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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger white head on a mildly hazy golden body. Lots of circumferential lacing.

S: more of a musty fruity smell likely related to the yeast. peppery with orange peel.

T: clove, corriander, yeast with a bitter note all upfront which tapers to a fruitier but peppery finish.

M: light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Semi dry in the finish.

Overall: I like those things that make this one different including the mustiness to both the aroma and taste as well as the peppery notes.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color. It has a finger high white head and no visible carbonation in the form of rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of herbs in the nose. Smells of heather, lavender, rosemary and sage seem perceptible.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and somewhat more potent; however the herbal flavors are well balanced with the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate; there is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is somewhat easier to drink compared to the Stone and Dogfish Head versions. Any traces of alcohol are well hidden.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a mildly hazy straw golden color with a half finger of fluffy white head that leaves a thin layer throughout the pour.

Smell: Sweet and herbal with some hints of fruit and malt in there as well.

Taste: The sweetness level on this one is a bit high for the style. It is very herbal, I'm picking up the sage. There are some fruity notes and the taste is quite crisp. The finish is a bit bitter with some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with an above average amount of tingly carbonation. The finish is a little bit dry.

Overall: Not a bad effort at all. It's a bit sweet for my taste, but everything else seems to work quite well together. I'd have another but probably won't search out any more.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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 brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +5%
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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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass and a small extremely thin film patch. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Lots of herby notes in the aroma of this beer - lavender, rosemary, and sage. Smells very inviting.

T: Some light underlying malts upfront with fairly intense herb flavors - lavender, rosemary, and sage. The beer has a very nice balance.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dry in the finish.

O: Quite easy to drink, refreshing, and enjoyable. Perhaps not the best saison that I have had but it is a very easy drinking beer. I think this is better than the DFH and I'm still waiting to try the Stone version. Glad that I tried it.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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 vfgccp
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Cloudy with a heavy dosing of sediment. Small, 1 finger head with poor retention and very little lacing.

S - Sweet resin, tarragon and pine.

T - Loads of piney hops. Rosemary and thyme are all over the profile. A fresh, crisp bitterness holds up the vanguard.

M - Slightly astringent from the herbal bitterness, but generally smooth with a nice level of carbonation.

D - The bitter herbs and piney resin takes your palate to town and slows you down quite a bit.

O - A great sipping beer that's enjoyable for what it is: a beer brewed to explore a new angle on an old flavor profile.

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Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the stone version of this on tap, just a sample so I didn't review, and it was OK, but nothing special. Hopefully this one is a little better.

A nice frothy head rises about a finger and fades slowly over brilliantly clear golden yellow wheat colored beer. A little too light perhaps.

The nose brings some interesting aromas, light wheat and malts, a slight saison and farmhouse dryness, light crisp aromas, light mild grassy hops, a little honey, and some spices. There is a very familiar spice in the nose that I can't pick out... rosemary! Tons of it. I think I get some coriander too. Plenty of rosemary, with other light spices, I think I even get a bit of heather.

The taste is spicy, lots of spices! Plenty of rosemary still, tons, with coriander, other spices, I still think heather, touch of cinnamon and pepper, and other spices. Some light wheat and malt flavors somewhere in there. A light bitterness, I think a touch of a mild grassy hops. Some light saison dry farmhouse characteristics, but not much. I think I get a touch of honey too. I light flower like taste too, perhaps the heather, or perhaps some chamomile. It finishes still pretty light, but lots of lingering spices and a little sticky honey feel, but still pretty dry on the finish.

THe mouth is lighter bodied with lower carbonation.

It has a mixed bag drinkability. It is a very light and crisp saison beer, mostly drinkable, but the spices run rampant and start to make it more of a mixed bag of drinkability.

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

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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