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Saison Du BUFF - Red Wine Barrel Aged - Stone Brewing Co.

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Saison Du BUFF - Red Wine Barrel AgedSaison Du BUFF - Red Wine Barrel Aged

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 07-01-2012)
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Reviews by BeerEngineer:
Photo of BeerEngineer
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

General: I found this in the Stone Bistro in San Diego next to the train station. I always like the weird collaborative beers that Stone does and I'm a big saison fan so I thought that I would give this a shot! Poured the 500 mL bottle into a small tulip style glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear, not a trace of bottle conditioning or extra yeast in this, amazing. color is a beautiful gold. The head on the pour was snow white with lots of small bubbles. It wasn't that long lasting.

Aroma: There is the characteristic aroma from a saison but there is a big underlying aroma of spices. These are light and milder spices, like sage and parsley. Really interesting aroma.

Mouthfeel: There is moderately high carbonation on this, not uncommon for the style. It seems to coat the palette very well and lingers for a few seconds after actually drinking it.

Taste: Weird is the right word for this, but not in a bad way. It's a very fulfilling taste with the spices that are included with this. There is a good hit of the wine barrel flavor in all honesty, it's more the spices that come through. I actually like this one, very interesting and there are a lot of very mild flavors that all play together very nicely in the glass.

Overall: I'm a fan actually, it's weird but I like it. I don't think that I could drink this very often but it's something that I could enjoy every once in a while. Something different, kind of fun for a beer and a definite unique twist on a saison.

BeerEngineer, Feb 27, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, jmgrub!

Light, bright orange, with a small head that doesn't last for long, not does it leave much in the way of lacing down the glass.

Very floral and perfume-forward aroma, with some sweet breads, soap, and herbs. Bold and expressive, but not particularly good. The aroma doesn't exactly make me want to take big gulps of the stuff.

The flavor is very perfume, soap, and floral-forward as well, with some bright hops stil left over, and a bit of wood. This is flavorful, it's just not very good.

Medium in body with low-moderate carbonation.

I don't like the base beer, and this isn't much of an improvement.

ehammond1, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Gonzoillini, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Murky deep golden body. Small white head with decent retention.

Smell - Soapy. Very soapy. Spicy and green. Pale malt. Red wine is not a prevalent aroma. Not even oak, really.

Taste - More like regular Saison du BUFF here. Spicy and herbal. Light malt. Soapy again, though. Still not a ton of distinct red wine barrel, just a little bit in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Low carbonation.

Overall - Strange things have happened in this wine barrel. Not necessarily to the benefit of the beer or the person drinking it. Interesting experiment, though.

Alieniloquium, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of KBennall
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

KBennall, Jan 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

GRG1313, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

LakerLeith, Jun 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Mar 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jaydoc, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of jegross2
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

jegross2, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +8.7%

jsanford, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

ygtbsm94, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of TrevorWGrover
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Foggy, hazy, ugly brown appearance; probably ruined from the red wine barrels. Not much of a head nor much retention.

Super-fruity aroma! Very much oranges, nectarines, other citrus fruit. Maybe something like pear as well. I'm not picking up any of the parsley, rosemary or thyme they used. Maybe some sage. I almost get a rotten fruit smell... I wonder if the barrels used we bad.

I still do get the rotten fruit flavor on the tongue. It is not necessarily a bad factor and it does not dominate the delicious fruit but it is there. I still do like the taste and I would buy it again. Fairly mild and very fruity.

Mouthfeel is great. Just like I would expect out of a collaboration from three of the best BUFF brewers.

Overall a pretty good beer but I have to wonder if there was something wrong during the wine barrel aging. If not, the yeast strain does not do well with the flavors of the wine. I have not had this beer without the wine barrels.

Not really impressed.

TrevorWGrover, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber in color with a tall white head. Has the trademark intense herbal aroma to it, but also a nice wine and oak note and a subtle tartness. It’s almost lactic with a very strong lemon character. The flavor has a strong herbal bite as well. The rosemary stands out, as does the sage. Like with the nose, lots of lemon peel notes and a soft tartness to go along with some tannins from the oak. Really nice.

womencantsail, Jul 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Nightrain87, Feb 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

InspectorBob, Mar 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of malt, herbs, spices, wood, and some very slight red wine aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the barrel aging is pretty subtle and really doesn't do all that much to the base beer in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

illidurit, Jun 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

TXhomebrewer, Sep 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Vasko5m, Jul 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

moonknight31, Jul 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

ant880, Apr 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Texasfan549, Oct 05, 2012
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Saison Du BUFF - Red Wine Barrel Aged from Stone Brewing Co.
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