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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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513 Reviews

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Reviews: 513
Hads: 1,194
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 47
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale | 7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-05-2010

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 
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Photo of russpowell
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to errantnight for this one!

Pours an effervescent bronze with a finger of pearl colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Lemony with white pepper & orange peel

T: Follows the nose, also some breadyness & candi sugar, apple peels & general spiceyness up front. Fruittyness & lemons dominate as this warms, along with white pepper & orange peel. This reminds me as much of a wit as a saison, so I will deduct half a point for that. I am picking up more the advertised spices once way warm. Finishes with apple peel, lemony & herbal hops & a lovely spiceyness & just a bit of grapefruit at the apex

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, very nice balance

Superb drinkabilty I could stay on this all night!

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Photo of Oakenator
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this version of SDB after waiting a long time to get ahold of this second brewing from Stone. Nice looking beer - golden color, crystal clear, and with a good head. Even after 20 minutes some head remains. Smell is bright with the spices and a good dose of lemon. Taste is enjoyable - very refreshing - in addition to the expected Saison flavor the hops come through a bit more in this version that Victory or DFH. Well done!

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Photo of stewart124
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to pull a few strings to get this one...

Pours a golden yellow with a centimeter of fluffy white lace.

There are loads of spice and citrusy lemon in the nose.

Whoa on the spice! After pulling out some rosemary and thyme I could really spot the spices in the taste. These are subtle but coupled with yeast this makes for a spicy saison. There is a bunch lemon zest and this really brings and American feel to this.

Mouthfeel has quite a bit of carbonation and this finishes bone dry.

A very nice saison from these guys.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: amberish cloudy mess.

smell: very herbaceous, had to indivdually indentify

taste: liek it smells, very herby, not very traditional but I really liked it. great with some roasted poultry. nice and hoppy flavor too.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: loved this beer depsite the low rankings so far. it's not on style, but its a great change of pace. I think we should rate this beer for the enjoyment instead of saying it's not a saison.

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Photo of photomike
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very lightly hazed, very pale orange-gold with an unfortunately short soft-white head that leaves nice streaks of lacing down the sides of my tulip.

Smell is fantastic, bursting with herbs. Lightly sweet, the rosemary, sage and thyme are all individually discernable. Somehow, the beer doesn't really smell very savory. Somewhat peppery and yeasty. Really nice.

Taste follows suit. All of the herbs show up in perfect balance, and the malt provides a sort of tangerine sweetness that makes for a really drinkable, really delicious package. Very slightly bitter finish.

The carbonation is fine and effervescent. Remarkably clean finish. Light-bodied.

This is an incredibly drinkable brew. The herbs are really well balanced, and the overall package is nearly ideal.

As a big fan of both the Stone/Nogne O/JP holiday beer and the Maui/Schmidt/Stone collaboration, it speaks volumes that this is perhaps my favorite beer from the collaboration series Stone is putting out. I had low expectations for this brew, and it far exceeded them. Though I drank it on its own, this strikes me as a perfect food beer.

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Photo of Casey10
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of gr8scott88
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer - I can taste all three breweries: The big hops of Stone, the precise and clean malt of Victory, and the wild, anarchic flavor of Dogfish Head. This is a very good beer.

Pours clear golden with a huge fluffy head. The aroma is sharp and strong, with musky lemon, pine resin, and rosemary. The flavor is lemony, with rosemary, rose, pine, mint, lavender, vanilla, with a pleasant piny bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth.

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Photo of Duttonic
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 08/25/10. Served in an oversized wine glass.

A- Deep yellow. 1 1/2 fingers of small bubble, foamy head. Hazy, lots of sediment, really bubbly.

S- Herbal, sweet, sage, rosemary, thyme, flowery.

T/M- Tingly, creamy, light, mildly bitter, tastes like summer.

D- Amazing. Unlike any saison I've ever had. Find two and save one for later.

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Photo of Stone4Life
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter class, only because i particularly enjoy aromas.

A: Beautiful golden honey color with about a 3 quarters inch of beautiful bright white head. Just an outstanding beer to look at.

S: Cant say a single bad thing about the smell of this beer. The fresh herbs(sage,parsley,rosemary,thyme) hit you in the face immediately at first smell. After a quick swirl and a second analysis the light but beautiful and fruitful hop smells came to the nose as well

T: At first I thought the smell was a front and was expecting much less from the taste of the beer. But being as stone is, the taste came through with lots of character and the fresh herbs are expressed beautifully

D: For a 6.8% beer this is extremely drinkable. Goes down as easy as a good pilsner or a kolsch. Would have def grabbed a second if i had another one available:(

Overall everything i expected from a collaboration of brewers of this caliber. Highly recommend it to everyone. the smell alone is worth buying this beer.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.53/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
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

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Photo of beerhan
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

yeah this beer is magic. It goes down so smooth and is quite deliciousl It tastes like tree sap, honey, lemon, and chewed bubble gum with a mouth feel of tingly butterflies. Smells very citrusy with no hops really present. An amazing session beer if it wasnt five dollars a bottle. I would never buy it myself but nonetheless delicious.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.57/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of ausonius
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
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!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of obywan59
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent deep golden-orange with a tall white head that clings a bit to the side of the glass like soap suds. The beer looks like it's on fire, with copious carbonation rising through the center of the glass, like smoke from a fire.

