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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,067 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1067
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.47%


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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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my La Fin du Monde chalice, beautiful slightly hazed bright sunshine golden hue with a bright 3-4 finger stretch of head. Lacing is fine and evenly scattered between sips, nice stuff. Aroma has a bright herbal garden nose, the rosemary additiones stand out but I don't think I could pick out the others individually very pleasant. There's also a pleasant lemon/lime tone to the nos. Flavor is harsh with herbal spices, the underlyng saison is hard to determine because the untraditional brewing additions create a blanket of bitterness I'm guessing the thyme did this. It overpowers chicken when fresh and overused. Mouthfeel is medium bodied not boozey just a cast of bittering herbs sticks to the palate like Tom's organic toothpaste. Drinkability isn't what I was expecting herbal Saisons don't work to well, checkout reviews from Great Lakes version last spring.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 16:13:06 | More by WVbeergeek
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sevenarts

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pale and cloudy orange, with a modest white head, moderate retention, not much lacing.

S: Lemon, spices, somewhat grassy and fruity. Interesting blend of hoppy aromas with spice accents.

T/M: Sweet up front, with some lemony flavors, mild spices, smooth and creamy. Then an unexpected bitter, piney, hoppy finish, rather harsh on the way down. Leaves behind a pleasantly lingering lemony aftertaste.

O: As expected, an interesting if not wholly successful collaborative experiment. Bold flavor combinations, but the contrast between the lemon/spice flavors and the harsh finish is too much. Still, worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 23:42:44 | More by sevenarts
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JeffH

Washington

3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three style pushing breweries creating an American Saison- sounds good! The aroma is a herb bomb with big rosemary and thyme notes. The taste brings a nice saison spice along with big herbal flavor. At the end there is a warming from the alcohol and some dark fruit. Overall, not a beer I would drink everyday, but a great example of what all three of these breweries are all about.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 06:00:04 | More by JeffH
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow/golden rod color that produced a good white head with some good retention. Left tons of lacing behind.

(S)- Wow, big burst of resin-like pine and rosemary with a twist of lemon and biscuit. Very different, but interesting. All that rosemary creates a very festive character.

(T)- Same as the smell. A huge pine needle and rosemary profile with a twist of lemon.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Has a very sharp bite to it with such a strong pine & rosemary character to it. It does grow on me the more I have of it.

(D)- An interesting take on the style with the addition of all the spices. Reminds me more of an IPA than a Saison however. Still, its good, but not really fitting the style in my opinion. Yes it has the spice, but not the funk or bigger fruits.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 19:21:15 | More by sweemzander
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tchenery

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Belgian snifter. Tremendous head and excellent light orange/yellow color. Highly carbonated.

Smell is very spicy. Almost too peppery. It does have floral hop notes but you almost have to sneeze first after the original sniff. It smells like ginger root now, very prevalent ginger root. It's an interesting smell, but it's not an incredibly pleasant smell. It almost smells like the inside of a greenhouse.

Hardcore ginger on the first taste, blending into a grapefruit hop flavor. Very very peppery. I'm not crazy about this. It's almost like they took the definition of a traditional farmhouse ale and put it on steroids. (not an uncommon technique in the 'big beer' world these days) It's a unique flavor but I don't care for it much.

Mouthfeel is dry and too spicy. Also makes for a not incredibly drinkable beer. This is a sipper and one's enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 03:20:14 | More by tchenery
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chcfan

California

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into Mad Elf snifter. Looks like glassware isn't too specific for saisons, so I went with an old trusty one.

Big, billowing, white head that is partly due to the glass (just about any beer gets a big head to start with a vigorous pour into this glass) but also the beer itself and the bottle conditioning. Lots of lacing and the head sticks around fairly well.

I'm not an expert on all of these spices, but they are a big part of the nose of the "buff".

The flavor of the spices is most prominent at the end of the taste. There is a little bit of hop flavor, and this has the dryness that you expect from a saison.

