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Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,487
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 45
Gots: 179 | FT: 2
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SaCkErZ9 on 08-05-2010

Plans call for Saison du BUFF to be a 6% alc/vol Saison brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. This beer will be brewed three times, once at each brewery using the same recipe.
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Ratings: 1,487 | Reviews: 432
Photo of hardysf
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Although this may not be my favorite beer, and I'll never buy it again, I appreciate it. I don't really care for saisons, but this was really well balanced. The herbs were all there and noticeable, but not overpowering like other herbal beers.

This went well with Italian grilled chicken on a Michigan spring day.

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Too tart for me, but gd mouthfeel like oj 3.75

Photo of Blueapollo420
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At 15 bucks a case this is the best deal I've ever gotten on craft beer! Must have been a fire sale maybe out of code but it's drinking great. If your store got some of this fire sale I'd definately not hesitate. Well worth the 75 cents for a bottle

Photo of GRPunk
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$2.49, 12oz bottle from Copper Vine dated 06/10/14, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- 1-finger, fluffy, off-white head. The hazy, golden-orange body has some yeast floaties from a sloppy pour. The head settles in to a lingering foam and leaves nice, lacy webs on the glass.

S- Lemony and funky at first. Black pepper aroma comes through pretty strong as well. The spices mentioned on the label are there, just not so bold. I probably wouldn't have picked them out on my own.

T- Wow! It starts off with the classic saison flavor, yeasty funk, some lemon, and soft wheaty malts. Then, those cooking spices kick in. Pairing the rest with a Little Caesars hot-n-ready might be a good call. It definitely comes off as an Italian inspired sipper. Maybe a little heavy on the added spice. A sweetness returns in the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation. A little long in the finish as it comes back to sweet.

O- An interesting take on a saison. Not quite my cuppa tea, but I respect what they were going after. Probably a one-and-done.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant gold with a light copper tint under a finely bubbled white foam collar that hugs the glass leaving a fine sheet of lace.
S: Citrus, fruit, light herb – first sniff very herby.
T: Some ripe fruit with a slight funk, herbs, a little vegetal. M: Smooth, medium body and carbonation.
O: Manages to pull off the Scarborough Fair herbs without being offensive.

Photo of FamousCharlie
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Those spices just made my pallet tingle I loved this the spices that were in it threw me off but it was great I want more!

Photo of babybeluga
2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy and golden, with fluffy white head. Smelled citrusy hops and honey, maybe some stone fruits (peach). Couldn't pick out herbs at all, which really confused me, but I did get some spice. White pepper in the finish, almost like a Gruner Veltliner. I bought this beer, because the concept interested me. I don't feel that DFH delivered, this time.

Photo of RCLOHR267
4.64/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head knows what they are doing.

Photo of Misterphinister
4.82/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved it so much I copied the recipe for homebrew.

Photo of MaybeSoMaybeNot
2.77/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Is this really a saison, though? It drinks like a belgian. I did not enjoy this.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy yellow, white head, extensive, tight-bubbled lacing.

S - Farm-cut grass, green herbaceousness, primarily sage. Earthier notes, as well.

T - This is a pleasant saison, with a nice sour wheat note combining with the floral and spice notes. Some funkiness in the front, acidic bite in the close, and throughout the leafy herbs play subtly without become overwhelming.

M - Fairly brisk, smooth, with a nice rounded close.

O - This is an interesting experiment, building off a solidly produced saison base, this beer delivers enough of its herb themes to evidence its commitment to these ingredients without allowing them to undermine the drinking experience. Not necessarily something I'd grab often, this is still a well executed beer.

Photo of drbenderdo
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Really nice clear, yellow color with thick head. Nose is really odd....I've seen some really interesting descriptions for the smells from saisons, but this one is tough for me....I'm not opposed to some funk, as a saison should be, be the herbs really give it an unpleasant initial impression....almost a drain pour. Now the taste, completely different ballgame.....actually quite pleasant.....good mouthfeeel, citrusy, light....one of the first beers where I'm disconnected from the smell and taste.....physiologically, not sure how that happens, but it did. Wouldn't buy again, but wouldn't turn one down either if purchased for me.

