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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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85
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1,156 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,156
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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Photo of froghop
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear yellow with a medium size white head, above average carbonation, and some lacing.

smell is of citrus, spice, some malt, a little yeast, and rosemary.

taste is somewhat tart, yeast, malt, a little sweetness in the back, grass, some crisp citrus, and spice.

froghop, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a clear 10oz goblet at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Hazy gold with tightly bubbled, nearly 1-finger, white head with exceptional retention and lacing.

S: Bandaid and herbal aromas are most present with tart yeast and hops and pale malts

T: Herbs predominate the early flavor but are squashed by a wild tartness and lighter medicinal flavors. Pale malts provide some mild sweetness to deal some balance. There is very little of the citrus that works so nicely in this style.

M: Medium-full mouthfeel with a nice level of carbonation that leaves a sticky, coating feel. Medicinal, herbal aftertaste.

D: The tart-herbal combination is interesting but this is a pretty atypical saison.

argock, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saison Du BUFF | volume 350 ml. | 6.8% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Stone Brewing Co. (in collaboration with DFH and Victory)
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Glass: Oversized wine glass

Presentation:
Silk-screened bottle with a hand-drawn feel.

BUFF ('bəf) n.
Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor. A clandestine organization committed to liberating collective taste buds, citing the dastardly and/or oppressive reign of so called 'fizzy yellow beer.'

Note from DFH:
"It's a saison of sorts; hellaciously herbacious and hopefully contagious. This wan not a ready made ale. But it is a ready made collaboration. Meaning Stone & Victory are 2 breweries that are exactly like Dogfish in that they do/brew exactly what they love and they do/brew it exactly like no other brewery out there. (♥ -- lots of it in this bottle)"

Appearance:
BUFF glows an opaque golden orange, pulsing and pure beneath it's an angelic crown of white froth. Head of 1", with a generous spattering of lacing along the sides.

Aroma:
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Intense, herbal, and fresh -- like right off the sickle fresh.

Taste:
I love how the taste and aroma mesh so seemlessly. Am I smelling or drinking? Sometimes it's hard to tell. It has a fresh, herbal taste, and a decidedly medicinal finish -- vivacious, not biting. It's hard-edged, bitter characteristics will cut through the most greasy food. Probably excellent with Indian food: raan, samosa chaat, and the like.

Mouthfeel:
Light to medium-bodied, surprisingly smooth and crispy.

Harmony:
A friendly drink that foregoes calculating precision for a loveably slap-shot medley of herbal flavours. I can't help but like it.

Would I get it again?:
Absolutely... too bad it's a one-off.

BeerNemesis, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of dtivp
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden yellow with a fluffy white head.
Aroma of citurs and spice.
Taste of citrus grapefruit and lemon with a grassy hops and some spice.
Light body beer with moderate carbonation.
This collaborative beer is a nice Saison, very light and drinkable. Just not my style of beer that I enjoy.

dtivp, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of dzni
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden, nice head
N - Cucumber, basil, peaches, grapefruit - fairly complex, very interesting
T - More herby basil flavor, citrus, with crisp/refreshing flavor, nice hops balancing it out
M - Medium bodied, slightly hoppy
D - Very drinkable with alcohol at a reasonable % and quite interesting

dzni, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of StephenRich
4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

StephenRich, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a MJ, The Beer Hunter, tasting glass.

Pours a pale golden hue with a thick white fluffy head. The head stands up over time and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

Aromas of lemon (thyme?), rosemary, and yeast. Not as in your face with the herbs as I was expecting.

Has that saison peppery bite, with lemon and rosemary undertones. Again, not as over the top with the herbs as I was expecting. The herbs are in a very nice balance.

Mouthfeel is thin, but not watery. A very dry beer, as it should be. Leaves a little "pucker" effect at the end of the taste.

Drinkability is high. I think I could drink this all night and not get palate fatigue from the herbs. Done very nicely. Worth replicating at home, since I have a nice supply of fresh rosemary in the garden.

