Saison Du BUFF | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF

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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.

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Photo of jaysephx69
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is High on my top ten

A - A cloudy yellow.

S - Herbs, and lots of them. Pepper. It smells like I am in a garden. Maybe this beer give me my daily allotment of vegetables.

T - Bitter bite up front, with pepper and vegetable aftertaste. perfect amount of hops and flavors came through

M - Well carbonated and well rounded.

O - best Saison I have had

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.88/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed on 6 November 2010, on tap at Tap at Mallet in Rochester, NY for the "Victory Total Tap Takeover."

Whoa. What? Here we go.

Served draft in standard American pint glass, no head, no lacing, gold in color. Aroma? Where to begin.... Well to start, there are hops in this draft beer that are SO FRESH, my buddy and I next to me couldn't decide if we enjoyed the fresh hops or the herbs more! Now for the herbs. Who the hell threw my kitchen spice rack in this beer?? The aroma begins with a kick of mint, followed by oregano, sage, MORE FRESH HOPS, some sweet rosemary, and some Belgian flavors. Unbelievable. On the tongue, we say hello to mint, oregano, parsley, a touch of rosemary, Belgian yeast, and just a slight amount of lemon peel. Oh, not to mention those wonderful fresh hops. Wow. This beer goes down real easy and has no alcohol on the tongue or nose. I'd love to order another, but I want to review other beers this night. If you see this bottle in the store, BUY IT. This is a bold beer collaboration between Dogfish, Stone, and Victory (this version is Victory's). I give this beer a perfect score (except for appearance) because I never expected to enjoy it this so much. It would be a perfect beer for those willing to be blown away by the potential of different ingredients that may exist in a beer. This is the oddest session beer I have ever had by far, and I would like another, please.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to Shaggy9356 for getting me this one...

A-cloudy hay colored with a good amount of white head, good lacing

S-mmm smells like sweet herbs, spices, and hops. there's a touch of maltiness and corn aroma in there as well. medium strength. smells great!

T-comes in with great herbal hops and bit of tanginess in there. it transforms in to a good tartness. the after-taste is full of the herbs and spices. this beer does have a slight plastic-like aspect to it, but i love this so much. its unique. it tastes like its a fusion of a saison and an IPA.

M-has a high but good creamy carbonation that has a slightly dry finsh

D-Well I've had many of these. I love it. I can't get enough of them! I can down these like water. the taste stays and it remains enjoyable all the way through!

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Photo of ybnorml
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a pale golden beer with a small white head. spicey peppery aroma with a nice lemon citrus background.the taste starts peppery slides to citrus lemon and there is a hint of grassiness just before hoppy dry finish maybe a touch of funk in there to. nicely complex. the mouthfeel has a nice silky edge to it. very good. i want more.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Saison du BUFF

Appearance- very hazy golden, lively white head that dissipates quickly.4

Smell- hops - green buds to the max 5

Taste- wow. Delicious. Sweet and citrusy but with huge hop and wheat finish.complex Balanced. spicy nutmeg 5

Mouf- easy 3

Drinkable - oh so drinkability 4

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Photo of PaulfromNoVa
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Riegel Chard glass. Should have poured into a pils glass.

Saison du Buff is a cooperatively created brew, with Victory allied to Dogfish Head and Stone, with each brewery issuing its own release. Vicitory was the last to issue. What a formidable bi-coastal and Mountain alliance.

This one (and probably Saisons in general) is an acquired taste, like Islay malts are for Scotch drinkers. Not everyone will appreciate the seasonings brewed into Saison du Buff, and particularly the predominance of sage in the nose and taste.

But I do. I thought this was a sensational beer for the taste-appealing oddness of the sagacious flavor. But be prepared for it. (And yeah, I'm partial to Islay single--malts as well.)

This glistered like glittering gold in the glass, with a very modest, quickly dissipating head. The nose and flavor were consistent.

I've had a few other Saisons, and I like those vegetal notes, but I haven't had any other Saison that, like this, made we stand up and cry, "WTF...!"

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Photo of nickthetick
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a pure clear straw yellow with some sediment floating around in a DFH signature with just about two fingers of white frothy head.

S: a beautiful bouquet of spices, banana bread, apricots, sweet apples, caramel malt.

T: the spices hit the tongue first; cinnamon, cloves, cardamon, allspice and a whole lot more. The spicy notes are chased away with a smooth cooked apple, peach and apricot flavor but some cinnamon hangs and there is a bit of banana left on the tongue.

MF: great effervescence, a tad astringent, and a bit dry on the finish.

O: a great beer and a awesome example of the style, I wish they brewed this year round, or at least seasonally!

