TheCorkStops (53) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just released, Iíve been super anxious to crack a bottle of this Victory Brewing Company Saison du Buff. This beer was first released two years ago as a collaboration brew between Dogfish Head, Stone, and Victory Brewing. At the time, the beer was never released in Connecticut because of some awful hiccups in the distribution network. This year Victory Brewing did a batch of itís own, for release during itís normal distribution network.
Just arrived this morning, I immediately set a bottle aside so that I could try one tonight. The Saison du Buff pours a bright golden yellow color with an egg-shell white foam. Thereís plenty of carbonation, but the foam never gets more than one finger thick. While the initial carbonation fades back, thereís a persistent thin film of foam throughout the entire glass of beer. There is also a ton of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass for the duration of my beer.
On the nose, thereís very little hops, an unexpected surprise considering the three breweries involved in this collaboration. Thereís a very nice complex variety of spice on the nose, with just a touch of malts. On the palate, the Saison du Buff is relatively light-bodied, with plenty of spice, and a clean dry finish.
Despite the name, I really didnít expect a very saison-esque brew. There have been dozens of American saisons that Iíve tried, always falling a bit short of the Belgian versions. By definition, a Saison should be relatively light and easy to drink. This Saison du Buff has been one of the two best American Saisons Iíve had to date, only competing with the Goose Island "Sofie". I like the Saison du Buff so much, that Iíve already emailed my salesman asking for another couple cases. At the very least, Iíll buy a whole case for myself!
Victory Brewing Company/Dogfish/Stone
Saison du Buff
TCSH - 9.5/10
Aka - Absolutely delicious!
krompt (611) - - FEB 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I loved every one of these versions. Cool ideas. Cool brewers. I love herbs in beer!
Hopswagger (175) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got this whole awaiting the Stone Vertical Epic decade tasting.
P: cloudy golden apricot with rocky off white head that stays with clinging lacing.
S: Subtle funk and a citrus base, spices, honey and grapefruit. Subtle hops and powdery yeast. Super clean.
T/M: Clean stone fruit, timid grapefruit bitterness and a dash of pine. Crisp apricots and honey with a little funky earthyness. light-medium body that has a timid carbonation and a clean dry finish.
O: Complex and yet clean. A great beer to relax with. Clean flavors and nicely blended. Well done collaboration. A very subtley funked saison but I enjoyed it very much.
Serving type: on-tap
PhatB420 (588) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz single, poured into a sierra nevada tulip, Pours a hazed pale yellow and gold. Head is huge, rises to a few inches and takes its time coming down, lacing all over. Aroma is like stepping into a herb garden, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme are all present and welcoming. A musty and dank smell, quite fresh and vibrant. Taste is all the herbs listed, dry mouthfell, pepper, and hop filled marshmellows that reside in the everlasting head. Drinkability is something you would need to come accostmed to before hand, with all the herbage dangaling before you, but once its accepted, this is a wondeful sipper. Still feels like im in the garden. Fresh.
beerfest5 (1015) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Definitely an interesting one that Iím not sure if it works or not, maybe my palate isnít ready for something that tastes like the stuffing in a Thanksgiving day turkey combined with the yeast of a fruity saison.
presario (4521) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating from a pub during GABF 2012. Yellow. White head. Clean. Elegant. Could drink and drink and ....
neuromatt (982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Total Wine in Tucson, served in a branded snifter next to the Dogfish Head version. Pours hazy amber with a huge, fluffy off-white head that remains and laces well. The nose has big notes of grass, rosemary, sage, thyme, pepper, yeast and a touch of lemon. The flavour is mildly sweet with a moderate spicy note that takes over in the middle and lingers through the finish. It is spicier than the Dogfish version, with a rounder, more complex spiciness. The finish is long and peppery-spicy with perhaps cinnamon and a moderate herbal quality. On the palate it is medium in body with a dryish texture and intense carbonation. Overall, this is quite a nice Saison with complex spice and elegant herbal notes. I preferred this one slightly to the Dogfish Head version. 2013-12-10
KansaiBeerLvrs (1199) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this back in December 2012, bottle from Asahiya. Hereís what my notes say: A nice clear golden beer with a good head of foam & nice lacing. The first sip is very floral with a bitter bite. The herbs definitely come through with sage & thyme being noticeable. This beer grows on you.
cheap (3742) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Had this at the RB Pgh Halloween Spook-tacular Tasting/Drunkfest fall 2013, nice time at Hornydevilís place, thanks James & Michelle! For this sample I hand my hat to mtoast, thanks Hart! 2010 bottle. Smells old from the bottle. Has a pretty good level of co2 initially. Leaves a little bitof a medicinal feel to the palte. Odd flavor, difficult at times. Simple yellow color. Just seems a bit cardboard to me.
Beerenberger (1223) - Fischer, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Herbal aroma of rosemary and thyme, as well as some citrus notes. Pours a hazy yellow with a white ring and minimal lacing. The taste is strongly, but very nicely, herbal. Rosemary, thyme, pepper, citrus with hints of grain/ bread in the dry finish. Medium-light body and crisp carbonation. Oveall, very surprising and very enjoyable. Iíd love to try it with food.
wlajwl (3469) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is spices/black pepper, citrus and a hint of earthiness. The flavor is spices, citrus, mild heat and a tangy/malty finish.