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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,145 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,145
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 48
Gots: 49 | 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 Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Sammy, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.5%

t0rin0, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -20.8%

djrn2, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

Thorpe429, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.5%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -34%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

metter98, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%

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

brentk56, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

"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.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

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 BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

BEERchitect, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%

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.

mikesgroove, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Texasfan549, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

kjkinsey, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

womencantsail, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ygtbsm94, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

GRG1313, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +5.5%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

oberon, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%

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.

TMoney2591, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +5%

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.

zeff80, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +5.5%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
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