JamnesCameron, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of GOGRANDE
4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: cloudy golden yellow with fluffy white head

S: lemon, black pepper, rosemary

T: I taste everything that I mentioned in the smell. In addition I get a pinch of sweet honey and a nice mild grassy hop character. This beer has a great balance in flavors.

M: real nice for a saison. Very smooth and crisp.

D: I would love to have a few of these on a nice summer day. Great beer.

Thoughts: The brewmasters all did a great job on this. I love all the flavors and their balance is incredible.

GOGRANDE, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of pmlondrigan
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big up to Axic10 on this one. Pours golden wheat color with a billowing rocky white head and a little lacing left around the glass. The aroma is pretty wild with definite notes of rosemary and sage, as well as nice wafty yeasty notes. Flavor is well, what you would expect very herbacious, peppery, and a good bit hoppy for a saison. Not too much yeast driven flavor hear, well on second try there is a little. It is dry however which is nice. For what it is it drinks well. Very glad to have tried this beer. I think I will revisit this one before summer is out, on a hot as day with thai food.

pmlondrigan, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of fear025
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL.

Aroma:This beer smells kind of like the soap my grandma keeps in the bathroom, floral and spicy.

Appearance:This beer is hay colored, with a fantastic head.

Taste:There is a whirlwind of spices in this beer. Black pepper, lavender, coriander, clove, orange peel, parsley, sage, rosemary and time.

Mouthfeel:Light mouthfeel, with good carbonation.

Drinkability:This beer pushes the limit of spices that are included in a saison. With all of these spices, I bet this would be a great beer to make beer can chicken with.

fear025, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle.

Pours a clear golden yellow with lots of billowing fluffy white head that stands up tall for a while and sheets down the glass. Aromas are dominated by the rosemary but as it warms the dusty, dirty sage starts to take over. Some peppery Belgian yeastiness too. Palate is crisp with lots of spicy alcohol and some faint dusty hop bitterness. The flavors are mostly sage and rosemary, but it's all balanced and in check. Some body, the prickly alcohol and the bitter hops keep this from being a "spiced" beer in a bad way. Herbal and refreshing.

**If you don't like rosemary, this is not for you.**

SFLpunk, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of BogusOwnz
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle from DFH into my Sam Adams perfect beer glass

A - Very light looks like your typical saison

S - Very fruity and sweet with what I want to say is a spruce like smell but it is probably just the herb blend. I was expecting parsley but I get none.

T - This tastes nothing like it smells. At first it's typical saison clove but then the herbs take over as well as spruce (I'm on the spruce thing I know) this is a very unique taste and about 30 seconds after each sip you get Rosemary lingering on your tounge. Just very herbal and crisp.

MF - very light crisp and good carb nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

D - This is a very cool beer unlike anything Ive had. I couldn't have more then one or two not because of the taste but because you would be unable to appreciate it after one or two. I would like to see this become a seasonal beer. I picked a few bottles of the Dogfish Head and the Stone versions, I have yet to come by the Victory but will pick up if I see it.

BogusOwnz, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a copper yellow with just a touch of haze. Above average amount of bubbles rising to the top.

Smells like a "spicy" saison, which is good or bad depending on your tastes. Spices, herbs, malts and slight yeast notes.

This is really different, but almost in a good way. Starts out like a traditional saison,then it's followed by an aftertaste of a bouquet of herbs. Crazy herby tastes finish the beer but not like you would expect; it def still tastes like a saison. The PERFECT accompaniment to drink/enjoy with food. Traditional Dogfishhead lack of carbonation; also due to the higher ABV for the style.
While I really enjoyed this and all it's interesting and different tastes, 12oz is just enough for me. Could never have more than one, but it is good enough that you need a whole 12 oz to completely enjoy/appreciated this beer. Good collaboration, but let's not start mass producing this gents...

claspada, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of bohemiandonut
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

bohemiandonut, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of hustlesworth
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

now must be the time when i make the simon and garfunkel reference.

A- lightly hazy golden lemony yellow with an absolutely stunning white head. i mean magnificent. and the lace as well. it just sticks everywhere in spots and swirls after the foam takes its sweet time settling down.

