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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4/5  rDev +5%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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Photo of Cheesemoose
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to KickbacksSteve for this one!

This is my second version of the Saison du BUFF, the first being the Dogfish Head.

A muted yellow. Hazy. Bleach white head with a mediocre lacing.

Fair bit of sweetness, with a touch of spicing in the far back. Bit of phenol in the background, post spiciness.

Sweet entrance, with the wheat backbone doing most of the work. A pleasant amount of midbody. In the finish a hint of spicing. If one did not know the spices beforehand, it would be near impossible to identify them on taste alone. Parsley and rosemary are most prominent.

A nice saison. A bit ambicious, but pleasant nonetheless.

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Photo of aorloski
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This one pours a very bright gold, almost a straw like color. Big 2 finger head poured vigorously into a tulip. Big fluffy white as snow head, carbonation streaming from the bottom. The head dies pretty quick and what i am left with is a decent looking beer.

Smell - Very delightful, esther, barnyard, belgian yeast, big bready malts. For some reason though, i dont get any of the sage, rosemary or thyme.

Taste - Well, it is a saison. It feels very traditional to me, honestly i can't taste the herbs until the very back of the mouth, but it is still enjoyable. Belgian yeast and barnyard funk are dominant, a very tasty brew.

Mouthfeel - Decently carbonated, thin, refreshing

Overall - A good beer, very interesting story behind it. I like beers that are a little "off-centered" if you will but this one doesn't feel that way at all. That being said, being true to a style is also very admirable and i think that is all this beer does, but does it well.

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

A: Pale straw yellow color, slightly cloudy. Only a small bit of head that dissipates quickly and leaves a smattering on the surface of the beer.

S: Yeast, a nice spiciness, citrus and also something herby or floral. A really interesting smelling beer.

T: Yeast is at the forefront of the taste same as it is in the aroma. Lots of tropical fruits, and a pepperiness. The hops finish strong, bringing in a nice hit of bitterness to the finish.

M: Light and crisp with a fair amount of carbonation.

O: It's a good beer. Nice balance of sweet, spice and bitterness.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle (2010)

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Clear goldenrod and yellow with a very thin, almost non-existent, white crown. Spotted lacing down the glass.

A strange, herbal aroma consisting of spicy pepper and rosemary (and thyme?). There's some hop/citrus aromas, but they're not the highlight or standing out.

Strangely herbal flavor dominated by rosemary, thyme, ?garlic?, and a high level of bitterness. Nothing marries here particularly well, but it's not at all bad. The lingering aftertaste of plant stems is the most unfortunate aspect of this beer.

Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

This version is slightly better than Stone's, but I don't particularly like either.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up for about 2 bucks, nice deal and an afterthought to a variety of more expensive purchases. Light colored yellow beer with an ample foamy white head that lingers. Interestingly funky aroma, flavor follows suit..slightly barnyard funk with some mildly fruity notes. Yeasty, grassy, slightly citric. Overall fairly light, crisp, nicely carbonated and refreshing. Very quenching and drinkable. Definitely worth a flyer for such a nice price.

Not a remarkable beer in the end, maybe a tad forgettable, but a nice summer drinker...not sure if this one will be back in 2012.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it had a 2"in white head on top of a nice golden body. The smell that first comes through is basil, rosemary and then some hop notes. The taste hit the tongue with a basil taste, then I get a light but spicy hop flavor on the back of the tonuge. The mouth feel is nice, very carbonated and goes down nice. Overall this is great beer.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow-orange beer with lots of nice foamy and bubbly headSome very fine bubbles of carbonation running up the sides of the glass. Nice stickage and excellent retention. The smell is very interesting with heavy notes of basil and rosemary and possibly oregeno coming through. A light citrus aroma backs it up.