Photo of teromous
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden hazy body with a short fluffy white head. Some faint visible carbonation. The head doesn't last long and leaves scant lacing.

Aroma: It has a very potent "Saison" characteristic on the nose. Strong sour aroma like rotting fruit, black pepper scent, pungent mildew. All the horrible scents that are expected in a great Sason. Horray!

Taste: I get a light wheat flavor with a bit of tangy bite. There is a spicy hop bitterness and I am distinctly picking up thyme and what tastes to me like oregano. Overall it is a light tasting beer that heavily showcases this spicy and even somewhat floral flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is a light beer that finishes halfway dry and leaves a coating of spicy bitterness on the mouth. It works out very nicely.

Overall: It is a very unique tasting beer that I probably wouldn't drink more than one of, and it doesn't currently leave me craving for another. However it is very well crafted and leaves enough room in the overall flavor that the spice in the beer doesn't consume it entirely. I would not recommend it specifically to Saison drinkers, but rather to pale ale and IPA drinkers who are always searching for new hop flavors (specifically herbal ones). This actually does a fair job of scratching the itch for new hop flavors (even though it is predominantly flavored through cooking herbs). I would recommend it.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy, deep, golden color with a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that almost, not but quite, completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Pretty aromatic, with strong notes of toasted malt and Belgian yeast, imparting aromas of toasted French baguettes and tons of spices and herbs, such as black pepper, cardamom, coriander, clove, lavender, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme. I also get some lemony-citrus, candied sugar, honey and finally, lots of piney hops.

Taste: Wow! Delicious! Strong flavors of bready, toasted malt up front, imparting flavors of English muffins and French baguettes, followed by some good amounts of honey-like sweetness, spices of black pepper, cardamom, coriander, clove, lavender, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme, some piney, hoppy bitterness and Belgian yeast. The beer has a very short finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty effervescent as there is quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very delicious, outstanding, American version of a Belgian Saison. It has great, balanced flavors of toasted malt, spices, citrus, funk and hoppy bitterness. Highly, highly, recommended!

Photo of Harvest06
4.61/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Brown with off white head. Thick head.
S: Very pleasant aroma of herbs (Sage is a dominant herb aroma) sage, rosemary, parsley. Fruity aroma from yeast, slight malty and hoppy aroma.
T: Taste follow the nose - slight sweetness, sage with herbs and spiceyness, finish is dry, crisp, slightly bitter.
M: Medium to full body is unusual for the style but makes for a pleasant drink. Good carbonation.
O: Very enjoyable ale. Pair with Italian food.

Photo of BIll_Currie
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another great dogfish head. they've got it figured out

Photo of Krice99
1.78/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

A total drain pour for me. I could not even get through my 5 oz tasting glass. Glad I just bought 1. This one is not for me

Photo of ajtoole
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good pour with a solid head, but of an off smell but that may be the glass that I am using. Nothing special about the look or color, but I really enjoyed the peppery taste on the back end. Overall very solid and worth buying -- I got it for just $2.95 for a 12 oz. bottle.

Photo of Tilly
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow, straw like with a champagne bubbly head.
Citrus, fresh bread, slight cherry, sweet floral aromas.
Taste is much like the aroma but reverse. Sweet florals to citrus.
Champagne mouth feel.

Photo of ClavisAurea
4/5  rDev +6.1%

6 month old bottle served in a tulip glass at cellar temps. 06/2014 bottle date

Appearance: Very clear, no haze at all, pale gold with a very tall head made of fine bubbles.

Nose: Herbal, hops aroma, fresh apples, tart cherries, slightly citrusy like candies lemons, not at all a typical Saison. I can't pick out the specific herbs used with the exception of sage. Everything else melds into a strong herbal nose that is intoxicating.

Taste: Very light mouthfeel, spicy and herbal, lemons, it has a nice saison bite and a great pepperiness that comes through to a smooth finish. Slightly malty but the hops cut through that pretty quick.

