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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF

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very good

1,068 Ratings

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Ratings: 1068
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of bump8628


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden with an orange-ish tinge and persistent white head.

This beer is all about the herbs with lots of pine, spruce and a dash of lemon peel and flowers. I believe most of what I'm getting is the rosemary, but I can definitely detect the sage and thyme, but no so much the parsley. It's definitely the most mild of the herbs used though, so that's to be expected. Honestly, the herbs are so vibrant it's difficult to detect the spicy yeast notes, not to mention any malt or hop character.

I found this one really pleasant. Probably best in smaller doses. It would be really nice paired with a salad of stronger flavored greens like arugula and radicchio Don't expect to get something "balanced" as the herbs really take over, so if you don't enjoy fresh herbs, don't bother. I, however, thoroughly enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2010 19:00:27 | More by bump8628
Photo of TheJollyHop


3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from the tap at Tony's Darts Away; head fades fast leaving behind sticky lace.

Tropical and citrus fruits on the nose with an herbal hint of rosemary. Golden amber with a solid one fingers worth of off-white head. Second whiff yields parsley and time.

Strong herbal flavor of rosemary with a sweet and slightly spicy/hoppy finish. Tastes of apricots an peaches are noticeable as well, which conjures up images of Sam from DFH lugging bags of apricots for his Aprihop brew. Carbonation is medium/high and the body is light, which are both a plus for the mouth feel. Coats the tongue and is a bit salty as well. Again, the overbearing herbal flavor hinders the drinkability.

The intense herbal flavor is something better kept in the realm of solid food. It tasted a little too much like sipping on roasted chicken broth. Bitterness lingers a bit too long, but not in a harsh way; but rather in a past your welcome kind of way. Nice idea, but better kept on the drawing board.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2010 01:36:40 | More by TheJollyHop
Photo of DeanMoriarty


4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice and clean golden color with a solid head that lasts.

S: Sweet, rosemary and hop, with a prevalent sage finish.

T: Strong immediate hop, followed by sweet rosemary and sage, subtle hint of ginger too. Absolutely delicious!

M: Low carbonation that goes down all too smooth.

D: Drinks like silk; real smooth. Love it!

Does it get much better than a collaboration between 3 of the better breweries around - Dogfish, Stone and Victory ??? I think not.

Balanced perfectly - one of the better brews i've had in a while - no exaggeration. Do yourself a favor and try one of these or six (if you're fortunate to find any at all).

Keep up the good work fellas !!!

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2010 04:30:01 | More by DeanMoriarty
Photo of mrkrispy


2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had this on tap tonight before a movie. Didn't know much about it, so I went in with a clean mind...sometimes objectivity isn't the best way to approach a beer I've now realized.

Arrived a slight amber pale, hazy with a decent foam head.

Overwhelming aroma of rosemary and herbs, some grapefruit and lemon in there. Even though I found it somewhat repulsive I give it a 3 because I assume they were aiming for a big rosemary nose and they nailed it.

Based on the aroma not looking forward to to the taste...which actually wasn't as bad. At first. Starts as a light refreshing citrusy saison, bit funky, and then the taste of someone spilling their italian herb blend in hits me. The base beer seems quite promising, but the herb thing just plain sucks. Zesty, bit of a tart astringent finish. 4oz probably would have been enough. The beer gets near solid 3s just because the base beer seems quite tasty...if it wasn't as solid this would be 2s all the way.

I don't get excited about Collaboration beers, and this is the perfect reminder for me. No more plunking down my money for a bunch of brewers to get together and circle jerk.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2010 07:20:12 | More by mrkrispy
Photo of sandiego67


2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I attended the kick-off event a few weeks ago when Dogfishead and Victory were at Stone Brewing to kick-off the collaboration and got to taste some of the wort made that day.

Last Sunday, I had the final product on tap at Stone Brewing.

I appreciate when brewers push the envelope and encourage collaborations but this one just didn't work.

The appearance is a nice clear yellow with little carbonation. Pleasant enough.

Smell, Taste and Drinkability are all highly interrelated in this beer. It is very herbal. I don't know which herb gives it the grassy flavor but it is a little overpowering. This beer might be ok in small samples but too earthy to make it enjoyable for a full pint.

