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Saison Du BUFF - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

552 Ratings
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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 14
Gots: 32 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: garuda on 08-24-2010)
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Photo of dougdecinces
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Bought this at Findlay Market in Cincinnati. I didn’t realize when I purchased it that each brewery made their own version. Stone’s and Victory’s were in stock and I ended up getting Victory’s version. This is my third attempt in my goal of getting in to Saisons. First was Saison DuPont, then Tank 7, now this. Poured a slightly hazy gold. Thin layer of persistent head. Very effervescent. Smell is predominantly pear and orange zest. Medium body and carbonation for the style. Pear flavors and a medicinal taste which must be the rosemary and sage are present. This medicinal taste is by no means unpleasant. It’s just what I interpret it as. The ester/phenolic ratio is greatly shifted towards the former. In fact, I can barely trace any perceptible phenolics. This is good, as I think the strong phenolic flavors are what I don’t like about the style. Tart. Medium body and carbonation for the style. Somewhat sticky finish. I’ll need to check my notes, but I think this is my favorite Saison that I’ve had thus far. Solid beer.

Photo of HamGlade10
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear straw color with a 1 finger bright white head. Lots of visible effervescence. Initial funk on the nose of barnyard and sour fruits. As the beer airs intense floral hops become prominent with some earthy spiciness.

Actually pretty hoppy from start to finish. Bright effervescence with a medium mouthfeel. Bright fruits, mixed with rustic earthiness dominate the mid-palate, sweet cereal like grains play with the tip of the tongue, and the beer finishes with a spicy herbal bitter snap. A slightly sour aftertaste lingers in the mouth, but it's nothing overwhelming.

A unique take on a Saison but the focus seems to be on the hops rather than the yeast. A good beer, but maybe it strays a bit too far from the intended style.

Photo of reitzbrewing
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jlove5
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jeddis1
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Naterobsnyk4
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of neckbracesub
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of msarver16
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Sallan9
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of thecheapies
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Couldn't find a bottling date, kind of unusual for Victory. But, we'll proceed without haste.

Pours a yellow-orange Riesling color and with nice clarity. Light haze. Light head. Almost none at all, actually. Looks like wine now except for a ring of foam and some surface scum.

Sweet herbal nose with light rosemary, chewed-up parsley, and some sage. Some candied citrus peel in the background. Smells lightly spiced. Perhaps, coriander?

Not as sweet as expected. A plethora of cloaked herbal notes. Primary black pepper and thyme in the flavor. Has a pulverized yeast flavor that couples with notes of rosemary and oyster crackers. A mild concoction, but teeming with herbal and spice notes. Touch of the floral. Snappy hop character and subsequent bitterness preside over the middle-end with a sneaky alcohol note that is piercing, yet transient.

Almost creamy medium body with the effervescence at work here. Not brushy, but smooth. A little smack of booze, and almost warmth, brings me back to earth. The booze gets stuck between my teeth a bit and in around my gums.

Balance is a little questionable. Absent dryness would bring me some relief. The flavors are all in-sync and the nose is a little more terrific than my score would suggest (where's that 3.75 rating when I need it?). Not as raw and showy as Dogfish Head's version, and unfortunately not as good. Evened out with a little sweetness; enough to mask the punchy herbal notes of rosemary, thyme, and sage. Worth a spin. I'd, personally, like to complete the trifecta and nab a bottle of Stone's Du BUFF.

Photo of sludgy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ohtheguilt
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of tdm168
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip

A - gold with a soft cap of white, loose head that has little retention

S - rosemary, thyme, faint yeast; like my Italian grandmother's kitchen

T - faint malt up front with a heavy, herbal, bitter hoppiness that follows. The rosemary, sage, and thyme are noticeable but not as pronounced amongst the hops. They're present mostly in the finish. The is only a slight hint of Belgian yeast.

M - medium bodied, a bit warm, crisp, well carbonated

This is a nice Saison. It has a nice hop character that I really enjoy. The spices are noticeable and balanced which is also great. The drinkability is pretty high, but after a full 12 oz my palate was looking for a change of pace. It's definitely worth a try. I would probably have this again.

Photo of OP7iK
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Wessoms
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of babaracas
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear cold with one finger thick white head, settles to a thin ring leaving nearly nothing behind. Smell: grassy, lemon, some herbal notes. The thyme is somewhat recognizable, but overall the herbs seem toned down from DFH's version (though luckily the muddy half-rotted parsley stench is absent). Taste: classic thyme and rosemary combo, lemon, quick but sharp evergreen hit (from sage perhaps), spicy and slightly grassy. Pale malt base. Herbs aren't over the top, but still get tiresome before the end of the bottle. Medium bodied, sharp carbonation, semi-dry finish. Better than DFH's version, but only slightly.

Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of rcjennings
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Lynn
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of LostHighway
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Myles
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really enjoyed the dogfish head version so I picked the victory version for 3 bucks.

A - Looks of a nice golden color, mild bubbles and a 1/4 inch of foamy sticky head that sticks around a bit. Lacing is nice.

S - Smells a lot heavier than the Dogfish version with a more pronounced yeast and spices. Almost herbal in quality of spices and hops.

T - Damn what happened Victory? The body is muddled with chalky not fruity yeasts, it drinks rather watery, and I am getting a sharp taste of coriander.

M - Most confusing it drinks rather medium bodied (due to spices) yet is much more watery.

Overall I would skip this version and try Dogfish heads or possibly as good stone version.

Saison Du BUFF from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.