Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by ZeroSignal:
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle, bottled 2010, poured into a DFH Snifter
A - Cloudy, golden yellow pour with a voluminous, dense white head. Strong retention and a sticky lace.
S - A whole host of lighter aromas in a complicated, intricate nose, with nothing really blasting out to the foreground. There are hints of a lemony citrus, a little bit of hay, and I pick up bits of the advertised sage and rosemary.
T&M - Has a bit of the barnyardy funk that I tend to like in some Saisons. Notes of lemon zest and an array of herbs. When I opened this I was hoping that my brain wouldn't trick me into tasting things that I wasn't (from reading the label), but the herb bouquet is quite strong, and yet doesn't seem out of place. Rosemary is easy to pick out, and a peppery note could be from hops, the sage, or both. Feels a bit light in body, and finishes with a bit of tartness.
O - Honestly, this was a lot better then I was thinking it was going to be. There is a lot going on in the sense of a traditional Saison, and the herbal bouquet adds a whole new level. Very interesting brew.
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2011 04:03:56 | More by ZeroSignal
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3.29/5 rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
12 oz bottle into a wine glass.
A: Pours a clearish straw color. There's a finger worth of white-colored head, with a fairly typical texture and okay retention. A soapy ring of lacing is left on the glass. There are no dregs in the bottom to obscure my bee
S: Very spicy...really spicy, actually. All four spices come through very well - in a way, I'm reminded of marinara sauce (sans tomato). My problem is that too much emphasis is placed on the spicing and too little is placed on the rusticness. Sure, I am getting touches of black pepper, but the yeast is really subdued. But considering my luck with 'Murican-brewed saisons, maybe that's a good thing?
T: Spicing hits the palate immediately. I really taste the sage most of all. The back end gradually trails into a gentle breadiness. If there's any problem here, it's not the lack of rustic qualities - it's the utter simplicity. There isn't much of anything beyond spices and breadiness.
M: This part was nailed well: it's soft and creamy, with a decently full body - and even better, a dry finish. Healthy carbonation probably plays a role in the latter, as the drinkable nature slows a bit after the fizz lets up. Still, it feels quite nice in the mouth.
O: This is a weird beer: it's no Dupont (that's for sure), but it still manages to carve out a niche for itself. Its intense, seemingly imbalanced spice quotient is what gives it its charm. Worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 20:25:06 | More by ThisWangsChung
Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Brewery
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