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Saison Du BUFF | Stone Brewing Co.

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86
very good
542 Reviews
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80
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
542
Ratings:
1,305
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
21.35%
 
 
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Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

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 

Added by Todd on 05-05-2010

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Reviews: 542 | Ratings: 1,305
Photo of Jacobob10
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/18/16.

Pale gold in color and clear with a frothy, white head. The aroma really "pops" on this, with huge notes of fresh herbs. You definitely get lemon citrus fruit in there and banana as it starts to warm. Again, you get more of the herbs in the flavor than anything else. There's some light malt providing the base for the hops and herbs. Lively carbonation keeps it effervescent and wanting to come back for more. It finishes extremely dry and clean with a little peppery spice to it.

I think this could be a very polarizing beer. I love it but I could see people being turned off by it. The herbal and floral notes are really strong, borderline excessive, but I am ok with that. It would make a great beer to pair with lighter foods like fish or poultry. The bottle notes say it's a candidate for cellaring, so I'm going to toss a bottle from the 6-pack in the basement for a year or so and see what happens.

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Photo of BB1313
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage. This year it's 6.8% abv. Bottled on 2/18/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze; eggshell white head that fades leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are very nice. Lots of spices. The parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme are front and center. There's a nice amount of citrus as well. Some malts to round things out. The flavors are full of those same spices. Lots of lemon zest too. Solid malt backbone. Slightly earthy. Subtle bitterness due to the hops, but the hops are an afterthought. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's also slightly spicy with a touch of black pepper. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Not too spritzy. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid saison and is somewhat unique for the style. I can finally say I've had all 3 from the respective brewers.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/18/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon, lime, apple, pear, rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and compelxity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and light-moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, apple, pear, rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, apple, pear, peppercorn, spices, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness/yeast spiciness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and fairly sticky/grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced saison style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and light-moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 2/17/16 into a snifter at fridge temp.

Look: slightly hazy yellowish orange with a small white ring of foam.

Smell: aroma explodes out of the glass—lemon, thyme, clove, banana.

Taste: a similar assault on the senses. Lots of standard farmhouse notes, but hoppier, and substantially more awesome.

Feel: medium, juicy.

Overall: this is another of those slightly odd Stone (and, in this case, DFH/Victory) beers that turns off a lot of people, but that I really dig.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look (3.75): A slight hazy golden colored brew with a condensed looking white head. The bubbles are extremely clingy in this guy when swirling.

Smell (4.25): You can pick up bubble gum, bananas and estery aromas right off the bat. After a moment you start picking up the rosemary and you get a minty sort of floral aroma in the background.

Taste (3.25): Not as exciting as the smell. Starts off vanilla and banana like, but not big on either of those. It then turns floral and minty like with spice on the back end. Not as big on those flavors as I hoped...

Mouthfeel (3.5): Light to medium bodied for me. You get sort of a mint aftertaste going on in your mouth. It's a little dry.

Overall (3.75): The aroma alone carries this brew for me. I was hoping for more out of a brew done by some of my favorite breweries. It does say on the bottle it's a candidate for aging though. Hmmm...

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Photo of irrevjim
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

'i loved your version of scarborough fair (canticle)' ... 'oh you mean the one with the shopping list' - from flight of the conchordes
look; sickly pale, cloudy, chunky, nice 2" head that stays for a while and leaves heavy lacing and a coating of head on top.
smell; yeasty, rosemary, lemongrass, sage, very savory herbal
taste; parsley sage rosemary and thyme, ... ok i can really taste all of these, rosemary dominates but definitely sage, thyme, parsley, as well as white pepper. again very yeasty, hints of wheat
feel; crisp, carbonated, light
overall; i say it feels crisp and light but without the carbonation it might feel like watered down basting for a turkey, heavy spices are delicious but border on too much, I would love if they canned this and i could make a beercan chicken with it, yummy, but perfection would be if they could make the herbs just a tiny bit more subtle

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Photo of CHickman
2.67/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

May 2012 review: Pours cloudy yellow gold color with a 2 finger foamy white head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving nice spotty lacing and a creamy layer on top.

