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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

512 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 512
Hads: 1,185
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 48
Gots: 55 | 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:
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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Reviews: 512 | Hads: 1,185
Photo of chefhatt
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a pint glass, it has a murkey yellow color body with a small head that lays down quickly. The smell has a herb, earthy aroma, mostly rosemary, and lemon.
The taste has a very earthy flavor, mostly from the herbs, rosemary, parsley and had a hint of lemon peel. the mouth feel is good and overall is a good beer.
I wouldn't drink this one all the time but, once in a while i would. (401 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Pale gold but hazy effect to it, the bubbles are everywhere on this piece. Head just under a finger's length coming off white.

Smell: smells good but awkward, little different than most saisons, has light rosemary scent. I know it not a rauch but it reminds me of one.

Taste: Gets a little interesting, I feel the thyme and rosemary and on top of that it has a hard lemon skin feel to it. Definitely not a beer for everyone, but should appeal to most. It is a little bitter kind of like an IPA meets a Witbier.

Mouth: Medium to heavy, no doubt. Crisp.

Overall: Nice brew, would I drink it everyday...that's another story. To have it every now and then , why not? It's good to throw something different into the mix. Drink and enjoy, Salud! (778 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from [forget where I got it]

Had this back-to-back with the other two versions for comparison. DFH's is clearly my favorite, Victory's was almost undrinkable on tap, yet better in the bottle. Stone's came about somewhere in between.

Poured surprisingly pale and clear compared to the other versions, straw-yellow color, with a thin white head that dissipated to nearly nothing. Aroma was herbal and slightly fruity, spicy, with the rosemary taking a slight edge, as in the other versions. More of this in the taste, the spice blend coming to the foreground, lesser notes of somwhat sweet pale malts, light citrus, herbs bordering on potpourri. Light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Good in small doses. (723 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this whole awaiting the Stone Vertical Epic decade tasting.

P: cloudy golden apricot with rocky off white head that stays with clinging lacing.

S: Subtle funk and a citrus base, spices, honey and grapefruit. Subtle hops and powdery yeast. Super clean.

T/M: Clean stone fruit, timid grapefruit bitterness and a dash of pine. Crisp apricots and honey with a little funky earthyness. light-medium body that has a timid carbonation and a clean dry finish.

O: Complex and yet clean. A great beer to relax with. Clean flavors and nicely blended. Well done collaboration. A very subtley funked saison but I enjoyed it very much. (633 characters)

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone/Dogfish/Victory Collaboration Saison brewed with parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme.

2012 bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, soft gold with a pure white 1 and half finger head. The head quickly recedes to a quarter finger with a healthy amount of lacing.

Aroma: Big rosemary and freshed cracked black pepper highlight the overall yeast dominate nose; you can detect some faint thyme underneath it all. Some slightly acrid lemony notes begin to sing as the beer warms in the glass. Phenomenal smelling saison.

Taste: Rosemary and peppery yeast practically leap out of the glass onto your palate as you begin to taste this big, herbal saison. Sage flavors adhere to your tongue simultaneously with the nice, honey-like malt. The dry, slightly tart finish is consistent with other offerings of this style. A pleasant, light hop bitterness rears it's head more and more as the beer slowly acclimates towards room temperature. Very refreshing, yet robust taste.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp but still with enough chewy malty-ness to pair well with some juicy white meats.

Overall: A delicious and unique take on a very commercially and culinary underrated style. I went in expecting a decent brew, but this is definitely a few cuts above decent. Just like any other saison, this is a great holiday feast beer! (1,346 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saison Du Buff (Stone)
Pours a slightly hazy, lemon-like golden. Not a great amount of bubbles. The head is voluptuous, as it is on most saison brews I notice.
A peppery rosemary smell. Other herbs. Earthy. Nice.
I taste the herbals and rosemary, there's a bitter bite with it. Some funk in there too. Taste is fairly nice and smooth, not complex though, but the rosemary lingers. A few more sips into it and I dig the overall taste profile some more, as it's a coconut vibe I'm getting due to the herb (mintish) blend here. Translation = good.
Holds up nicely, carbonation is medium despite the look. Crisp and drinkable.
Try it if you like the style. I wonder how this recipe differs from DFH's version. Maybe it doesn't except for geography. (748 characters)

Photo of mikechance
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A --- a soft, but nice straw color. a 1/4 inch head that quickly went down to 1/8 inch

S --- I'm picking up a lot. grass, wheat, lemon, spices, herbs

T --- I like the taste. Taste is consistent from start to finish. I'm picking up a variety of spices/herbs, ends with a little pepper

M --- Light body, lightly carbonated

O --- It's a solid beer, but nothing I would need to seek out. Somewhat tame for the brewers involved in the collaboration. (448 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 2012 Stone Version

A - A golden yellow, with a thin had and a tiny bit of lace that dissapates as the beer drops down.

