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Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,138
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 31
Gots: 85 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of deltatauhobbit


4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had over at the LP.

Pours a straw color with a large fluffy white head, the head fades at an incredibly slow rate and retains itself almost through the entire glass, it leaves some patchy lacing along the glass.

Smell is surprisingly hoppy with a nice lemon zest, it's definitely more lemon than that citrusy hop presence you sometimes get, not picking up any of the weird herbs they put in it though.

The lemon is in the forefront of the taste with a hoppiness playing more of a balanced role, unlike it was in the aroma, carbonation is almost spot on, still not picking up any of the rosemary or sage though but I think I'm glad I didn't since the last sage beer I had I didn't care for, hints of banana and light fruit along with the lemony taste.

Pretty good, not sure how it compares to the Stone or Victory versions though.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 20:19:08 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of AgentMunky


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Brilliant yellow with light head. Hazily translucent.

S: Smells like herbs and fresh grass. It reminds me of a meat rub.

T: This beer tastes like parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Literally. I don't really know what else to say. The aftertaste is bitter and herbal.

M: Good, citrusy, herbal. Enjoyable in the mouth.

D: Quite an experience. Recommended to everyone at least once.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 19:17:11 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of liddytime


3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So I tracked down a bottle of Dogfish Head's Saison du Buff from Carl's Market in Kittery.

"Ale brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme"?

Sounds great for stuffing...but ale?!?! If I have learned one thing from Dogfish beers, it is that no matter how ridiculous their beers sound by their descriptions, you would be a fool not to taste them!

As I pour this baby from the bottle dated "2010", it looks as innocuous as any Saison. Pleasant, straw color, fluffy, lacing head.

The rosemary definitely stands proud in the aroma. The other spices are there too, but I'm not sure I could identify them as clearly. There is also an aggressive lemon aroma that stands out in the nose!

Interesting! The spices that are there in the aroma are not there in the flavor. Tart, malty, biscuit-like with lemongrass, cardamom and citrus. Very refreshing. There is a bit more hop flavor than a typical saison, but it is hard to tell if the flavor is in fact from the hops or perhaps from the herbs??!?

This beer would be great with shellfish or with spicy asian cuisine.

This is not an everyday sipper, but kudos to Dogfish for...again... stretching the limits of what beer can be!!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 00:46:01 | More by liddytime
Photo of riored4v


4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/24/10

Poured into a Sam Adams Pint. Straw colored body with a light haziness. Frothy, white head about 2 fingers thick that held nicely.

Smell was crisp with good amounts of rosemary and sage. Lemony and citrusy. Light maltiness with hints of pepper.

Taste was unique and not quite as strong as Stone's version. Rosemary and Sage stood out. Lightly peppery with a nice lemony and peppery flavor. Milt maltiness and belgian ester flavors. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel had a light body with a medium/high carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability was good. Refreshing blend of flavors are nice, but they also limit drinkability.

Very close to Stone's version. Aroma and flavor not quite as strong though.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 20:35:00 | More by riored4v
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, spicy, but rosemary stand out a bit more. In the taste, a spice bite, and rosemary and thyme, a mellow malt to balance it. A spicy bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry burny spice in the aftertaste. I like it, but kind of feel a bit too Italian like spices.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 11:52:23 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of lovindahops

New York

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arrived in the mail today. Pretty pumped to try

A- pours a hazy yellow with an outstanding head of foam. Even seems like there are some floaties present

S- love that farmhouse funk! Lemony yeast is the primary culprit while some sour aromas shine through as well. Dry and flavorful with scent

T- awesome! Sour lemons and tart flavor are fantastic. Some spices mingle with the flavor to make a great taste.

M- medium bodied and flavorfull. Crisp as all heck

D- great saison collaborated. Very tasty despite high alcohol. I wish I had a case of this stuff! A great sour saison

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 20:04:05 | More by lovindahops
Photo of katan


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very light golden color, almost straw. Hazy, some floating artifacts, probably yeast. Appears bottle conditioned. Super strong head formation - 1" in height, and it doesn't go anywhere.

S - Yeasty, peppery - spicy white pepper notes coming through strongly. Some thyme is present, making it even more herb like.

T - Starts off lightly malty, somewhat grainy. Mid-stream brings on some peppery yeast notes, spicy. Pilsner malt makes an appearance in the background. Finishes yeasty, spicy, some of the rosemary and thyme makes it in.