Mouthfeel is as expected. Light and not very malty.

I bought a few bottles at Stone and will give it another try later to see if my opinion changes.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2010 02:44:36 | More by sandiego67
Photo of CFHMagnet


3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This came with the Stone bottlecap.

A careful pour yields a big white two fingers of head. Sediment and a lot of bubble action going on in the straight yellow body. The head retains very well.

Yeast, wheat, grass and a mild funk reminiscent of lemons and sour apples.

Yeast, wheat and bitter grass starts it off. A little sour apple and lemon chime in. Finishes off with a gardeny spice character with a hint of pine. Parsley and thyme are definitely apparent at the end.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. It washes down rather clean. There is no real bite from the carbonation. Dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 16:31:35 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of Furlinator


3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy dark gold with a massive 2 inch white head that fades to a film on top and leaves thick rings of lace on the drink down.

Smell is of bready malt, faint banana and only a hint of the spices listed on the label.

Taste is bready malt, faint herbal spices and a hint of fruity sweetness (banana and apricot).

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

The sweetness and hint of spices blend well together to create a refreshing farmhouse ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 06:04:24 | More by Furlinator
Photo of ISmith87


4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.75 - great looking beer, nice clear golden color w thick white 2 finger head, leaves excellent sheet of lacing on the glass

S - 4.25 - smells like earthy, funky, bananas, orange, grass, bubble gum flavoring, definitely some wheat and berries too

T - 4.25 - tastes more hoppy than it smells, with significant Bitterness, especially for A Saison, wheat, grass, banana, orange zest

M - 4.25 - medium-heavy carbonation, bitterness from the hops, leaves a bitter/wheaty aftertaste, alcohol well hidden

O - 4.25 - good beer, I'm not sure about how it measures up to other sAisons, but I Like to see Breweries collaborating on beer

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 23:49:48 | More by ISmith87
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle.

Interesting quote on cap of bottle - " In the beer world..Stone's creations are famous..The San Diego Tribune."

Appearance- Pours a pale amber with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell- sage, thyme, hint of rosemary, belgian yeast, clove

Taste- Hit right away with the herbs (sage, thyme, rosemary) and follows with a touch of the belgian yeast and clove. Herbs come into play once again and finishes dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall- A unique Saison that uses various herbs. This is not for everyone, but I enjoyed the variety of flavours.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 02:08:56 | More by leaddog
Photo of oN3xM


3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A malt beverage brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.

A - A hazy golden body with a bubbly white head that dissipates within a few seconds. The lacing on the glass leaves a sticky white bubble layer that glimmers while you're drinking.

S - Lots of citrusy lemon notes, sweet honey, some clove, and an underlying citra hop body.

T - Tastes like it smells but there's a ton of other flavors from the herbs listed above. Some orange citrus at the back along with the bitterness from the hops. On the front there's a strong cinnamon clove presence.

M - A thin body rests on your tongue that goes down smoothly. Not a ton of carbonation.

O - I wouldn't buy this again. It's not a bad beer, but I wanted to say that up front. I hold all three breweries, Dogfish Head, Stone, and Victory, in high regards, so I guess my expectations were set higher than what I experienced.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 02:09:52 | More by oN3xM
Photo of JeffH


3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three style pushing breweries creating an American Saison- sounds good! The aroma is a herb bomb with big rosemary and thyme notes. The taste brings a nice saison spice along with big herbal flavor. At the end there is a warming from the alcohol and some dark fruit. Overall, not a beer I would drink everyday, but a great example of what all three of these breweries are all about.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 06:00:04 | More by JeffH
Photo of joesmithrealname


5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


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.

Great collab!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 05:00:38 | More by joesmithrealname
Photo of TOOSE


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks good with a bright golden color, big, fluffy head and good lacing. Smell of hoppy citrus and lots of herbs also. A little herb, spice, hop bite on the tongue too which was nice and a dry finish. Very smooth I enjoyed this beer and would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 21:51:59 | More by TOOSE
Photo of Bernard_Lettuce

New York

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear-golden with a frothy head approximately one finger-bredth in height. Decent head retention and fine lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Sharp lemony scent with hint of herbal undertones (foremost, rosemary).

