Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
12 ounce bottle, $3.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours hazed light tangerine, golden amber, off white head, tiny bubble, that stays, goes to a thicker film and leaves fine sheeting and plentiful bits of fine lacing. Bright nose of the advertised spices, floral, perfumey, fruity, peppery. Highly spiced and flavorful. More pepper, flowers, pizza spicing, lime. Love the style, love the twist pulled off here. Bright, boldly flavorful, zesty and enjoyable collaboratory effort. Stinky cheese, smoky meats, spiced up Thai food? This beer can stand up to the boldest foods out there...interesting possibilities...
06-10-2010 02:13:57 | More by Billolick
2.73/5 rDev -28%
I really wanted to like this beer, and the pour was nice enough- nice golden color, and a very white head with nice loft to it. Unfortunately, the rosemary destroys this beer. Very powerful aroma and flavor that just overwhelms everything else. Very singular note here. Sharp and herbal in the mouth, this just isn't my cup of tea.
06-08-2011 17:08:08 | More by Georgiabeer
4.05/5 rDev +6.9%
Served on tap, multiple times, at T. Brendan O'Reilly's.
A: Served in a tumbler, the saison has a golden glow, bright with no traces of sediment, haze or imperfection (except for a stream of dense bubbles). Atop the wonder is a white head, thicker earlier in the night, that laced in layers as I made my way through each glass.
S: A complex saison that throws everything and the kitchen sink at you? I love it! Sage, with a minty pepper aroma, is strong, as is a piney hop presence. A bit of sharp anise, a further aroma twist finishes things off. By the third pint, a bit of nose fatigue sets in.
T: Fresh off the tap, the piney hops strike first. Their resiny flavor is sharp before being absorbed into the spice profile. The peppery sage is up first, and really it dominates throughout. Further spices follow the sage, with rosemary and anise standing out. The spices are, well, spicy, adding a sharp bite to the saison that leads into a long, drawn out finish.
M: The mouthfeel is lively to say the least. The heavy spice profile, from sweet to peppery, along with the oily hops, are a nice package.
D: The booziness isn't very strong, hidden well behind the wall of flavor. I am very impressed with the reckless abandon of the ale.
06-18-2010 15:09:34 | More by akorsak
3.83/5 rDev +1.1%
A: Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, a small thin patch, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Strong aromas of herbs in the nose with rosemary and sage. Additionally there are moderate aromas of lemon citrus. There is a very light amount funky yeast in the smell also.
T: Like the smell, there are a lot of complex herbaceous flavors in this beer with the rosemary and sage dominating with some lighter notes of parsley and time. There is a light amount of peppery & funky yeast flavors as well. Quite interesting. Light lemon/citrus notes.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dry in the finish.
O: Very interesting and enjoyable - not something that you would drink like a session beer but the herbal notes are very tasty. The smell of this beer is probably the most enjoyable part as the smell is quite inviting.
09-21-2012 01:25:12 | More by dbrauneis
4/5 rDev +5.5%
(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a swirling sea of microbubbles and a creamy light tan head that last
S- The perfumy yeast aroma of saisons has a green hop snap with notes of mint and thyme and a very faint herbal parsley quality. There is a rubber balloon note to the finish of the hops. T- The yeasty saison flavor has a slight sweetness with a faint bread quality and a big pungent hop kick in the finish with grapefruit zest qualities that grow as the beer opens up.
M-There is a medium mouthfeel with a tight light fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.
D- The nice saison with strong American hops has an interesting herbal twist with mint and rosemary that is not over the top but.... interesting.
07-13-2010 21:49:35 | More by rhoadsrage
3.18/5 rDev -16.1%
Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight sage nose. Flavor is sour citrus with a lingering sour/herb finish. $3.49 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.
10-25-2010 22:21:48 | More by jdhilt
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
A clear yellow to light gold colored beer with a tall white head. Looks like a Saison should.
Smells spicy, parsley and black pepper are the two strongest scents. Basil is in there but the more minty scents it usually has are missing, not surprised basil is on of the more delicate herbs to work with. Sage is pretty strong here. The spices combine to give a herbal scent cranked up to eleven for your nose.