Smells of herbs up front, like a spice rack; after a few more sniffs I could make out thyme, rosemary, mint, parsley, allspice or cumin and other floral herbs and spices. There was some elements of biscuit, yeast and bread, but the herbs dominated the nose and made the whole smelling experience off – it does not smell like beer at all.

Tastes like a Belgian initially, with thyme, rosemary, pepper, coriander, parsley, light floral hops, yeast, grass, hay, straw, toasted grains and vegetables; like the nose, the herbs seem over the top and were too much for my liking – this tasted better than it smelled, but it was too spicy and herbal to be refreshing.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with very light carbonation, a light/medium body, and a semi-dry earthy herbal finish that was spicy and trailed off with a very complicated mix of herbs and spices.

An interesting experiment, but not what I expected and another beer I’m glad I tried but I would not try again unless it was a food pairing designed to compliment this beer. Each sip had sensory distortion as the aroma coming up through my tulip glass just blasted me with herbs and kept the overall experience out of synch. Gotta support the cause and the craft beer movement, but these misses are like collateral damage in the war to keep the beer machine flowing. One and done on this collaboration.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a mountainous, thick white head.

S: Aromas of funky, spicy yeast, minerals, crackers, biscuits, grass, straw, hay, lemon, thyme, sage, rosemary, and parsley fill the nose.

T: Strong notes of thyme, sage, rosemary, and parsley are present up front, chased by flavors of lemon, grass, straw, hay, lime zest, white pepper, biscuit, crackers, minerals, honey, bitter orange, and oaky, lactic funk. The finish is slick, spicy, and somewhat bitter with herb and citrus flavors underscored by pepper, biscuit, and yeast funk.

M: Surprisingly slight and airy in body, but it does thicken a bit once it settles in the mouth. Initially, this ale is somewhat dry, but quickly turns slick. Carbonation is incredibly active and intense. Alcohol is well masked, but overall it feels unfocused. Difficult to drink.

O: An interesting saison, but it could have been better. The flavors do not separate enough, and in terms of texture, this beer falls apart in the mouth. For me, it was somewhat difficult to drink. I'm glad I tried it, but it is still a missed opportunity.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This came with the Stone bottlecap.

A careful pour yields a big white two fingers of head. Sediment and a lot of bubble action going on in the straight yellow body. The head retains very well.

Yeast, wheat, grass and a mild funk reminiscent of lemons and sour apples.

Yeast, wheat and bitter grass starts it off. A little sour apple and lemon chime in. Finishes off with a gardeny spice character with a hint of pine. Parsley and thyme are definitely apparent at the end.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. It washes down rather clean. There is no real bite from the carbonation. Dry finish.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy dark gold with a massive 2 inch white head that fades to a film on top and leaves thick rings of lace on the drink down.

Smell is of bready malt, faint banana and only a hint of the spices listed on the label.

Taste is bready malt, faint herbal spices and a hint of fruity sweetness (banana and apricot).

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

The sweetness and hint of spices blend well together to create a refreshing farmhouse ale.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.75 - great looking beer, nice clear golden color w thick white 2 finger head, leaves excellent sheet of lacing on the glass

S - 4.25 - smells like earthy, funky, bananas, orange, grass, bubble gum flavoring, definitely some wheat and berries too

T - 4.25 - tastes more hoppy than it smells, with significant Bitterness, especially for A Saison, wheat, grass, banana, orange zest

M - 4.25 - medium-heavy carbonation, bitterness from the hops, leaves a bitter/wheaty aftertaste, alcohol well hidden

O - 4.25 - good beer, I'm not sure about how it measures up to other sAisons, but I Like to see Breweries collaborating on beer

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Photo of leaddog
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle.

Interesting quote on cap of bottle - " In the beer world..Stone's creations are famous..The San Diego Tribune."