This is a very interesting beer, but I kind of think of Saisons as a kind of beer that you can have a couple of on a warm day, and I don't find that quality in this beer because of the overpowering spice flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 23:31:43 | More by chcfan
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dtivp

West Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden yellow with a fluffy white head.
Aroma of citurs and spice.
Taste of citrus grapefruit and lemon with a grassy hops and some spice.
Light body beer with moderate carbonation.
This collaborative beer is a nice Saison, very light and drinkable. Just not my style of beer that I enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 16:34:27 | More by dtivp
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krisandajt

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A tasty treat courtesy of mymrrngjckt. Cheers Kevin!

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my DFH glass, the beer is a very cloudy, light yellowy golden color with a huge mountain of thick, creamy looking, stark white head. I had to take my time pouring this one as I almost had me a couple of foamy overflows. As I sit here and wait for the foam to subside I have to admit that the retention on Mount St. Buff is impressive.

Smell: A spicy, flowery bitterness is immediately present. The rosemary and thyme stand out the most to me, I can pick up some of the parsley, too. A veritable potpourri of spices that is actually a bit too much and is almost overwhelming.

Taste: Well, if the spicy smell isn't overwhelming, the taste certainly is. Wow. It tastes like an epileptic had a seizure and dropped the entire kitchen spice cabinet into the wort. The flavors aren't bad, really, just taken a bit too far.

Mouthfeel: A nice light to medium body, clean crisp feel, and plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: This one is tough. It's a good beer, just a bit too heavy on the spices. I'm glad I got a chance to try it as I love the beers that each of the three breweries make, but this one just goes overboard with a good thing. Worth a try, certainly, but there's no way I could have more than one of these in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 23:08:54 | More by krisandajt
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PeprSprYoFace

California

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another collaboration brew I really don't care much for.

Pours a good golden clear with a very nice head and lacing. The appearance is the best part.

Aroma is a little weird. Sage is the most pungent aroma. I can smell the Thyme and Rosemary as well.

There's too much going on in this beer. I don't like those spices in beer. It got a little better as it warmed up but I still wouldn't buy this again. Carb and stuff was good but I hate beers with too much spices and Sage should never be on food.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 03:27:19 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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cosmicevan

New York

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Poured a beautiful vibrant yellow with explosive carbonation and a bubbly white frothy head (about 1 finger thick). Lacing was a bit slippery, but held the glass a bit as I drank the glass.

S - Fantastic smell. Citrus all the way. Really gives me that farm fresh feeling. Wheaty, banana, clove...all the usual suspects with a nice sweet smell. As it warmed, it got a bit funky and sweaty smelling which I wasn't too wild about. Started out smelling great though, but the warmth actually made it smell a little gross so I'll grade it right in the middle.

T - Flavor follows the nose, but definitely more bitter and hoppy than the nose leads you to believe. I'd prefer a little bit less on the hops for this style. Not bad for a beer, but for a saison, I like more sweetness and less bitterness. Almost more like a hoppy pale ale crossed with a saison.

M - Nicely balanced, good carbonation, slightly bitter aftertaste.

D - Not my favorite saison, but a fun one to try. I love the concept of these collaborations, but usually I find that the sum of the parts isn't as good as the parts themselves...seems more like a marketing and community thing than about making a great drinkable beer. Not something that you'd drink a few of, but more of something that you'd want to just give a shot to.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 19:30:04 | More by cosmicevan
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illidurit

California

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So this bottle fell out of my fridge when I was fixing lunch for work and the cap started fizzing. I was scared it would be flat when I got home but I couldn't pound it before work so I resolved to drink it asap at home. Apparently there is so much carbonation in this beer that knocking the cap halfway off and letting it sit for 9 hours has zero effect on the gushiness.

