Saison Du BUFF - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

511 Reviews
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Reviews: 511
Hads: 1,179
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 48
Gots: 56 | 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 JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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 (1,617 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light to medium golden amber. Half finger white head dissipates slowly to a thin film, thick ring around the glass and lacing. Pleasant aroma of bready malt and Mediterranean herbs, especially sage with a hint of saison yeast. Flavor is citrus, bready malt, nicely herbal with distinct sage and rosemary, finishing slightly dry with lingering herbs, light hops and saison yeast. Medium bodied. Very nicely made and enjoyable. Maltier and more heavily herbal than traditional for the style, but worked perfectly for me. This is the last of the three versions I've tried and I'm interested to see from past reviews how much more I like this than the first I tried (Victory). I'll have to start the cycle again with the Victory version, because the higher ratings of the last two are more likely due to my increasing enjoyment of saisons. (877 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Huge three-inch white head on a hazy golden/light orange body. Tons and tons of fast moving effervescence. Awesome head retention and above average lacing.

S- Faint bananas and cloves, reminiscent of a hefe.

T- Yeasty. Slight funk. I am not trained enough to know the nuances of parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme so I will just say "some spices present."...especially once it warms a bit. Hops take a back seat.

M- Light on the palate, well carbonated. Dry finish.

D/O- Not the worst saison I've ever experienced but nowhere near the best. Not worth the $4.49 price tag on this 12oz. bottle. Pass, if only due to the price. (631 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (1,421 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy golden-yellow color with two fingers of creamy white head. I think it looks rather appetizing.

Smell: very hoppy. Hops are quite funky and a little citrusy; the aroma reminds me of green vegetation. Mixed in with that is a little bit of black pepper and a touch of malt aroma. Interesting.

Taste: big helping of funky hop flavor; this definitely lives up to its aroma. Bitterness is moderate, but lower than I would have guessed based on the quantity of hop flavor. Sour, grassy saison character is plentiful here as well. Pretty good, but the overall onslaught is a little rough.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a tendency towards silky creaminess already; on top of that is a nice level of carbonation which makes the experience extremely creamy and enjoyable.

Drinkability: as I said before, there's a fair bit to enjoy in this beer; however, the overall experience is a bit rough. Drinkable, but really sessionable. (975 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, happily cheaper than the previous Stone collaboration, only $4 or so this time. As usual Stone found kick-ass partners, in this case Victory and Dogfish Head.

The beer is hazy and deep golden-orange colored, thin foam that laces in sheets, lots of small nano-floaties. On first whiff this doesn't seem like a saison, it seems more IPA-ish. Loads of citrus, oranges and guava, also some herbs (parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme). I'd almost think there's honey in there too, it's got that sweet aroma like Barbar or Hopslam.

The beer tastes good but nowhere near as good as the nose. The spices come through pretty strong, especially in the aftertaste. But beneath that is a nice IPA flavor that reminds me a little of Alpine Duet. That's high praise, if only there was a little less herb in there.

Maybe my favorite collaboration yet, looking forward to the next one. Stone keeps pushing boundaries, sometimes it works and sometimes it's weird. (961 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, and there's also a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is herbs, citrus (grapefruit, lemon peel), and peppery spice. The herbal flavors in this brew overpower the citrusy and grassy hops flavors, but that's not a bad thing in this case. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think it's a good overall brew, the mix of herbs used in it work great. I've had mixed experiences with beers brewed with herbs, but luckily this one turned out good. (701 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (983 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a copper yellow with just a touch of haze. Above average amount of bubbles rising to the top.

Smells like a "spicy" saison, which is good or bad depending on your tastes. Spices, herbs, malts and slight yeast notes.

This is really different, but almost in a good way. Starts out like a traditional saison,then it's followed by an aftertaste of a bouquet of herbs. Crazy herby tastes finish the beer but not like you would expect; it def still tastes like a saison. The PERFECT accompaniment to drink/enjoy with food. Traditional Dogfishhead lack of carbonation; also due to the higher ABV for the style.
While I really enjoyed this and all it's interesting and different tastes, 12oz is just enough for me. Could never have more than one, but it is good enough that you need a whole 12 oz to completely enjoy/appreciated this beer. Good collaboration, but let's not start mass producing this gents... (913 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
2.12/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. First of all no way is this a saison. Its more like a terrible collaboration where each brewery took one of their beers and they just mixed them together....Gold with a light tan head, nothing in appearance of note...This goes downhill in the aroma, super herbal, horrendous spice, almost smells like a cactus or aloe lotion. Taste sucks equally, all oily sticky aloe cactus. Might was well cut open a cactus and suck it. Feel is ok, but if you can drink a whole bottle of this sober, you're quite a person. (520 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: Citrus, Floral, Spices, Hops,

taste: thyme, sage, rosemary, spices, floral, hops,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, crisp, refreshing

drinkability: out of all 3 versions this one was the more balanced out of all of them. Each one was a little different from each other.

Cheers,
the CPJ (381 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy almost clear straw color with a fluffy 2 finger head that take forever to fade away resulting in heavy lacing down the glass.

S - Picking up on some herbal notes but really only getting thyme. Getting some citrus in the background. Really interesting

T - Nothing particular herbally jumps out at me but I know I'm drinking a liquid pantry? Refreshing hoppyness finishing with that that nice bready yeast taste. Very light funk.

