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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,157 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,157
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 meeekyh
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How awesome is this? A beer by three of the veritable warriors of craft brewing. There appears to be not an ounce of wimp in the bunch and less than that in this beer.

I opted for a simple goblet as a receptacle for the pour from a 12 oz bottle. The reveal is a saison of light honey color and white head with little lacing (bad cleaning maybe).

The nose resembles both Thaksgiving turkey and a walk in the wooded desert. I am floored by the smell and the ingredients are just now being read...stuffing comes to mind. Damn fine beer and kudos to the brewers as vanguards of the craft. Don't get me wrong, there is grain here, plenty I would expect, the backbone is balanced and strong enough to hold the adjuncts (good kind!) high.

Taste is round and reminiscent of some of the best Christmas beers I have had. Spices and malts combining for a sweet vegetable bread (think zucchini) or spicy candy (red hots?)

Yum. I drank it and now I have to buy more. Twelve ounces is not much.

Updates as you afford me...

Slainte..!(I hope)

meeekyh, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a pale straw with two fingers of fluffy, stiff, lily white head. Lacing was moderate.

Smell -- The nose was like walking through the garden. Herbs as advertised up front, citrus hop aroma, clove, belgian yeastiness, and bready malt. Frankly, it was a little intimidating.

Taste -- Incredibly herbaceous up front, mostly rosemary, along with some grassy/citrus hop character. Malts are bready and a little on the sweet side. Finishes with the aforementioned belgian yeast character and parsley sweetness.

Mouthfeel -- Lighter body, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability -- Wow, very unique. Herbs aplenty. This beer probably sat in my fridge for two weeks because I wasn't sure if I made a solid decision buying it. However, it's pretty good! Crisp, very refreshing. Can't see wanting this on a regular basis, but it has broadened my definition on what works for beer. Additional plus: fresh breath. So there you go.

yeahnatenelson, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of adkirkish
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: When I first smelled this beer, I pulled alot of citrusy hop aroma upfront with rosemary herbal and grassy notes on the back, rounding out the aroma you have the signature saison yeast blend. The herbal aromas are the most interesting note on this beer.

A: Pours clear golden yellow with a thin white head that quickly dissipated.

F: Rosemary herbal and citrus hops upfront. Midway through comes light sweet malt, and there was a slight saison presence
on the back end.

M: Light to medium bodied, with low carbonation.

O: The herbs and the hops play really well with each other. Definitely one of the more interesting beers ive tried and very inventive on the brewers parts. Herbal and hoppy with a tinge of herbs, lots of nose and sweet body. I can only suggest more on the mouthfeel and carbonation.

adkirkish, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of bluetravlr
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mineral rich piss yellow coloration. Decent head and lacing. Head soon becomes weak. Very small film covers the glass. Decent amount of bubbles rise from the bottom.

S: Lots of HERBS. Mostly rosemary. However, all these S&G herbs are noticeable. Baked bread is very obvious in the nose as well as a tangerine citrus.

T: First off . . . great saison. The base for this beer is spot on. The herbal elements only increase this beers character! The rosemary may overtake the other herbs. . . .but for this beer it works. There is a subtle sweetness of coriander and spice that is quickly overtaken by these herbs. Yet this is not a spiced ale! Rosemary, coriander and herbs followed by a subtle sweet malt, finished with a slightly bitter finish define this collaboration.

M: Medium to slightly heavy body. Good carbonation for the style. Herby finish that lingers.

D: Drinkable. Strong in the herby flavor. One will do ya.

bluetravlr, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick white head that slowly recedes. Leaves ample, coating lace. The beer is gold with a mild chill haze.

Very spicy aroma that reminds me of pizza. To me, it reminiscent of oregano. It's also peppery. Mildly floral (Dogwood?).

Quite peppery on the tongue almost immediately on the initial sip. Unusual flavor but still appealing. Moderate body with an above average level of carbonation. The aftertaste is very dry, even astringent, featuring a long lasting white ground pepper bite.

I love the experimentation. This is worth seeking out if only to try something completely unusual.

smcolw, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is spices, floral, some fruits with a touch of weird sourness.

The flavor is a little sweet fruitiness followed by a pretty strong weird bitterness and slight sourness from the spices. Tastes a bit like a gruit I made but not as harsh (we added wormwood too). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with full carbonation.

