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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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513 Reviews

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Reviews: 513
Hads: 1,194
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 47
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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Photo of davey101
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, a small thin patch, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of herbs in the nose with rosemary and sage. Additionally there are moderate aromas of lemon citrus. There is a very light amount funky yeast in the smell also.

T: Like the smell, there are a lot of complex herbaceous flavors in this beer with the rosemary and sage dominating with some lighter notes of parsley and time. There is a light amount of peppery & funky yeast flavors as well. Quite interesting. Light lemon/citrus notes.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dry in the finish.

O: Very interesting and enjoyable - not something that you would drink like a session beer but the herbal notes are very tasty. The smell of this beer is probably the most enjoyable part as the smell is quite inviting.

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Photo of stumac
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm pretty sure this is the Stone version. Drinking it straight outta the bottle at the pool! Aromas of pine, floral hops, sweetness. Tastes of definite rosemary, subtle honey, nice pale malts, hoppy hoppy. Smooth as eggs. Perfect balance of carbonation. I dig these three breweries and I dig this collab.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden yellow with a soft, white head that has decent retention

S - very herbal - rosemary, thyme, parsley, sage; faint, funky yeast

T - rosemanry, parsley, sage, thyme, funky yeast, faint malt, some underlying fruit

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated, some alcohol

This is solid. A great saison with an intense herbal aroma and flavor. The herbs remind me of my grandmother's kitchen. Overall, this is a great, drinkable beer. The only downside is that the herbs become intense after a bottle or two. It's worth splitting them up.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

slightly hazy yellow-orange, 2 fingers white foamy head.
smells of lemonpeel, pepper, bready yeast, coriander.
a bitterness that's much like swallowing pine cones, much more earthy than the other 2 versions of this.. and still my favorite of the three. it's exactly how i remember it last time (2010?).. which is ridiculous, because i've had hundreds of different beers since then. a very unique taste mixed with a medium body, nice creamy feel hits your lips but still so bitter and refreshing at the same time that you can't help but want more and more of this. an excellent saison series, and the best of the best right here.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love it when breweries work together. Another colab. from Stone is a welcome sight. Saison Du Buuf pours a nice clear gold. Things are topped off by a couple of fingers worth of white head. Head settles to a ring. Plenty of lace is left in its wake.

The smell is very herbaceous. Strong sage notes dominate upfront. Rosemary coming in strong as well. Some lightish parsley and thyme notes present as well. Some light malt notes peak through behind the herbs.

The taste is no less herbaceous. Rosemary strikes first. Sage plays a strong backing note. The thyme and parsley are much more pronounced on the palate. Some light malt notes present beneath the herbs. Malt offers light touch of caramel sweetness. Rounding things out is light bit of chalky yeast notes. The long lingering finish offers more of an herbal punch.

Saison Du Buff has a nice lightish body. A fair amount of carbonation present as well.

I am not quite sure what to make of this beer. It's the most unique tasting saison I have had to date. The herbs dominate this beer from beginning to end. The alcohol is well masked. This beer doesn't come close to drinking as strong as it is. I can say with confidence that this beer would pair well with poultry, or work wonders in a marinade/brine. Props to three great breweries for creating an interesting beer.

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Photo of afrokaze
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New 2012 batch, poured into Allagash tulip.

Pours a brilliant clear gold almost like a pils, but with a finger of head and oily lacing that sticks around.

Nose is dominated by parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, which can all be picked out but also blend well with the light citrus & clove of the yeast. Floral & spicy hops bring it all together.

Pilsner malt sweetness is cut with clove, the mix of spices, and some significant spicy and floral hops linger with rustic/musty yeast character and some lemon citrus. Finishes moderately dry with a juniper-like bite. Alcohol comes out slightly as it warms but doesn't distract at all.

Mouthfeel is substantial for a saison, slightly slick and oily but with enough carbonation to keep it from being cloying.

Definitely one of the more memorable takes on the saison. Usually not a huge fan of spiced beers but these add more to the great aroma rather than dominating the taste. Feels like a real collaboration with each adding something that adds up to greatness.

