Saison Du BUFF | Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

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: 

Added by Todd on 05-05-2010

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Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage

a - poured a two-fingers thick fluffy white head into a tulip glass that had great retention throughout. the body was a slightly bubbly and bright golden color.
s - very sweet and floral with a hint of earthiness.
t - bready, grassy, fruity and spicy.
m - bubbly and medium mouthfeel.
o - very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best Saison I have tried so far though I have only had 2 so far.

Pours out a yellow with hints of orange, a big fluffy white head and a lot of carbonation.

The smell is heavy on the herbs used, especially the rosemary and there are a lot of earthy and slightly fruity notes too.

The taste is dominated by the herbs used and there are hints of fruits and it has a slightly bitter and dry quality to it.

Very easy and refreshing to drink. These breweries should do more together.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 12 Jan 2012. Served in the (512) One snifter.

Big lacy off white head. Well carbonated. Cloudy dark gold in color. Aroma is herbal, like a Simon and Garfunkel song, but with yeast and mint. Starts quite herbal, rosemary and sage are dominant. Somewhat sweet and fairly yeasty. Medium fizzy body, warming ethanol. Herbs linger in the finish and aftertaste. Somewhat drying towards the end.

Interesting take on the style but this wouldn't be an everyday saison for me.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow/straw, very light in color, white head quickly dissipates, no lacing.

S: Some coriander and cumin soapy/pepper, belgian yeast, funky, candy sweet.

T: Spicey up front, a vast array of aromatic spices, cumin, corriander, cloves, all spice, curry, cilantro all come to mind. Some banana-y yeast flavors, hard candy. A fresh dash of hops help clean it up. I've never had a brew so spice based. Very complex/hard to identify flavors.

M: Medium carbonation, pretty light body, ABV doesnt come through in taste.

O: This is like curry in a bottle, crazy ammount of developed spices, other than initial spice kick not a hole lot going on though, minimal malt/hop flavors. One of the more unique beers I've had. Nothing I would drink everyday but one of the best "tick" beers out there. Give it a try as I dont think you'll have anything similar.

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Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Churchkey DC on draft poured into a tulip

A-Pours a clear golden hue with a finger and half of off white head.

S-Strong, nearly overwhelming, smells of sage, rosemary and thyme with a background of Belgian yeast and lemon pepper.

T-All the herbs, lemon pepper and yeast blend beautifully into a flavor unique from anything I've tasted before.

M-Dry and light allowing the herbs to shine before a lovely crisp finish.

O-Very unique Saison and would definitely recommend to fans of the style looking for something different.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to tulip the beer arrives a brilliant golden color, fairly opaque in nature, with a decent 1.5 finger white head, good retention and lacing. Fairly translucent. The nose is an aggressive blend of peppery lemon, yeast, and herbs. Similarly the flavor is a punch of lemony pepper, yeast and then an abundance of sage, allspice, rosemary spice. Different, aggressive but not overly so. Mildy bitter and fairly clean. Not much hop character. Finishes a bit thin in nature with a lingering herb flavor. Overall, glad to have tried it. Might go well with a rosemary lemon pepper chicken? I enjoyed it but likely won't be back.

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Extremely blonde in color presenting a clear gorgeous body that resembles a pilsner/lager

S: The nose is moderately aromatic pushing forth the sage and thyme. Decent nose, more unusual but interesting    

T: This saison has been my favorite ever since it was released the first time awhile back. The sage and rosemary are phenomenal will light citrus pulling through at the end

M: A great offering that is dry and bursting with flavor

O: I fell in love with this beer when it first came and i am so amped it came out again. Easily my favorite Saison. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of mltobin
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle picked up in Westchester NY.

Appearance is a light gold, with a white head, fairly frothy. It has a nose which contains yeast, sugar, hay, sage and other herbs. Taking a sip of this saison and I taste rustic style bread, citrus and some soap. It has a mouthfeel which is medium, rather dry in the finish. A fairly sweet aspect to the finish as well. All in all, a solid saison, which I am happy to see has hit the shelves again.