Well any beer that smells like basil, rosemary and oregeno is of coursed going to taste interesting as well. It tastes a little like an herb garden, mixing those three flavors together into a spicy concoction. There's a light but pretty intense spicy hoppiness too that hits the palate in the back with a citrusy kind of bitterness. There is a hint of that 6.8% ABV, but its hidden by the spices very efficiently. Its one of the more interesting flavors I've had in a beer, but then I am new to saisons so I don't have enough to compare it too. But I like what I taste. It's spicy and different, so I find myself enjoying it a lot. The mouthfeel is a little too effervescent for my liking, but it is dry in the finish and pretty smooth too. Overall, cool collaboration from three top breweries and I'll definitely buy this again. And try some other saisons.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - A golden almost lager look, very little white head and no lacing

S - Pungent, sour and sweet yeast notes. Citrus, flowers and very crisp in the nose

T - Belgian yeast, sweet, nice pilsner style crisp hops, grass, citrus notes, a little bit of flowers, slightly pungent and a bit sour at the end

M - Light, fluffy, Crisp, low acidity, well balanced, not much body and medium/long finish

D - Seriously drinkable. For the beer lover and beginner alike. Great nose, lots of taste, well balanced and a beer you can drink in any season. Great in this heat right now

Final thought - $2 a bottle and almost 7% abv with tons of flavor and 3 great breweries? Come one man!

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Photo of Khazadum
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Good retention, very puffy edges, tons of singular bubbles rising from the depths. A clear pale yellow body, fake honey colors have tiny bits of.. yeast? floating around it disturbed by the carbon dioxide.

S- The rosemary is the dominant monster here. It mingles with an orange pulp presence and some lemon zest character. It is really easy to pick out that this beer is spiced with herbs with a minimal sharpness that seems to overwhelm other beers with similar brewing methods. The sharpness of 'Italian' seasonings persists and never overwhelms. Maintains its strength where I am definitely happy to have it. Warming it seems to develop a light malty character in the middle portions of itself to combine with the lemon nicely.

T- Opens spicy... as in, tons of harsh earthy, savory, pungent hits. Its a cornucopia of destruction on my tongue. Not as balanced and constructed as the nose in the least. It has the peppery notes I expect from sage, the plant-like flavors of rosemary. Tons of long-lasting sticky and oppressive seasonings all over the palate with not much sweetness or balance. Finish has some minor hits that could be mistaken for a citrus... tropical minute tones. However, the predominant characteristic I get is bitterness of pepper and rosemary along with newspaper.

M- Hrmm... Kind of dry... not a full fledged dry saison like I was expecting. Smooth moments, but harsh overall. Fluid, soft bodied. Crisp, biting flavors. Carbonation jumps up and tingles all over for a beginning. The alcohol is detectable in the middle

Has some dryness but I think I'd prefer a more dry, sweeter open beer. Its alright. It seemed to fall apart after the nose.

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Photo of MouthFullOBeer
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a refrigerated bottle into a room temperature pint glass.

Pours a crisp, golden color with a very thin, not very frothy head. Very clean-looking for an ale, could be confused with a lager. If I didn't know any better I might think this was a pils, maybe even an American adjunct. Lots of carbonation suspended all throughout the glass. The head dissipates rather quickly.

Any aesthetic similarity to Miller Lite is pretty much dumped out the window once I bring this beer to my nose. The aroma is full of herbs and spices. At first it's difficult to pin down, but the most dominant scent is definitely sage. After that I'm not too sure. I think I can detect some thyme, and maybe just a dash of coriander or black pepper. There is a piney smell coming through - maybe a touch of lemon. There's a faint third layer of scent that I suspect is a type of fruit (other than lemon) but I can't say for sure. The bouquet is a point of interest in itself. I find myself agitating and smelling repeatedly instead of moving on to the taste. After a while I detect a faint whisper of a grassy note.

The flavor is spicy as well. The sage and maybe thyme dominate and really linger on your tongue after each sip. A lemony tone darts in and out of perceptibility, each time being overpowered by the sage. I'm looking for the grassy aroma I thought I smelled to come through in the flavor, but the taste is such a complex and spicy one that if the grassy note is there then it is lost in the chorus of spices. The lingering sage is accompanied by some hop bitterness in the aftertaste. The different tastes all blend together so well, working off each other and complementing each other, that they were difficult to distinguish from each other.

