Saison du BUFF (Dogfish Head)

Compared to Saison du BUFF (Victory), the Saison du Buff (Dogfish Head) had a nicer perfume smell - it was more cherry like. 10:42 PM

The DFH version smelled and tasted nicer (than the Victory version). It was less grassy which I enjoyed more. It had a cherry-like smell." 11:09 PM

Left to right: Saison du BUFF (DFH), cider, Saison du BUFF (Victory)

I was lucky that my friend's friend ordered the Dogfish Head version as I ended up liking it better than the Victory version. It's strange that they would be brewed with the same recipe but end up tasting so different. At first I just had a taste, but eventually he didn't want anymore and I happily finished it.


Saison du BUFF (Dogfish Head)

Relevant Links:
Saison du BUFF (Dogfish Head Website)
Saison du BUFF (blog post at Victory Website)
Saison du BUFF (Stone Website)
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Website Information:
Saison du BUFF

Availability: Limited

This beer is collaboration between Dogfish Head, Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA), and Victory Brewing Company (Downington, PA).

The idea for this beer germinated way back in 2003 when the three guys (Sam from Dogfish, Greg from Stone and Bill from Victory) formed the BUFF alliance (Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor) - a noble endeavor with the goal to highlight the passion and camaraderie of the American craft brew movement.

So, BUFF didn't really do anything (beyond talk a lot of talk) until 2010 when the three brewers finally got together to jointly brew at beer at the Stone Brewery. Saison du BUFF was first brewed at Stone and then replicated at each of the other two breweries - same recipe, same ingredients, three different breweries throughout 2010. The brewers have a repeat performance planned for 2012!

Saison du BUFF is a 6.8% alc/vol Saison brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. The beer is brewed three times, once at each brewery using the same recipe. The expected release dates for each brew are as follows:

Dogfish Head - March 2012 release

Victory Brewing - April 2012 release

Stone Brewing Co.- Late May 2012 release

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