Dorwart (2468) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin bright white head of fine bubbles with good carbonation. Light and fruity aroma with some white grape, spices (pepper and cinnamon) and some light grainy malts. Color is a nice clear gold. More soft maltyness and spices. Some yeast and pepper. Some saison characteristics. A bit dry and pasty but still decent.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear yellow golden with a medium white head- good lace though. Aroma is real nice- mostly an orange tangerine yeasty smell which mixes well with the thyme being the most prominent spice here- rosemary seems tones down more than the other 2 versions- also more orange zest and citrus oily hops, very fruity from the yeast- 3711? Flavor is still citrus, fruity, tangerine, plus the herbs- thyme gives it some mint and almost a fruit loops character, but then some herbs like grass and maybe even a touch of earthy dusty parsley comes through - dry clean fresh malts, and almost a slight tingly feeling on the tongue from the spices in the end. Dry and refreshingly nice. I liked all 3 versions, but this one is probably my favorite.
SSSteve (4007) - - SEP 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. slightly hazy pale gold under a small white head. has a less lively look than the dogfish with a smaller head and no carbo bubbles. grassy, herbal aroma. flavor is very herbal, minty, wintergreen, and a hint tart. this tastes very similar to the dogfish version but it seems a bit more tart to me.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from the lakeview Binnyís. Clear yellow with some faint brown lowlights. Not bottle conditioned, which seems odd as I thought they did that for all their Belgian-style beers. The nose is tons of basil and rosemary, with underlying fruity saison yeast and a medium honey sweetness. The flavor has a light sweetness and finishes pretty dry with the same herbs coming in strongly. Bitterness is modest but serves to balance the lower residual sugars. The body is medium-light and carb nation is medium. I really dig basil and i like how it plays in the aroma here, so thatís the top mark. After that, the lack of bottle conditioning and higher carbonation hurt the appearance and mouthfeel a little. The flavor is good and I can imagine this going great with italian food. I actually with that I had some pesto pizza or something to eat with this. itís a culinary-inspiring beer, which I donít feel too often.
Frank (3604) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is my second venture w/ Saison Du Buff--my first being the Dogfish head version--and my impressions are more or less the same. This is a beer that puts being interesting and unusual in ingredients ahead of being good in a traditional sense. Itís a crystal clear orange color w/ a small head. The nose is pungent w/ Belgian yeast, a touch sulfurous w/ strong herbal notes, citrus, pepper and a very slight twinge of mint. This prickles across the tongue w/ fine carbonation and has a nice, full mouthfeel w/o being heavy or detracting from drinkability. The flavor is much the same as the nose but w/ the yeastiness toned down a bit. I am not sure how well this fits the saison style but it is a pleasant beverage regardless. To compare to the Dogfish Head version, the nose on this isnít quite as nice but that is more than made up for by the better flavor and mouthfeel.
jkwood04 (4963) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours bright golden with a thin, white head. Aroma of spice, herbs, and citrus. The rosemary is apparent in the flavor, and is balanced by the spiciness of the yeast and the light, citrusy hops. A nice lingering aftertaste. A good beer, and very unique.
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. Itís 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 canít 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. Iím thinking any kind of salad, pizza, roasted chicken, pasta, fish tacos, etcÖso many choices.
hopdog (10284) - 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 Caponeís. 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 (1945) - 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 (3580) - 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 (Binnyís Naperville)50į 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.