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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,160 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,160
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 47
Gots: 50 | 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:
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 

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-05-2010)
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Photo of Brad007
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light-gold color with a large, fluffy head into my pint glass. Great presentation for what it is. Certainly looks the part of a saison.

Aroma is full of herbs with a strong amount of sage followed by rosemary and parsley. Certainly fits the description and a very interesting way to brew a saison. There's also the subtle spice from the yeast to add to it.

Taste is full of lemon/citrus, sage and parsley upfront. Very interesting combination and literally puts the herb and spice into a belgian style. Easy to drink and a good dose of hops upfront that are just right.

Mouthfeel is a bath of lingering herbs, citrus and spice from the yeast. Somewhat dry but not overly complex.

An excellent collaboration beer between all three breweries. It showcases the strengths of each brewery and I believe it's the first time I've seen a DFH/Stone collaboration as well. Both breweries are known for pushing the limits of beer and combined with Victory, certainly push the saison style to something with more character.

Brad007, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, happily cheaper than the previous Stone collaboration, only $4 or so this time. As usual Stone found kick-ass partners, in this case Victory and Dogfish Head.

The beer is hazy and deep golden-orange colored, thin foam that laces in sheets, lots of small nano-floaties. On first whiff this doesn't seem like a saison, it seems more IPA-ish. Loads of citrus, oranges and guava, also some herbs (parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme). I'd almost think there's honey in there too, it's got that sweet aroma like Barbar or Hopslam.

The beer tastes good but nowhere near as good as the nose. The spices come through pretty strong, especially in the aftertaste. But beneath that is a nice IPA flavor that reminds me a little of Alpine Duet. That's high praise, if only there was a little less herb in there.

Maybe my favorite collaboration yet, looking forward to the next one. Stone keeps pushing boundaries, sometimes it works and sometimes it's weird.

TurdFurgison, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of czechsaaz
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

very spicy aroma. I think I'm getting grains of paradise, black pepper and maybe some licorice/anise. Mixed in are honey malt aroma's and just a hint of Belgian yeast farmhouse funk.

Golden colored and a little cloudy with a rocky white head that is fed by a lot of rising carbonation bubbles. The head leaves some lacing.

Flavor starts out a little tart, like citrus but not the same citrus I associate with hops. The malt is sweet and candi sugar. Yeast effect, lots of them. Probably what really makes this kick. There's an earthy flavor and a bread yeast and lots of spice. Maybe the spice is added but I still get Anise and a light pepper flavor.

Medium bodied but kind of aggressive carbonation. The carb. gives it a bite that seems a little rough.

Overall a really unique Belgian-style beer. With saison being kind of a catch-all interpretive style, this one stands apart from many Belgian inspired beers. This would be a good one to pair with spicy food or a vegetable course.

czechsaaz, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
2.42/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A darkish yellow color that popped up a small white head. Looks somewhat carbonated.

S - Odd kind of peppery smell, strange collaboration of spice. Little yeasty with some earth tones. It smells kind of like a spiced mess.

T - I think whoever initially entered this beer on the site mis-classified it. It is not a saison. It's also not particularly good. Just a cluster%^#* of strange spice and tastes all jumbled together. Yeasty, with some herb and pepper, little phenol, kind of a sweet bite for a split second that fades into a skunky grass finish. Bizzare.

M - Light bodied, lots of carbonation, a very effervesent brew.

D - Just don't really like this enough to call it very drinkable.

AgentZero, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
2.13/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. First of all no way is this a saison. Its more like a terrible collaboration where each brewery took one of their beers and they just mixed them together....Gold with a light tan head, nothing in appearance of note...This goes downhill in the aroma, super herbal, horrendous spice, almost smells like a cactus or aloe lotion. Taste sucks equally, all oily sticky aloe cactus. Might was well cut open a cactus and suck it. Feel is ok, but if you can drink a whole bottle of this sober, you're quite a person.

jrallen34, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of parris
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow-copper with a 1/2 inch white head. Mild carbonation.

