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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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513 Reviews

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Reviews: 513
Hads: 1,186
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 48
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-05-2010

Brewed in collaboration w/ Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Stone Brewing Company, and Victory Brewing Company, who each brewed a version at their own breweries.

Brewed with Parsley, Sage, Estate Rosemary & Thyme. Checkout the video for more:  http://vimeo.com/11419846 
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Photo of irrevjim
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

'i loved your version of scarborough fair (canticle)' ... 'oh you mean the one with the shopping list' - from flight of the conchordes
look; sickly pale, cloudy, chunky, nice 2" head that stays for a while and leaves heavy lacing and a coating of head on top.
smell; yeasty, rosemary, lemongrass, sage, very savory herbal
taste; parsley sage rosemary and thyme, ... ok i can really taste all of these, rosemary dominates but definitely sage, thyme, parsley, as well as white pepper. again very yeasty, hints of wheat
feel; crisp, carbonated, light
overall; i say it feels crisp and light but without the carbonation it might feel like watered down basting for a turkey, heavy spices are delicious but border on too much, I would love if they canned this and i could make a beercan chicken with it, yummy, but perfection would be if they could make the herbs just a tiny bit more subtle

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Photo of CHickman
2.67/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

May 2012 review: Pours cloudy yellow gold color with a 2 finger foamy white head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving nice spotty lacing and a creamy layer on top.

Smells of herbs up front, like a spice rack; after a few more sniffs I could make out thyme, rosemary, mint, parsley, allspice or cumin and other floral herbs and spices. There was some elements of biscuit, yeast and bread, but the herbs dominated the nose and made the whole smelling experience off – it does not smell like beer at all.

Tastes like a Belgian initially, with thyme, rosemary, pepper, coriander, parsley, light floral hops, yeast, grass, hay, straw, toasted grains and vegetables; like the nose, the herbs seem over the top and were too much for my liking – this tasted better than it smelled, but it was too spicy and herbal to be refreshing.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with very light carbonation, a light/medium body, and a semi-dry earthy herbal finish that was spicy and trailed off with a very complicated mix of herbs and spices.

An interesting experiment, but not what I expected and another beer I’m glad I tried but I would not try again unless it was a food pairing designed to compliment this beer. Each sip had sensory distortion as the aroma coming up through my tulip glass just blasted me with herbs and kept the overall experience out of synch. Gotta support the cause and the craft beer movement, but these misses are like collateral damage in the war to keep the beer machine flowing. One and done on this collaboration.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a mountainous, thick white head.

S: Aromas of funky, spicy yeast, minerals, crackers, biscuits, grass, straw, hay, lemon, thyme, sage, rosemary, and parsley fill the nose.

T: Strong notes of thyme, sage, rosemary, and parsley are present up front, chased by flavors of lemon, grass, straw, hay, lime zest, white pepper, biscuit, crackers, minerals, honey, bitter orange, and oaky, lactic funk. The finish is slick, spicy, and somewhat bitter with herb and citrus flavors underscored by pepper, biscuit, and yeast funk.

M: Surprisingly slight and airy in body, but it does thicken a bit once it settles in the mouth. Initially, this ale is somewhat dry, but quickly turns slick. Carbonation is incredibly active and intense. Alcohol is well masked, but overall it feels unfocused. Difficult to drink.

O: An interesting saison, but it could have been better. The flavors do not separate enough, and in terms of texture, this beer falls apart in the mouth. For me, it was somewhat difficult to drink. I'm glad I tried it, but it is still a missed opportunity.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This came with the Stone bottlecap.

A careful pour yields a big white two fingers of head. Sediment and a lot of bubble action going on in the straight yellow body. The head retains very well.

Yeast, wheat, grass and a mild funk reminiscent of lemons and sour apples.

Yeast, wheat and bitter grass starts it off. A little sour apple and lemon chime in. Finishes off with a gardeny spice character with a hint of pine. Parsley and thyme are definitely apparent at the end.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. It washes down rather clean. There is no real bite from the carbonation. Dry finish.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy dark gold with a massive 2 inch white head that fades to a film on top and leaves thick rings of lace on the drink down.

