A collaboration brew between Stone, Victory and Dogfish Head.
Saison du Buff
Style: Saison with Spices and Herbs added
Purchased at 99Bottles
Aroma: Heavy blend of herbal notes are forefront on the nose. Spices seem to lean toward Thyme and Rosemary, at least that's what I can pick up on the most. Some black pepper and hints of caramel and light malts, white bread, push through the herbs. No hop aroma.
Appearance: Pale yellow and slightly hazy with active carbonation bubbles seen rising to the top. Head holds low with a ring of white foam around the edge.
Flavor: Hops! A fresh blast of hops surprisingly hits the tongue at first sip. Grapefruit citrus comes out hard, but is quickly quelled by the herbal presence of Rosemary and thyme. There is a sweetness that seems to come not only from expected barley/caramel, but there is also an herbal sugar that seems blended in. Thin through the middle where the flavors all seem to fade for a moment, then the beer finishes with another visit from the hops and fresh grass herbs.
Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation. The carbonation lifts the body somewhat but the beer still comes off light and refreshing in the mouth. Very dry finish with some lingering hop resin in the finish.
Overall: If you've never had a 'spice, herb, or vegetable' beer this is a very good place to start. The beer nicely demonstrates that herbs normally thought of solely for cooking, can be successfully applied in brewing. The hop bitterness and flavor are surprisingly high considering they're not recognizable in the aroma. In fact I wouldn't mind if the hops were backed off a little to let the spices come through even more.
I rated this beer a "B+" on BeerAdvocate.
Saison du Buff on BeerAdvocate