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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,123 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,123
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 48
Gots: 47 | 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 jslot38


3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally stumbled across a bottle of this. 12 oz to tulip.

Appearance: A massive amount of head rises to the top of this brew with a steady pour. Very enticing. Body is a copper yellow with just a touch of haze. Strong amount of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell: Great saison smell. Spice, clove, fruit, bread and grain.

Taste: This is pretty different. Good though. Traditional saison taste upfront, followed by an aftertaste of a bouquet of herbs. The use of thyme, rosemary, and sage is obvious. The bottle says they chose the style because of the creativity it affords them, and this is pretty creative.

Mouthfeel: Lighter on the carbonation that I was expecting, and fades a little fast.

Drinkability: While an interesting and different brew, 12oz is almost too much. This beer has some great characteristics but is almost too experimental.

I appreciate what the collaboration did here in trying to push the envelope. Its an interesting and good beer, but a bit too herbal which overwhelms what is probably a good saison under there.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 02:31:09 | More by jslot38
Photo of WanderingFool


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saison Du BUFF pours a slightly hazy, straw yellow with a small fluffy white head on top. Some lines and spots of lace stick to the glass as the head recedes. A steady stream of tiny bubbles flows up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is very spicy. Strong notes of rosemary, thyme and sage. Reminds me of a chicken dinner.

Each sip of this light bodied beer is soft on the palate, dry, with a light effervescent fizz. The flavor is much like the aroma and full of spices. Rosemary and sage are the strongest flavors. A little bit of sweetness and bubblegum in the middle. It finishes with some clove and a touch of bready yeast. Once gone the sage flavor lingers on the palate.

This was an interesting beer that's packed with aroma and flavor. It reminds me of a gruit more than a saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 21:26:26 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of PhiloPsych


4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saison is not a style I'm very familiar with. This beer is exceptionally herbal in aroma and taste. The rosemary, sage, and parsley it was brewed with help explain that; but the hops are the outstanding herb and very nice. The mouthfeel is light, but resinous, which I appreciate. The color is light, hazy yellow--it's a visually attractive beer. Along with the herbal, piney hopes, the defining character, for me, is what I'd call "Belgian funk." This might not have been the obvious choice of style for Stone and Dogfish to brew together, but, by my lights, it is a creative and well-crafted beer. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 21:55:09 | More by PhiloPsych
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


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

Excuse me, I (Nick) am a little sick. No congestion, but my sense might be a bit off. (This also happens to be review #666.)

Poured into a 7oz. snifter.

Appearance: Poured out crystal clear and goldenrod in color, generating two full fingers of soft, white fluff. Initial head stuck around for a bit, but eventually settled as a soapy crown. Nice lacing all the way down. Moderate carbonation and light sedimentation.

Smell: Clove, banana, original bubblegum, and potpourri come to mind immediately. Sweet grains and hay are also there. Nice combo, though I'd like to get a bit more funk out of this one; it's a little too tame for me.

Taste: Sweet and floral, with clove and bubblegum contributing quite a bit to the overall flavor. Lemon rind, floral esters, honeysuckle, and flowery hops commingle in the finish and lead into a flavorful, long-lasting aftertaste. While I'm not finding as many sour and funky flavors as I'd normally like, I'm really enjoying this saison. This is one of Stone's better collaborations.

Mouthfeel: Intense, rolling carbonation massages the palate - very nice! Light body and moderate ABV keep things from getting out of hand. Aftertaste is long-lasting and flavorful. Saison du Buff is a complex, yet fairly easy, drinking beer.

Drinkability: This is the third time I've had this beer, and while it's not great or the style, it is very enjoyable/drinkable. I'll probably pick up another bottle if/when I see it. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 05:29:53 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of earthboundagain


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer is a very clear golden hue. Nice white head and great lacing.

S: Unique is a nice description, smells like a fresh jar of poultry seasoning.

T: A mix of hops and fresh herbs assault my taste buds, this beer is not for the faint of heart. Hops get stronger towards the end, but there in no noticeable bitterness.

M: This brew is highly carbed, and has a nice smedium body (yes I said smedium).

D: This beer is extreme without being overly harsh, I not saying it tastes bad, but I couldn't drink more then one at a time.

Notes: this beer is a nice change of pace, I have had it a few times, and it makes a wonderful marinade for chicken.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 20:38:49 | More by earthboundagain
Photo of number1bum


3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for hooking me up with a bottle of this.

Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a good two inches of off-white head. Keeps a full and pretty thick lace, with a nice ring of stick too.

