WVHouseofBeer (727) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a vibrant golden color with a medium-sized white head that leaves some lacing. Nice aromas of herbs, grass and fruit (mostly peach). Flavors consisting of the same. Medium-bodied with a sweet finish. Quite a nice saison.
sfontain (763) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle, Victory version. Up front, this is not a style Iím particularly familiar with even after 550 ratings. Pours a pale straw with a medium white head that dissipates quickly into a paper-thin coating over half the top of the liquid; very minimal lacing; not particularly attractive, visually speaking. Aroma has a strange spicy yeasty bready sourness with white grape. Flavor has the same sourdough thing going on, with an astringent, liquid-facewash-esque finish. Hard to believe this is pushing 7% ABV, and while this isnít a bad drinking beer, when you get down to it thereís really no single element of it thatís terribly appealing. This might be a different story in another 1,000 beers, but I just canít pick out all the individual interesting herbs they used to brew this stuff.
streve (94) - Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pour was a golden color, half a finger of white head and mild carbonation. Aroma of hops, citrus, yeast and some spice. Mouth is moderately bitter, very sweet and fruity. Orange and lemon. Refreshing and fairly light. Nice.
jhgrantjr (416) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 Poured from a bottle, golden color, white head. lots of carbonation. nice look. Aroma of some hops, spice, earthy smell. Itís a semi-sweet flavor, ending with some bitterness. Good saison.
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JStax (2568) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a nice, translucent gold with a one finger width head of white foam. The aroma is grassy, herbal, and sweet. The taste is sweeter than that of the Dogfish Head rendition and quite a bit cleaner. A bit more enjoyable as well.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle $3, oddly one dollar cheaper than the Stone or Dogfish Head versions. This one seemed to have a lot less herb influence, it was hoppy in the smell and taste and the flavor reminded me of oranges and witbier more than a dry saison. Needs more rosemary. This was just a lot less clean than the Dogfish Head version if that makes any sense at all.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-26-2010 23:25:06
GarrettB (899) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
April 15th, 2011 - Itís back for Round 2 of the Saison Du Buff. Round 1 featured Dogfish Head as the "lead brewer." This time around itís Victory, and I have to admit, I donít know if there are any considerable differences between these beers, whether in recipe, place of production or anything else that matters (besides the label.) This Saison features the clean white head often found with the style, as well as the artsy lacing and a golden body with a lovely clarity and dancing bubbles. Hops, dry champagne, all-spice and clove give the nose a sharp and distinguished aroma, but itís not overpowering or perfume like. The flavor begins semi-sweet employing some of the white grapes borrowed from the aroma, then turns astringent and slightly bitter. Then the flavors return for a long, suspenseful aftertaste, where the dry white grape flavor, champagne and aftertaste eke out their last flavors like a violin at the end of a moving quartet piece, the strings quivering until it finds the perfect, unnoticeable transition from sound to silence. The Saison du Buff is a reminder that even if the style isnít my favorite, it offers some of the most refined drinking experiences around.
Iphonephan (2606) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pale cloudy gold pour with a white head. Nice orange peel aroma. Cardoman and citrus notes. Slight short bitter finish. Very refreshing.
EithCubes (4574) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, nose big on orange and orange peel and the herbs, rosemary, ginger, lemon, black pepper. Hazy gradient golden body with a rough white head. Taste is moderately dry, a sliver of extreme citrus intertwined with the eye-popping booze to start, but a rough and scratchy black pepper/rosemary and basil overtone takes over. Medium-full body is sharp and spicy, golden malt takes the backseat, and I get the feeling that the herbal tea has overwhelmed the beer.
jcartamdg (1593) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours light gold with a thick and lacy white head. Aroma of sage, rosemary, peppercorn and some medicinal notes. Taste follows, herbal, a little over the top. Still very interesting.
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