sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Upon pouring, the Victory Saison Du Buff looks exactly like the other two versions. Bright clear golden color with a small white head. The aroma is the same, heavily spiced with parsley, rosemary, oregano, and even mint leaves. The taste is also quite spicy, with a complexity of different herbs and things from the spice cabinet. The finish produces a more distinctive pale malt flavor with hoppy bitterness. It’s really quite floral at the end and not as overwhelmingly spicy. High carbonation again adds an extra zest to the mouth feel.
I actually liked it best the third time around (after already having Stone and DFH version) I can’t stop thinking about the many possible food pairings. By itself this beer is just ok, but matched with the right food this could be really delectable. I’m thinking any kind of salad, pizza, roasted chicken, pasta, fish tacos, etc…so many choices.
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a medium golden color with a smaller sized head. Aromas of spiciness, yeast, herbal and citrus. Tastes of citrus, spices (but not over powering), and herbal.
Leafs93 (1752) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2010 Pours a yellow orange, right in between the two. Aroma is pine, citrus, spices and grass. Taste is doughy sweet with earthy tangy undertones. More complex then I thought. Nice bitter dry finish. Very refreshing and I think underated
Headbanger (3388) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle 9/8/10 (Binny’s Naperville)50° in Tulip-Pours a clear golden with a small white head. Aroma of spices and yeast. Taste of the same. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and quite tasty.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle poured a clear golden color with a fair amount of head. Spicy malty flavor with a quick finish.
Travlr (13422) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Max’s, side by side with the Stone version. Bright clear yellow, scant tiny bubble head. Aroma of black pepper, malt, coconut. Taste is bitter start to finish, but slightly metallic. Average.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Victory. Bubbly straw yellow with a light white head. Very herbal and floral aroma with notes of basil and rosemary. Some American hops are noticeable with citrus notes. Mint, basil, and herbs on the tongue. Floral and fruity with a very bitter grassy finish. Decent.
Holy (834) - GERMANY - SEP 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Recommendation of Casey. Shared with Travlr, 12 fl oz in Baltimore. Clear light yellow with no head. Coconut slips in and out of the aroma - strange. Flavor is equally strange, yet unique. A definite coconut flavor dominates the aftertaste. Unique, not amazing.
Chalsk (1086) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The third of the trifecta. Pours a golden color with a soapy white head. Has a heavy aroma of lemon zest, funk, rosemary and sage. Has an added earthiness to it due to the seasoning. This beer has definitely grown on me through the three part tasting. Unique saison, but doubt I will grab one of these brews again. I didn’t drink them up against each other so its difficult to determine the differences.
keepersj12 (2761) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this right after the Dogfish Head version and there were some subtle differences between the two. This one had a less impressive aroma but still wonderful. The appearance was a little darker with a smaller head. The flavor was also quite similar but I gave it a slightly higher score due to the presence of a bit of vanilla. Both had very nice after tastes. Can’t wait to get the Stone version.