Smell is very herbal as you would expect, making the real challenge to try to dissect the herbs into their component parts. The rosemary is probably the strongest, followed by the thyme. The parsley is the one that would seemingly be easiest to get lost, but it lends a grassiness to the aroma. There's also some pepper to this nose and some zesty, subtly sweet lemon.

Taste is also very herbal but also sweeter than the nose. The herbs all do their thing - no reason to repeat there, it's pretty much the same as the nose - but there is more sweetness which becomes a bit cloying. It's sticky sweet, with a citrus flavor to it, as well as some peppery spice.

Mouthfeel is on the plus side of a medium body but feels even heavier. The feel is off on this one in my opinion, much too creamy and full-feeling and ending up cloying in the finish.

Super herbal saisons, or any styles really, are always very hit (ie Rabbid Rabbit) or miss (ie Great Lakes Grassroots) with me. Surprisingly this one is neither. I don't love it, but I don't hate it either. It falls pretty much in the middle. It's pretty good, although not something I would drink with any regularity. An interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 00:48:06 | More by number1bum
Photo of stewart124


4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to pull a few strings to get this one...

Pours a golden yellow with a centimeter of fluffy white lace.

There are loads of spice and citrusy lemon in the nose.

Whoa on the spice! After pulling out some rosemary and thyme I could really spot the spices in the taste. These are subtle but coupled with yeast this makes for a spicy saison. There is a bunch lemon zest and this really brings and American feel to this.

Mouthfeel has quite a bit of carbonation and this finishes bone dry.

A very nice saison from these guys.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 00:45:35 | More by stewart124
Photo of beermanbrian


4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden color. Tons of carb bubbles kicking off the bottom give this one a lively look. Big frothy, sticky white head is the clincher for this one looking great. Smell starts off surprisingly fruity, some orange peal apricot. Smell quickly moves to spicy, coriander being the highlight. Pepper, sage and a full complement of others kick in to give this one incredible complexity. Taste matches the smell in complexity. This is one of the best saison's I've ever had. As good as expected from this all star team of brewing. Thanks for hooking me up cisco.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 00:24:49 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a very light orange yellow color with a huge 3 finger head. Unmistakenly clear with a golden yellow apple color. The lacing is ridiculous on this thing too. Aroma is great. I really get a spicy sage aroma on this one. Basil, thyme, parsley on the backend. A sweetness from the herbal notes really plays perfect with this one. Really a perfect nose. Taste is spot on too. Really has that nice spicy floral herbal thing going on here. Full bodied saison with a nice oily back note to give this body. Mouthfeel falls a bit short as the carbonation is lacking a bit. Herbal oils take away from the crispness of this slightly. Drinkability is high. Very delicious and does wonders with food. Wish this came in larger format bottles for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 02:14:47 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of thatsfine


4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy yellow with a pretty thick one finger head in a pint glass. Retains pretty well and nice lacing is left on the glass. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Full of spices. Just smells sweet and crisp.

T - Wow. Full of spices. Rosemary stands out to me. Just so sweet and delicious. Very refreshing.

M - Pretty standard with the medium body and good carbonation. Just what you would expect it to feel like.

D - I could definitely put down a few of these. The abv is non-existent as you drink it. Kind of regret only buying one. At least its easy to get here.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 06:26:23 | More by thatsfine
Photo of Phelps


4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at Four Peaks in Tempe. psyched they finally put on some decent guest beers.

Looks: a deep, clear tangerine topped by a sticky, frothy white head with tightly packed bubbles that hangs around for quite a while. As it does recede, lace clings to the walls in great webbed sheets.

Smells: like a spice rack. Coriander, thyme, rosemary, cinnamon, cloves and a subtle backbone of grainy pale malt.

Tastes: wheaty, nice and sweet. Coriander, cloves, clementines, cinnamon, basil, white pepper. Spicy and complex, with a slightly drying finish. I like this immensely.

Feels: expansive. A light, effervescent carbonation bubbles it the mouth. Medium-bodied.

Drinks: like a salad. It was light, crisp, refreshing, and would be the perfect pre-dinner beverage. I found this incredibly easy-drinking, though the subtleties of flavor are diminished when paired with food. Best to enjoy this one all on its own.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2010 05:11:46 | More by Phelps
Photo of Beejay


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy yellow pear in color. Huge fluffy white head. The head is thick like a mousse, pretty sure you could fill walls with this. Lacing is pretty solid

S: Very herbal with grassy and floral hop notes. Perhaps chamomile in the back somewhere, perhaps it is the sage fooling me. Definitely some nice spice in there, Simon and Garfunkle must be proud.

