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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,125 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,125
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 48
Gots: 47 | 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:
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 

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-05-2010)
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jampics2

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe.

Looks nice, a golden color with some orange highlights. Head recedes to a ring with some lace but it eventually slips back into the beer, leaving a slight film left ontop. Looks nice but nothing exceptional.

Smell is off the chain. This is a perfect smelling saison IMO. Starts off with some sweet Belgian malt, then some wonderful yeasty esters giving impressions of some cardamon and clove ad even some lush ripe fruit. Then the spices take over. Rosemary and sage are so expressive I can smell them 4 feet away from the glass. Parsley and thyme are a bit more reserved, but still add to the overall boquet. Some spicey pepper notes are also present. Sublime. My mouth is watering. On to the taste!

Ah, this is complex and deep, but a bit too crazy. This reminds me of a story of Garett Oliver's visit to a local powerhouse of a brewery. When tasting their spring seasonal, a highly herbed beer, he commented 'just because you can put everything in it doesn't mean you should'. I get the "hook" here being the Simon and Garfunkel song. But there's a lyric in that very song that I think is appropriate to keep in mind here:

"Without no seams nor needlework"

What I mean is that this beer is very interesting, deep, and masterfully crafted. However, there are seams visible on every sip. The sweet Belgian malt and some hints of lemon begin the deep dive into the herbal depths. Rosemary begins to overwhelm the fades. Sage makes a big impression. The parsley lingers on, and thyme seems to slip away. This could stand a bit more balance and it would be phenominal. Just a touch of apple skin and pepper finish with parsely. Nice experience but not a world class taste to back up the phenominal nose.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium body with nice carbonation. Only slight complaint is a touch of medicinal alcohol apparent from time to time (some sips appear to have a touch more spice than others).

Drinkability was also very much above average. I'm picking up a few of these for an upcoming tasting since the nose is so appealing. Will buy again, not the best tasting saison I've ever had but very complex and well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 17:26:57 | More by jampics2
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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,125 ratings.