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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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513 Reviews

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Reviews: 513
Hads: 1,186
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
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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Photo of jminsc76
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a Bruery tulip, pours a thick, white, foamy head atop a yellow-ish golden body. Thick legs as I tilt the glass but very little lacing.

Aromas of spices, coriander, orange peel, and something really sweet and complex. The aromas change as it warms, and it smells good, like Christmas. Stupendous.

Flavors are a strong spicy, with all of the flavors - parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme - washing across the palate like the stuff on a kitchen cutting board. It does not exhibit the kind of sweetness in the bouquet, but that's ok. Makes for a richer experience. Could use a little more balance though.

The mouthfeel is thin, but the level of carbonation cleanses the palate, and I must say this pairs incredibly well with the buffalo burger I am eating right now.

Overall, this is a bit of a novelty beer, and here is why: lack of balance. The herbs and spices are WAAAYYYY too overpowering, to the point where the usual elements that make a good saison are barely present. However, it's still tasty; it could just use a little more refinement. (1,055 characters)

Photo of mrkrispy
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had this on tap tonight before a movie. Didn't know much about it, so I went in with a clean mind...sometimes objectivity isn't the best way to approach a beer I've now realized.

Arrived a slight amber pale, hazy with a decent foam head.

Overwhelming aroma of rosemary and herbs, some grapefruit and lemon in there. Even though I found it somewhat repulsive I give it a 3 because I assume they were aiming for a big rosemary nose and they nailed it.

Based on the aroma not looking forward to to the taste...which actually wasn't as bad. At first. Starts as a light refreshing citrusy saison, bit funky, and then the taste of someone spilling their italian herb blend in hits me. The base beer seems quite promising, but the herb thing just plain sucks. Zesty, bit of a tart astringent finish. 4oz probably would have been enough. The beer gets near solid 3s just because the base beer seems quite tasty...if it wasn't as solid this would be 2s all the way.

I don't get excited about Collaboration beers, and this is the perfect reminder for me. No more plunking down my money for a bunch of brewers to get together and circle jerk. (1,137 characters)

Photo of vacax
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours straw gold, mild cloudiness, moderate white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma has a large amount of herbs to it, obviously in large part to the herb additions, though it melds nicely together with a light farmhouse funk and citric hop character. The sage, thyme, and rosemary all have a good presence but it all comes together fairly indistinctly. The flavor starts off with a large amount of geranium notes with grapefruit acidity and mild farmhouse funk and thyme, light sage. Sharp herbal bitterness in the middle and end, dry finish with mild farmhouse. Not sure if the herbs are bringing the bitterness up here or what, but it is a bit astringent on the finish, overly dry and really reduces the refreshment/drinkability factor. Light to medium bodied with forceful carbonation. The smell probably pleases me most here, I want to like it more than I do, the finish really brings down the drinkability for me. (928 characters)

Photo of SenorBeaver
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Looks great and golden like a heffiweisen.. but without the funky aftertaste.

Instead of a citrus, it is an herbal beer tasting of rosemary.

Smells great.

Taste good... would be great with a salmon cooked on a cedar plank.

Would limit to a couple of pints at most.

Fantastic collaboration. (296 characters)

Photo of sandiego67
2.74/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I attended the kick-off event a few weeks ago when Dogfishead and Victory were at Stone Brewing to kick-off the collaboration and got to taste some of the wort made that day.

Last Sunday, I had the final product on tap at Stone Brewing.

I appreciate when brewers push the envelope and encourage collaborations but this one just didn't work.

The appearance is a nice clear yellow with little carbonation. Pleasant enough.

Smell, Taste and Drinkability are all highly interrelated in this beer. It is very herbal. I don't know which herb gives it the grassy flavor but it is a little overpowering. This beer might be ok in small samples but too earthy to make it enjoyable for a full pint.

Mouthfeel is as expected. Light and not very malty.

I bought a few bottles at Stone and will give it another try later to see if my opinion changes. (842 characters)

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

Stone, Dogfish Head and Victory collaborate. That screams "must buy!" in my book. The name's kinda dumb, but the bottle reveals that it stands for "Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor," which is cool. "Scarborough Fair" wouldn't have been a bad name either, considering...

Hazed golden color with a thin but long-lasting white head. Bubbles rise up cool and slow from bottom to top.

Aroma is a total herbal throwdown...rosemary and sage win out over their other two partners, but it's all there really, as is a white pepper vibe. It's like standing in the middle of a flower/herb greenhouse as everything is in full bloom.

Flavor is, as expected, heavily herbal and flowery; there's a light honeyed sweetness at first, which gives way to a very grassy sort of bitterness, which rides through strongly in the finish. It's like chomping down on a flower. Luckily, nothing's too insanely out of whack, and there's good definition to the flavor, in that every herb can be picked out and identified.

Airy, springy kind of mouthfeel; pleasant tingle; a little bit of stick but mostly dry. Probably just as it should be considering the style and overall flavor profile.

