Yesterday afternoon, I received an invitation from The Alemonger to join him and the H.O.P.P.E.R.S. (Hop Opps Porch & Patio Entertainment & Recon Society) for a Saison du BUFF tasting. Since we were finally able to secure all three versions of this Stone/Dogfish Head/Victory collaboration brew, there was no way that I’d pass up the chance to try them side by side (refer to my review of the Dogfish Head version for the history of these beers). With three brewers recreating their own versions of the same recipe, we were eager to see how each of them turned out. Here are the results…
- Well carbonated, with a quick to rise and quick to subside head.
- Clear golden color with translucent, rapidly rising bubbles.
- Crisp, herby, and citrusy palate thanks to the parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.
- Clean, dry finish.
- Stone – Had the strongest herb aroma (basil in particular). The basil scent and palate left me with a sudden craving for a tomato, mozzarella, and basil salad. The most complex of the three. Classiest packaging.
- Dogfish Head – Mild herb aroma. A bit more of a citrus palate.
- Victory – The mildest of the three in both aroma and flavor. Perhaps drinking this one last was a mistake, since it didn’t leave as strong of an impression. I have another one in the fridge, so I should reevaluate and see how it is the second time around.
All three versions are very good, but if I had to pick a winner, I would go with the Stone, since it had the most going on. I give the Stone an A-, the Dogfish Head a B+, and the Victory a B.