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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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kojevergas

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

C

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 03:53:07 | More by kojevergas
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap, multiple times, at T. Brendan O'Reilly's.

A: Served in a tumbler, the saison has a golden glow, bright with no traces of sediment, haze or imperfection (except for a stream of dense bubbles). Atop the wonder is a white head, thicker earlier in the night, that laced in layers as I made my way through each glass.

S: A complex saison that throws everything and the kitchen sink at you? I love it! Sage, with a minty pepper aroma, is strong, as is a piney hop presence. A bit of sharp anise, a further aroma twist finishes things off. By the third pint, a bit of nose fatigue sets in.

T: Fresh off the tap, the piney hops strike first. Their resiny flavor is sharp before being absorbed into the spice profile. The peppery sage is up first, and really it dominates throughout. Further spices follow the sage, with rosemary and anise standing out. The spices are, well, spicy, adding a sharp bite to the saison that leads into a long, drawn out finish.

M: The mouthfeel is lively to say the least. The heavy spice profile, from sweet to peppery, along with the oily hops, are a nice package.

D: The booziness isn't very strong, hidden well behind the wall of flavor. I am very impressed with the reckless abandon of the ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2010 15:09:34 | More by akorsak
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 06:32:13 | More by Rifugium
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Billolick

New York

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, $3.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours hazed light tangerine, golden amber, off white head, tiny bubble, that stays, goes to a thicker film and leaves fine sheeting and plentiful bits of fine lacing. Bright nose of the advertised spices, floral, perfumey, fruity, peppery. Highly spiced and flavorful. More pepper, flowers, pizza spicing, lime. Love the style, love the twist pulled off here. Bright, boldly flavorful, zesty and enjoyable collaboratory effort. Stinky cheese, smoky meats, spiced up Thai food? This beer can stand up to the boldest foods out there...interesting possibilities...

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 02:13:57 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a swirling sea of microbubbles and a creamy light tan head that last
S- The perfumy yeast aroma of saisons has a green hop snap with notes of mint and thyme and a very faint herbal parsley quality. There is a rubber balloon note to the finish of the hops. T- The yeasty saison flavor has a slight sweetness with a faint bread quality and a big pungent hop kick in the finish with grapefruit zest qualities that grow as the beer opens up.
M-There is a medium mouthfeel with a tight light fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.
D- The nice saison with strong American hops has an interesting herbal twist with mint and rosemary that is not over the top but.... interesting.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 21:49:35 | More by rhoadsrage
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 02:23:01 | More by lacqueredmouse
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight sage nose. Flavor is sour citrus with a lingering sour/herb finish. $3.49 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 22:21:48 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear yellow to light gold colored beer with a tall white head. Looks like a Saison should.

Smells spicy, parsley and black pepper are the two strongest scents. Basil is in there but the more minty scents it usually has are missing, not surprised basil is on of the more delicate herbs to work with. Sage is pretty strong here. The spices combine to give a herbal scent cranked up to eleven for your nose.

Starts out a herbal clash and a little bitter on the tongue. Sage is strong and here and there is something of a turkey stuffing flavor. This beer is quite dry not a lot residual sugars here. Not bad, if I could change anything it would be to add some black pepper.

Mouthfeel is light as it should be for a Saison.

Drinkability is good. Tasty dry Saison I like. Now I just need to save some for thanksgiving and drink it with Turkey and Dressing.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 18:59:31 | More by Zorro
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DoubleJ

California

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

How about this; a collaboration brew among three of the most respected "new school" American breweries. Surprising, they go in the direction of brewing a saison, a style that is more freqently a hit or miss for me. So on to the beer:

This is an orange/yellow colored beer with some small carbonation bubbles going to the top. The head is airy on top, and it drops to a ½ inch lace on top. There's plenty of lacing sticking to the glass. That aroma is great. The spices, which I can't describe well, really go well together, and it hits the nose with some firepower.

I'm liking this. There is a little pear fruitiness, and a solid base of dry malt. Is thst rye I'm getting? Some lemon pepper now...I like how the spices aren't overly dominant in this offering, but are rather gentle. I taste more of them in the aftertaste. With that said, I'll approach the glass a little slower.

A saison well done. I'm glad to see that I liked this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 05:14:56 | More by DoubleJ
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Belmont station the other day.

The beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive and spice filled, showing considerable honey, clove, sage and rosemary. While the flavor profile generally replicates the nose, on tap I found the spices to be a bit over the top. There just wasn't enough sweet honey and clove flavors to handle the amount of spice I encountered in this beer. Mouthfeel was medium bodied to full, with a long, moderately sweet, spice filled finish. Drinkability wasn't too bad, but again, the amount of spice in this beer really wore on me after a while. I just thought it a bit too prominent and dominant in this otherwise interesting, well made beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 13:30:21 | More by johnmichaelsen
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Against natural lighting the color appeared a bright lemon, with a slight peppery, misty haze. The capping was foamy and rocky in structure with a very well lasting retention rate leaving small speckled dashes for a lacing. Visible effervesce was composed of a dozen or so steady jet streams of micro-bubble, closely spaced and rapidly moving. Overall a very good visual appeal.

S: Bright oranges and tangerines exist on the nose along with some tropical fruitiness of mangos. Light herbal notes and pine are detected in small complimenting quantities.

T: Sweet grains and dry wheat provide a nice backing for some tart oranges that mingle nicely together on the opening along with hints of coriander. The middle of the palate finds a nice tartness of dry tangerines, herbal notes and spicy citric elements. Dry, tart and crisp in character this finishes up with some spicy hop notes along with dry lemon peels and a slight peppery touch. A nice drinking saison that comes close or matches that of Fantomes examples, but then again would you expect anything less when these three giants come together?

M: Crisp mouthful with a bubbly nature gives this some texture. A dry lemony hop finish with a little warmth ensures on the swallow.

D: Very enjoyable, tart, crisp and vanishes off the tongue quickly with very good results. A surefire summer time quencher that comes highly recommended per style. Case worthy.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 00:13:31 | More by beerthulhu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

1.38/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: A bright gold in color with a bone white head and some lacing.

Smell: Herbal notes coupled with some malt and hops. Its just immensely spice rack smelling.

Taste: Sharp and biting herbs. Sage comes through with some medicinal qualities, followed by the distinct taste of parsely and rosemary,with the parsely adding clorophyll to the beer which was out of place. Any subtle saison qualities have been over powered. Even for a spiced beer this is out of hand. Am I drinking potpourri blended with pasta spices? The spearmint and peppery notes from the blend are lost on the palate. All in all it becomes a mess of herbs that would be great in a stew or pasta, but awful in a beer. Where are the Saison qualities? Lost in the murk or perhaps not there at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lingering herbal finish that almost tastes like a poorly made soup. Perhaps too many cooks in the kitchen in this case.

Drinkability: Pretty horrid. I would stay far away from this beer.

Overall: Epic Fail. I'd rather pour miller lite on a rag, wipe my spice rack clean and then drain it into a glass and drink it. This one tasted awful, if you are seeking a truly great Saison, try Saison Dupont or Saison Voisen.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 03:53:56 | More by Stinkypuss
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a dense white cap, about a half inch after the pour. Clumpy lacing, good head retention. Citrus and fruit aroma, lots of oranges and grapefruit, pineapple, powdery, peppery, a little bready with mild cloves and alcohol. The flavour is cleaner than the aroma, but a little less intriguing for it. The same character is present - citrus and tropical fruit, crackery malt, light spiciness - just a little more subdued. Lingering fruit. Mild warmth as it goes down. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry, a little creamy, nice texture overall. I liked this quite a bit. I'll probably (hopefully) grab a couple more before they're gone.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 23:18:22 | More by DrJay
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a crystal-clear golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wisy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with large amounts of herbs - rosemary and sage mostly with slight hints of star anise. Also present are large amounts of herbal hops and lighter amounts of floral and citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by sharp herbal notes - almost all rosemary with softer secondary notes. Midway through the sip hop flavors come into play - solid amounts of herbal flavors with hints of pine. The herbs and hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this saison was heavy on the herbs but somehow the light malt profile made it work. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2010 01:15:07 | More by glid02
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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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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2010 21:09:39 | More by Slatetank
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz picked up for me at Belmont Station by the great Boise Beer Buddies... Inflatablechair and Buckeyeboy.. Poured into my small stemmed glass...

Pours with a massive 3 finger head... quick and the bubbles rise.. incredible retention.. surprisingly only okay lacing... the brew is hazed lite golden with tons more bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass.

Nose shows pretty traditional saison phenols.. bit spicy and some fruity esters.. but the main player for me is "turkey herbs".. the herbs I buy every year because I can never keep mine alive and healthy long enough... sage... and parsley.. very interesting on the nose.

