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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

513 Reviews
THE BROS
80
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Reviews: 513
Hads: 1,194
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 47
Gots: 58 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 brew3crew
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +10.2%
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 +9.1%
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 +13.8%
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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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.87/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured all head at first, white and slow to drop. There's an immediate strong hoppy smell like a strong IPA. Body is a hazy yellow. Tasty is both hoppy and herby and considering it has a spice cabinet of parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme in it no wonder. Finish is too bitter. I'm not sure where they get off calling this a saison because the flavor isn't really from the yeast or malt so much as the spices and although other saison's might have zest or peppery spicing they don't go down the savory route like this example. Saisons are supposed to be refreshing beers brewed for farm hands whereas this is more of a savory broth I'd target to the autumn.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy bright golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head hangs around forever leaving behind lots of lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of lemon, yeast, malt, and spices. There is a good amount of funk mixed in there too.

T - Starts off with some lemon peel and yeast flavors with the spice flavor starting off in the background. Through the middle, the spices kick it up a notch and take over a bit. The beer finishes with lots of yeast and lemon flavors and some of the spice flavor that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Feels smooth and crisp. The beer is pretty dry and the yeasty dry finish feels really great.

D - Very drinkable. The spice addition to the Saison style makes for a pretty solid beer. Maybe not a traditional Saison, but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Tasted in mid-August 2010 from bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours clear golden with a fluffy white head that retains good lace. Nose has that signature saison dustiness and hint of sweetness with the added element of sage strongly hitting the nose. The palate has a nice bread flavor with some bittering hops, and then moving to that hard to miss sage flavor. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long finish dominated by sage.

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Photo of FARGO619
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the fridge and poured into my blown flute stone IPA glass. Chilled from 40f warmed to 55f in a room temperater ware.

12 ounce bottle.
A - hazy orange with a big foamy head.
S - smells like fresh earthy herbs. Piney.
T - Great spicey notes with some hop character that just hits the nose. Gotta' love it.
M - light and fizzy.
D - very drinkable. Such a great summer beer.

Shared with the wife after work on a Saturday night.

Serving type: bottle

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

12 oz bottle from Ned's. I think it was like 5 bucks, the most expensive of the three.

Appearance: Clear, bright yellow orange. Very nice white, rocky head with average retention for a saison.

Smell: Clean, sweet smelling pale malt, hint of lemon, and a little juicy fruit gum. Smells herbal, but more in a herbal hops way and less from added herbs.

Taste: Good balance of sweet and bitter flavors. Fruity and herbal with herbaceous and lemony hops bitterness. This one is the least herb-tasting of the three. Finish is sweet and slightly phenolic.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and crisp with a nice dry finish.

Overall: This is a good, but not the most interesting saison. The herbs dont intrude in this one like in the other two. I like it fine.

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Photo of PEIhop
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured an unexpectedly hazy, cloudy golden straw color. There is ample carbonation and an extremely frothy head that quickly disappears.

S - Lemon dominates the aroma with an herbal backing (cant decipher the herbs)

T - Taste mirrors the smell. Lemony-citrus notes explode, but quickly leave allowing a grassy earthiness to finish the taste.

M - Medium-bodied. The carbonation is very nice as it gently pierces your tongue.

D - Very nice interpretation of a Saison. Very glad I got to try this collaboration between three amazing craft breweries. However, the intensity of the lemon notes and its one dimensionality have me longing for a Belgian saison/farmhouse....Fantome..mmm.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.74/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

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Photo of calcio360jrd
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge saison fan but I like all 3 breweries that collao for this, so I gave this a try.

Extremely foamy head that stayed for the entire beer. Herbaceous smell to this one, but the taste didn't do the smell justice. I expected more herbs in the flavor, pretty subdued overall flavor.

This will probably be the last saison I drink, but hey, I gave it a try!

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Photo of beagle75
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with over two fingers of off-white foam that diminishes to a persistent pad rising up one side of the glass. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Lemony sage dominates the smell, not leaving much room for anything else, other than a medicinal edge of menthol.

