Brewed by Van Den Bossche
Style: Belgian Ale
St. Lievens-Esse/Herzele, Belgium


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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Brewed since the beginning of last century, when the near-complete staff of the brewery went to see the circus of Buffalo Bill, leaving the boiling brewing kettle to the care of the youngest employee. This boy let the beer roast and caramelise on the bottom of the kettle, but after trying, everybody actually liked the "spoiled" beer, which became the brewery’s staple diet. This Belgian version is a lot weaker than the stout exported to the USA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2011
buffalo 1907

head: bubbly, beige, large
colour: dark cola brown
smell: sweet malts, candy sirup, herby, yeasty, flowery, mango
taste: smokey, bananas, roasty malts, bit of jelly, violets, booze, bit of café latte, hazelnuts, end is dry and earthy, hopy, not bad

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evanrail (57) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 21, 2010
25cl bottle, called "Buffalo 1907" (6.5%). Well-built, high-rising foam cap, clear amber body; later pours display some sediment. Some musty cardboard aromas on the nose. Light mouthfeel gives way to a surprising fruitiness and sugary rush; additional sips reveal a pleasant light sourness. Would have to try another bottle, but if this light acidity is spoilage, I’d recommend infecting every single batch. It’s lovely. At least in this example, more "Oud Bruin" than "Belgian Ale."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wekker84 (2004) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2010
330 ml bottle a dark brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts caramel fruits and some spices taste malts some caramel fruits and spices and some bitterness

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
altonbrownd (4594) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Bottle from Beer Mania. Dark brown cola body with thin head. Nose of subdued malts and caramel. Taste is sweet, strong and fruity. Quite roasty, especially in the finish. It is pretty thin and too roasty in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Dark brown pour with a rocky ecru head. Tangy, lightly acidic aroma; swimming pool and dark fruit jam. Flavor is rather thin - caramel, light leather, light dates. Not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (6906) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2010
Pours a clear darkbrown to ruby beer, a fine white to beige head. A very sweet and fruity smell. Hint of caramel and coffee. A pleasant mouthfeeling, just enough carbon to counter the sweetness. Tastes a little sweet, brown sugar, that changes to sour with hints of chocolate, coffee and cherries. A sweetsour aftertaste, again with a note of cherries in it. There’s a sweetness to it, but it’s not a sweet beer. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
First up, a lower alcohol version of Buffalo from Brouwerij Van Den Bossche. It pours pitch black with a dense and creamy tan head. Smells of fruity dark malt, sweet and with a hint of some metallic aromas. Sweet in the mouth with just a hint of roastiness. Lovely balance that I wasn’t expecting. Mocha and hint of dark chocolate. Underpinnings of ripe dark fruit. Medium-bodied with a sweet finish and a uncharacteristically clean finish. Very flavorful but smooth and drinkable. A good start!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (12959) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours cola color with a low off-white head. Aroma of dark roasted caramel. Medium body with fizzy carbonation. Flavor is a bit overroasted caramel. Heading for porter almost. Flavor seems a bit citric. It’s not sweet to me. Finishes rather dark, but not extremely dry. Leaves dark roasted malt taste behind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (17672) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2010
At Zythos Beer Festival 2010. Bright maroon color, large amount of lacing. Aroma of burnt espresso. Taste starts sweet, the progresses to Starbucks and bitter cocoa. Nice enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Tasting at ZBF. Pours a deep clear amber with good retention on the head but no lacing. Sweet barbecue aroma with light smoke, sweet cherries. Taste is syrupy sweet with something I can’t place that is a bit weird (old tar ?) plus some molasses.

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