Saison du BUFF – Dogfish Head/Stone/Victory collaboration beer

This past Sunday my buddy John and I had the opportunity to stop at Moe’s Tavern in Lee, MA for a very special treat: Saison du BUFF on tap! Saison du BUFF is a collaboration beer from Dogfish Head, Stone and Victory breweries. I have two bottles at home that I’ve been saving, and now can compare them against the kegged beer. This beer is brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme… yep, a big ol’ glass of Simon & Garfunkel.

Appearance: Nice hazy straw color beer with frothy white head.

Smell: Quite a bit going on here. A tart spiciness that was peppered with herbs. Mainly sage and thyme coming through as far as the four herbs go. Some tacky sweet notes to the nose as well, like the faint aroma of honey that’s been stirred into tea.

Taste: Wow! Even more going on here! Initial light sweetness breaks quickly to lemon zest, rosemary and yes, parsley (so the other two herbs come marching in). Nice back end herby notes, again with more tartness and now some bittering.

Mouthfeel: Thinner feel than it looks in the glass. Clean, somewhat dry finish. Very enjoyable.

Drinkability: This goes down like water on a hot day. The sweet-tartness up front combined with the clean bitter finish really lend this beer to be finished off quite quickly (as we discovered first hand).

Overall: I am exceptionally pleased with this beer, and can’t wait to try it in bottle. Perhaps that will be on the menu this evening. If you see this beer, get it. It’s limited, and is worth trying. And if you live within radius to Moe’s, call to see if it’s still on tap!

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2 Responses to Saison du BUFF – Dogfish Head/Stone/Victory collaboration beer

  1. derryX says:

    I’ve been meaning to try this beer. I’m not a huge fan of rosemary. I find it overpowers things a little too much, but that’s not going to stop me from trying this beer one day. Hopefully my nose and palate dont get turned off by the rosemary because i’ve heard people rave about this beer and I really want to like it.

  2. beercommdood says:

    It’s not overpowering at all, at least not on tap (bottle verdict will be rendered soon). It’s actually a subtle blend of herbs playing well against a light sweetness and a slightly tart zest. It’s highly drinkable and thirst-quenching, despite its slightly heavier body and 6% ABV.

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