Saison du BUFF is a Belgian-style Saison brewed with the herbs parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Yes, like the song—seems odd that a song made famous by Simon and Garfunkel would be an influence to these guys—but I’m pretty sure it’s the first beer I’ve encountered with these ingredients.
It’s 6.8% alcohol by volume, and was released in three bottled versions, one from each brewery—the Stone version is all I’ve seen around here (pictured below).
Smell: Herbal—rosemary and thyme are the most prominent I think, and there’s a spicy Belgian note and—I think—a touch of Brett funk.
Taste: The herbs take a big tangy up front approach, spicy and pungent. There’s a green bitterness that may come from the herbs, maybe the hops. Pitchy. Nicely dry saison character that seems well-complemented by the herbs.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry, with a long bitter aftertaste.
Overall: Different, creative, flavorful. Bold flavors, but fairly balanced.