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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Draft pour served in a 13.5 oz tulip for $5.25. Sampled quite some time ago on 8/30/10.

A: The beer arrives with with one and a half fingers of foamy, bright white head resting above a clear, light golden orange colored body. A thick spiderweb of lace sticks over the entire glass.

S: Rosemary and sage dominates as far as the spices go, and they are masterfully incorporated. Much more integrated and balanced than the other brewer's versions. (There are no menthol fumes which seemed to be omnipresent in Stone's and DFH's attempt.) Much hoppier and more citrusy than expected. Mostly lemon with a touch of orange.

T: Not exactly saison-like, which might be the goal of this beer and theme of the review. The typical saison sourness is missing. With that said, the flavor is really good. Spicy with a light dustiness. The bitterness seems to be derived from the spice additions more than the hops. A small alcoholic presence comes through from the belly up. In my mind, this beer deserves a better flavor rating than a 4.0 but a 4.5 is a little generous too.

M: Medium-full body and lingering flavor. Well attenuated, this beer is not sweet at all, but dry with a pleasant bitterness. The mouthfeel is enlivened by a semi biting carbonation.

D: [DRINKABILITY] Excellent right off the bat. Or very intriguing to say the least. By the end of the glass, I had as much as I cared for. Good beer. Great experience. Below average drinkability.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A cloudy yellow, with tons of sediment floating around. 1 finger of head.

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. A little bitter. I dig it

M - Well carbonated and well rounded.

O - Not one of the best Saison's I have had, but good nonetheless

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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Huge 3 finger head. Pale straw color. Heavy carbonated. Tons of bubbles. Fluffy white head.

S: Banana, clove, peppery, alcohol.

T: Tastes great. Slightly fruity with a mild alcohol warming at the end. Really nice and smooth

M: Thin but excellent carbonation.

O: Great beer. Not too boozy although I like the smooth taste.

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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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