IainOg (75) - Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
a good one. complex and multi-layered. pale golden hue with a big head and some lacing. the herbs are first and most dominant in the aroma, particularly the sage, though you get a lot of phenolic quality from the yeast as well. that comes through even more on the taste -- some parsley, but mostly yeasty saison funk with some orange and even more pepper, light malty breadiness. light body, well carbed, and apleasant, dry finish where the hops come through a bit more. very refreshing. nice lingering herbal quality with notes of thyme.
BHeart (72) - - AUG 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Woah! Drank side by side w dogfish brewed version- very distinct! Lots of sage accented by more hop aroma, more rosemary, less citrus. The hop takes over in the smell and taste- definitely prefer the textured mouthfeel of the DFH and balance to this hoppiness, more bitter finish.
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JW32Hoops (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz from Best Damn Beer Shop at the Super Jr. Pours a yellow-gold with a one finger white, sudsy head. Aroma is all herbs and spices. Expected more hoppiness b/c of the breweries involved, but maybe thatís not appropriate for a saison. Perfect for a one-time collaboration, but nothing Iíd want to drink more than one of. Spruce goose. "Jah make the herb for man" - P. Tosh
lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured as much of the 12oz bottle as I could into my snifter before the head completely overtook the glass. The liquid can best be described as a hearty clouded goldenrod flitting with sunflower highlights, which made it very cheerful to look at by color alone, but add an awe-inspiring 4-finger thick creamy head on top and, ladies and gentlemen, you have yourself a craft beer. The head had great retention and lasted until I reached the bottom of my glass, leaving thick, spotty, medium-bubbled lacing that refused to let go without being dirty. ---
No sooner had I put my nose to the glass when summer seemed to erupt out of the top of the beer. It was an explosion of lemon zest, light pine, rosemary, hints of thyme, cloves, light yeast, and an over-exuberant grassy sage that stole the show. I wasnít sure if I was smelling an herbal potpourri or a beer! Despite the myriad of aromas swirling around under the top heavy sage, it had an airy feel to it and became intoxicating after a few sniffs. It reminded me of the beginning of summer, when obligations and worries are finally melted away by the sun and grass, when there doesnít have to be a care in the world. It was so refreshing before I had even tasted it and I still would have been happy without a sip. Though that definitely enhanced everything. ---
I was caught completely off-guard by the spiciness that blasted through my mouth coupled with a medium bitterness that quickly bit my tongue before being washed over with the other flavors. Once again, the earthy sage steam-rolled everything else into near submission, but a floral lavender, light lemon, rosemary, thyme and grassy cloves eventually reared their heads as I swallowed. I think the only part I didnít really enjoy was when I could still taste the oily sage sitting on the back of my tongue 5 minutes after each drink - it was reminiscent of what I can only imagine licking a sage plant would be like. Holding a light to medium body with moderate carbonation, this Saison was way thicker in texture than it was in scent, which further encouraged my surprise at the anomaly of it all. ---
This beer is definitely a sipper, not one to be gulped or tossed back. If youíre going to try this beer, you need to really put your heart into it, you need to let yourself be taken over by the aromas and quality of the seasonings. At the same time, donít take this craft brew too seriously, it is the epitome of summer, after all. I would recommend pairing this with grilled chicken, maybe with a lemon marinade to further enhance the lemon hiding in the beer, and donít forget the herbs.
fezzy (61) - California, USA - APR 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice! Flavors wash over the palate in continuously changing waves that ping several different tastebud grouping on the tongue. I get herb (mostly parsley), barnyard (saison-appropriate yeast), light earthy malt, citrus peel and flowers (hop element). I think there are esters hiding in there (indicated by a faint stickiness on the palate by the end of the pour), but too much else is going on for me to notice or care. Yum yum, I love it! Happily receiving 6-packs of this on my birthday, note to the reader.
Cellaring note: purchased in-season in 2012, this was cellared under partially appropriate and partially inappropriate temperature conditions, so I was a little worried about how it had aged. Whatever perfect cellaring may have done, the brew didnít seem to have suffered much.
msalm (59) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lemony sage in the nose--fresh! Golden and clear color with a v. light head that disappears soon afdter pour. A mild sour taste with sweet undertones that balance it out nicely. Sticky texture with medium to full body. Iíve gotta say--this Saison du Buff collaboration is stellar. A wonderfully herbal beer with parsley notes that hang around...one of the most interesting beers out there.
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!
wolfenstein62 (48) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rosemary, citrus and a hint of Anise. Very Fresh Aromas. Clear, golden straw in color. the head is very fluffy. Not overly heavy , but i donít believe it was suppose to be. Very orangy in the finish. Easy drinking and very refreshing. Citrus notes stay long on the palate. somewhat dry in texture. Wonderful Debut!! Gonna be tough to beat next year. Good luck Victory Or Dogfish Head, whoever is next!!!
GatheringBrews (45) - Derby, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Certainly a unique beer. Pours a light golden color, puffy white head that laces well. Aroma is intensely herbal, which follows through into the flavor. Hints of hops, malt, barnyard, but a bit overwhelmed by the herbal aromatics.
JohnCoctosin (37) - California, USA - JUN 6, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Milky golden color. Tremendous power behind this for such a light beer. Flavors of honey, melon and ginger. Very floral aroma. Amazing beer from three amazing breweries.