Saison Du BUFF | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration w/ Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Stone Brewing Company, and Victory Brewing Company, who each brewed a version at their own breweries.

Added by garuda on 08-24-2010

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Reviews by nhindian:
Photo of nhindian
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Here's an interesting beer. It's a collaboration between Stone, Dogfish Head, and Victory involved brewing a beer with parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Certainly interesting, and right now I'm going to try the Victory version first. Will be opening the Dogfish Head version midway through.

A - Pours an incredibly pale yellow, almost similar to an adjunct macro. Hazy and heavily carbonated appearance, many bubbles rise and coat the glass. Not much head at all, though, only squeezed about a finger's worth if that out and it disappeared quick.

S - The smell is where this really starts to get interesting... it definitely has a farm, barnyard aspect to it, which mixes great with the citrus and especially orange peel and lemon zest for sure. But it's also highly, highly spiced. The amount of sage and thyme in the nose is overwhelming, and kind of throws me for a loop. Incredibly different.

T - The taste, however, certainly turns this beer on its head. The spices and herbs are readily apparent throughout and the light, fruity notes are pushed to the back. The citrus comes through nicely in the mid-palate, but the front and back are all spice. It surprised me how much this spiciness lingered, too. For such a light beer, it coats the mouth and is all herb from there.

M - Mouthfeel is light and heavily carbonated despite the lack of head. Long finish and really coats the mouth. After swirling a few times, it helps even out the carbonation that substantially improves the smoothness.

D - Drinkability is moderate to low. The smell is a nice blend of all the different ingredients, but the spices just dominated too much in the mouth. I'd like for this beer to be a bit more balanced and not have the herbs play such a major role, but I feel that's kind of where they were going with this beer anyway to make a point.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Onto the final brewery release of this collaboration that I've sampled. Pours into my glass a hazed goldenrod with a quarter inch of bubbly white foam that falls to a ring along with mellow active carbonation. Aromas kick off with fresh cut herbs...sage rosemary and thyme all come to the forefront. Semi-sweet sun drenched malts underneath. Nice and punchy.

First sip brings a rush of fresh cut herbs upfront alongside a smooth, semi-sweet malt. Sage and rosemary blend with the thyme and parsley undertones nicely. Lemon zest accents along with a touch of herbal spiciness. Herbs are well integrated and not overpowering. Finishes with a lingering earthy accent.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with fast paced bubbles. A bit of a slickness as well. Overall, after trying all 3 I've come to quite enjoy this brew and I can't really say one version is superior to the others by any means. They have subtle differences only. Glad to have been able to try this would be nice as a summer seasonal for any of the 3 breweries!

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Photo of irrevjim
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.89/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

$5 for this bottle.
It poured a hazy yellow color with a minimal white head.
Pleasant citrus aroma, but also a pronounced herbal presence, which was a little bit jarring.
Things went downhill from there. There was some lemon, a fair amount of thyme and rosemary, and a big, huge dose of garlic. I felt like I had just eaten some scampi or other heavily garlicked meal, and was breathing garlic.
The garlic and herbs made for a sharply unpleasant mouthfeel. Won't drink this again.

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Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Novare Res, over the course of a few days i was able to try all three versions.

Very clear pale yellow thick white head good lace

The nose is sweet with some citrus grassy hops and yeast the spices do no present them self

Starts with a sweet citrus and spicy it milds and finishes dry with a dry mouth the spices present themselves and finishes bitter much like you'd get from licking a lemon

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Hoops4life511
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Mealy58
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of JC333
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Altenor
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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 mjtiernan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of juicebox
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ehammond1
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle (2010)

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Clear goldenrod and yellow with a very thin, almost non-existent, white crown. Spotted lacing down the glass.

A strange, herbal aroma consisting of spicy pepper and rosemary (and thyme?). There's some hop/citrus aromas, but they're not the highlight or standing out.

Strangely herbal flavor dominated by rosemary, thyme, ?garlic?, and a high level of bitterness. Nothing marries here particularly well, but it's not at all bad. The lingering aftertaste of plant stems is the most unfortunate aspect of this beer.

Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

This version is slightly better than Stone's, but I don't particularly like either.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.56/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jminch
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Soonami
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory's version of Saison Du Buff is a nice saison and the first of the series that I have had. I have the rest of the them and am looking to try them all together to compare.

This beer is a light crisp beer that was very pale and had almost no head. The beer smelled primarily of freshly crushed sage, rosemary and lemon peel. The beer definitely had the flavors from the herbal additions as well as a sound bitterness and peppery bite and a tartness in the sweet finish. For me it was a bit too sweet and the herbs dominated the flavors and aromas not really balancing with the beery contributions. The carbonation was a bit low for my liking. Overall this was a good beer that was well made and easy finished

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Photo of wo87810
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears pale golden slightly hazed hue with a bright white head and forms fine even lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma full of fresh herbals alot of rosemary/citrus/grassiness. Malt base shines through with pale biscuit malt tones and spicy yeast characters. Flavors hit maybe too aggressive with with botanical/herb additions. Full on stem/leafy rosemary bitterness masks many aspects of a nice saison that could be here somewhere...I thought the Stone version was rough and the DFH a bit more palatable, but this one is unbalanced on it's own. Use as a marinade with some chicken breast or serve it with a nice meal, on it's own this is a bit much. I can't picture this flavor working in a regular offering, interesting experiment, but I've done enough sampling of these herb/spiced brews with these 3 interpretations. Mouthfeel dry in the finish with overkill herbaceous qualities, medium bodied decent carbonation. Drinkability overall I think I've said enough about my sentiments on the repeat drinkability, serve in small portions with herbally infused meats.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of bdtva
4/5  rDev +5%

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Saison Du BUFF from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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