Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
07-27-2010 05:11:46 | More by Phelps
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
07-27-2010 04:53:26 | More by Beejay
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
07-26-2010 19:28:26 | More by morebeergood
2.93/5 rDev -22.7%
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.
07-26-2010 07:45:05 | More by TMoney2591
2.45/5 rDev -35.4%
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.
07-26-2010 03:03:26 | More by jeffaz02t
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
07-26-2010 02:08:55 | More by katan
District of Columbia
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
07-26-2010 00:33:51 | More by yourefragile
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
07-25-2010 16:04:43 | More by busternuggz
4/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
07-24-2010 21:35:22 | More by homebrewhawk
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
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).
07-24-2010 08:05:10 | More by Pahn
4.28/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
07-23-2010 14:10:00 | More by OWSLEY069
3.35/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
07-23-2010 12:45:42 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
2.45/5 rDev -35.4%
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.
07-22-2010 23:54:34 | More by HeightsEats
2.73/5 rDev -28%
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...
07-21-2010 20:43:57 | More by hoptrip619
4.13/5 rDev +9%
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.
07-21-2010 04:20:01 | More by kkipple
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. Poured a golden amber in color with a full bubbly white head to it. The head had some very good retention to it and left very good lacing as well.
The aroma is heavy on the spices. The sage, rosemary and thyme all are very evident in the nose. Some lemony and pine citrus come through as well. Very interesting aroma and pretty good too. The herbs are nicely done and flavorful but not overpowering.
The taste shows a lot of the herbal qualities as well. It's very evident that herbs were used even if the bottle didn't say it. It has a lemony citrus to it as well. The bitterness is more up front and then finishes with a little sweetness. The herbs are interesting in it for sure.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is on the higher side. Drinkability is OK, the herbs were definitely interesting and made for a very unique beer but I'm not sure it's a flavor I'd want often in a beer. Cool beer that was definitely worth trying though.
07-20-2010 21:52:36 | More by billab914
4.08/5 rDev +7.7%
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter
A- A hazy golden color with a 2 finger white head that fades quickly.
S- Right away I got a very floral and citrus scent, like an IPA with out the hoppy bitterness. Underneath that is a nice, sweet malt backbone and a hint of yeast.
T- Very close to the smell, but not as strong. Yeast and malts stand out a little more.
M- Smooth, medium body, could be a little heavier.
D- Easy to drink and enjoyable. I have been looking for this since I first read about it, and I have finally found it on the east coast. A little disappointing for being a collaboration between, Stone, DFH, and Victory, but still good beer and worth the price if you can find it.
07-20-2010 04:07:46 | More by larryi86
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a hazy golden with a medium white head. Smells of freshly squeezed lemon, and phenolic yeast. Taste is light bread like malt up front, with a very spicy herbal lemon middle and finish. Quite a bit of bitterness here the clings to your toungue. Mouthfeel is good, slightly high carbonation. Very good beer, other than the fact that the intense spicyness limits drikability a bit. I would get this again though.
07-20-2010 03:33:29 | More by tronester
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
A- pours a very nice thick fluffy white foam head on top of a straw colored beer laced with tons of carbonation bubbles... White fluffy clouds of lacing hang sporadically.
S- I get a very delicate floral aroma. With a rouse the phenols come out followed by a nice citrus, almost grapefruit nose. Honey sweetness also comes through- likely from the malt backbone.
T/M- At first taste you get the sweet malt presence balanced with a light floral hop flavor and a bit of citrus (less than the nose alludes). The pepper and spicy phenols come out to finish the tongue. The lingering flavor however, goes back to a fruity and flowery hop aftertaste- perhaps a bit of earthiness and pine mixed in to boot. The mouth is a beautiful light body with quite a bit of carbonation. This beer would be great for me on a summer day due to the flavor and mouth.
D- I really really like this beer, but I'm not sure how many I could have in a session. The flavor is outstanding, but not for more than 12 ounces would take me.
Overall, one of the better I have had to date. I love the fruity addition not commonly as prominent in others- mostly due to the herbs brewed with this, I assume. Also, the phenols present are a bit different than you find in Hennepin or DuPont... Would love to buy again, albeit a tad pricey
07-20-2010 02:24:25 | More by TheGordianKnot
District of Columbia
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
Possibly over chilled. Poured into a fatty flute glass.
A: A fairly light golden hue. A bit cloudy, with dispersed and dissipating carbonation. A even little saucer of head clings well to the edge of the glass.
S: Definite citrus. There's some lamb roasting on the other side of the kitchen, so its a little overpowered.
T: If there was a touch of lavender, this would taste just like a provençal seasoning mix. Rosemary is quite powerful, but the brew still tastes pretty balanced. Any malt is barely noticeable.
M: Interesting carbonation, on the lighter side but still pleasant. Zesty like someone took a microplane to it.
