light with hazed appearance and thin white head after settling turns into a ring of beads. The smell has a very herbal yet yeast matches in intensity with semi-phenollic and slight malt aroma backing with mild mineral scent. The feel is light with slight spice texture and medium high carbonation with dry malt texture and yeast mix with herbs leading into a dry finish.

There is a grassy and light sage-like earthiness up front with yeast dominant taste mid palate and light pepper with slight resins and gentle phenolic taste adding to the malt quality with slihgt alcohol and herbal flavors lasting into the semi-dry finish. Overall pretty nice herbal flavor with solid base saison recipe a very decent amount of flavor from herbas and yeast is slightly phenolic but not quite medicinal. Very good.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is ok. Lacing is good. Citrus farmhouse aroma. Great hoppy farmhouse edge. Strong citrus. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Wish this beer came around more often than it does. This is rated from the 2015 version.

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Photo of dd43
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It smells like Thanksgiving! Imagine you've just sat down to a fantastic beer and the bird was just carved. You inhale the deeply savory aromas of all those herbs the cavity was laced with. Are you going to Scarborough Fair? You might with this saison from Victory.

Really great head retention on this beer, and the initial cap is an easy two fingers of densely packed tiny bubbles of aromatic yumminess.

Huge rosemary and thyme on the nose. Some of the funky yeast aromas are there as well but they get dominated by the cooking herbs. Flavors perhaps are even more pronounced along the same vector. This is not like any beer I've had before. As a saison it's a bit strange because of those additions, but it is absolutely worth seeking out for the drinking experience.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: golden to yellowish orange. Minimal white head Very clear

S: tyme. Rosemary. Floral herbs de Provence. Subtle bitterness

T: lots of seasoning. Tyme. Herbs de Provence. Rosemary. Some bitterness from the hops.

F: mild carbonation. Bitter coating

O: yea I mean it's different. Not bad but I've probably had my share of this one.

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Photo of RobinLee
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funny enough, I think I like Victory's version a bit better than the DFH. It's less sweet/drier, and the carb seems more to my liking. I have no idea if they tweak the recipe a bit each time, or if it's just the equipment chances.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: An earthy, spicy, and fruity Belgian style aroma with a scent of spicy herbs, yeast, and fruit. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, pepper, and farmhouse funk. Herbal spice scent including hints of sage, rosemary, and parsley. Fruit hints of lemon zest, banana, pear, green apple, and white grape. Bready hints of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. Also some hints of grassy hops. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy, earthy, and juicy Belgian Saison style taste with notes of herbs, yeast, and fruit. Belgian style yeast with notes of clove, peppers, and farmhouse funk. Also some nice spicy herbal notes of rosemary, sage, and parsley. Zesty fruit notes of lemon, green apple, banana, pear, and white grape. Bready malt notes of wheat, straw, and cracker. Herbal and grassy hop notes. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and fairly drying.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Saison. Nice mix of spicy, herbal, and fruity flavors.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light yellow golden color with white head. Yeast, wheat, light fruit , and grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with a wheat note.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.67/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle from JustDoIt1234 (thanks). Enjoy by 11/11/15. Served in a goblet.

Pours a brilliant, clear golden yellow with almost two fingers of white head. The froth lingers, leaving a good bit of lace from its healthy ring.

Smells spicy and floral with notes of hay, earth, parsley, lemon zest and clove. It's ok but not a aroma that excites me.

The herbs and spices take over in the flavor. Clove, sage, rosemary, peppercorn, hay, earth, a mild, faint sweetness and a hint of some strange, off-putting metallic note. I honestly drank more than I cared for looking for a redeeming flavor before pouring the second half of the bottle.

Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Awkward, disjointed spicy herbal finish.

Wow. For my tastes this is a mess that I would not have expected from three brewers that I respect so much. The herbal additions unfortunately augment notes I happen not to care for in the style- thus taking a style I already don't gravitate towards and making it a complete turn off. Had this been my first saison it likely would have kept me away for good.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to love the mid-review log out (timeout). I'll try to recreate the notes as they laid upon the screen pre-refresh.

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Initially hazy (that eventually clears), luminous golden orange.

S - Earthy, spicy (pepper and clove), lemons, and dirt/funk

T- Follows the nose, but with a wallop of bubble gum/yeast like notes. The dirt/funk lingers somewhat in the finish.

M - Starts true to a style, with medium high carbonation levels. It does have a slightly fuller mouthfeel than I am accumstomed to.

O - Defintiely worth a go, recommended saison. I did not have the other two of three to compare (yet) but will look to when I can.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not terribly familiar with the Saison/Farmhouse Ale style. Straw yellow in color, pleasant refreshing aroma. Taste is of slight tartness with hint of light spice at the back end. Refreshing and pleasant. This would be an excellent beer on a very hot day. In no hurry to buy again, but would like to try on draft.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of pinyin
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.13/5  rDev -44.2%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of RingoBro
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of Swift989
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of LeRose
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
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.


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Saison Du BUFF from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.