A completely unique beer, even amongst some of the more experimental American takes on the saison style. It could've gone totally out of whack, considering each of these herbs is assertive on its own, much less thrown into a beer together. But when you take into account who's in charge, I'm not surprised at its balance. Worth trying at least once, even at the high price these Stone collaborations are usually set at. (1,588 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Are you going to Scarborough Faire?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine," - Simon and Garfunkel

12 oz. bottle, procured at the BevMo in Cypress,

A: Pours a clear dark yellow with a fluffy white head, solid retention.

S: Sage for weeks - not days, forest, a beautiful herbal smell. I'm in Heaven right now.

T: It's all about the herbs here. The rosemary really comes out and complements the sage which is as with the nose the major factor. Malt is relatively light but lends balance to the great flavours.

M: Medium-bodied, dry, elegant.

D: This is really good stuff. It's extremely herbal, but I like that so it worked nicely for me. Begs to be with food. I'm excited to hold on to my other bottle for a few months and see what happens to it. (816 characters)

Photo of pastradul
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had out of a bottle, poured into my Vertical Epic.

Pours a nice bright gold. With a nice dense white head on it.

Smell is like i dropped a spice rack and all the bottles broke open! Wow, there is a lot of stuff going on in this beer. All of the herbs plus that great Stone hop smell!

This reminds me a bit of the Vertical epic 07, which is mt favorite of the series I have had so far! Bright yeast spice followed by a rush of the different herbs. With a nice hop finish!

this is a great drinking beer. i went through the glass before i even new it. This would go great with food!

Going to pick up some bottle and let these bad boys age some! (648 characters)

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

Bought at Whole Food Market Pasadena (Arroyo Parkway), Calif.

Poured a golden yellow color into a tulip glass. Small head with a decent carbonation. Big smell of mints and herbs hits the nose. Almost "herb-like", mon. The taste of herbs and a light mint flavor on first sip. Mouthfeel of different herbs and light spices. The drinkability is interesting with different flavors staying on the tastebuds. A saison beer from three craft breweries definitely makes this an interesting beer. Ran out of beer just trying to figure out the taste. Should have bought another bottle. (575 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a red wine glass from a 12 oz. brown bottle. Golden lemon in color with a light haze, the beer is topped with an inch of nearly white foam which settles to some early lacing. Light carbonation allows the cap to settle after a few minutes.

Nose is quite hoppy for a saison with a large dose of lemon citrus and light pine notes, with the sage and rosemary adding some complexity and a peppery spice. Yeast esters are largely covered by the spices, revealing themselves a bit as the beer warms. Spices do a good job to add different levels to the aroma with the lighter spices notable only after the carbonation settles as the hops become more subtle.

Lemony sweet grain turns to a coarse and spicy bitterness briefly, then followed by a somewhat lingering citric finish. Feel varies through the palate and is generally somewhat coarse and dry for a Saison and thus not quite as refreshing as a cleaner version would be. Lots of hops and spice notes keep things interesting nonetheless. (998 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?

Pours into a tulip yellow-gold with a good 1 finger of fluffy white head. Moderate carbonation maintains throughout and a clingy lace remains. The nose, oh my goodness! Flowers and herbs, sweet grass, hay, wet earth, a little barnyard funk hiding way in the back. Warms to give lemon/citrus notes. First sip is a mix of parsely mint snap followed by a tingly sage-rosemary bite. Herbal, oily slick hop finish draws you back again and again. Crisp, refreshing, bright and vibrant. A perfect summer beer. Unique and inventive. Can't wait to try Victory and Dogfish Head's variations.

...Then she'll be a true love of mine. (657 characters)

Photo of photomike
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very lightly hazed, very pale orange-gold with an unfortunately short soft-white head that leaves nice streaks of lacing down the sides of my tulip.

Smell is fantastic, bursting with herbs. Lightly sweet, the rosemary, sage and thyme are all individually discernable. Somehow, the beer doesn't really smell very savory. Somewhat peppery and yeasty. Really nice.

Taste follows suit. All of the herbs show up in perfect balance, and the malt provides a sort of tangerine sweetness that makes for a really drinkable, really delicious package. Very slightly bitter finish.

The carbonation is fine and effervescent. Remarkably clean finish. Light-bodied.

This is an incredibly drinkable brew. The herbs are really well balanced, and the overall package is nearly ideal.

As a big fan of both the Stone/Nogne O/JP holiday beer and the Maui/Schmidt/Stone collaboration, it speaks volumes that this is perhaps my favorite beer from the collaboration series Stone is putting out. I had low expectations for this brew, and it far exceeded them. Though I drank it on its own, this strikes me as a perfect food beer. (1,121 characters)

Photo of rshellman
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to tulip glass. Incredibly complex saison...all herbs up front in the nose. Picking up the mint, all though I think that might have been the only herb NOT used in this. Mouthfeel is fantastic, nicely carbonated and the alcohol is present but not overpowering. The sage and rosemary really love to duke it out in this one, it seems every sip one outshines the other. Not sure where the parsley is in this, but perhaps that is what is attributing to the bitterness I am picking up in the aftertaste? All in all, solid collaboration...this is why I love craft beer. Keep on pushing the envelope and making interesting beers! (640 characters)

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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
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