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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.

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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 dd43
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of RobinLee
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +11%
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 TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.67/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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 PaulSlazinger
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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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 TopherBreski
2.13/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Clear yellow with a lot of carbonation. Smell of hops and citrus is above average. Usually Victory makes pale ales without all the bitterness that most breweries have. This one doesn't. Victory is a great greT brewery but this is the worse beer I've ever had from them.

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Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big perfumey aroma, with sage, apricot, and honeysuckle dominating initially. The rosemary gives a jasmine impression. Grain becomes evident late. Smells a little soapy.

Flavor reveals more fruity notes than I recall in the Dogfish version. The finish is earthy and moderately bitter. Lemon thyme really comes to the forefront, with rosemary taking over mid palate. Sage is less present than I recall from Dogfish, as well. Very interesting.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 12 oz as part of a mixed six because I have liked Victory beers I have tried lately. Had the typical appearance of the saison but the smell seemed strange which had me guessing but the beer was very good. Surprised me that is was at 6.8, did not seem any different than the 5% saisons I have had and the higher alcohol content has value in my book. Enjoyed the beer and was disappointed that is has been retired, would have purchased again.

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Photo of RingoBro
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager pint glass. Bought as a single for $2.29

A - Clear straw color. Not much head or lacing with this beer

S - Tangy, citrus smell. Maybe a hint of spices and mint

T - Tastes herbal/spicey. Bitter aftertaste

M - On the high end with carbonation, but felt pretty light on the tongue. Went down smoothly

Overall, I thought this was a decent beer. I'm a big fan of Dog Fish Head Brewery and saw this as a single so I picked it up. I wouldn't purchase it again (as I can see they don't make it anymore), but I'm glad I picked up this single.

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Photo of Swift989
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light orange or dark yellow in color. Lovely smell To it with some yeast and banana coming through. Malty and gritty condensation making for a scratchy and well carbonated mouth feel. Taste is very citrusy. Reminds me of allagash's saisons but also has the coriander and some zest like Hennepin. Overall tasty beer and cool Concept from three unique breweries on both coasts. Which I could compare to the stone version. Had at bier baron tavern DuPont Washington, D.C.

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Photo of LeRose
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Twelve once bottle no date but I assume it is pretty old.

The pour was a light straw color with a bit of haze. About a finger of head that backed down to a modest ring, good amount of lacing. Head persisted to the very end.

Aroma was vaguely fruity, some mixture of herbal notes but nothing distinctive. Almost like an herbal cough drop - not unpleasantly medicinal, just reminiscent of that smell. Maybe clove, rosemary, licorice. A little bready malt/sweet smell.

Taste was a smooth mixture of herbs (rosemary, fennel), bitter lemon citrus, hints of apple and pear. Slight acidic bite, some sweetness. Definite anise aftertaste. Heavy bitter component in the middle that fades. Some lively peppery notes. Nothing jumps out as an overwhelming taste component. Thought it had a lot going on but calmly so.

Mouthfeel was pretty lively. Well carbonated, spicy tingle on the finish. Cooling sensation like mint or menthol, maybe from whatever brings the anisette-type flavor? Dry and crisp.

I was surprised that this was so very drinkable. I have had the bottle at least a year. Very blended flavors. Alcohol well hidden, sneaks up. Pleasant drinking, nice beer.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Did 7-Up make a beer? Bubbly, astringent... just off. Raul ain't doin' it and it ain't doin' Raul. Like Medussa, Raul better not look at it again because it will turn his a%$ into stone!

Like Michael Jordan, this thang should stay in retirement.


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Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle: This one pours a hazy, golden color. There wasn’t much of a white head on it, and what was there didn’t linger or leave any lacing. It has a nice aroma. Somewhat musty, with lemon and grapefruit, wheat and some peppery notes. Interesting taste. Some tartness, wheat, spiciness, bit of bitterness, lemon, a touch of yeastiness and breadiness. A very nice Saison. I hope they do it again!

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No bottled on date. Purchased for $2.99. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Ours a slightly cloudy, straw yellow. Minimal white head, which quickly dissapates. Zero lacing. Well carbonated.

A - Grapefruit and herbal, citrusy

T - Crisp and clean, peppery, hint of citrus, not the typical funk of a saison

MF - Sharp and tingly

O - A refreshing balanced beer that I would buy again.

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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 AmitC
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So a collaboration beer from three breweries i really admire.

Poured into snifter, Pale orange in color. About three finger thick white colored head that has good retention. Stays as a thin 2 cm thick layer. Decent lacing on the sides, left by the head. A good amount of bubbles seen rising up. Hazy with some suspension, may be of Belgian yeast.

Slight dry fruit type nose that is dominant. Seems a little bit spicy as well. Some pepper like phenols. A little bit of Belgian yeast. No apparent alcohol. Not enough malt or hop aroma. Not a very typical Belgian saison aroma that is mind blowing.

Taste has some hops. A little bit of fruity esters. Some clove or pepper like taste. Seems somewhat spicy to me. Sweet and tart at the same time. More complex than i expected. No thing very distinct about it.

Feel is very medium to slightly on the lower side. Drinks easy and has spice related tartness. Moderate to high on carbonation. Smooth on the palate. Effervescent but not that much.

A nice Saison beer, not to my liking.

Style Rate: 4
Personal Rate: 3.5

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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 spoony
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle into a globe.

A-An average pour produced a very thin, shiny-white head. The brew is clear and straw in color with a few dribbles of carbonation. No real lacing on the glass.

S-Herbal and slightly medicinal. I get some sage, a touch of thyme, and even a little mint. There was also a touch of light, bready malts. The herbs pretty much dominate, but I found it pleasant.

T-The taste is not as sharp and herbal as the smell. Instead, it is only mild on the herb front, with a little bread, almost pils-like malt character. Not much in the way of hops and only faint, dry yeast notes.

M-The carbonation was ultra-fine and creamy, which gave the brew a heavier feel than normal. Quite quaffable.

O-I liked the smell of this stuff, but otherwise, I was not terribly impressed. I was hoping for some of that herbal nose to carry into the taste, but the flavor was notably mild. Mouthfeel was really creamy, which might have worked for another style of beer, but did not mesh well with the taste. Criticisms notwithstanding, it was easy to drink.

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Saison Du BUFF from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.82 out of 5 based on 687 ratings.
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