T: Crisp, prominent citrus and herbal flavors, with subtle honey-like sweetness. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Full-bodied but clean and refreshing.

O: A pleasant and moderately complex saison, refreshing when imbibed fresh out of the refrigerator, but permit it to drift toward room temperature to appreciate its more subtly nuanced elements.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 01:28:30 | More by Bernard_Lettuce
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last years vintage and still drinking mighty fine. Bright gold hue, good clarity thin white foamy head. Musty attic on the nose with spice and a belgian funk. Hints of rosemary and banana, strong yeast presence. Drinks almost as it did fresh, spice presence is still noticeable and so is the balancing hop profile. Spicy through out with a sweet belgian flair and herbal hops to round things out. Pretty nice. Touch more alcohol heat then i remember.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 00:30:56 | More by jtierney89
Photo of jhutch31


2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Ok, I don't like giving reviews this low for any beer, especially one from three breweries that I love. However, I have to say I was disappointed with this collaboration.

Appearance: Polished, cider colored ale that left very little head retention and lacing on the glass.

Smell: Upon the first deep wiff, I immediately thought of a lemon herb ricola. Had a strong smell of herbs, spices, lemon cleaner, like pledge and menthol.

Taste: Unfortunately, the taste mimicked the smell. Some herbal flavors with a very strong lemon chemical flavor and a cold taste of almost like menthol.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter mouthfeel, such as something you would get from extracted tannins. Also a bit of the cold tingling feeling from sucking on a menthol cough drop.

Overall, a very interesting beer, for sure. However, the overall aroma and flavor of this beer was not pleasing. Again, I hate giving this low of a score for these three breweries, but this beer left me dissapponted.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 03:27:20 | More by jhutch31
Photo of dertyd


3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a tasting glass

A:poures a golden apple juice color with decent carbonation.little to no head verry light lace not like most saisons I've had.the others have towering heads and sticky lace

S:smell of chemicals is strong off the batt with a big wiff of lemon plege not much funkyness or spicey smells that you normaly get with saisons

T:just like the smell but with more lemon pledge it feals like your whole pallet is cleaned. There is a little bit of the funky yeast going on but its over powerd by the lemon pledge taste

M:clean,very fresh and so cleean

O:overall a diffrent saison but I realy liked it saisons are one of my fave style I hope I can get the beers made by the other breweries and do a blind tasting would b fun

Live life drink beer!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 07:37:40 | More by dertyd
Photo of BEERchitect


3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If any beer style can support the additions of spice that are normally found in roast beef or as a garnish to premiere entrees, then the Belgian Saison would be the one. Already a focal point on yeast spices, the dry malt taste and low-ester display puts these earthy and flowery botanicals to the test.

Opening with its signature light yeasty cloud, this playful Saison builds upon it a short statured creamy off-white head. With solid staying power, the beer recedes leaving intricate lacing patterns in its wake.

Aromas kick off with surprisingly fruit notes of dried limes, lemons, and green apples. Exotic grasses of rosemary are dominant, but fragrant parsley, sage and thyme are also noteworthy. With not-so exotic fresh cut grass, hops, and lemon pepper, the earthen spices are supported by the wafer-thin grain and malt. thin cracker malt support.

Short lives frainy-malt sweetness allows for soft early impressions, but the sweetness is soon cast aside in favor of earth and spice flavors to dictate the taste thereafter. Its resulting grassy taste goes from straw and dry crackers to lemongrass, lemon pepper, thyme, rosemary, perfumy parsley and an almost cilantro "soapy" taste. All these botanicals bleeds evenly into hop bitterness to finish a little leafy and stemmy.

Light creaminess massages the palate just as the early sweetness is present. But the beer quickly turns to a bone-dry middle and finish. Peppery warmth approaches spice heat and accompanies herb-derived astringency; masked by hop bitterness as echoes in aftertaste and texture.

