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Saison Du BUFF - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 261
Hads: 622
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 16
Gots: 52 | 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 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)

Photo of NEhophead
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle served in a tulip.

Pale straw/thin gold in color with only a slight haze; rather good clarity. Noticeably active carbonation. Creamy white head that caves to a porous sheet after a moment. Little lasting lacing.

Muted coriander and some herbal aromas mark the musty quality which is brightened by lemongrass, lemon zest, and raspberry.

Initially, there are some light, pleasantly muted berry and barely-sweetened melon qualities; very clean, absent from any tartness. The herbal, medicinal quality plays in the background throughout the sip, yet only comes to the forefront following an earthen, somewhat bitter finish.The herbal quality lingers just a bit too long in the aftertaste.

Rather light on the palate, even for the style. The carbonation is kept in check; remarkably smooth.

A lighter Saison both in terms of traditional flavor and body. Although there are some flaws in flavor, this is a really nice take on the style with a bit of a twist. (980 characters)

Photo of dougdecinces
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,056 characters)

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. (741 characters)

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. (1,573 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (631 characters)

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. (688 characters)

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

12oz. Clear gold pour, not much head really, just a thin layer of white.

Aroma, very herbal, like after mowing over some weeds. Some musty funk and citrus zest.

Taste, spicy, I like it. Green herbs and pepper. Some grapefruit. Hay like malt. A little bitterness in the finish. Flavorful, without the clove and other sweet spices I don't care for.

To the right if light bodied, with a not quite creamy active carbonation. Drinks pretty easy.

Like what the Mediterranean area spices do to this. (496 characters)

Photo of Iceman77
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This collaboration pours a medium golden color with light fluffy head that recedes quickly, my bottle did not leave much residual lacing on the surface or the glass. The smell is where it starts to get good, fairly complex and in your face. There is grapefruit and pine mixed with fresh cut flowers/grass, and the aromas are potent but not overpowering. The flavor brings more of the same, along with the familiar peppery clove spiciness of a Saison. There is a decent amount of carb and bitterness, that lingers slightly on the back of the tongue. All in all, farmhouse ales aren't my go to style, but you know when DFH, Stone and Victory get together the results will be quality, and this certainly was. (705 characters)

Photo of KMcG
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip glass with no head development. The color is golden and slightly foggy. There is nice lacing that stays as the beer warms. 

S:faintly herbal, sweet, lemon, and a yeast bready aroma

T: the thing about the taste is that I get two different experiences with different sips.  One has peppery  hops and hints of white grape and the other is strongly lemon and crisp.  The finish is herbal hops.

M: light to medium bodied, light carbonation, and some bitterness than hangs on.  (502 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice perfectly clear looking gold color. The head was a little foamy looking and white. The lacing was a little on the sticky side leaving a touch of lacing on the glass. The smell is huge on this beer. Lots of herbal floral aromas in the brew. Very earthy and fresh smelling. The taste of the beer was crisp and floral too, loaded with a sharp bitter finish to it. The mouthfeel of the beer is very light and refreshing, sharp carbonation to it as well and finishes dry. Overall this beer is quite good, I would like to compare this with the other that were put out by Stone and DfH as well. (618 characters)

Photo of MagicJeff
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in a Pick-6 at Total Wine. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, golden. Half a finger head reduces but some still retains. Looks pretty refreshing. Cool bottle too.

Smell: Lots of herb scent. Slight citrus, some hop.

Taste: Very complex. The intitial rosemary and other herbs may seem overwhelming, but as you progress drinking it, lemon and other citrus become prevalent. Kind of grassy too. I would really like to cook (basting a chicken comes to mind) with this beer. Peppery, almost spicy finish. The tartness of the lemon pairs well with the herb taste. Particularly like the rosemary. The soapy feel takes a second to get used to but the spice helps it go down smooth. Is that peach I taste at the very end?

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A very cool summer beer. Coming from three awesome breweries, this is something I expected. I know that the same recipe is used by each brewery, but I wonder how the Stone and Dogfish versions taste. This style of beer isn't my favorite but definitely worth trying. So many different flavors compliment each other, great work, especially for three breweries coming together. (1,206 characters)

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

Poured yellow-orange in color, and was capped by a good 2 fingers of off-white foam. Slightly hazy appearance, but very effervescent looking. Head retention and lacing are just OK.

Herbs, lemon, tartness, and a slight funkiness in the nose.

I'm getting the rosemary and some tart lemon up front. There's also a mild grassy flavor that follows. You start to get the thyme about mid-palate. There's a touch of sweetness as the beer starts to warm. Herbs linger after the swallow as well as some mild hop bitterness.

Light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Morey's Bottom Line: Super refreshing. Herbs and citrus flavors work well together. A great summer saison, and the addition of the herbs really help make this beer stand out from others within the style. Recommended. (794 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this last week in Totowa since I saw this this had a limited brewing release. I like Saisons and this was about as textbook as one got from an American offering. From the cloudy hue, soapy consistency, and peppery-type spice, this was pretty much what I had expected once I poured it out and the alcohol was well-hidden as well. This was worth savoring, without a doubt!

As to be expected, this was golden and fluffy with a nice amount of accompanying lacing. Some pepper and sourness to the nose and when tasted, those notes were a bit more intense. The mouthfeel was pretty cloying and the body was nicely balanced. Because the alcohol was fairly strong, this warmed me up a bit too. Not a lot of fruit flavors here as this tended more towards the grassy and earthy side, and that's the only aspect of this beer that I would have changed.

The alcohol was present but not overpowering and this was a a very good American take on the style, from top to bottom. While not as good as Victory's other beers, this was pretty solid an only a few notches behind its European counterparts. (1,107 characters)

Saison Du BUFF from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.