Minty, malty aroma. Strong notes of star anise.

Nice peppery flavor. Undertones of orange and/or corriander. Very smooth.

Foamy mouthfeel, a bit astringent.

Very drinkable, filling, but refreshing.

parris, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of chcfan
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into Mad Elf snifter. Looks like glassware isn't too specific for saisons, so I went with an old trusty one.

Big, billowing, white head that is partly due to the glass (just about any beer gets a big head to start with a vigorous pour into this glass) but also the beer itself and the bottle conditioning. Lots of lacing and the head sticks around fairly well.

I'm not an expert on all of these spices, but they are a big part of the nose of the "buff".

The flavor of the spices is most prominent at the end of the taste. There is a little bit of hop flavor, and this has the dryness that you expect from a saison.

This is a very interesting beer, but I kind of think of Saisons as a kind of beer that you can have a couple of on a warm day, and I don't find that quality in this beer because of the overpowering spice flavor.

chcfan, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at T Brendan O'reilly's served in a standard pint.

A - Beautiful golden shade w/ great clarity and a thick sudsy cap of white. The head retains well and the bead is fine. Visible carbonation is noted and the lace clings in a film

S - The smell is aromatic - plenty of herbal notes especially rosemary in the nose and mild pear in the yeast esters w/ spiced notes and mild earthiness present

M - The feel is good, moderate body w/ slight resinous texture and moderate bitterness w/ a mild alcohol presence and long dry finish

T - the taste is toasted with mild herbal flavors and sweet grain w/ mild dry yeastiness and subtle resinous pine accent to the flavor. The malt gives a nice backdrop with a bit of spice and earthiness from the yeast while the majority of the flavor comes from the rosemary there is mild floral and sweet herbal elements in there too

D - The saison hit its mark IMO, a very drinkable beer with lots of herbal flavor, yet this would not be something your average saison would be turned off by. I recommend it as it was pretty easy to quaff and overall well-balanced.

Slatetank, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saison Du BUFF is light, sparkly, natural, and refreshing.

It poured light straw with a short fleeting white head that left thin but strong sticky rings. The smell was very subtle and nice with touches of natural minty lemon. The flavor was citric and lemony with a lingering metallic aftertaste, much like grapefruit rind. The feel was very bubbly with a bitter finish.

I prefer beer with more body, but The light sparkly feel of Saison Du BUFF, coupled with the subtle natural flavor, make it a refreshing hot weather beer.

MetalHopHead6, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of portia99
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a beautiful clear straw golden color with 2 fingers of whipped creamy thick foam with excellent staying power. Nice spider webby lacing left behind.

S - Black pepper and clove jump out at me up front. Citrusy oranges and lemons. A bit flowery. As for the spices, I am definitely getting some rosemary and thyme. Parsley...not so much - maybe a bit grassy like, but that is a stretch. Not getting any sage either. Overall, a very good smelling saison...can't wait to taste it.

T - Spices take over here, but in a good way. The rosemary and thyme are right up front and not at all bashful. Citrus, grassy, herbal flavors all around. A nice bitter bite to complement. Very tasty after mowing the lawn.

M - Light in body with a high carbonation level. Crisp and refreshing with a non stop herbal, coolish feel on the tongue and wafting up into the nose on every breath. Very refreshing...liking the herbal sensations and aromatics a lot.

