Saison Du BUFF | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
691
Reviews:
271
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
13.09%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
77
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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1/5  rDev -73.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Onenote81
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale fizzy yellow. Small white head atop. Fair amount of bubbles rising throughout. The nose is really herbal, which was expected. Notes of grass, yeast, thyme. Crisp mouthfeel, again expected due to the vast amount of carbonation present. A flavorful beer here with thyme, oregano, lemon pepper, lime, yeast, mild citrus. A lot going on, but it's almost too strange. This was the last of the 3 versions I needed to try. I don't think any of the other ones really jumped out at me, and this is no exception. Probably a beer I won't be visiting again. But hey, the friend I shared it with, it's his favorite beer. To each their own.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Saison Du BUFF from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.82 out of 5 based on 691 ratings.
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