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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,138 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,138
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 48
Gots: 50 | 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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1/5  rDev -73.6%

10-17-2012 06:28:38 | More by mike77
Photo of Stinkypuss


1.38/5  rDev -63.6%

Appearance: A bright gold in color with a bone white head and some lacing.

Smell: Herbal notes coupled with some malt and hops. Its just immensely spice rack smelling.

Taste: Sharp and biting herbs. Sage comes through with some medicinal qualities, followed by the distinct taste of parsely and rosemary,with the parsely adding clorophyll to the beer which was out of place. Any subtle saison qualities have been over powered. Even for a spiced beer this is out of hand. Am I drinking potpourri blended with pasta spices? The spearmint and peppery notes from the blend are lost on the palate. All in all it becomes a mess of herbs that would be great in a stew or pasta, but awful in a beer. Where are the Saison qualities? Lost in the murk or perhaps not there at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lingering herbal finish that almost tastes like a poorly made soup. Perhaps too many cooks in the kitchen in this case.

Drinkability: Pretty horrid. I would stay far away from this beer.

Overall: Epic Fail. I'd rather pour miller lite on a rag, wipe my spice rack clean and then drain it into a glass and drink it. This one tasted awful, if you are seeking a truly great Saison, try Saison Dupont or Saison Voisen.

06-14-2010 03:53:56 | More by Stinkypuss
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1.5/5  rDev -60.4%

07-20-2014 06:49:03 | More by ambiguousfigures
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1.75/5  rDev -53.8%

02-23-2013 01:13:30 | More by MiamiRedSkins13
Photo of Murchmac


1.75/5  rDev -53.8%

I hate to rate this beer so low but this is the crowning achievement in the awful stone collaborations. The last two collaborations I refer to as the kitchen spices series.

This beer pours a nice golden yellow with bubbles of carbonation and a 1 finger foam head.

Smells like a good saison at first and then it turns into a pizza or those combo pizza chips they used to sell.

At first interesting and great saison taste, then the herbs kick in. Every other sip is horrible. Then eventually, they all are. Were they trying to brew grass?

1st they brew a pepper ipa? then a spice rack saison? Whats next in the grab a random ingredient from the kitchen a brew a beer collaboration.

That being said, I will always support stone and its their choice to keep brewing whatever the hell they want. Ill probably buy it anyway.

05-31-2010 05:10:57 | More by Murchmac
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1.75/5  rDev -53.8%

12-27-2012 06:36:56 | More by arash1000
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1.75/5  rDev -53.8%

03-28-2012 02:59:30 | More by bsuedekum
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South Carolina

1.93/5  rDev -49.1%

'BUFF' resembles the oranges & clementines (in color) of the region from which it hails, sunny southern California. Following the pour into tulip this beer takes on a flecked, speckled, textured appearance due to the settling of yeast. The head doesn't have the volume of a true European saison but its collapse duplicates this brew's inspiration perfectly.

I literally have not even finished removing the bottecap before a sweet citrus aroma wafts its way up to my nostrils. Surprisingly my Saison du BUFF seems much more sweet than savory, despite the bottle's warning. More surprising is the lack of my beloved mold, straw, and yeast aromas.

Tart, tangerine, citrus, and artificial cherry. Herbs move all around the palate. Bitter finish that's nearly redeemed by dried fruit until chalkiness chases it away.

Crisp off the sip. Washes over tongue & palate carefree and uncontrolled until its pointed finish.

Not up to snuff on this collaboration, although I’ve heard Dogfish Head’s BUFF is well put together. As disappointed as a true saison lover may be you have to appreciate Stone, Victory, and Dogfish Head for daring to risk their street cred and assuming the costs of such an undertaking.

02-15-2012 17:31:13 | More by GeorgieBoy
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1.93/5  rDev -49.1%

Review from notes

Poured a hazy incandescent gold with a fluffy white head that lasted the entire time. But the smell, oh my god, what happened to this beer??? Sure, there's parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme in it. It's an awesome combination on chicken or in Scarborough Fair, but this is awful. It smells like someone took a spice bag, added some herbs to it, and boiled it in a pilsner. Then threw brettanomyces in there and let it ferment a couple months. Spice tea gone bad. Ugh this is unbearable. Sorry Stone, Victory, and DFH. I love you guys but this was the worst beer I've ever had from any of you.

11-21-2010 06:54:10 | More by DmanGTR
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2/5  rDev -47.2%

04-19-2014 14:35:25 | More by Dan114
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2/5  rDev -47.2%

01-22-2012 23:32:17 | More by djaeon
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2/5  rDev -47.2%

08-08-2014 10:55:57 | More by Nodebt1
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2/5  rDev -47.2%

01-17-2014 03:51:03 | More by bernat1971
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2/5  rDev -47.2%

11-20-2011 19:33:12 | More by Rempo
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2/5  rDev -47.2%

03-28-2012 02:59:55 | More by birchstick
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2/5  rDev -47.2%

03-04-2013 01:33:23 | More by beerme411
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2/5  rDev -47.2%

05-07-2012 16:23:05 | More by jriggins6
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2.13/5  rDev -43.8%

12oz bottle. First of all no way is this a saison. Its more like a terrible collaboration where each brewery took one of their beers and they just mixed them together....Gold with a light tan head, nothing in appearance of note...This goes downhill in the aroma, super herbal, horrendous spice, almost smells like a cactus or aloe lotion. Taste sucks equally, all oily sticky aloe cactus. Might was well cut open a cactus and suck it. Feel is ok, but if you can drink a whole bottle of this sober, you're quite a person.

06-21-2010 00:49:05 | More by jrallen34
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2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

04-04-2012 13:50:40 | More by TheBierBoutique
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2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

06-18-2013 23:51:48 | More by taylor714914
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North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

07-09-2013 01:22:44 | More by Jeeb
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2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

12-27-2013 06:59:29 | More by vinny21bal
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2.3/5  rDev -39.3%


This beer is a unique beer that is completely out of balance. Instead of dumping loads of hops, they dumped loads of rosemary and herbs. The problem is that the beer is dominated by the herbs, and not in a good way. The rosemary is overpowering resulting in an astringent bitterness, medicinal-like in flavor. Wife says, "tastes like drinking Noxzema"...and she is right.

Worst Stone beer I have ever had.

05-15-2010 02:21:45 | More by jomo
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2.42/5  rDev -36.1%

A - A darkish yellow color that popped up a small white head. Looks somewhat carbonated.

S - Odd kind of peppery smell, strange collaboration of spice. Little yeasty with some earth tones. It smells kind of like a spiced mess.

T - I think whoever initially entered this beer on the site mis-classified it. It is not a saison. It's also not particularly good. Just a cluster%^#* of strange spice and tastes all jumbled together. Yeasty, with some herb and pepper, little phenol, kind of a sweet bite for a split second that fades into a skunky grass finish. Bizzare.

M - Light bodied, lots of carbonation, a very effervesent brew.

D - Just don't really like this enough to call it very drinkable.

06-21-2010 02:19:25 | More by AgentZero
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2.45/5  rDev -35.4%

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.

09-03-2011 16:34:13 | More by ehammond1
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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
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