Saison Du Buff is part of Stone Brewing’s Collaboration Series. This saison was brewed in part with Dogfish Head and Victory Brewing Company. It clocks in at 6.8% ABV.
Fun fact: BUFF stands for Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor.
Dogfish Head / Victory / Stone, Saison du BUFF is a 6% alc/vol Saison brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. This beer will be brewed three times, once at each brewery using the same recipe.
SdB pours a pale straw color. There’s a lot of carbonation that floats up to an inch tall crème brulee-colored head. Lacing is present and thick.
This is an insanely unique smelling beer. I picked up notes of pine, grapefruit, straw, basil and pesto.
Wow. A lot of these scents come through in the flavor. Generically speaking, the taste is spicy, light and fizzy. To be more specific, I tasted piney hops, pesto, parsley and pepper, with a sweet grapefruit-like backbone.
The mouthfeel is fizzy, drying and sticky. But not of these things are too distracting.
This is one of the tastiest saisons I’ve had! The pesto flavors are a first in my beer tasting experiences. An interesting beer, but the spiciness/drying keeps it from being a session beer.
Overall: 8 out of 10
As a SAISON: 8.5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Ommegang HENNEPIN, The Bruery SAISON RUE, The Lost Abbey CARNEVALE