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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,122 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,122
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%
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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sbricker

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-14-2011 17:21:26 | More by sbricker
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-14-2013 19:30:03 | More by GrindFatherBob
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GPHarris

Alabama

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

2012 vintage

a - poured a two-fingers thick fluffy white head into a tulip glass that had great retention throughout. the body was a slightly bubbly and bright golden color.
s - very sweet and floral with a hint of earthiness.
t - bready, grassy, fruity and spicy.
m - bubbly and medium mouthfeel.
o - very drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 14:25:23 | More by GPHarris
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SFLpunk

Vermont

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

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle.

Pours a clear golden yellow with lots of billowing fluffy white head that stands up tall for a while and sheets down the glass. Aromas are dominated by the rosemary but as it warms the dusty, dirty sage starts to take over. Some peppery Belgian yeastiness too. Palate is crisp with lots of spicy alcohol and some faint dusty hop bitterness. The flavors are mostly sage and rosemary, but it's all balanced and in check. Some body, the prickly alcohol and the bitter hops keep this from being a "spiced" beer in a bad way. Herbal and refreshing.

**If you don't like rosemary, this is not for you.**

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 03:50:40 | More by SFLpunk
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mpayne5

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-11-2013 04:50:02 | More by mpayne5
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Sokool

Washington

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Nothing particularly amazing to look at, but I really loved the funky herbal aroma that came off this thing. Because of the herbs I paired it with a pesto chicken pizza with red peppers and goat cheese. While this pairing looked good on paper, I'm not sure it was really the best idea. It turns out, the flavor of the beer is so interesting that I almost forgot that I was eating pizza. I noticed the rosemary first, and then a sort of sweet citrusy flavor which gave way to an herbal/hoppy bitterness. While the flavor was unique and memorable, it wasn't so overpowering (as many of these "experimental" brews can be) that I wouldn't be happy drinking more than one of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 06:36:24 | More by Sokool
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Furlinator

California

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy dark gold with a massive 2 inch white head that fades to a film on top and leaves thick rings of lace on the drink down.

Smell is of bready malt, faint banana and only a hint of the spices listed on the label.

Taste is bready malt, faint herbal spices and a hint of fruity sweetness (banana and apricot).

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

The sweetness and hint of spices blend well together to create a refreshing farmhouse ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 06:04:24 | More by Furlinator
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured all three "BUFF" beers in line.
Stone: Poured from bottle into glass. Slight hazey golden, with foam that is gone quick. Lots of carbonation. Really herbal and citrus hop aromas. You really smell all the herbs in this one. Taste is typical saison funk, but herbal and very citrus hop flavors. Its easy drinker and pretty tastey. Not amazing but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 23:53:13 | More by DrinkSlurm
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden color with a great fluffy white heading. Globbage all over the glass.Very alive looking in the glass with bubbles slowly drifting upwards the whole time.

As I popped the cap. Sage has immediately invaded the nose. As I poured it into the glass I get the same thing a shit load of sage. While it settles to a comfortable room temperature. Yes it is sage all over the place. A little bit of fruity sweetness pops it' head through, with a decent yeasty funk. All wrapped up by a heavy bittering hoppiness.

Taste is amazing.I have never tasted a saison with as much a hop blast as this one. Call it out of character or whatever but I like this heavy dosage of piney,citric,and floral hop oiliness. IT does have a very medicinal , earthiness to it but is simply no match for the crazy hoppiness.

Mouth is light - medium bodied. Citric mouthfeel which does tingle the tastebuds and leave you wanting more. Excellent retetntion and carbonation.

Damn this is one hoppy beer. It is an excellent taster but I don't think I could enjoy anymore than a couple on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 18:51:24 | More by TheFightfan1
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Braseltonage

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Beligan tulip.

A: Nice straw golden color. While hazy, clearer than expected. Very little head on this particular pour. Slightly clingy lacing however.
S: A few Belgian esters on the nose. A hint of banana-like fruitiness. A peppery note as well. Herbaceousness is present, although particulars don't stand out (parsley, sage, etc.) Smells of a nice farmhouse/saison.
T: An almost tripel-ish grainy sweetness right up front. Familiar Belgian template through most of the sip, but abruptly followed by the herbal punch. Again, can't pick out the particular herbs, but definitely a drying, bittering finish. Not a bright, fresh herbs in a sauce type of herb feel, or even a dry-hop type of flavor and aroma. If you didn't tell me it was an herbed beer, I'd probably just think it had some stronger bittering hop additions.
M: Mouthfeel seems appropriate for the style and ABV, nice a drinkable.
O: Interesting, but not necessarily over the top as one might expect from three particularly talented breweries. A really nice domestic saison in my opinion and while the herbs definitely have a presence, it kind of leaves you wanting just a little more. A fine beer none the less.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 01:49:18 | More by Braseltonage
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this whole awaiting the Stone Vertical Epic decade tasting.

