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Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

432 Reviews
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Reviews: 432
Hads: 1,532
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 46
Gots: 200 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews: 432 | Hads: 1,532
Reviews by russwbeck:
Photo of russwbeck
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought 2 12oz Bottles of the Dogfishhead and Stone versions of the Saison du BUFF and drank them side by side on two separate occasions. This is my review after the second tasting.

A: Very light pour with a small 1-2 finger head, minimal lacing, but a small film remains atop the beer as you drink. Much less head and much less lacing than the Stone version

S: Citrus right up front, with some other herbs. I think I'm getting some rosemary. Great smell.

T: Herbal and hoppy, much more smooth than the Stone version on both occasions. IMO it tastes better than the Stone.

MF: Smooth and light, much less carbonated (less punch) than Stone

D: Great beer overall, would be more drinkable if it were more available!

Final Verdict: While Victory looked and smelled better, I enjoyed the taste of DFH and while I would I would never turn either down, I would take DFH by a slim margin. (888 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of BranfordBound
2.87/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Had in a four pack I picked up in Delaware. I thought this was only a one time thing but I guess they keep brewing it. Pours yellow, mostly clear, with a super fluffy head. Smell is... Odd. I can't put my finger on it but there is a ton of spice and herbs here. Somewhat medicinal. Had one sip and I don't like this at all. So I let it warm up, still bad. Very medicinal in the herb choice, almost like a liquid Ricola cough drop. Drain pour. Had another bottle a few days later, drain pour. Not good. (501 characters)

Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of MadScientist
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (1,130 characters)

Photo of Zakk
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Shakerman
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of SkiBum22
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of GiannaG
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of SmellTheGluv
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MaybeSoMaybeNot
2.77/5  rDev -28.1%
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. (80 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of therealJAYZ
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bishopdc0
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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 (589 characters)

Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Guden
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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! (839 characters)

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.