Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by russwbeck:
4.38/5 rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I bought 2 12oz Bottles of the Dogfishhead and Stone versions of the Saison du BUFF and drank them side by side on two separate occasions. This is my review after the second tasting.
A: Very light pour with a small 1-2 finger head, minimal lacing, but a small film remains atop the beer as you drink. Much less head and much less lacing than the Stone version
S: Citrus right up front, with some other herbs. I think I'm getting some rosemary. Great smell.
T: Herbal and hoppy, much more smooth than the Stone version on both occasions. IMO it tastes better than the Stone.
MF: Smooth and light, much less carbonated (less punch) than Stone
D: Great beer overall, would be more drinkable if it were more available!
Final Verdict: While Victory looked and smelled better, I enjoyed the taste of DFH and while I would I would never turn either down, I would take DFH by a slim margin.
Serving type: bottle
09-23-2010 22:04:13 | More by russwbeck
More User Reviews:
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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