M - Great carbonation that fits this beer really well.

D - Really nice, though it still feels like a gimicky saison. Would I drink it again? Sure. This beer has alot going for it, definately unique and worth checking out. (662 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy, bright white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of spices, malt, and citrus. An unusual aroma.

T: Tasted of malt, orange peel, spices, and even a slightly grassy tinge. Not your typical saison, but very tasty.

M: Lots of carbonation here with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This one won't appeal to everyone, but I think it's a drinkable beer. (499 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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 (659 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
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.... (1,214 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass

Pours a slightly hazed golden orange with a monstrous, frothy head. It takes a little while to calm down, retaining well and leaving lacing draped all around the glass.

Plenty of citrusy hops with pleasant spice dotting the scents. Rosemary and pine are evident with a little toasted grain.

Begins slightly sweet with grassy hops and lemon zest. Notes of spice are plentiful but not overpowering. Rosemary and other herbal flavors mix in towards the middle. Fruit sweetness with apricot and lemon balance the spice. Finishes somewhat dry with a faint touch of alcohol.

Lighter medium body, dry, and a little bitter feel. Drinks pretty nicely, alcohol is masked well enough, although it was a bit sweet overall for me. (759 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a single yesterday. Quite surprised to see this in DC for all of $5.

Golden orange with a dense white head with exceptional retention and nice lacing. The nose is dominated by the rosemary up front, with the thyme following and the sage right behind. A moderate tropical fruit character is present, is it hops? As it warms up, some ripe citrus character grows, more like a tangerine. All the adjuncts just whelm the saison yeast and the delicate spiciness one expects from the style. A touch grassy and vegetal? Still, this is interesting.

The palate opens with a blend of rosemary and thyme with a mild hop bitterness. A flavor akin to wet grass takes over, a little unpleasant even, this really is an herb bomb. For the profile, they could have used practically any other yeast, the saison character is just whelmed here. Sweetness is (thankfully) low, there's a little honey present. Somewhere in there, there's some ripe orange. Drying and bitter on the finish, there's a fair hop character too. Carbonation is high, making this crisp on the palate. Despite the flavors, this is just a touch watery too. Very herbal. Interesting, unique, but not something I'm interested in revisiting. My 12oz bottle did not prove to be a bother at all. (1,253 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. 6.8% ABV, Age at Cellar temp 55°F or below, no date.

A - The hiss from the crack of the cap keeps me from being alarmed at the presence of a quickly rising head. Four full fingers of dense white foam disappoints by lowering quickly to a lumpy pile. Some clumpy, patchy lace covers the glass above the very pale yellow beer.

S - Lemon grass and spice bombards the nose with strength. Black pepper, coriander, grains of paradise, and more seem to be packed inside this beer. Saying it's spicy just doesn't seem to cut it. A pinch of yeast and pale malts falls deeply to the background.

T - A burst of citrusy lemon grass-like hops catches me off guard a bit before the taste turns right back to a very spice-oriented flavor. Black pepper, coriander, and floral notes overwhelm. It's an interesting flavor that reminds me of something the Bruery would put out.

M - Light-bodied and incredibly crisp with a sharp carbonation bite to the finish, Buff is spicy, dry, and semi-bitter to the finish. Still fairly smooth going down though.

D - I like spice in my beer. I also love saison beers. This beer is a combination of two things that I love which only proves that, sometimes too much of a good thing actually can be too much. I DO think it's good but I also think the spiciness is a bit harsh and could use a little less bitterness on the finish as well. (1,401 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a slightly hazy, yellow-gold color. Huge head of bubbly foam, but sticks around spectacularly and shows some gorgeous lacing.

Herbal nose with rosemary and basil taking off. Ginger and lychee nuts come to mind as well. I like it, extremely unique. Maintains enough grainy malt and hoppiness to stay true to saisonic roots.

Whoa, this is extreme brewing! Herbs galore, reminds me of the 13th Century Gruit Bier. Hops define a difference as it is very bracing on the palate, minty even. High carbonation, grainy malts and heavy hop load makes it a complex sipper that makes you think. Not sure I would want to drink this all the time, but it sure is a helluva ride while it lasts. Like drinking Granny Dewey's herb garden, fun, fun, fun! (756 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my DFH goblet. Pours a hazy golden-orange with a half inch, loose, off-white head embedded with tiny pinpricks. Head eventually settles into a skim, with a dense dollop in the middle and slashes of lacing revealed during the tasting. Huge sage presence (reminiscent of the Russian Sage growing in my garden), as well as rosemary and a suggestion of citrus. Taste follows nose - extremely herbal and slightly bitter and acidic. Mouthfeel is light and lively with an acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands - finish is semi-dry. An interesting beer, but herbal qualities are a bit overpowering. A six ounce pour was more than sufficient. This beer is best split amongst two or three in my opinion. (730 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Philly Beer Week release party with all 3 brewers in attendence...

Pours a hazy yellow straw color with active carbonation but little head and lacing. First scent brings medicinal herbs and lemon... almost like a cough drop... some pepper and yeast on the rear end. Taste brings more of the medicinal herb notes backed with a more pronounced lemon, yeast and pepper notes. Medium bodied, low carbonation, dry and lingering taste. Decent to try, but not my bag of chips. (484 characters)

Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.