Overall, interesting to try, but the spices kind of killed it. Experimenting is fun, but doesn't always work.

Beaver13, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours into my Duvel tulip a brilliant gold color. A lovely white head forms, 2.5-3 fingers worth. There's some lacing, but not quite enough to earn a 5. The nose is decent, but fairly straightforward, as the sage and rosemary are pretty much all that come through. The taste is a bit more complex (thankfully), as the other spices begin to come through and there's some traditional clove/pepper notes that I'd expect in a saison. There's a little bit more bitterness than I usually encounter in a saison, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The body is nice and dry, and the aforementioned bitterness is crisp. There's a nice, high level of carbonation. The beer is very drinkable, as the spice presence stops just short of being overbearing. I'm going to have to track a few more bottles down, as this was outrageous with a simple dish of pasta with garlic and oil.

axeman9182, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Nice saison-y billowy white head and aggressive lacing all over. The head is wanting to stick around forever. The beer is a clear honey color with lots of rising bubbles.

S- Oh. My. God. It smells like a spice rack! Very odd for a beer to say the least. The rosemary and sage are very very strong. Some how the spices dont drown out the actual beer. Theres lemony hops, some slight funk and sourness. The spices are really really dominant though.

T- SUUUPPPPERRR spicy and herbal. Bitey, very herbal and chai tea like. A crack of pepper and a bite of sourness finish it out. I think the spices carry this beer away but it is really unique.

M- Light, prickly, crackly and drying. Very crisp despite all the insane herbs and spices.

D- Not as drinkable as a normal saison. But still good.

This beer is wildly herbal and spicy. It is very out of the ordinary and crazy. But if it werent then these guys wouldnt be doing their job.

MbpBugeye, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of riored4v
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 5/28/10

Poured into a tulip. Straw colored body, semi-hazy with a white head.

Smell was VERY unique. The herbs are very present upfront. Some faint belgian estery/yeasty aromas. Very "light" smelling. Herbal aroma is very strong but there does seem to be some slight peppery notes in it as well.

Taste... again, VERY unique. Some nice rosemary, sage and thyme notes. Has a nice lemony taste. Very mild estery and belgian-type flavors. Very refreshing and crisp. Some peppery notes along with a mild maltiness.

Mouthfeel was light body, medium carb and a very dry and crisp finish.

Drinkability was good. The unique flavors might put some off, and does limit it a little, but still great.

Extremely unique saison. The herbs are very present and pleasant and blend together great to make a very enjoyable/refreshing saison.

riored4v, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of ebby82
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma- Sage, Rosemary, and hops. The spices are extremely prevalent in the smell. It smells like no other beer I've ever encountered. It smells a little like an herb garden. There's also what seems to be a faint lemon like scent behind the herbs.

Color- a golden, honey like color. Very little head.

Taste- The first thing you notice about the taste is the rosemary and sage. Apparently parsley and thyme are also in here, but they seem to be overpowered. There is a mild spiciness first from the rosemary and secondarily from the hops. The bitterness is definitely evident, but it still has a mild sweetness to it.

Overall: This is a unique interesting tasting beer, but I don't think I could drink many of them. The ABV is reasonable, but the herbal taste can be a little overpowering. I enjoy this beer, I would drink it again, and I wish that I could try the versions from each of the other breweries.

ebby82, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of xcrunner78
4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: pours a plae golden color with a good head that dissipates quickly. Head settles with constant carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

S: oooh...a lot of herbs. Clove, sage, parsely, rosemary, thyme, and a spicy hopness.

T: very herbal spicemess. Good mouthful of spices mix well together. A spicy hopness at the tip of the tongue, finishes dry and the evaporation releases the spices at the back of the palate.

M: excellent bite to the tongue. No coating of the mouth. Feel the spiciness at the back of the nose.

D: very good brew. Great on a hot summer day.

xcrunner78, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a stemmed glass

The color is hazy golden-yellow color with two fingers of creamy white head. I think it looks rather appetizing.

The smell is a really nice light fruit flavor with some apple and a nice sweet malt flavor. It is a well managed complex flavor.

The taste is a nice smooth flavorful fruit experience, There was at first a little apple skin and a bit of citrus hop that was bitter but wonderfully flavorful. Some nice granny smith apple and grapefruit took at bit of a bit into my taste buds and let me sink into a great beer.