Starts out a herbal clash and a little bitter on the tongue. Sage is strong and here and there is something of a turkey stuffing flavor. This beer is quite dry not a lot residual sugars here. Not bad, if I could change anything it would be to add some black pepper.
Mouthfeel is light as it should be for a Saison.
Drinkability is good. Tasty dry Saison I like. Now I just need to save some for thanksgiving and drink it with Turkey and Dressing.
06-13-2010 18:59:31 | More by Zorro
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
How about this; a collaboration brew among three of the most respected "new school" American breweries. Surprising, they go in the direction of brewing a saison, a style that is more freqently a hit or miss for me. So on to the beer:
This is an orange/yellow colored beer with some small carbonation bubbles going to the top. The head is airy on top, and it drops to a ½ inch lace on top. There's plenty of lacing sticking to the glass. That aroma is great. The spices, which I can't describe well, really go well together, and it hits the nose with some firepower.
I'm liking this. There is a little pear fruitiness, and a solid base of dry malt. Is thst rye I'm getting? Some lemon pepper now...I like how the spices aren't overly dominant in this offering, but are rather gentle. I taste more of them in the aftertaste. With that said, I'll approach the glass a little slower.
A saison well done. I'm glad to see that I liked this one.
06-25-2010 05:14:56 | More by DoubleJ
3.15/5 rDev -16.9%
On Tap at City Tap House at the end of PBW 2010. From old notes I just found.
A- Bright yellow, hazy orange with a big clunk of tightly packed foam and sagging lace. A nice looker, bright and bold.
S- A literal spice rack with a touch of earthy hops and some grain on the end. Not very pleasant, goes off in different directions.
T- Getting rosemary up front with some thyme following and other spices following. A small earthy hop bite in the middle followed by a malty finish that is not that large.
M- All in all this finishes pretty dry on the mouth afterwards. Could use a touch more crispness for the style. Less than medium with a spice punch, be prepared.
D- This was a bit much for me, a bit rugged and not very quaffable, I suppose I like more str8 forward saison's.
09-23-2010 22:33:55 | More by BARFLYB
1.38/5 rDev -63.6%
Appearance: A bright gold in color with a bone white head and some lacing.
Smell: Herbal notes coupled with some malt and hops. Its just immensely spice rack smelling.
Taste: Sharp and biting herbs. Sage comes through with some medicinal qualities, followed by the distinct taste of parsely and rosemary,with the parsely adding clorophyll to the beer which was out of place. Any subtle saison qualities have been over powered. Even for a spiced beer this is out of hand. Am I drinking potpourri blended with pasta spices? The spearmint and peppery notes from the blend are lost on the palate. All in all it becomes a mess of herbs that would be great in a stew or pasta, but awful in a beer. Where are the Saison qualities? Lost in the murk or perhaps not there at all.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lingering herbal finish that almost tastes like a poorly made soup. Perhaps too many cooks in the kitchen in this case.
Drinkability: Pretty horrid. I would stay far away from this beer.
Overall: Epic Fail. I'd rather pour miller lite on a rag, wipe my spice rack clean and then drain it into a glass and drink it. This one tasted awful, if you are seeking a truly great Saison, try Saison Dupont or Saison Voisen.
06-14-2010 03:53:56 | More by Stinkypuss
3.78/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
12-14-2010 04:28:52 | More by superspak
District of Columbia
3.38/5 rDev -10.8%
Bottle shared by matt9875. Thanks Matt!
A: This saison appears a hazy straw yellow color, with an inch of fluffy, cumulus cloud-like head perched at the crest. The head displays very good retention, and leaves a good amount of lacing upon the glass.
S: The aroma is very potent, with huge floral scents, spruce, citrus, citrus peels / rinds, and lemons.
T: The flavor is bold as well, with a potpourri of everything I found in the aroma. However, the beer soon becomes a bit cloying, as a lemon household cleaner flavor begins to cut through more and more as I make my way through the glass.
M: The feel is medium / thin in body with plenty of carbonation.
D: An OK beer that could likely improve considerably with a few tweaks.
