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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 513
Hads: 1,186
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 48
Gots: 56 | 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 Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Cole's, Mike's private collection. Great lace on light body. The aromas are a delightful, funky and fresh. More complex as I drink it, and that has to be done sip by sip. The herbs lead to a soup of tastes, still lemony and bitter, with white paper and the rosmary and sage. Above average mouthfeel and approachable by averge

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, herbs, and spices. Taste is of malt, grain, herbs, spices, and yeast. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty easy to drink but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured golden yellow in color with a finger high white head. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are strong aromas of herbs in the nose; rosemary stands out in particular.
T: Like the smell, there are lots of complex herbal flavors in the taste, which lend a certain uniqueness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is relatively drinkable, but only if you are accustomed to lots of herbal flavors such as those found in gruit beers.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a far far superior product to the dogfish one. it pours clearish for a saison, pale yellow in color, with a prominent white head an inch or two tall. the nose is real herbal, floral, and funky. maybe a different yeast strain used in this one? lots of peppery stuff happening. flavor is much more herbal than the dogfish version. the sage really stands out to me more than anything else. its fresh and light in the mouth, with excellent carbonation and a light medium body. the herbs in this beer make it pretty unconventional in taste, and this isnt for everyone, but i thought their forwardness in this beer was an improvement. id like to try the victory version now to round out the trilogy. definitely not as hoppy as most stone brews, and might benefit from some more of that, but not a bad beer to try as a single.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Rustico.

Pours a moderate gold color with a white head and some lacing. The nose really brings out a lot of herbs with the sage and rosemary being the most prominent. A bit of zesty citrus in there as well. The taste is pretty herb-forward as well with a bit of zest and spice. Feel is nice as the herbs present a good bitterness. Drinkability is a bit poor, as all the strong herbs are a bit much in the end.

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest head that leaves some spots of lace

Smell: Fruity and herbal, with floral lemon/lime and rosemary, thyme and sage dominant

Taste: The floral lemon/lime elements kick off the flavor fest with the peppery yeast and herbal (rosemary, thyme and sage) aspect developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the herbal tone grows medicinally bitter

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: A very interesting brew, but the aftertaste is too medicinal and leaves it lacking compared to the other versions of this beer

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine"

--Simon and Garfunkel

Summer sunflower gold with a wonderful looking crown of alabaster cream that almost reached four fingers on the pour. Persistence, a firm creaminess during melting, and stickiness are strong suits. What more is there to ask of beer foam?

The first whiff delivered a blast of tropical fruity hops. The second revealed the herbal quality that was expected given the ingredients. The aroma is extremely enjoyable (and interesting) because both characteristics play off one another in complementary fashion.

Stone Saion du BUFF is better beer than expected because of a surprisingly prominent hoppiness. If the four herbs had the run of the joint, this delicious and complex saison would have tasted more like a gruit. Thankfully, the BUFF brothers weren't about to let that happen.

Barley malt doesn't make much of an impact on the flavor front. In addition, it's hard to say what sort of yeast was used since there are so many flavors flying around. A trip to spice rack before cracking the cap didn't help that much, at least in terms of picking out the individual contributions from parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Fresh herbs would have been great, if they had been available.

So what we have here is an American hop tasty saison/farmhouse ale with a juuust right amount of herbal-earthy zestiness. This is one of those ales that should be released in bombers, because each mouthful brings something new and different to the palate. Twelve ounces are gone in a heartbeat.

The mouthfeel is quality through and through, which is no surprise given the brewery of origin. It has exactly the right amount of heft and hang-on for the style/ABV, and the carbonation is faultless.

Saison du BUFF is interesting beer. It's also delicious and drinkable, especially given the rather unconventional ingredients. Here's hoping the Dogfish Head and Victory versions are at least this good. There's no reason to think they won't be.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, fluffy, white head of foam. Nice retention and some sudsy lace.

S - It smelled of herbs! The rosemary, sage, thyme and parsley all blend into one delicious herb aroma.

T - Nice herbal flavor with a sweet caramel backbone. There is a hint of fruitiness and yeast kick, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium bodied ale.

D - This is a very interesting offering. It's worth picking up to try before it is gone.

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass a hazed light golden with a fluffy white head that left shotty lace as it settled slowly.A nice mix of citrus and overripe pineapple fruitiness, along with white pepper,and slight yeasty phenols.Citrusy on the palate with a bit of yeasty flavors,a sharp spicy white pepper and herb-like note hits in a long finish.A tad sharp in the mouth but I really like this collaberation,it has an American feel to it with its big citric flavors.A nice saison beer even if not true to form.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?

