Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by mdcrouser:
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Looks like a pretty standard saison - a cloudy golden glow with a thin layer of white head.
The herbs are punchy - the sage and thyme both stand out to me. Beneath, there's some farminess and floral hops - in combination, it's like standing in a meadow, soaking it in. The saison portion is great, while the herbs are a bit much, giving me some pause before drinking.
The herbs are pressing - not to the point of dislike, but to really challenge the pallete with something wholly unique. Like rolling around in an herb garden, with the saison pushing through after the initial herbs. Balances out pretty well though.
Light and popping on the tongue, closing pretty well.
Definitely unique, but with an odd attraction to it. Enjoyable, but only in limited doses.
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2012 03:06:06 | More by mdcrouser
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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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