T: That is one busy brew. Herbal at first, then comes spicey with sage at the front, then a tart tang, some belgian yeast flavors and it finishes on a spicy hop note with just a bit more tartness to round it out. This is an interesting brew, and would be hella good for cooking.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied, finished dry with typical belgian style carbonation.

D: This is such an interesting experience. Full of interesting spices, but they don't detract from the brew. Seems like with ever sip the flavor changes. This would be great to pair with some aged gouda.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 04:53:26 | More by Beejay
Photo of morebeergood


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle for $4 at BWX in Downtown Crossing. Served in a tulip style glass. Hazy yellow colored body. Excellent sized white head that remained intact for some time, plus some good lacing. Smell is where you first start to notice the herbs. It's like sticking your nose in a garden. Unusual, and I kind of like it. Taste was not as overpowering as the smell may suggest. All of the flavor profiles of a well built saison were there, including hay and fresh bread. The herbs were pronounced on the palate but added to the unique flavor of this beer. Mouthfeel for this beer was also quite good, as it had the tart crispness of a farmhouse ale. Drinkability may not be off the charts due to its interesting flavor, but it was tasty and refreshing. I can see how some people may not like this beer. But, I enjoyed it. Must be nice paired with an herb salad.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 19:28:26 | More by morebeergood
Photo of TMoney2591


2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Big thanks to GoGriz for this bottle!

Simon & Garfunkel would be so proud (or so litigious...whichever...). It pours an almost clear, somewhat hazy golden straw topped by a more-than-healthy couple fingers of white froth. The nose comprises a dichotomous mixture of wheat and citrus assaulted by a a horde of window-box garden spices (must be the S&G "Canticle" spices). The spices return to dominate the tongue as well, providing more than enough garnish for the dish, both literally and figuratively. Some citrus flies in behind them, but this is quickly quashed by a strong earthy/spicy collaboration. Still, though, the herbs/spices maintain their iron-clad grip on the situation. This is the first time I've experienced a sammich's filling be completely o'ershadowed by the bread. Honestly, I think I find it a bit too much. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, I gotta say I am underwhelmed by this brew. Brewing with the window-box greens is fine, but I don't think they should dizzominate the proceedings like they do here.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 07:45:05 | More by TMoney2591
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2.45/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Golden with a nice white head, not cloudy in any way.

S:Very herbal with spicy pepper undertones. Almost like a really good herbal crusty bread at times. I spent a lot of time sniffing before I tasted as this smell is like no other beer.

T:Starts a little spicy, and then the herbs take over. Too overpowering, covering up the flavors of this brew.

M:thin to moderate mouthfeel. Pretty high in carbonation.

D: The herbs make this beer very undrinkable to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 03:03:26 | More by jeffaz02t
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4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Golden in color. Very strong head formation, lots of frothy white head. Well retained - sticks around big time. Very bubbly, lots of carbonation. Not much for yeast suspension - a surprise for this style.

S - The scent screams saison. Huge amounts of wild yeast, spicy notes - earthy - lots of white pepper. Incredibly strong belgian yeast smell.

T - Starts off with a huge amount of white pepper - the belgian yeast is back again. Backed up with a good amount of pilsner malts - grainy, but yet sweet. Mid-stream pulls in more hopping, but only a light amount of noble hops. Finishes with a strong yeast spice.

M - Moderate bodied beer, but a strong carbonation profile. Stings the tongue nicely. Finishes very clean.

D - Very drinkable, almost deceivingly so saison. Not filling, and all the carbonation surprisingly doesn't make it filling. ABV is strong - but it is not noticeable.

I don't know how these three breweries were ableto work together, with that much talent in the room. I have to say they were successful in bringing the best of each of them into one very tasty saison.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 02:08:55 | More by katan
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District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Starts off odd, as from the appearance and aroma I'm left expecting an IPA. Aroma is very crisp and fresh, dominated by herbal and floral notes with mild citric hops and slight medicinal pinch. Appearance is a clear golden amber color with a massive foamy and rocky white head that leaves billowy patches of lace and a persistent thick layer of film and bubbles with a large foamy splotch in the middle. Given the description of ingredients for this beer, the flavor isn't very surprising, but certainly isn't a let down as this is very unique; but is it any good? Front of the palate is gripped by a citric, almost DIPA like flavor, though not remotely bitter. Moving back the palate a unique, musty earthiness dominated by herbal and floral flavors. Body is medium thick, mildly creamy, with strong fine carbonation that tries to clean up some of the sweet and herbal mess of the body. Very little about this beer makes me think of a saison, and I'm usually not crazy about herbal and medicinal flavors, but I'm strangely enjoying this beer. The only thing detracting from the drinkability of this is the long lingering dry aftertaste that is dominated by sage and other earthy spices. As with all the Stone collabs, an interesting beer, but not one I'm necessarily motivated to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 00:33:51 | More by yourefragile
Photo of busternuggz


