Saison Du BUFF
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,239
Ranked #23,164
3.85 | pDev: 12.99%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank 4/13/14 @ the Yarchives.

Murky yellow color.

Fluffy white head; nice lace.

Banana & cinnamon nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Clove, banana & black pepper flavor; a strong cinnamon smack on the lips.

Pleasant, with a nice kick.

Sep 08, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip, this one sat about a hazy burnt golden color with a thin finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Moderate lace. Clingy speckled lace. The aroma had some lemon peel, sly breadiness, piney hops. Oregano/herbal sweetness. White pepper settles in for the balance. The flavor leans to the bready sweetness initially, but the herbal arrangements enter in nicely semi-sweet with a delving bready sweet aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a fair sessionability about it. Low carbonation leading into a sweet stickiness flowing over my tongue. Overall, pretty good saison that I would have again.

Jul 04, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a chalice. marked as best by 11/11/15, so i'm about 9 months late on this one. Oh well.

Faintly hazy yellow amber body. head was a thin ring with a faint covering, but comes back with a little agitating. Still not much in the way of lacing though.

faint yeasty aroma and some spices coming through.

Lemon, Thyme, Rosemary, and sage coming through. No parsley, but the other spices have held up well. puts me in mind of one of the Sierra Nevada Ovila spiced beers. There is a faint alcohol burn at the end as well.

Medium on the mouth, faint;y bitter on the finish.

Overall, nice spiced saison, even with the age on it.

Aug 15, 2016
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edward_boumil from New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Golden-straw yellow, very mild turbidity. Head originally pours about a finger, off white, leaves some lace
S: Predominantly smells of lemongrass, has hints of other spices as well (parsley is definately apparent), despite having thyme it almost smells like fresh oregano. No malts really.
T: Up front, slight sweetness, followed quickly by the added herbs. Lemon and a dryness from the herbs in the finish. Not much in the way of traditional saison qualities I expect, however this is quite tasty.
F: Typical of Victory, super nice, smooth and easy drinking beer.
O: Despite deviating noticably from the style and being rather weak in the malt department, this is a stellar summer beer. Definately not a traditional saison, not funky, its a solid rendition.

Aug 05, 2016
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irrevjim from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a bottle to a beer tulip, bottled on 2/18/16
look; golden with an orange hue. lots of bubbles. 1/4" head with 2 minutes retention, leaves a film. thin soapy lacing
smell; spicy, lemon, sage, rosemary, coriander, tangerine, yeast notes
taste; all those spices, tune down the fruit and add passion fruit, kiwi to the mix, finishes yeasty and bitter, then finishes again a little with malt and honey
feel; crisp, almost sharp at first, carbonation is present but not intrusive, finishes smooth
overall; a nice, spicy well balanced saison

May 08, 2016
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, 2015 vintage, no bottled on date. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local bottle shop; aged a year.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A cloudy golden lemon pour, some sediment haze, just under a finger of frothy white head that falls to a ring. Minor spotty soapy lacing that doesn't really cling. Appears well carbonated still. It looks good.

S - The spices are apparent on the initial whiff, which is to say they might be more pronounced that the current Stone version of the beer i tried recently. Notes of herbal lemon thyme / rosemary / basil. Notes of clove and saison yeast.

T - Taste is dry, herbal, bready. Spices are apparent, but they mostly meld with the saison yeast base. Notes of lemon / citrus / lemongrass.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, clean. Bready & dry finish, full of spicy herbal notes. Citric lemon & lemongrass. Medium-light bodied and very easy drinking stuff.

Overall, it held up rather well, i think i might have enjoyed it more than the current Stone version of the beer. Not the most interesting stuff, but it did hold up nicely. Not something i would age too long, but it was nice to find past vintages of this sitting on the shelf.

Victory Saison Du BUFF (2015) -----3.5/5

May 04, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I feel like I liked this a lot more when i was younger, but now it sort of comes across like lavender soap, with some light fresh Belgian phenol and banana ester, sharp and tart with hints of mint.

Jan 22, 2016
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jtaylord from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden. A bit lighter in color than many saisons. Smells better than it tastes which is a bit concerning. Overall a tad disappointed in this Victory beer.

Nov 10, 2015
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Mitchster from Michigan

2.32/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

$2.79 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed withPilsner malt, wheat, rye parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Hopped with Centennial, Cascade, Citra
6.8% ABV.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear medium golden, forming a thin white head with poor retention and sparse lacing. Nose of cat urine, guava and papaya. Mouthfeel is crisp, biting acidity, tart, ruddy finish, peppery dry. Taste of cat urine and tropical fruit, pepper and herbs. Higher alcohols in the middle, medium bitterness, more than expected for the style. Bone dry finish.

