Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.
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5/5 rDev +31.9%
A - Golden yellow-amber appearance with a yeasty haze. Sparkles in the glass. Head is big, sticks around, and laces nicely. If the fountain of youth exists, this is it.
S - WOAH herbs and spices just as marketed. Thyme majorly. Rosemary. Basil. Yeast. Smells so fresh. I just tried to picture the field that all of these ingredients came from but nothing I could imagine came close enough. This is an exceptionally smelling beer.
T - Oh man. As good as most any beer I've ever had. SO remarkably fresh. Pure and pristine and crisp tasting. Herbs and spices leave a tingle on the tongue. Perhaps the crispest beverage that has ever entered my mouth. Exceptional.
M - The head and the yeast give each sip a fantastic texture that compliments the way the spices make the tongue tingle. Dry and spicy finish. Well carbonated and light to meidum bodied.
D - A mind-blowing beer. That's all I have to say.
07-12-2010 23:19:57 | More by jmerloni
5/5 rDev +31.9%
Very happy to find this at Par Liquor of all places.
Appearance is good yeah yeah whatever looks nice velvety white head champagne body.
Heaven on the nose, seriously amazing. Spice is not annoying or overwhelming, rather a subtle complement to wafts of barnyard funk and lemon flower.
At first I was disappointed in the smell of BUFF, but after the first taste I could not be more pleased. Peppery, grassy, otherworldly. Is that leather I'm tasting? GOD I HOPE SO.
This drink is as refreshing as a dry dusty walk through San Diego's most seasoned chaparral. You know that feeling on a walk when an herbal scent jumps out at you? A fruiting sage perhaps but probably some gaseous blend of unknown native herbs? Well this Saison has that feeling "in spades." I don't even know what "in spades" means but who am I to never use the phrase.
Simply an A+ on all counts. The taste rolls on for ages and this scent will haunt me until... tomorrow when I get more. This is not your grandfather's Saison. As far as improving on Dupont I have no comment, but this is an incredible concoction that I could not ask more from. Good work, boys.
08-13-2010 06:47:53 | More by bohemiandonut
5/5 rDev +31.9%
I've never had a better Siason, much less a better beer.
This had so much flavor, and tasted so much like a juice, that I was a bit shocked when the Saison kick would show up at the finish.
I know it's $65 a case of 12oz bottles, but, I's savor this for as long as possible.
06-10-2013 05:00:38 | More by joesmithrealname
5/5 rDev +31.9%
From the fridge and poured into my blown flute stone IPA glass. Chilled from 40f warmed to 55f in a room temperater ware.
12 ounce bottle.
A - hazy orange with a big foamy head.
S - smells like fresh earthy herbs. Piney.
T - Great spicey notes with some hop character that just hits the nose. Gotta' love it.
M - light and fizzy.
D - very drinkable. Such a great summer beer.
Shared with the wife after work on a Saturday night.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2011 00:18:10 | More by FARGO619
4.93/5 rDev +30.1%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle onto a wine goblet
Hazy gold in color, with a big, billowy head of foam
Aroma-Wow! Big aromatic rush of hops and herbs-Like putting your head in a sack of chopped up herbs and hops-incredibly fragrant
Taste-Wow! Huge hops and herb infusion assault, and then make quick friends of my tastebuds. Juicy hops meld together perfectly with rosemary and sage and other spices into mindblowing flavor. A game-changing saison that would be an excellent summer refresher or an excellent complement to a Thanksgiving dinner.
I am blown away with the complexity and yet refreshing drinkability of this beer. All I can say is more, more, more! I raise my glass high to this "holy trinity" of brewing. Cheers!!
06-06-2010 15:17:52 | More by hosehead83
4.83/5 rDev +27.4%
P: pours a plae golden color with a good head that dissipates quickly. Head settles with constant carbonation from the bottom of the glass.
S: oooh...a lot of herbs. Clove, sage, parsely, rosemary, thyme, and a spicy hopness.
T: very herbal spicemess. Good mouthful of spices mix well together. A spicy hopness at the tip of the tongue, finishes dry and the evaporation releases the spices at the back of the palate.
M: excellent bite to the tongue. No coating of the mouth. Feel the spiciness at the back of the nose.
D: very good brew. Great on a hot summer day.
06-04-2010 11:49:50 | More by xcrunner78
4.83/5 rDev +27.4%
Thick foamy white head which gradually recedes leaving excellent lacing, underneath sits a vibrant gold body, slightly hazy.
Citrus hops lead, some yeast? notes, grainy, some sourness, apples, slight tart, clove.
Citrus hops most noticeable, bready notes, corn, slight earthy bitterness, weak sour undertones, some herb and clove flavors detectable.
Medium carbonation but smooth and slightly creamy.
A complex, deliciously flavored beer, great to enjoy regularly or with a good dinner.
