Saison du Buff is the product of an early collaboration between the craft beer heavyweights: Bill Covaleski of Victory, Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head, and Greg Koch of Stone. These brewers of the round table united under the flag of BUFF, Brewers United for the Freedom of Flavor. With this saison, they set free the flavors within parsley, lemon thyme, sage and rosemary. This is certainly a bizarre and intriguing farmhouse ale.
Saison du Buff pours a hazy straw with a thin, sudsy head that dissipates quickly. The aroma has a strong herbal presence with notes of sage and thyme. Hoppy notes of citrus and pepper also brighten up the aroma with an underlying bready tone.
The flavor profile starts out with snap of fruity tartness that almost tastes like raspberry. This transitions into bright lemon, hoppy spice, and bitter parsley. The aftertaste is clean but somewhat astringent. The body of this saison is appropriately light, making this ale ideal for outdoor sessions.
Saison du Buff does well to liberate the flavors and aromas trapped within a common herb garden through the art of brewing. The light body is perfect for the delicate herbal flavors, and the citrus element is just enough to make it all pop. This may not be the beverage of choice for those who prefer a fruiter style of saison, but the emphasis on spice is a welcomed change of pace. Cheers to the hope of these three collaborating again in the not so distant future.
- Appearance: Hazy Straw / Thin, Sudsy Head
- Aroma: Sage, Thyme, Citrus, Pepper, Bread
- Flavor: Raspberry, Lemon, Spice, Parsley, Astringent Aftertaste
- Mouthfeel: Light, Thin
- ABV: 6.8%
- Score: 86