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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,172
Reviews: 513
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 49
Gots: 52 | 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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Ratings: 1,172 | Reviews: 513
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted side by side with the other Saison Du Buff beers, I found the Stone to be the darkest in color, the most cloudy, the most spicy/peppery, and the most bitter.

It poured a deep gold/orange body beneath a massive head of foamy bright white that seemed to take forever to settle and left sheets of thin lacing about the glass, and a dollop of creamy froth floating in the middle of the surface.

The aroma expressed yeast and basic malt, a floral and herbal character, mild chalky citrus peel, a bit of dried fruit (mainly apricot) and and a clear waft of tea. It also displayed more sage than the others, but rosemary and thyme as well.

The flavor was spicy up front, followed by sage and other herbs, malt, some mineral and yeast and then a combination of hop and herb that dried it nicely and lingered in a surprisingly long finish - the solid bitterness and herb goes on forever, with lots of rosemary.

Overall, it's a fairly bitter and herbal beer, but it still seems to offer a pretty good amount of drinkability. Unless you let it warm, the herbaceous character is pretty much kept in check, and there's a solid bitterness there that helps to cut it short in the finish. I could easily see drinking two of these in one sitting, and yet there's still a good deal of complexity to it. Nicely done!

Photo of thecarster1
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a snifter, one and a half fingers worth of bright white dense, creamy head, hazy lemongrass color, active bubbling, great retention and lacing. just beautiful.

s- wow, peppery saison meets hops and floral and herbal ipa, slight rosemary and thyme. smells great, like being out in my herb garden.

t- ohh man, here we go.. peppery, hoppy, parsley, rosemary, thyme, sage, wow. i can actually pull out all the herbs here. so herbal, but the rosemary sticks out a bit above the rest. sweet grapefruit juice and rind round it out. this is killer.

m- medium bodied.

d- so great, i was blown away by this. i wish all saisons were this tasty, this is truly a one of a kind beer that i really hope that they will brew again. really wonderful.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

so not my normal drinking session, i decided to sit in the park after work with this one that i kept in the cooler all day at my desk and poured into a ccb pint glass, enjoyed on 10/08/2010.

really a fantastic pour here with a golden amber color that was completely hazed over and cloudy with a full three inches of head sitting on top of the glass that just dripped down the sides throughout the entire session.

aroma is deep hops and herbs right from the front. dense citrus and floral lavender and herbs come through very clearly and brightly as the smell is intoxicating and just remarkable. i really am not paying attention to those panning this one as i thought it was remarkable. such a bright and flavorful beer. deep citrus hops, lavender and chamomile, hints of herbs, fresh grasses, light spices, just sublime. smooth, light body is nearly perfectly carbonated and left me in awe after each remarkable sip.

overall i am bowled over with this one. really a sublime beer that defines style. perfect beer for a perfect.

Photo of sampstar
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Went to the Stone Tap Takeover in Charlotte, there was about a 20 minute delay for the second round of samplers, so i ordered this one with high hopes. They described it as a farmhouse ale?

Appearance was a light golden straw, it did have a nice white lacing
Smell was encouraging to me, smelled slightly 'herb-like' with maybe some citrus as well.
Drinkability was the downfall with what to me was an overpowering pine or herb taste that just wasn't enjoyable. i wished i had ordered any other beer that i had already tried.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled July 2010
A careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat, four-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The head has lots of staying power and, as it slowly subsides, leaves lots of lacing patterns on the sides of my glass. The beer is a rich gold hue that has some touches of orange to it, but shows a very bright, straw gold color when held up to the light. The beer smells up front like American hops; a bright citrus character backed by herbal pine like aromatics. The herbal character is quite interesting, but could still be hop derived, but the more you dig the more you realize that it couldn't be from hops. This reminds me of lemon thyme, sage, perhaps a touch of eucalyptus, rosemary and even a touch of menthol; really though the biggest note to me is of the sage. This is definitely a beer dominated by the spice character as I don't really get any of the base malt character; though perhaps there is some spiciness derived from the yeast character (clove mostly, but some pepper-like notes).

