Beer: Saison du BUFF
Brewery: Victory, Stone, Dogfish Head
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Golden, slightly hazy body. Very small white head. Reminiscent of a fancy sparkling apple cider.
Smell: Intensely orange front note, with a subtle note of parsley and pine.
Flavor: The taste doesn’t quite live up to its promising aroma. While there’s a hint of citrus and sage, its bitterness overpowers the subtle herbal taste. As it sits, the initial complexity settles to a relatively simple citrus-pine flavor.
Feel: Surprisingly thin with excellent carbonation.
Concluding Remark: BUFF (Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor) is a collaboration between three craft brewing heavyweights: Dogfish Head, Stone, and Victory. In 2003, the brewers got together with “a noble endeavor with the goal to highlight the passion and camaraderie of the American craft brew movement.” Almost a decade later, they came together to dream up the Saison du BUFF, an American take on the Belgian classic. They utilized the farmer’s spice rack in this Saison, sprinkling rosemary, thyme, sage, and parsley into the mix. It’s decent, and initially pretty complex, but it’s not as punchy or dynamic as I would want my Saison to be. While it follows the Saison tradition of mixing available ingredients, it’s a good brew, but not the best of in show.