12-31-2010 01:08:08 | More by Huhzubendah
3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
So this one sounds like a garden in a bottle. Pours a light golden, clear-clean body. Topping head billows up to about 2 1/2 fingers, so it seems the carbonation is there.
Aroma is herbal. I get parsley and thyme up front with rosemary coming behind. Not much else, some biscuit.
Ok, so this is an interesting beer. As far as the style goes, it misses on coriander and citrus, but the herbs used are dominant. Very green and sharp. Thyme, sage and parsley dominate. I think they overtake the carbonation feel as it seems a bit flat. The herbs totally take over, malt and yeast are out gunned.
Starts off drinking nicely, but when the novelty wears off it's a tad boring. Still good, but nothing changes at is warms. Not sure what food would do well against this; powerful.
06-06-2010 16:18:34 | More by Mebuzzard
3.78/5 rDev -0.3%
On tap at Belmont station the other day.
The beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive and spice filled, showing considerable honey, clove, sage and rosemary. While the flavor profile generally replicates the nose, on tap I found the spices to be a bit over the top. There just wasn't enough sweet honey and clove flavors to handle the amount of spice I encountered in this beer. Mouthfeel was medium bodied to full, with a long, moderately sweet, spice filled finish. Drinkability wasn't too bad, but again, the amount of spice in this beer really wore on me after a while. I just thought it a bit too prominent and dominant in this otherwise interesting, well made beer.
08-24-2010 13:30:21 | More by John_M
4.35/5 rDev +14.8%
A: Against natural lighting the color appeared a bright lemon, with a slight peppery, misty haze. The capping was foamy and rocky in structure with a very well lasting retention rate leaving small speckled dashes for a lacing. Visible effervesce was composed of a dozen or so steady jet streams of micro-bubble, closely spaced and rapidly moving. Overall a very good visual appeal.
S: Bright oranges and tangerines exist on the nose along with some tropical fruitiness of mangos. Light herbal notes and pine are detected in small complimenting quantities.
T: Sweet grains and dry wheat provide a nice backing for some tart oranges that mingle nicely together on the opening along with hints of coriander. The middle of the palate finds a nice tartness of dry tangerines, herbal notes and spicy citric elements. Dry, tart and crisp in character this finishes up with some spicy hop notes along with dry lemon peels and a slight peppery touch. A nice drinking saison that comes close or matches that of Fantomes examples, but then again would you expect anything less when these three giants come together?
M: Crisp mouthful with a bubbly nature gives this some texture. A dry lemony hop finish with a little warmth ensures on the swallow.
D: Very enjoyable, tart, crisp and vanishes off the tongue quickly with very good results. A surefire summer time quencher that comes highly recommended per style. Case worthy.
07-20-2010 00:13:31 | More by beerthulhu
3.78/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured into a DFH pint glass
A: Poured a golden/orange color with a large head that was very foamy. Took a long time for the head to settle and resulted in a decent layer of bubbles on the top.
S: Got a lot of spices/herbs on this one. Seemed a little more pronounced than the DFH version and very different than the Victory version (see review). A little bit of citrus/hop, expected from a Stone offering.
T: Got hit by the herbs more on the taste than the aroma. The sage and rosemary with particularly noticeable. Also got a yeasty component on the finish.
M/D: Very herbal, as expected, and medium bodied. Was the last of the three I had and probably my middle choice. Its well done, but I wouldn't want more than one in a night.
10-15-2010 03:34:02 | More by mdaschaf
4/5 rDev +5.5%
A - golden yellow with a soft, white head that has decent retention
S - very herbal - rosemary, thyme, parsley, sage; faint, funky yeast
T - rosemanry, parsley, sage, thyme, funky yeast, faint malt, some underlying fruit
M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated, some alcohol
This is solid. A great saison with an intense herbal aroma and flavor. The herbs remind me of my grandmother's kitchen. Overall, this is a great, drinkable beer. The only downside is that the herbs become intense after a bottle or two. It's worth splitting them up.
09-18-2012 01:22:57 | More by tdm168
Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,138 ratings.