Pours a chill-hazed goldenrod with a three-finger plume of dense off-white head that takes several minutes and several pours to fill the glass properly. Aroma is golden malts coupled with a heavy helping of both rosemary and sage, which imparts a sweet and zesty quality. The parsley and thyme are much less forward. Flavor is very similar. Very herbal and green with a flabby pale malt baseline. Finishes dry from tannic astringency and I'd be lying if I said the high carbonation wasn't distracting. Body is too thick and sweet for the style. Perhaps DFH was in charge of the attenuation process in this collaboration.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 07:53:27 | More by illidurit
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julian

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pale yellow straw color, mild haze, and huge lasting frothy white head.

S: Huge lemon zest aroma and grass. that's pretty much it.

T: Lots of lemon zest, grass and peppery spice.

M: Highly carbonated, prickly, finishes clean.

D: Great taste, lots of lemon zest, a little prickly in mouthfeel, but very workable ABV. Could drink a few of these on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 03:37:24 | More by julian
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2012 bottle Stone / Dogfish Head / Victory Saison du BUFF brewed by Stone and served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours a yellow-gold color; clear at first, but after a few sips I added most of the rest of the bottle which had a considerable amount of sediment. Appears to have very fine, natural carbonation.

Aroma: funky, yeasty, hoppy, weedy, herbal aroma. Interesting but too funky to really appeal to me.
Taste is similar but even more weedy/herbal and, thankfully, less funky. Lightly tart; neither sweet nor bitter.

O: very interesting and very different from a ’standard’ lager, but refreshing and not challenging ... once you get past that funky aroma.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 00:21:58 | More by chinchill
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TheJollyHop

California

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from the tap at Tony's Darts Away; head fades fast leaving behind sticky lace.

Tropical and citrus fruits on the nose with an herbal hint of rosemary. Golden amber with a solid one fingers worth of off-white head. Second whiff yields parsley and time.

Strong herbal flavor of rosemary with a sweet and slightly spicy/hoppy finish. Tastes of apricots an peaches are noticeable as well, which conjures up images of Sam from DFH lugging bags of apricots for his Aprihop brew. Carbonation is medium/high and the body is light, which are both a plus for the mouth feel. Coats the tongue and is a bit salty as well. Again, the overbearing herbal flavor hinders the drinkability.

The intense herbal flavor is something better kept in the realm of solid food. It tasted a little too much like sipping on roasted chicken broth. Bitterness lingers a bit too long, but not in a harsh way; but rather in a past your welcome kind of way. Nice idea, but better kept on the drawing board.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2010 01:36:40 | More by TheJollyHop
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tko741

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hay-gold, slightly hazy, showing light carbonation. A pure-white, three-finger head forms with with strong lacing.

Smells of exactly what is listed on the label: definite notes of cooking spice, citrus, slight resinous hops and perhaps a little bit of fresh mint leaf here and there.

Taste is very full, definitely hopped, with strong suggestions of the four spices used in brewing the beer. A malt presence is subtle if present at all, with lingering mint leaf and citrus in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is on par with the saison style, bubbly and alive.

I'd try it again after some bottle aging, which I may have to do once I buy a second one, but I wouldn't really order this again just because of the very un-beer taste of it.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 21:35:26 | More by tko741
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draft pour into a 12 or 13 oz tulip for $5.75.

A: One finger of foamy white head. Decent retention with a lingering film and sudsy collar. The body is darker than most saisons. Amber colored with roughly 50% transparency. Minimal lacing.

S: The nose is wonderful but not exactly saison-like. Herbal hops dominate balanced by some citrus and a bit of summer fruit. Plenty spicy. Slightly medicinal. Light menthol. A lady at the bar likened the aroma to 'Tom's from Maine' (the natural toothpaste). If you didn't pick up on it yourself, order another while this brew is around...I can't get past it now.

T: What is unique on the nose is less successful on the palate. Complex with a plethora of herbs which are not quite offset by lemon-orange hops, followed by floral notes. Rated a 3.0 (average) in taste, but this is anything BUT your average saison.

M: Lively, biting carbonation with a medium body and a dry, bitter finish. No alcohol is detected.

