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Buffalo Bayou Peach Rotundone Saison

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Buffalo Bayou Peach Rotundone Saison

Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company

Washington
Saison
ABV: 9.0%
IBUs: 30
Packaging: Draft, 22 oz Bomber

I love saisons because they combine fruity notes, spice, and a bite on the finish, and Buffalo Bayou Peach Rotundone is a great example. They have other flavors in the Rotundone saison series, but I personally find the peach favor to add a fruity note that doesn’t weigh down the zest of the saison, which is so important but can be difficult.

Pours cloudy and … well, peach-colored, pink and orange like a magnificent Houston sunset with a gentle pollution haze. It was still pretty carbonated as well from the bottle, and I had to slow my pour into a trickle as the foam grew. The Peach Rotundone settled with a dense head on top like frothy cream on dessert.

But it’s not as sweet as it looks, y’all. The fruitiness was surprisingly smooth, considering it’s a peach saison and the website calls it a ‘peach bomb’. The peach adds that fruity tartness that is mostly fruit sweetness with a little tart on the backend. There are banana and ester-y notes, especially towards the end. I almost taste tangerines, but that might be me.

Saisons have so much going on already and brewers have to be careful not to overpower or disrupt that basic skeletal structure. Overall, the peach comes forward on the nose and then recedes into the standard saison notes–straw, carbonation, that pale ale bite underneath. The carbonation is medium, despite the bubbly pour, and most prominent on the beginning and the finish.

As I tucked into the beer, the peachy notes receded and the bite became more pronounced, but I don’t know if that’s my palate or a response to the temperature change as the beer began to warm back up. It hadn’t sat there long, so I’m giving it four stars.

I purchased this beer in a 22oz bomber, which is the only available size for bottle, but it is available on draught. Since it’s in bottles, be careful on your way home not to expose them to the sunlight. Here are 4 lies you may have been told about skunked beer. The label has a peach-colored buffalo silhouette against a white background with faded peach imprints falling everywhere. It looks like tasteful wallpaper.

  • My Overall Rating
4

Buffalo Bayou Peach Rotundone Saison

If you like saisons, you shouldn’t be scared of the peach in Buffalo Bayou Peach Rotundone Saison. It’s another worthy addition to their famous (or infamous, depending on the beer) Secessionist series. The peach is prominent and adds a fruity, yet lightweight flavor that settles into the bright, bubbly, and bite-y flavors that make saisons so good in the summer heat.

Too fruity, or not fruity enough? Let us know by voting below or tell us about it in the comments! Beers to you, Houston!

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Kathryn McGranahan
kmcgrana@gmail.com

Kathryn thought Shiner Bock was a fancy beer until she was 25. She started working for a local beer bar and they learned her real good on beer, and now she's a Cicerone. (Level One. Everything else is really expensive. Remember when she thought Shiner was fancy?) She likes any beer that takes a known style and twists it, but does a good job and creates something unique but accessible. She also likes sassy breweries. She is currently listening to Solange Knowles and Local H.

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