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Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery

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434 Reviews
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Reviews: 434
Hads: 1,546
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 27.42%
Wants: 49
Gots: 203 | FT: 2
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SaCkErZ9 on 08-05-2010

Plans call for Saison du BUFF to be 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.
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Photo of JohnRioux
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love a beer that tastes like when it says it should taste like. I was afraid that the herbs would be overpowering, but the beer was nice and light, yet full, and tasted every bit like the parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme brewed into this glorious beer.

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Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.95/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy, pale gold with a huge white head that recedes to a thin ring.
S - Getting lots of lemons and herbs from this, obviously parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Actually, it's hard to make out any individual herbs in the nose, so let's just call it "herbal". Still, very interesting and unique.
T - More lemons and herbs. The herbs do an amazing job of showing themselves at different times as the beer warms. At fist I get mostly rosemary, sticky and resinous. Then it's the thyme, followed with the sage and then the parsley. So amazing, this is a very interesting beer!
M - Very crisp and dry, with a medium-light body and high carbonation. Very refreshing, an it pairs so well with foods.
D - Very drinkable, this should be available in 6-packs all year long. One of the most unique and amazing beers I've ever had. My hats off to Victory, Stone and Dogfish Head.

An all around great beer that will find its way into my fridge often

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Photo of jbriggs7036
4.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Beer, tastes very fresh.

A- Average

S- Very fresh with the strong hints of kitchen spices thyme and sage

Taste- Same as smell, the thyme and sage come through strong, but add freshness and structure more than I anticipated

M- Light and smoothe

D- I could go all night

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Photo of techcommdood
4.77/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Recently my buddy John and I had the opportunity to stop at Moe's Tavern in Lee, MA for a very special treat: Saison du BUFF on tap! I have two bottles at home that I've been saving, and will eventually compare them against the kegged beer.

Appearance: Nice hazy straw color beer with frothy white head.

Smell: Quite a bit going on here. A tart spiciness that was peppered with herbs. Mainly sage and thyme coming through as far as the four herbs go. Some tacky sweet notes to the nose as well, like the faint aroma of honey that's been stirred into tea.

Taste: Wow! Even more going on here! Initial light sweetness breaks quickly to lemon zest, rosemary and yes, parsley (so the other two herbs come marching in). Nice back end herby notes, again with more tartness and now some bittering.

Mouthfeel: Thinner feel than it looks in the glass. Clean, somewhat dry finish. Very enjoyable.

Drinkability: This goes down like water on a hot day. The sweet-tartness up front combined with the clean bitter finish really lend this beer to be finished off quite quickly (as we discovered first hand).

Overall: I am exceptionally pleased with this beer, and can't wait to try it in bottle. Perhaps that will be on the menu this evening. If you see this beer, get it. It's limited, and is worth trying. And if you live within radius to Moe's, call to see if it's still on tap!

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Photo of jwhancher
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers from last year - had the Victory version. Was glad to see it was brought back. Visited the Dogfish Head brewery in Milton in early April and bought a case of this. Poured into a Victory Golden Monkey snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear gold with good carbonation. Okay white head that fades to some small lacing.

S: With all the herbs added to this beer, I honestly can't tell them apart. What I do know is that the aroma is very inticing with the lemon Citra hops mixing beautifully with what I view as Italian herbs. To me, this one screams Italian cooking and/or food, and I just love the bouquet of herbal notes it gives off.

T: Like the smell with a strong lemon-like quality. Tastes pilsner sweet with the herbs again producing a great, intriguing quality. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

M: Nice & dry with a touch of sweetness from the malts. Some good bitterness at the back end.

O: A well done collaboration beer. This is a saison that really hits the spot. Good timing, too, because the weather has certainly heated up recently here around Philly.

I also agree with the review directly below in that the only real problem with this beer is the price tag. At roughly $52 for a case, it's not the cheapest of craft beers. But I certainly like it, and look forward to brewing a homebrew version with the recipe straight out of Stone's book. Cheers!

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Photo of ChrisPratz
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice deep golden color. Reminds me of a wheat beer but filtered ever so slightly. Full finger of foam on the head that stuck around for awhile. Seemed nice a more carbonated beer as the head stuck around for awhile and laced the sides of the glass all the way down.

S: Really really impressed. My first Saison, reading the label is what caught my eye. So strange (in a good way, don't want to confuse) to smell herbs in a beer like this. Alot of earthy/grassy/wheat tones in the air. Couldn't wait to try.