Fairly dry tasting, and when you add the herbs on top of this the beer is quite dry from start to finish. Woody rosemary notes, peppery, earthy sage, some lavender like notes, potpourri, and even a touch of lemon zest. The herbs add some woody astringency to the finish that lingers on in the finish coating and drying out the palate pretty significantly. Hints of straw like grain, and a touch of honey-like malt (that seems derived from herbal flowers) become noticeable after a bit, but are still very subtle underneath the dominant herbal character. There is actually a fair amount of body to this brew, but the herbs make this seem lighter than it actually is.

There is a nice bright lemon note in the nose that doesn't quite translate to the flavor. It is interesting how much this smelled like it was aggressively hopped during my first few smells of the nose, especially when all this came from the herbs with a touch of yeast character thrown in.

Photo of beerhan
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

yeah this beer is magic. It goes down so smooth and is quite deliciousl It tastes like tree sap, honey, lemon, and chewed bubble gum with a mouth feel of tingly butterflies. Smells very citrusy with no hops really present. An amazing session beer if it wasnt five dollars a bottle. I would never buy it myself but nonetheless delicious.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Pours cloudy gold with a three inch head of porous white. A solid skim coat remained for the glass as well as tattered sheets of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of rosemary, followed by hints of sage and thyme. Very pungent and spicy. The Saison yeast I'm sure adds quite a bit of clovey essence but the rosemary really is leading the charge here.

Light to medium bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel.

Green herbs and ground spices start the palate. Mega-rosemary with a bit more of the sage coming through and thyme bringing up the rear. Very spicy and almost peppery on the throat. Light malt with a minerally crispness underneath.

Finishes with lingering rosemary and a spicy bite.

Very interesting but the spicing is way overdone and kills the drinkability.

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Rattle n Hum in NYC for the Total Tap Takeover Tour. It was served in a Chimay chalice. This isn't my favorite style of beer so take this review for what it is worth.

Look: there's a lot of haze but it looks a solid golden yellow, like straw. Very thick white head that retains well and good lacing. There's obviously a lot of carbonation in this one.

Smell: there's some yeast and hops along with some citrus flavors in the smell, like lemon. There is also some spiciness in the smell as well.

Taste: sweet and herbal with some citrus hop bitterness.

Feel: a lot of carbonation makes this very crisp. Light bodied.

Drink: I could see it being drinkable, however I was tired of it after about half a glass so I'm just rating it as average.

Overall, worth a try especially if you like the three breweries involved.

Photo of wifehatesbeer
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I really like this style, so I was excited to finally try this beer. It's definitely a more creative version than a traditional saison, but it was interesting.

Pours the expected hazy golden. Huge herbal scent and flavor. Nice mouthfeel, as one would expect from a saison. I think the rosemary note overwhelms what I hoped would be a slightly more crisp flavor. But I'm not disappointed, because you have to expect these breweries to push the brew in a new direction.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice straw pour. Good bubbly white head and thick sticky lacings. Visible, quick, carbonation.

Up front the aroma is pretty standard saison with some dusty yeast and very nice lemon touch. Rosemary and thyme follow through pretty quickly, mingling with the citrus for a very nice combination.

Surprising harshness up front. Yeast, alcohol, and herbs all combine for a bit of a brutal introduction, amped up by the lively carbonation. Lemon sweetness starts to come through near the finish, balancing things out a bit, but doesn't go far enough. The end result is sort of a bitter mess with the herbs packing quite a punch. Scaling back the carbonation probably could have helped keep the party nice and subdued.

A novelty saison, don't think I'd order/buy another.

Photo of hwwty4
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to gtted for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter. This beer pours a hazy golden with a big 4 inch white cap that leaves pretty significant lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is lemon rind, a little grass and a whole lot of herbal. The rosemary and the thyme are really prevalent. Massive herbal notes. The flavor is very similar. Its really herbal. Rosemary up front and thyme finishing on the back end. In the middle is lemon grass. Very herbal. Light on the hops, light on the malts but huge on the spice cabinet. The mouthfeel is a bit disappointing. It finishes really full and sweet. Saisons should finishes at least somewhat dry. This one should have fermented out just a little more. To me, this is a middle of the road Saison. Nothing spectacular.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a collboration beer between Stone, Victory and Dogfish Head...Pours a hefeweizen-like cloudy, lemonade-ish color. Lightly carbonated and has a very short head. Good lacing...Aroma is heavily loaded with rosemary, but has a real Tuscan shape to it overall. Kind of like the spice that makes a good fricasse...Some citrusy notes in there too, keeping with the style. Not bad but I'm not a huge herbed beer guy...Flavor is very herbal. Lots of the Thyme, sage, rosemary notes but I'm not getting the parsley. Very good mouthfeel, and the carbonation is nice. Very bitter, in a bad way, on the finish. The herbal notes don't diminish at all. Well-priced at $2.99/12oz. bottle, though, so that brings the drinkability up. A light-bodied and crisp ale, but not really sessionable because the herbal notes are overpowering. They likely accomplished their goal with this, but it's not up my alley. Worth trying for its unique qualities and many of you might like it, particularly if paired with a Tuscan meal.

Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed wiht parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme - I had no idea what to expect going into this, but the savory herbs were wonderfully woven through the flavor profile. Rather than a novelty beer, this is something I could see rotating through my beer fridge on a regular basis. I'd love to have a bottle at Thanksgiving.

Photo of nataku00
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just like the old irish song, Scarborough Fair, Saison du BUFF is brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.

Poured from a bottle into an Allagash chalice (slightly fluted snifter). A slightly clloudy yellow with an initial three fingers of white fluffy head. Good amount of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass attempting to sustain a quickly subsiding head, lacing lightly along the edge of the glass.

Nose is herbal hops, but reading the bottle description, I was expecting this aroma. A little bit of grapefruit as well, with an underlying sweetness.

Taste follows the nose, with the herbs mingling with piney hops upfront. The citrus is present in the aftertaste though. A bit other fruits as well, mixture of pineapple and pear.

A light bodied and well carbonated beer is refreshing. Lingers on the palate a little too long for my tastes for a saison, but is otherwise a good beer that's easy to drink and is nice on a warm evening like tonight.

Photo of nas5755
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- hazy golden orangery straw color(the most hazy beer of the three)

S- Extremely herbaceous, with rosemary dominating and parsley coming through on the nose with a slight minty-grass base blended with some hops.

T- The most heabaceous of the three. Rosemary dominates the palate with some citrus and sweetness that aren't apparent on the other versions. The finish is on the sweet side with many herbaceous notes, mainly parsley.

Overall- This was my favorite of the three different batches. I feel like Stone played with the herb addition timing more than the other breweries; this one was layered very nicely. A very interesting beer that if I revisit I will be doing under Stones interpretation.

Photo of Duttonic
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 08/25/10. Served in an oversized wine glass.

A- Deep yellow. 1 1/2 fingers of small bubble, foamy head. Hazy, lots of sediment, really bubbly.

S- Herbal, sweet, sage, rosemary, thyme, flowery.

T/M- Tingly, creamy, light, mildly bitter, tastes like summer.

D- Amazing. Unlike any saison I've ever had. Find two and save one for later.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at City Tap House at the end of PBW 2010. From old notes I just found.

A- Bright yellow, hazy orange with a big clunk of tightly packed foam and sagging lace. A nice looker, bright and bold.

S- A literal spice rack with a touch of earthy hops and some grain on the end. Not very pleasant, goes off in different directions.

T- Getting rosemary up front with some thyme following and other spices following. A small earthy hop bite in the middle followed by a malty finish that is not that large.

M- All in all this finishes pretty dry on the mouth afterwards. Could use a touch more crispness for the style. Less than medium with a spice punch, be prepared.

D- This was a bit much for me, a bit rugged and not very quaffable, I suppose I like more str8 forward saison's.

Photo of russwbeck
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought 2 12oz Bottles of the Dogfishhead and Stone versions of the Saison du BUFF and drank them side by side on two separate occasions. This is my review after the second tasting.

A: More difficult pour than DFH version, although looks much better. Huge, bubbly and think head that leaves beautiful lacing down the glass.

S: Way more hops in the smell, otherwise very similar. Full of Citrus and other herbs.

T: Bam! Much more of a punch than DFH, finishes way more dry. I get the DFh taste after the hops. However, I think the alcohol is more present in this brew, DFH is better.

MF: More Carbonation, otherwise similar.

D: Just like DFH, would be more drinkable if I had more of it!

Final Verdict: While Victory looked and smelled better, I enjoyed the taste of DFH and while I would I would never turn either down, I would take DFH by a slim margin.

