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Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,475
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 44
Gots: 176 | 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: 1,475 | Reviews: 426
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of jwhancher
4.72/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers from last year - had the Victory version. Was glad to see it was brought back. Visited the Dogfish Head brewery in Milton in early April and bought a case of this. Poured into a Victory Golden Monkey snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear gold with good carbonation. Okay white head that fades to some small lacing.

S: With all the herbs added to this beer, I honestly can't tell them apart. What I do know is that the aroma is very inticing with the lemon Citra hops mixing beautifully with what I view as Italian herbs. To me, this one screams Italian cooking and/or food, and I just love the bouquet of herbal notes it gives off.

T: Like the smell with a strong lemon-like quality. Tastes pilsner sweet with the herbs again producing a great, intriguing quality. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

M: Nice & dry with a touch of sweetness from the malts. Some good bitterness at the back end.

O: A well done collaboration beer. This is a saison that really hits the spot. Good timing, too, because the weather has certainly heated up recently here around Philly.

I also agree with the review directly below in that the only real problem with this beer is the price tag. At roughly $52 for a case, it's not the cheapest of craft beers. But I certainly like it, and look forward to brewing a homebrew version with the recipe straight out of Stone's book. Cheers!

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4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Information: I had this beer back when it was originally released in May of 2010 by Stone. I was in Virginia Beach, and Grape & Gourmet (the best bottle shop in the area) got a shipment in on my second day there. The beer is a collaboration between Stone, Victory, and Dogfish Head. All three breweries plan to release it again in 2012 starting with DFH in March….Victory in April….and Stone in late May.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color with almost two fingers worth of off-white foam floating on top. The head has finally settled to a thin and spotty layer after almost 10 minutes or so. There’s some pretty good head retention and lacing on the glass.

Aroma: The herbs definitely come through nicely in the smell. Particularly the sage and the thyme. I’m also getting fresh cut grass and a touch of lemon zest in there as well. The typical characteristics of a good farmhouse ale are also present, but they’re in the background.

Taste: I’m getting wheat and grains up front followed closely by a hint of lemon. After that, it’s the herbs’ time to shine! I’m getting the rosemary and sage in full force, but I feel like I can taste the thyme and parsley as well. There’s another dose of malts and grains towards the back end. A refreshing finish with a touch of hop bitterness, tart lemon, and lingering herbs.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A unique, refreshing, and darn tasty Saison.

Morey’s Bottom Line: I found this beer really refreshing back in 2010 while BBQing by the pool at our resort. It’s unseasonably warm today, and it’s like deja vu. I really like this beer a lot. You would never guess that it’s 6.8%. The only thing that will keep me from drinking this all summer long is the price. At $3.99 per 12oz. bottle, it’s just not within my budget. If you see this on the shelf, I highly recommend grabbing a 6 pack (or at least a couple of bottles).

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of pmarlowe
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 release, DFH version. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a very light golden, brilliant clarity, with about a finger of snow white head. Pretty good retention and some lacing.

S: The spice foursome dominates the nose (particularly the rosemary) with a pronounced savoryness, although the underlying malt pushes through a bit.

T: Similar, a lot of the savory spices come through. Lengthy finish with kind of a pepper/bitter thing going on.

M: Medium body and carbonation, with some nice crispness.

O: I can only imagine that there must be an awesome food pairing here. Thanksgiving? Maybe. Unfortunately, though, I just don't find these particular spices to be that appetizing in a beer. I don't see enough of the saison character here either--it's mostly overwhelmed. Some lemon or citrus would go a long way in balancing the spice.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Celtics76
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Portsmouth Brewery goblet.

Impressive looking - golden-colored with minimal head. Smells yeasty as a good saison should.

I can definitely taste the herbs here - it seems like the thyme sticks out more than the others but I'm not sure. I enjoy cooking with thyme and parsley so this is right up my alley. Also a subtle bitter aftertaste which this IPA fan likes.

I had soured a bit on DFH after trying a couple of sub-par offerings recently, in particular the PJ 20 ale which tasted slightly better than Budweiser. They've redeemed themselves with this one. A very unique saison that I would have more of it it wasn't so expensive.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a light orange straw color. Thin, fine off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of bready malt, sage and other european herbs. Nice intriguing aroma. Flavor follows, with a nice laid back bready malt and complex herbs. I can pick out sage, but the herbal component is well blended and nothing really dominates. The herbal level seems perfect for the malt backbone to support. Thought I detected a hint of funk in the finish, but it may be the herbs. A very nice, medium to heavy body with creaminess. I thought this was very nicely balanced and has an interesting flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip- pours a very hazy golden yellow, a 1.5 finger white head, fine retention and some nice lacing.

Smell is very enticing and mild- smells like pine hops to me (don't know if there are any in there though...), a little bit of sage and a little bit of rosemary. And some nice yeast.

Taste is pretty mild and well balanced- a little tartness up front (only slight), followed by some pale malt sweetness, and then a little herby taste (more like sage than parsley or rosemary) with what again seems to me to be pine hops at the end. Definitely a little rosemary at the very end though.

Mouthfeel is fine- light body, moderate carbonation. A little prickly, crisp, pretty refreshing. Maybe a little better than the Victory because of the appearance and the aroma but might not taste as good. Hard to say.

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Brewery
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