This was a very interesting take on a classic Saison. I commend the trio of breweries use of unusual ingredients in the brew pot to literally spice things up a bit. I can't wait to get a hold of the other two brewery's versions and see how they compare. I'd recommend drinking this one as fresh as possible to preserve that great herbal character from the added herbs.

Photo of snaotheus
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split between a tulip and a small snifter. Bottled on 06/10/14.

Pours clear, golden with a little brassy hint, small white head. Lots of fine slow carbonation. Smell is slightly funky, a little lemony.

Taste has a remarkable bitterness to it, but a nice sweet background. Flowery, vaguely herby. Very bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light, very very dry. Overall, I like it.

Photo of SebD
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice think off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, lemon zest, thyme, sage, light rosemary, bready malts and Belgian yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has citrus, lemon, a lot of sage, thyme, rosemary, a touch of parsley, herbal notes, a light breadiness and some Belgian yeast. You definetely get a lot more of the spices in the taste.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. This beer took me by surprise. My hopes warn't very high prior to trying it but wow do the flavors ever work well together. I will definitely buy more of this.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a touch of haze and a light effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. Pretty attractive.

Smell: the sage and thyme seem to stick out the most. Definitely an interesting herbal experience; the spicing mostly goes with the saison character.

Taste: grainy malt with a definite farmhouse funk. The herbs blend together to taste floral and a bit like grains of paradise. Certainly interesting, but probably something I won't be going after again.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a satisfying creaminess.

Overall: definitely worth trying, if you're into saisons, herbed beers or bizarre experiments. But it's not something I'd buy in a four or six pack.

Photo of Stevedore
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Brewed 6/10/2014. Poured into a snifter 11/22/2014.

A- Hazy dark amber-orange body. Two finger offwhite head with the right amount of staying power. Nice, fluffy, effervescent but ultimately giving way to a thick but acquiescent film and medium collar. Lots of thick lacing. Very nice looking saison. [4.25]

S- Definitely heavy on the parsley and rosemary. Less so of the thyme and sage. But very herbal in a good way. It works; the herbs give a nice sharp overall spice to the nose with the support of the bready pale malt and yeast. [4]

F- This is executed fairly well on the palate as in the nose. Sweet unsalted saltines combine with the herbs- all 4 seem to be present in equal quantity to me, expressed over the entire course of the palate, finishing with a leafy thyme flavour. Overall, the herbs shine with the support of the crackery base malt and especially the yeast accents. It's very weird, but it works for the most part. Not my type of flavour profile but I can't deny that this is executed well. [3.75]

M- Medium bodied, both soft and refreshing. In a way, all the herbal flavours make it a bit difficult to drink, making it more of a sipper, a beer to ponder over the course of the afternoon. It does evolve some as it warms up, but it remains a very herbal beer. [3.75]

O- Interesting beer. Nice execution that showcases all the herbs used in brewing this, but it's just not something that really fits my preferences. I can certainly appreciate the herbal character this beer brings without it being to the point of undrinkable, which I think would be easy with a beer like this. [3.75]

Final score: 3.83

Photo of HattedClassic
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a decent small bubbly and white foamy head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a decent film on the top of the beer. The beer itself is an opaque yellow orange that is reminiscent of orange juice. The beer is very cloudy.

The beer smell is very complex and very spicy for a saison. However, the spices used work very well. In addition to usual earthy hop notes and wheat notes, the beer has very strong rosemary notes that seem to dominate the nose. The thyme is also there and gives it a slightly oungent earthy smell to it. The parsley is barely noticeable in the smell.

The beer taste is not as complex as the smell is, unfortunately. The bitter hop taste and the earthy smell from the wheat are stronger and do a better job of mixing the various notes. The rosemary is more subdued and more present in the aftertaste than in the taste. The thyme and parsley are also stronger and some sage notes pop out as well. The flavor combination is much better in the taste than in the smell. There also appears to be a slight alcohol feel.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly heavy for a saison. The beer is smooth with very little carbonation to give it a little bit more texture.

Overall, a pretty good and very unique saison. I'd definitely recommend picking one up when you can.

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Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,487 ratings.