S- sprucey rosemary is up front right along with that astringent rubbery saison hop aroma. even some pungent fresh green walnut husk sage is in there but sadly no thyme which is my favorite herb of all thyme.. i wanna say that i can detect parsley's freshness but i doubt it. sage and rosemary make up the nose. some yeast funky stuff, earthy and melon, mildly floral, and i guess it would be silly to say this beer smells herbal. hops smell warm and almost meaty. *edit: some thyme comes out as the brew warms but it's more like dried as opposed to fresh, which i hope was used.

T- interesting mix of rosemary and sage with savory thyme flavor way in the back. these are all common herbs round these parts and i grow all four and am very familiar with each and i wonder, with resinous rosemary and pungent funky sage, the sublime earthy minty and fragrant qualities of thyme exist as merely a vapor when i exhale even as mild mannered parsley is detected in the finish. i need more thyme! i've got half a mind to go out to the garden right now and pick a sprig and drop it in the beer. BUT that would be no better than adding a splash of OJ to a witbier. sharply bitter from start to finish with tuned down malt sweetness and yeasty flavors and a dash of band aid. herbs and hops play very nicely together until they all drop off long into the finish leaving some biscuity malt behind.

MF- moderately carbonated with tight persistent bubbles, the body is light and juicy enough to be a real refresher except for the almost seven freakin percent alcohol! the farmers who drank this to quench their thirst on a hot day must have had crooked plow lines and daily siestas. band-aidy and rubbery as all good saisons are to me and leaves the cheeks with the same feel.

D- saison to me is a strange style with all its odd characteristics and i think i would like it much more if the hops weren't so acrid and astringent. the herbal additions are cool but also novelty and i would probably give a no thanks if another one were offered to me. better to give it to someone who hasn't yet had a chance to try this rare, however ridiculous, offering.

hustlesworth, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a dark golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of primarily sage with a sweet malt base with candy-like feature which surprisingly works well together. Taste is also a very unique mix between a sweet malt base with candy and soap notes and a distinctive sage finish with other spices also coming through. Body is quite light for style but seems perfect in this case as it makes this a very refreshing drink. A lot better then I had anticipated and something I would seek again for sure.

Phyl21ca, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of ABOWMan
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a beautiful light straw in color that was slightly hazy. The pour produced four fingers of fine white head that was long lasting and left thick lacing on the walls of my glass. All-in-all, it was a beautiful sight to behold.

S: Floral hops and citrus were the predominant aromas I pick up from this ale.

T: Tart lemon and piny hops followed by some nice malt sweetness bathed my palate leading me to think that this was perhaps the finest farmhouse ale I have ever quaffed.

M: The overall impressing was of a light thin bodied ale that was refreshing and crisp. There was a pleasant "liveliness" to each sip that left me wanting more.

D: OMG, I could drink this every day and night for the rest of my life. A truly wonderful brew. My hats off to the three amigos that crafted ;this fine concoction.

ABOWMan, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of Bizz88
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden amber with an over the top fluffy white head, carbonation galore. Lots of sticky lacing. Aromas of grassy hops, herbs and malt. On the palette is where this Saison shines, with as plethora of spices, pine, cloves, coriander, sage, lemon zest, and pepper predominate. Medium bodied with tons of carbonation. A true trifecta, well done! Two thumbs up.

Bizz88, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Brez07
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass. This was the version brewed at Stone

A: Even with a gentle pour, I immediately got a huge foamy head. After giving it a few minutes to settle down, I continued my pour. A translucent gold color with a crazy amount of carbonation. Leaves some lacing

S: A myriad of spices, but I think the one that stands out the most is rosemary. Overall reminds me a little of cardamom. Some hop finds its way through as well

T: Interesting flavors to say the least. Taste like drinking a flower. Big floral and spice presence. A little peppery. Enjoyed this at first, but got to be a little much about half way through

M: Medium bodied. Dry finish which I can only attest to the amount of spices in this beer. Good carbonation

D: Didn't really know what to expect with this, but it turned out alright. Probably could have used a little less spice though as I found it a little hard to finish just one bottle. Glad to try but not sure I'd drink again

Brez07, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Asked the server ''What's that bottle there?'' thinking it was probably some Molson Clear or something. Pleasantly surprised. First time experiencing anything Victory.

