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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,147 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,147
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 48
Gots: 49 | 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 JayQue
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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

JayQue, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of LibrariansLoveBEER
3/5  rDev -20.8%

LibrariansLoveBEER, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of spoony
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

spoony, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of TheRuss9585
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

TheRuss9585, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of VonZipper
4/5  rDev +5.5%

VonZipper, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Jovo
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Jovo, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of BigLittleHokis
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

BigLittleHokis, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

NoLeafClover44, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of HopBrain
4/5  rDev +5.5%

HopBrain, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev +5.5%

ShemRahBoo, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Whattappend
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Whattappend, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Jsenay
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Jsenay, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Hanzo, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Oakenator
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
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!

Oakenator, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Antnyd82
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Antnyd82, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of hlatimer266
4/5  rDev +5.5%

hlatimer266, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Nightrain87, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of BarHop510
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

BarHop510, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of shade13
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

shade13, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of JRBecks
3/5  rDev -20.8%

JRBecks, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Jaldama
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Jaldama, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -20.8%

jaidenjb, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev +5.5%

hoppymcgee, Jul 25, 2012
Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,147 ratings.