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Photo of Bobheed
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright golden, quite clear, with a two finger crisp white head

S: Very, very powerful smell. Tons of spice notes, the rosemary being the most distinguishable. Also has a little bit of fruitiness to it as well as some dirt.

T: Follows the nose pretty well. I also got sort of a vick's chloroseptic sort of taste, but lots of bitter earthiness mainly.

M: Very tingly and carbonated, medium body. Very dry.

Overall this is one of the better saisons I've had and maybe the best American one

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Photo of scvance
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Poured a hazy light yellow/gold color with a thick long lasting head, awesome lacing. The aroma is very intriguing, strong herbal notes of rosemary and thyme along with other earthy and fruity notes, light citrus. Taste is equally as intriguing. All of the herbal flavor comes through right up front with more notes of pine and very slight citrus flavor. There is a lingering sweetness, as well as a slight hop bitterness, very well balanced, clearly the herbs are the star of this beer. Medium carbonation and medium body with good mouthfeel. This really is a good beer, however it's just so different. I don't know if I'm ready to commit to have this on multiple occasions, but it's definitely worth picking up just for the experience. The BUFF trio really are trying to push the envelope as far as developing new beer trends, and this is an excellent example.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-yeasty, earthy, rosemary, sage

T-herbs are forward and persistent admixed with earthy malt and bitter hops

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation,

O-interesting, but wouldn't want to drink alot due to the overpowering herbs

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Photo of gtermi
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a nice clear golden body with a thick white head that quickly fades. The head does leave a tiny bit of lace on the side of the glass too.

S: The first thing that sticks out to me is the rosemary and sage. It also has a nice sweet smell that mixes well with the spices and herbs.

T: This sort of tastes like a pasta in my mouth.. very delicious though and this beer really works. As the beer lingers, it becomes very mild, but stays on my pallet for a long time.

M: The beer is very smooth and has a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the throat. The only think I dont really care about is the oily feeling this beer has given my mouth.

O: This is a very nice beer with a lot of character and flavor. It for sure a good collaboration and I cant wait to try the other takes on this beer.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured all three "BUFF" beers in line.
Stone: Poured from bottle into glass. Slight hazey golden, with foam that is gone quick. Lots of carbonation. Really herbal and citrus hop aromas. You really smell all the herbs in this one. Taste is typical saison funk, but herbal and very citrus hop flavors. Its easy drinker and pretty tastey. Not amazing but not bad.

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Photo of MEsoJD
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Poured into a generic tulip glass]

I: Yet another cheap bottle I picked up along with my main purchase of Stone's "16th Anniversary IPA". Stone collaborations have been hit or miss in the past, but for around $2.00 nothing much is ever lost. The bottle says that it's "herbaceously outrageous", so I'm assuming this maybe very floral. I'm not the biggest fan of the floral element in certain beer styles, but a Saison will probably suffice.

B: [7.7% ABV. 12 Fl. OZ. 2012 Release] The bottles not much to look at, but it pretty much follows the subtlety of previous collabs. This is probably one of the best set of breweries to do a collab with stone. Dogfish and victory both have great reputations.

A: Transparent/slightly hazy golden body with a very nice fluffy white head(slow/moderate dissipation), and good lacing.

S: No particular dominate smell. Hints of pine, grass, earth, floral, sage, and various fruits(lemon most familiar).

T: They weren't kidding on the bottle when they said it's, "herbaceously outrageous". A floral bomb of grass, earth, lemon throughout, sage, and other spices that linger well into the back on your tongue all complimented by sweet yeast(taste Belgian?). Also that funk that you may get with some other saisons is present. The taste can only be summed up as interesting.

M: sweet/slight dry/crisp finish, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and light apparent alcohol.

O: This was an interesting brew.... you could even say unique, but is it for the better? Well all I can say is that I'm conflicted. I don't think I was satisfied, but I encourage these sort of experimental beers. It was truly worth the price if anything. So with that said, I would recommend for the experience, but wouldn't continue to buy. Savor Great Beer!

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Photo of jrenihan
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle.

