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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,168 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,168
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 50
Gots: 51 | 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 yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Starts off odd, as from the appearance and aroma I'm left expecting an IPA. Aroma is very crisp and fresh, dominated by herbal and floral notes with mild citric hops and slight medicinal pinch. Appearance is a clear golden amber color with a massive foamy and rocky white head that leaves billowy patches of lace and a persistent thick layer of film and bubbles with a large foamy splotch in the middle. Given the description of ingredients for this beer, the flavor isn't very surprising, but certainly isn't a let down as this is very unique; but is it any good? Front of the palate is gripped by a citric, almost DIPA like flavor, though not remotely bitter. Moving back the palate a unique, musty earthiness dominated by herbal and floral flavors. Body is medium thick, mildly creamy, with strong fine carbonation that tries to clean up some of the sweet and herbal mess of the body. Very little about this beer makes me think of a saison, and I'm usually not crazy about herbal and medicinal flavors, but I'm strangely enjoying this beer. The only thing detracting from the drinkability of this is the long lingering dry aftertaste that is dominated by sage and other earthy spices. As with all the Stone collabs, an interesting beer, but not one I'm necessarily motivated to revisit.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Gonzoillini
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.74/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. Pours a perfectly clear light straw yellow colour with a huge crackling head of white bubbles, that dip in the centre, but stay attached around the edges of the glass forming a thick and convoluted lacing. No visible carbonation, which is odd, but it looks intriguing from the start.

Oh my goodness. Nose is a huge melange of hoppy herbal characters. Smells like a good bunch of Nelson Sauvin, with slightly earth Belgian yeast underneath. If I had to pinpoint the exact herbs, I'd say rosemary and oregano, even though I know it's more of a Scarborough Fair mix. Actually, I think the parsley comes through somewhat as well. In any case, it's an insanely fragrant nose, if only because the herbs are in such prominence.

Wow again on the palate. You know, I really can't tell if this is really, really good or really, really bad. The herbs are again in prominence, but they really feel well integrated into the beer. No, there is not a lot of saison funk, but the herbs do add an organic quality which fits well with the base beer and the spicy notes from the saison yeast.

It tastes somewhat spicy, fresh and fragrant with herbs, with a lingering, earthy bitterness. It's absolutely fascinating, and for all that it falls way out of line for a traditional saison, it keeps a saison-like refreshing bitey palate.

You know, I'm going to go with "really, really good". This is what brewing in America is about: reinventing styles, experimenting, screwing around, but still coming up with something refreshing, tasty and drinkable, and something unique, unexpected and fascinating.

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a straw yellow color with excellent carbonation leaving a big fluffy white head

S: Parsely, sage, lemon

T: Nice crisp feel upfront with lemon, grass, parsley and sage. Did not detect thyme until midway to the end

M: Crisp, light hops and grains, light on booze.

D: Good

Photo of Stinkypuss
1.44/5  rDev -62.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
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