Saison Du BUFF - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 250
Hads: 571
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 15
Gots: 40 | 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 facundoCNB
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a nice golden yellow pour with a finger of white head which quickly diminished.
smells spicy, citrus lemon, herbs, earth notes.
tastes a little harsh initially.. very bitter/earthy/herbal notes of thyme and rosemary are very present. i like this better than dfh's version, but not as much as stone's.
medium body with slight creamy feel on lips, hugh carbonation. (364 characters)

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

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; I don’t see any freshness dating here, but it’s probably 3-4 months old. Not too too fresh, but not in much danger of being stale, as saisons go.

Appearance (3.5): Solid three-finger, cream-colored head of extremely fine foam, dissipating through fat bubbles to leave a rocky head. The body is a perfectly hazy, 24ct golden color. This is essentially what a saison looks like. But there’s not a lot of lace as it goes down, and I do love lace . . .

Smell (4.0): This has a nice, warm, dry straw tone with a scent underneath that smells like dried wheat that’s since gotten damp. As it warms, the herbs come out more: the parsley and thyme are most obvious here, with the sage adding more depth and just a hint of rosemary underneath (which isn’t a bad thing, because normally it’s pretty potent). Mostly though, this smells like a well put-together saison.

Taste (4.5): The flavor profile, however, is quite a bit more unique. The parsley comes off much more strongly, with a wet herbal character that finishes a bit medicinal; the sage adds an earthy depth to a moderately fruity (apple juice and pears) body, and the thyme and rosemary add a spicy back end that carries into the finish. The saison heart of this is relatively unremarkable, contributing the fruitiness, crackery malt character, and some white pepper spice, but the adjuncts make this beer its own thing.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Instead of being pinpoint-prickly like a lot of saisons, this has a smooth, medium-weight body with a blanketing, velvety carbonation; it finishes dry but not light, making this physically a great beer to pair with food.

Overall (4.0): This is a well-made saison with a unique character (unique to the Saison du BUFF beers, anyway) and I dig it. I liked the Dogfish Saison du BUFF better and I haven’t had the Stone version (yet), but this is a solid beer that I’d be happy to drink any day. Thanks, Victory! (1,992 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Quite lovely in the Mort Subite globe. Golden color with a light foamy cap. Quite spritzy in the mouth. Smells like boiled greens, but as you sip the nose is pleasantly flowery and herbal. Light body.

Fairly malty but quite sharp. Rather bitter. It has a taste like one of those cocktail mixing bitters. Tart, bitter, and herbal sums it up. The thyme seems to stand out, unfortunately. Resiny along with the big yeasty bitter flavor. Not especially drinkable, though it's interesting if you like to try bizarre flavors in your beer.

I am not on board with the stew of herbal flavors. In fact I don't believe that any single one of them would be a great addition to beer. Well, the Craftsman Triple White Sage was interesting, but that was still too much of a good thing. From the 12 oz bottle. (795 characters)

Photo of Philousa
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow with a billowy two finger head. Retention is good, as it covers the top throughout the drink. Aroma starts with light, zesty herbs such as parsley, sage, pepper, and coriander. A little lemon in there too. Can tell the base malt is pale and does a good job getting out of the way when needed. The aroma is sweet, pungent, and spicy at the same time. Malt tastes very pale, a barely there flavor that seemed more pils than pale. Zest and spiciness stays throughout that is strongly reminiscent of peppercorns, and not unlike rye. I don't really get much of the other spices, but there's some anise in the finish when it's warm. Feel is smooth and a little biting at the same time. Dry finish.

Spicy and smooth. Sounds like an advertisement for cigarettes. But in the world of beer, this is something difficult to achieve. I can only assume that the oils from the herbs helped in bringing both of these sensations to your tongue at the same time. The aroma is astounding, but the taste doesn't really live up to the nasally hype. That said, it's still great and I would like to have this on a hot day after a ride on the local trail. (1,158 characters)

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

What a nose! Pungent soapy thing going on there. Flavor is bursting over my tongue. Very full and boisterous. Probably a bit too much for some, but I can dig it. Very grassy and has that barnyard musty funk on it. Definitely a good brew. Nice to see a saison done right. (270 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

All three "buff"'s poured at once...
Victory pour is kinda lame. Golden macro looking, no head and somewhat flat. Typical, but ever so slight, saison funk with a bit of crisp herbs, sage, and slight hops. Taste is crisp, mild, saison and sage. This entire brew is somewhat mild, but easy to drink. Its ok, but I wouldnt get again...I would say its an entry level saison to appeal to the non-saison type. (403 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Was excited to try this. Pours funky greenish brown with lots of head. Spicy aroma, earthy, grassy, spice rack. Taste is certainly interesting with some cilantro or thyme flavor, dry, vegetal. No sweetness to speak of. Light mouthfeel with medium high carbonation. Only okay. Would not go for it again. (302 characters)