S - Wow, I feel like I am in a herb garden! Mint, rosemary, and a ton of others I cannot call out by name. Has a huge malty backbone. Spicy!

T - An excellent earthy saison, with tons of spicy herbal flavors going on. Nice balance of pine and citrus hops, and lots of the spicy herbs in the aftertaste

M - Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Smooth.

O - An excellent collaboration. Love a good farmhouse ale, and all of the herbal spices add an interesting character. (598 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light to medium golden amber. Half finger white head dissipates slowly to a thin film, thick ring around the glass and lacing. Pleasant aroma of bready malt and Mediterranean herbs, especially sage with a hint of saison yeast. Flavor is citrus, bready malt, nicely herbal with distinct sage and rosemary, finishing slightly dry with lingering herbs, light hops and saison yeast. Medium bodied. Very nicely made and enjoyable. Maltier and more heavily herbal than traditional for the style, but worked perfectly for me. This is the last of the three versions I've tried and I'm interested to see from past reviews how much more I like this than the first I tried (Victory). I'll have to start the cycle again with the Victory version, because the higher ratings of the last two are more likely due to my increasing enjoyment of saisons. (877 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Holy herbal explosion!!!! Sage, rosemary, and thyme are dominant. Parsley is slightly noticeable. There are yeasty notes, some sweetness and bready notes too.

Taste: All of the above plus some tart flavors, vanilla, spicy and citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, herbal, lingering bitterness, and a little dry

Overall: This is very tasty Saison. Took a few sips to get used to the herbs, but this beer became delicious to drink halfway through. Will have to try the other two breweries take on this collaboration. (807 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden pour, with a fizzy foam head. Small rings of lacing circle the glass.

S - Very herbal smell with a musty scent as well. This is one rustic saison!

T - Citrus notes and a peppery bite are the first thing that hit the palate. Behind that there is a blend of herbal spcies and a musty yeast flavor.

M - Easy drinking beer. Feels light and has a bit of carbonation.

O - Somewhat interesting but not much of a standout saison. The best quality is the earthy aroma on this beer. For that, I can give props to San Diego and this craft beer community. (559 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a honey gold with a disappointing, thin white head that fades quickly. The nose is herbal and pungent with a modest honey sweetness. It smells quite interesting and is definitely the most herb-forward of the three. The taste is a blast of freshly cut, spicy herbs, sweet clover honey, and a touch of yeast. It's a very drinkable beer and more bitter/dry than expected. You definitely get the intimate herbal experience that you're expecting with this beer (over the others). It's definitely the best of the three and worth trying. (545 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw yellow with excellent clarity and a long lasting but thin, rocky white head. The head leaves some thin lacing on the glass.

S: Moderate citrus hops and rosemary dominate the aroma. There are light notes of sage, some grassy notes and pils malt sweetness. The yeast derived notes are over powered by the herbs having a light orange ester and light peppery phenols.

T: The flavor is pineapple, rosemary and piney at first having moderately strong piney/rosemary flavors. A little bit of pils malt sweetness in the middle going to a dry finish. The hops bitterness is moderate-low with a moderately-low citrus hops flavor. The Belgian yeast contribute a moderate pepper flavors and a light fruitiness. The balance is moderately bitter. The aftertaste is resinous, piney and bitter.

M: This is a medium-light bodied with moderately-high carbonation. A light creaminess and a faint dryness on the front of the tongue.

O: An interesting Saison with rosemary and hops dominating that would probably pair nicely with some garlicky Italian food. (1,051 characters)

Photo of SassieCassie
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pale yellow color, with about an inch to an inch and a half for the head. It smelled earthy to me, the thyme definitely was shining through.

