Dogfish Head / Victory / Stone Saison du BUFF

Dogfish Head / Victory / Stone Saison du BUFF

2012

Sam Calagione, President & Founder, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Bill Covaleski, President & Co-founder, Victory Brewing Co.
Greg Koch, CEO & Co-founder, Stone Brewing Co.

‘Tis the season for Saison du BUFF. Literally, seeing as how we’re using botanicals of parsley, sage, and lemon thyme from Stone Farms, and rosemary from the landscaping buffers around the brewery, all harvested on brewday. That makes it Saison du BUFF season as far as I’m concerned. To boot, Sam and Bill are both in town for this here rebrew of the quixotic exotic, very tasty but not neurotic interestingly symbiotic combination of this herbaceous biotic. “BUFF,” as a refreshing reminder, is an acronym for Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor, the undeniably quixotic organization we formed in 2003 focused on fighting the perpetration of the infiltration of the industrialization and mass-conglomeratization that had become the source of such frustration. Today, however, the craft beer scene is a cause for celebration! Of art. Of character. Of taste. So, my brothers and sisters of our new craft beer civilization, rejoice with us. Celebrate life. Celebrate great craft beer. Celebrate BUFF!

Greg Koch
Stone Brewing Co.

June 18, 2012
Saison
7.7%
12oz Bottles & Draft
52
Centennial & Citra

TASTING & PAIRING NOTES

Mitch Steele
Brewmaster
Appearance
This beer pours a beautiful pale gold with a white head of foam.
Aroma
Pronounced herbal characters, a wonderful blend of sage, lemon thyme, rosemary. It has some very pleasant citrusy notes, perhaps from the lemon thyme and the Citra dry-hop. And the Belgian yeast strain contributes low level banana esters and a hint of clove.
Taste
The taste starts with the herbal blend in the forefront, and then is backed by a clean malt balance and a very nice citrus and tropical fruit-influenced finish. The finish has a substantial, but balanced hop bitterness and hop flavor. It is a very dry beer, and has a nice refreshing quality that makes it wonderful for this time of year.
Overall
This is the second time that Greg, Sam, and Bill have brewed this beer here at Stone Brewing, and this time we were able to get all the herbs from Stone Farms! How cool is it to brew with ingredients from your own farm? Very, very cool.
"Dr." Bill Sysak
Craft Beer Ambassador
Appetizers
Crab cakes, grilled shrimp, curried cashews, hummus
Entrées
Pad thai, roasted chicken, grilled salmon, Caesar salad, tikka masala
Cheeses
Bloomy-rind goat's milk cheeses, such as Bucharondin or Humboldt Fog
Desserts
Lemon bars, apple turnover, Key lime pie
Cigars
AVO 787 Piramides, Macanudo Gold Label Tudor, Arturo Fuente 858 Candela, Montecristo No. 2