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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,176 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,176
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 47
Gots: 53 | 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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Ratings: 1,176 | Reviews: 512
Reviews by SHODriver:
Photo of SHODriver
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy light orange with a small white head that fades to a collar and small pool in a duvel tulip
S: smells of pale malt, fruity esters, and all sorts of herbs with some spicy yeast aroma
T: nice pale malt flavor, a bit of fruitiness, spice from the yeast, sage and many other herbs, maybe some basil. swallow brings another nice herbal kick with a bit of fruitiness and some yeastyness. not a lot of bitterness
M: moderate with soft carbonation and it leaves the palate a bit wet
O: a pretty tasty beer. it has good flavors and nice complexity but isn't quite to style.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass a hazed light golden with a fluffy white head that left shotty lace as it settled slowly.A nice mix of citrus and overripe pineapple fruitiness, along with white pepper,and slight yeasty phenols.Citrusy on the palate with a bit of yeasty flavors,a sharp spicy white pepper and herb-like note hits in a long finish.A tad sharp in the mouth but I really like this collaberation,it has an American feel to it with its big citric flavors.A nice saison beer even if not true to form.

Photo of RoyalT
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - this poured a light but hazy orange in color with a wonderful white head that seemed almost weightless.

Smell - The farmhouse funk is in full force here and fights for the head of the line with these wicked, resiny hops. The massive grapefruit in particular is going all out to take over this aroma but the funk ain't no punk. This is a bit Fishy as well - think hoppy sweaty feet.

Taste - The funky malt takes a slight step back allowing the big grapefruit and apricot to run a Victory lap. The combination though reminds me of Mary Jane, so if you enjoy getting Stoned this may be the ale for you.

Mouthfeel - This is almost medium-bodied with tight, professional carbonation and a sturdy bitterness throughout.

Drinkability - This is a one-off beer and you'll most likely never get a chance to taste anything like it again to get it while you can.

Photo of MadScientist
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw yellow with excellent clarity and a long lasting but thin, rocky white head. The head leaves some thin lacing on the glass.

S: Moderate citrus hops and rosemary dominate the aroma. There are light notes of sage, some grassy notes and pils malt sweetness. The yeast derived notes are over powered by the herbs having a light orange ester and light peppery phenols.

T: The flavor is pineapple, rosemary and piney at first having moderately strong piney/rosemary flavors. A little bit of pils malt sweetness in the middle going to a dry finish. The hops bitterness is moderate-low with a moderately-low citrus hops flavor. The Belgian yeast contribute a moderate pepper flavors and a light fruitiness. The balance is moderately bitter. The aftertaste is resinous, piney and bitter.

M: This is a medium-light bodied with moderately-high carbonation. A light creaminess and a faint dryness on the front of the tongue.

O: An interesting Saison with rosemary and hops dominating that would probably pair nicely with some garlicky Italian food.

Photo of brownbeer
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden color with about an inch of white head. Brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. The spice bill couldn't come through in a more clear and obvious way. Personally, I like the nose a lot. The taste is a little weaker, but still clean and packed with earthy spice rack. Lighter bodied, crisp and dry. There's nothing misleading about the label of this beer. So if you like the way the despription sounds, you'll probably like the way the beer tastes. Well done. Fun to share.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

Yet another collab, this time between Dogfish Head and Victory. Fresh herbs and attitude. Clear golden orange, and the lacing impresses. Herbs in the nostrils in this order: rosemary, sage, thyme and parsley. Crisp medium body, a little bitty. Dry maltiness meets a slightly chalky yeast. Herbs are very forward and all over the palate. Alcohol shows up with a dried fruit flavor and some warmth in the back. Baste a chicken or drink with one? Vive la American Saison!

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone brewed version pours a clear, slightly hazy sunrise yellow with an inch of bubbly white foam on top. Nice sticky lacing. Aromas are very herbal and spicy upfront. I get rosemary and sage the most myself. Crisp sun-dried grain backbone. Earthy yeast melds in as well. Nice and well balanced with the spices.

First sip brings crisp light grain malt upfront with an immediate kick of herbal spiciness. Rosemary and sage come through again with a bitterness on the way down as well. Finishes crisp and dry with lingering herbal accents.

Crisp & smooth throughout with good carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, but while the herbs make it unique, it also makes it something I couldn't drink too much of.

Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the collaboration between Stone, Victory, and Dogfish. Purchased at Belmont Station in Portland.
Abundant head. Nice crisp taste. Flavorful. Complete.
Mouthfeel very clean. The perfect beer to quench in the hotel room after a day of wine tasting.
Note: to the purists who don't like reviews that don't live up to their standards, stuff it. :)

Photo of warnerry
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden brown with one and a half fingers of white head. Head has decent retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Incredibly herbal aroma, not surprising considering the ingredients. Definitely pick up some sage and rosemary, not so much of the other herbs. Does have some funky earthy Belgian yeast.

T - Taste has a faint sweetness to it before the herbs completely take over. Quite a bit of earthy bitterness. I'm enjoying this more than I anticipated, but it is still a bit of an odd brew that becomes harder to drink when you get past the first few ounces.

M - Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, with persistent earthy bitterness.

O - Interesting take on the style, but not something I would want very often. May be a good one to pair with food.

Photo of Beaver13
3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is spices, floral, some fruits with a touch of weird sourness.

The flavor is a little sweet fruitiness followed by a pretty strong weird bitterness and slight sourness from the spices. Tastes a bit like a gruit I made but not as harsh (we added wormwood too). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with full carbonation.

Overall, interesting to try, but the spices kind of killed it. Experimenting is fun, but doesn't always work.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Novare Res, over the course of a few days i was able to try all three versions.

For the dogfish version it was perhaps slightly fresher in the taste compared to the stone but i couldn't distinguish between the three overall thus i gave them equal score.

Very clear pale yellow thick white head good lace

The nose is sweet with some citrus grassy hops and yeast the spices do no present them self

Starts with a sweet citrus and spicy it milds and finishes dry with a dry mouth the spices present themselves and finishes bitter much like you'd get from licking a lemon

Photo of mikechance
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A --- a soft, but nice straw color. a 1/4 inch head that quickly went down to 1/8 inch

S --- I'm picking up a lot. grass, wheat, lemon, spices, herbs

T --- I like the taste. Taste is consistent from start to finish. I'm picking up a variety of spices/herbs, ends with a little pepper

M --- Light body, lightly carbonated

O --- It's a solid beer, but nothing I would need to seek out. Somewhat tame for the brewers involved in the collaboration.

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, $3.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours hazed light tangerine, golden amber, off white head, tiny bubble, that stays, goes to a thicker film and leaves fine sheeting and plentiful bits of fine lacing. Bright nose of the advertised spices, floral, perfumey, fruity, peppery. Highly spiced and flavorful. More pepper, flowers, pizza spicing, lime. Love the style, love the twist pulled off here. Bright, boldly flavorful, zesty and enjoyable collaboratory effort. Stinky cheese, smoky meats, spiced up Thai food? This beer can stand up to the boldest foods out there...interesting possibilities...

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a huge white head. The aroma is full of Belgian yeast, lemons/oranges and some pepper. The flavor is more complex and completely different. I get a ton of herb notes in the beer, mainly rosemary and thyme, but possibly some other herbs as well. I also get a lot of wheat, pepper, ginger and yeast notes. While there are a ton of flavors present, something about them doesn't sit quite right with me. The flavor is a little bit of a mess, but still enjoyable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Prospero
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a saison it was extremely clear and light in color, no cloudiness and closer to a yellowish orange than a deep orange. Large white foamy head and beautiful lacing. Golden color, light crisp, very drinkable flavor. The nose is a strong citrusy and sage like hop aroma but without the strong bitterness hops in the taste. A unique spin on a saison style that is light and refreshing. Would definitely buy a 6-pack of this if they had it.

Photo of kingcrowing
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a schlitz mug.

Pours a slightly hazy wheaty yellow with a small sticky white head. Nose is fantastic, spicy, herbal and fruity with all these crazy spices, quite a nice combination! I guess Simon & garfunkel were right!

Taste is as good as the nose, very interesting, the finish is all spices. Really something totally different and it's hard to explain but a great job from the guys at stone, victory and dfh! Keep um coming!

Photo of ehammond1
2.51/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On Tap

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

Clear goldenrod and yellow with a thin white crown. Spotted lacing down the glass.