Pours into a tulip yellow-gold with a good 1 finger of fluffy white head. Moderate carbonation maintains throughout and a clingy lace remains. The nose, oh my goodness! Flowers and herbs, sweet grass, hay, wet earth, a little barnyard funk hiding way in the back. Warms to give lemon/citrus notes. First sip is a mix of parsely mint snap followed by a tingly sage-rosemary bite. Herbal, oily slick hop finish draws you back again and again. Crisp, refreshing, bright and vibrant. A perfect summer beer. Unique and inventive. Can't wait to try Victory and Dogfish Head's variations.

...Then she'll be a true love of mine.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

so not my normal drinking session, i decided to sit in the park after work with this one that i kept in the cooler all day at my desk and poured into a ccb pint glass, enjoyed on 10/08/2010.

really a fantastic pour here with a golden amber color that was completely hazed over and cloudy with a full three inches of head sitting on top of the glass that just dripped down the sides throughout the entire session.

aroma is deep hops and herbs right from the front. dense citrus and floral lavender and herbs come through very clearly and brightly as the smell is intoxicating and just remarkable. i really am not paying attention to those panning this one as i thought it was remarkable. such a bright and flavorful beer. deep citrus hops, lavender and chamomile, hints of herbs, fresh grasses, light spices, just sublime. smooth, light body is nearly perfectly carbonated and left me in awe after each remarkable sip.

overall i am bowled over with this one. really a sublime beer that defines style. perfect beer for a perfect.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours a clear golden orange color with two fingers of fluffy white head.

S: Smells quite herbaceous. A lot of sage and quite a bit of pepper as well. A bit of lemon and rosemary is present as well. The malts are really overwhelmed and there's a touch of dryness to the nose.

T: Pepper, sage, and rosemary are strong up front. The peppery quality continues all the way to the finish. A touch lemony with a very herbal tea quality to the beer. Slightly warm toward the back end with a dry finish.

M: The body is medium with a high carbonation.

D: I would like to taste the actual beer instead of an herb garden. I'm curious if the other versions are at all different, but not terribly so.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Big thanks to GoGriz for this bottle!

Simon & Garfunkel would be so proud (or so litigious...whichever...). It pours an almost clear, somewhat hazy golden straw topped by a more-than-healthy couple fingers of white froth. The nose comprises a dichotomous mixture of wheat and citrus assaulted by a a horde of window-box garden spices (must be the S&G "Canticle" spices). The spices return to dominate the tongue as well, providing more than enough garnish for the dish, both literally and figuratively. Some citrus flies in behind them, but this is quickly quashed by a strong earthy/spicy collaboration. Still, though, the herbs/spices maintain their iron-clad grip on the situation. This is the first time I've experienced a sammich's filling be completely o'ershadowed by the bread. Honestly, I think I find it a bit too much. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, I gotta say I am underwhelmed by this brew. Brewing with the window-box greens is fine, but I don't think they should dizzominate the proceedings like they do here.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted side by side with the other Saison Du Buff beers, I found the Stone to be the darkest in color, the most cloudy, the most spicy/peppery, and the most bitter.

It poured a deep gold/orange body beneath a massive head of foamy bright white that seemed to take forever to settle and left sheets of thin lacing about the glass, and a dollop of creamy froth floating in the middle of the surface.

The aroma expressed yeast and basic malt, a floral and herbal character, mild chalky citrus peel, a bit of dried fruit (mainly apricot) and and a clear waft of tea. It also displayed more sage than the others, but rosemary and thyme as well.

The flavor was spicy up front, followed by sage and other herbs, malt, some mineral and yeast and then a combination of hop and herb that dried it nicely and lingered in a surprisingly long finish - the solid bitterness and herb goes on forever, with lots of rosemary.

Overall, it's a fairly bitter and herbal beer, but it still seems to offer a pretty good amount of drinkability. Unless you let it warm, the herbaceous character is pretty much kept in check, and there's a solid bitterness there that helps to cut it short in the finish. I could easily see drinking two of these in one sitting, and yet there's still a good deal of complexity to it. Nicely done!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of lemon and spices along with Belgian yeast, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a minty burst of spices followed by some lemon flavor. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style even though it seems a lot like a Witbier, if you're into the spicy flavor this is a good beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at T Brendan O'reilly's served in a standard pint.

