Beer #108 Saison Du BUFF by Dogfish Head, Victory & Stone


Saison du BUFF by Dogfish Head, Victory & Stone

Name: Saison Du BUFF

Style:  Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Brewery: Collaboration with Dogfish Head Brewing Co, Victory Brewing & Stone Brewing Co

Country: USA

Region: This Batch (#1) was brewed & Bottled in Escondido, California

ABV: 6.8 % Abv

How served: 12oz capped bottle poured into an Oerbier glass.          

My Overall Opinion: Very Good. 

I paired this beer with: Hanger Steak grilled with a sweet teriyaki sauce.   Nothing wrong with this pairing.

Tasted on:  Wednesday May 12th, 2010. 

Note:  The beer had a strong aroma of herbs and spices as soon as you popped the cap.  It reminded me of the smells in the food market is Provence.  The taste was more of what you smelled with a very mild tartness.   This beer was very crisp, dry and refreshing & I was left wanting to open another.   This brew is good with or without food.  I can’t wait to see the other 2 versions of this beer.

On the Label:  Ale brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme.

BUFF  Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor.  A clandestine organization committed to liberating collective taste buds, citing the dastardly and / or oppressive reign of so-called “fizzy yellow beer’.

Buff is how we think. How we act, and who we are…Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor!  Herbs in our brew?  Impossible where I trained in Germany!  But America has granted our breweries the amazing opportunity to create inspired ales and we seized the opportunity with gusto in making this collaborative ale.  Knowing the season this was to be enjoyed, we went for refreshment.  Being BUFF we added the challenge of unique flavor and landed in a style that offers ample latitude for both goals, saison.  New to the proverbial table in discussion we all remarked how much we liked sage and the idea of herbs cascaded out of the conversation.  Picking rosemary, milling in wheat malt and dosing the herbs, we three have had more fun than people are used to with clothing still on.  Leave yours and your preconceived notions on ale behind and be BUFF with us! 

From their website: 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. The expected release dates for each brew are as follows:

Stone Brewing Co. Late April 2010

Victory Brewing Co. July 2010

Dogfish Head August 2010

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