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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,108
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 48
Gots: 46 | 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 bonkers

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer as a 4th of July present. It pours a hazy yellow with a fizzy white head. Lots of herbs on the nose, sage, with bit of funk. The herbs blend with some lemon and make an interesting taste. After the initial sip the herbs take a back seat to a pleasant grassiness. It is very light and highly carbonated. An interesting brew, very glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 01:14:54 | More by bonkers
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, with another grateful nod to Jeff (AleWatcher). No matter how many boxes I send, I never get any closer to catching up, it seems!

Pours hazy yellow with a fluffy white one-finger head that clings to the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes.

Nose carries lemony citrus and a bit of vanilla wrapped up in the yeasty twang, with sage and rosemary coming through as well. Maybe a bit of thyme, but it's hard to say.

Taste, after the nose, is a big disappointment. Initial farmhouse yeast and lemony citrus, with the herbs coming through close behind a bit too prominently. A noticeable herbal bitterness follows. The bitterness turns grassy, lingering long on the finish with a bit of hay that isn't unpleasant once the bitterness fades. Unfortunately, between the big herbal presence and the following bitterness, the beer ends up feeling a unbalanced and coarse. Not my favorite take on the style by a longshot.

Mouthfeel is good, if perhaps focusing around the long bitterness a bit too much. Medium bodied, carbonation is just right, and a nice fullness from the yeast. The bitterness is the only real flaw.

Drinkability is also hurt as a result of the lack of balance. A shame really, as good examples of the style are one of the best examples of combining drinkability and complexity. This one has some complexity, little subtlety, and average drinkability at best.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 21:10:33 | More by JohnQVegas
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a very large DFH snifter.

A- Very bubbly, one finger head, that took about 2 minutes to reduce to a very nice (thick) lace that stayed put throughout. Hazy golden/orange hue.

S- slightly pungent sour note; hints of herbs (primarily rosemary); wheat beer scent characters in the background.

T- Strong wheat beer, a bit of a tart bite. Hint of malt, very dry finish. The taste is intriguing- slight influences of the herbs linger, but they are very subtle.

M- Medium, Dry body- fizzy.

D- this fit nicely as something to sip on a very hot day after cutting the grass- the tart notes would take the edge off the heat. Outside of that, I'd rather have an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 16:00:56 | More by CraftAleRookie
Photo of MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly turbid orangey yellow with a nice frothy head. Laces well.

The aroma is all c-hops and parsley, thyme, tree bark and light potpourri with fresh tangerine peels. Maybe even a little sweet orange soap.

The taste is blech. Soapy. Piney. Waxy. Fresh, grassy herbs. Slightly medicinal. I want to say cactus. Detergent. Decently bitter. It's not awful and definitely one that makes you ponder. But is it good? That you're going to have to find out for yourself. Because I'm not entirely sure if I like it or loathe it at this point.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp yet creamy with just the perfect amount of carbonation.

This was, for me, a saison in name only. More like an American pale ale brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme which registers on my palate more like pumpkin pie spices than anything. Overall this just isn't what I look for in a saison, much less a beer. This could well be a textbook case of "too many cooks spoil the broth" or quite possibly a case where taking traditional English ballad lyrics literally is a really horrible idea. Scarborough Fair is, after all, a song. Not a recipe.

ETA: Not that it matters, but the artwork on the label leaves much to be desired. Which is surprising as Dogfish Head, Stone, and Victory's labels are usually topnotch.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 12:42:24 | More by MeisterBurger
Photo of berkey


3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on draft 07/05/10 in a tulip glass at EJ Phair in Concord.

Very clear honey blonde body topped by a small but fairly well retained head. Very nice lacing.

Strong herbal, spicy, and floral nose. Enjoyable enough although not all that complex.

Spices are even stronger on the palate and become a little too much. To be honest the beer kinda falls apart for me here. A healthy share of bitter hops does little to bring things back into balance. In addition to the Simon and Garfunkel list of herbs I hear this includes I could almost swear I get some ginger in the aftertaste. There has to be more to this beer but it seems to be buried. I like herbs de provence as much as the next guy but this just doesn't work the way it should.

Reminds me of food I've had that has been over seasoned destroying my ability to taste the 'meat' of the meal. Really kills the drinkability overall.

I had moderately high hopes for this one but it seems to be another collaboration that is less than the sum of its parts. The good ones continue to be few and far between.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2010 06:16:00 | More by berkey
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap during the Brewmasters Lunch with Bill, Greg and Sam. This is the version brewed at Stone.