I loved the taste. It was very different to me, as I have not had too many Saison beers, or any beers with Sage and Thyme (my two favorite spices) The sage and thyme were definitely predominant throughout this beer. I thought the coolest part about this beer was how the thyme brought out the hops. Really cool stuff, I'll definitely have this again! (497 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a far far superior product to the dogfish one. it pours clearish for a saison, pale yellow in color, with a prominent white head an inch or two tall. the nose is real herbal, floral, and funky. maybe a different yeast strain used in this one? lots of peppery stuff happening. flavor is much more herbal than the dogfish version. the sage really stands out to me more than anything else. its fresh and light in the mouth, with excellent carbonation and a light medium body. the herbs in this beer make it pretty unconventional in taste, and this isnt for everyone, but i thought their forwardness in this beer was an improvement. id like to try the victory version now to round out the trilogy. definitely not as hoppy as most stone brews, and might benefit from some more of that, but not a bad beer to try as a single. (819 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy straw color with a white head with excellent retention
S-citrus, parlsey and rosemary really come through. Smells awesome
T-citrus bitterness up front from the hops, blends with the spices creating a bright citrus and earthy flavor, finishes slightly sweet
M-medium bodied
O-I loiked this better than the DFH version. spices came through more and had a great balance. really enjoyable (399 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cloudy yellow-orange in appearance. thin white head clears quickly leaving very little sign of there being any to begin with. smells like chicken stock, which I like. lots of herbs like rosemary, sage, parsley and thyme with some lemon rind in there also. taste is kinda chicken stockish, but better. the herbs and citrus blend well to make for a tasty treat. mouthfeel seems kinda creamy and buttery. carbonation is present on the tongue, unlike in the appearance. a little dry on the finish but not too much. overall this was rather tasty and didn't last long, so i must of really liked it. (592 characters)

Photo of IllNate
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow with ample white head and great retention. Big aroma with herbs very forward, sage, thyme, rosemary and something I can't put my finger on (after reading bottle more closely parsley). Fruity esters also dominate with lemon-orange. Taste follows with strong herbal qualities, sage and rosemarry. Fruity esters here as well with lemon-orang tang. Slightly spicy and sour as well. Mouthfeel is well balance with bitterness and a bit of sour. Overall a great beer, although not your traditional saison. (534 characters)

Photo of tony223366
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Well the beer looks impeccable. 3+ fingers of white fluffy, cloudy head. Nice lacing and pretty good retention. The beer itself is a golden honey color with good clarity. There's a little cloudiness in this beer but if you ask me it makes it look better. The carbonation has nice action, keeping this beer dynamic looking.

S: Whoa, big aromas. Basically all of the herbs are what I get the most. Parsley and Rosemary certainly. Sage big time. I'm not 100% sure what Thyme smells like but I'm sure it's here. Some funkiness in a musty, yeasty way. Some fruity notes as well, like a belgian fruitiness.

T: Wow, they weren't kidding about the herbs in this beer. It very much reminds me of the gruit beer I had not that long ago. Wow. So much herbs. It's so... savory I guess you would say? Sage is all kinds of present and rosemary hits me in waves. There is some grainy maltiness that meets a very dry finish. There is some fruitiness... pear? It's tough to tell. There's just a bit of stale, must too. Very interesting but not something I would want all the time (or maybe again?)

M: Medium to thin body with some prickly carbonation. I do wish there was more scrubbing bubbles to rinse my palate after each sip.

O: Wow, this is an interesting beer. Not even remotely refreshing. I wonder what the experts would pair this with? Maybe a rotisserie chicken? How about a strawberry, rhubarb & rosemary Popsicle? Maybe if you held the sugar at bay. Either way this is a savory beer that needs something savory. (1,514 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a large egg shell white head, looks great.

Aromas very grassy and herbal, with some hard candy notes. Really digging the smell on this one.

Taste is herbal and grassy just like the nose. Definitely floral, withe the rosemary being very distince, Beer then settles into some hard candy sweetness, with some dry white wine notes. Comes off a bit one demensional with the spice flavors, but it's still tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full with good carbonation.

Overall, a unique and tasty take on the style. As I mentioned, a bit one demensional, but still good. (605 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip. No bottle or freshness dating visible, aside from the label illustration on the neck which says “Stone Collaborations 2012,” but I picked this up just a few days after it came into my local shop, so it’s about as fresh as it’s going to get. Yay!

Appearance (3.5): The head peaks at about two fingers of fine, off-white foam that bubbles down slowly. The body is a bright straw-golden color, and evenly cloudy and hazy but not opaque. There’s actually some decent lacing here, leaving a few webs on the sides as it goes down.

Smell (4.0): Rosemary and sage come out first, almost evenly balanced, and it’s a very nice effect; the thyme becomes quite a bit more pronounced, kind of an earthy, grassy-sweet character that is a great complement to the earthy, fruity yeast character. Peppery, but lightly so, and the parsley meshes well with the thyme. The fruit character is mostly pear, and mildly sweet.

