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Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,398
Reviews: 409
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 36
Gots: 135 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: SaCkErZ9 on 08-05-2010)
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Rhynes2, Mar 25, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale gold with excellent clarity. A long lasting white head that settles to a half finger of foam that leaves some lacing on the glass.
S: Moderate orange and rosemary/piney aromas dominate with fruity undertones. Moderate sage and moderately-light thyme aromas comes through with a earthy character. A moderately-light soft malt sweetness in the middle. Light spicy aromas come through but to light to tell if that is hops or yeast. There is a light citrus hops aroma mostly of lemons. There is moderate bitterness that continues through the off-dry finish.
T: a very unusual herbal, fruity and lightly spicy combination. The Sage rosemary and thyme flavors dominate the taste with an orange and spicy flavors coming in next.
M: Medium-light bodied with a moderately-high carbonation. there is a drying sensation on the palate.
O: Although the flavors are decently balanced, I've found when cooking that parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme isn't the best combination and the same hold true here the just don't get along that well. The saison character is a bit muted which is to be expected with the herbs taking center stage.

MadScientist, Jul 27, 2012
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Shakerman, May 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

SkiBum22, Aug 04, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head brewed version pours into my glass a hazy bright golden yellow with two fingers of bubbly white foam atop the brew. Plenty of active carbonation. Aroma brings crisp sun-dried grains with bold rosemary and spicy thyme. Sage and parsley meld in akin to an herb garden in summer. Spicy yeast backbone.

First sip brings very light, crisp grains upfront with a bold blast of herbs across the palate. Thyme and rosemary lead the way with a spicy lemon zestiness. Sage and parsley are there as well. Herbs are quite bold and biting on the palate here. Flows down with some earthy spiciness and a bit of a yeast kick.

Mouthfeel is light with fast moving carbonation. Overall, it seems the herbs are a bit more pronounced here. It's an interesting twist on a saison, but again not something I would be able to drink much of in a sitting.

orbitalr0x, Sep 12, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

GiannaG, Apr 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this version better than the one from Victory. I've been told that the Stone interpretation will not be getting into Maine.
In a pint glass the beer was a gold color with a huge white head that retained well. Decent amount of lacing.
An herbal and sweet malt aroma.
Sage and thyme taste with a sweet malt background. A bit of late hops.
Nice carbonation, pleasant beer.

lordofthewiens, Oct 11, 2010
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NWer, May 17, 2012
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warnerry, Mar 04, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Novare Res, over the course of a few days i was able to try all three versions.

For the dogfish version it was perhaps slightly fresher in the taste compared to the stone but i couldn't distinguish between the three overall thus i gave them equal score.

Very clear pale yellow thick white head good lace

The nose is sweet with some citrus grassy hops and yeast the spices do no present them self

Starts with a sweet citrus and spicy it milds and finishes dry with a dry mouth the spices present themselves and finishes bitter much like you'd get from licking a lemon

bishopdc0, Feb 19, 2011
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3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A = A medium lemon yellow with a respectable foamy head and residual lacing on the glass. More reminiscent of a lager than an ale in appearance.
S = There is definitely a herb smell to the beer, predominately thyme in my opinion, then the malt sweetness hit you, then the hops.
T = As far as herbs, thyme first, then sage second. I could barely taste rosemary and obviously because of its "grassy" quality, the parsley was masked by everything else, Including the malts and hops.
M = Smooth in the mouth. Again, more of a smooth lager than an ale -- or a very light ale in mouthfeel.
O = Interesting as standalone drink. Pairing might be good with something uncomplicated or cheese, as you'd want to taste the herbal nuances in the beer. It is not something I'd run back to purchase, but as a novelty, it's definitely worth the experience!

ThisLadyLovesBeer, Jul 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

megamass, May 18, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a hazed pale golden body with an immense offwhite head that leaves some grainy sheet and patch lace on the goblet.

Aroma is herbal, with sage and rosemary overwhelming anything else.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and carbonation with a yeasty chalkiness.

Taste is dry and herbal. Sage and rosemary are present all the way through. Yeasty chalkiness is present in a good way. Very grassy, whether from the parsley or hops I'm not sure. Alcohol is not noticed. Finishes dry and herbal.

Herbal component seems overdone and the chalkiness is more prominent than I would prefer, but this one is really very approachable, overall. I could drink a couple of these.

merlin48, Nov 11, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, has "bottled in 2010 D" (?) etched onto the neck of the bottle. Pours light golden amber, lightly hazed. Loose off white head, stays and falls to a nice looking thick film (again loose) and leaves ample fine bits of lace. Herbal, spicy nose leads directly to a herbal, earthy, peppery, lime infused style of saison, thats not all that to my liking. Something just seems off here, so many other saisons out there that I prefer to this one.

Billolick, Oct 10, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap a Craft in Brookline

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: big dose of lemons, oranges, and pepper--a wonderful smelling beer

Taste: lemons, oranges, pepper, and hay--very clean

Mouthfeel: light bodied, dry, medium carbonation

Drinkability: This is just a very clean saison and one of the better American versions I have had. The flavors of lemon and pepper just jump. Another beer I could drink all day. The alcohol is super well hidden.

tigg924, Sep 21, 2010
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Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Brewery
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