Smell is of bready malt, faint banana and only a hint of the spices listed on the label.

Taste is bready malt, faint herbal spices and a hint of fruity sweetness (banana and apricot).

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

The sweetness and hint of spices blend well together to create a refreshing farmhouse ale.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.75 - great looking beer, nice clear golden color w thick white 2 finger head, leaves excellent sheet of lacing on the glass

S - 4.25 - smells like earthy, funky, bananas, orange, grass, bubble gum flavoring, definitely some wheat and berries too

T - 4.25 - tastes more hoppy than it smells, with significant Bitterness, especially for A Saison, wheat, grass, banana, orange zest

M - 4.25 - medium-heavy carbonation, bitterness from the hops, leaves a bitter/wheaty aftertaste, alcohol well hidden

O - 4.25 - good beer, I'm not sure about how it measures up to other sAisons, but I Like to see Breweries collaborating on beer

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Photo of leaddog
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle.

Interesting quote on cap of bottle - " In the beer world..Stone's creations are famous..The San Diego Tribune."

Appearance- Pours a pale amber with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell- sage, thyme, hint of rosemary, belgian yeast, clove

Taste- Hit right away with the herbs (sage, thyme, rosemary) and follows with a touch of the belgian yeast and clove. Herbs come into play once again and finishes dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall- A unique Saison that uses various herbs. This is not for everyone, but I enjoyed the variety of flavours.

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Photo of oN3xM
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A malt beverage brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.

A - A hazy golden body with a bubbly white head that dissipates within a few seconds. The lacing on the glass leaves a sticky white bubble layer that glimmers while you're drinking.

S - Lots of citrusy lemon notes, sweet honey, some clove, and an underlying citra hop body.

T - Tastes like it smells but there's a ton of other flavors from the herbs listed above. Some orange citrus at the back along with the bitterness from the hops. On the front there's a strong cinnamon clove presence.

M - A thin body rests on your tongue that goes down smoothly. Not a ton of carbonation.

O - I wouldn't buy this again. It's not a bad beer, but I wanted to say that up front. I hold all three breweries, Dogfish Head, Stone, and Victory, in high regards, so I guess my expectations were set higher than what I experienced.

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Photo of JeffH
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three style pushing breweries creating an American Saison- sounds good! The aroma is a herb bomb with big rosemary and thyme notes. The taste brings a nice saison spice along with big herbal flavor. At the end there is a warming from the alcohol and some dark fruit. Overall, not a beer I would drink everyday, but a great example of what all three of these breweries are all about.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is ok. Lacing is good. Citrus farmhouse aroma. Great hoppy farmhouse edge. Strong citrus. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Wish this beer came around more often than it does. This is rated from the 2015 version.

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Photo of joesmithrealname
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


I've never had a better Siason, much less a better beer.

This had so much flavor, and tasted so much like a juice, that I was a bit shocked when the Saison kick would show up at the finish.

I know it's $65 a case of 12oz bottles, but, I's savor this for as long as possible.

Great collab!

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Photo of TOOSE
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks good with a bright golden color, big, fluffy head and good lacing. Smell of hoppy citrus and lots of herbs also. A little herb, spice, hop bite on the tongue too which was nice and a dry finish. Very smooth I enjoyed this beer and would definitely have this again.

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Photo of Bernard_Lettuce
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear-golden with a frothy head approximately one finger-bredth in height. Decent head retention and fine lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Sharp lemony scent with hint of herbal undertones (foremost, rosemary).

T: Crisp, prominent citrus and herbal flavors, with subtle honey-like sweetness. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Full-bodied but clean and refreshing.

