Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.3/5 rDev +13.5%
Tasted side by side with the other Saison Du Buff beers, I found the Stone to be the darkest in color, the most cloudy, the most spicy/peppery, and the most bitter.
It poured a deep gold/orange body beneath a massive head of foamy bright white that seemed to take forever to settle and left sheets of thin lacing about the glass, and a dollop of creamy froth floating in the middle of the surface.
The aroma expressed yeast and basic malt, a floral and herbal character, mild chalky citrus peel, a bit of dried fruit (mainly apricot) and and a clear waft of tea. It also displayed more sage than the others, but rosemary and thyme as well.
The flavor was spicy up front, followed by sage and other herbs, malt, some mineral and yeast and then a combination of hop and herb that dried it nicely and lingered in a surprisingly long finish - the solid bitterness and herb goes on forever, with lots of rosemary.
Overall, it's a fairly bitter and herbal beer, but it still seems to offer a pretty good amount of drinkability. Unless you let it warm, the herbaceous character is pretty much kept in check, and there's a solid bitterness there that helps to cut it short in the finish. I could easily see drinking two of these in one sitting, and yet there's still a good deal of complexity to it. Nicely done!
10-10-2010 00:35:19 | More by NeroFiddled
3.78/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains a lot of lemon and spices along with Belgian yeast, light malts and a touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out with a minty burst of spices followed by some lemon flavor. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style even though it seems a lot like a Witbier, if you're into the spicy flavor this is a good beer to drink for a while.
11-29-2010 03:50:35 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.25/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
05-30-2010 16:13:06 | More by WVbeergeek
4.43/5 rDev +16.9%
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!
06-10-2010 03:25:58 | More by russpowell
3.48/5 rDev -8.2%
Served in a Stone shaker pint glass at Rustico. A collaboration between three of my favorite breweries and a saison none the less, am I in heaven? Or is this a cruel joke. Unfortunately it was a cruel joke. This beer was not so good.
Beer is yellow and clear with a thick white head of small and medium bubbles, looks like meringue. Carbonation is high and there is a lot of lacing on the glass. So far so good.
Aroma is quite surprisingly hoppy. Very piny and mildly sweet. Interesting....
Well my notes say basil tasting, strong basil taste but after talking with Greg from Stone he said its parsley rosemary sage and thyme. Sounds great if I'm making sausage but this beer just didn't do it for me. It wasn't offensive but I doubt I'll go there again. Finishing was rather bitter and it has a creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Too bad.
06-08-2010 19:06:08 | More by drabmuh
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
I had this on tap at T Brendan O'reilly's served in a standard pint.
A - Beautiful golden shade w/ great clarity and a thick sudsy cap of white. The head retains well and the bead is fine. Visible carbonation is noted and the lace clings in a film
S - The smell is aromatic - plenty of herbal notes especially rosemary in the nose and mild pear in the yeast esters w/ spiced notes and mild earthiness present
M - The feel is good, moderate body w/ slight resinous texture and moderate bitterness w/ a mild alcohol presence and long dry finish
T - the taste is toasted with mild herbal flavors and sweet grain w/ mild dry yeastiness and subtle resinous pine accent to the flavor. The malt gives a nice backdrop with a bit of spice and earthiness from the yeast while the majority of the flavor comes from the rosemary there is mild floral and sweet herbal elements in there too
D - The saison hit its mark IMO, a very drinkable beer with lots of herbal flavor, yet this would not be something your average saison would be turned off by. I recommend it as it was pretty easy to quaff and overall well-balanced.
06-20-2010 21:09:39 | More by Slatetank
3.55/5 rDev -6.3%
a far far superior product to the dogfish one. it pours clearish for a saison, pale yellow in color, with a prominent white head an inch or two tall. the nose is real herbal, floral, and funky. maybe a different yeast strain used in this one? lots of peppery stuff happening. flavor is much more herbal than the dogfish version. the sage really stands out to me more than anything else. its fresh and light in the mouth, with excellent carbonation and a light medium body. the herbs in this beer make it pretty unconventional in taste, and this isnt for everyone, but i thought their forwardness in this beer was an improvement. id like to try the victory version now to round out the trilogy. definitely not as hoppy as most stone brews, and might benefit from some more of that, but not a bad beer to try as a single.
10-23-2012 23:32:11 | More by StonedTrippin
3.2/5 rDev -15.6%
First had: bottle from [forget where I got it]
Had this back-to-back with the other two versions for comparison. DFH's is clearly my favorite, Victory's was almost undrinkable on tap, yet better in the bottle. Stone's came about somewhere in between.
