Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.59/5 rDev -4.8%
350ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color. About one finger of a white foamy head with almost no retention at all, dissipates very quickly. High carbonation, streams of bubbles are visible coming from the bottom of the glass. Almost no lacing left. (3.75)
S: Very strong smell of thyme, ocimum, sage and rosemary. After many sniffs, I still can't detect the parsley. The malty character of this beer is pretty much all hidden by the strong herbs smell. I can feel grassy and spicy hints and also lime zest. The aroma itself is very refreshing. More so than the taste. (3.5)
T: I thought the taste would completely follow the nose, but it isn't quite that way. Thyme, sage and rosemary stand out upfront, but the malty character appears later on, with a lot of carbonation. Belgian yeast is strong, giving the beer a touch of funkiness. The alcohol is pretty much undetectable. (3.5)
M: Light-bodied, very crisp and dry. Malty and bready aftertaste, with a herbal touch. (4.25)
O: Even though I found this brew very interesting and unique, the addition of the herbal spices wasn't great. A more citrusy touch and a less herbal touch would make this beer better in my opinion. Still refreshing, not as much as other Saisons, but very unique. I would have this again, but there are many other Saisons I would pick over this one. (3.5)
08-27-2014 00:04:47 | More by carlos_fleico
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
Brilliant golden with a moderate ivory head. Notes of lemon, thyme, and rosemary are accompanied by a touch of must and sage. Flavor is savory, with sage and parsley cleanliness forming the base, and lemon and thyme hitting mid palate. Rosemary carries into the lightly bitter finish, and notes of mint. Nice savory beer that I'll buy again and hold back for thanksgiving dinner.
08-22-2014 16:46:52 | More by barczar
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
With the clanging of the head from Dogfish Head, Stone and Victory- its quite clear with the first sip that the character, spirit and imagination of Dogfish Head takes center stage with this clever saison that employs spices that are typically reserved for pot roasts and pork loin.
Yet in a slim Belgian-esque taste, the spices project with such sprucy desertion that the saison beneath is hard to find. The rosemary, thyme and parsley lights the palate up like a Christmas tree. Despite its hazy golden appearance and creamy eggshell foam that seem to carry the classic farmhouse ale appearance, its nose and early palate is all about the herb.
Its partly creamy, partly zesty carbonation gives slight rise to underlying sweet maltiness of honey and light bread but as those bubbles begin to pop, the middle enlivens the spices and allow them to pull ahead of the balance with little challenge from underlying pear, apple and grape esters.
Finishing creamy-dry, the beer's relative medium body is slow to relax and is content to retain low levels of malt sweetness and firm textures to linger on the palate. This buffers the effect of its sprucy perfume and might be somewhat of its saving grace.
08-20-2014 16:14:57 | More by BEERchitect
Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,244 ratings.