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice-type glass.
Light fluffy 1/2" head that subsides to a thin layer, leaves some soapy lacing. Beautiful clear goldenrod color with small flecks of suspended sediment throughout, very appealing.
Smells great too, delicious herbs up front with the sage being prominent, a little bit of mint and licorice, some tart lemon, with a nice subtle funk underlying everything.
Tart and herbal taste, very crisp and clean with some nice bitter hops, lemon rind, and herbs on the finish. The herbs blend together nicely. Makes me think of some kind of medicinal poultice. Healing potions might taste like this. Where my nerds at?
Light bodied and thin, slides on through and leaves its taste behind. It works but I'd like a little more texture from it.
It's light and crisp, but the bitterness and flavors make it a sipper. Not something you need more than one of.
Not a lot of traditional saison character but that clearly wasn't the point. Had a nice balance of herbs, tart/bitterness, and funk. Unique and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 16:04:43 | More by busternuggz
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Poured a clear pale gold with two fingers of rocky white head. Very fragrant herbal aroma with the rosemary talking the lead. Also citrus from hops. Light bodied and crisp. Rosemary is again upfront in the flavor. Citrus in the middle. Some Belgian yeast spice in the finish. Also some hop bitterness in the finish.

Successful experiment. I don't think I would want more than one in a night, but I would buy it again, if it was available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 21:35:22 | More by homebrewhawk
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Produced at Stone.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a 3 inch, pillowy white head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving a few spots of lacing. Pours a hazy yellow, and leaves one or two streaks of lacing.

Smell: The rosemary, sage, and thyme dominate the nose, along with some very distinct Belgian saison notes, maybe some lemon, and peppermint. Really nice and really deep. The explosion of herbal notes is almost perfume-like, but there's a strong earthiness to the aroma. Also some tobacco smell. Probably could pick out random smells and list them for quite awhile with this one.

I'm teetering between 4.0 and 4.5 for smell here. I'm a sucker for a beer that gives me a different, interesting smell every time I put my nose to the glass. At the same time, not all of these smells are saying "Hey, drink me!" and some of them are pretty discordant with each other.

Taste: Entirely dominated by parsley. I'm kidding, and now you know that my beer review writing is humorless. I cannot taste parsley, and the rosemary, sage, and thyme are a bit more in the background too, but their influence is felt. Lots of herb and spice flavor, but also a strong hit of citrus hops and a soapy finish.

The flavors are rather savory, an impression that is augmented by the fullness of the mouthfeel. This beer is dying for an expert food pairing (unfortunately, I am not the expert to suggest one). It's looking for just the right match to catapult its taste score to a 5.0 and unlock the hidden potential of some dish or other. Would probably also work great in a sauce or a marinade.

I like this beer, and it's nice and refreshing like a saison should be. The building soapiness and bitterness in the finish are the major aspects that hold it back from a score higher than a 4.0. Also, while the taste is rather beautiful, it's not quite as complex as the aroma would lead you to expect.

To put it all another way, my first sip made me say, "Oh ho, there it is; these guys know what they're doing. Saisons are fluid styles, and this experiment is working." A lot of other sips followed suit; enough to (along with being pretty impressed with the character of a lot of those sips, the amount of flavors provided, the level of refreshment achieved) push this beer up to a 4.0 in taste. However, a non-negligible amount of sips made me say, "I am drinking straight soap, this sucks," or "This bitter, soapy cologne aspect of the flavor is warring with the other flavors." Not enough to ruin the beer, but enough to keep me from being too impressed.

Mouthfeel: For me, this is where this beer really shines. It's on the fuller side of medium bodied, and creamier than juicy, but distinctly both. Very nice, and the ideal delivery system for these flavors.

Drinkability: A lot of the flavors in this beer are so good that the growing soapiness and bitterness can't pull the taste score (for me) below a 4.0, but it's not one I would want to drink regularly. It's refreshing, and it's good, but I only want one tonight, and I wouldn't stock up on them.

I like an adventurous beer like this. Stone, Dogfish Head, and Victory promised a boundary pushing, challenging beer, and they delivered. On the whole, I like what they've done very much. I also don't think there's any "this isn't a traditional saison!" worry here (what's a "traditional saison"? The style is fluid by definition).