D: An unparalleled saison in terms of stretching your imagination. But the drinkability is average only. Points given for creativity, points taken for creativity. Some hits and misses, all within this one brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2010 12:45:42 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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cyrock1

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straw to pale gold.

Smell: Fresh hops out the wazoo, an almost canibus like aroma mixed with herb de Provence.

Taste: Not much malt character. It is dominated by citrus and pine notes.

Mouthfeel: A lingering bitterness in the centrer of the tongue is slightly off putting.

Drinkability: One is enough for me, a little too lopsided.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:49:46 | More by cyrock1
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured an unexpectedly hazy, cloudy golden straw color. There is ample carbonation and an extremely frothy head that quickly disappears.

S - Lemon dominates the aroma with an herbal backing (cant decipher the herbs)

T - Taste mirrors the smell. Lemony-citrus notes explode, but quickly leave allowing a grassy earthiness to finish the taste.

M - Medium-bodied. The carbonation is very nice as it gently pierces your tongue.

D - Very nice interpretation of a Saison. Very glad I got to try this collaboration between three amazing craft breweries. However, the intensity of the lemon notes and its one dimensionality have me longing for a Belgian saison/farmhouse....Fantome..mmm.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 20:06:32 | More by PEIhop
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buzzardman

California

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've now had a few different saison beers and I can see why they almost went extinct in the beer world. The taste of these beers is not something I look for in a beer at all. I'm also just not a fan of spices of any kind in beer, leave that to chefs and bakers. this beer was interesting to try but I would never buy it again. they only reason I tried it was because it's a colab between the bigger micro breweries.

the taste is heavy on rosemary and maybe some other spices which give it an almost food flavor not fun to drink. it poured a nice golden yellow color with a decent two finger head. it held carbonation well and felt dry to the mouth.

i love tgat brewers are experimenting with beers but this should not be sold to the public. it should just be made available as an experimental beer maybe at the breweries themselves. I think I'm done with saison beer in general.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 23:26:42 | More by buzzardman
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice crisp yellow with a big white, fluffy head. A bit of lacing appearing. Golden with a very light looking head.

S: Grassy and herbaceous. Parsley and thyme are very present. A good bit of sage, very interesting aroma for a saison. A bit of a Belgian type aroma. Some banana and a splash of citrus.

T: Herbs are far too strong here. Tastes like drinking rosemary and sage juice. Not getting much else besides the strong, earthy herbs. Not too characteristic of a saison. There are some small notes of citrus and grass, but the herbs are very potent and a bit off-putting.

M: Leaves the impression of chewing on a handful of parsley and thyme. Bright and clean, but far too strong and earthy as well. This would be fantastic if the herbs were toned down a few notches.

D: Having a hard time with this one. Being in the culinary field, it's hard for me to not love the flavors going on here. I am just having a hard time with the intensity of each herb. Could see this working well as a soup base or stew beer. Herbs are just a bit too strong to make this enjoyable every sip.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 01:25:47 | More by kiddynamite920
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Brooke1

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Summer beer! Crisp and carbonated with lots of zest.The bubbly beer is what I call it. With lots of carbonation which is great on a hot day. I could definitely taste layers of herbs.Rosemary beginning followed by hints of parsley and thyme. Overall a nice beer to enjoy on a hot summer day!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 02:02:39 | More by Brooke1
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Khazadum

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks go out to Adam from Lincoln Park Binny's. This guy is probably one of my favorite beer guys and always a pleasure to chat up. My first trip into his store he showed me everything new and personally gave my girlfriend and I a tour. That was how I was lucky enough to snag two bottles of this from the shelves. Twelve ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter.

Vision
Fantastic two fingers of pristine white head developed easily. It lost about half of its volume but has steadily maintained that level for minutes now. There is a huge amount of carbonation erupting from the bottom of this glass keeping the bubble population at a constant number. Its all tightly packed and quite fun to look at.

