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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,168 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,168
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 50
Gots: 51 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-05-2010

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 
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Photo of larryi86
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- A hazy golden color with a 2 finger white head that fades quickly.

S- Right away I got a very floral and citrus scent, like an IPA with out the hoppy bitterness. Underneath that is a nice, sweet malt backbone and a hint of yeast.

T- Very close to the smell, but not as strong. Yeast and malts stand out a little more.

M- Smooth, medium body, could be a little heavier.

D- Easy to drink and enjoyable. I have been looking for this since I first read about it, and I have finally found it on the east coast. A little disappointing for being a collaboration between, Stone, DFH, and Victory, but still good beer and worth the price if you can find it.

Photo of ffejherb
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dpuia for sharing several bottles with a small group on 6/7/10.

A - Poured a slightly hazy pale golden liquid with a finger's worth of soapy white foam and a cyclone of carbonation bubbles in the center. Head dissipated, leaving behind trace amounts of spotty lacing.

S - Initial aroma is quite floral with a spicy herbal flair and peppery notes backed by a toasted grainy malt character. Nose is quite aromatic and suggests rose pedals, spruce needles, dried Italian herbs and a hint of citrus fruit.

T - Like the aroma, the floral and herbal characteristics dominate and translate to a fairly bitter flavor overall, especially in the finish, when the tongue is greeted by a sharp herbal hop jab. While there is a slight sweetness present, this is quite a bitter Saison when all is said and done.

M - Dry and bitter but rather light bodied with a hint of syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pretty sharp bitterness on the palate.

D - Quite a bitter little Saison here with a strong herbal hop bite. I especially enjoyed the aroma of this collaboration brew.

Photo of Xul
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly translucent goldenrod, capped by a fluffy three finger white head. Retention is somewhat weak but it leaves light sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Tropical fruits are right up front with juicy grapefruit, tangerine, papaya and peach all being evident. The adjunct spices follow right behind and stay neck and neck with the fruits from a strength perspective, with the sage and rosemary being most obvious. Great smelling nose, but it seems like the hopping and spicing might have gotten a bit heavy handed, to the point where it's a bit more like a spiced IPA than a saison.

T: Opens with sage and rosemary right up front, followed by an earthy bitterness. The citrus and tropical fruits hit in the middle of the tongue, with less of a juicy quality than on the nose, but strong nonetheless. Grapefruit and peach dominate with some light papaya and orange. Finishes with some spice coming back in and blending with light fruit.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation, feels very crisp.

D: Immensely refreshing and goes down far too easy, I could go through a few pints of this in an afternoon without even blinking.

Photo of charmcityboh
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed at Stone version.
Poured into Dogfish Head Signature Glass.
Lots of head, but not a thick one. Large bubbles form and die away rather quickly.
Odor of (what else?) parsley sage rosemary and thyme. Actually, my limited spice knowledge smells basil more than anything else. Almost like a spiced Iced tea. Spices overpower any traditional saison odors.
Appearance is a perfect orange/yellow, perfect for the style.
Taste is surprising after the smell. More of the traditional saison flavors emerge from the heavy seasoning than I expected. My favorite part of a saison, the ever lovely "horse blanket" was not there in the aroma, but is in the forefront of the flavor. Spices come in quick and sharp, then fade quickly to a dry, complex finish. I'm digging this more than I though I would. Cant see having more than one though, it's just to complex.
This is an interesting saison to put it mildly, but from these brewers, anything too traditional would be disappointing. Well done, will try to pick up at least one from each brewery.

Photo of cavedave
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another super recommend from brother John at HT.

Pours a light yellow, almost straw, not much of an off white head that relaxes to a skim, and finally to nothing.

Smell is full of the promised spices, but they smell almost like kinebud in the aroma. As the beer warms the smell begins to get some nice earthy bitter and funk to it. Nice.

The first sip was a bit too cold. When it warms a bit it is a full flavor that starts with rosemary wrapping around the other S&G spices, ushering in some really nice bitter and funk, hints of pine drying it out. A carpet of spice resin rests on the tongue. I could picture adding some darker malt to this to make a killer winter warmer. Very interesting and complex taste.

Low carb., excellent finish, clean in the mouth, pleasantly viscous. Nice.

Drinkability, rated for style which includes some easy drinking version, suffers. Personally I could drink this all night, I could picture many not wanting to do that.

Impression: Yet another fine American brew which proves we can stand with anyone in the world. If you like the saison style this is a must try.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Darker yellow than expected under a big white head. Some good lace and retention.

S: Big herbal character, rosemary (obviously) and then (my guesses) lavender, maybe some fennel, lemon, and probably a whole lot more. Pretty good aroma.

T: Herbal character is more subdued in the taste. Rosemary is still there, but the saison character is much more pronounced. A little bit of a citrus hop, which could very well be some spice, along with some yeasty and slight funky hints. Very good. Mild bitter finish, but mostly dry.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, carbonation slightly prickly. Very drinkable for me, wasting away in a hot house with no AC, very refreshing. This wouldn't make my saison short list, but it's certainly a good beer.

