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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.

Added by garuda on 08-24-2010

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip.

A - Pours a clear golden yellow. There is next to no head at all and very little lacing. Surprising for a style that usually has a huge pillowy head.

S - Some funky brett, hay, clove, and various spices in the background. Not nearly as spice forward as the DFH version.

T - The flavor is a combination of a number of herbs; rosemary, thyme, oregano. Also, big Brett flavors but not really funky. Sweet honey and grass round out the complex flavor.

M - Despite the absent head, there is solid carbonation to this beer. It is of the micro variety and goes down velvety smooth.

O - I liked this one better than the DFH variety and haven't yet had the stone version. I thought it was very strange that there was no head, but the carbonation was satisfactory. I rank this one about middle of the road as far as saisons go.

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Photo of mscudder
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a lightly-cloudy yellow with a thin pale head.

S - Huge grass notes up front, as if I am laying in my front lawn. Behind this, there are some citrus and hops. My first Saison and wow this is unique!

T - Again lots of grass up front, followed by some smooth lemon citrus. This is most likely the most herbal beer I have ever had, and I cannot quite decide whether its fantastic or just ok.

M - Some moderate carbonation compliments the flavors nicely. A smooth medium body is also quite pleasing. Well done.

O - I'm not quite sure I am sold on the style, but that said the flavors are in good balance. I can easily see why others like the beer and it certainly makes sense to call it a farmhouse ale!

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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My 100th review!

A- Pours a very clear dark yellow with a half inch white head that sticks around for a little while

S- Lots of sweey lemon citrusy scents coming off this one. Not much in the way of malts and a tiny bit of hops in the backgorund

T- Definitely a lot more lemon citrus in this as opposed to other saisons, which is a good thing. Get some of that typical herbal saison taste in the end of the sip but nothing overpowering

M- Odd combination between smooth and prickly. This facet of the beer could use some work

O- Pretty pleased as I don't usually care for saisons. With a better defined mouthfeel this beer could do great things

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- straw yellow, classic American saison look. a similar looking beer would be Stillwater Stateside Saison. slightly opaque but still clear.

S- very grassy upfront that progresses to a more hoppy and citrusy smell. a little disappointing. don't really sense the Dogfish in this one, just smell the malt profile of Victory (which comes off as that grassy kind of Prima Pils style malt) with the ending of the citrusy Stone style hoppiness. a little predictable to be honest. finishes with a slight yeastiness, bit nothing comparable to that sweat yeastiness of a Belgian saison. the yeast is a little overpowered by the American craftbrew scents.

T- was surprised by how great this beer was compared to how skeptical i was about the smell. it's a great mix of American craftbrew with a respectable homage to belgian brewing and yeast traditions. it drinks like an American brew but finishes with a slight yeasty belgian hint, which is about all you can ask from a collabo ale that's shooting for the Belgian style. it feels a bit like a poorly made Green Flash x St Feuillen Biere de L'Amitie but it's still awesome.

M- unexpectedly awesome, not at all syrupy. just a nice and wispy saison, just what you want.

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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012, second bottling. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewing this one month after trying the fresh Dogfish Head version.

A - Slightly hazy golden straw yellow body with a two finger white head. Nice lacing and retention.

S - Lemons and grassy herbs. The finish is biscuity. A bit fruitier than the DFH version. I can detect the herbs but its not as pronounced.

T - Wow. This seems very different from the DFH version. Saison like qualities from the yeast, grass, biscuity malts, and the lemony fruits. The finish is herbal but I can't really pick out individual herbs. Light to medium mouth feel.

O - The DFH version seems to really highlight the herbs where as they seem to be an after thought in this beer. Its tasty and drinkable, but not as exciting.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into tulip.

A: very clear, very bright yellow. bubbly white head starts only about 1-finger but dies to a rim quickly. however, does leave behind some lacing.

S: boatloads of rosemary in the nose. very distinctive. almost mint-like at times. some sage as well. the nose is definitely dominated with the herbs, but no complaints here.

T: the mint and rosemary certainly continue to the palate, but not nearly as intense as the nose. gentle malt sweetness backs up the herbs. finish is dry.

M: carbonation is moderate, a little too moderate in my opinion. wouldnt hate for some more bubbles. medium bodied.

D: the rosemary aspect is really cool and noteworthy. however, i think a little work could be done to set this brew over the top. a little bottle-conditioning would add to the mouth and probably make it a better looking brew. just my 2 cents.

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Saison Du BUFF from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 691 ratings
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