Not my cup of tea. Ruddy, hot, the cat pee is way too much. Can not recommend this.

Oct 13, 2015
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jera1350 from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very complex nose and flavor for the style. Lots of floral, fruit, earthy notes. Some light citrus and hop bitterness. Some astringent alcohol also. Very long finish, refreshing. Overall, solid beer that is terrific for the style.

Oct 10, 2015
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BryanReed from Idaho

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly haze gold yellow in color. Aroma is very herbal. Picking up mainly on the parsley and thyme. Less citrus than I'm used to for saison. Taste follows nose. Huge blast of herbs, very slight citrus is overwhelmed by herbs. Not bad, just different. It kind of grows on you. Decent carbonation, and pretty dry. The herbs lend a unique bitterness along with the hops, all amplified by the dryness, and a strange oily feel on the tongue.

Not my favorate, but not bad. Kind of a challenging beer, but something I could see myself trying again.

Sep 07, 2015
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden copper with a finger of white head. The nose has a touch of lemon and a touch of funk. The flavor profile is pretty standard for the style. The finish is a tad tart and a bit dry.

Sep 04, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this bottle at Barley Mow in West Reading enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is golden light with hazed appearance and thin white head after settling turns into a ring of beads. The smell has a very herbal yet yeast matches in intensity with semi-phenollic and slight malt aroma backing with mild mineral scent. The feel is light with slight spice texture and medium high carbonation with dry malt texture and yeast mix with herbs leading into a dry finish.

There is a grassy and light sage-like earthiness up front with yeast dominant taste mid palate and light pepper with slight resins and gentle phenolic taste adding to the malt quality with slihgt alcohol and herbal flavors lasting into the semi-dry finish. Overall pretty nice herbal flavor with solid base saison recipe a very decent amount of flavor from herbas and yeast is slightly phenolic but not quite medicinal. Very good.

Sep 01, 2015
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is ok. Lacing is good. Citrus farmhouse aroma. Great hoppy farmhouse edge. Strong citrus. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Wish this beer came around more often than it does. This is rated from the 2015 version.

Aug 31, 2015
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dd43 from Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It smells like Thanksgiving! Imagine you've just sat down to a fantastic beer and the bird was just carved. You inhale the deeply savory aromas of all those herbs the cavity was laced with. Are you going to Scarborough Fair? You might with this saison from Victory.

Really great head retention on this beer, and the initial cap is an easy two fingers of densely packed tiny bubbles of aromatic yumminess.

Huge rosemary and thyme on the nose. Some of the funky yeast aromas are there as well but they get dominated by the cooking herbs. Flavors perhaps are even more pronounced along the same vector. This is not like any beer I've had before. As a saison it's a bit strange because of those additions, but it is absolutely worth seeking out for the drinking experience.

Aug 25, 2015
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Hop_God from California

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: golden to yellowish orange. Minimal white head Very clear

S: tyme. Rosemary. Floral herbs de Provence. Subtle bitterness

T: lots of seasoning. Tyme. Herbs de Provence. Rosemary. Some bitterness from the hops.

F: mild carbonation. Bitter coating

O: yea I mean it's different. Not bad but I've probably had my share of this one.

Aug 22, 2015
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RobinLee from Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funny enough, I think I like Victory's version a bit better than the DFH. It's less sweet/drier, and the carb seems more to my liking. I have no idea if they tweak the recipe a bit each time, or if it's just the equipment chances.

Aug 17, 2015
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: An earthy, spicy, and fruity Belgian style aroma with a scent of spicy herbs, yeast, and fruit. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, pepper, and farmhouse funk. Herbal spice scent including hints of sage, rosemary, and parsley. Fruit hints of lemon zest, banana, pear, green apple, and white grape. Bready hints of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. Also some hints of grassy hops. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy, earthy, and juicy Belgian Saison style taste with notes of herbs, yeast, and fruit. Belgian style yeast with notes of clove, peppers, and farmhouse funk. Also some nice spicy herbal notes of rosemary, sage, and parsley. Zesty fruit notes of lemon, green apple, banana, pear, and white grape. Bready malt notes of wheat, straw, and cracker. Herbal and grassy hop notes. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and fairly drying.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Saison. Nice mix of spicy, herbal, and fruity flavors.

