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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,142 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,142
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 48
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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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

1.38/5  rDev -63.6%

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.

06-14-2010 03:53:56 | More by Stinkypuss
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ccrida

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%

Pricey 12 oz. bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Saison Du BUFF is a clear gold with a big, fluffy white head. It's funny that the label specifically makes fun of fizzy yellow beer, when that exactly what this is, at least in appearance. Of course, it is in no other way similar to macro lager. The head is better anyways, rucky on the settle, leaving chucks of foamy lace.

Smell is great, a really nice sweet herbal quality, tons of sage, some rosemary. Tough to find any ester under all that, but it's really nice, perfume like...can't get enough honestly.

Taste is not as sweet as I though it might be from the nose. Definitely herbal, but their integrated enough that I can't really discern them individually, which I appreciate. There some pepperiness that I assume is from the yeast, which is welcome saison character. I'm surprised how much I like this - it sounded like a kitchen sink brew, but they pulled it off well - less is more with herbs, and the obvious freshness of them helps as well.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is very good. Tasty yet quenching, light and smooth. Too bad it's a one off that's overpriced or I'd enjoy these throughout the summer....

06-14-2010 02:29:32 | More by ccrida
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

Which version is this? Had it at City Tap House Sun June 13, 2010.

Healthy looking head. Golden/amber grain color.

Electric hot spice, mint, sage, and prickly, piney hops - aggressive in the nose. Progressively more phenolic as it goes.

Wow! Sage blast the first sip or two, followed by a hard rosemary kick to the throat. Herby. Real interesting. Moderately astringent and sugary. Damn, the herbs are on the offensive! More peppery than any other beer I can recall.

The sting of the herbs and alcohol will rouse you. You will take notice. Mouth and finish crisp and dry. Tongue scrubbed.

Really dig the complex spice/herb character in this brew. Second beer I've had with sage and oh boy it's a welcome addition, especially for a saison style. Hope one of these breweries decides to put this out at least seasonally. Sure it'll go great with grilled chicken and or a spring salad. Well done.

06-14-2010 02:26:20 | More by Bouleboubier
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blackie

California

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Stone version - late April 2010

saison brewed with parsley, thyme, sage, and rosemary; love the last three, but the latter is a personal favorite

a: unibroue tulip, bright and clear golden in color, capped with a nice white head that shows good retention, some lace

s: crisp saison body of clean pils and other light malts; love the herbs - very fresh and each is identifiable individually (parsley is tough) but coming together well as a whole; rosemary tends to be pretty potent, so good work keeping it from taking over; nicely peppery, perhaps part of the rosemary influence or maybe a yeast byproduct; hops kept mild to allow the herbs the spotlight, providing some delicate citrus; the herbs do dominate, but it works out really well

m: carbonation medium-high, lively but not harsh, lighter in body

t: pils malts give a crisp, light body; big herb presence - parsley as expected is the most mild, with lots of rosemary, thyme, and sage in decreasing order; a little yeasty; clean and dry finish with a snappy bitterness and lingering rosemary sap

d: one of the better herbed beers I've had, and extremely drinkable

single from Whole Foods, Vienna, VA - look forward to the last two installments

06-14-2010 02:17:24 | More by blackie
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

Picked up at the Wine Seller in Williamsburg, was surprised to see they had quite a few in stock.

Pours a hazy yellow with a one finger white head that leaves a little lacing.

Nose is very aromatic, some sweet Belgian yeast, rosemary, sage & thyme.

Taste is much like the nose, complex with the sweet belgian yeast, rosemary, thyme, some pepper and a some bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is dry with carbonation on the low side.

This is a very nice siason, very flavorful with a nice nose. While these collaborations are a little pricey, this one is worth trying if you get the chance.

06-14-2010 01:54:34 | More by FLBeerGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured into a tulip glass a hazed light golden with a fluffy white head that left shotty lace as it settled slowly.A nice mix of citrus and overripe pineapple fruitiness, along with white pepper,and slight yeasty phenols.Citrusy on the palate with a bit of yeasty flavors,a sharp spicy white pepper and herb-like note hits in a long finish.A tad sharp in the mouth but I really like this collaberation,it has an American feel to it with its big citric flavors.A nice saison beer even if not true to form.