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Photo of rawfish
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vigorous pour nets a out of control head of 3 fingers that keeps growing above the top of my globe. Hazy golden body. Decent retention forms a whipped dome that leaves small speckled lacing on the glass.

Very bready with a floral rosemary herbal scent, sage and thyme play second fiddle. Finishes with more bouquet of fresh flowers and a peppery note.

Very grainy malts with a low amount of herbaceous rosemary and thyme. Turns citric with lemon grass and citrus pith, puckering note before it ends bitter and a tad soapy with parsley.

Dries pretty well, average body and carbonation. Tad soapy and appropriate.

A bit hoppier than the other versions of this beer but it seems to sacrifice some of the herbal notes that make it so unique. Lemon citrus and bitterness are welcome addition.

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Photo of GeorgieBoy
1.97/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

'BUFF' resembles the oranges & clementines (in color) of the region from which it hails, sunny southern California. Following the pour into tulip this beer takes on a flecked, speckled, textured appearance due to the settling of yeast. The head doesn't have the volume of a true European saison but its collapse duplicates this brew's inspiration perfectly.

I literally have not even finished removing the bottecap before a sweet citrus aroma wafts its way up to my nostrils. Surprisingly my Saison du BUFF seems much more sweet than savory, despite the bottle's warning. More surprising is the lack of my beloved mold, straw, and yeast aromas.

Tart, tangerine, citrus, and artificial cherry. Herbs move all around the palate. Bitter finish that's nearly redeemed by dried fruit until chalkiness chases it away.

Crisp off the sip. Washes over tongue & palate carefree and uncontrolled until its pointed finish.

Not up to snuff on this collaboration, although I’ve heard Dogfish Head’s BUFF is well put together. As disappointed as a true saison lover may be you have to appreciate Stone, Victory, and Dogfish Head for daring to risk their street cred and assuming the costs of such an undertaking.

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Photo of Philousa
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-opaque bright gold with a decent amount of head. This is much more clear and has a smaller amount of foam than most other Saisons I've had. The aroma is, in a word, bright. Lemon, pepper, and pungent yeast with some parsley. I get more of the herbs through the nose and they really come through as it warms. Bright lemon zest, pepper, allspice, parsley, and sage flavors turn bitter with green hops and some rosemary. This has a cleaner taste than most Saisons. They are really trying to highlight the herbs and downplay the yeast. Balanced, but on the tart side (yeast finally comes through in the aftertaste). Thinnish, very drinkable.

This is one different Saison. It seems to me that most other brewers try to highlight the yeast in their Saison, but this one really pulls it back to showcase the herbs. I could get nearly all the herbs in the nose, but I'm wondering if I'd have tasted them if I hadn't read the bottle. It's funny, that power of suggestion. Regardless, this is a very drinkable, delightful beer that I'd like to see in bombers. It's commendable that the brewers took one of my favorite styles and did something different, yet it still fits the style.

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Photo of Duff27
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Huge three-inch white head on a hazy golden/light orange body. Tons and tons of fast moving effervescence. Awesome head retention and above average lacing.

S- Faint bananas and cloves, reminiscent of a hefe.

T- Yeasty. Slight funk. I am not trained enough to know the nuances of parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme so I will just say "some spices present."...especially once it warms a bit. Hops take a back seat.

M- Light on the palate, well carbonated. Dry finish.

D/O- Not the worst saison I've ever experienced but nowhere near the best. Not worth the $4.49 price tag on this 12oz. bottle. Pass, if only due to the price.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Light yellow straw color. Very clear. Two finger fluffy bright white head with amazing retention and lacing.

S: Very yeasty with a slight funk and a touch of a marijuana aroma. Light fruity hops, apples and oranges. As it warms a lot more herbs come through, including sage and rosemary. Very complex and inviting aroma.

T: A light fruit upfront. The herbs and spices come through big. Huge amounts of sage. Rosemary, thyme, and cloves. Some peppery spiciness. A light bitterness. Touches of funk. Again very complex. A bit much on the herbs.