Appearance: Pours a light golden with a half finger of foam.

Smell: Sage, parsley, rosemary and thyme. Some yeast in there as well. This is a crazy smell, but it's crazy good.

Taste: Really picking up all of the herbs from the nose. Weird but good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and very clean.

Drinkability: Really interesting take on the saison style, I can't wait to see how the other two versions compare.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2010 03:37:35 | More by Axic10
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New York

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

A: Poured into a perfect pint. Head came up two fingers, fluffy, and quickly fell to a thin head holding at the edges. Color varied depending on where in the glass: piss-like at the bottom and orange-tinged at the top. Translucent at the bottom but not the top.

S: Strong floral hop notes. No noticeable hop presence.

T: Grassy. Citrus, perhaps orange.

M: Medium and creamy.

D: This has a kick-in-the-head hoppiness. For me, it isn't drinkable, but for hop-heads, I would think it would be a bit much too.

O: Not my cup of tea at all- I tried it because it was a one-off collaboration. Seems to be a pretty good beer for the style; it's like eating cardamoms to me though. So not something I'd buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 22:40:54 | More by CaptYellow
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4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was able to try this on tap over the course of a month at both Blue Palms in Hollywood, The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, Father's Office in Culver and The Golden State Cafe in West Hollywood. All were consistently superb.

Pours dark gold, slightly hazy hue with decent head and medium carbonation that subsided to fine lacing.

The NOSE is intensely 'green' and herbaceous: rosemary, sage, basil, evergreen and even a touch of fresh hash and candied orange. Wonderful balance of hops vs. earth/savory aromas, that belies it's bright, crisp MOUTHFEEL. The savory flavors of herbs are matched by a very slight malt sweetness and carmelized citrus from the hops on the PALATE.

Delicious, complex and very session-able. Not exactly something you'd want to start your night with if you were thinking of trying some lighter fare as there's a lot going on there...but still: very approachable. Many of my non-beer-drinker friends really really enjoyed this one. Good job, you triumvirate, you! Can't wait to see how you fine tune the next one!

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2010 23:35:33 | More by whiskeysoda
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy, bright white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of spices, malt, and citrus. An unusual aroma.

T: Tasted of malt, orange peel, spices, and even a slightly grassy tinge. Not your typical saison, but very tasty.

M: Lots of carbonation here with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This one won't appeal to everyone, but I think it's a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 14:34:48 | More by avalon07
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3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass.
Appearance is a golden cloudy hue. Light lacing with a ring head.
Smell is crazy. Tons of stuff going on here. Floral, aromatic, potpourri. Chopped weeds. Jesus christ this tastes crazy.
Taste and mouth are a little heavier than expected. The finish lingers and isn't bad. For a saison this is to hoppy. I think with some age this will do much better.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 02:10:21 | More by bargerking
Photo of hdofu


4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Are you brewing of Scarborough Fair?, parsley sage rosemary and thyme. Who would think of something this out there? Probably Sam Cologne, none the less it is quite refreshing. It pours pale with a thick foamy head. Smells like ground up herbs. Tastes quite strongly of mint and hops. I have never encountered anything else like it that is beer. feels sudsy and bubbly to the tongue. Very Very drinkable, I hope dogfish and stone get together again at some point, preferably on a russian imperial stout

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 02:06:30 | More by hdofu
Photo of javincik

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my Holy Mackeral glass

A-Deep cloudy straw yellow with a nice two finger thick head that settles into a solid perimeter ring with islands of bubbles on top.

S-Really a great smelling brew. Lots of spices (probably those listed on the bottle), lemon zest, yeast, bread, and dough.

T-Lots of breadiness with mixed spiciness. Some lemon and citrus zest along with fruitiness from the hops. Finishes semi-dry with a lingering hop bitterness. A little more hoppy than the typical saison - I would say it is an Americanized version of the style.

M-Carbonation is on the high side - quite prickly. Light and spritzy. Finish is semi-drying.