M - Moderate beer body, thick and creamy. Appears to be driven by the strong carbonation profile. Finishes with some bitter cling on the tongue.

D - Decent drinkability. Flavors are a bit unique for sessioning. ABV is high, but well hidden. Somewhat filling at times due to its higher carbonation.

My second Saison Du - all pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 04:11:02 | More by katan
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had the Stone version now the Dogfish.

A: Nice clear golden color with a ton of visible carbonation. Poured with two and a half fingers of white head with good lacing and head retention.

S: Sharp spice in the nose. The thyme comes through in the nose. Parsley you get a little. Not as estery as the Stone version.

T: Taste like a spice cabinet in a good way. Much more pronounced than the Stone version. You get quite a bit of thyme. The yeast is there but fairly subdued.

M: Light body. Well carbonated. A little dry in the finish.

D: Not as good as the Stone version but a nice beer. The spices are a little much at times.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 00:14:36 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of TheHoppiest


4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. pours a light hazy lemon yellow with a prodigious bubbly head that unevenly reduces.

Spicy and herby, smelling this beer is like smelling a good meat rub; allspice, cumin,and rosemary are all present. There's a slight citrus smell underneath, perhaps lemon.

Very flavorful, the spicy, herby taste starts mid-tongue. Rosemary is strong, with parsely as well. Lemony mid-way through the beer, ending earthy, almost creamy.

Nicely carbonated, this beer dances on the tongue and in the mouth as you drink it.

Like almost everything that DFH puts out, this beer is full-flavored, complex, and well balanced. Too bad this is a limited release, because I would definitely buy this again. I look forward to seeing how it compares to the Victory version of this beer, which I have on deck to try next.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 20:39:33 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of Sam21


3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into DFH signature glass.

Appearance - Slightly hazed golden body with an absolutely enourmous thick and sticky head. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smell - Full of dry spices most likely coming from a combination of the spices used and the Belgian yeast. Also some pine, mint, and light grapefruit sweetness in there.

Taste - Starts sweet before waves of spice begin sweeping across. Very herbal and dry. There is a rather big hop presence in this saison, as eas expected from Dogfish Head.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, lots of carbonation, and a very dry finish.

Drinkibility - A very creative use of unusual spices. I feel that they compliment the standard saison characteristics hidden within. A very refreshing brew and a different one at that.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 20:30:58 | More by Sam21
Photo of prototypic


4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The DFH Saison Du BUFF release is a pale yellow color. It's definitely hazy, and looks a little gold when held to light. A huge foamy white head caps it. It easily stands over three fingers tall, and is extremely slow to recede. Lacing was thick and sticky. Bravo!

The nose is quite good. It's very herbal and earthy from the first whiff to the last. Much like the Stone version, it features a strong Rosemary presence. There are definitely others. I'm getting a little pepper, but can't identify much beyond that. Belgian yeast is in the mix. Its presence always adds something positive. There might be some light lemon and grass on the tail. Alcohol is blended well and isn't noticeable.

The flavor is definitely impressive. I can't tell a material difference between this and the Stone version. They're both very good. It kicks off with a nice blend of herbs, grass, and spices. Rosemary is definitely strong. I like it and think it complements everything very nicely. Pepper is also noted. Light lemon is noted. Belgian yeast works perfectly. Alcohol is never a factor. It finishes with a very flavorful mix of earthy, herbal, grassy, and slightly musky flavors. Good stuff.

The body is best described as medium. Carbonation is active, but never feels buzzy. It has a nice, smooth feel overall. It might not be confused with an authentic Belgian Saison, but it's really not far off in terms of feel. Drinkability is very high. I'm really enjoying this, and am half tempted to crack open the Victory bottle. Nice and easy drinking.

Saison Du BUFF is an impressive Saison. I recall the Stone release being very similar to this from DFH. I do think this one has a better look and performs a little better in the drinkability department. Maybe I just drank this on the right night. Nonetheless, I am a firm believer that Saison Du BUFF is one fine Saison. I don't really care if it's brewed at Stone, DFH, or Victory. I'm now quite certain they're all impressive. Find a bottle of each (or perhaps a few of each).