Photo of KAP1356
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Pours a slightly hazy, yelloish, straw color. A HUGE billowing white head forms and takes a bit to recede. Very inviting appearance

S - Very herbal aroma with the notables present; parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. There also seems to be some pepper and coriander as well. Theres some slight citrus notes that add a nice fruityness to the nose; tangerine and grapefruit seem to be the most noticeable.

T - Extremely strong herbal punch right in the front. The same herbs that came through in the nose make an appearance as well as some ginger. The citrus notes come through in the palate too. The taste just seems a bit strong and there doesn't seem to be much about this, i.e. lack of yeast, that reminds me of a saison.

M - Quite carbonated (HUGE hiss when I popped the cap). Very stingy, prickly sensation due to the carbonation which does not ease the drinking of this one.

D - Although it is a great idea, I don't feel that it really came together as nicely as Stone may have expected it to in this brew. I probably couldn't drink too many of these as the herb punch was a bit too much.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, fluffy, white head of foam. Nice retention and some sudsy lace.

S - It smelled of herbs! The rosemary, sage, thyme and parsley all blend into one delicious herb aroma.

T - Nice herbal flavor with a sweet caramel backbone. There is a hint of fruitiness and yeast kick, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium bodied ale.

D - This is a very interesting offering. It's worth picking up to try before it is gone.

Photo of TheStove
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap for 3 Floyd's - Victory night at Fountainhead.

Poured into a stemmed tulip and comes out almost transparent brilliant golden yellow which I find a tad odd as it lacks the usual murkiness I find of many saison beers.

Many spices upon first smells. It isn't unlike getting smacked in the face with a bunch of parsley, thyme and some hops. Smacked in the face doesn't necessarily mean bad it's just a very potent and obvious scent profile from the beginning.

Parsley, rosemary and some thyme dominate upon sipping with light yeast and candy flavors underlying the sip. The flavors tend to fluctuate as the brew is consumed with any one of them really taking the stage on your tongue. It finishes nice and clean with apparent yeast similar to a Belgian.

Tough to say about this brew. It definitely isn't like a lot of saisons out there and I don't think it is representative of the style however the innovation involved is impressive. This one definitely isn't for everyone but if you fancy yourself any kind of slight beer enthusiast, it is worth buying a bottle.

Photo of augustgarage
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Troubadour tulip. Best before August 16, 2011.

Clear light amber body with a whispy ivory head that recedes quickly to a gossamer slick surrounded by a small collar.

Herbaceous nose is full of spicy earthy greenery. Pale malt and minty hops accentuate the herbs.

Thyme, basil, sage, etc. form a weedy palate entry which is vegetal and borderline overwhelming (though less so in the bottle than from a fresh keg). The yeast that should be central to any good saison is nowhere to be found, instead there is a mild hop bitterness and a malty core struggling to offset the gimmicky potpourri.

Rather thin with average carbonation and no effervesence. Again, rather poor for the style and anything but "buff."

More interesting than good - freedom from convention here supersedes respect for tradition. Best served with food, but otherwise avoided.

Photo of soupyman10
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this cause I'm a huge fan of all three breweries. This was quite a tasty beer, a unique Saison and one of the better collaborative brews that Stone's put out. It was a light yellow color with a big bubbled head that dissolved quickly - looked like it had some fizz to it. Flavor was nice and fruity, dominated by big herbal flavors of rosemary and possibly other. Not surprisingly there's a bit of Stone hoppiness, orange, some yeast and wheat in there. A very light and fizzy brew, sort of a combo between an imperial pilsener and a saison. Tasty and unique, with the herbs in there.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone brewed version pours a clear, slightly hazy sunrise yellow with an inch of bubbly white foam on top. Nice sticky lacing. Aromas are very herbal and spicy upfront. I get rosemary and sage the most myself. Crisp sun-dried grain backbone. Earthy yeast melds in as well. Nice and well balanced with the spices.

First sip brings crisp light grain malt upfront with an immediate kick of herbal spiciness. Rosemary and sage come through again with a bitterness on the way down as well. Finishes crisp and dry with lingering herbal accents.

Crisp & smooth throughout with good carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, but while the herbs make it unique, it also makes it something I couldn't drink too much of.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a luminous golden color with slight haze and white head. Nose has a very appetizing herbal quality with lemon creme. On the palate the herbal qualities dominate, and the sweetness I anticipated was not there. It was rather peppery too, with a good mouthfeel bite, and finished peppery as well.

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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
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