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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light coloured with some retained head, and leaving a lace trail. Aroma is very good, the sage leads the nose, and there is White pepper and a blend of other spices and nices. Medium mouthfeel, its a palate tingler, but it goes down well, leading to...good drinkability. A new age saison, I may have liked this version the best.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed by flashlight after power was knocked out but tropical storm Beryl.

A: large three finger head on a slightly hazy golden body with crimson hues.

S: lots of tropical fruits including pineapple grapefruit and lemon custard. On the sweet side instead of musty. Light on the yeast presence.

T: lots of tropical fruit, black pepper zest and herbal spice. Little yeast involvement.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Moister finish than most in the genre

Overall: perfect degree of sweetness. Varies from yeasty and stronger herbal presence of other of this style. Very drinkable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not the best collaborative effort of these brewers. i thought sure, a simon and garfunkel beer (made of course with parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme), but this one is off. pours a clear golden color, too clear for a saison right? small white head. smells is not nearly as herbaceous as i thought it might be, with only really the rosemary appearing aromatically. all yeast in the nose. flavor the only herb i can taste is the sage, and its kind of funky in here. combined with the others and this unpleasant yeast, i dont care for this much. feel is okay, lighter but too lightly carbonated. i appreciate the attempt to do something new, but this isnt very good at all.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a golden yellow color with a thin white head on top. The retention and lacing were very minimal. The smell of the beer is herbal, the aromas that come off of it the most of probably the sage, thyme and rosemary. The taste has the same herbal elements that the smell does but it doesn't last as long. The flavors kind of die off in this one in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall it's a good brew, I feel the Victory version was a lot more flavorful. I would like to get the Stone version to try that sometime. Regardless it's a decent beer and worth trying.

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Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured cloudy light yellow in color with a finger high bright white head. A light to medium amount of carbonation of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose smells like a fresh herb garden with aromas of parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by a balanced set of herbal flavors along with some hints of peppers and yeast in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and has a slight amount of dryness.
D: Despite all of the herbal flavors, the beer is actually quite drinkable. I would definitely try this again because it is very unique.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, from the cellar room at the Liquor Mart in Glendale, Colorado.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and certainly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few minor instances of streaky sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds off.

It smells of pungent Irish stew spices - yup, rosemary and earthy thyme, with a lesser funky sage element, one which segues easily enough into the inherent yeastiness, all lording over a sturdy enough grainy, slightly bready pale malt. The taste is less spice-oriented - more blended, the proclaimed herbs acting like they've been simmering for the better part of the day, rather than just recently added - which allows the gritty, grainy, and not all that sweet pale Belgian-esque malt to safely come out of hiding.

The carbonation is dense in its softly supportive frothiness, the body an engaging medium weight, and smooth, in that Belgian spice and up-ticked alcohol sense - so, not really. It finishes off-dry, the malt not letting the lingering stew spices out and about without at least a modicum of supervision.

I've got the feeling that this is an aged bottle, and for how long, I do not know - stated solely because of the timeliness of my encountering it. The spices are not only St. Patrick's Day-friendly, but (Canadian) Thanksgiving as well, so this is a seasonal offering, in a manner of speaking. At any rate, nice to finally have gotten the chance to hit this particular DFH collaboration.

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Photo of brentk56
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
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 kojevergas
2.62/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. Bottled 2012.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head, quite thin, without any cream and of poor (~30 second retention). Colour is a clear yellow. Appears overcarbonated. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Lemon peel, spices, honey, fresh clean barley, and sugary clean malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Lemon peel and spices over top a clean malted barley foundation. The spices are interesting and somewhat subtle. Not a full-bodied or well rounded beer by any means. Hints of straw. Simple and somewhat bland, but enjoyable for what it is. No real layering. No yeast or alcohol come through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too thin. A bit watery. A bit undercarbonated.

Dr: It's alright for what it is, but I wouldn't get it again. Somewhat drinkable but unremarkable. A bland saison. Dull and boring.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a good foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spices including spices with solid rustic malt backbone and some nice fruity floral ester. Taste is a great complex mix between some rustic malt with some great notes of sage with nice floral undertones. Thyme and parsley are harder to detect then the other ingredient. Body is full with good carbonation. Solid offering that I would love to have regular access to.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico Alexandria.

Pours a nice clear golden color with a big, frothy white head with good retention and some nice ringy lacing on the way down.

The nose carries a really nice bit of sage and underlying spice. Really fresh. Some crisp malt dabbled into the background. The flavor carries on from there, with some really nice fresh herbal characteristics. I'm enjoying this a lot more than I figured I would. This is better than I remember the Stone version being, and quite a bit lighter in body. Very crisp with a moderate dryness through the finish.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and will be picking up a few bottles if I spot it in the area.