A- Well the bottle talks condescendingly about fizzy yellow beer and this actually kind of looks like fizzy yellow beer. A bit more yellow than golden with a thin white head that does last. Later pour offered a 2 inch head.

S- The mix of spices smell like mint to me. The barmaid and my girlfriend keep telling me to smell how good it smells. I agree but think it's a pretty standard saison smell. Definitely good but nothing too special apart from the mint.

T- Wow, ok, this is where it really happens. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, it's all here. Awesome really. This tastes new, different, and I love this feeling. As advertised. A classic saison with just the right amount of spices. It's possible to not like this because the spices are quite present, but I find it's just right.

M- Full mouthfeel. Crisp, smooth, airy. Not amazing but I think it's pretty close to perfect.

D- Super. Of course the different herbs may make drinking more than a couple a little tiring (the sage after-taste really stands out), but it's a great drink. Satisfying, refreshing, interesting, tasty.

Really really like this. Beautiful but discrete bottle with a beautiful beer inside. Really happy I wasn't disappointed. Makes me want to try and brew something similar. Would buy this again and would love to try to try more beers with these type of herbs added. Thanks and kudos to all 3 breweries.

Yoonisaykul, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  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.

rudzud, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of kirkpjr
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes - 7/15/10.

Split a bottle and poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy, honey golden color. One finger of white head.

S: Minty herbal smell - rosemary and scents of a fresh cut lawn. Sweet smelling - with a little lemon rind. Interesting for sure.

T: Tastes like a fresh herb garden. Almost exactly like it smells. Fresh mint, lemon, and rosemary. Floral and earthy. Too sweet to really be considered tart. Quite a brewing concept here.

M: Crisp and clean. Light body and medium carbonation. Refreshing and light.

D: A little to minty and grassy to drink much of. Happily split this bottle - could probably drink a whole one but not much more. Interesting beer and I wouldn't expect less with Dogfish involved.

kirkpjr, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pastel yellow with an orange tint. Big fluffy white head reduces to a rocky surface coating. Visible carbonation. Good lacing.

S: Herbaceous: grass, parsley, and thyme.

T & M: Dry malt with a spicy carbonation over the tongue. Lemon. Parsley. Thyme. Finishes quick. Rosemary comes through more as the beer warms, but not in an overpowering fashion. Lighter bodied with higher carbonation levels.

D: An interesting beer. The relatively odd flavors advertised on the bottle show through, but remain subtle, allowing this to still be an enjoyable beer.

Florida9, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of farrago
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finger plus of frothy white, mixture of all bubble sizes, loose enough to dissipate quickly, little, if any, lacing. Hazy light gold to darker yellow in color, although not the clearest liquid lots of bubbles floating upwards within. Orange blossom and cinnamon catch first in the nose but it's just a second before the noted herbs take over, white grapefruit too, yeasty but not soft nor leesy, witch-hazel, nothing here overly malty, leafiness predominates, extremely long presence with a full, pungent lift. Medium-bodied, nicely balance with same amount of fullness from start to finish. The herbs once more dominate and there is a clear, strong note of basil as well. Nothing crazy about the carbonation level but it does add to the total cleanliness factor. The tangerine to pink and white grapefruit lend a sweet and sour juiciness. Slight yeast to baker's dough element. Much more savory ending and aftertaste, good deal of retronasal activity. Hard to imagine an oddball one-off succeeding much better than this.

farrago, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, Bad Apple in Chicago. I think i have a bottle of this somewhere but this was my first tasting...

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a large chalice - straw-golden body, foamy beige head

smell: love the fresh herbs - i get thyme more than anything but rosemary and sage are definitely noted. There is also some nice fresh citrus and grassy yeast

taste: i liked this one a lot - rosemary, thyme and sage are amongst my favorite herbs. I didnt pick up much parsley, but it can be a rather neutral herb anyway. White pepper, belgian yeast, honey, lemon peel and other citrus round out this bold saison.

mouthfeel: fresh, lively

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Aug 09, 2010
Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,156 ratings.