Cloudy golden colour. Moderately sized white head. Fades to a film fairly quickly. Good lacing.

Herbs and spices stand out strongly. Sage, white pepper, others. Lemon and other light fruits. A bit floral.

Taste is strongly herbal. Sage, rosemary, thyme. Almost peppermint. Some lemon and yeast below. Herbal taste is too much for me.

Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall, not bad. Some good qualities but the herbal focus is not my thing.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy light orange with a small white head that fades to a collar and small pool in a duvel tulip
S: smells of pale malt, fruity esters, and all sorts of herbs with some spicy yeast aroma
T: nice pale malt flavor, a bit of fruitiness, spice from the yeast, sage and many other herbs, maybe some basil. swallow brings another nice herbal kick with a bit of fruitiness and some yeastyness. not a lot of bitterness
M: moderate with soft carbonation and it leaves the palate a bit wet
O: a pretty tasty beer. it has good flavors and nice complexity but isn't quite to style.

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Photo of Braseltonage
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Beligan tulip.

A: Nice straw golden color. While hazy, clearer than expected. Very little head on this particular pour. Slightly clingy lacing however.
S: A few Belgian esters on the nose. A hint of banana-like fruitiness. A peppery note as well. Herbaceousness is present, although particulars don't stand out (parsley, sage, etc.) Smells of a nice farmhouse/saison.
T: An almost tripel-ish grainy sweetness right up front. Familiar Belgian template through most of the sip, but abruptly followed by the herbal punch. Again, can't pick out the particular herbs, but definitely a drying, bittering finish. Not a bright, fresh herbs in a sauce type of herb feel, or even a dry-hop type of flavor and aroma. If you didn't tell me it was an herbed beer, I'd probably just think it had some stronger bittering hop additions.
M: Mouthfeel seems appropriate for the style and ABV, nice a drinkable.
O: Interesting, but not necessarily over the top as one might expect from three particularly talented breweries. A really nice domestic saison in my opinion and while the herbs definitely have a presence, it kind of leaves you wanting just a little more. A fine beer none the less.

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

I've had the DFH and Victory versions of the Saison du Buff. I've been looking to complete the triple, and I happened to see this final one on the beer menu at RFD in Washington D.C.

The beer was served in a tulip and served with grace by my knowledgable server.

The coloring was a very light yellow with about three fingers of light foam. This foam retained very well and leaves some decent lacing.

I immediately smelled sage and rosemary before I brought the glass to my nose. These are two of my favorite spices (I'm a fresh spice slut).

I get a lot of rosemary in my first taste. You can pull out the sage by working the liquid over in your mouth. Overall there is some decent balance. The surprise is that I don't get any of the expected sour/horse blanket presence that is typical to the saison style.

This is a challenging beer to drink based on the complexity. This is probably the most challeging to drink light beer I've ever had.

I think this is a pretty good spice beer, but out of the three Saison du Buffs... I like the the DFH the best.

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Photo of JayQue
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I missed out on this one the first time around. I had the Dogfish Head and Victory versions but had to wait till the 2012 collaboration for this one. Very similar to the others, less lemon zest, more grassy hops but still heavy duty on the spices.

Pours a hazy gold color with a big carbonated white head and some thick lacing. Head retention is pretty good.

Strong aroma of grassy hops and rosemary and the othr spices.

Taste is similar to aroma. Spices up front, a little vegetable taste but not enough to mess things up and some grassy hops.A little lemon zest here, but not as much as the other versions. No funkiness or yeasty taste like traditional saisons Like the other versions, this is not a beer for mass swilling, the spices would get annoying after two beers.

Mouthfeel is light but not weak and watery, crisp and interesting on the tongue with the spices.

All in all, a good refreshing summer beer.

Overall a pretty good summer beer, I still like more traditional Saisons better

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Photo of spoony
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll preface this review by saying that I think this beer was well done, just not my thing.

A-Nice golden color, with a touch of brown honey color. It poured slightly cloudy with a thin off-white head (I poured from bottle into a pint glass).