T: Really blew me away. Not that its the best beer i've ever tasted but one of the most uniquely enjoyable. Tasting the rosemary and thyme moreso then the sage and parsley. Hints of wheat and those earthy tones that were in my nose. Not exactly sweet, but its very enjoyable. Bit of a citrus flavor too but can't pick one specifically. Nice and clean.

M: Makes everything pop. Heavy carbonation but still good flavor. Mouthful brought out the wheat and citrus flavors a bit more but you can still taste all the herbs.

O: Very impressed with this. If you enjoy good food, cooking with lots of herbs and the like, you should def try this beer. Again, not the best beer i've ever had but very unique, enjoyable, complex.

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Photo of jfdean
4.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to shamefully admit the Stone release of du Buff passed me by with out my knowledge. But seeing this beer in the local beer store caused me to be filled with joy and great expectations.

The beer pours an idyllic pale golden color with a white head and beautiful carbonation. Upon bringing this beer close to your nose you are presented with a potent aroma that is more associated with a roast turkey than a beer. Intrigued, I took a sip, the traditional Belgian sour is there in a crisp clean way but masked behind the array of herbs. The rosemary, and thyme I find are most prevalent and serve to brilliantly complement the the slight malt character. The end result is a Saison that is not only unique, bit highly enjoyable. While Stone snuck by, Dogfish was discovered in a happy coincidence, Victory will be hunted down.

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Photo of hdog09
4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had from bottle poured into glass.

I had been dying to try this beer when I first heard about it last spring. About two weeks ago I was talking beer with the bartender and he gave me a sample of the Saison, he mentioned t was a collaboration between, dogfish, stone, and victory brewing.(three of y favorite micro brews in the country.

The beer itself looked almost like a lager in color. The thing that stuck out instantly was the smell of grapefruit with a hint of pine needles or something? It tasted great and unlike any other beer I've ever had. I think it makes for a great summer beer and recommend to anyone who has a chance to try it.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.61/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a clear golden yellow/amber color with an off- white head.

S- The aroma is really interesting. At the base, you have fruity malt and yeast. But the spices are a really interesting addition. The parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme definitely make their presence felt in the nose, but they are placed perfectly without being a distraction.

T- The taste like the aroma is malt and spices with some citrus and yeast. The individual spices are more difficult to pick up in the taste compared to the aroma but there is a definitive and pleasant spiciness in the flavor. 

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer! It is unlike anything I have ever tried and I love the creativity of adding all of these spices that I love and use everyday into this beer. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Harvest06
4.61/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Brown with off white head. Thick head.
S: Very pleasant aroma of herbs (Sage is a dominant herb aroma) sage, rosemary, parsley. Fruity aroma from yeast, slight malty and hoppy aroma.
T: Taste follow the nose - slight sweetness, sage with herbs and spiceyness, finish is dry, crisp, slightly bitter.
M: Medium to full body is unusual for the style but makes for a pleasant drink. Good carbonation.
O: Very enjoyable ale. Pair with Italian food.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a head so massive, that I couldn't pour the whole bottle in. The head dissipates very slowly (it actually seems that it doesn't dissipate), and leaves behind thick lacing when it finally does. This looks good, but there's a bit too much head.

Smell: Citrus and peaches, with yeast. Of course, there are notes of the added rosemary, sage, and thyme which really shine through.

Taste: Begins with a strong apple flavor and a peach note, finishing with stronger peach, along with hints of the added spices and a bit of yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light body with light carbonation and a very refreshing, slightly dry, finish.

Drinkability: Very good, and possibly my favorite of the Saison Du BUFF series. This one has the most flavor among them. Definitely a brew to seek out.

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Photo of Blackwolf
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz Bottle into a tulip.

A- Rich golden color. There was a lot of head on this saison but it settled quickly. The lacing wasn't to sticky but good none the less.

S- Wow! The aroma of this beer is deep in herbal spice and everything nice. Sage and a lavendery thyme intoxication fills your head when you take a deep whiff, the rosemary isn't subtle but not overpowering. Smelling this beer is the next best thing to smelling a bouquet of some wild flowers. A piney hop tickle and a splash of citrus is also evident.

T- Malts hit ya quickly, bittersweet citrus and a very herbal backbone. It has a very balanced hop blend that is playful with all the herbs and spices. There was a piney smell, but a grassy taste to these hops, the finish is great though, and the taste sticks around just long enough. Tasty.

MF- Light body and smooth. Just enough carbonation in it (medium to medium-heavy), and it gets kinda dry at the finish. It's a refreshing and interesting feel.