Flavor.... ehhhh... not digging it as much... the herby qualities sorta mesh and then separate into a weird medicinal complex... finish is an odd soapy quality that reminds me of the wife's lavender lotion (or at least what I envision it tasting like).... really very floral with warmth and the herbs break down into a mess of "grassy" flavors... sorta is reminiscent of Mama Mia's Pizza beer with some Belgian character and no oregano.

Body may be a tad high.. carbonation is about right... okay... I will certainly drink it again and never turn it down... and it seems okay for a beer while doing some late night lawn watering, but overall for style, I can't give it too high of a review.. I appreciate the kitchen sink mentality, but it just doesn't hold up.. much better when cold.

I think I will use a bottle of this when brining the Thanksgiving turkey.. no kidding. Thanks Jeremy and Sam.. You guys are keeping my collection moving forward with these bottles.

4/4/3/4/4

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 07:57:57 | More by JohnGalt1
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Brad007

Vermont

4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 02:39:13 | More by Brad007
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 17:08:08 | More by Georgiabeer
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superspak

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours slightly hazy bright amber color with a 1.5 finger white head with great retention and good lacing. Aromas of malts, rosemary, and sage dominating with floral hops. Taste is strong of rosemary and parsley, with a good amount of bitterness on the finish. Spices sit on the palate for quite a while after the finish. Very interesting beer, never had anything like this before. Solid, I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 04:28:52 | More by superspak
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, a small thin patch, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of herbs in the nose with rosemary and sage. Additionally there are moderate aromas of lemon citrus. There is a very light amount funky yeast in the smell also.

T: Like the smell, there are a lot of complex herbaceous flavors in this beer with the rosemary and sage dominating with some lighter notes of parsley and time. There is a light amount of peppery & funky yeast flavors as well. Quite interesting. Light lemon/citrus notes.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dry in the finish.

O: Very interesting and enjoyable - not something that you would drink like a session beer but the herbal notes are very tasty. The smell of this beer is probably the most enjoyable part as the smell is quite inviting.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 01:25:12 | More by dbrauneis
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw witha light haze, big bubbly head, good retention, light lace.

S: Very floral, plenty of citrus rind, herbal, pineapple, mango, hints of phenolic spicing.

T: Grapefruit rind, pine, pappaya, wheaty biscuit, herbal, solid bitterness, subtle alcohol.

M: Moderate body is very crisp with only hints of acidity.

D: A good drinker and well-crafted. Plenty of depth, but nothing is the least bit overwhelming. It doesn't come off as a kitchen sink brew either, it works.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 04:33:41 | More by Derek
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ccrida

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pricey 12 oz. bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Saison Du BUFF is a clear gold with a big, fluffy white head. It's funny that the label specifically makes fun of fizzy yellow beer, when that exactly what this is, at least in appearance. Of course, it is in no other way similar to macro lager. The head is better anyways, rucky on the settle, leaving chucks of foamy lace.

Smell is great, a really nice sweet herbal quality, tons of sage, some rosemary. Tough to find any ester under all that, but it's really nice, perfume like...can't get enough honestly.

Taste is not as sweet as I though it might be from the nose. Definitely herbal, but their integrated enough that I can't really discern them individually, which I appreciate. There some pepperiness that I assume is from the yeast, which is welcome saison character. I'm surprised how much I like this - it sounded like a kitchen sink brew, but they pulled it off well - less is more with herbs, and the obvious freshness of them helps as well.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is very good. Tasty yet quenching, light and smooth. Too bad it's a one off that's overpriced or I'd enjoy these throughout the summer....

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 02:29:32 | More by ccrida
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dirtylou

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, Bad Apple in Chicago. I think i have a bottle of this somewhere but this was my first tasting...

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a large chalice - straw-golden body, foamy beige head

smell: love the fresh herbs - i get thyme more than anything but rosemary and sage are definitely noted. There is also some nice fresh citrus and grassy yeast

taste: i liked this one a lot - rosemary, thyme and sage are amongst my favorite herbs. I didnt pick up much parsley, but it can be a rather neutral herb anyway. White pepper, belgian yeast, honey, lemon peel and other citrus round out this bold saison.

mouthfeel: fresh, lively

drinkability: good

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 15:00:31 | More by dirtylou
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beertunes

Washington

2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 21:28:21 | More by beertunes
Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.