The dimly lit apartment lends a mystery to the color of this beverage. It would appear to be movie theatre popcorn, that not quite yellow liquid, but upon direct illumination I'd say it is the yellow of a sunset.

Bouquet
Did these brewers stumble upon my homemade spice container? I can't believe how similar and fantastic it smells. The rosemary comes through without any hinderance. In fact, I would say that is the dominant player in this olfactory recipe. Mingled in almost equal strength follows the thyme.

It takes a few efforts to find the sage, but it definitely is there. I had to breathe through my mouth to pull in that particular herb. Unfortunately, I could find no sign of the parsley. It might just be too mingled within the pungent mixture, but it does not make itself known to me.

Flavor Profile
It is interesting. I think that this might be the turning point in this beer's enjoyment. Initially, the flavors are jumbled together in a distracting mess. Its all confused and before I know it they run off leaving me with what I hope is the hops.

Lets try and sift through all of this. What can only be the Rosemary, of course, dominates the front of the flavors. It overwhelms the sage, but through many sips, no other flavor brings themselves to my notice.

The finish is heavily hopped. It feels like I'm drinking a double IPA with the amount of bitterness I feel/taste right in the center of my tongue. This could be the overwhelming 'italian' spices coming through, but I doubt it. Either way, I feel like this beer has a style crisis going on.

Oral Sensations
This is overly carbonated to the extreme on sipping. I can't help but be distracted by the fizzy nature of the liquid around my tongue and mouth. It is watery, but that is not any fault on this beer.

Conclusions
If you love hops, this is an easy drinker. The 6.8% does not rear its head at all throughout the entire experience. What is an issue is the overwhelming rosemary with no saison balancing.

What I come to expect from a saison is no where to be found here to help this. Its almost as if someone took carbonated water and added spices and hop juice to it. Great to smell and look at, but average everywhere else.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 02:07:39 | More by Khazadum
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by matt9875. Thanks Matt!

A: This saison appears a hazy straw yellow color, with an inch of fluffy, cumulus cloud-like head perched at the crest. The head displays very good retention, and leaves a good amount of lacing upon the glass.

S: The aroma is very potent, with huge floral scents, spruce, citrus, citrus peels / rinds, and lemons.

T: The flavor is bold as well, with a potpourri of everything I found in the aroma. However, the beer soon becomes a bit cloying, as a lemon household cleaner flavor begins to cut through more and more as I make my way through the glass.

M: The feel is medium / thin in body with plenty of carbonation.

D: An OK beer that could likely improve considerably with a few tweaks.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 01:08:08 | More by Huhzubendah
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Trilogy31

California

3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pure golden yellow, with a creamy two fingers of head leaving thick curtains in its wake. Wow, the nose hits you straight away with its bouqet garni - strong coriander seed right away, wild fennel (strong licorice scent that you would smell when hiking in the bay area) along with a wet earthiness as well, nothing like i have spelled before - very intriguing though not necessarily what i want from a beer. Also there is a layered hint of belgian yeast spice as well. The mouth brings all the herbs together which is impressive to taste all the flavors thats its made with though to me thats not a good thing as im not the biggest herb fan in the world. Coriander sings first, with sage coming in right behind it holding till the end - with a wisp of rosemary showing itself in the middle. The finish is good and refreshing and somewhat cleans up the herbage on the finish. A well made beer though not my taste whatsoever.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 05:04:09 | More by Trilogy31
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charlzm

California

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed May 15th, 2010 at The Daily Pint, Santa Monica, CA.

Clear medium golden/amber with a one-finger white head amde of exceptionally fine bubbles.

Aromatic: spicy, powdery and sweet bordering on syrupy. Notes of fruit as well: apricots and citrus.

Flavor is light verging on thin. Nearly evaporative with a mildly bitter, hoppy aftertaste. Lightly spicy, but not the melange of spices I was expecting based on the ingredients.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, watery.

After the outta-the-ballpark aroma, I was let down by the flavor. Not terrible, but doesn't live up to its promise.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 05:50:46 | More by charlzm
Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.