Appearance- Pours a pale amber with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell- sage, thyme, hint of rosemary, belgian yeast, clove

Taste- Hit right away with the herbs (sage, thyme, rosemary) and follows with a touch of the belgian yeast and clove. Herbs come into play once again and finishes dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall- A unique Saison that uses various herbs. This is not for everyone, but I enjoyed the variety of flavours.

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Photo of oN3xM
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A malt beverage brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.

A - A hazy golden body with a bubbly white head that dissipates within a few seconds. The lacing on the glass leaves a sticky white bubble layer that glimmers while you're drinking.

S - Lots of citrusy lemon notes, sweet honey, some clove, and an underlying citra hop body.

T - Tastes like it smells but there's a ton of other flavors from the herbs listed above. Some orange citrus at the back along with the bitterness from the hops. On the front there's a strong cinnamon clove presence.

M - A thin body rests on your tongue that goes down smoothly. Not a ton of carbonation.

O - I wouldn't buy this again. It's not a bad beer, but I wanted to say that up front. I hold all three breweries, Dogfish Head, Stone, and Victory, in high regards, so I guess my expectations were set higher than what I experienced.

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Photo of JeffH
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three style pushing breweries creating an American Saison- sounds good! The aroma is a herb bomb with big rosemary and thyme notes. The taste brings a nice saison spice along with big herbal flavor. At the end there is a warming from the alcohol and some dark fruit. Overall, not a beer I would drink everyday, but a great example of what all three of these breweries are all about.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is great. Lacing is good. Citrus farmhouse aroma with some peppery spice. Great hoppy farmhouse edge. Strong citrus. Peppery at the end - maybe some rosemary. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Wish this beer came around more often than it does. This is rated from the 2016 version.

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

Come.
On.

I've never had a better Siason, much less a better beer.

This had so much flavor, and tasted so much like a juice, that I was a bit shocked when the Saison kick would show up at the finish.

I know it's $65 a case of 12oz bottles, but, I's savor this for as long as possible.

Great collab!

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Photo of TOOSE
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks good with a bright golden color, big, fluffy head and good lacing. Smell of hoppy citrus and lots of herbs also. A little herb, spice, hop bite on the tongue too which was nice and a dry finish. Very smooth I enjoyed this beer and would definitely have this again.

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Photo of Bernard_Lettuce
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear-golden with a frothy head approximately one finger-bredth in height. Decent head retention and fine lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Sharp lemony scent with hint of herbal undertones (foremost, rosemary).

T: Crisp, prominent citrus and herbal flavors, with subtle honey-like sweetness. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Full-bodied but clean and refreshing.

O: A pleasant and moderately complex saison, refreshing when imbibed fresh out of the refrigerator, but permit it to drift toward room temperature to appreciate its more subtly nuanced elements.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last years vintage and still drinking mighty fine. Bright gold hue, good clarity thin white foamy head. Musty attic on the nose with spice and a belgian funk. Hints of rosemary and banana, strong yeast presence. Drinks almost as it did fresh, spice presence is still noticeable and so is the balancing hop profile. Spicy through out with a sweet belgian flair and herbal hops to round things out. Pretty nice. Touch more alcohol heat then i remember.

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Photo of jhutch31
2.71/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Ok, I don't like giving reviews this low for any beer, especially one from three breweries that I love. However, I have to say I was disappointed with this collaboration.

Appearance: Polished, cider colored ale that left very little head retention and lacing on the glass.

Smell: Upon the first deep wiff, I immediately thought of a lemon herb ricola. Had a strong smell of herbs, spices, lemon cleaner, like pledge and menthol.

Taste: Unfortunately, the taste mimicked the smell. Some herbal flavors with a very strong lemon chemical flavor and a cold taste of almost like menthol.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter mouthfeel, such as something you would get from extracted tannins. Also a bit of the cold tingling feeling from sucking on a menthol cough drop.