My first impressions was of the characteristic, Stone-over-the-top hops, then the herbal aroma hit me. Wow! Very fresh.

Huge refreshing herbal taste. I really get the sage, but the parsley, rosemary and thyme are more muted, trying to cut through both the sage and the hops. Nicely sweet malt, and some pineyness from the hops as well.

Good moderate mouthfeel with high carbonation resulting in a peppery feel in the throat and chest.

This is increcibly drinkable. I know this is probably atypical of Saisons, but this is my favorite Saison to date. It goes down easy. Everything meshes. Waaay refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer night.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden, slightly hazy color. A fluffy white (very white) head sits on top, with a good amount of bubbles streaming up the middle.

The aroma is fresh, and very strong of herbs. It would be easy to say this is over spiced, but I thought it was really nice. Parsely comes through and is instantly recognizable. The rosemary seems to be the strongest of all, and is fresh and of high quality. Traditional beer aromas are minimal, with just enough yeast character to indicate that this is a beer your smelling and not a spice rack. So instead of reviewing this as a saison, I'm considering it a spiced/herbed beer, and for that I can't think of a better use of herbs in a beer.

The flavor is also bordering on overwhelming, but it's still tasty, and in a way, balanced. Foccacia bread comes to mind first. There is also more of the base saison flavor than in the nose. Even though it's minimal, the saison style really complements the beer. It's sweet and yeasty up front, with the nose really helping to bring out all the flavors. A full, robust herbal flavor is found in the middle, while the finish is dry and spicy. I really get the feeling that the brewers did a lot of tweaking to balance the flavors and bring out the herbs in the beer the best they could.

The mouthfeel is light bodied, but firm. There is a good level of carbonation, and a dry finish that complements the herbal flavor.

The only downside to this beer is that it's almost strictly a novelty. It was very nice to try, and I'll get it again, but as far as drinkability goes, this is a treat beer that is more of an experience than it is a traditional beer.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of techcommdood
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This past Sunday my buddy John and I had the opportunity to stop at Moe's Tavern in Lee, MA for a very special treat: Saison du BUFF on tap! Saison du BUFF is a collaboration beer from Dogfish Head, Stone and Victory breweries. I have two bottles at home that I've been saving, and now can compare them against the kegged beer. This beer is brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme... yep, a big ol' glass of Simon & Garfunkel.

Appearance: Nice hazy straw color beer with frothy white head.

Smell: Quite a bit going on here. A tart spiciness that was peppered with herbs. Mainly sage and thyme coming through as far as the four herbs go. Some tacky sweet notes to the nose as well, like the faint aroma of honey that's been stirred into tea.

Taste: Wow! Even more going on here! Initial light sweetness breaks quickly to lemon zest, rosemary and yes, parsley (so the other two herbs come marching in). Nice back end herby notes, again with more tartness and now some bittering.

Mouthfeel: Thinner feel than it looks in the glass. Clean, somewhat dry finish. Very enjoyable.

Drinkability: This goes down like water on a hot day. The sweet-tartness up front combined with the clean bitter finish really lend this beer to be finished off quite quickly (as we discovered first hand).

Overall: I am exceptionally pleased with this beer, and can't wait to try it in bottle. Perhaps that will be on the menu this evening. If you see this beer, get it. It's limited, and is worth trying. And if you live within radius to Moe's, call to see if it's still on tap!

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4.64/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: cloudy golden yellow with fluffy white head

S: lemon, black pepper, rosemary

T: I taste everything that I mentioned in the smell. In addition I get a pinch of sweet honey and a nice mild grassy hop character. This beer has a great balance in flavors.

M: real nice for a saison. Very smooth and crisp.

D: I would love to have a few of these on a nice summer day. Great beer.

Thoughts: The brewmasters all did a great job on this. I love all the flavors and their balance is incredible.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.69/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a stemmed glass

The color is hazy golden-yellow color with two fingers of creamy white head. I think it looks rather appetizing.

The smell is a really nice light fruit flavor with some apple and a nice sweet malt flavor. It is a well managed complex flavor.

The taste is a nice smooth flavorful fruit experience, There was at first a little apple skin and a bit of citrus hop that was bitter but wonderfully flavorful. Some nice granny smith apple and grapefruit took at bit of a bit into my taste buds and let me sink into a great beer.

The feel of this beer was very crisp and refreshing. Some nice smooth feel makes this beer a very drinkable offering and a really great collaboration beer. One of my favs.

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Photo of Brad007
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light-gold color with a large, fluffy head into my pint glass. Great presentation for what it is. Certainly looks the part of a saison.

Aroma is full of herbs with a strong amount of sage followed by rosemary and parsley. Certainly fits the description and a very interesting way to brew a saison. There's also the subtle spice from the yeast to add to it.

Taste is full of lemon/citrus, sage and parsley upfront. Very interesting combination and literally puts the herb and spice into a belgian style. Easy to drink and a good dose of hops upfront that are just right.

Mouthfeel is a bath of lingering herbs, citrus and spice from the yeast. Somewhat dry but not overly complex.

An excellent collaboration beer between all three breweries. It showcases the strengths of each brewery and I believe it's the first time I've seen a DFH/Stone collaboration as well. Both breweries are known for pushing the limits of beer and combined with Victory, certainly push the saison style to something with more character.

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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.