Photo of vicsju1991
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle int pint glass
A - beaitiful dark honey colour, small head stays for a little
S - mainly honey and lemon, kindy spicy smell, very nice
T - follows the nose, veyr strong lemony spice flavour, delicious beer
M - crisp and smooth
O - just what i would expect form three excellent breweries (299 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow with a razor thin white head that laces poorly. The nose is spicy with a great herbal zest that's boosted by the beer's sweet malt base. Every time I smell one of the saison du buff beers I'm reminded of the other ones as well as stillwater's cellardoor (which is brewed with white sage). The beer's herbal pungency isn't quite as pronounced as the stone version (which I enjoyed on tap 2 weeks ago @ BCTC 2012), but also isn't as overpowered by the yeast, like the DFH version. The taste is sweet and leaves a fresh, herbal aftertaste lingering on my palate. The beer has a medium, sweet body with ample carbonation and malty sweetness. The %abv is well masked and doesn't overpower the beer's yeast or spice. Overall, this is a tasty beer, but I'd love to try the beers all together at some point. (819 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden upon dispensing, with some nice suds and beautiful loopy lace. Some sediment, but still quite lovely.

Aroma is fruity and citrusy, with a hint of spice. Unusual and appealing.

Taste is unique, too. The fruity and spicy character of a saison with a crisp hoppy presence. Quite well-done, and easily recommendable. (326 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2012 batch. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours slightly hazy gold with a one finger white head that leaves some webs of lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma features a lot of spices, banana, green grapes, golden raisins. Excellent strength.

Flavor is tangerines, lemon, banana, spices, golden raisins, moderate sweetness, decent bitterness, a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little oily, good carbonation.

Tasty brew. Not a big Saison drinker, so I’ve got a limited frame of reference, but this is well made and very flavorful. (556 characters)

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

A: A light gold color with a thin soapy head.

S: Lots of spice and earthy aromas going on here. I smell grass, rosemary, sage, a clove-like spice, on toasted malt.

T: A little more powerful than the aroma. Some cut grass, rosemary, sage, maybe a bit of pear and a peppery hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium body and a peppery carbonation on the tongue. A dry finish.

O: An interesting Saison. The herbal flavor in this is strong but not overwhelming. I got a 12 ounce of this and that was actually a bit too much. Definitely a one and done sipper type beer. (566 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a nice orange amber with a thin off-white head and lacing. Spicy saison aroma. Spicy citrus and mild brett up front, sour and more citrus middle and finishes with light hops and bittering herbs. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Nicely done. (309 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, straw yellow with a white finger width head and decent retention, resulting in a fine lace with nice stick.

Smell - Strong herbal aromas, especially from the sage and parsley. Slightly minty hint; probably due to the thyme.

Taste - Starts with an herbal combination of flavors; somewhat earthy, minty, citrusy and slightly peppery; mid-taste there's a mellow banana note from the yeast, otherwise the brew is fairly consistent in flavor from start to finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall - Very well executed, but not a necessarily a combination of flavors I'm really looking for or craving in a beer. Tired this the day after the Stone SdB, and there was virtually no difference. (835 characters)

Photo of inandon
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color, yellow with a hint of orange color.

Smell - has a light citrus earthy tone to it. Hints of clove and a flowery aroma.

First taste, it has a great light and clean feel to it. Hint of clove and lemon zest with a earthy herb tone. All the flavors and aroma come together for a great beer. I think that Victory, stone and dogfish head did a great job at making one beer that expresses their individual uniqueness.

I will have to go out and buy another bottle before they are gone. (488 characters)

Photo of cratez
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Rozi's Wine House in Lakewood, OH.

Pours a burnished golden hue with a slight chill haze, one finger of eggshell white froth, and several strands of lacing. Head lasts for the duration of the beer.

Smell is rosemary, thyme, cardamom, clove, dandelion (sappy-resiny), fresh cut grass, mineral water, lemon zest, faint mustiness, and flowery-perfumey aromas.

Taste is lemony, grassy, and weedy flavours, very spicy and zesty, bold herbaceous middle with rosemary, thyme, and basil, light floral notes to end.

Mouthfeel is spicy zestiness upfront, crisp and clean palate, spritzy carbonation, big herbaceous middle transitions to a drying finish with fading afters.

Overall, this is a one-of-a-kind beer with extremely strange flavours that somehow work well together. It's a ballsy, out-there saison that pushes the boundaries of the style. But given the calibre of the brewers involved, I guess that's unsurprising. (947 characters)

Photo of welldigger888
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice golden hue with a nice foamy snow white head that receedes to a nice ring that leaves behind nice sheets of lace.