01-31-2011 08:02:47 | More by breweryaprntc13
4.8/5 rDev +26.6%
My fiance picked this up for me.
Appearance- golden color, nice foamy head
Smell- wonderful, fresh, herbal aroma, really get the herbs
Taste- herbal spices, awesome, Rosemary, sage and thyme really hits head on.
Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied, dry finish
Drinkability- Awesome!! Wish I could get more
06-16-2010 03:29:11 | More by jeffjeff1
4.8/5 rDev +26.6%
A classic Belgian Saison is a combination of light pale malts, fruity, citrus and spicy flavors with a quenching, sometimes tart mouthfeel. While spice is meant to play a potent role in this beer along with moderate hops, herbs are not supposed to. Theres that word again - supposed. Who really cares what the beer is supposed to taste like? Isn't real and delicious flavor the real goal? And who cares how that goal is reached! Greg, Bill and Sam of Stone, Victory and Dogfish Head are the perfect trio to answer these questions, and they did with flying colors!
This saison is literally brewed with bags of parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Wheat malts were also added to give this beer a delicate, floral and effervescent feeling. Also, a newer hop variety, citra, was used to add a crisp citrus and slightly earthy character to the beer. This tasting was my first bottle, which was graciously sent to me by Stone (thanks guys!), but I am going to have to hunt for more, because I am still reeling with the feeling from enjoying this amazing creation. Well done guys!
Normally, I would open a big spicy saison around cellar temperature, but knowing that this bottle is from Stone, I did anticipate a reasonable dose of quenching hops, and wanted to enjoy the crisp refreshment that I was sure it would offer me. I opened the BUFF at a cool 8C (45F) and poured it into a Dogfish Head snifter. The pour was soft and delicate forming rich carbonation in the bottom of the beer as waves of clean golden saison rushed in to build a terrificly sturdy two inch white head. It was pillowy with precise carbonation and a great cloud like appearance. The beer itself was a slightly hazy, but overall was a transparent golden yellow showing light streaks of rich straw, bright orange and glimmering copper.
This glass was a beauty to behold - I snapped several shots as fast as I could in excitement, then held the beer into the light to admire it. It has been a while since a golden beer astounded me with a rich color like this and a luscious head. As exciting as it looked, the nose broke open the shackles and out poured hugely complex streams of aromas.
Sweet pale malts and fresh wheat first float easily into my nose showing a bright and clean beer. Quickly though, huge waves of herbs, floral hops, and citrus jump right in. The fresh grassy aromas of sage, earthy and gentle thyme and parsley, and the aromatic oils of rosemary bring me to a world of flavor which I have only previously encountered in food - and never to this sort of refreshment. Gentle hop bitterness glides in showing the clear path of the citra hop with juicy citrus notes, a light floral funk and added touches of sweet lemon. Hints of ripe fruits make their way in the back and play with fresh spice and wheat.
A superbly impressive nose got me very excited for the beer itself, and I could not wait any longer. I dove in and was richly rewarded with a smooth and creamy, yet effervescent beer showing the perfect combination and balance of sweet, savory, bitter, herb, spice, fruit and tart. The pale malts bring crisp sweet favors onto your tongue initially showing hints of banana and lemon peel. Soft wheat comes in with it showing light vanilla and fresh hay fields. This malt fresh sweetness is but a brief introduction to this beer, because in less than a blink your palate is opened to the freedom of flavor.
In comes hugely aromatic and clean waves of herbs, spice and hops. They intertwine in a lively state of victory. The sage is very grassy and fresh and pairs perfectly with the crisp, citrus and slightly minty flavors of the citra hop. Bright fresh lemon sweet flavors dance on my tongue, as rosemary brings a deep oily herbal flavor into my cheeks, while parsley and thyme balance the beer with earth, light funk and freshness. Spice is blended into every aspect of this beer, and the addition of the wheat malts helps it elegantly enhance each flavor with mellow vanilla and a clean, bright freshness.
In the back I am still reaching to find all the complex layers of flavor here. The herbs are perfectly distinct, and with the hop varieties adding a delicious fresh pine, and slightly minty character to the beer. This is really perfectly quenching. The mouthfeel is rewardingly calm with precise carbonation and a smooth crisp finish. It shows light spice, fresh herbs (mostly the sage), and again the sweet, and lightly tart flavors of lemon peel at the end. I want more of it - theres no other way around it. I want more! I can guarantee you have never had a beer like this before.
I can also guarantee that this beer would pair so perfectly with a huge range of foods! I'm thinking herb lasagna, pesto, roast turkey, beef or chicken. Even hamburgers, fish and chips, chili or pizza would be an amazing accompaniment for this unique and exciting beer. I am very excited to see what the next two versions will produce!
08-20-2010 15:27:50 | More by StephenRich
Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
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