T: Begins off-dry, with bright under-ripe stone fruit and zest of Eureka lemon. Pale malt is light and delicate, while aromatic herbs and hops add a savory vegetal contrast. Acidity is restrained, integrated with other flavors very well. Drying cracker develops in the middle as herbs gently fade further into the background. The finish is mildly bitter, clean, and peppery, with no suggestion of other typical Belgian yeast flavors detected.

M: Medium viscosity, silky smooth on the palate to the point of being titillating, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: The first sip of this beer is a doozy--the smell does it no favors--but if the drinker can allow their palate to acclimate, then it may become a thoroughly different and enjoyable take on the saison style. Aside from the unconventional qualities developed by the herbal amendments, this beer is remarkably clean--so much so that one would not immediately believe that Belgian yeast was responsible for its fermentation. I liked this beer much more one year on than when it was young. Better late than never, if it took that long to become acclimated to (or accepting of.)

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. into snifter.
A: A bright golden haze on the body, with a big fluffy white head. good retention and lacing.

S: The aroma is clear that there is rich rosemary and other herbal delights in this beer. The medium intensity aroma also shows a nice level of hops.

T/M: High levels of carbonation in the mouthfeel, with a zing of sage. The mellow smoothness of hops finishes this beer off very nicely.

O: Overall a nice take at the style and maybe a bit better than the or examples.

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Photo of korguy123
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 3/16/2011
Into DFH signature glass.

A- Super hazy peach colored pour, booming four finger soapy white head billowing over the top.

S- Typical saison smells, lemon zest, belgian spices, fresh yeast notes, rosemary and sage sticking out the most. Very refreshing smelling.

T- Typical saison citrus notes, bready yeast tones adds a nice zing. Spices add a nice dryness to it. Lemon zest and a pepper like spice to balance everything out.

M- Thin to medium bodied. Refreshing and perfect carbonation.

O- Excellent experience, very refreshing and enjoyable. Can't wait to try the other two.

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Photo of pburland23
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Harpoon IPA glass.

Beer pours a hazy light orange color paired with an towering explosion of effervescent bright white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell is herbaceous and spicy. None of the four herbs stand out individually to me, but there is a decided herbal note to the aroma. Additionally, I'm getting black pepper and a touch of hops bitterness.

Taste comes off more citrusy than I was expecting. Lemon zest stood out, but I also again picked up the herbiness of the parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. But, as with the aroma, none of the herbs stands out in the flavor. Probably a good thing that there is a consistent balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a touch on the oily side. Carbonation is consistent and appropriate.

Overall, an interesting take on the saison. Not exactly what I'm looking for when I go in search of a saison, but interesting nonetheless. I also have the Victory version lined up for this evening as well. I'm looking forward to comparing the two.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a huge white head. The aroma is full of Belgian yeast, lemons/oranges and some pepper. The flavor is more complex and completely different. I get a ton of herb notes in the beer, mainly rosemary and thyme, but possibly some other herbs as well. I also get a lot of wheat, pepper, ginger and yeast notes. While there are a ton of flavors present, something about them doesn't sit quite right with me. The flavor is a little bit of a mess, but still enjoyable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- from the notes
12 ounce bottles
A - hazy orange with a big foamy head.
S - smells like fresh pizza herbs.
T - fantastic spices that just pop in tune with some hops.
M - light and fizzy.
D - very drinkable.

My wife calls this one a pizza beer.
Hey, pizza in a bottle, why not?

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Photo of faernt
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Herbaceous ! I think it's like ouzo...you like it or you don't. I like it. It reminds me of beers from three floyds like rabid rabbit and gumballhead. The herbs are exited by the carbonation and the wheatiness. This is a very good lawn mower beer and I mean that in a good way. It's also a very good food beer. Try it with chicken marinated in Goya Mojo Criollo and slow roasted on the grill.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow with slight tan overtones and a giant foamy head that kept growing and growing, even though I hadn't poured out the entire 12oz bottle yet. Eventually it dissipated enough to start drinking the beer, leaving plenty of lacing behind. Chill haze and a slight cloudiness describe the clarity.

