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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,159 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,159
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 47
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 gtermi
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.

gtermi, Sep 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

jnardone235, Sep 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

tm1956, Sep 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

mhaugo, Sep 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Chugs13, Sep 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

duceswild, Aug 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

xdtfx, Aug 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Profchaos20, Aug 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Naterobsnyk4, Aug 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

MikeConklin, Aug 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Daniellobo, Aug 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

syntheticwings, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
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.

DrinkSlurm, Aug 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Poured into a generic tulip glass]

I: Yet another cheap bottle I picked up along with my main purchase of Stone's "16th Anniversary IPA". Stone collaborations have been hit or miss in the past, but for around $2.00 nothing much is ever lost. The bottle says that it's "herbaceously outrageous", so I'm assuming this maybe very floral. I'm not the biggest fan of the floral element in certain beer styles, but a Saison will probably suffice.

B: [7.7% ABV. 12 Fl. OZ. 2012 Release] The bottles not much to look at, but it pretty much follows the subtlety of previous collabs. This is probably one of the best set of breweries to do a collab with stone. Dogfish and victory both have great reputations.

A: Transparent/slightly hazy golden body with a very nice fluffy white head(slow/moderate dissipation), and good lacing.

S: No particular dominate smell. Hints of pine, grass, earth, floral, sage, and various fruits(lemon most familiar).

T: They weren't kidding on the bottle when they said it's, "herbaceously outrageous". A floral bomb of grass, earth, lemon throughout, sage, and other spices that linger well into the back on your tongue all complimented by sweet yeast(taste Belgian?). Also that funk that you may get with some other saisons is present. The taste can only be summed up as interesting.

M: sweet/slight dry/crisp finish, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and light apparent alcohol.

O: This was an interesting brew.... you could even say unique, but is it for the better? Well all I can say is that I'm conflicted. I don't think I was satisfied, but I encourage these sort of experimental beers. It was truly worth the price if anything. So with that said, I would recommend for the experience, but wouldn't continue to buy. Savor Great Beer!

MEsoJD, Aug 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

12owls, Aug 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Vasko5m, Aug 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

waiting4lunch, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle.

Cloudy golden colour. Moderately sized white head. Fades to a film fairly quickly. Good lacing.

Herbs and spices stand out strongly. Sage, white pepper, others. Lemon and other light fruits. A bit floral.

Taste is strongly herbal. Sage, rosemary, thyme. Almost peppermint. Some lemon and yeast below. Herbal taste is too much for me.

Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall, not bad. Some good qualities but the herbal focus is not my thing.

jrenihan, Aug 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

stevevictor, Aug 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Ispeakforthetrees, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of SHODriver
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.

SHODriver, Aug 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

SquidVicious, Aug 19, 2012
Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,159 ratings.