Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JTahoe:
3.15/5 rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
A - Poured into tulip glass, straw yellow with excellent carbonation leaving a big fluffy (almost meringue-like) off-white head nearly two fingers with decent retention.
S - Quite herbaceous, but with a refined quality at first. Minty, piney, and slightly floral and sweet. As it warms, some spicy yeast and fruit come up.
T - Starts out very nice with characteristic Saison feel, but the herbs quickly kick in... blended flavors up front with none of the herbs taking center stage, rather it is a wave of flavors and a distinct basil-mint flavor with fresh grass. Next some clove and earth begin to creep in... and just when I'm thinking I'm really getting into it... WHAM... I'm struck by a distinct medicinal flavor. What happened? The medicine even gets into the nose at this point. I decide to push through it, and I am able to find some redeeming qualities, but it never recovers for me as the flavors become quite muddy. There is a surprising bitterness through the center, in a nice way, which is what I latch onto as the saving grace. I've balanced the scoring based on the start and the finish.
M - Average body for the style, and appropriate carbonation.
D - As I said before, it starts alright, but continues to go down hill and gets all Simon and Garfunky... (get it)... anyway, overall the drinkability takes a big hit in my book as the flavors just become more muddy as it warms and as I make my way through the glass. I wouldn't go for a second in one sitting. But all said, defiantly worth trying (though the price makes going for a second try less appealing).
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2010 02:51:01 | More by JTahoe
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3.79/5 rDev 0%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 22:20:45 | More by mrfrancis
Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,124 ratings.