The beer should have a disclaimer to require it to pair with savory meats like roast beef, pork belly, or tequila lime tacos. As a stand alone beer, the exotic herbs seem to be veering off in left field and lacking purpose.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 02:55:02 | More by BEERchitect
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of singles back in mid January for $2.99 each.

Beer poured golden, with a nice white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is herbal and citrusy.

Taste has some rosemary and sage, lemony hops dominate the dry finish.

Mouthfeel is classic Belgian yeast strain, oh so smooth!

Overall this is a well crafted beer in which non traditional ingredients are well played. Glad i had the opportunity to try and i look forward to my other single!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 01:27:45 | More by arizcards
Photo of dbossman


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Somewhat hazy golden hue with a thin film of a head; lacing is quite good

S: So much funky fruitiness going on here with an intense grassy, herbal aroma: the rosemary is intense and so a boozy undertone

T: Grainy, herbaly, funk, fruity; I wish it all came together better--a bit medicinal in the finish

F: A bit thin though a residual oiliness finishes the beer nicely

O: A fun spicy, herbaly, grassy, grainy, fruity beer; a decent little collaboration from three great breweries

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 02:54:45 | More by dbossman
Photo of sevenarts

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pale and cloudy orange, with a modest white head, moderate retention, not much lacing.

S: Lemon, spices, somewhat grassy and fruity. Interesting blend of hoppy aromas with spice accents.

T/M: Sweet up front, with some lemony flavors, mild spices, smooth and creamy. Then an unexpected bitter, piney, hoppy finish, rather harsh on the way down. Leaves behind a pleasantly lingering lemony aftertaste.

O: As expected, an interesting if not wholly successful collaborative experiment. Bold flavor combinations, but the contrast between the lemon/spice flavors and the harsh finish is too much. Still, worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 23:42:44 | More by sevenarts
Photo of Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Grey Sail pint.

Appearance- Hazy orange/gold with no head, but some moderate lacing.

Smell- Orange/lemon, pepper, rosemerry, yeasty, peach, nectarine. Super fruity.

Taste- Spicey. Pepper, Rosemerry, orange rind, peaches. Mild booze detected. Very fruity and floral.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, refreshing, smooth. Perfectly carbonated.

Overall- I like this one a lot. Nice and refreshing. Would be perfect on a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 17:19:43 | More by Seanniek91
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District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

No "bottled on" date that I could find. Purchased just before Christmas 2012. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a straw colored, slightly cloudy, white head half a finger thick, quickly disapated to a think layer, but decent lacing. Well carbonated.

S - rosemary and pine, some grapefruiit

T - Medium bitterness, spicey, rosemary is evident, a sweetness up front, a little farmyard funk, tartness at the finish.

MF - Sharp and a little fizzy.

O - On the high side ABV wise for a Saison, maybe a bit to much hoppy bitterness, but refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 02:07:20 | More by Sludgeman
Photo of Sokool


3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Nothing particularly amazing to look at, but I really loved the funky herbal aroma that came off this thing. Because of the herbs I paired it with a pesto chicken pizza with red peppers and goat cheese. While this pairing looked good on paper, I'm not sure it was really the best idea. It turns out, the flavor of the beer is so interesting that I almost forgot that I was eating pizza. I noticed the rosemary first, and then a sort of sweet citrusy flavor which gave way to an herbal/hoppy bitterness. While the flavor was unique and memorable, it wasn't so overpowering (as many of these "experimental" brews can be) that I wouldn't be happy drinking more than one of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 06:36:24 | More by Sokool
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South Carolina

3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2012 bottle Stone / Dogfish Head / Victory Saison du BUFF brewed by Stone and served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours a yellow-gold color; clear at first, but after a few sips I added most of the rest of the bottle which had a considerable amount of sediment. Appears to have very fine, natural carbonation.

Aroma: funky, yeasty, hoppy, weedy, herbal aroma. Interesting but too funky to really appeal to me.
Taste is similar but even more weedy/herbal and, thankfully, less funky. Lightly tart; neither sweet nor bitter.

O: very interesting and very different from a ’standard’ lager, but refreshing and not challenging ... once you get past that funky aroma.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 00:21:58 | More by chinchill
Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,068 ratings.