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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,146 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,146
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 48
Gots: 49 | 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 HeightsEats
2.45/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

HeightsEats, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of jeffaz02t
2.45/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

jeffaz02t, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -34%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Gonzoillini, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of WritersBlock
2.5/5  rDev -34%

WritersBlock, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Caudalie
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Caudalie, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Massbmx
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Massbmx, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of beerrat
2.5/5  rDev -34%

beerrat, May 30, 2014
Photo of nrbw23
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

- Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a huge, soapy white head. Head has descent retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smell is herbal, yeasty and a hint of bread dough.

T- Taste is yeasty funk, herbal and a bit of pepper. Quite a bit of herbs almost over kill.

M- Light in body and good amount of carbonation.

D- Pretty interesting ingredients listed on the bottle for sure. Just think they go better on food rather than beer. Found this one on the harder side to drink. Just didn't have the beer taste that I really enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

nrbw23, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of BigD44
2.5/5  rDev -34%

BigD44, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of MeisterBurger
2.5/5  rDev -34%
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.

MeisterBurger, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of innersanctum
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme... and it definately comes through in the mouthfeel. The bouquet clearly transcends all of those herbs, and this is a very pretty beer, but I wasn't looking for a girlfriend.

Hey, I like all of those herbs, even grow them in my garden, but just didn't like the way it came through in the brew. The effort is to be admired, but this concoction was recommended to me by a knowledgeable expert on Saison's and if you're looking for some of the genuine stuff from Belgium then you'll have to look elsewhere.

V8 is great, but not in a carbonated beverage.

innersanctum, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of beertunes
2.6/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a bright, clear yellow with just a bit of chill haze. The beer had under an inch of nice white head that had decent retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma has a bold herb and lemon scent (maybe this would be a good marinade for chicken breasts?), with the expected spicy yeast scents buried in the background. On the tongue all that herbiness combines into a slightly unpleasant mess. The yeast flavors I'd been hoping for just barely showed up at the back of the tongue.

The body was average for the style, light and crisp. Drinkability was a little on the hard side, I wouldn't have a second 12oz bottle in a row, and I suspect that a pint would be hard to get through. Overall, I'm not too impressed with this beer, but it's probably worth a shot.

beertunes, May 30, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a nice golden yellow with a finger and a half of head that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is very strongly spiced and herbal...wowee. Heavy notes of lemon peel and banana as well. The alcohol is noticeable at 6.8%.

The flavor is herbal and alcoholic. Not as much depth as I would have guessed from the nose. A bit musty too. Not really tasty at all actually.

The body is light and carbonation is spot on. Overall this is just unfortunately not a good beer.

alcstradamus, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of jhutch31
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Ok, I don't like giving reviews this low for any beer, especially one from three breweries that I love. However, I have to say I was disappointed with this collaboration.

Appearance: Polished, cider colored ale that left very little head retention and lacing on the glass.

Smell: Upon the first deep wiff, I immediately thought of a lemon herb ricola. Had a strong smell of herbs, spices, lemon cleaner, like pledge and menthol.

Taste: Unfortunately, the taste mimicked the smell. Some herbal flavors with a very strong lemon chemical flavor and a cold taste of almost like menthol.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter mouthfeel, such as something you would get from extracted tannins. Also a bit of the cold tingling feeling from sucking on a menthol cough drop.

Overall, a very interesting beer, for sure. However, the overall aroma and flavor of this beer was not pleasing. Again, I hate giving this low of a score for these three breweries, but this beer left me dissapponted.

jhutch31, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of bonsreeb85
2.73/5  rDev -28%
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.

bonsreeb85, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of GatheringBrews
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Certainly a unique beer.

Pours a light golden color, puffy white head that laces well.

Aroma is intensely herbal, which follows through into the flavor. Hints of hops, malt, barnyard, but a bit overwhelmed by the herbal aromatics.

Taste is dominated by the aromatics, sage, thyme, pepper.

GatheringBrews, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really wanted to like this beer, and the pour was nice enough- nice golden color, and a very white head with nice loft to it. Unfortunately, the rosemary destroys this beer. Very powerful aroma and flavor that just overwhelms everything else. Very singular note here. Sharp and herbal in the mouth, this just isn't my cup of tea.

Georgiabeer, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of DerBayer
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is a very mixed beer in many many ways. The look is paler than expected with magnificent white head!

The smell is very herbal like a garden full of herbs but excluding hops.

The taste is actually of parsley and basil and thyme very different - pleasant enough at first.

The second half of the bottle is very challenging to finish though...

DerBayer, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of hoptrip619
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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...

hoptrip619, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of sandiego67
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I attended the kick-off event a few weeks ago when Dogfishead and Victory were at Stone Brewing to kick-off the collaboration and got to taste some of the wort made that day.

Last Sunday, I had the final product on tap at Stone Brewing.

I appreciate when brewers push the envelope and encourage collaborations but this one just didn't work.

The appearance is a nice clear yellow with little carbonation. Pleasant enough.

Smell, Taste and Drinkability are all highly interrelated in this beer. It is very herbal. I don't know which herb gives it the grassy flavor but it is a little overpowering. This beer might be ok in small samples but too earthy to make it enjoyable for a full pint.

Mouthfeel is as expected. Light and not very malty.

I bought a few bottles at Stone and will give it another try later to see if my opinion changes.

sandiego67, May 13, 2010
Photo of Edecurtis
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Edecurtis, Jul 13, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

thegrimone, Dec 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Sazz9, Jul 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

user785335, Nov 12, 2013
Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,146 ratings.