A - Beautiful golden shade w/ great clarity and a thick sudsy cap of white. The head retains well and the bead is fine. Visible carbonation is noted and the lace clings in a film

S - The smell is aromatic - plenty of herbal notes especially rosemary in the nose and mild pear in the yeast esters w/ spiced notes and mild earthiness present

M - The feel is good, moderate body w/ slight resinous texture and moderate bitterness w/ a mild alcohol presence and long dry finish

T - the taste is toasted with mild herbal flavors and sweet grain w/ mild dry yeastiness and subtle resinous pine accent to the flavor. The malt gives a nice backdrop with a bit of spice and earthiness from the yeast while the majority of the flavor comes from the rosemary there is mild floral and sweet herbal elements in there too

D - The saison hit its mark IMO, a very drinkable beer with lots of herbal flavor, yet this would not be something your average saison would be turned off by. I recommend it as it was pretty easy to quaff and overall well-balanced.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Disney scotch ale glass (yes, they exist...) in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the breweries. I'm growing increasingly skeptical of collaboration brews anyway. ABV is 7.7%; this is the 2012 vintage.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of okay cream, decent thickness, and pretty good retention for the high ABV. Colour is a clear yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Delightfully malty, with a heavy herbal and spicey character that I quite fancy. I get parsley and rosemary per the label, but not thyme so much. Some honey. In any case it's quite fresh and appealing. I can't wait to try it, though I'm disappointed that no yeast comes through. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Herbal, with some of its character bordering on medicinal. Honey comes through along with clean straw and bright malts. I wouldn't call it full-bodied, but it's fresh and flavourful. Well balanced and built, though it lacks complexity or much subtlety. I do like it for what it is. It's too sweet, especially on the climax. No alcohol or yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet - a bit too much so. Too thick. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but lacking depth or much complexity. It's almost a bit too fresh for its own good, as though they should have held onto it before bottling. It feels fresh from the fermenter, but that isn't necessarily a good thing. I'd try the other variations, but I wouldn't get this one again. Saison fans should look elsewhere.


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Photo of Rifugium
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from [forget where I got it]

Had this back-to-back with the other two versions for comparison. DFH's is clearly my favorite, Victory's was almost undrinkable on tap, yet better in the bottle. Stone's came about somewhere in between.

Poured surprisingly pale and clear compared to the other versions, straw-yellow color, with a thin white head that dissipated to nearly nothing. Aroma was herbal and slightly fruity, spicy, with the rosemary taking a slight edge, as in the other versions. More of this in the taste, the spice blend coming to the foreground, lesser notes of somwhat sweet pale malts, light citrus, herbs bordering on potpourri. Light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Good in small doses.

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Photo of russpowell
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to errantnight for this one!

Pours an effervescent bronze with a finger of pearl colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Lemony with white pepper & orange peel

T: Follows the nose, also some breadyness & candi sugar, apple peels & general spiceyness up front. Fruittyness & lemons dominate as this warms, along with white pepper & orange peel. This reminds me as much of a wit as a saison, so I will deduct half a point for that. I am picking up more the advertised spices once way warm. Finishes with apple peel, lemony & herbal hops & a lovely spiceyness & just a bit of grapefruit at the apex

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, very nice balance

Superb drinkabilty I could stay on this all night!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my La Fin du Monde chalice, beautiful slightly hazed bright sunshine golden hue with a bright 3-4 finger stretch of head. Lacing is fine and evenly scattered between sips, nice stuff. Aroma has a bright herbal garden nose, the rosemary additiones stand out but I don't think I could pick out the others individually very pleasant. There's also a pleasant lemon/lime tone to the nos. Flavor is harsh with herbal spices, the underlyng saison is hard to determine because the untraditional brewing additions create a blanket of bitterness I'm guessing the thyme did this. It overpowers chicken when fresh and overused. Mouthfeel is medium bodied not boozey just a cast of bittering herbs sticks to the palate like Tom's organic toothpaste. Drinkability isn't what I was expecting herbal Saisons don't work to well, checkout reviews from Great Lakes version last spring.

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick white head that slowly recedes. Leaves ample, coating lace. The beer is gold with a mild chill haze.

Very spicy aroma that reminds me of pizza. To me, it reminiscent of oregano. It's also peppery. Mildly floral (Dogwood?).

Quite peppery on the tongue almost immediately on the initial sip. Unusual flavor but still appealing. Moderate body with an above average level of carbonation. The aftertaste is very dry, even astringent, featuring a long lasting white ground pepper bite.

I love the experimentation. This is worth seeking out if only to try something completely unusual.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours slightly hazy bright amber color with a 1.5 finger white head with great retention and good lacing. Aromas of malts, rosemary, and sage dominating with floral hops. Taste is strong of rosemary and parsley, with a good amount of bitterness on the finish. Spices sit on the palate for quite a while after the finish. Very interesting beer, never had anything like this before. Solid, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a slightly golden color with high carbonation evident and one finger of fluffy white head.

s - Smells of citrus, spices, yeast, and bananas. Lots and lots of different spices in the nose.

t - Tastes mostly of spices. Also some citrus and tropical fruit.

m - Light body and hight carbonation that stings the mouth.

d - An interesting saison that makes it very clear it was brewed with a lot of different spices. Glad I tried it and different, but a little too much spice in the taste for me; would have liked more going on. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.