D-Quite good. I am enjoying this in the heat of the summer. Very thirst quenching. Hope to find some more of it. Again, not strictly traditional, but a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 22:27:10 | More by javincik
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a slightly hazy gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like strong sage and rosemary with grassy hops and wild yeast. Perhaps a bit of clove and honey malt also.
T: It tasted like tons of sage and rosemary (probably also parsley and thyme, but I don't know those flavors as well), with some wild yeast and grassy/pine hops, along with a bit of honey malt. It somehow all combined to taste kind of like pineapple! The aftertaste was bitter but smooth.
M: It was slightly thick with some carbonation.
D: This was a very interesting novelty beer, but it wasn't something I would drink more than once. It hid the alcohol well, so it wasn't difficult to drink, but it was better to sip given all the unique flavors. A fun experiment that I could appreciate, even if it didn't yield the most delicious results.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 16:15:23 | More by Pencible
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Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Cole's, Mike's private collection. Great lace on light body. The aromas are a delightful, funky and fresh. More complex as I drink it, and that has to be done sip by sip. The herbs lead to a soup of tastes, still lemony and bitter, with white paper and the rosmary and sage. Above average mouthfeel and approachable by averge

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 04:01:26 | More by Sammy
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2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Soapy white lid over a golden straw colored see through body.

Wow, this is one incredibly spice heavy aroma. I get about everything but the kitchen sink in this one. Mint, basil, rosemary, sage, tarragon, pepper, piney hops, lemon pepper and some orange rind??

THe taste is both herbal, spicy and bitter. Very dry and refreshing, however I am not pleased by all of the spices. It seems like a bit much. Just kinda messy to be honest.

Nice feel on this one. Very light, crisp and carbonated.

A good idea on paper, I like the concept. THat said I feel like there is just a bit too much going on in this beer. It is too busy and kinda messy. I am glad I got to try this collaboration from 3 of my favorite brewers.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 01:49:29 | More by bonsreeb85
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perfect golden pour with a foamy white head. Lots of hops and citrus in the nose, atypical for the style but very mouthwatering. Tangerine, pineapple and peaches dominate the taste which come with a grassy hoppy aftertaste and citrusy bitterness. Wow, a great tasting and unique brew. Comes out like a marriage between an American IPA and a saison. This brew is a treat and must be sought out immediately.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 08:50:45 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of hooliganlife


3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

thanks to hawks10!

pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with light hints of orange. inch high or so of pillow like head, great retention and light lacing.

basil, massive fresh sweet basil. light funk and spice are well hidden behind this however i get nothing but fresh basil.

lots of spice all over. sweet basil, light mint, earthy and pine hops, light funk.

nice lighter body with a moderate carbonation

this was good, and very interesting, but insanely spicy so one at a time....

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 00:46:38 | More by hooliganlife
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dull gold and slightly hazy with a healthy head that goes down to a nice white ring that stays to the end.

S- Definitely a farmhouse style with the earthiness but the addition of the herbs add to the nose(and the Stone hops). It is different, but it does draw one in.

T- A very enjoyable taste. The fresh herbs in combination the hops just makes it for me. I am glad that I am getting it somewhat fresh so you get the full taste that this trio intended. I don't know how I will feel about this with another month or so. I could see where people might be turned off by the prospects of having these herbs as ingredients, but it works for me.

M- Light and bright and very easy to drink. Slight aftertaste of the herbs remain, but I like the results.

D- This is a winner for me. I am big fan of all three breweries and was nervous when I heard the style/ingredients. For a one-off(or three-off by the time they are finished), I was not let down. I think people may have expected a monster hop-bomb from these heavy-hopped hands, but I was surprised when it was a beer outside their comfort zones. I would not say this is a must, but if you enjoy a change-up give this a shot while it is around.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 23:58:05 | More by mobud
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South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Golden-amber body with a white head.

S - It smells like a handful of spices. Definitely picking up the parsley, sage and rosemary on the nose. I will be honest I don't really pick up any typical beer aroma's in the smell of this one.

T - Once again the herbs and spices used in this really seem to dominate. I am also picking up the malt flavors of a pils mixed with a dry herbal hop bitterness at the end

M - light body with a tad too much carbonation.

D - pretty easy drinking like many of the brews in this style. A unique brew for sure. The spices used in this are readily noticeable in the taste and smell. I enjoyed this one and will need to pick this one up again before it disappears.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 21:46:09 | More by jpmclaug
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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden straw with a bright white head with good retention. Smells great. Lots of citrus fruit, mainly lemon and lime, with a wheaty yeast character that isn't over-abundant like it sometimes seems to be with the style.

The flavor follows the smell for the most part, though it isn't quite as powerful or complex as would be expected. Lots of spices And the sage is very apparent. citrus fruit, as promised by the smell, and it finishes with a bitter sweet grapefruit mixed with wheat. A pretty good saison overall.