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Photo of mothman
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a half finger of white head. Color is a slight hazed (mostly clear) golden yellow.

Aroma: A ton of spice. Lots of herbal flavors. It must be the rosemary. Bready malts and honey. Earthy hops. Some citrus fruit.

Taste: Same as the nose, but more spice. Tons of spices. Floral and herbal. Its like I am eating a flower. Bready and grassy. Very malty.

Mouthfeel: Spiced and smooth. Medium bodied with a bit higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry with a lot of herbal flavors.

Overall, if you like herbal and floral flavors this beer will be for you. It is all right. Not very saison like. Not funky at all. More like a golden ale with a lot of spices. It's okay.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 6/10/2014. Pours fairly hazy deep golden color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, pear, white grape, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, herbal spicing, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, white grape, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice/herbal spice flavors on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, white grape, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, herbal spicing, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent herbal spiced saison. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, herbal spicing, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted side by side with the other Saison Du Buff beers, I found the DFH version to offer the most yeasty complexity, and the most herbal focus.

It poured a massive head of bright white froth atop a cloudy golden body. I could just see a shadow of my fingers through the glass. It had the highest carbonation level and the best head retention, but also the least aroma.

The nose delivered yeast, and yeasty fruit (apricot), with lots of mineral/chalk, some dull herb, a touch of vanilla, and unfortunately, a hint of higher alcohols/solvent. I think the parsley comes more forward here whereas the Victory delivers rosemary and the Stone offers sage.

The flavor delivers yeast, yeasty chalkiness, parsley, rosemary, and sage upfront, all atop a base of pilsener malt. It's grassy, but I'm not sure if that's the malt, the hops, or a combination of those, or either of those along with the herbs. A very firm bitterness along with the dryness of the herbs balances it. Amongst the three brews, it has the smoothest transition from the front of the mouth to the end of the lingering finish.

Drinkability for this one really lies in the tastes of the drinker. It's the most herbal of the group, and that can build on the palate. However, within one serving it also offers a great deal of complexity.

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Photo of chinchill
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz 2012 bottle served in a lager glass.

Pours a yellow-gold color, lightly hazy, and with a huge creamy white head that goes over the top of the glass despite a rather gentle half-pour. Appears to have very fine, natural carbonation.

Aroma: funky, yeasty, hoppy, grassy, herbal aroma.

Taste is similar but even more herbal. with traces of the herb additives. Lightly tart; neither sweet nor bitter.

O: very interesting and very herbal, but refreshing.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Joe Canal's, Bellmawr, NJ

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme...and beer.
Poured into a pint glass a slightly cloudy, golden yellow, nice and carbonated, with a huge, thick, four-finger white head as a result of an aggressive pour. Herbal sediment noticeable in the pour and in the bottle; ergo, the beer got cloudier as I poured more. Citrus in the nose, earthy, and herbal, with the rosemary primarily noticeable. Powerful flavor, earthy, grassy, lots of citrus; despite the amount of spice used, it doesn't come across as being too strong in the spice department. Still, the rosemary probably contributes the most. Very smooth, sweet, flavorful but light. Light-medium mouthfeel, tasty, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow in color with some hints of orange as well. There is some very light visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with some much thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of lemongrass, sage, rosemary and yeast spiciness (pepper).

T: The taste follows the smell with the lemongrass being dominant, followed by the sage + rosemary, and the finish being very much the yeast spiciness of pepper.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly cream with a dry finish.

O: A very interesting combination of the spices with a saison but not especially easy to drink or refreshing. I don't think I would be likely to purchase this one again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly gauzy honeycomb amber with near Champagnesque carbonation that has created a massive crown of aged ivory colored froth that should hang around for several weeks. Deep craters and an appealing rockiness are seen almost immediately; as are scattered scraps of bubble bath-like lace.

The nose is some kind of enjoyable for anyone who likes saisons with a heapin' helpin' of extra herbs. Sage seems especially prominent, though I'm far from a master herbologist. Deliciousness seems to be a foregone conclusion.

Saison Du BUFF Dogfish Head-style is just as tasty as the version from Stone. My flavor memory isn't good enough to pick out any differences between the two (assuming they even exist, which is unlikely). Sam and boys have done themselves proud once again.

What tastes like lightly sugary biscuity malt provides a sturdy backdrop for top notes of lemon zest and a complex array of herbs. There's also a Chardonnay grape-like quality, which makes me think Nelson Sauvin hops. Tremendous sweet-bitter-tangy balance.