O: A pleasant and moderately complex saison, refreshing when imbibed fresh out of the refrigerator, but permit it to drift toward room temperature to appreciate its more subtly nuanced elements.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last years vintage and still drinking mighty fine. Bright gold hue, good clarity thin white foamy head. Musty attic on the nose with spice and a belgian funk. Hints of rosemary and banana, strong yeast presence. Drinks almost as it did fresh, spice presence is still noticeable and so is the balancing hop profile. Spicy through out with a sweet belgian flair and herbal hops to round things out. Pretty nice. Touch more alcohol heat then i remember.

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Photo of jhutch31
2.71/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Ok, I don't like giving reviews this low for any beer, especially one from three breweries that I love. However, I have to say I was disappointed with this collaboration.

Appearance: Polished, cider colored ale that left very little head retention and lacing on the glass.

Smell: Upon the first deep wiff, I immediately thought of a lemon herb ricola. Had a strong smell of herbs, spices, lemon cleaner, like pledge and menthol.

Taste: Unfortunately, the taste mimicked the smell. Some herbal flavors with a very strong lemon chemical flavor and a cold taste of almost like menthol.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter mouthfeel, such as something you would get from extracted tannins. Also a bit of the cold tingling feeling from sucking on a menthol cough drop.

Overall, a very interesting beer, for sure. However, the overall aroma and flavor of this beer was not pleasing. Again, I hate giving this low of a score for these three breweries, but this beer left me dissapponted.

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Photo of dertyd
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a tasting glass

A:poures a golden apple juice color with decent carbonation.little to no head verry light lace not like most saisons I've had.the others have towering heads and sticky lace

S:smell of chemicals is strong off the batt with a big wiff of lemon plege not much funkyness or spicey smells that you normaly get with saisons

T:just like the smell but with more lemon pledge it feals like your whole pallet is cleaned. There is a little bit of the funky yeast going on but its over powerd by the lemon pledge taste

M:clean,very fresh and so cleean

O:overall a diffrent saison but I realy liked it saisons are one of my fave style I hope I can get the beers made by the other breweries and do a blind tasting would b fun

Live life drink beer!!!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If any beer style can support the additions of spice that are normally found in roast beef or as a garnish to premiere entrees, then the Belgian Saison would be the one. Already a focal point on yeast spices, the dry malt taste and low-ester display puts these earthy and flowery botanicals to the test.

Opening with its signature light yeasty cloud, this playful Saison builds upon it a short statured creamy off-white head. With solid staying power, the beer recedes leaving intricate lacing patterns in its wake.

Aromas kick off with surprisingly fruit notes of dried limes, lemons, and green apples. Exotic grasses of rosemary are dominant, but fragrant parsley, sage and thyme are also noteworthy. With not-so exotic fresh cut grass, hops, and lemon pepper, the earthen spices are supported by the wafer-thin grain and malt. thin cracker malt support.

Short lives frainy-malt sweetness allows for soft early impressions, but the sweetness is soon cast aside in favor of earth and spice flavors to dictate the taste thereafter. Its resulting grassy taste goes from straw and dry crackers to lemongrass, lemon pepper, thyme, rosemary, perfumy parsley and an almost cilantro "soapy" taste. All these botanicals bleeds evenly into hop bitterness to finish a little leafy and stemmy.

Light creaminess massages the palate just as the early sweetness is present. But the beer quickly turns to a bone-dry middle and finish. Peppery warmth approaches spice heat and accompanies herb-derived astringency; masked by hop bitterness as echoes in aftertaste and texture.

The beer should have a disclaimer to require it to pair with savory meats like roast beef, pork belly, or tequila lime tacos. As a stand alone beer, the exotic herbs seem to be veering off in left field and lacking purpose.

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Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of singles back in mid January for $2.99 each.

Beer poured golden, with a nice white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is herbal and citrusy.

Taste has some rosemary and sage, lemony hops dominate the dry finish.

Mouthfeel is classic Belgian yeast strain, oh so smooth!

Overall this is a well crafted beer in which non traditional ingredients are well played. Glad i had the opportunity to try and i look forward to my other single!