The mouthfeel is light and airy. Perfectly carbonated and well done for the summer season. Consequently, it is highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 19:09:42 | More by jdklks
Photo of 2ndloveofmylife


4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love trying great beer from great breweries. Especially when they come together and creating something special for us all to enjoy.
I feel like I can taste each brewery contribution in this beer. From Victory's golden monkey, and Dogfish Heads midas touch, to Stones your not worthy bitterness from some great hoppedness. perfect for this summer. If you can get some I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 03:37:13 | More by 2ndloveofmylife
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4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce lithographed brown bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden hue with a solid finger of white foam that shows excellent retentive ability, lingering forever and leaving behind some thick legs of lace on the walls of the glass as it drains.

The nose is bright with loads of citric, floral and fruity notes. Hops are evident in the citrusy aroma, while the Saison yeast's slightly pungent, estery and spicy character mingles well. Very enticing, to put it lightly.

Medium-bodied and quite light in mouthfeel, though not over-carbonated. Malt sweetness is evident though largely serves as a baseboard for the mass of flavors layered on top of it. Fruity, floral, spicy, citrusy, and herbaceous, it's difficult to ascertain the source for the amalgamation of flavors that make themselves patently known. Some of the mild spice and citrusy notes are fairly easy to pinpoint as being imparted by the hops and the yeast, but the combination of herbs at play in the beer throws everything else up in the air -- but it does it so very well, and the mix is absolutely delightful. Things become very dry toward the back, carrying through into the finish with lingering notes of lemon and lemon rind.

Wonderfully complex and superbly drinkable, with the bone-dry finish practically screaming for more. I had no real idea what to expect going into this beer; being brewed by some of the biggest names in American craft brewing, it seemed like it could go one of two ways: overly-hyped, too commercial and overall lackluster, or spectacularly brilliant, and it seems that these guys pulled it off and created a well-crafted and amazingly delicious brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 04:04:26 | More by superdedooperboy
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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my snifter-live review.

A-Body is a nearly transparent golden yellow body with some bubbles steadily rising to the top. Pours with a nice 1-2 finger foamy white head. Lots of lacing left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is good and pretty spot-on for the style. Soft floral hops, a light funky yeast backbone, peppery spice orange peel, and lemon. Nose is slightly soft overall.

T-Upfront is a good dose of floral hop flavor, with a hint of cirtus and fruity sweetness-no funk in the background. Finish is fairly dry as the floral hop bitterness kicks in. What is left to linger is mild floral hop bitterness, a hint of peppery spice...and is that vienna or pilsner malt (WTF?)...somewhat misplaced there.

M-Light, drinkable, spritzy champagne like body with medium to high carbonation-dry.

D- This is a decent Saison overall-a very good dry summer beer. I would like to taste a little more funk/yeast and a lot less Euro malt-which IMO kinda kills the mood. Good overall and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 03:18:25 | More by PittBeerGirl
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New York

3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip.

A: Gentle pour creates a 3 finger powdery white head with incredible retention. Beer is a clear lemon yellow. Lacing is patchy and ringed with great cling. A beautiful beer to behold.

S: Vanilla, sugar, lemon, cloves, peppercorn, coriander, and other sweet, floral esthers. Noticeably lacking is the horse blanket funkiness and barnyard.

T: Big lemon tartness upfront with a boozy, ethanol background and abundant floral notes. Bitterness as if someone crushed lemon seeds and sprinkled them over the beer. Flower petals and peppercorn in the middle. Yeasty bitterness towards the end with a chalky, soapy finish. Aftertaste is dry and powdery, dusting my tongue and making it bitter.

M: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Lively in the mouth but not overly so. Chalky and powdery with a slightly grainy and dry finish. Aftertaste lingers.

D: This one says its deliciously herbacious on the back... and its definitely herbacious... too bad most of the herb is covered by the lemon and actually ends up being rather chalky and unpleasant. Fruitiness is appreciated though. An very pretty beer to say the least the the finish and aftertaste are too aggressive on the palate. Worth a try since its definitely an interesting beer. But not my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 21:57:38 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours cloudy golden with a light fluffy head, looks really good! Aroma is spicy/floral with a hint of herbs. Taste is powerful, lightly bitter/hoppy with spicy, grassy, herbal perfume notes. Medium bodied. moderately bitter aftertaste that is also herbal.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 05:58:28 | More by Knownfactor
Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
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