A very light body, although lively. It goes down very smoothly - one second it is there and the next it is gone. But it leaves behind a powerful and delicious aftertaste to remind you that it was there.

This was an excellent, delicious brew, one of my favorites. It's a shame that it's a limited release. I'm hoping that one of the three breweries that crafted this masterpiece decides to start making it permanently, because it's worth every penny of the high price the case cost. It was only the second saison I had ever tried, after trying Triumph Brewery's house saison on a whim and liking it so much I drove straight to the beer distributor. I'm not sure which of the first two I had that I like best, but I do know that I haven't had one since that achieves quite the level of quality as either of them.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of mymrnngjckt pours a lightly hazed gold color with tiny little suspended particles. Not much in the way of head, decent lacing. Had the Stone version a couple months ago, lets see how this one compares.

Nose is similarly medicinal and herbal. Rosemary and thyme galore. Is there sage in here too? Malt is light and the yeast gets buried by the herbs. Some sweetness comes through in the form of a honey aroma.

Yeast comes out to play a bit more in the taste and the malts are crackery and crisp. Herbs are sharp and dominant. Pretty dry on the finish and plenty bitter. Thinking saison does not really cut it for this beer. Closer to a gruit with all the herbal notes and there is nothingh farmhouse about it. I find the Victory version to be just about as enjoyable as the Stone, very interesting but half a bottle is enough.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold with alot of suspended particles floating yet remains translucent through and through. Light lacing.
Aroma is nice and soft spicy with citrus zest, lemon grass and differant teas. A sort of Chamomile like aroma or another white tea along those lines.
Flavors have an initial White pepper soft hit to the palate as the steeped teas and warming alcohol approach, and flowers and herbs once again like chamomile float on through. light hopping gives the citrus qualities to this.

For me this was an average Saison, not bad at all and i enjoyed it, but not a great bottle of saison either. Doesn't make me think farmhouse ale.

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Photo of Kshock
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light golden yellow color with a thin white head that recedes quickly. little bit of lacing .

S- smells really nice, spices and belgian yeast. lots of banana jumps out of it.

T- dry bitter and fruity. not the most balanced beer ever. heavy om dryness and hopes. Better than the stone version though.

M- nice on the soft side, with a little abrasiveness with the carbonation.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, $2.99. I think was the cheapest of the 3.

Appearance: The beer is an attractive clear yellow, but the head is almost nonexistent and only a couple spot of lacing.

Smell: That mess of spices they used is only barely detectable, unlike the DFH version which was tough to endure. They contribute a bit of extra kick to the spicy yeast and hops notes. The background is a sweet, crackery malt and some apple or pear aromas.

Taste: Sweet fruit and malt flavors with some slightly peppery spice followed by some spicy and herbal hops presence and the exogenous herbs. Finishes on the dry side, with a bit of lasting bitterness. Whether that bitterness is hops or herb derived, I don't know.

Mouthfeel: It doesn't taste as lightly carbonated as it looks thankfully. Feels pretty soft and slightly foamy/creamy actually. Again, not quite dry enough on the end.

Overall: I would drink this again, but not the DFH version. Still have the Stone version in the fridge. The spices here are muted, and seem to work well.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to a Petrus tall goblet

Poured a fairly cloudy, golden-lemon color with a very small bubbly white head. No head retention.

Very nice and cool nose with notes of Eucalyptus, light pine and citrus

Perfumey flavor notes include floral, eucalyptus, light citrus-grapefruit. Flavors start very light and mild and intensify from middle to back end and mellow again. Almost a Lemonhead flavored aftertaste.

Very smooth, light on the palate mouthfeel with a nice light aftertaste.

Overall I think think beer is pretty awesome. A perfect beer for this upcoming summer. Very cool notes on the nose and flavors that changer throughout the drink. I was almost blown away to see and remember it was 6.8% abv because it does Not drink like one, so that's a pleasant surprise. This is a great collaboration and highly recommend it to others.

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