P: cloudy golden apricot with rocky off white head that stays with clinging lacing.

S: Subtle funk and a citrus base, spices, honey and grapefruit. Subtle hops and powdery yeast. Super clean.

T/M: Clean stone fruit, timid grapefruit bitterness and a dash of pine. Crisp apricots and honey with a little funky earthyness. light-medium body that has a timid carbonation and a clean dry finish.

O: Complex and yet clean. A great beer to relax with. Clean flavors and nicely blended. Well done collaboration. A very subtley funked saison but I enjoyed it very much.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2012 23:09:17 | More by Hopswagger
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 23:57:47 | More by zeff80
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IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow with ample white head and great retention. Big aroma with herbs very forward, sage, thyme, rosemary and something I can't put my finger on (after reading bottle more closely parsley). Fruity esters also dominate with lemon-orange. Taste follows with strong herbal qualities, sage and rosemarry. Fruity esters here as well with lemon-orang tang. Slightly spicy and sour as well. Mouthfeel is well balance with bitterness and a bit of sour. Overall a great beer, although not your traditional saison.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 03:49:03 | More by IllNate
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TOOSE

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks good with a bright golden color, big, fluffy head and good lacing. Smell of hoppy citrus and lots of herbs also. A little herb, spice, hop bite on the tongue too which was nice and a dry finish. Very smooth I enjoyed this beer and would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 21:51:59 | More by TOOSE
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skullsplitter

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally managed to grab a few bottles after repeatedly harassing the good people of the Publick House provisions.

Stone version.

It poured a clear gold/ straw color with a healthy looking head. There was some decent retention and minimal lacing.

It smells like a garden. Or maybe a real good chicken marinade. The sage and rosemary are the most obvious scents. The hops are there though clearly they have been dulled down to let the other scents come to life.

My taste buds went a little nuts with the first sip. The taste of herbs is quite strong and somewhat overpowering. Light bodied but huge on taste. The rosemary, thyme, and sage hit me head on. I don't think I have tasted anything like this before. The drink is not nearly as light as it looks. It is very crisp, dry and savory. It is mildly hoppy but you still get a bit of a bite.

The drinkability is pretty good. Very tasty. The spices really cling to the palate. The taste lingered in my mouth for quite some time. Overall I have to say I was impressed. Though it does seem a bit of a stretch to call this a saison. Would it be something I go to a lot? No, probably not. I will say it left me with the desire to have a nice roast chicken.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 12:50:27 | More by skullsplitter
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, happily cheaper than the previous Stone collaboration, only $4 or so this time. As usual Stone found kick-ass partners, in this case Victory and Dogfish Head.

The beer is hazy and deep golden-orange colored, thin foam that laces in sheets, lots of small nano-floaties. On first whiff this doesn't seem like a saison, it seems more IPA-ish. Loads of citrus, oranges and guava, also some herbs (parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme). I'd almost think there's honey in there too, it's got that sweet aroma like Barbar or Hopslam.

The beer tastes good but nowhere near as good as the nose. The spices come through pretty strong, especially in the aftertaste. But beneath that is a nice IPA flavor that reminds me a little of Alpine Duet. That's high praise, if only there was a little less herb in there.

Maybe my favorite collaboration yet, looking forward to the next one. Stone keeps pushing boundaries, sometimes it works and sometimes it's weird.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 01:33:59 | More by TurdFurgison
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Rayek

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip.

A: Cloudy peach, despite a careful pour. A rocky and dense lemon-tinged head starts huge and slowly falls to a 1/4" pillow of foam. Leaves a goodly amount of lace.

S: Smells like a hop salad. Lemon and grapefruit citrus hold up an interesting array of herbs. Sage and rosemary stick out the most. The thyme and parsley, not so much. A light sourdough aroma rounds things out.

