Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Interesting collaborative beer. This one is brewed by Stone, so I assume then that Victory and DFH have their own variations of the brew? Served at fridge temp. (~38°F). $3.79 for 12 oz. bottle.
A: Hazy, dirty yellow with a three-finger, off-white, foamy lid. The head forms lacing that draws ghostly patterns on the glass as it falls to a thin creme with interspersed bubbles.
S: At first whiff, the nose seems to be fresh, grassy hops, but a second take reveals a burst of baking spices: the sage thyme and rosemary are really aggressive. A very herbal, parsley-like aroma is almost overwhelmingly garden-y, so maybe this beer would be better if aged. It walks the fine line between pleasant and overly herbal. Behind the pizza spices lies a faint bready, saison, lightly-sour aroma.
T: The flavor is more of what the nose suggested. The spices are bold upfront and drown out everything else, but it's not unpleasant. Grassy, earthy hops and some standard saison flavors, including a light, tart sourness mingle behind the herbs. Dry.
M: Medium-bodied. Slightly astringent, although it might just be the dryness and the tart effects of the saison. The herbs coat the tongue. Creamy.
D: Refreshing, although the spices are just slightly too aggressive.
Serving type: bottle
11-01-2010 15:51:57 | More by SPThirtyThree
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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 1,122 ratings.