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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 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 WestValleyIPA
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Zatec fluted glass. 1 Finger of white head and a clear golden color. Head dies relatively quickly, and lacing is not present. Smells fantastic, like stuffing, minus the meat scent. The rosemary and basil are most prevalent. A lingering citrus hop-note. Tastes spicy, and then the rush of rosemary earthiness. Seems to have a bit more of a hop note than the Stone version. I need to do a horizontal though to be sure. Nice lingering bitterness. Dry and bubbly, like Champagne. Could definitely down a couple of these. Love this beer!

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Photo of pinyin
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, I loved Stone's version, let's try the Victory version,

A: Pours yellow with a mild white head, good retention, no real lace.

S: How can you not love this nose? As with the Stone, beautiful sage notes, forest, meadow, glorious. Almost seems to be a hint of heather in there, intoxicating.

T: Sage is immediate and full. A tad sweeter than I remember with Stone, tastes a lot like a tripel with the malt. Dries out and a really herbaceous parsley, grass like flavour comes out. Distinct 3 sections to this ale.

M: Nice full body, very smooth, but still has a crisp lightness.

D: This is a very similar of course to Stone's version, but there are slight differences, has a hint of that Victory house character. I'd love to taste them side by side, just a great recipe, hopefully Dogfish Head's version will make it around town.

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Photo of mempath
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a DFH pint...don't have a Victory pint!

pours a light, dullish straw (like the DFH) with watery lacing and head. still, for it's style, it's fine. smell is herbal-hoppy (seems stronger than the DFH...haven't had the Stone version yet).

taste matches the nose with strong hoppiness tempered with herbal tincture...something for hopheads looking for something different and a good intro for wannabe hopsters. a quick dry but snappy finish.

very drinkable. i still prefer Dogfish this round...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted side by side with the other Saison du Buff beers, I found the Victory version to be the most flavorful and most balanced, but also the one with the least herbal character to it.

It poured a hazy, deep golden body beneath a short head of bright white foam that faded surprisingly quickly in comparison to the other two, and the lacing was limited as well (could have been a dirty glass). Noticeably, it also had the lowest carbonation level, which probably has something to do with it. On the upside, it was the clearest of the three, however, and I could at least see my fingers through the glass.

It offered the brightest and most welcoming aroma of all, delivering a splash of mineral and fruit (citrus, tangerine, apricot) over a sugary and vanilla drizzled Pilsener malt base. As it warmed the rosemary really began to pop, backed by thyme.

The taste really brought out the herbs, and they remained straight through the long lasting finish, but the fruit was there as well with with tangerine and apricot and the slightly tart note that goes along with it. The bitterness gently rose and then subsided, leaving the dryness of the herbs and the chalky yeast to balance it. Great finesse!

Of the three offerings, it had the most body, and the least carbonation, yet it still felt like it had a good mouthfeel. It was more Prima Pils than saison.

Regarding drinkability, I think it offers the most straightforward drinkability of the three, but perhaps not as much subtle complexity as the DFH and Stone versions (which is probably due to yeastiness). Personal choice, I'd choose the Victory version 3 out of 4 times over the others; and I could enjoy more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed after the Stone bottled version. Differences noted in this review.

Poured into a MJ, The Beer Hunter, tasting glass.

Pours a pale golden hue with a thick white fluffy head. The head did not last as long as the Stone version. leaves lots of lace on the glass.

Aromas of lemon (thyme?), rosemary, and yeast. Not as in your face with the herbs as I was expecting. Rosemary not as dominant as the Stone verion.

Has that saison peppery bite, with lemon and rosemary undertones. Again, not as over the top with the herbs as I was expecting. The herbs are in a very nice balance. Very similar to Stone version.

Mouthfeel is a little fuller than Stone version. A dry beer, as it should be, but not as dry as Stone version. Leaves a little "pucker" effect at the end of the taste, as with the Stone version.

Drinkability is high. I think I could drink this all night and not get palate fatigue from the herbs. Done very nicely. Worth replicating at home, since I have a nice supply of fresh rosemary in the garden. Same impression as the Stone version.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a huge citrus scent that's big on hops and funk. It's quite spicy with some subtle earthy undertones. The taste is great as well. It has a light pale and wheat malt flavor that's easily quaffable. The hops add a good deal of bitterness and some kick ass citrus notes. The yeast compliments both and contributes some excellent funk to the beer. It goes down easy and finishes dry with a mild earthy character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. I never get tired of drinking these brewery collaborations.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a respectable head that leaves a fair bit of lacing

