Posted 2 years ago | Beer, Reviews

Dogfish Head Biere de Provence

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Dogfish Head has released some interesting Saisons over the past decade or so. Whether it be a collaborative effort Saison de Buff or a wine-influenced beast like Noble Rot (and the oak-aged version), the Delaware company has had its fun with the style. Bière de Provence is the brewery’s latest saison and is brewed with a spice blend including lavender, bay leaf, marjoram and chervil.

This particular bottle was five months old by the time I cracked it open in lat October, but being an 8.3% ABV saison, I wasn’t too worried about that duration. And the minute the cap’s seal was broken, I was reassured in my decision to purchase the beer. Fresh herbal notes fill the nose with a soft funkiness. The aroma certainly isn’t that of your typical saison and the minute Bière de Provence hits the tongue, it’s tea-like flavor profile re-enforces that fact.

The herbs dominate while the softly funky yeast lingers lightly in the background. Bière de Provence is a big, warming beer that carries an interesting array of flavors that were probably better suited for the warmer months instead of the cool October afternoon during which I enjoyed this particular bottle. It may not have been as fresh as the brewery probably would have liked it to be, but the flavors still hit the spot nicely.

Appearance

The honey colored brew sits crystal clear with a rocky cap of beige foam. The head falls to a thin ring around the surface.

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