06-13-2010 20:56:43 | More by oberon
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Zorro

California

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

06-13-2010 18:59:31 | More by Zorro
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Norfawkers

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%

It's unique, I'll put it that way. Either you're going to love this one or hate it.

Appearance: Much like the fizzy yellow beers that the bottle's script seeks to put down; light straw-like with little head

Smell: Herbal spices...smells a lot like focaccia bread

Taste: Very herbal with noticable rosemary and basil

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth

Drinkability: Unique sipping beer; falvorful and garden-like...don't let the appearance fool you

06-13-2010 14:59:14 | More by Norfawkers
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wyattshotmaker

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -26.6%

poured into a tulip, nice clear looking golden color. smells like pasta. very herbal, tomato-y.

rosemary and thyme dominate, parsely finishes it out. really over spiced. i don't want to feel like i'm drinking spaghetti sauce.

mouthfeel is light, drinkability is not good. this beer is way over spiced. i'm okay with spiced beer but this beer pushes the limit.

maybe i have terrible taste but i don't want to feel like im drinking spaghetti sauce in a saison.

06-13-2010 02:38:14 | More by wyattshotmaker
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AleWatcher

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -24%

Pours a slightly darker than straw colored golden. Nice 3 fingers of fluffy white head and excellent retention and lace. Lots of active carbonation rising up from the nucleation point. Looks quite good.

Smells of lemony citrus and italian spices-- almost like a chicken marinade that I would use on the grill. I actually want to use this beer as a marinade now! There is, aside from the spices listed on the bottle, a white pepper and a whole black peppercorn note that I get as well. Not a whole lot of noticeable malts on this one in the nose-- but there is a slight dry spicy malt I get-- perhaps some barley and wheat? Hints of orange peel come creeping in now too. I am not particularly fond of the taste of this beer. I prefer my saisons a little more refreshing. This ends on such an herbal/spice note that it really hurts this beers' overall score in my book.

The mouthfeel is fine. Good carbonation. And I could drink this if it were offered to me... But I won't buy any more of it.
Just not one for me, I guess.

06-13-2010 02:27:39 | More by AleWatcher
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cavedave

New York

4.13/5  rDev +9%

Another super recommend from brother John at HT.

Pours a light yellow, almost straw, not much of an off white head that relaxes to a skim, and finally to nothing.

Smell is full of the promised spices, but they smell almost like kinebud in the aroma. As the beer warms the smell begins to get some nice earthy bitter and funk to it. Nice.

The first sip was a bit too cold. When it warms a bit it is a full flavor that starts with rosemary wrapping around the other S&G spices, ushering in some really nice bitter and funk, hints of pine drying it out. A carpet of spice resin rests on the tongue. I could picture adding some darker malt to this to make a killer winter warmer. Very interesting and complex taste.

Low carb., excellent finish, clean in the mouth, pleasantly viscous. Nice.

Drinkability, rated for style which includes some easy drinking version, suffers. Personally I could drink this all night, I could picture many not wanting to do that.

Impression: Yet another fine American brew which proves we can stand with anyone in the world. If you like the saison style this is a must try.

06-12-2010 23:09:23 | More by cavedave
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rootbeerman

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

poured into duvel tulip

A: pours golden to pale yellow, with a frothy two and a half finger head. head is very long lasting at a finger of thickness., good amount of lacing.
S: smells of stone brewing, parsley, and rosemary is very potent.

T: tastes of dogfish head, this is probably the first saison i have liked, the rosemary is very noticeable, malt and hops earthy. the hops are also lemony. the herbs make for something that seems almost like rosemary chicken without the chicken. there is a bit of plastic/barnyard which is hard to tell if its from all the herbs or the yeast. Very complex and different.
M: lightly coating, carbonation is mild.
D: due to rarity its hard to drink a few, over all its easy, yet not for a new craft drinker.

06-12-2010 04:43:59 | More by rootbeerman
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a very clear hay color with a decent white head and lots of carbonation. Lacing present on the glass as it went down.

Smell of Spices not surprisingly. White pepper, coriander (although it is not in there that I am aware of) mixed spices appropriate for pizza pies.