Poured surprisingly pale and clear compared to the other versions, straw-yellow color, with a thin white head that dissipated to nearly nothing. Aroma was herbal and slightly fruity, spicy, with the rosemary taking a slight edge, as in the other versions. More of this in the taste, the spice blend coming to the foreground, lesser notes of somwhat sweet pale malts, light citrus, herbs bordering on potpourri. Light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Good in small doses.
12-18-2012 06:32:13 | More by Rifugium
3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a huge white head. The aroma is full of Belgian yeast, lemons/oranges and some pepper. The flavor is more complex and completely different. I get a ton of herb notes in the beer, mainly rosemary and thyme, but possibly some other herbs as well. I also get a lot of wheat, pepper, ginger and yeast notes. While there are a ton of flavors present, something about them doesn't sit quite right with me. The flavor is a little bit of a mess, but still enjoyable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
04-29-2011 03:01:33 | More by Mora2000
3.63/5 rDev -4.2%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.
a - Pours a slightly golden color with high carbonation evident and one finger of fluffy white head.
s - Smells of citrus, spices, yeast, and bananas. Lots and lots of different spices in the nose.
t - Tastes mostly of spices. Also some citrus and tropical fruit.
m - Light body and hight carbonation that stings the mouth.
d - An interesting saison that makes it very clear it was brewed with a lot of different spices. Glad I tried it and different, but a little too much spice in the taste for me; would have liked more going on. Wouldn't seek out again.
07-10-2010 22:06:54 | More by mdfb79
4.05/5 rDev +6.9%
Sampled July 2010
A careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat, four-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The head has lots of staying power and, as it slowly subsides, leaves lots of lacing patterns on the sides of my glass. The beer is a rich gold hue that has some touches of orange to it, but shows a very bright, straw gold color when held up to the light. The beer smells up front like American hops; a bright citrus character backed by herbal pine like aromatics. The herbal character is quite interesting, but could still be hop derived, but the more you dig the more you realize that it couldn't be from hops. This reminds me of lemon thyme, sage, perhaps a touch of eucalyptus, rosemary and even a touch of menthol; really though the biggest note to me is of the sage. This is definitely a beer dominated by the spice character as I don't really get any of the base malt character; though perhaps there is some spiciness derived from the yeast character (clove mostly, but some pepper-like notes).
Fairly dry tasting, and when you add the herbs on top of this the beer is quite dry from start to finish. Woody rosemary notes, peppery, earthy sage, some lavender like notes, potpourri, and even a touch of lemon zest. The herbs add some woody astringency to the finish that lingers on in the finish coating and drying out the palate pretty significantly. Hints of straw like grain, and a touch of honey-like malt (that seems derived from herbal flowers) become noticeable after a bit, but are still very subtle underneath the dominant herbal character. There is actually a fair amount of body to this brew, but the herbs make this seem lighter than it actually is.
There is a nice bright lemon note in the nose that doesn't quite translate to the flavor. It is interesting how much this smelled like it was aggressively hopped during my first few smells of the nose, especially when all this came from the herbs with a touch of yeast character thrown in.
10-06-2010 14:22:23 | More by Gueuzedude
3.93/5 rDev +3.7%
Thick white head that slowly recedes. Leaves ample, coating lace. The beer is gold with a mild chill haze.
Very spicy aroma that reminds me of pizza. To me, it reminiscent of oregano. It's also peppery. Mildly floral (Dogwood?).
Quite peppery on the tongue almost immediately on the initial sip. Unusual flavor but still appealing. Moderate body with an above average level of carbonation. The aftertaste is very dry, even astringent, featuring a long lasting white ground pepper bite.
I love the experimentation. This is worth seeking out if only to try something completely unusual.
06-05-2010 02:16:01 | More by smcolw
4.4/5 rDev +16.1%
"Are you going to Scarborough Faire?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine," - Simon and Garfunkel
12 oz. bottle, procured at the BevMo in Cypress,
A: Pours a clear dark yellow with a fluffy white head, solid retention.
S: Sage for weeks - not days, forest, a beautiful herbal smell. I'm in Heaven right now.
T: It's all about the herbs here. The rosemary really comes out and complements the sage which is as with the nose the major factor. Malt is relatively light but lends balance to the great flavours.
M: Medium-bodied, dry, elegant.
