tderoeck (9744) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2017 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, I’ve 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 it’s own, for release during it’s 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. There’s plenty of carbonation, but the foam never gets more than one finger thick. While the initial carbonation fades back, there’s 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, there’s very little hops, an unexpected surprise considering the three breweries involved in this collaboration. There’s 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 didn’t expect a very saison-esque brew. There have been dozens of American saisons that I’ve 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 I’ve had to date, only competing with the Goose Island "Sofie". I like the Saison du Buff so much, that I’ve already emailed my salesman asking for another couple cases. At the very least, I’ll buy a whole case for myself!
Victory Brewing Company/Dogfish/Stone
Saison du Buff
TCSH - 9.5/10
Aka - Absolutely delicious!
15/VII/17 - 33cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker), shared @ post-Billies cool-down at 77ships’ place (Antwerpen) - BB: n/a, bottled: II/18/16 (2017-1030) Alengrin (5382) - BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2017
Clear blond to light orange beer, irregular off-white head, very stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: fruity, bit of melons, banana peel, yeasty, bit sweet. MF: soft carbon, medium to light body. Taste: sweet, pretty bitter, fruity, citrus, bit lemony, very grassy, chemical bitterness, orange peel, yeasty. Aftertaste: more dirty (dead?) yeast, alcohol, unpleasant bitterness.
Spiced (or rather ’herbed’) saison-style ale made in collaboration of three of America’s big and very influential names in the world of craft breweries, bottle at 77ships’s place, cheers. Thick, frothy, egg-white, stable head, hazy peach blonde robe with orangey tinge. Aroma of wet leather, unripe peach, green peppercorns, parsley, damp hay, stale urine but not in a bad way, soap, green tea, camomile, turnip - with thyme, rosemary and sage effectuating a ’dry green’ herbal note but hardly distinguishable from one another. Crisp fruity onset, peachy and pineapple-like sweetish notes, sourish touch as well, softish carbo, supple mouthfeel; bready maltiness sustains an earthy presence of the green herbs as well as something green tea-like in the finish, mildly bittering. Accomplished, no surprise seen its pedigree, and way more pleasant than expected based on the list of herbs - though I think adding four different ones is a bit unnecessary. pintbypint (3642) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 18, 2017
12oz brown bottle shared at RBAG ’17. Golden and hazy with barely any head. Nose - biscuit, wood, toasty, spices. Taste - grain, toast, spices. Mild, but interesting saison. SaintMatty (7365) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2017
355ml Bottle - Light amber in colour. Peach, rosemary, thyme and lemon in the aroma. Herbal and fairly sweet taste with notes of Earl Grey tea, lemon and thyme standing out. Nice at first but becomes a bit sickly after a while. 77ships (9834) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2017
Thank you tderoeck! Late night tasting @ home. 355 ml. bottle sampled. 18 FEB 2016 bottled. Hazy orange, creamy white head. Nose is massive chemical Belgian with green spices, thyme, rosemary, coriander seeds, green paprika, whatever,… Taste is soap, BE, vanilla sweetness with some sugar, candy & green kitchen spices, thyme, rosemary, basil, coriander seeds etc,… Heavy on top,… Body is sweet soap,… Not the best base but not bad either with huge amount of silly spices, not bad, funny beer.
DuffMan (10436) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2017
Can shared at RBAG Summer Gathering 2017. Medium gold White head. Pleasantly floral, sweet but dry. Very good. kbudd19 (1019) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2017
Golden with light white head. Aroma is light crackers, bread, and light floral undertones. Taste is grains, light floral, crisp bitter finish. androman (2351) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2017
12fl oz bottle at home from Dranken Geers, Gent. Nose is vegetables, spices, wood. Body is opalescent yellow, head is medium, white, frothy, average lasting, good lacing. Aroma is spices, vegetable soup, weed, wood, bread. Light sweet, medium bitter, medium umami, light salty. Finish is long lasting hoppy medium bitter, medium umami, light salty. Medium body, slick texture, medium carbonation. Quite easy, quite refreshing, super weird, lack of sweetness but nice hoppy finish, nice one. dwyerpg (6188) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 24, 2017
Not sure there is much difference between this and the dogfish head listing. Light airy and heebal, it’s quite delicious. Richardvv94 (96) - Valthe, NETHERLANDS - JUN 24, 2017
6e biertje bij bax, Saison du buff colab with dogfishead stone brewing, smaakt naar lavendel, schruim verdwijnt snel, meer kruidig dan fruitig, bitter goed aanwezig