S-Strong herbal notes...lots of thyme, a touch of lemon and straw.

T-The herbal notes carry through strongly, which is both good and bad, IMO. There is a slight hoppiness to it and somewhat vegetal taste that I found a little off-putting after about 3 oz. I would have liked more apple and/or pear flavors.

M-fair to midland...moderate carbonation, medium body. You notice the alcohol versus some other saisons.

O-It was a complex beer, with a long finish. True to its label, it was very herbal. However, that vegetal aspect rubbed me the wrong way and I could have used more yeast/fruit. I just don't think it was for me.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into chalice. 2012 version.

A - Pours a hazy golden color akin to apple juice. The head is thin for the style, little more than a halo. The lacing is unimpressive.

S - Fresh herbs dominate the nose as advertised. Thyme, sage and fennel seed come to mind. They combine with a slight barnyard funk to make this one smell like an herb garden. Lacks the citrus character I usually enjoy in Saisons, but this one works.

T - Starts herbal then sweet belgian yeasts hit midpalate. Slightly citric, unlike the nose. The finish is of funk and mild grassy hops. There is a slightly astringent aftertaste, but it becomes less noticeable as it warms.

M - Medium body with a dry finish. The carbonation is serviceable for the style.

O - Ironically this was the first of the three Saison du Buff that I tried, but the last I am reviewing. This one, like the others, is big on the herbs. I really enjoyed the aroma but my palate fatigued of the flavors somewhat, by the end. I would still rate it just above the DFH version, in the competition of interesting, but mediocre beers.

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Photo of Jsenay
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into Russian River goblet

A - Pours light straw in color with a heavy forming head and some thick lacing.

S - definitely picking up the sage and thyme with the rosemary coming through faintly and some hay.

T - Sage is the easiest to pick out in the flavor. I'm guessing its the herb that they used the most of. Some subtle sweetness is evident.

M - Starts off sweet and drys out through the finish. Carbonation is subtle and it finishes dry with a tinge of herbaceous notes.

O - A nice rendition of a Saison but, not something I would look to drink a lot of. The problem lies with the sage. I feel that they used it a tad too much and it completely masked the other flavors that I'm guessing they wanted the drinker to experience. Nice novelty item but, that's about where it ends.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, herbs, and spices. Taste is of malt, grain, herbs, spices, and yeast. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty easy to drink but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this version of SDB after waiting a long time to get ahold of this second brewing from Stone. Nice looking beer - golden color, crystal clear, and with a good head. Even after 20 minutes some head remains. Smell is bright with the spices and a good dose of lemon. Taste is enjoyable - very refreshing - in addition to the expected Saison flavor the hops come through a bit more in this version that Victory or DFH. Well done!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, straw yellow with a white finger width head and decent retention, resulting in a fine lace with nice stick.

Smell - Strong herbal aromas, especially from the sage and parsley. Slightly minty hint; probably due to the thyme.

Taste - Starts with an herbal combination of flavors; somewhat earthy, minty, citrusy and slightly peppery; mid-taste there's a mellow banana note from the yeast, otherwise the brew is fairly consistent in flavor from start to finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall - Very well executed, but not a necessarily a combination of flavors I'm really looking for or craving in a beer. The ingredients list reads off like something you might use to spice up one's spaghetti sauce.

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Photo of bmoriarty
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh, 12 oz. bottle into a half pint tasting glass.

Pours a very clear golden color with a thin pure-white head that faded slowly. Almost looks like a pilsner, which caught me off guard given the name.

Very powerful smell, with the strongest notes being of thyme and parsley, with a bit of lemon. Had a hard time picking out the rosemary, which is unfortunate. Very aromatic, definitely a unique smell that I really enjoyed.

Taste is not as powerful as the smell, at least up front. At first it's simply clean and clear - but the herbs appear in full force as the beer moves to the back of your mouth.

Finely carbonated, great mouthfeel, almost like drinking champagne.

Overall, delicious and easy to drink. No hint of alcohol. Distinctly HERBAL as opposed to the floral/citrusy flavors we're familiar with from hops & white beers.

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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.