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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

1,156 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 48
Gots: 50 | 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 mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

mikesgroove, Oct 09, 2010
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.

beermanbrian, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of ausonius
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Fluffy head. Settles to a light head w/some lacing.
Cloudy yellow.

Aroma: Outrageously aromatic herbal nose.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, & Thyme. All there. Each comes through. Flowery, exotic & absolutely Bursting from the glass.

Palate: Big, dry earthy, hoppy, spicy. Herbal. Hint of licorice.
With nice, fine-grained hoppy/spicy bitterness in the finish.

Saison doesn't get more spicily refreshing than this.

94 Points.

Cheers to Stone, DFH & Victory for this great Collab Brew!

ausonius, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of zoolzoo
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy, golden blonde, bubbly. Rocky white head, excellent retention.

S: Wow, incredibly herbal upon swirling. Fresh cut grass, parsley, and citrus rinds. Yeast is overwhelmed by these characteristics but I don't mind...interesting to say the least. Downright incredible aroma to say the most.

T: Follows the nose with herbal qualities, and the citrus rind in the nose reveals itself as fat juicy hops. I love how herbal and spicy this is! Once again...grass, parsley, and now rosemary/thyme. Textbook yeasty characteristics are now present along with some delicate honey drizzled malt sweetness. A somewhat different approach compared to saisons I've had, an experiment gone right maybe?

M: Light and bubbly, as it should be. Refreshing..

D: A flat out 5.0 drinkability. Complex and flavorful, yet refreshing and quaffable. Alcohol is not apparent.

zoolzoo, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of 1759Girl
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Saison du BUFF

Appearance- very hazy golden, lively white head that dissipates quickly.4

Smell- hops - green buds to the max 5

Taste- wow. Delicious. Sweet and citrusy but with huge hop and wheat finish.complex Balanced. spicy nutmeg 5

Mouf- easy 3

Drinkable - oh so drinkability 4

1759Girl, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a MJ, The Beer Hunter, tasting glass.

Pours a pale golden hue with a thick white fluffy head. The head stands up over time and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

Aromas of lemon (thyme?), rosemary, and yeast. Not as in your face with the herbs as I was expecting.

Has that saison peppery bite, with lemon and rosemary undertones. Again, not as over the top with the herbs as I was expecting. The herbs are in a very nice balance.

Mouthfeel is thin, but not watery. A very dry beer, as it should be. Leaves a little "pucker" effect at the end of the taste.

Drinkability is high. I think I could drink this all night and not get palate fatigue from the herbs. Done very nicely. Worth replicating at home, since I have a nice supply of fresh rosemary in the garden.

JamnesCameron, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of xdtfx
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

xdtfx, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of jtingue
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

jtingue, May 29, 2013
Photo of Casey10
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to agree with the reviewers that rate this a high tart beer. For those that missed this well I understand if a style is misinterpeted, I thought this beer was a amazing product of the style.

A great colabertaion for a very misunderstood style. Horseblanket funk that rules try it you will see what I mean.

Casey10, Jun 16, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

zaptone, Nov 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

yossarian14, Jan 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

JJFordick, Sep 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

VTHeady, Jun 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Peglegtim, Oct 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

dar482, Feb 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Musineer, Aug 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Cookierachas, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of thecarster1
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

thecarster1, Oct 09, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Focusf111, Apr 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Spaceangler, Nov 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Jeffreytmoore, Sep 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

tree777, Oct 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Arch578, Aug 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Granahan57, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of gr8scott88
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yellow, large head

S - This is a beer with a whole lot of herb. Got a lot of the thyme and rosemary with hints of basil and others.

T - The word that first comes to mind is "interesting". Definitely a unique taste, very fresh, and strangely appealing. This brew easily acts as a thirst quencher. The herbs come out strong with a few hints of citrus.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Definitely pleasant all around. Texture complimented by the head.

D - Definitely a great experience. Not something to be over consumed, but as a drink alone its a great overall taste and texture, and refreshing on top of that.

gr8scott88, Jul 14, 2010
Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,156 ratings.