|The Victory version|
One saison style beer that I’ve enjoyed several times is the Victory/Stone/Dogfish Head collaboration Saison Du BUFF. A few weeks back I was waiting for some guys to come over and decided to warm up with a bottle I had in the BeerVault and give it a quick review. This review is for the Victory version to date I’ve had all three versions and think the Victory is one of the better versions.
12 ounce Victory bottle poured into homebrew fest glass. The enjoy or best by date is smudged so I can’t read it.
Appearance: Crystal clear, pale yellow almost straw like gold. Pours with a good ½ inch whitehead made up of small tiny bubbles, lacing holds the side of class well.
|Great color and clarity|
Mouthfeel: The beer is medium to light bodied, the bubble dance on the back my palate.
Taste: Probably my favorite non-farmhouse / funky saison. The spiciness from the yeast is not overpowering nor is it underwhelming, just an all around clean crisp beer. I’m detecting no off flavors from fermentation and the finish really nice and crisp, very enjoyable
Overall: This is probably my favorite of the Stone collaboration beers that I have had to date. Ironically I don't really get much Stone influence in it, I get the Victory, I get a little bit of the Dogfish Head but not the Stone, probably due to the restraint in the hops. Overall really nice summer beer that was a great follow up to the spicy smoked gouda pizza that I had made for dinner. As I said definitely a good commercial saison, it is borderline between the ones that I like and the ones I do not.
In closing I am going to offer up the official collaboration video that Stone put out about a year ago when the beer was launched