D - Didn't come into this with extremely high expectations, but I am very pleasantly surprised. Love the saison style in general and the fairly unique herbal flavors in here add some nice complexity and interesting overall effect. Like the cool feeling, spicy and grassy flavors. Glad I grabbed a few of these.

portia99, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of GregPearson33
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is dark straw with a foamy head of loose bubbles that hung on for a good while before receding to the edges leaving great lacing as they went. Looks light, and refreshing. 4.0

Smells quintessentially Saison, with nice floral (maybe some parsely) and lemony notes atop sweet breadiness. I'm suriprised that I just don't pick up on the herbs as much as I thought I would - I mean, Rosemary, that's pretty hard to miss. 4.0

Well carbonated and light mouthfeel, very drinkable. 4.5

Right away you're hit with the citrusy esters ubiquitous with a Saison but the signature herbs of this brew come on fast. I'd call it Herbs de Provence combined with a beer, but surprisingly well balanced; overall it tastes "green". My main critique would be that it's dry and the herbal mouth coating lingers in a not particularly pleasant way. 3.5

Bottom line, with a juicy Margaharita pizza on a hot summer day, fantastic beer. I think you just have to be in the right mood/place for it though. As a stand-alone on any given night, definitely wouldn't qualify as a go-to. Props for what they did here though. B+

GregPearson33, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of timtim
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

woah! weird beer, but i guess they meant to create something avant guarde... it's hard to rate because for a saison, it is completely out of the box. interesting. kind of awesome. not what i was expecting. of course. burnt gold with an off-white head that holds well and leaves tons of lace. very pretty. earth (dirt) and herbs hit me first in the nose, followed by lots of lemony, grapefruity, orangey hops that are boosted by a sweet malt, and maybe some salt and pepper in the background. taste is bitter sweet herb hop with a bitter finish that sings with pepper and lemon basil. like drinking a sweet, hoppy ipa in the garden and a little dirt and some of your cooking herbs got in the glass. well-balanced though and ti seems to kind of work. here's where it gets tough to review... mouthfeel. i like my saisons much, much, much more well-attenuated. i want them dry and crisp (it does come off pretty dry in the end, but there is sweet all over the place in this beer and the slickness of the mouthfeel is easy to misperceive as sweetness or fullness), and i want the herbs and spices (if there are any) to be subtle and mysterious. not muddy... mysterious (think fantome). the psr&t do play with the other ingredients in du buff, and they do help to amplify the desirable flavors, so this is kind of cool, they just stand out a little too much in their own little corner. mouthfeel is a little too full for me and carbonation is too low, although i guess the really old saisons were more lightly carbonated, so who knows?... easy to drink. lots of fun food pairing options here. old-school saisons are in and hopped up belgian style beers are cliche. come on guys! what happened to being ahead of the curve?

timtim, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of simpliciter
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - gold with a thin head (not sure how long it sat after the pour, though)
S - smoked oysters, citrus / green herbs (literally -- parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme)
T - salty and smokey with grapefruit in the finish. pilsener and wheat malts dry hopped with Citra (best known in Sierra Nevada Torpedo?)
M - light but balanced
D - limited by the smokeyness

Stone's most complex offering to date. will be interesting to compare to the same brew created at DFH and Victory

simpliciter, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Poured a beautiful vibrant yellow with explosive carbonation and a bubbly white frothy head (about 1 finger thick). Lacing was a bit slippery, but held the glass a bit as I drank the glass.

S - Fantastic smell. Citrus all the way. Really gives me that farm fresh feeling. Wheaty, banana, clove...all the usual suspects with a nice sweet smell. As it warmed, it got a bit funky and sweaty smelling which I wasn't too wild about. Started out smelling great though, but the warmth actually made it smell a little gross so I'll grade it right in the middle.

T - Flavor follows the nose, but definitely more bitter and hoppy than the nose leads you to believe. I'd prefer a little bit less on the hops for this style. Not bad for a beer, but for a saison, I like more sweetness and less bitterness. Almost more like a hoppy pale ale crossed with a saison.

M - Nicely balanced, good carbonation, slightly bitter aftertaste.

D - Not my favorite saison, but a fun one to try. I love the concept of these collaborations, but usually I find that the sum of the parts isn't as good as the parts themselves...seems more like a marketing and community thing than about making a great drinkable beer. Not something that you'd drink a few of, but more of something that you'd want to just give a shot to.

cosmicevan, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow/golden rod color that produced a good white head with some good retention. Left tons of lacing behind.