T: The hop salad theme continues. Citrus and herbs dominate the experience and are well balanced against one another. Bitterness is sharp, but not overpowering. A slight sour funkiness comes in late.

M: The medium body is grainy and has somewhat hyperactive carbonation.

D: If I were to make a hop salad and serve it with some sourdough bread, I think this about what it would taste like. A very unique treat.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 00:13:28 | More by Rayek
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best Saison I have tried so far though I have only had 2 so far.

Pours out a yellow with hints of orange, a big fluffy white head and a lot of carbonation.

The smell is heavy on the herbs used, especially the rosemary and there are a lot of earthy and slightly fruity notes too.

The taste is dominated by the herbs used and there are hints of fruits and it has a slightly bitter and dry quality to it.

Very easy and refreshing to drink. These breweries should do more together.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 18:50:32 | More by JohnnyMc
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mondegreen

Georgia

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

12oz into a Stone Shaker Pint.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with lots of carbonation bubbles racing go the top. A persistent thin white head hangs on for the duration. Aroma is very herbal, and the taste follows suit. This is a unique Saison. I would typically associate these flavors with cooked meat, but they work very well in this beer. Body is light, very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 23:18:28 | More by mondegreen
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gtermi

Texas

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

A: This beer pours a nice clear golden body with a thick white head that quickly fades. The head does leave a tiny bit of lace on the side of the glass too.

S: The first thing that sticks out to me is the rosemary and sage. It also has a nice sweet smell that mixes well with the spices and herbs.

T: This sort of tastes like a pasta in my mouth.. very delicious though and this beer really works. As the beer lingers, it becomes very mild, but stays on my pallet for a long time.

M: The beer is very smooth and has a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the throat. The only think I dont really care about is the oily feeling this beer has given my mouth.

O: This is a very nice beer with a lot of character and flavor. It for sure a good collaboration and I cant wait to try the other takes on this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 04:21:55 | More by gtermi
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SHODriver

Louisiana

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

A: pours a cloudy light orange with a small white head that fades to a collar and small pool in a duvel tulip
S: smells of pale malt, fruity esters, and all sorts of herbs with some spicy yeast aroma
T: nice pale malt flavor, a bit of fruitiness, spice from the yeast, sage and many other herbs, maybe some basil. swallow brings another nice herbal kick with a bit of fruitiness and some yeastyness. not a lot of bitterness
M: moderate with soft carbonation and it leaves the palate a bit wet
O: a pretty tasty beer. it has good flavors and nice complexity but isn't quite to style.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 00:43:50 | More by SHODriver
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 12:15:09 | More by soupyman10
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

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
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Kkottonmouthkngz

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: cloudy golden on the bottom, to amber gold up top. huge fluffy white head, pillowy, and sticky. legs all over the place.
S: all of the used herbs come through, perhaps least so the parsley, but maybe that brings all the other herbs back down to earth. big sage honestly, with even some peppercorn that im picking up ( maybe the nicie spicie i had the other night makes me
sensitive to it).
T: wow just like i thought on peppercorn. i dont know if its just the overload of herbs or what, but it hits hard. big sage and thyme with a HUGE peppercorn taste. this is an overly herbaceous beer. i almost feel like i lose the beer and just have a mouthful of herb. i rate this high for the sheer volume of flavor and sharpness, but its almost too much.
M: nice carbonation level, the beer itself is fairly light, but the ingredients make it heavy and tolling on the palate.
D: i love whats going on here, but i gotta say ones enough. very very interesting concept, just too much concept.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 02:07:05 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
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prg1976

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clear yellow with a big white head. Lots of lacing with lots of retention. Is this just a "fizzy yellow beer"?

Smells like Belgian yeast. Fruity, without the herb smell I was expecting.

Taste is good overall. The fruity Belgian flavor mixes with the herbs well. Slightly bitter, it drys your mouth like a wine. I'm not getting blown away by any particular flavor, just a good mix. A little alcohol in the aftertaste.

Light to medium body. Lots of carbonation, but it doesn't get in the way at all.

Very drinkable, there's nothing that would keep me from drinking a few of these.

So, overall, it's not strictly a saison, and it's definitely not just a "fizzy yellow beer." It's pretty enjoyable, and I'm looking forward to trying the other two versions when they come out. I think I'll save a bottle and try all 3 side-by-side.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 23:43:48 | More by prg1976
Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,122 ratings.