Sunday, August 26, 2012

Saisan du Buff


I've had a couple of Saison's now but this one was unusual.

 Not in a bad way, but a weird way. 

I like experimental, out of the box thinking, beer.  It's probably why I love The Bruery's releases as much as I do.  

But this collaboration between Stone, Dogfish & Victory was unique, to say the very least.  I tried Victory's bottle (all 3 breweries bottled them under their label) from our stash at work.

Saison du Buff is honey in color with pine and citrus aromatics.  It pours a vivid white head with decent retention. The flavor is hoppy with malt and rosemary dominating.  Carbonation was mild.  While this beer is brewed with parsley, sage, thyme and rosemary, rosemary takes the lead.  Apparently, each brewery crafted this beer with slight modifications so I'm curious how the other 2 turned out.  Either way, I wasn't a huge fan of this beer.  I'm glad I tried it but it's not something I would drink on its own.  But maybe with a roast chicken?  Who knows.  As much as I like rosemary, I don't think I like it so pungent in my beer.

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