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 02:27:39 | More by prototypic
Photo of perrymarcus


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a hazy straw yellow with a big 2 finger creamy white head. fairly decent retention; somewhat spotty lacing.

wow, intriguing nose: opening with citrus (lemon), the parsely, rosemary, thyme, and sage are also showcased. some perceptible yeast notes. really nice aroma.

hmm, interesting flavor as well, though not quite as palate-arousing as the nose suggested. parsely, rosemary, thyme, and sage are present and accounted for - maybe a bit too boldly for my taste - along with citrus and floral hops. definitely on the bitter side; not picking up on much of a malt presence - maybe a touch of sweet malt in the background, but muted... some peppery notes... overall, not a bad beer, don't get me wrong - definitely unique and worth a try - but in the final analysis not my particular cup of te- er, beer.

crisp, lively mouthfeel. the strong herbal characters and bitterness wear on me after a while... not the type of brew i find incredibly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 04:30:15 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of ThaBobfather


3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

WOW HEAD! Pours a light shiny golden with a huge- almost out of the glass bleached white cloudy head. Smell is super zesty- lemon spice and yeast all over this scent.
For the record I'm 5+ minutes into my pour and there is not end to this head in sight. Taste is lightly zested- possibly a little soapy- maybe some yeast gone wrong in this batch.- Finish plays the same tune- yeasty and some great grain spices. Drinks a little below what I'd expect out of this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 02:59:51 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of aasher


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle says it is brewed with parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme. It's definitely different. It has sahti like elements and in my opinion tends to lean that way more than it does a true saison. It pours a pale, pale straw yellow with a two finger, quickly dissipating white head. The smell is a complex mix of spices. The aforementioned spices combine to give it a piny, almost spruce like sappy aroma. The taste too is piney and again reminds me of a sahti. It drinks light and is light bodied with good carbonation. It's decently drinkable but nothing too special. One is definitely fine. I wouldn't want more than one or two of these in a sitting because I feel it's a desired taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 02:15:46 | More by aasher
Photo of drumrboy22


3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. Beer was a honey yellow color, with a one-finger white head. Moderate carbonation and

Aroma was lemon, rosemary, grass, citrus and yeast.

Taste was grains, pepper, lemon grass, citrus hops and yeast. Spices are mild and well balanced. Lemony finish.

Easy drinking and better than expected. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 22:54:53 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of 1759Girl


4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Saison du BUFF

Appearance- very hazy golden, lively white head that dissipates quickly.4

Smell- hops - green buds to the max 5

Taste- wow. Delicious. Sweet and citrusy but with huge hop and wheat finish.complex Balanced. spicy nutmeg 5

Mouf- easy 3

Drinkable - oh so drinkability 4

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 13:57:10 | More by 1759Girl
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy pale straw color with a huge head that stuck around for a little while.

S - You could smell the yeast, and wheat. Also notes of citrus.

T - You can really taste the wheat. The hops come in at the end but are not strong at all. Tastes like a Dogfish beer, but I can't put my finger on exactly why.

M - This is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Kind of creamy.

D - This is a pretty easy going beer. Goes down pretty quickly. I haven't tried the Stone or Victory versions yet, but I am looking forward to trying them.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 01:13:31 | More by JizackFH
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into flute.

A - Poured a thin straw yellow with champagne like carbonation and a HUGE bubbly head. Seems reminiscent of the stone version of the brew.

S - Clove, banana, citrus, sugar. Pretty nice and earthy. Smells fantastic. With the stone version, I remember an amazing smell that went sour as it warmed.

T - A bit of a funky farmhouse. Not bitter at all though. Mostly sweet and wheaty. Has something in there that reminds me of other Dogfish head beers. Definitely not the hop presence I remembered in the Stone version. I like this one better.

M - Medium bodied...nothing to write home about, but seems just about right to style. Pretty unnoticeable.

D - Really tasty. Like this one MUCH more than the Stone version. Would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 23:27:21 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of dirtylou


4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Binny's in Schaumburg

appearance: served in my delirium chalice, glowing but hazy light golden, creamy white head and strong retention

smell: fresh citrus - grapefruit and tangerine, parsley, sage. really nice

taste: like this one a lot more than the Victory version i just sampled. The flavor profile is dynamic - sweet ruby red grapefruit, tangerine,yeast, lemon, thyme, sage, not much rosemary.

mouthfeel: foamy and refreshing

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 22:50:40 | More by dirtylou
Photo of Ryan011235


3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip on 10/19/10

Pale, straw colored. Mostly clear with just a touch of haziness. Watery, golden highlights. Two & a half fingers of foam are slow to dissipate. Eventually it collapses into itself leaving sporadic strands of lace behind.