Overall, a very interesting beer, for sure. However, the overall aroma and flavor of this beer was not pleasing. Again, I hate giving this low of a score for these three breweries, but this beer left me dissapponted.

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Photo of dertyd
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a tasting glass

A:poures a golden apple juice color with decent carbonation.little to no head verry light lace not like most saisons I've had.the others have towering heads and sticky lace

S:smell of chemicals is strong off the batt with a big wiff of lemon plege not much funkyness or spicey smells that you normaly get with saisons

T:just like the smell but with more lemon pledge it feals like your whole pallet is cleaned. There is a little bit of the funky yeast going on but its over powerd by the lemon pledge taste

M:clean,very fresh and so cleean

O:overall a diffrent saison but I realy liked it saisons are one of my fave style I hope I can get the beers made by the other breweries and do a blind tasting would b fun

Live life drink beer!!!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If any beer style can support the additions of spice that are normally found in roast beef or as a garnish to premiere entrees, then the Belgian Saison would be the one. Already a focal point on yeast spices, the dry malt taste and low-ester display puts these earthy and flowery botanicals to the test.

Opening with its signature light yeasty cloud, this playful Saison builds upon it a short statured creamy off-white head. With solid staying power, the beer recedes leaving intricate lacing patterns in its wake.

Aromas kick off with surprisingly fruit notes of dried limes, lemons, and green apples. Exotic grasses of rosemary are dominant, but fragrant parsley, sage and thyme are also noteworthy. With not-so exotic fresh cut grass, hops, and lemon pepper, the earthen spices are supported by the wafer-thin grain and malt. thin cracker malt support.

Short lives frainy-malt sweetness allows for soft early impressions, but the sweetness is soon cast aside in favor of earth and spice flavors to dictate the taste thereafter. Its resulting grassy taste goes from straw and dry crackers to lemongrass, lemon pepper, thyme, rosemary, perfumy parsley and an almost cilantro "soapy" taste. All these botanicals bleeds evenly into hop bitterness to finish a little leafy and stemmy.

Light creaminess massages the palate just as the early sweetness is present. But the beer quickly turns to a bone-dry middle and finish. Peppery warmth approaches spice heat and accompanies herb-derived astringency; masked by hop bitterness as echoes in aftertaste and texture.

The beer should have a disclaimer to require it to pair with savory meats like roast beef, pork belly, or tequila lime tacos. As a stand alone beer, the exotic herbs seem to be veering off in left field and lacking purpose.

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Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of singles back in mid January for $2.99 each.

Beer poured golden, with a nice white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is herbal and citrusy.

Taste has some rosemary and sage, lemony hops dominate the dry finish.

Mouthfeel is classic Belgian yeast strain, oh so smooth!

Overall this is a well crafted beer in which non traditional ingredients are well played. Glad i had the opportunity to try and i look forward to my other single!

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Photo of dbossman
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Somewhat hazy golden hue with a thin film of a head; lacing is quite good

S: So much funky fruitiness going on here with an intense grassy, herbal aroma: the rosemary is intense and so a boozy undertone

T: Grainy, herbaly, funk, fruity; I wish it all came together better--a bit medicinal in the finish

F: A bit thin though a residual oiliness finishes the beer nicely

O: A fun spicy, herbaly, grassy, grainy, fruity beer; a decent little collaboration from three great breweries

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Photo of sevenarts
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pale and cloudy orange, with a modest white head, moderate retention, not much lacing.

S: Lemon, spices, somewhat grassy and fruity. Interesting blend of hoppy aromas with spice accents.

T/M: Sweet up front, with some lemony flavors, mild spices, smooth and creamy. Then an unexpected bitter, piney, hoppy finish, rather harsh on the way down. Leaves behind a pleasantly lingering lemony aftertaste.

O: As expected, an interesting if not wholly successful collaborative experiment. Bold flavor combinations, but the contrast between the lemon/spice flavors and the harsh finish is too much. Still, worth trying.

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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.