Very peppery and very spicy smell, with some biscuit malt and yeast and plenty of floral aromas, finished by a somewhat lemon rind funk.

Tasted much like the smell, very peppery and funky with no shortage of yeast. Some maltiness is there, along with ample floral and citrus.

Dry and a little on the bitter side for a saison, but still quite enjoyable. Medium body and high carbonation.

Drinks pretty well but this particular hasn't really wow'd me.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours clear orangy/amber and sits with a light haze large head forms about 2 fingers that leaves light lacing.

S- fresh hops, flowers, very light. maybe even mustard?

T- initial bitterness and tart with a clean finish, only to have a lingering bitterness comeback.

M- feels light on the tongue and has moderate carbonation, drinks nicely

O- easy to drink, feels light and would be nice to drink during a cookout. im not too familiar with saisons and am hoping from this type of brew down the road

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 2-11-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured a cloudy lemon color with 2 fingers of foam, good head retention. Carbonation was present

S - Citrus, bready, some malt back bone with decent hop aroma

T/M - Medium to lighter bodied, a touch gritty but smoothed over pretty quick

D - Very easy drinker could have this again. A really well put together collaboration brew.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: Citrus, Floral, Spices, Hops,

taste: thyme, sage, rosemary, spices, floral, hops,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, crisp, refreshing

drinkability: out of all 3 versions this one was the more balanced out of all of them. Each one was a little different from each other.

Cheers,
the CPJ

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Photo of cyrock1
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straw to pale gold.

Smell: Fresh hops out the wazoo, an almost canibus like aroma mixed with herb de Provence.

Taste: Not much malt character. It is dominated by citrus and pine notes.

Mouthfeel: A lingering bitterness in the centrer of the tongue is slightly off putting.

Drinkability: One is enough for me, a little too lopsided.

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Photo of Spider889
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Winking Lizard last year along side the other two incarnations of the beer. This is one of my favorite saisons and I was really happy to drink all three versions side by side to compare.

To save my sanity, I will review these tap versions side by side, and then copy/paste into each respective brewery's page.

DFH:
4, 5, 4.5, 3.5, 4
Easily the most herbal of all three.

This one is the most cloudy with the best head and lace.
The smell is strong with lemongrass, sage, and rosemary. Very distinct and attractive floral qualities. The saision 'yeastiness' is moderate, adding a little twang.

The flavor is again very herbal - rosemary and sage abound. I absolutely adore this beer.

This one has med-high carbonation, but was the most drinkable. My favorite without reserve.

Stone:
3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 4, 3.5

The main differences here are that the beer is much clearer and a slightly lighter shade of gold. It shines well in the light. The head is light and fluffy white. Lace is spotty at best.

The smell begins to deviate more. Hops muddle much of the herbal notes. This creates a softer nose and flavor.

The taste has a lot of noticeable hop character - all earthy, mellow European hops, but this is Stone, and they weren't going to simply duplicate an agreed upon recipe, especially one that wasn't for a IIIPA. I mean, what the hell was DFH and Victory thinking making a non-hop forward saison with herbs in it?!?

On a serious note, the Stone version isn't outright bitter, but the hops overtake the rosemary and lemongrass that hide in the background. This version also tastes maltier, and of a higher abv. All of this leads to a sweeter character, almost honey-like.

I didn't care for this version nearly as much as I did the DFH version.

Victory:
3, 4, 4, 3, 3

This version is the least impressive-looking. Crystal clear, and a very light pale yellow. It had the shortest head and left no lace.

The smell is different from the other two. While the herbal characters are present, there is also a sweet sourness to the beer that is totally unique to the Victory brew.

The taste also has the sourness. I was surprised at first, but it is actually oddly pleasant. As it warmed some faint funkiness grew out of the Belgian yeast and all of the sage and rosemary.

I was on the fence on whether I liked this or the Stone version more at first, but when I think of which I would rather have again in the future, I think it would be the Victory.

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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.