Very earthy aroma: herbs & spices; light fruit ethers; mild yeast notes; grass; undertones of hay & a quick hint of citric zest. Though I'm not picking out parsley, the rosemary, sage & thyme make for a pleasant aroma, especially as it warms.

The taste is quite herbal, of course, though it's manifest mainly in the middle & finish. Upfront it has a penchant for spiciness. There's some light fruit notes, too. Man, the herbs & spices really hit hard toward the finish - it's almost musty how leafy it is.

I let it set for close to ten minutes but the carbonation was too much for me at first. Thankfully some swirling was able to reign it in. Even still, it's a sharp & lively brew. The finish dry with a long lingering leafiness.

Saison du Buff is aight. On the whole it's pretty decent. I really like the cohesion of the aroma; however, that doesn't hold true for the taste. Factor in the carbonation & I'm a little more iffy on it. Regardless, it was a worthwhile shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 21:01:18 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of nrbw23


2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a huge, soapy white head. Head has descent retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smell is herbal, yeasty and a hint of bread dough.

T- Taste is yeasty funk, herbal and a bit of pepper. Quite a bit of herbs almost over kill.

M- Light in body and good amount of carbonation.

D- Pretty interesting ingredients listed on the bottle for sure. Just think they go better on food rather than beer. Found this one on the harder side to drink. Just didn't have the beer taste that I really enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 10:34:51 | More by nrbw23
Photo of blackie


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: piraat snifter, big fluffy white head retaining a full layer, the beer a bright golden in color

s: huge herb here - rosemary not surprisingly dominant, sage and lemony thyme identifiable, and the milder parsley adds a nice peppery spice, the base beer is a crisp, clean saison, with a nice yeasty side, yeast and herb phenols blend to give a slight medicinal quality that I didn't note in the Stone version, mildly hopped, far unbalanced to the herb side but really digging on this

m: carbonation full and lively, body light-medium

t: crisp pils malt base with a moderate yeast spice profile, lots of phenolic flavor from the yeast, rosemary, and thyme; crisp drying finish with lingering herbal flavors, subtle hop flavor and little more bitter than might be preferable, distractingly so for the style

d: easy enough, more phenolic and rosemary-dominant than my recollection of the Stone version, probably for the worse

single from some Whole Foods

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 01:37:31 | More by blackie
Photo of mdwalsh


4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright yellow, pale egg yolk color. ½ finger cloudy white head. 4/5

S: Lemon Basil. Herbal. Slight yeasty aroma. Crazy herbal. 4.5/5

T: Similar to the aroma, but less lemony. Very refreshing. 4/5

M: Good, not great. Maybe some more carbonation in the body? 3.5/5

D: 4

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 13:52:10 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of BrewCrew2010


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy, yet bright golden yellow body crowned with a rocky white head. Dissipates slowly leaving decent amount of lacing.

S: A big Belgian yeast nose to the point that it's almost overpowering. Some grass, herbs (epecially rosemary), lemon zest, and hints of floral hops as well.

T: An initial sweetness on the palate, a much needed hoppy bitterness in the middle, and ends with Belgian yeast. Strong notes of rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley, & lemon grass.

M: A light and crisp body with a lot of carbonation that is mouthcoating. Very well balanced.

D: A little off for the style, but still very good. Easy to drink and I would definitely love to have this with Italian food because of all the herbs in the flavor. However, I don't see myself drinking a lot of these or going out and getting more anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 23:46:27 | More by BrewCrew2010
Photo of Cylinsier


4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle, DFH version of the three-way collaboration.

Pours a fairly hazy lemony golden color, decent half inch head with fine pillowy bubbles. Dissipates slowly.

Smells of grassy malty grains and yeast.

Tastes very light, citrusy and malty, with notable herbs and spices. This beer was brewed with the "Scarborough Fair" herbs, and of the four the sage and rosemary come through strongest, with the thyme also notable.

Feels moderate, on the fuller side. The carbonation is light and noticeable in the back of the throat.

A very unique beer and I would guess that its a love-it-or-hate-it kind of affair with the herb choices. I'm leaning towards the love-it side. Light, refreshing, sessionable and sets itself apart from other beers, even of saisons, and in a good way in my opinion. I'd like to have a few of these on hand in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 00:25:56 | More by Cylinsier
Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,138 ratings.