All that said, ultimately this is one of many beers that hits really high notes (great feel, really worthwhile aromas and flavors) but also messes up a few times (this soapiness is overboard, and the really busy aromas and flavors ruinously clash from time to time).

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 08:05:10 | More by Pahn
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4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, sage stands out and other spices are in there too. In the taste, spicy, yeasty, and a small tartness. A spicy bite and a small to medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry spicy, and small tart aftertaste. Nice spiciness, like the small tart and different spices used.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 14:10:00 | More by OWSLEY069


3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draft pour into a 12 or 13 oz tulip for $5.75.

A: One finger of foamy white head. Decent retention with a lingering film and sudsy collar. The body is darker than most saisons. Amber colored with roughly 50% transparency. Minimal lacing.

S: The nose is wonderful but not exactly saison-like. Herbal hops dominate balanced by some citrus and a bit of summer fruit. Plenty spicy. Slightly medicinal. Light menthol. A lady at the bar likened the aroma to 'Tom's from Maine' (the natural toothpaste). If you didn't pick up on it yourself, order another while this brew is around...I can't get past it now.

T: What is unique on the nose is less successful on the palate. Complex with a plethora of herbs which are not quite offset by lemon-orange hops, followed by floral notes. Rated a 3.0 (average) in taste, but this is anything BUT your average saison.

M: Lively, biting carbonation with a medium body and a dry, bitter finish. No alcohol is detected.

D: An unparalleled saison in terms of stretching your imagination. But the drinkability is average only. Points given for creativity, points taken for creativity. Some hits and misses, all within this one brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2010 12:45:42 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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2.45/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Sure, this beer is innovative (although Right Brain Brewery did a better version last year) but the flavors just don't mesh too well. The rosemary, sage and thyme are nice, but I swear the parsley (which dominates with grassy chlorophyll) was just thrown in to match the Simon and Garfunkel song. And, while I generally love saisons, the slight sourness makes everything even more confusing. While this is appealing from a novelty perspective, palate fatigue sets in about halfway through one beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 23:54:34 | More by HeightsEats
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2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a bright sunny golden color, pillowy white head, ample carbonation.

S- Smells like one of those incense and candle stores that the girlfriend or wife drags you into. An amalgamation of herbs and spices...

T- This little number is trying to do too much! Over powering herbal and soapy flavor. I'm taken back to kindergarten and having my mouth washed out with soap for saying F#$K on the playground.

M- If you can get past the feeling of being drowned in a tub filled with perfumed bath salts, it does have a nice crisp and effervescent character.

D- I had to try it, I'm glad I did, and I'm glad this one was priced reasonably...

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 20:43:57 | More by hoptrip619
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South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well well... okay, a Saison made with the herbs from a Simon & Garfunkel song. Nothing that Dogfish has its hands in will surprise me anymore. 12oz bottle put into my big Tripel Karmeliet glass.

A. Pours a fluffy-sticky, small bubble head that falls pretty fast from 2 fingers to just cover the top of this kumquat colored brew. Some lace sticks 'round, nice. Retention could be better, otherwise, about what you'd expect from a Saison.

S. This smells wonderful. Lately I've been really getting into herbal, spicy smelling brews in a big way and this is hitting all the right notes... the rosemary is very evident and delicious, as is the thyme, and I'm not totally sure I even know what sage smells like. Can't say I pick up the parsley, but the entire experience is very well balanced with some peppery phenols from the yeast and an underlying solid sweetness from the biscuity malt. It flat out works and is a joy to return to again and again.

T. Not up to par with the nose, but still nice. This is a light, fluffy herbal Saison with hints of Fritz Briemishness flitting around. The spices work extremely well in concert and never overwhelm the base beer, which is a solid semi-dry Saison that is perhaps lacking some of the characterfulness of the best Belgian examples of the style. The hop bitterness is here and lends still more interest. The 6.8% is quite light for the style, and this is a lighter beer, but I feel like anything this herbal and spice-rack shouldn't be heavy, anyway. Keep it spritzy and playful, which is what this is.

M / D. High carbonation blended with a medium-light bodied brew really makes the spice in here (and there is a lot) pop and shimmer. Finish is a dry and peppery hop bitter with some rosemary and delicate garden spice.

Saison Du Buff really impressed me. Oftentimes these Stone collaboration brews are hit or miss (much like the weirder Dogfish stuff) but this is one of the better things to come out of the Lab in a while. Blame Victory's calming influence if you like, but this is a winner. Highly recommended - a delightfully fun take on a classic Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 04:20:01 | More by kkipple
Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
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