(S)- Wow, big burst of resin-like pine and rosemary with a twist of lemon and biscuit. Very different, but interesting. All that rosemary creates a very festive character.

(T)- Same as the smell. A huge pine needle and rosemary profile with a twist of lemon.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Has a very sharp bite to it with such a strong pine & rosemary character to it. It does grow on me the more I have of it.

(D)- An interesting take on the style with the addition of all the spices. Reminds me more of an IPA than a Saison however. Still, its good, but not really fitting the style in my opinion. Yes it has the spice, but not the funk or bigger fruits.

sweemzander, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden color with a great fluffy white heading. Globbage all over the glass.Very alive looking in the glass with bubbles slowly drifting upwards the whole time.

As I popped the cap. Sage has immediately invaded the nose. As I poured it into the glass I get the same thing a shit load of sage. While it settles to a comfortable room temperature. Yes it is sage all over the place. A little bit of fruity sweetness pops it' head through, with a decent yeasty funk. All wrapped up by a heavy bittering hoppiness.

Taste is amazing.I have never tasted a saison with as much a hop blast as this one. Call it out of character or whatever but I like this heavy dosage of piney,citric,and floral hop oiliness. IT does have a very medicinal , earthiness to it but is simply no match for the crazy hoppiness.

Mouth is light - medium bodied. Citric mouthfeel which does tingle the tastebuds and leave you wanting more. Excellent retetntion and carbonation.

Damn this is one hoppy beer. It is an excellent taster but I don't think I could enjoy anymore than a couple on a hot summer day.

TheFightfan1, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, served in a Stone Levitation glass

A - pours with a hefty amount of loose pillowy white foam, eventually falls to a floating mound leaving spotty lacing all over the glass. the beer is gold in color, with some suspended sediment.

S - interesting, picking up a lot of minty herbs, sage, black pepper, thyme, some basil, and grassy hops. mint can be overpowering at times.

T - starts off with some assertive grassy and piney hops, joined by fresh herbs: rosemary, mint, white peppercorns, sage... turns a bit lemony towards the end, and finishes with some lingering piney bitterness. quite unique.

M - thinnish body with some sharp cutting carbonation which plays nicely with the herbal flavors. a little slick going down, finishes very dry with some lingering herbs and hops.

D - one of the most unique beers ive ever had. drinkability takes a hit because of the at times overwhelming herbal flavors, but this isnt a bad beer. would be paired nicely with a myriad of food, from spicy thai to fresh salads.

Stigs, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of GoalieRon33
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Yellowish with an orange tint. White head that dissipated quickly.

S- Hoppy, citrusy, delicious. Somewhat sweet, with a bit of breadiness.

T- Very unlike saison type beer. Rosemary, Thyme, and other spices shine through. Hoppy bite, which is somewhat awkward for a saison.

M- Somewhat full bodied, with a lack of carbonation. smooth.

D- Easy to drink. A little spicy/hoppy, but nice.

GoalieRon33, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of Naugros
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a music geek, I had to listen to Simon & Garfunkel singing Scarborough Fair while tasting this.

Very pale orange and very clear without much of a head. What does rise falls back quickly, but the cap of foam remains leaving only streamers of lace behind that slide back into the brew.

If this is a saison then it is one with the American penchant for aggressive hopping. A strong smell of citrusy hops usually puts me off in styles other than pale ales and IPAs, but this time is different. The hops dance with the spices in the beer and the result is wonderful. The woody rosemary makes itself known but the rest combine with the hops to give a peppery or clove-like sensation.