O- Two words: "Almost Perfect." This is a great Saison/Farmhouse. Not anything more needs to be said. This made it into my top 5 collab beers, and I still have two other versions to try still (Stone, Victory). You can't be disappointed with this ale.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Saison du BUFF

Appearance- very hazy golden, lively white head that dissipates quickly.4

Smell- hops - green buds to the max 5

Taste- wow. Delicious. Sweet and citrusy but with huge hop and wheat finish.complex Balanced. spicy nutmeg 5

Mouf- easy 3

Drinkable - oh so drinkability 4

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy, deep, golden color with a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that almost, not but quite, completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Pretty aromatic, with strong notes of toasted malt and Belgian yeast, imparting aromas of toasted French baguettes and tons of spices and herbs, such as black pepper, cardamom, coriander, clove, lavender, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme. I also get some lemony-citrus, candied sugar, honey and finally, lots of piney hops.

Taste: Wow! Delicious! Strong flavors of bready, toasted malt up front, imparting flavors of English muffins and French baguettes, followed by some good amounts of honey-like sweetness, spices of black pepper, cardamom, coriander, clove, lavender, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme, some piney, hoppy bitterness and Belgian yeast. The beer has a very short finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty effervescent as there is quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very delicious, outstanding, American version of a Belgian Saison. It has great, balanced flavors of toasted malt, spices, citrus, funk and hoppy bitterness. Highly, highly, recommended!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a bllowing bright white cloudy textured head rises well above the rim of my chalice. Slightly hazed bright straw golden color, lacing left behind is fine and intricate. Nose is blasting with rosemary and thyme it smells like somebody just roasted some chicken. Sharp spicy acidity with hints of citric undertones and sweet grassy layers as well. Flavor this one is tasting nice a saison/gruit combo with aromatic/spiy herbal additions. Much more appealing than the Stone version I had, it was so spicy I had a hard time detecting the saison characteristics. This one actually accomplishes the balance that would go nice with a meal using these same aromatic herbs. Citrus combo of herbs/lemongrass/thyme bitterness very green and fresh tasting lively carbonation on the palate helps the flavos not fall flat. Eye opening appeal that brings out the point that what else could be used to spice a beer up instead of straight up hop additions, I like the creativity no boundary approach that went into play when formulating this saison style. Light effervescent carbonation that works nicely with the style body is moderate very killer mouthfeel. Drinkability was easy, no problems consuming this fantastic gruit/saison, can't wait to try Victory's version.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've hit the trifecta. This is the third of the three that I've tried.

Poured into an MJ tasting glass.

Pours a pale golden hue with a thick egg shell colored fluffy head. The head did not last as long as the Stone version. On par with the Victory version. Leaves lots of lace on the glass.

Aromas of lemon (thyme), rosemary, and yeast. Not as in your face with the herbs as I was expecting from any of the versions. Rosemary not as dominant as the Stone verion. I think it is the lesser of the three in rosemary.

Has that saison peppery bite, with lemon and rosemary undertones. Again, not as over the top with the herbs as I was expecting. The herbs are in a very nice balance. Very similar to Stone and Victory versions.

Mouthfeel is similar to Stone version, a little thinner than Victory version. A dry beer, as it should be, on par with the Stone version. Leaves a little "pucker" effect at the end of the taste, as with the Stone and Victory versions.

Drinkability is high. I think I could drink this all night and not get palate fatigue from the herbs. Done very nicely. Worth replicating at home, since I have a nice supply of fresh rosemary in the garden. Same impression as the Stone and Victory versions.

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Photo of matridium
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Really good.

I think the best between Victory, and Stone.

I really like the play of the parsley, sage, Rosemary and thyme and the hops. well done!!!

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Photo of Oakenator
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the trio of Saison du Buff's brewed. This one ranks in the middle for me but still an excellent brew. Pour is golden yellow with a slight cloudiness to it. Good head and lacing on the glass. Smells is of spices and other citrus fruits. Taste is heavy spice - a good saison and the strongest of the 3 in the spice category. Hops are very floral. Specific malt is harder to detect. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Cannoneer
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers that is better be used as an aperitif before a hearty meal and a concurrent beer session. It arouses beer senses and wakes your taste buds with something unusual and exciting.

Pours lemony bright and immediately captures with the smell. My first impression - coriander (although it is not on the herbs list), my wife's impression - "sunny summer meadow."

The taste is lively, a bit sour, like biting into a granny smith apple. Of course, it's very herby, too.

