Saison Du BUFF - Victory Brewing Company
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1.35/5 rDev -64.8%
First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA
I had the DFH version of this in a bottle last year, so I thought it would be interesting to try Victory's version. I like Victory a lot, and I liked the DFH version of this beer. That said, I'll now say this: whew...this has gotta be one of the worst beers I've had since I entered the craft beer scene. I don't know if it was a bad keg or what, but something was clearly off here.
Served in a tulip glass, crystal clear golden color with a thin white head that dissipated almost entirely. Nose loaded with spices and stale funk, minor fruity esters. I kind of recoiled instantly, but I decided to go back for a taste anyway. Taste of bland malts and sundried tomatoes, overripe fruit, raw mint leaves, way, way too much rosemary on top of the other spices (I don't mind spices in beer, but the amount used here was literally sickening), phenols, grassy funk. I gagged half of this down before pushing it aside. Mouthfeel is chewy, medium body, very off-balanced, with a really stale, vegetal feel all over.
Rarely do I find a beer that I seriously cannot choke down, but this is one of those. I will definitely stay far away from this one in the future.
05-15-2012 12:19:30 | More by Rifugium
2.28/5 rDev -40.5%
Pours a yeasty, bold, gold with no head or lace. The aroma is of yeast and slight citrus with a hint of wet hay. The flavor is lomony with notes of honey, dough, and some banana in the background. The mouthfeel is light-medium. Victory Saison du Buff is a decent beer, more like a slightly sour witbier than a saison/farmhouse ale. Recommended.
01-13-2012 01:15:11 | More by B967ierhunter177
2.35/5 rDev -38.6%
12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, dim-looking yellow body with a large, foaming, white head.
Smell: Curious mixture of various notes of herbs, weeds, leaves, etc. The aroma reminds me of a just-cut lawn when the yard is simply rife with wild onions and wild garlic. Instead of being inviting, it's a bit unappetizing, really. Let's press on!
Taste: Lightly toasty, lightly sweet maltiness for a fast second, then it becomes like angrily chewing through a meal of pungent, just-picked common garden weeds. Who ordered the poke salad topped with low-grade chimichurri? Upsettingly harsh, bitter herb flavor with a curious garlic taste, but not a good garlic taste, more like it was carelessly overcooked, leaving it bitter and nasty. I'm sitting here stunned, with the mood-setting Simon & Garfunkel song Scarborough Fair still playing on loop in the background. The idea for the beer is interesting, the final product is not. Sadly, a lesser work from three renowned breweries.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Drinkability: This conversation is over.
11-04-2010 14:13:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.38/5 rDev -37.9%
Poured into a DFH pint glass
A: Poured a clear golden color with a small head, a little retention, and decent lacing.
S: I get a faint aroma of some of the herbs used here, but an overwhelming aroma of bubblegum.
T: Again, there is a huge bubble gum taste that dominates. I get the herbs on the back end but just barely.
M/D: Mouthfeel is good, with strong carbonation. Not really sure what happened here. I have had the 2 versions made at Stone and DFH and liked both of those. Just a confusing beer.
10-15-2010 02:55:42 | More by mdaschaf
2.5/5 rDev -34.7%
A- Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a huge, soapy white head. Head has descent retention and leaves some spotty lacing.
S- Smell is herbal, yeasty and a hint of bread dough.
T- Taste is yeasty funk, herbal and a bit of pepper. Quite a bit of herbs almost over kill. A bit of pepper in the finish.
M- Light in body and good amount of carbonation.
D- Pretty interesting ingredients listed on the bottle for sure. Just think they go better on food rather than beer. Found this one on the harder side to drink. Just didn't have the beer taste that I really enjoy.
12-15-2010 22:34:39 | More by nrbw23
2.75/5 rDev -28.2%
A: Clear, bright golden hue, with a minimal head. Decent, but ususally Saison's have big, white pillowy heads.
S: Hmmm. I don't know what to make of this. Smells like a vege pizza without the cheese and sauce. And with lots of garlic. Bizarre. I can only imagine what it tastes like.
T: Again. Puzzled. I don't think I hate this, but I definitely don't think I like this either. Barely a hint that this one is actually a saison. Garlic and parsley are the first two flavors that hit me right in the "balls" of my palate. I guess credit goes to the brewers that collaborated on this one for trying something different, but sometimes different is not always a good thing. I doubt this was brewed solely for the purpose of cooking, but I think this might be the only useful means for this beer.
M: Good, solid strong carbonation, with a pretty watery finish.
D: One and done. Nice try to the brewers, but this one just doesn't sit well on the palate. I, for one love trying new and unique beers, but this one is way off of style, and way off on good, bizarre beers.
09-17-2010 00:55:20 | More by irishking1977
2.83/5 rDev -26.1%
$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.
09-27-2010 00:20:11 | More by lordofthewiens
2.85/5 rDev -25.6%
Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a tulip
Thanks to my friends Dave and Cassandra for this birthday gift.
Brassy yellow and nearly crystal clear in appearance with a stiff, bubbly, bright white, two-finger head. The head slowly faded to a thick ring of lasting bubbles. Small droplets of lacing clung to the sides of the glass.
The nose was super crisp and clean with a distinct herbal quality. Strong sage, thyme and rosemary notes were apparent. Smooth and grassy. Very fresh and somewhat yeasty, in a Belgian-y sort of way. Slightly citrusy. Jasmine flowers were noticeable. A tad sweet.
While the herbal quality was rather pleasant in the nose, it quickly became quite overwhelming in the flavor profile. The beer started out like a typical saison. Crisp and clean up front. There was a nice interplay between the pilsner malts and the grassy hops. Rosemary, thyme and sage came through strong in the center. Notes of heather, orange peel and wild flowers appeared as well. The beer reminded me a lot of a Scottish gruit. The herbal notes crescendoed on the finish. Bitter, piney hops were also quite apparent. As the beer warmed, the intense hoppy/herbal combination made this beer practically undrinkable. On the plus side, the 6.8% ABV was well buried under all these flavors.
The body was medium-thin with a fine, moderate carbonation. A touch more watery than I anticipated.
I usually love intense flavors in my beers but this offering pushed the ticket too far. This is an interesting collaboration effort for sure but definitely not one that I would visit again.
10-23-2010 03:22:46 | More by Damian
2.98/5 rDev -22.2%
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.
11-21-2012 03:53:18 | More by Phelps
Saison Du BUFF from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.