Taste (3.5): Quick, mild flash of white pepper to start, but it quickly moves into some almost vegetal bitterness and the parsley is very prominent. It mellows out if you let it linger, moving into some mild earthiness as the rosemary becomes more clear in the finish. The malt character is very dry and crackery, relatively pronounced without being sweet on one end of the spectrum or starchy on the other. The fruity pear character is very understated but helps flesh it out a bit. A little sage hanging back there . . . really evens out as it warms, and the bitterness becomes herbal and evenly distributed. Really like the components, but it doesn’t quite meld as well as I’d like.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Smooth with a lush carbonation that tingles briefly before foaming up, with a dry body that is about medium-weight. Slightly oily . . . this is a really nice feel, actually.

Overall (4.0): Definitely enjoyed this beer, and I really appreciate what these three breweries have done. It’s not a perfect saison, but it’s good and it’s innovative. I really enjoyed the different components, but at least on the palate it didn’t mesh perfectly—in the end it had a little too much herbal-medicinal bitterness on the finish that I think could have gone in a different direction if done a little differently. Now I just need to try the red wine barrel aged version . . . (2,372 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden brown with one and a half fingers of white head. Head has decent retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Incredibly herbal aroma, not surprising considering the ingredients. Definitely pick up some sage and rosemary, not so much of the other herbs. Does have some funky earthy Belgian yeast.

T - Taste has a faint sweetness to it before the herbs completely take over. Quite a bit of earthy bitterness. I'm enjoying this more than I anticipated, but it is still a bit of an odd brew that becomes harder to drink when you get past the first few ounces.

M - Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, with persistent earthy bitterness.

O - Interesting take on the style, but not something I would want very often. May be a good one to pair with food. (760 characters)

Photo of mschind
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale gold with a slight haze. Fizzy cap rather than a head but there is a little clinging to the glass.

S- My first reaction was WT...? Then I saw the bit about parsley sage rosemary and thyme and it all made sense. The sage and rosemary dominate with thyme in the background. The parsely, if it is there at all is in the taste but more like celery.

T- In addition to the herbal notes, there is a citrus bitterness that is clean and refreshing and even some tart hops.

M- Medium to light body, a bit under carbonated for a Saison.

O- This is an interesting beer. Not a classic Belgian Saison, I'm missing the yeast and some of the phenols and esters but the herbal stuff is aromatic and tasty. (702 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale honey gold in color with a humble half-inch of white head. Cloudy and very still. 3.0

Sweet herbal nose with elements of rosemary and thyme swell. Sage and parsley are more subtle, but it's all there. Pale grains and saison yeast round out the nose. Lovely. 4.0

Dry and very herbal. Tastes mostly of thyme and sage with a hint of rosemary. Lemon, peppermint, and pale malts. Crisp with a very clean, green finish that showcases some sharp floral and citrusy hops. A swell of boozy warmth picks up from the mid-palate onward. 4.0

A bit biting with alcohol, but pretty well-rounded. Moderately bitter with some spicy carbonation to boot. The body is almost milky with texture from suspended yeast. Decently drinkable despite the strength. 3.5

The last of the pack to be tried. Enjoyed this one as much as Dogfish Head's, if not more. 4.0 (844 characters)

Photo of davey101
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The final piece to the puzzle. 2012 vintage into a DFH signature glass.

A - Cloudy dark amber body, almost a burnt orange color. Pour produces a slight one finger bone white head which dissipates into a splotchy soapy cap with thin edging. Moderate lacing and retention. Looks good, and pretty spot on from my description of the other two versions.

S - A stone beer with no hop presence? Who knew! Aroma is big on the spice. Coriander and lemon grass mostly, with just a touch of herbs on the finish. Lemons, hay, and crackery malts round out the rest of the aroma.

T - Nice balance between the spices and the crackery malts and lemon/grass element of the saison. There is just enough coriander spice here, with some black pepper and an herbal finish. Somewhat bitter and acidic on the end. Mouth feel is spritzy and medium to light bodied. Real nice carbonation, but the alcohol does have some presence. Why is the abv bumped up from the other two versions?

O - I think I prefer the DFH version, but its hard to say as there has been a few months between trying each version. The stone version has a slightly harsh flavor on the end, and the abv bump is kind of odd. Different yeast maybe? Either its a solid beer with a well integrated herb presence. An enjoyable experience/collaboration for sure. (1,306 characters)

Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.