Aug 14, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light yellow golden color with white head. Yeast, wheat, light fruit , and grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with a wheat note.

Aug 14, 2015
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ThickNStout from Georgia

2.67/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle from JustDoIt1234 (thanks). Enjoy by 11/11/15. Served in a goblet.

Pours a brilliant, clear golden yellow with almost two fingers of white head. The froth lingers, leaving a good bit of lace from its healthy ring.

Smells spicy and floral with notes of hay, earth, parsley, lemon zest and clove. It's ok but not a aroma that excites me.

The herbs and spices take over in the flavor. Clove, sage, rosemary, peppercorn, hay, earth, a mild, faint sweetness and a hint of some strange, off-putting metallic note. I honestly drank more than I cared for looking for a redeeming flavor before pouring the second half of the bottle.

Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Awkward, disjointed spicy herbal finish.

Wow. For my tastes this is a mess that I would not have expected from three brewers that I respect so much. The herbal additions unfortunately augment notes I happen not to care for in the style- thus taking a style I already don't gravitate towards and making it a complete turn off. Had this been my first saison it likely would have kept me away for good.

Aug 13, 2015
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to love the mid-review log out (timeout). I'll try to recreate the notes as they laid upon the screen pre-refresh.

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Initially hazy (that eventually clears), luminous golden orange.

S - Earthy, spicy (pepper and clove), lemons, and dirt/funk

T- Follows the nose, but with a wallop of bubble gum/yeast like notes. The dirt/funk lingers somewhat in the finish.

M - Starts true to a style, with medium high carbonation levels. It does have a slightly fuller mouthfeel than I am accumstomed to.

O - Defintiely worth a go, recommended saison. I did not have the other two of three to compare (yet) but will look to when I can.

Aug 09, 2015
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JebBeerFish from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not terribly familiar with the Saison/Farmhouse Ale style. Straw yellow in color, pleasant refreshing aroma. Taste is of slight tartness with hint of light spice at the back end. Refreshing and pleasant. This would be an excellent beer on a very hot day. In no hurry to buy again, but would like to try on draft.

Aug 08, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bursting like a Christmas tree, the big, bold and herbally savory collaboration that is the brainchild of the brewers from Victory, Dogfish Head and Stone takes the Saison style out of Belgium and gives it an off-the-wall American twist.

Its hazy straw appearance billows with an off-white pillowy fresh froth that carries all host of botanical herbs- sage, rosemary, thyme and grassy flat-leaf parsley give the nose a bright and savory character. With the sweetness to follow, the taste is soft with dry crackers, faint honey and freshly toasted bread. All that's missing is the lamb chops.

One the beer strikes the middle palate, the sweetness drops out and the racy carbonation highlights the beer's more spicy attributes. Natural peppercorn, cumin and clove begin to counter the dried lemon, dried orange and apple esters while the spice additions swirl above the tongue. As the champagne-like effervescence pulls the ale from the tongue, a bitter, herbal and peppery finish exhumes.

Bright and brazen, those fresh herbs pop and gives the beer a very "holiday" kind of life. Usually meant to brighten savory and meaty entrees, here those herbs spice the beer- giving this already spicy farmhouse ale and exacerbated, complex and somewhat over-the-top character. Its medium-light body trends bitter with freshly shaven pine and citrus rinds as those hops outlast the sweetness and the herbs provide a rich afterglow.

Jul 30, 2015
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PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had the Dogfish Head version last year and didn't care for it, so I thought I would give this a try. Just a little better flavor profile, but probably just because it was fresher. Just not my cup of tea. Leave the parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme to the chefs or Simon and Garfunkel. Still, I'll still try the Stone version for comparison purposes if the opportunity presents itself.

Jul 26, 2015
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pinyin from New York

4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, I got this 4-pack really fresh from my local Wegmans. Victory's newest product. du BUFF Saison.

Served in a 16 ounce goblet at 39-45F.

Beautiful texture and mouthfeel. Straight saison heaviness. Like glazed doughnuts heft.

The aroma and taste are amazing and seem to improve as your palette works its way through the four pack.

I get a floral, hibiscous, bright yet subdued dry finish.

I really like this ale, but I fear that it will never be as fresh as I am relaying my taste experience now, or to other reviewers below me.

This is defenitley a seasonal launch, so get it while its fresh. You wont be disappointed.

use beermenus and your gps to find it.

Jul 26, 2015
Saison Du BUFF from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 692 ratings