Photo of scvance
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Poured a hazy light yellow/gold color with a thick long lasting head, awesome lacing. The aroma is very intriguing, strong herbal notes of rosemary and thyme along with other earthy and fruity notes, light citrus. Taste is equally as intriguing. All of the herbal flavor comes through right up front with more notes of pine and very slight citrus flavor. There is a lingering sweetness, as well as a slight hop bitterness, very well balanced, clearly the herbs are the star of this beer. Medium carbonation and medium body with good mouthfeel. This really is a good beer, however it's just so different. I don't know if I'm ready to commit to have this on multiple occasions, but it's definitely worth picking up just for the experience. The BUFF trio really are trying to push the envelope as far as developing new beer trends, and this is an excellent example.

Photo of rudzud
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy almost clear straw color with a fluffy 2 finger head that take forever to fade away resulting in heavy lacing down the glass.

S - Picking up on some herbal notes but really only getting thyme. Getting some citrus in the background. Really interesting

T - Nothing particular herbally jumps out at me but I know I'm drinking a liquid pantry? Refreshing hoppyness finishing with that that nice bready yeast taste. Very light funk.

M - Great carbonation that fits this beer really well.

D - Really nice, though it still feels like a gimicky saison. Would I drink it again? Sure. This beer has alot going for it, definately unique and worth checking out.

Photo of axeman9182
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours into my Duvel tulip a brilliant gold color. A lovely white head forms, 2.5-3 fingers worth. There's some lacing, but not quite enough to earn a 5. The nose is decent, but fairly straightforward, as the sage and rosemary are pretty much all that come through. The taste is a bit more complex (thankfully), as the other spices begin to come through and there's some traditional clove/pepper notes that I'd expect in a saison. There's a little bit more bitterness than I usually encounter in a saison, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The body is nice and dry, and the aforementioned bitterness is crisp. There's a nice, high level of carbonation. The beer is very drinkable, as the spice presence stops just short of being overbearing. I'm going to have to track a few more bottles down, as this was outrageous with a simple dish of pasta with garlic and oil.

Photo of brownbeer
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a crystal-clear golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wisy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with large amounts of herbs - rosemary and sage mostly with slight hints of star anise. Also present are large amounts of herbal hops and lighter amounts of floral and citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by sharp herbal notes - almost all rosemary with softer secondary notes. Midway through the sip hop flavors come into play - solid amounts of herbal flavors with hints of pine. The herbs and hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this saison was heavy on the herbs but somehow the light malt profile made it work. Worth a shot.

Photo of GarrisWH
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden hue with a slight haziness. Thick white head that slowly recedes to a pretty solid cap, leaving some nice lacing behind.

S - The herbs are very forward in the aroma, with notes of rosemary and sage coming through. There is also a lemony citric quality in the background as well as some earthy yeast. Very unique and appealing nose.

T - Complex flavor which, like the aroma, is very focused on the herbal qualities. Rosemary and sage are most noticeable although the parsley does shine through a bit as well. Bready, earthy yeast and a hint of malt back the herbal flavors up. There is also some crisp citrus in the flavor. Finish is moderately dry, and leaves herbal flavors lingering into the aftertaste.

M - Medium body with good carbonation

D - A pretty unique brew that turned out very nicely. The herbal flavors taste really fresh and add a nice touch to a solid base. I hope I can get my hands on another one or two of these before its gone.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light to medium golden amber. Half finger white head dissipates slowly to a thin film, thick ring around the glass and lacing. Pleasant aroma of bready malt and Mediterranean herbs, especially sage with a hint of saison yeast. Flavor is citrus, bready malt, nicely herbal with distinct sage and rosemary, finishing slightly dry with lingering herbs, light hops and saison yeast. Medium bodied. Very nicely made and enjoyable. Maltier and more heavily herbal than traditional for the style, but worked perfectly for me. This is the last of the three versions I've tried and I'm interested to see from past reviews how much more I like this than the first I tried (Victory). I'll have to start the cycle again with the Victory version, because the higher ratings of the last two are more likely due to my increasing enjoyment of saisons.

Photo of Axic10
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap during the Brewmasters Lunch with Bill, Greg and Sam. This is the version brewed at Stone.

Appearance: Pours a light golden with a half finger of foam.

Smell: Sage, parsley, rosemary and thyme. Some yeast in there as well. This is a crazy smell, but it's crazy good.

Taste: Really picking up all of the herbs from the nose. Weird but good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and very clean.

Drinkability: Really interesting take on the saison style, I can't wait to see how the other two versions compare.

Photo of ArtofBrewing
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours golden straw color. Herby notes followed by hoppy notes. Pairs well with the roasted shrimp Pho I brought home with the beer. Leaves a faint lace on the glass. I think this collaboration is a winner and I would definitely drink this one again!

Photo of notchucknorris
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clean light brown in color with not much of a head.

S: Different. There's a real herbal quality to this one. The rosemary definitely was the one that came out most in the smell.

T: Something a bit medicinal about it. The herbs are well balanced by some sweet malts and not allowed to take the taste over, which I think is a good thing.