A strange, herbal aroma consisting of spicy pepper and rosemary (and thyme?) along with some alcohol presence. This is very strange right off the bat, and nothing at all like I was expecting--even with zero expectations! There's some hop/citrus aromas, but they're not the highlight or standing out.

Strangely herbal flavor dominated by rosemary, thyme, ?garlic?, and a high level of bitterness and some alcohol sting. Nothing marries here particularly well, and doesn't make for an enjoyable drinking experience.

Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

Perhaps my least favorite beer from Stone. I did not like this, though it was more of an interesting experience/experiment, than it was a bad beer.

Photo of mondegreen
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a Stone Shaker Pint.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with lots of carbonation bubbles racing go the top. A persistent thin white head hangs on for the duration. Aroma is very herbal, and the taste follows suit. This is a unique Saison. I would typically associate these flavors with cooked meat, but they work very well in this beer. Body is light, very enjoyable brew.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my La Fin du Monde chalice, beautiful slightly hazed bright sunshine golden hue with a bright 3-4 finger stretch of head. Lacing is fine and evenly scattered between sips, nice stuff. Aroma has a bright herbal garden nose, the rosemary additiones stand out but I don't think I could pick out the others individually very pleasant. There's also a pleasant lemon/lime tone to the nos. Flavor is harsh with herbal spices, the underlyng saison is hard to determine because the untraditional brewing additions create a blanket of bitterness I'm guessing the thyme did this. It overpowers chicken when fresh and overused. Mouthfeel is medium bodied not boozey just a cast of bittering herbs sticks to the palate like Tom's organic toothpaste. Drinkability isn't what I was expecting herbal Saisons don't work to well, checkout reviews from Great Lakes version last spring.

Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a crystal-clear golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wisy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with large amounts of herbs - rosemary and sage mostly with slight hints of star anise. Also present are large amounts of herbal hops and lighter amounts of floral and citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by sharp herbal notes - almost all rosemary with softer secondary notes. Midway through the sip hop flavors come into play - solid amounts of herbal flavors with hints of pine. The herbs and hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this saison was heavy on the herbs but somehow the light malt profile made it work. Worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a swirling sea of microbubbles and a creamy light tan head that last
S- The perfumy yeast aroma of saisons has a green hop snap with notes of mint and thyme and a very faint herbal parsley quality. There is a rubber balloon note to the finish of the hops. T- The yeasty saison flavor has a slight sweetness with a faint bread quality and a big pungent hop kick in the finish with grapefruit zest qualities that grow as the beer opens up.
M-There is a medium mouthfeel with a tight light fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.
D- The nice saison with strong American hops has an interesting herbal twist with mint and rosemary that is not over the top but.... interesting.

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Churchkey DC on draft poured into a tulip

A-Pours a clear golden hue with a finger and half of off white head.

S-Strong, nearly overwhelming, smells of sage, rosemary and thyme with a background of Belgian yeast and lemon pepper.

T-All the herbs, lemon pepper and yeast blend beautifully into a flavor unique from anything I've tasted before.

M-Dry and light allowing the herbs to shine before a lovely crisp finish.

O-Very unique Saison and would definitely recommend to fans of the style looking for something different.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH pint glass

A: Poured a golden/orange color with a large head that was very foamy. Took a long time for the head to settle and resulted in a decent layer of bubbles on the top.

S: Got a lot of spices/herbs on this one. Seemed a little more pronounced than the DFH version and very different than the Victory version (see review). A little bit of citrus/hop, expected from a Stone offering.

T: Got hit by the herbs more on the taste than the aroma. The sage and rosemary with particularly noticeable. Also got a yeasty component on the finish.

M/D: Very herbal, as expected, and medium bodied. Was the last of the three I had and probably my middle choice. Its well done, but I wouldn't want more than one in a night.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, straw yellow with a white finger width head and decent retention, resulting in a fine lace with nice stick.

Smell - Strong herbal aromas, especially from the sage and parsley. Slightly minty hint; probably due to the thyme.

Taste - Starts with an herbal combination of flavors; somewhat earthy, minty, citrusy and slightly peppery; mid-taste there's a mellow banana note from the yeast, otherwise the brew is fairly consistent in flavor from start to finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall - Very well executed, but not a necessarily a combination of flavors I'm really looking for or craving in a beer. The ingredients list reads off like something you might use to spice up one's spaghetti sauce.

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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,176 ratings.