Smell: Very herbacious, with sage and rosemary with a bit of tart lemon

Taste: Opens with lemon, rosemary and sage flavors that accompany a bready malt backbone; grows increasingly lemony by mid-palate with all of the flavors melding nicely, into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Very nicely done - would love to taste this and the Dogfish side by side

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Photo of jwhancher
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I read the description for this beer, I really had my doubts about all the spices added. Boy was I wrong. Went into Victory yesterday for lunch and they had this on tap. After two glasses, I became hooked. Great minty, italian herb, spearmint tasting and smelling brew. Aroma does come off as a little grassy but the herbs work well together. There's a pepper-like aroma to it as well. Pours a clear light golden color with nice white head. Very drinkable beer, especially in the warmer weather. Could envision having this one with a plate or bowl of pasta, something I've always been looking for in a brew, or simply any dish for the matter. Luckily, they allowed my growler to be filled; otherwise I would have been stuck buying a $50 case... Ouch!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely lemony gold with a powder puff-like crown of foam that is ivory in hue. The head (which resembles a wind-sculpted mesa as it melts) stays at its maximum thickness for several minutes due to a wealth of carbonation jumping off the bottom of the glass. A more than respectable amount of sudsy lace appears in the end.

The nose is as wonderful as in the other two versions. It's incredibly lemon zesty and the added herbs result in a superpowered saison-like quality that is pure pleasure to sniff. Good things await on the palate, there's no doubt about that.

Saison Du BUFF Victory-style is easily the equal of Saison Du BUFF Stone-style and Saison Du BUFF Dogfish Head-style. This is a rock-solid recipe that is a certified humdinger in the hands of talented craft brewers. Huge kudos to whoever came up with the idea and participated in the specifics.

Beautiful balance is what sets this farmhouse ale apart from many others. Some may find the herbaceousness over-the-top, but it really does complement the base beer very well. There's plenty of pale malt to provide a white bready and slightly sweet foundation for all of the glorious top notes. The lemon zestiness must be due to whatever hops were used.

Every one of the scores are the exact same for all three ales... including mouthfeel. This one is medium in heft, with a sparkling bubbliness that fits the flavor profile well. Looking for a perfect picnic beer? Here you go.

There was no doubt in my mind that Victory would do as well with Saison Du BUFF as DFH and Stone. All three are craft beer giants that deserve whatever accolades are thrown their way. Now, one of them (at least) needs to make this a year-round offering.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale golden color, hazy body, steady carbonation, and a one finger thick head looked very good in the tulip glass. The aroma was quite rustic, with smell of lavender, lemon, green pepper, and coriander. The taste showcased the floral character up front, with a slightly sweeter notes dominating art first before turning lemony, tart, and dry. Finish had a flourish of white peppercorns as well as bittering hops. The body was light and airy, and overall the beer was very quenching.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of righthereisay
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. I saw that it was brewed with rosemary, sage, etc, and I thought "what a great match for the herb chicken I just ordered!". It was a great match.

Its color was a yellowish gold. Fairly clear. A bit fizzy looking. Bartender didn't the pour any head on the pour, but I don't know if that's the characteristic of the brew itself.

Aroma delivered on its promise. Rosemary, sage, very herby. A little citrus.

All the herb aromas translate to the tongue, as well as the flavor of grapefruit. Significant hops are present, but no overwhelming at all. There is an undertone of bready malt.

Mouthfeel was lively and a little fizzy/carbonated. Decent body for a crisp brew.
Drinkability was was just fine.

I'm not sure if Victory intends this to be a summer beer. But I like to think it ist. This is an exampleof what a good summer beer can be. I get tired of summer brews that just feature lots of lemon or orange. This one has real character with the herbs. It's sunny and bright, well balanced, and would work well as a seasonal brew for any season other than winter. Try it.

SIDE NOTE: I don't believe I've had the other saison du buff offerings from Stone or DFH, so I can't compare it to those (I hear those are even better). In and of itself, however, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to a Petrus tall goblet

Poured a fairly cloudy, golden-lemon color with a very small bubbly white head. No head retention.

Very nice and cool nose with notes of Eucalyptus, light pine and citrus

Perfumey flavor notes include floral, eucalyptus, light citrus-grapefruit. Flavors start very light and mild and intensify from middle to back end and mellow again. Almost a Lemonhead flavored aftertaste.

Very smooth, light on the palate mouthfeel with a nice light aftertaste.

Overall I think think beer is pretty awesome. A perfect beer for this upcoming summer. Very cool notes on the nose and flavors that changer throughout the drink. I was almost blown away to see and remember it was 6.8% abv because it does Not drink like one, so that's a pleasant surprise. This is a great collaboration and highly recommend it to others.

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