Taste of strong spices, belgian yeast strain, light pilsner malts, Rosemary and Thyme present in what I can taste. Parsley although faint is also detectable if you know that is what you are tasting. Slightly astringent bite

Medium carbonation, light mouthfeel . This is a good saison, at $4 a bottle, not terribly priced, as I suppose all that travel for this collabo cost some money.

06-12-2010 02:50:46 | More by alpinebryant
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

Thanks to dpuia for sharing several bottles with a small group on 6/7/10.

A - Poured a slightly hazy pale golden liquid with a finger's worth of soapy white foam and a cyclone of carbonation bubbles in the center. Head dissipated, leaving behind trace amounts of spotty lacing.

S - Initial aroma is quite floral with a spicy herbal flair and peppery notes backed by a toasted grainy malt character. Nose is quite aromatic and suggests rose pedals, spruce needles, dried Italian herbs and a hint of citrus fruit.

T - Like the aroma, the floral and herbal characteristics dominate and translate to a fairly bitter flavor overall, especially in the finish, when the tongue is greeted by a sharp herbal hop jab. While there is a slight sweetness present, this is quite a bitter Saison when all is said and done.

M - Dry and bitter but rather light bodied with a hint of syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pretty sharp bitterness on the palate.

D - Quite a bitter little Saison here with a strong herbal hop bite. I especially enjoyed the aroma of this collaboration brew.

06-11-2010 23:05:18 | More by ffejherb
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Seanibus

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

I love this beer - I can taste all three breweries: The big hops of Stone, the precise and clean malt of Victory, and the wild, anarchic flavor of Dogfish Head. This is a very good beer.

Pours clear golden with a huge fluffy head. The aroma is sharp and strong, with musky lemon, pine resin, and rosemary. The flavor is lemony, with rosemary, rose, pine, mint, lavender, vanilla, with a pleasant piny bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth.

06-11-2010 22:00:43 | More by Seanibus
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BeTheBall

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%

Let me start by saying this was one of the most unique and intersting beers I've ever tried. What creativity!
Poured a clear golden color with plenty of carbonation, and a creamy head. Smelled of many herbs, but Rosemary stood out for me. Same with the taste. Very complex and varied with the differetn herbs, each sip can almost taste a little different, depending on which herb your tongue picks up. I found it more interesting with each sip. Mouthfeel was dry, crisp and refreshing. Drinkability? Perhaps one would tire of this after one or two, so a markdown for that.

06-11-2010 19:40:19 | More by BeTheBall
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oregonskibum

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a nice bright golden yellow. Pours with a decent 1 to 1 1/2 inch dense, slightly off-white head. Head slowly dissipates, leavieng some decent lacing.

S: The belgian flavors seem to jump out first, then the herbal qualities of the beer kick in. Definitely get the rosemary strongly. There are some citrus, mainly lemon notes in the smell as well. Interesting.

T: This is strongly herbal on the taste. Taste strikes me as far more complex than the smell. Getting an interesting blend of green flavors like rosemary and parsely with spicier notes like coriander and pepper. There's still a citrus twist. Malts are a little bready. Finish is, hard to describe, but not like a typical beer. Pepper and other herbal notes carry on the finish for several minutes. Not sure if this quite works for me though.

M: Medium body, medium to high carbonation. Beer is lively on the tongue, crisp, and easy to drink.

D: I found this beer very complex and interesting, but at the same time, something I likely won't get again. It's not bad, but the herbal notes are just a little too strong for my liking. And the finish leaves something to be desired.

06-11-2010 19:26:35 | More by oregonskibum
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jampics2

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe.

Looks nice, a golden color with some orange highlights. Head recedes to a ring with some lace but it eventually slips back into the beer, leaving a slight film left ontop. Looks nice but nothing exceptional.

Smell is off the chain. This is a perfect smelling saison IMO. Starts off with some sweet Belgian malt, then some wonderful yeasty esters giving impressions of some cardamon and clove ad even some lush ripe fruit. Then the spices take over. Rosemary and sage are so expressive I can smell them 4 feet away from the glass. Parsley and thyme are a bit more reserved, but still add to the overall boquet. Some spicey pepper notes are also present. Sublime. My mouth is watering. On to the taste!