A grainy base that builds with layers of fresh herbs and citrus style american hops playing well together. The fresh herbs work well for me, being an ametuer herb farmer selling at the all locals market.The parsley jumps out at me 1st then it is a toss up for the lemon thyme hops and sage, while very pronounced the rosemary seems a supporting player to the rest of the greenery, this actually is shocking to me as rosemary is sooo pungent. Well played for sure.

Crisp and bitter with a nice subdued herbal character that leads way to a nice graininess and hoppiness that is so tastey.

Nice and carbed up with an emminent quaffability, dry and leaving me to want more.

I dig this brew, I applaude these cats for the guts to do thisw brew. (864 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Mostly clear yellow-orange, some carbonation and a one finger head

S-Lots of grass with good deal of spice. Some wheat but grass/spice notes dominate.

T-Over done with the grassy spice flavors. Wheat is there but once again dominated. Little to no bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice deal of carbonation.

O-Like the DFH verision the spice/grass notes are not dialed in to where they should be. And an obligatory reference to Scarborough Fair. (446 characters)

Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottled poured into a tulip.

A: Clear straw yellow with a huge sticky white head. Lots and lots and lots of bubbles! Almost looks like an off colored champagne.

S: Spicy lemons and hay with a sweet maltiness.

T: The spices come through first and dominate the palette followed by a funky banana sweetness. Very refreshing.

M: Huge on the carbonation with a smooth finish.

O: A pretty decent saison. I sort of wish the herbs it was brewed with came out more, but still nice nonetheless. Will seek out the other two. (524 characters)

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

On-tap 7/8/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellowish gold color, with a short dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, Belgian yeast, some wheat, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong citrus sweetness that I did not pick up in the smell along with flavors of spices and bananas. Then some breadiness from wheat and Belgian yeast come in. The hops presence is strong for the style and the malt character is hearty but not too heavy creating a good balance.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style with an American flair to it, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style. (915 characters)

Photo of BrewDocCT
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bell's pint.

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow with a thin white head.

Smell: Lavender soap. Very floral. Rosemary as well.

Taste: More flowers, lavender in particular, but some bitterness and hop character comes out. Lemon,coriander, black peppercorns. Finishes better than it starts. Lavender fades giving way to smooth bitterness. Nice malt character totally blown out by everything else going on.

Mouthfeel: I expected more carbonation from this one, but no complaints.

Overall: This one misses for me. Way too much in the way of flowers and spice, unbalanced by anything else. Not unpleasant, happy I tried it, but I won't be buying it again. (688 characters)

Photo of righthereisay
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a single bottle. A fan of some Victory beers, why not.

Appearance is golden, nothing to write home about. A little lacing.

Smell is rather unique. Lemon, possibly parsley? Rosemary,vanilla, very interesting. Lots of of character.

Taste....rather complex...I'm impressed actually. Not bitter, lots of different tastes in here. Parsely, sage, citrus, very interesting.

Very nice body, I'm actually pretty impressed. Just looked at the bottle and saw a dogfish symbol. Interesting.

Overall, this was much better than expected. Might have to pick up a case. (569 characters)

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

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear golden color with a finger of fluffy white head.

S: Rosemary and guava up front with quite a bit of citrus. Very strong with the spices but refreshing smelling.

T: Much like the smell, but now the spices are even stronger. Very dry with rosemary and some guava in the background. I really like the concept here and this is very refreshing, but the spices are a bit strong.

M: Very light with strong carbonation.

O: The concept of this beer is very nice - I really like how the flavors work together. The beer is very refreshing, but the spices are a bit strong. With a bit less spice, this would be a really great summer beer. (675 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I loved Saison Du Buff from the Dogfish Head part of the collaboration. I had problems getting the Victory version in the last release, and I never got my hands on the Stone version. I'm trying to get one this year.

I love the spice presence found in the du Buffs. In the nose you get a bunch of thyme and rosemary. This is awesome if you like spice in your beer.

The flavor is decent... a little muted in comparison to the DFH copy. You get less of the spice, a little grassiness, and some sour from the saison style.

This is a very different style/version than most of what is out there. I recommend the experience. It is not for everyone, but this should only sell by the bottle (so you wouldn't be out much if it is not your style). (739 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – The brew was served a nice golden color with a small white head. The head faded fast to give a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell was a blend of spice, malt, and yeast. The malty base was biscuit in nature with the spice being of more herbal nature; rosemary thyme and a light pepper and grass smell

Taste – At the front of the tongue there is a light biscuit flavor with a good dose of rosemary and thyme. As the flavor advances some spicy hop flavors meet the tongue, bring an almost grassy and lightly earthy taste to the tongue. Yeast son enters the flavor profile where with a lighter sage flavor take the taste to its end.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness with a carbonation level that follows on par with the body.

Overall – Herbal with some interesting tastes and flavors. Nothing I would go to on great occasion, but a good one to try. (941 characters)

Saison Du BUFF from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.