D: This is really good stuff. It's extremely herbal, but I like that so it worked nicely for me. Begs to be with food. I'm excited to hold on to my other bottle for a few months and see what happens to it.
05-11-2010 23:20:14 | More by Halcyondays
2.8/5 rDev -26.1%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Disney scotch ale glass (yes, they exist...) in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the breweries. I'm growing increasingly skeptical of collaboration brews anyway. ABV is 7.7%; this is the 2012 vintage.
Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of okay cream, decent thickness, and pretty good retention for the high ABV. Colour is a clear yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Delightfully malty, with a heavy herbal and spicey character that I quite fancy. I get parsley and rosemary per the label, but not thyme so much. Some honey. In any case it's quite fresh and appealing. I can't wait to try it, though I'm disappointed that no yeast comes through. A moderate strength aroma.
T: Herbal, with some of its character bordering on medicinal. Honey comes through along with clean straw and bright malts. I wouldn't call it full-bodied, but it's fresh and flavourful. Well balanced and built, though it lacks complexity or much subtlety. I do like it for what it is. It's too sweet, especially on the climax. No alcohol or yeast comes through.
Mf: Smooth and wet - a bit too much so. Too thick. Adequately carbonated.
Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but lacking depth or much complexity. It's almost a bit too fresh for its own good, as though they should have held onto it before bottling. It feels fresh from the fermenter, but that isn't necessarily a good thing. I'd try the other variations, but I wouldn't get this one again. Saison fans should look elsewhere.
07-11-2012 03:53:07 | More by kojevergas
District of Columbia
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
Starts off odd, as from the appearance and aroma I'm left expecting an IPA. Aroma is very crisp and fresh, dominated by herbal and floral notes with mild citric hops and slight medicinal pinch. Appearance is a clear golden amber color with a massive foamy and rocky white head that leaves billowy patches of lace and a persistent thick layer of film and bubbles with a large foamy splotch in the middle. Given the description of ingredients for this beer, the flavor isn't very surprising, but certainly isn't a let down as this is very unique; but is it any good? Front of the palate is gripped by a citric, almost DIPA like flavor, though not remotely bitter. Moving back the palate a unique, musty earthiness dominated by herbal and floral flavors. Body is medium thick, mildly creamy, with strong fine carbonation that tries to clean up some of the sweet and herbal mess of the body. Very little about this beer makes me think of a saison, and I'm usually not crazy about herbal and medicinal flavors, but I'm strangely enjoying this beer. The only thing detracting from the drinkability of this is the long lingering dry aftertaste that is dominated by sage and other earthy spices. As with all the Stone collabs, an interesting beer, but not one I'm necessarily motivated to revisit.
07-26-2010 00:33:51 | More by yourefragile
4.3/5 rDev +13.5%
Wow. Pours a perfectly clear light straw yellow colour with a huge crackling head of white bubbles, that dip in the centre, but stay attached around the edges of the glass forming a thick and convoluted lacing. No visible carbonation, which is odd, but it looks intriguing from the start.
Oh my goodness. Nose is a huge melange of hoppy herbal characters. Smells like a good bunch of Nelson Sauvin, with slightly earth Belgian yeast underneath. If I had to pinpoint the exact herbs, I'd say rosemary and oregano, even though I know it's more of a Scarborough Fair mix. Actually, I think the parsley comes through somewhat as well. In any case, it's an insanely fragrant nose, if only because the herbs are in such prominence.
Wow again on the palate. You know, I really can't tell if this is really, really good or really, really bad. The herbs are again in prominence, but they really feel well integrated into the beer. No, there is not a lot of saison funk, but the herbs do add an organic quality which fits well with the base beer and the spicy notes from the saison yeast.
It tastes somewhat spicy, fresh and fragrant with herbs, with a lingering, earthy bitterness. It's absolutely fascinating, and for all that it falls way out of line for a traditional saison, it keeps a saison-like refreshing bitey palate.
You know, I'm going to go with "really, really good". This is what brewing in America is about: reinventing styles, experimenting, screwing around, but still coming up with something refreshing, tasty and drinkable, and something unique, unexpected and fascinating.
05-16-2010 02:23:01 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
A: Poured a straw yellow color with excellent carbonation leaving a big fluffy white head
S: Parsely, sage, lemon
T: Nice crisp feel upfront with lemon, grass, parsley and sage. Did not detect thyme until midway to the end
M: Crisp, light hops and grains, light on booze.
06-07-2010 02:12:07 | More by barleywinefiend
Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,138 ratings.