Ah, this is complex and deep, but a bit too crazy. This reminds me of a story of Garett Oliver's visit to a local powerhouse of a brewery. When tasting their spring seasonal, a highly herbed beer, he commented 'just because you can put everything in it doesn't mean you should'. I get the "hook" here being the Simon and Garfunkel song. But there's a lyric in that very song that I think is appropriate to keep in mind here:

"Without no seams nor needlework"

What I mean is that this beer is very interesting, deep, and masterfully crafted. However, there are seams visible on every sip. The sweet Belgian malt and some hints of lemon begin the deep dive into the herbal depths. Rosemary begins to overwhelm the fades. Sage makes a big impression. The parsley lingers on, and thyme seems to slip away. This could stand a bit more balance and it would be phenominal. Just a touch of apple skin and pepper finish with parsely. Nice experience but not a world class taste to back up the phenominal nose.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium body with nice carbonation. Only slight complaint is a touch of medicinal alcohol apparent from time to time (some sips appear to have a touch more spice than others).

Drinkability was also very much above average. I'm picking up a few of these for an upcoming tasting since the nose is so appealing. Will buy again, not the best tasting saison I've ever had but very complex and well crafted.

06-11-2010 17:26:57 | More by jampics2
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%

On tap at the Philly Beer Week release party with all 3 brewers in attendence...

Pours a hazy yellow straw color with active carbonation but little head and lacing. First scent brings medicinal herbs and lemon... almost like a cough drop... some pepper and yeast on the rear end. Taste brings more of the medicinal herb notes backed with a more pronounced lemon, yeast and pepper notes. Medium bodied, low carbonation, dry and lingering taste. Decent to try, but not my bag of chips.

06-11-2010 13:55:13 | More by rfgetz
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GarrisWH

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

06-11-2010 04:39:41 | More by GarrisWH
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metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

A: The beer poured golden yellow in color with a finger high white head. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are strong aromas of herbs in the nose; rosemary stands out in particular.
T: Like the smell, there are lots of complex herbal flavors in the taste, which lend a certain uniqueness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is relatively drinkable, but only if you are accustomed to lots of herbal flavors such as those found in gruit beers.

06-11-2010 02:11:54 | More by metter98
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grittybrews

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured a bright straw color into a Duvel tulip with three fingers of fluffy white head.

Strong aroma of hoppy lemon. Herbal taste up front followed by fruity hops, parsley, and a bit of soapiness. Moderate-to-high carbonation and a nice light mouthfeel. Very refreshing and easy to drink, but I couldn't quite get over the overall flavor, which was an odd combination of a very nice IPA and lemony dish soap. Glad I tried it, but one was plenty.

06-10-2010 06:21:49 | More by grittybrews
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

Cheers to errantnight for this one!

Pours an effervescent bronze with a finger of pearl colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Lemony with white pepper & orange peel

T: Follows the nose, also some breadyness & candi sugar, apple peels & general spiceyness up front. Fruittyness & lemons dominate as this warms, along with white pepper & orange peel. This reminds me as much of a wit as a saison, so I will deduct half a point for that. I am picking up more the advertised spices once way warm. Finishes with apple peel, lemony & herbal hops & a lovely spiceyness & just a bit of grapefruit at the apex

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, very nice balance

Superb drinkabilty I could stay on this all night!

06-10-2010 03:25:58 | More by russpowell
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Billolick

New York

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

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...

06-10-2010 02:13:57 | More by Billolick
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%

Served in a Stone shaker pint glass at Rustico. A collaboration between three of my favorite breweries and a saison none the less, am I in heaven? Or is this a cruel joke. Unfortunately it was a cruel joke. This beer was not so good.

Beer is yellow and clear with a thick white head of small and medium bubbles, looks like meringue. Carbonation is high and there is a lot of lacing on the glass. So far so good.

Aroma is quite surprisingly hoppy. Very piny and mildly sweet. Interesting....

Well my notes say basil tasting, strong basil taste but after talking with Greg from Stone he said its parsley rosemary sage and thyme. Sounds great if I'm making sausage but this beer just didn't do it for me. It wasn't offensive but I doubt I'll go there again. Finishing was rather bitter and it has a creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Too bad.

06-08-2010 19:06:08 | More by drabmuh
Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
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