The feel of this beer was very crisp and refreshing. Some nice smooth feel makes this beer a very drinkable offering and a really great collaboration beer. One of my favs.

Duhast500, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of snpub540
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow hue. White head leaves very clingy lacing. Pretty much a sheet of white lace al the way down.

Smell is dominated by herbal notes, with sage being the strongest note. Verybspicy characteristics.

Taste is a blend of straw, yeast, and those nice herbal flavors. Rosemary and parsley are what I can detect the most.

Mouthfeel is OK. Not my favorite of the Stone colabs. Just very herbal. Its a very creative attempt but not something I'd pay for again.

snpub540, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a very clear golden yellow with a huge pillowy white head that sticks around for a long time and leaves massive amounts of residual lacing.
S. The rosemary is jumping out of the glass. The thyme also makes a strong showing. Other than the herbs, there is some spice with a little malt sweetness.
T. The herbs meld together nicely to create the more traditional saison peppery/spiciness. The grassy/herbal elements of a saison are also apparent. The barnyard/fuck characteristics are missing. The hops come in on the tail end. The rosemary is evident for some time in the aftertaste.
M. Medium bodied with a slightly slick/oily characteristic. A mild level of carbonation.
D. I could smell this beer all day, but ultimately I'd only be willing to drink a couple before moving on.

Overall, the beer is missing the complexity that I expect out of a saison. It is even more disappointing when the nose seemed to suggest such a wonderful bouquet.

BeerAndBourbon, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of david131
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- An ever so slightly hazy yellow/ orange colored liquid with a thin but creamy white head. There are numerous streams of carbonation making their way to the surface. Pretty nice.

S- Thyme, rosemary, sage, chamomile, and mint. Pretty unique for the style. Kind of reminds me of a Three Floyds Rabbid Rabbit.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma with an emphasis on the minty flavors and cooling effect. Unique and pretty refreshing.

M- Clean and smooth with some lasting flavors and a cooling effect.

D- After awhile the seasonings did become a bit overbearing. When all is said and done, this is a nice take on the style and my first three brewers collaboration beer.

david131, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of ebin6
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't have my beer journal handy, so this won't be a full-scale review. I love the style, and this is by far the most interesting take on a saison that I've come across. The nose and taste were most similar to Moonlight's Artemis. Artemis was a hop-less beer, whereas this was not. However, the extreme floral and earthy taste which dominated Moonlight was just right in Du Buff.

ebin6, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of Murchmac
1.75/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I hate to rate this beer so low but this is the crowning achievement in the awful stone collaborations. The last two collaborations I refer to as the kitchen spices series.

This beer pours a nice golden yellow with bubbles of carbonation and a 1 finger foam head.

Smells like a good saison at first and then it turns into a pizza or those combo pizza chips they used to sell.

At first interesting and great saison taste, then the herbs kick in. Every other sip is horrible. Then eventually, they all are. Were they trying to brew grass?

1st they brew a pepper ipa? then a spice rack saison? Whats next in the grab a random ingredient from the kitchen a brew a beer collaboration.

That being said, I will always support stone and its their choice to keep brewing whatever the hell they want. Ill probably buy it anyway.

Murchmac, May 31, 2010
Photo of beertunes
2.6/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a bright, clear yellow with just a bit of chill haze. The beer had under an inch of nice white head that had decent retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma has a bold herb and lemon scent (maybe this would be a good marinade for chicken breasts?), with the expected spicy yeast scents buried in the background. On the tongue all that herbiness combines into a slightly unpleasant mess. The yeast flavors I'd been hoping for just barely showed up at the back of the tongue.

The body was average for the style, light and crisp. Drinkability was a little on the hard side, I wouldn't have a second 12oz bottle in a row, and I suspect that a pint would be hard to get through. Overall, I'm not too impressed with this beer, but it's probably worth a shot.

beertunes, May 30, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy golden-yellow color with two fingers of creamy white head. I think it looks rather appetizing.

Smell: very hoppy. Hops are quite funky and a little citrusy; the aroma reminds me of green vegetation. Mixed in with that is a little bit of black pepper and a touch of malt aroma. Interesting.

