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Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF

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very good

1,170 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,170
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 49
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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 kkipple
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well well... okay, a Saison made with the herbs from a Simon & Garfunkel song. Nothing that Dogfish has its hands in will surprise me anymore. 12oz bottle put into my big Tripel Karmeliet glass.

A. Pours a fluffy-sticky, small bubble head that falls pretty fast from 2 fingers to just cover the top of this kumquat colored brew. Some lace sticks 'round, nice. Retention could be better, otherwise, about what you'd expect from a Saison.

S. This smells wonderful. Lately I've been really getting into herbal, spicy smelling brews in a big way and this is hitting all the right notes... the rosemary is very evident and delicious, as is the thyme, and I'm not totally sure I even know what sage smells like. Can't say I pick up the parsley, but the entire experience is very well balanced with some peppery phenols from the yeast and an underlying solid sweetness from the biscuity malt. It flat out works and is a joy to return to again and again.

T. Not up to par with the nose, but still nice. This is a light, fluffy herbal Saison with hints of Fritz Briemishness flitting around. The spices work extremely well in concert and never overwhelm the base beer, which is a solid semi-dry Saison that is perhaps lacking some of the characterfulness of the best Belgian examples of the style. The hop bitterness is here and lends still more interest. The 6.8% is quite light for the style, and this is a lighter beer, but I feel like anything this herbal and spice-rack shouldn't be heavy, anyway. Keep it spritzy and playful, which is what this is.

M / D. High carbonation blended with a medium-light bodied brew really makes the spice in here (and there is a lot) pop and shimmer. Finish is a dry and peppery hop bitter with some rosemary and delicate garden spice.

Saison Du Buff really impressed me. Oftentimes these Stone collaboration brews are hit or miss (much like the weirder Dogfish stuff) but this is one of the better things to come out of the Lab in a while. Blame Victory's calming influence if you like, but this is a winner. Highly recommended - a delightfully fun take on a classic Belgian style.

Photo of alcstradamus
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a nice golden yellow with a finger and a half of head that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is very strongly spiced and herbal...wowee. Heavy notes of lemon peel and banana as well. The alcohol is noticeable at 6.8%.

The flavor is herbal and alcoholic. Not as much depth as I would have guessed from the nose. A bit musty too. Not really tasty at all actually.

The body is light and carbonation is spot on. Overall this is just unfortunately not a good beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Prospero
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a saison it was extremely clear and light in color, no cloudiness and closer to a yellowish orange than a deep orange. Large white foamy head and beautiful lacing. Golden color, light crisp, very drinkable flavor. The nose is a strong citrusy and sage like hop aroma but without the strong bitterness hops in the taste. A unique spin on a saison style that is light and refreshing. Would definitely buy a 6-pack of this if they had it.

Photo of ethanmc12
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of KAP1356
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of shivtim
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of hayesjw
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of wolf_switzer
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.87/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured all head at first, white and slow to drop. There's an immediate strong hoppy smell like a strong IPA. Body is a hazy yellow. Tasty is both hoppy and herby and considering it has a spice cabinet of parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme in it no wonder. Finish is too bitter. I'm not sure where they get off calling this a saison because the flavor isn't really from the yeast or malt so much as the spices and although other saison's might have zest or peppery spicing they don't go down the savory route like this example. Saisons are supposed to be refreshing beers brewed for farm hands whereas this is more of a savory broth I'd target to the autumn.

Photo of hwwty4
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to gtted for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter. This beer pours a hazy golden with a big 4 inch white cap that leaves pretty significant lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is lemon rind, a little grass and a whole lot of herbal. The rosemary and the thyme are really prevalent. Massive herbal notes. The flavor is very similar. Its really herbal. Rosemary up front and thyme finishing on the back end. In the middle is lemon grass. Very herbal. Light on the hops, light on the malts but huge on the spice cabinet. The mouthfeel is a bit disappointing. It finishes really full and sweet. Saisons should finishes at least somewhat dry. This one should have fermented out just a little more. To me, this is a middle of the road Saison. Nothing spectacular.

Photo of Nordbier
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
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