The taste is almost as good as the smell, but the dance is not as synchronized. The hops dominate with citrus notes on the tongue, leaving its dancing partners to stand to the side, snapping their fingers to the beat, pretending to be part of the routine, but knowing that the choreographer's pet has relegated them to the fringe of the spotlight. But as the beer warms, the sage does a solo tap dance on your palate. And then, after one burp, the rosemary returns as if trying to upstage the star at the curtain call. Tasting parsley isn't easy when eaten alone and the thyme has trouble shining through, but the whole troupe work well together despite the seeming chaos.

All the herbs do lend an astringency to the beer that is easily ignored, but still present. You'd spend a lot of time trying to figure out what is in the beer if you hadn't read the bottle, which was annoying since you kept having to roll it back and forth along the y-axis to finish it and felt whoozy before your first sip.

Kudos to BUFF! They have realized their mission of freedom of flavors and made a song into a beer. I would go back to Scarborough Fair and would hope that it was being served on tap.

Naugros, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of tko741
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hay-gold, slightly hazy, showing light carbonation. A pure-white, three-finger head forms with with strong lacing.

Smells of exactly what is listed on the label: definite notes of cooking spice, citrus, slight resinous hops and perhaps a little bit of fresh mint leaf here and there.

Taste is very full, definitely hopped, with strong suggestions of the four spices used in brewing the beer. A malt presence is subtle if present at all, with lingering mint leaf and citrus in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is on par with the saison style, bubbly and alive.

I'd try it again after some bottle aging, which I may have to do once I buy a second one, but I wouldn't really order this again just because of the very un-beer taste of it.

tko741, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a schlitz mug.

Pours a slightly hazy wheaty yellow with a small sticky white head. Nose is fantastic, spicy, herbal and fruity with all these crazy spices, quite a nice combination! I guess Simon & garfunkel were right!

Taste is as good as the nose, very interesting, the finish is all spices. Really something totally different and it's hard to explain but a great job from the guys at stone, victory and dfh! Keep um coming!

kingcrowing, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

akorsak, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of thisisxxmyIPA
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a small bright white head with HUGE bubbles. Very high carbonation, a golden color with amber highlights. Fairly clear with just a tiny bit of haze.

S - Beautiful Belgian yeast scents are the backbone of the scent, with fruity notes. The parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme lay heavily on top of the aroma. Honestly, I'm not sure which one is most dominant, but it smells out of this world and just a tad farmhousey. WOW.

T - Holy crap... who knew that these classic spices could work so well with the farmhouse aspects of a saison. Malty, farmhousey, and a GIANT spicy flavor. Some citrus notes on the background getting a small sweet cherry flavor as well. This is absolutely amazing. Not for everyone, definitely. But, for those who enjoy the style - you HAVE TO try this!

M - The high carbonation is perfect for the style.

D - Because of the extreme spice notes it has to be drank a bit slow. But overall - I am blown away.

thisisxxmyIPA, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of tchenery
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Belgian snifter. Tremendous head and excellent light orange/yellow color. Highly carbonated.

Smell is very spicy. Almost too peppery. It does have floral hop notes but you almost have to sneeze first after the original sniff. It smells like ginger root now, very prevalent ginger root. It's an interesting smell, but it's not an incredibly pleasant smell. It almost smells like the inside of a greenhouse.

Hardcore ginger on the first taste, blending into a grapefruit hop flavor. Very very peppery. I'm not crazy about this. It's almost like they took the definition of a traditional farmhouse ale and put it on steroids. (not an uncommon technique in the 'big beer' world these days) It's a unique flavor but I don't care for it much.

Mouthfeel is dry and too spicy. Also makes for a not incredibly drinkable beer. This is a sipper and one's enough for me.

tchenery, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of nova009
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- golden yellow, hazy appearance, nice foamy white head that retains well

S- hoppy pine scent hits the nose immediately, some pepper notes follow

T- the piny hops are at the forefront, peppery notes, possibly clove as well

M- a medium-thin body, carbonation isn't too bad, would have preferred it be a bit heavier

D- pretty easy to drink, would be a great one to pair with something like lemon chicken

nova009, Jun 18, 2010
Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,160 ratings.