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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

1,146 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,146
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 48
Gots: 49 | 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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Reviews by shivtim:
Photo of shivtim
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy straw colored, with heavy visible carbonation. Huge fluffy white head.
Nose is yeasty, sweet, and herb-filled. You can make out the rosemary, but it's mostly just smells "green" or like plants. Slight spicy hints, like white pepper.

Taste is too heavy on the herbs - it smacks you up front with strong sage and rosemary. Pizza-esque. Some lingering hops, maybe? No real saison qualities.

Decent mouthfeel and drinkability. Interesting beer, but it doesn't quite come together. Too much of a mish-mash of spices.

shivtim, Aug 25, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

oberon, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

RoyalT, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of MadScientist
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

MadScientist, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

brownbeer, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.45/5  rDev -9%
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!

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

orbitalr0x, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. :)

NWer, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of warnerry
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

warnerry, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3.08/5  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.

Beaver13, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of bishopdc0
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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

bishopdc0, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Britton
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Britton, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Doomcifer, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of mikechance
3.6/5  rDev -5%
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.

mikechance, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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...

Billolick, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of KolbMarley
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

KolbMarley, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Hoops4life511
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Hoops4life511, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Jovo
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Jovo, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Mealy58
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Mealy58, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Altenor
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Altenor, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Prospero
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Prospero, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

kingcrowing, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of mrw1zard
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

mrw1zard, Oct 01, 2013
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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,146 ratings.