Dogfish Head / Victory / Stone Saison du BUFF

Dogfish Head / Victory / Stone Saison du BUFF

A hellaciously herbaceous collaboration of flavor

Saison
6.8%
TBA
Sam Calagione, President & Founder, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Bill Covaleski, President & Co-founder, Victory Brewing Co.
Greg Koch, CEO & Co-founder, Stone Brewing

This saison has been infused with a herbaceous blend of Stone Farms and locally harvested sage, lemon thyme, rosemary and parsley and dry-hopped with Citra hops for a refreshing finish. First brewed in 2010, this citrusy farmhouse ale was named Saison du BUFF in tribute to the ad hoc coalition that Sam (Dogfish Head), Bill (Victory) and Greg (Stone) formed in 2003. Called Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor (BUFF), it was their way to show the beer industry that they were banding together to make room on the shelf for craft beer. Six years later this farm-to-kettle beer still boasts the use of freshly picked local herbs as well as Citra and Centennial hops to infuse crisp, savory, mouthwatering flavors.

2016

March 7, 2016
Limited 12oz Bottles in Six-Packs & Draft
Centennial & Citra®

Tasting Notes

Provided by
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 third time we're brewing this beer at Stone Brewing, and once again we're using herbs harvested from Stone Farms (as well as other local sources). How cool is it to brew with ingredients from your own farm? Very, very cool.

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"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