The mouthfeel is solid in all respects, especially the energetic (although far from buzzy) carbonation. Good-great craft brewers create good-great mouthfeels much more often than not.

It is no surprise that Dogfish Head's version of Saison Du BUFF is just as enjoyable as Stone's version. This is a killer recipe cooked up and executed some of the best in the business. Next up... Victory Saison Du BUFF.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH snifter glass

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a thick white head consisting of a lot of small bubbles. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: A nice aroma of citrus and lemon upfront. The spices hit on back end, and also a grassy component. The spices on the nose come much more obvious as the beer warms.

T: The spices come through on the taste as well, as well as some pepper. There is a very small hop kick, which doesn't surprise me that much being that it is from DFH. Leaves a nice aftertaste.

D/M: Nice carbonation, early on a lot of small bubbles were being released from the bottom. Has a light mouthfeel, and the 6.8% is hidden very well. I had no problem putting this one down, but I don't know how many I would want to drink in one night. Overall, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice amber hue with a rich, decadent looking three inches of white foam on top. Just hanging there with a huge amount of side lace just dripping down the glass and keeping the head alive and well throughout the session.

The aroma was very, very nice. Rich notes of spices, apricot, light apple maybe and a touch of grain. As it warmed some light pepper like spice starts to come forward, nearly spot on. As I take the first taste, I expierence just what I wanted from this one. A light, perfectly carbonated saison. Light notes of fruit spiced up with hints of white pepper and a perfectly balanced mix between light grain and fresh grass in the finish. Smooth, delicate and perfectly drainkable, I was very impressed by just how good this one was.

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Photo of billab914
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly Imperial pint glass. Poured a golden yellow in color with a huge bubbly white head to it. The head had some very good retention to it and left very good lacing as well.

The aroma is heavy on the spices. The sage, rosemary and thyme all are very evident in the nose. Some lemony and pine citrus come through as well. Very interesting aroma and pretty good too. The herbs are nicely done and pretty flavorful overall.

The taste shows a lot of the herbal qualities. It also has a very bright lemony citrus to it as well. It finishes with a little almost honey like sweetness to it. The herbs are interesting, but not overpowering.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is on the higher side. Drinkability is OK, the herbs were definitely interesting and made for a very unique beer but I'm not sure it's a flavor I'd want often in a beer. Cool beer that was definitely worth trying though.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to shertz for sharing this 12oz poured into a 1/2 pint.

A - lightly hazy golden liquid with frothy white cap and moderate lacing the bead is fine

S - The smell is as promised "hellaciously herbaceous" -The beer smells like an herb garden -lots of basil floral notes and earthy green elements from the blend

M- The feel is one of the least positive parts for me w/ slight resinous and sweet and almost astringent qualities when rolled around the mouth with the sasion yeast's high carbonation doing its best to lighten the feel, but it has a full effect on the palate

T - I love the way the herbs come at you with a mild vegetal, herbed and fresh unprocessed flavor with the effect of chloryphyll in tact it is acidic when combined with the tangy aspects of the belgian yeast. It is like drinking a saison and having a meal together in one. I think this is the best possible treatment if you are gonna go all herbal with a beer, but it doesn't pull any punches either

D - I like herbs as much as anyone, I grow basil and oregano but the drinkability is not extremely high since the herbs dominate and come off as a bit domineering in this ale. I could see one here or there, but not in regular rotation IMO

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bubbled head that leaves spotty but chunky lace. Cloudy, straw color.

Lemon zest aroma with a generous dose of grains of paradise, nutmeg and oregano. Although the bottle says "parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme", I detect only a touch of rosemary and some thyme.

The flavor is very spicy--Italian style. Provides an interesting balance to a mild pale malt. Comes across as peppery, which lasts long past the swallow. The body is rich for the style.

A very interesting beer that doesn't have the sourness associated with the style. This might be its own style--I like the spices which are remind me of hops but are more biting without the bitterness.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.81/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

And the trifecta is finally complete. Like the other iterations, this one pours a slightly hazed golden straw topped by a strong finger of white froth. The nose comprises sage, greens, coriander, parsley (beyond the darker miscellaneous greens already mentioned...), onions, cardamom, and orange peel. The taste is similarly herby and spicy, though to a much greater and bitterer extent. Some gourd flesh finds its way in there, too, along with a hint of walnuts near the finish line. The body is a heavy light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, like the others in the set, I am just not a fan of the multi-herb and spice combo. At least not in this particular delivery method, anyway.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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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Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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