Sunday, April 15, 2012

Saison du Buff

Today I'm drinking Saison du Buff brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware. I did have a sample of this beer last year at Beer Tasting Extravaganza: Big Bear Brewing Edition, but not enough to just throw out a few passing comments. This is Dogfish's version of this collaboration between Stone, Victory and themselves, though each brewery has brewed this beer. The label shows a little thumbnail of each brewery's logo and connects them in a brewing trinity. I do like the background green colors as they match perfectly to a beer brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Bottled in 2012 B.

Hello herbal garden aroma! Very bright bouquet with rosemary being the standout. A little flowery with some sweet orange in the nose as well. The flavors start a little differently as some orange and citrus take the lead. Nice sweetness and quite floral. Not lost are the basket of herbs, again with rosemary standing out from the pack. Nice savory spiciness.

There is a definite hay and yeasty funkiness, especially as the beer warms up a bit. Good tartness, refreshing and bursting with unique flavors. The finish is dry and lightly bitter. The 6.8% alcohol wasn't really noticeable at all. Very interesting, complex, flavorful and fun. Check it out if you like any of those characteristics. Personally, I liked it, though one was certainly enough for one sitting considering its powerful herbiness and all.

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