M: Light bodied. Medium high carbonation. Very crisp. Super dry finish.

O: An awesome Saison. Only flaw is the sage dominates a tad to much. This is a must try Saison IMO.

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Photo of OldPenguinHunter
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this out of it's 12oz. bottle. I saw that Stone and others collaborated to brew a saison, I had to give this a try...How can Stone make a saison that is not over-hopped? Well you just add herbs obviously.
A:Nice golden body, poured with a quickly dissipating head
S: very grassy, perfumy, and slightly funky-like grandma.
T: Bitter and saison-y all at the same time. I am very confused, and I like it. This is not a traditional saison, but the practices in making the beer are non-traditional to begin with so... the use of herbs replacing the hops, just like in the old days, but this is intensly different than I thought it might have been back in the good ol' days. but nice all at the same time.
M: Dry, good metabolized nmalt profile.
O: Again, this is not a standard saison, but it is a good beer. Draw the line where you will. I like the beer, therefore I will give it a good score, but it is definetly one-off of a true saison.

Sage rocks. I almost want to have this with cast ironed-skilleted pork chops with apples and sage.

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Photo of buzzardman
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've now had a few different saison beers and I can see why they almost went extinct in the beer world. The taste of these beers is not something I look for in a beer at all. I'm also just not a fan of spices of any kind in beer, leave that to chefs and bakers. this beer was interesting to try but I would never buy it again. they only reason I tried it was because it's a colab between the bigger micro breweries.

the taste is heavy on rosemary and maybe some other spices which give it an almost food flavor not fun to drink. it poured a nice golden yellow color with a decent two finger head. it held carbonation well and felt dry to the mouth.

i love tgat brewers are experimenting with beers but this should not be sold to the public. it should just be made available as an experimental beer maybe at the breweries themselves. I think I'm done with saison beer in general.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pure golden yellow, with a creamy two fingers of head leaving thick curtains in its wake. Wow, the nose hits you straight away with its bouqet garni - strong coriander seed right away, wild fennel (strong licorice scent that you would smell when hiking in the bay area) along with a wet earthiness as well, nothing like i have spelled before - very intriguing though not necessarily what i want from a beer. Also there is a layered hint of belgian yeast spice as well. The mouth brings all the herbs together which is impressive to taste all the flavors thats its made with though to me thats not a good thing as im not the biggest herb fan in the world. Coriander sings first, with sage coming in right behind it holding till the end - with a wisp of rosemary showing itself in the middle. The finish is good and refreshing and somewhat cleans up the herbage on the finish. A well made beer though not my taste whatsoever.

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Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the collaboration between Stone, Victory, and Dogfish. Purchased at Belmont Station in Portland.
Abundant head. Nice crisp taste. Flavorful. Complete.
Mouthfeel very clean. The perfect beer to quench in the hotel room after a day of wine tasting.
Note: to the purists who don't like reviews that don't live up to their standards, stuff it. :)

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found on close out at Market of Choice (hahahaha!!!) bought just because of the amazing breweries listed. Was slightly worried about ingredients though...

Poured a decent straw hue, average head fades into really nice lace. Good carbonation.

Smells brilliantly of herbs, hops, and faintly of citrus, malts, and hops. Inviting aromas, just mostly overshadowed by the herbaceous notes. Not too much saison aromatics though...

Flavors focus on the herbs with a definite presence of EACH of the herbs (which is nice!) You can actually taste thyme, rosemary, and sage... though you have to really imagine the parsley... but it's there too. Citrus and hops frame everything nicely. A little funky heft there from the saison yeast.

Medium weight, well integrated alcohol, nice balance. Medium length finish with nice grip, and wonderful nuance.

Overall a great beer with an amazing list of odd ingredients which seem to work very well together. I loved it and am looking forward to this and further releases.

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Photo of Derek
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw witha light haze, big bubbly head, good retention, light lace.