One bottle is enough, you are duly amazed and prepared for a subsequent feast of roast pork belly with, perhaps, a Tripel to go with it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a very modest cap that leaves a few squiggles behind

Smell: Very herbacious, with sage and rosemary dominant; pithy as well, with a spicy character

Taste: Bread, lemon and spices, up front, with the sage and rosemary assertive; by mid-palate, the pithy hops add another dimension; after the swallow, the pith and the herbs and spicy yeast all blend together to make for a layered finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation

Overall: Having been so disappointed with the Stone version a few years ago, I was delighted with the brew that Dogfish has put together here; the spices blend together nicely rather than dominate and the mouthfeel is light - just perfect for these warming days

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Photo of dankster
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a sam adams beer glass.

Appearance is cloudy golden with slight orange hue to it.

Smells like fresh herbs picked from the garden with rosemary being the strongest.

The taste is very herbel with strong notes of time and basil in every sip. (i cant spell sorry)

goes down very easy and light. perfect for summer

overall a good beer that i recommend everyone try if you find it. (I stumbled across it at the local store)

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Photo of obywan59
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale-ish yellow against my computer screen, but is more golden orange against the wall. 2 finger white head and a tower of carbonation bubbles rising in the center of my Duvel tulip. Seems like less "smoke" than the Stone version. Light lacing.

Aroma is awesome. Mostly hopw from the bottle with lighter herbal aroma. In the glass, the herbals kick in, soon overpowering everything else. In the Stone version, I got the sage, but the other herbs not so much. This time I get the sage again, and the rosemary and the thyme as well. The parsley still eludes me. Aroma seems different than the Stone. I think the individual herbal aromas stand out more. Seems to be more (herbal) bitterness to the aroma. I'll do a side-by-side comparison of all 3 versions later.

Some lightly sweet malt and bitter herbals followed by some bitter hops. Grapefruit-like tartness as well.

Light bodied. I thought it was less peppery than the Stone version until the third glass which started out very peppery, The peppery aspect seems to fade mear the bottom of the glass.

Very drinkable. The only thing that slowed me down was the ABV.

I ranked this slightly lower than the Stone version as the taste had an odd herbal bitterness to it.

Shelf price was $3.49, but they rang up as $2.79. As I had bought 6 of them, I didn't complain. 4404 Brambleton Kroger, Roanoke, VA.

Bring it on, Victory!!!

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. pours a light hazy lemon yellow with a prodigious bubbly head that unevenly reduces.

Spicy and herby, smelling this beer is like smelling a good meat rub; allspice, cumin,and rosemary are all present. There's a slight citrus smell underneath, perhaps lemon.

Very flavorful, the spicy, herby taste starts mid-tongue. Rosemary is strong, with parsely as well. Lemony mid-way through the beer, ending earthy, almost creamy.

Nicely carbonated, this beer dances on the tongue and in the mouth as you drink it.

Like almost everything that DFH puts out, this beer is full-flavored, complex, and well balanced. Too bad this is a limited release, because I would definitely buy this again. I look forward to seeing how it compares to the Victory version of this beer, which I have on deck to try next.

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Photo of Phelps
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed during the blind beers BIF, this was bottle was sent by Cuzco and wrapped up so I couldn't tell what it was. Poured into a tulip.

Cloudy apricot in color, with one inch of foamy, off-white head. Nice horizontal strings of lace.

An incredible nose, like a tea bag full of spices. Pear, coriander, white pepper, crackers, lemongrass. I can't move on to the flavor because I keep taking whiffs.

In the flavor, the spices aren't as bright and the malt is more pronounced. Lots of honey, crackers, ginger, coriander, rose petals, pear syrup. Sweet and complex.

Pillow-soft, whipped body is activated by just a tiny tingle of carbonation. Crisp.

This is glorious. A beautiful blend of spices. Bright, floral, crisp.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DFH chalice.

This is a clear, golden colored brew topped with a nice creamy white crown that leaves plenty of nice lacing all the way through till the end.

Very fragrant, complex nose. I believe the sage is dominant, but can smell the other spices as well. Yeasty, bready and some bright fruit as well.

This is a very unique tasting brew. Spices hit big time up front - along with a very pronounced dryness. There is also a nice dose of malt in there as well in the middle, as well as some apricot and the finish is with a nice hop bitterness. Interesting brew, which I could really get into.

Light and crisp mouthfeel. Finishes dry, well carbonated.

Thankfully, my bro was nice enough to part with one of these. I'm surely not disappointed in the least with this. I look forward to other collaborative efforts between DFH, Victory and Stone. This is not one to pass up. VERY good take on the style. Highly sessionable brew.

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Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Brewery
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