D: It's a pretty hot day here in Portland, and this was crazy satisfying. Had two bottles while I roasted some lamb doused in olive oil and sea salt.
07-20-2010 01:46:45 | More by Monteiro
4.35/5 rDev +14.8%
A: Against natural lighting the color appeared a bright lemon, with a slight peppery, misty haze. The capping was foamy and rocky in structure with a very well lasting retention rate leaving small speckled dashes for a lacing. Visible effervesce was composed of a dozen or so steady jet streams of micro-bubble, closely spaced and rapidly moving. Overall a very good visual appeal.
S: Bright oranges and tangerines exist on the nose along with some tropical fruitiness of mangos. Light herbal notes and pine are detected in small complimenting quantities.
T: Sweet grains and dry wheat provide a nice backing for some tart oranges that mingle nicely together on the opening along with hints of coriander. The middle of the palate finds a nice tartness of dry tangerines, herbal notes and spicy citric elements. Dry, tart and crisp in character this finishes up with some spicy hop notes along with dry lemon peels and a slight peppery touch. A nice drinking saison that comes close or matches that of Fantomes examples, but then again would you expect anything less when these three giants come together?
M: Crisp mouthful with a bubbly nature gives this some texture. A dry lemony hop finish with a little warmth ensures on the swallow.
D: Very enjoyable, tart, crisp and vanishes off the tongue quickly with very good results. A surefire summer time quencher that comes highly recommended per style. Case worthy.
07-20-2010 00:13:31 | More by beerthulhu
4.75/5 rDev +25.3%
Thought I'd try this beer with all the hype surrounding it, and I must say its pretty good.
Pours a golden color with a good amount of head, leaves almost no lacing.
Smells like herbs and a slight sourness tinge. I would swear that I smell basil and parsley, but basil is not listed.
Tastes like herbs and a sour taste. The herbs are a lot more up front than anything else, which is nice. Very unlike any saison i've had.
Mouthfeel is prickly and light. Very good for a saison.
Drinkability is great, i'd drink a lot of these. Fantastic beer.
07-19-2010 00:31:46 | More by bs870621345
4.47/5 rDev +17.9%
Poured this from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter class, only because i particularly enjoy aromas.
A: Beautiful golden honey color with about a 3 quarters inch of beautiful bright white head. Just an outstanding beer to look at.
S: Cant say a single bad thing about the smell of this beer. The fresh herbs(sage,parsley,rosemary,thyme) hit you in the face immediately at first smell. After a quick swirl and a second analysis the light but beautiful and fruitful hop smells came to the nose as well
T: At first I thought the smell was a front and was expecting much less from the taste of the beer. But being as stone is, the taste came through with lots of character and the fresh herbs are expressed beautifully
D: For a 6.8% beer this is extremely drinkable. Goes down as easy as a good pilsner or a kolsch. Would have def grabbed a second if i had another one available:(
Overall everything i expected from a collaboration of brewers of this caliber. Highly recommend it to everyone. the smell alone is worth buying this beer.
07-18-2010 23:28:40 | More by Stone4Life
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
Picked up a couple of bottles of this on my last visit to Half Time.
A - A little more clear than your typical Saison. Not in a bad way just not as unfiltered as I would have expected.
S - Possibly the greatest aspect of this beer is the smell. Strong scent of Rosemary is sweet to the nose and keeps you coming back for more.
T - The Stone influence in clear in the taste. You can taste the herbs that were put into this. Overall it is extremely enjoyable. One of the better beers that I have had this summer.
D - Well, just about perfect for a hot summer day like today. I've finished my supply and it's left me wanting for more.
M - Well done, maybe a little more head but that could be contributed to the style.
I'll be looking for more of this on my next trip to the beer store.
07-18-2010 21:49:06 | More by tdawgydog
4.28/5 rDev +12.9%
12 oz bottle into sniffer. Version brewed at Stone.
A: Pours a citrus-golden with a huge bright white head that slowly reduced into a thick pillowy layer that left spots of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Wow! Really unique. I can really smell the parsley, sage, and rosemary. This beer smells really green, like fresh cut nature. I also pick up a notes of what smells like fresh mint leaves. There is a subtle sweetness to the scent as well, with notes of tangerine and fruity hops.
T: Very complex spicy and herbal flavor. Notes of mint, grass, sage, grapefruit, tangerine, bubblegum, coriander, black pepper, earth and a hint of thyme. Hits the palate sweet and finishes with a light funk and bitterness.
M: Carbonation bubbles up when it hits the mouth but stays even through the swallow. Medium body with a dry finish. Tea like qualities. Bitter/sour aftertaste is strange but light.
D: I wasn't expecting much looking at the ingredients of this beer, but I'm surprised how well they actually worked! Very unique and interesting flavor. Like chewing mint bubblegum you dropped in a muddy herb garden. Glad I tried it.
07-18-2010 16:58:31 | More by scottfrie
Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,138 ratings.