Photo of beeragent
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer pours a clear light straw. Pours a massive head from the carbonation. Had to wait several minutes for the foam to subside to pour the remainder. Light lacing on the glass.

S - Strong aroma of lemon zest and the herbs!

T - Light lemony flavor up front along with some pale malt and floral hops. Tne herbs come through very strong in the finish, but seem to mellow after a few sips.

M - Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation at first. Very clean and smooth.

D - Very unique flavor with the use of the herbs. Light bodied and an especially easy drinker. Highly sessionable.

Photo of nas5755
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- hazy golden orangery straw color(the most hazy beer of the three)

S- Extremely herbaceous, with rosemary dominating and parsley coming through on the nose with a slight minty-grass base blended with some hops.

T- The most heabaceous of the three. Rosemary dominates the palate with some citrus and sweetness that aren't apparent on the other versions. The finish is on the sweet side with many herbaceous notes, mainly parsley.

Overall- This was my favorite of the three different batches. I feel like Stone played with the herb addition timing more than the other breweries; this one was layered very nicely. A very interesting beer that if I revisit I will be doing under Stones interpretation.

Photo of canucklehead
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer that opens up to new levels of flavour and smells when it warms up. The nose is spices and herbs with that sharp citrus note found in many farmhouse ales in the background. The beer takes a few sips to orient itself until I got a very flavourful Saison with a peppery herbal note in the dry finish. Well thought out and very food friendly this is a great collab effort from 3 top notch breweries

Photo of tilopud_rye
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I took the suggestion to try this beer not knowing anything about it. When I opened the bottle and smelled what was in there I knew that this would be quite different from beers I've previously tasted. It's a clear see through gold liquid that adopts the colors of whatevers behind the glass. It smells like a garden. The aroma of the herbs blend together to make this smell like a flower garden. The smell alone is relaxing and can take you to a different place. The taste is very unique. I noticed the bottle doesn't say beer anywhere but malt beverage. The flAvor of he herbs has a stronger accent on the overall taste than most recipes that you'd see them in. This is fine and pleasant in this case because they're guided by the light malt and carbonation that present the herbs to your tongue. The herbs still gently tingle on your tongue after a sip. Is a very nice beer for relaxing on a quiet day.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a luminous golden color with slight haze and white head. Nose has a very appetizing herbal quality with lemon creme. On the palate the herbal qualities dominate, and the sweetness I anticipated was not there. It was rather peppery too, with a good mouthfeel bite, and finished peppery as well.

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip.

Well, this earns honors as my second almost-gusher and super foamy beer of the day. At the moment I have four inches of eggshell foam, meringue on top of many large bubbles, and one of well hazed dark yellow beer. The lacing is chunky.

The aroma is certainly herbaceous, the four varieties coming together to produce cold, fresh mint with hints of weed. Light lemon and bready malt. Rosemary and sage are distinctive, but the thyme isn't really apparent and the parsley is lost.

The flavors yield up more of a balance between herbs, malt, and yeast. The body tastes like rounded biscuit and pilsner malt. The yeast is lightly Belgian with lemon, and up front the sweet mint and rosemary come through. Down the stretch though, herbs become savory, like those for roasting a chicken.

Bubbles are numerous and feel rather large, this makes the mint all the more fresh. The body is medium.

I've been interested in this beer since I first read about it and I'm glad I tracked it down. It is even better than I expected, one of the best, most interesting Saisons I've had. It would pair very well with food.

Photo of TommyW
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden body with a dense, sticky, white head.

S- Pine hops that seems to mask most of the subtle herb aromas; note of some horse blanket funk as well.

T- Piney hops over some buttery malts. The herbs sort of bridge the gap between the initial hop presence and the finish; it's hard for me to pick out any of the individual herbs, so I'll just call it herbal. The finish is where a lot of that funk comes in.

M- Medium feel with an easy carbonation.

D- A cool take on a style that often adds a lot of complexity. The addition of the herbs was definitely a positive addition overall.

Photo of chaz410
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this beer from the Common Market!
Pours a clear bubbley body with a half finger length head that's fairly constant.
Smells of rosemarry, vegetable herbs of thyme and sage. Has a signiture saison funk and sweet wheat character.
Taste similar to the smell but more leaning on the funk of the saison yeast with some wheat notes and lots of rosemarry and thyme, not much parsley but at the least I think it enhances the spice character. A good hop pine character cuts off lingering herbal flavors.
Mouthfeel is extremely crisp, one of the freshest tasting saisons ever!
Very clean and drinkable,with enough hops ot mellow out the spices.

Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Extremely blonde in color presenting a clear gorgeous body that resembles a pilsner/lager

S: The nose is moderately aromatic pushing forth the sage and thyme. Decent nose, more unusual but interesting    

T: This saison has been my favorite ever since it was released the first time awhile back. The sage and rosemary are phenomenal will light citrus pulling through at the end

M: A great offering that is dry and bursting with flavor

O: I fell in love with this beer when it first came and i am so amped it came out again. Easily my favorite Saison. I could drink this all day.

Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,168 ratings.