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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF

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very good

1,172 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,172
Reviews: 513
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 49
Gots: 52 | 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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Ratings: 1,172 | Reviews: 513
Photo of IllNate
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow with ample white head and great retention. Big aroma with herbs very forward, sage, thyme, rosemary and something I can't put my finger on (after reading bottle more closely parsley). Fruity esters also dominate with lemon-orange. Taste follows with strong herbal qualities, sage and rosemarry. Fruity esters here as well with lemon-orang tang. Slightly spicy and sour as well. Mouthfeel is well balance with bitterness and a bit of sour. Overall a great beer, although not your traditional saison.

Photo of reefa
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of shade13
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Devinph
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of hnandez
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Devil_Doc
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jslot38
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally stumbled across a bottle of this. 12 oz to tulip.

Appearance: A massive amount of head rises to the top of this brew with a steady pour. Very enticing. Body is a copper yellow with just a touch of haze. Strong amount of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell: Great saison smell. Spice, clove, fruit, bread and grain.

Taste: This is pretty different. Good though. Traditional saison taste upfront, followed by an aftertaste of a bouquet of herbs. The use of thyme, rosemary, and sage is obvious. The bottle says they chose the style because of the creativity it affords them, and this is pretty creative.

Mouthfeel: Lighter on the carbonation that I was expecting, and fades a little fast.

Drinkability: While an interesting and different brew, 12oz is almost too much. This beer has some great characteristics but is almost too experimental.

I appreciate what the collaboration did here in trying to push the envelope. Its an interesting and good beer, but a bit too herbal which overwhelms what is probably a good saison under there.

Photo of afausser
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hue that reminds me of wheat but is a bit more amber-toned. Almost a figer of frothy, bubbly, uneven head, which doesn't seem huge for a saison, but looks very nice. Very hazy, with small carbonation bubbles mingling around the glass and larger ones streaming in a variety of sizes and at a variety of speeds to the top of the glass. Very strong smell--a bit like Bell's Hopslam, oddly, with only a few herbal saison notes that I'm picking out. Pleasant enough. Smells like it'll get a lot funkier as it warms, and is pretty nice. Tastes good, love what they did with the style/creativity. Mouthfeel is absolutely awful and inconsistent. Drinks smoothly on a nice spring-like day.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of XavierMuskies
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of jtingue
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of GarrisWH
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden hue with a slight haziness. Thick white head that slowly recedes to a pretty solid cap, leaving some nice lacing behind.

S - The herbs are very forward in the aroma, with notes of rosemary and sage coming through. There is also a lemony citric quality in the background as well as some earthy yeast. Very unique and appealing nose.

T - Complex flavor which, like the aroma, is very focused on the herbal qualities. Rosemary and sage are most noticeable although the parsley does shine through a bit as well. Bready, earthy yeast and a hint of malt back the herbal flavors up. There is also some crisp citrus in the flavor. Finish is moderately dry, and leaves herbal flavors lingering into the aftertaste.

M - Medium body with good carbonation

D - A pretty unique brew that turned out very nicely. The herbal flavors taste really fresh and add a nice touch to a solid base. I hope I can get my hands on another one or two of these before its gone.

Photo of brett_arneson
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of jcallover34
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Keffa
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Unibroue Ephemere tulip.

A: Slight hazy gold/light copper, sticky, rocky head that lasts, leaves lace all over the glass on each sip. Constant carbonation bubbles race from the bottom. Nice looking brew, for sure.

S: Some tropical/citrus fruits, a little Belgian-like yeast, a little bit of slightly toasted grains, and then the sage and rosemary. If I hadn't read the bottle, I wouldn't have known they were in it. First smell reminded me of a Thanksgiving turkey, if it were covered in lemon juice.

T: Slightly sweet, hops are nice and bright, a little spicy yeast, although I don't think it's Belgian, and if it is, it's not a very potent strain, it's very laid back, IMO. The herbs aren't as noticeable in the flavor to me, and the beer is wonderfully balanced. It honestly reminds me of Hennepin if the hops were more pronounced and the yeast was subdued. Good flavor.

M: Creamy smooth, not bad at all.

D: Pretty easy to drink. The aftertaste is slightly weird at first, but the more you drink, the better it gets.

This one is a hit, to me. If the next BUFF collab is even half as good as this one, I'll buy it. This one is great, and if you can find it, buy it. Well worth the 3.99 per 12 ounce that I paid.

Photo of Tech_Savy
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Redstar137
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Mipper
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Chuggernaut00
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of fearfactory
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of tdawgydog
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bottles of this on my last visit to Half Time.

A - A little more clear than your typical Saison. Not in a bad way just not as unfiltered as I would have expected.

S - Possibly the greatest aspect of this beer is the smell. Strong scent of Rosemary is sweet to the nose and keeps you coming back for more.

T - The Stone influence in clear in the taste. You can taste the herbs that were put into this. Overall it is extremely enjoyable. One of the better beers that I have had this summer.

D - Well, just about perfect for a hot summer day like today. I've finished my supply and it's left me wanting for more.

M - Well done, maybe a little more head but that could be contributed to the style.

I'll be looking for more of this on my next trip to the beer store.

Photo of dweeuu
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Kaiser81
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at a local BevMo. Poured from the bottle into my snifter glass.

A - A hazy light orange with one finger width of soft pillow head. There is very nice lacing on my glass.

S - Smells of black pepper and spices, light citrus (lemons maybe) and a little bit of belgian malt.

T - Very similar to the nose. The pepper and spices are the main theme of this beer. But the citrus and malts complement it quite nicely. Pepper lingers as the aftertaste.

M - Creamy with medium carbonation. There is a bit of prickliness left on my tongue.

D - I'm not big into the whole spice thing in beer usually, but it works quite nicely for this beer.

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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
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