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Photo of dbossman
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Somewhat hazy golden hue with a thin film of a head; lacing is quite good

S: So much funky fruitiness going on here with an intense grassy, herbal aroma: the rosemary is intense and so a boozy undertone

T: Grainy, herbaly, funk, fruity; I wish it all came together better--a bit medicinal in the finish

F: A bit thin though a residual oiliness finishes the beer nicely

O: A fun spicy, herbaly, grassy, grainy, fruity beer; a decent little collaboration from three great breweries

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Photo of sevenarts
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pale and cloudy orange, with a modest white head, moderate retention, not much lacing.

S: Lemon, spices, somewhat grassy and fruity. Interesting blend of hoppy aromas with spice accents.

T/M: Sweet up front, with some lemony flavors, mild spices, smooth and creamy. Then an unexpected bitter, piney, hoppy finish, rather harsh on the way down. Leaves behind a pleasantly lingering lemony aftertaste.

O: As expected, an interesting if not wholly successful collaborative experiment. Bold flavor combinations, but the contrast between the lemon/spice flavors and the harsh finish is too much. Still, worth trying.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Grey Sail pint.

Appearance- Hazy orange/gold with no head, but some moderate lacing.

Smell- Orange/lemon, pepper, rosemerry, yeasty, peach, nectarine. Super fruity.

Taste- Spicey. Pepper, Rosemerry, orange rind, peaches. Mild booze detected. Very fruity and floral.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, refreshing, smooth. Perfectly carbonated.

Overall- I like this one a lot. Nice and refreshing. Would be perfect on a summer day.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

No "bottled on" date that I could find. Purchased just before Christmas 2012. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a straw colored, slightly cloudy, white head half a finger thick, quickly disapated to a think layer, but decent lacing. Well carbonated.

S - rosemary and pine, some grapefruiit

T - Medium bitterness, spicey, rosemary is evident, a sweetness up front, a little farmyard funk, tartness at the finish.

MF - Sharp and a little fizzy.

O - On the high side ABV wise for a Saison, maybe a bit to much hoppy bitterness, but refreshing.

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Photo of Sokool
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Nothing particularly amazing to look at, but I really loved the funky herbal aroma that came off this thing. Because of the herbs I paired it with a pesto chicken pizza with red peppers and goat cheese. While this pairing looked good on paper, I'm not sure it was really the best idea. It turns out, the flavor of the beer is so interesting that I almost forgot that I was eating pizza. I noticed the rosemary first, and then a sort of sweet citrusy flavor which gave way to an herbal/hoppy bitterness. While the flavor was unique and memorable, it wasn't so overpowering (as many of these "experimental" brews can be) that I wouldn't be happy drinking more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2012 bottle Stone / Dogfish Head / Victory Saison du BUFF brewed by Stone and served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours a yellow-gold color; clear at first, but after a few sips I added most of the rest of the bottle which had a considerable amount of sediment. Appears to have very fine, natural carbonation.

Aroma: funky, yeasty, hoppy, weedy, herbal aroma. Interesting but too funky to really appeal to me.
Taste is similar but even more weedy/herbal and, thankfully, less funky. Lightly tart; neither sweet nor bitter.

O: very interesting and very different from a ’standard’ lager, but refreshing and not challenging ... once you get past that funky aroma.

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Photo of Shaw
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved the Victory version so I had to try Stone's version when I saw it.

Is this the lightest beer Stone brews? A pale golden in color with a nice big white head.

Fantastic aroma. I smell ginger, but I must be wrong because the label says it's brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Whatever I'm smelling, it's fantastic. This is one of the best-smelling beers I've ever had.

Big herbal flavors, but it still feels like a saison. Tea-like. Very good. It's crisp and refreshing, though at nearly 8 percent, this isn't a session ale. The herbal flavors are so strong that I can't see drinking more than one of these at once.

Good body, with substance.

Overall a very good beer. Seek it out, unless you don't like herbs.

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