Taste: big helping of funky hop flavor; this definitely lives up to its aroma. Bitterness is moderate, but lower than I would have guessed based on the quantity of hop flavor. Sour, grassy saison character is plentiful here as well. Pretty good, but the overall onslaught is a little rough.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a tendency towards silky creaminess already; on top of that is a nice level of carbonation which makes the experience extremely creamy and enjoyable.

Drinkability: as I said before, there's a fair bit to enjoy in this beer; however, the overall experience is a bit rough. Drinkable, but really sessionable.

flagmantho, May 30, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my La Fin du Monde chalice, beautiful slightly hazed bright sunshine golden hue with a bright 3-4 finger stretch of head. Lacing is fine and evenly scattered between sips, nice stuff. Aroma has a bright herbal garden nose, the rosemary additiones stand out but I don't think I could pick out the others individually very pleasant. There's also a pleasant lemon/lime tone to the nos. Flavor is harsh with herbal spices, the underlyng saison is hard to determine because the untraditional brewing additions create a blanket of bitterness I'm guessing the thyme did this. It overpowers chicken when fresh and overused. Mouthfeel is medium bodied not boozey just a cast of bittering herbs sticks to the palate like Tom's organic toothpaste. Drinkability isn't what I was expecting herbal Saisons don't work to well, checkout reviews from Great Lakes version last spring.

WVbeergeek, May 30, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cool into a pint glass, Saison du Buff is a pale golden yellow color with good clarity and thick white head.

The aroma is what really stands out about this beer. It has a wonderfully floral/herbaceous quality that is surprisingly pleasant.

Flavor is impressive too. Ales brewed with herbs can really be hit or miss but this one is a winner. Nice spicy quality that is fitting for a saison. The herbal aspect is well-judged but the rosemary seems to be the one that stands out the most but that's not really surprising.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well-carbonated.

The only place this beer is not scoring well would be drinkability. It's more of a novelty beer and not something I would have often. That being said, it's still a tasty brew and worth a try.

GilGarp, May 30, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, and there's also a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is herbs, citrus (grapefruit, lemon peel), and peppery spice. The herbal flavors in this brew overpower the citrusy and grassy hops flavors, but that's not a bad thing in this case. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think it's a good overall brew, the mix of herbs used in it work great. I've had mixed experiences with beers brewed with herbs, but luckily this one turned out good.

bluejacket74, May 29, 2010
Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seems like these collaborations are the only Stone beers I buy anymore and maybe there is a reason for that. Bright golden yellow with a yeasty smell to it like a saison should. I like dteh flavor even if it was very heavy on the thyme. It almost seemed like it had some hops going on but that may have been the herbs. Overall, a good saison.

ArrogantB, May 29, 2010
Photo of charlzm
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed May 15th, 2010 at The Daily Pint, Santa Monica, CA.

Clear medium golden/amber with a one-finger white head amde of exceptionally fine bubbles.

Aromatic: spicy, powdery and sweet bordering on syrupy. Notes of fruit as well: apricots and citrus.

Flavor is light verging on thin. Nearly evaporative with a mildly bitter, hoppy aftertaste. Lightly spicy, but not the melange of spices I was expecting based on the ingredients.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, watery.

After the outta-the-ballpark aroma, I was let down by the flavor. Not terrible, but doesn't live up to its promise.

charlzm, May 28, 2010
Photo of mithrascruor
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear golden-orange color. Light slightly rocky white head quickly turns to a heavy film with some big clusters of bubbles.

Smell: Has a spicy aroma of oranges, with hints of yeast, salt, and herbs coming through.

Taste: An even blend of noticably hoppy citrus and yeast. Sweet at the start and through the finish, but there's this arresting bitterness in the aftertaste, like burnt spices. With more sips, the sharp bitter aftertaste shifts towards just being astringent, and you can taste the herbs (sage, rosemary, and thyme per the bottle) throughout. It is hard to pinpoint any one standing out... they all tend to pop out from time to time. Eventually you get a bit of lingering salt flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with minimal viscosity. Mostly smooth, with just a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: The flavor is a bit tough here, and while the ABV isn't very high it feels like there is a lot for some reason.

Interesting, but what the heck? This is pretty off the wall; seems that they were stretching to figure out what to do here. You know these guys can do better - sometimes it is best to stick to what you already do well.

mithrascruor, May 28, 2010
Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,157 ratings.