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Saison Du BUFF - Victory Brewing Company

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263 Reviews
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Reviews: 263
Hads: 637
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 20.16%
Wants: 18
Gots: 59 | 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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Photo of AmitC
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of spoony
3.59/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
2.91/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

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Photo of Oakenator
4.47/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Altenor
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Brilliant yellow with a small white head, very similar to a pils. Not much carbonation must say even though I poured a little aggressively at the end. Nothing spectacular.

S: Crisp lemon, some pepper, herbaceous, not bad.

T: All that was in the nose plus a little honey sweetness that is quickly overpowered by the bitterness. Bitterness remains in the finish quite a while. I feel that the hop bitterness is a little rustic, almost like drinking a classy Budweiser. The bitterness is too much for the other flavors. It doesn't really invite you to take another sip, but have to say that it's very flavorful. Once I it got warmer the balance was a little better.

M: Although it didn't produce a big head, it feels lively. Very refreshing and thirst quenching. Great for a hot day.

O: Not bad but nothing extraordinary. Just a good take on the Saison style with an American hoppy twist. I would have preferred less bitterness but I get what they were going after. Would recommend.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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Photo of mactrail
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of Philousa
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of vicsju1991
4.47/5  rDev +17%
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

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Kromes
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Saison Du BUFF from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.