S: Very floral, plenty of citrus rind, herbal, pineapple, mango, hints of phenolic spicing.

T: Grapefruit rind, pine, pappaya, wheaty biscuit, herbal, solid bitterness, subtle alcohol.

M: Moderate body is very crisp with only hints of acidity.

D: A good drinker and well-crafted. Plenty of depth, but nothing is the least bit overwhelming. It doesn't come off as a kitchen sink brew either, it works.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.51/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On Tap

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

Clear goldenrod and yellow with a thin white crown. Spotted lacing down the glass.

A strange, herbal aroma consisting of spicy pepper and rosemary (and thyme?) along with some alcohol presence. This is very strange right off the bat, and nothing at all like I was expecting--even with zero expectations! There's some hop/citrus aromas, but they're not the highlight or standing out.

Strangely herbal flavor dominated by rosemary, thyme, ?garlic?, and a high level of bitterness and some alcohol sting. Nothing marries here particularly well, and doesn't make for an enjoyable drinking experience.

Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

Perhaps my least favorite beer from Stone. I did not like this, though it was more of an interesting experience/experiment, than it was a bad beer.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Russian River glass on 8/24/11.

Pours a hazy hey color with 2 fingers of huge frothy white head that dissipates leaving little lacing on the glass. I would liked to have a little more darker honey tints to the beer and some more head retention but its still a fine looking beer.

Smells of bready malts with a hint of citrus and tons of spices including sage, and rosemary. Great smelling beer for a summer brew. The herbs were a little over the top and I think should have taken a little more of a back seat to the way it came out, with more of the bready and citrus notes up front.

Taste is refreshing but again the herbal flavors really overtook the citrus and bready malt flavors that I like in saisons. I would score it higher if it had been more balanced.

Mouthfeel is litwe with a nice tingle that dances across your tongue.

Overall this is a decent beer and one of those beer that is better then its individual parts.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At acre from their total tap takeover. Stone Rep Aaron pulled out a bottle for us. Has been aged since it came out

A-nice crispy yellow. could be orange. was kind of hard to tell.

S-nice herbal smell. it is still there after all of this time. Impressive

T-Nice amount of herbally zest. very crisp finnish. Wasn't expecting it to be so clean and crisp after the aging...

M-medium body and crisp

O-Amazing how well this has held up over time. Bravo

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Photo of rickdiaz
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy, straw color pale gold with a huge white head.
S - Getting lots of lemons and herbs from this, obviously parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Still, very interesting and one-of-a-kind.
T - More lemons and herbs. The herbs do an amazing job of showing themselves at different times as the beer warms. At fist I get mostly rosemary, sticky and resinous. Then it's the thyme, followed with the sage and then the italian parsley. Very interesting beer!
M - Very crisp and dry, with a medium-light body and high carbonation. Very refreshing, an it pairs so well with foods such as chicken parmesean.
D - Very drinkable. One of the most unique and amazing beers I've ever had! Great credit goes to the 3 brewers!!!

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Photo of rmolledo
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy straw. Low lacing. Decent head.
S: fresh herbs. Amazing. Nothing like it. Spicy.
T: fresh herbs. Spicy yeast character. Good malty
Backbone. Dry finish.
MF: high carbonation. Light body. Dry finish. Lingering taste.
O: better than I anticipated. Unique. Would go great with pizza

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Photo of gpogo
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light golden body slightly hazed with a bit of yeast particulate. Hge white head and a nice stream of carbonation bubbles.

A- Spiciness, ginger? Yeasty spicy aroma. Lemon funk.

T- Wow. Sage flavor, less ginger than I smelled. Very similar to the aroma. Herbal flavors. Light pale malt flavor. Finishes a bit bitter on the tongue, with a light funk, and pepper.

M- Smooth medium body. Very refreshing carbonation.

D- Not what I expected at all, better! The aroma and flavor are so complex, but incredibly refreshing. I just hope I can hunt down another bottle. This is the first beer to really excite me in a while.

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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.