Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured from bottle to tulip the beer arrives a brilliant golden color, fairly opaque in nature, with a decent 1.5 finger white head, good retention and lacing. Fairly translucent. The nose is an aggressive blend of peppery lemon, yeast, and herbs. Similarly the flavor is a punch of lemony pepper, yeast and then an abundance of sage, allspice, rosemary spice. Different, aggressive but not overly so. Mildy bitter and fairly clean. Not much hop character. Finishes a bit thin in nature with a lingering herb flavor. Overall, glad to have tried it. Might go well with a rosemary lemon pepper chicken? I enjoyed it but likely won't be back.
05-10-2012 18:57:45 | More by hopfacebrew
3.88/5 rDev +2.4%
I poured this into a pint glass, it has a murkey yellow color body with a small head that lays down quickly. The smell has a herb, earthy aroma, mostly rosemary, and lemon.
The taste has a very earthy flavor, mostly from the herbs, rosemary, parsley and had a hint of lemon peel. the mouth feel is good and overall is a good beer.
I wouldn't drink this one all the time but, once in a while i would.
12-27-2012 20:51:32 | More by chefhatt
3.2/5 rDev -15.6%
Hazy straw colored, with heavy visible carbonation. Huge fluffy white head.
Nose is yeasty, sweet, and herb-filled. You can make out the rosemary, but it's mostly just smells "green" or like plants. Slight spicy hints, like white pepper.
Taste is too heavy on the herbs - it smacks you up front with strong sage and rosemary. Pizza-esque. Some lingering hops, maybe? No real saison qualities.
Decent mouthfeel and drinkability. Interesting beer, but it doesn't quite come together. Too much of a mish-mash of spices.
08-24-2010 23:35:16 | More by shivtim
4/5 rDev +5.5%
12 oz bottle from Ned's. I think it was like 5 bucks, the most expensive of the three.
Appearance: Clear, bright yellow orange. Very nice white, rocky head with average retention for a saison.
Smell: Clean, sweet smelling pale malt, hint of lemon, and a little juicy fruit gum. Smells herbal, but more in a herbal hops way and less from added herbs.
Taste: Good balance of sweet and bitter flavors. Fruity and herbal with herbaceous and lemony hops bitterness. This one is the least herb-tasting of the three. Finish is sweet and slightly phenolic.
Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and crisp with a nice dry finish.
Overall: This is a good, but not the most interesting saison. The herbs dont intrude in this one like in the other two. I like it fine.
06-12-2011 23:42:35 | More by rapidsequence
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip...
A - Pours a slightly hazy, yelloish, straw color. A HUGE billowing white head forms and takes a bit to recede. Very inviting appearance
S - Very herbal aroma with the notables present; parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. There also seems to be some pepper and coriander as well. Theres some slight citrus notes that add a nice fruityness to the nose; tangerine and grapefruit seem to be the most noticeable.
T - Extremely strong herbal punch right in the front. The same herbs that came through in the nose make an appearance as well as some ginger. The citrus notes come through in the palate too. The taste just seems a bit strong and there doesn't seem to be much about this, i.e. lack of yeast, that reminds me of a saison.
M - Quite carbonated (HUGE hiss when I popped the cap). Very stingy, prickly sensation due to the carbonation which does not ease the drinking of this one.
D - Although it is a great idea, I don't feel that it really came together as nicely as Stone may have expected it to in this brew. I probably couldn't drink too many of these as the herb punch was a bit too much.
09-22-2010 23:57:57 | More by KAP1356
4.47/5 rDev +17.9%
A: Pours a transparent, barely hazy straw color with a fluffy, rocky head.
S: Rosemary, light bubblegum, thyme, sage, coriander or clove. Nice and spicy with a wheaty malt flavor. Really refreshing and light.
T: So refreshing, flavorful, and just awesome. Lots of spices work together with a nice tartness, sweetness, and bitterness.
MF/D: Carbonation is pretty awesome for the light body. Drinkability is amazing...this is one of the most sessionable beers I've found.
06-27-2010 23:07:13 | More by scottyshades
4.47/5 rDev +17.9%
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.
07-29-2010 00:45:35 | More by stewart124
3.98/5 rDev +5%
The best Saison I have tried so far though I have only had 2 so far.
Pours out a yellow with hints of orange, a big fluffy white head and a lot of carbonation.
The smell is heavy on the herbs used, especially the rosemary and there are a lot of earthy and slightly fruity notes too.
The taste is dominated by the herbs used and there are hints of fruits and it has a slightly bitter and dry quality to it.
Very easy and refreshing to drink. These breweries should do more together.
06-10-2012 18:50:32 | More by JohnnyMc
1.75/5 rDev -53.8%
I hate to rate this beer so low but this is the crowning achievement in the awful stone collaborations. The last two collaborations I refer to as the kitchen spices series.
This beer pours a nice golden yellow with bubbles of carbonation and a 1 finger foam head.
Smells like a good saison at first and then it turns into a pizza or those combo pizza chips they used to sell.
At first interesting and great saison taste, then the herbs kick in. Every other sip is horrible. Then eventually, they all are. Were they trying to brew grass?
1st they brew a pepper ipa? then a spice rack saison? Whats next in the grab a random ingredient from the kitchen a brew a beer collaboration.
That being said, I will always support stone and its their choice to keep brewing whatever the hell they want. Ill probably buy it anyway.
05-31-2010 05:10:57 | More by Murchmac
Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,143 ratings.