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Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,405 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,405
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 38
Gots: 136 | 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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Photo of Pjev11
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Pale gold with some carbonation visible and about half an inch of white head. You can smell the spices claimed on the bottle. Too carbonated in the mouth. You can definitely taste the spices but its not all that pleasant.

I'm not too impressed with this offering from DFH and I'm not surprised about that. A couple of years back DFH was routinely putting out high quality, tasty and innovative brews but it's almost like they are trying too hard nowadays. This one feels too gimicky w the parsley sage rosemary and thyme and it fails in execution. I'm not even sure this should be called a saison. I'm glad I tasted it but also glad I only purchased one and will not be buying more in the future.

Pjev11, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of C63AMG
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

C63AMG, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of harris4
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

harris4, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of mothman
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a half finger of white head. Color is a slight hazed (mostly clear) golden yellow.

Aroma: A ton of spice. Lots of herbal flavors. It must be the rosemary. Bready malts and honey. Earthy hops. Some citrus fruit.

Taste: Same as the nose, but more spice. Tons of spices. Floral and herbal. Its like I am eating a flower. Bready and grassy. Very malty.

Mouthfeel: Spiced and smooth. Medium bodied with a bit higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry with a lot of herbal flavors.

Overall, if you like herbal and floral flavors this beer will be for you. It is all right. Not very saison like. Not funky at all. More like a golden ale with a lot of spices. It's okay.

mothman, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Neorebel
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a faded gold color, and initially has a high, effervescent head as well, which recedes to about 1/4 in. Still a decent amount of carbonation. Aroma - picking up a sharp herbal character from the thyme/rosemary/sage/parsley that was added. Has a bit of a smoked beer hint to it as well. I also notice the farmhouse yeast in there. Flavor - as others have said, just what the description says - imagine a Belgian pale, with added herbs and a bit of farmhouse funk. (not too much of the latter though). The mouthfeel/body is typical for a Saison. Overall, I did not expect much out of this, as I tend not to care for the really 'out there' beer ingredients, but in this case, it is very interesting that all of the elements in this mesh nicely. Good to drink by itself, and I bet this would pair well with mild hors d'oeuvres when entertaining. Now I'm curious about what the Victory and Stone versions are like...

Neorebel, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of DonFrap
2/5  rDev -46.9%

DonFrap, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of tsulli
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

tsulli, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of markipa1
2.58/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

If you have ever wanted a beer that smells like a fancy country store soap, or wondered what would happen if Simon and Garfunkel started brewing, you have found your beer. It exemplifies why rosemary, sage, and thyme are not standard ingredients for beer. At $3.99 per 12oz bottle, make sure you buy just one. I found it interesting and unique, but had no desire for another one. Though it did leave me feeling clean :)

markipa1, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of dcloeren
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean and crisp golden honey with 2 fingers of bright white head. Produced very distinct rings all the way down my glass

The aroma produced is very herbal and spicy with some lemon grass shining through to round it off.

The taste stays within the same line as the smell but I feel like there is some ginger spiciness mixed in amongst the herbal notes. Very malt forward. Drying lemony zest finish.

Light in body and very evervescent.

Overall, this was a nice saison. Glad I got to try it but wouldn't seek it out again.

dcloeren, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of hilgart1
3/5  rDev -20.4%

hilgart1, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a clear golden yellow/amber color with an off- white head.

S- The aroma is really interesting. At the base, you have fruity malt and yeast. But the spices are a really interesting addition. The parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme definitely make their presence felt in the nose, but they are placed perfectly without being a distraction.

T- The taste like the aroma is malt and spices with some citrus and yeast. The individual spices are more difficult to pick up in the taste compared to the aroma but there is a definitive and pleasant spiciness in the flavor. 

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer! It is unlike anything I have ever tried and I love the creativity of adding all of these spices that I love and use everyday into this beer. Highly recommended!

cjgator3, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

JeffTheJuice, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Jamstone714
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Jamstone714, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow in color with some hints of orange as well. There is some very light visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with some much thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of lemongrass, sage, rosemary and yeast spiciness (pepper).

T: The taste follows the smell with the lemongrass being dominant, followed by the sage + rosemary, and the finish being very much the yeast spiciness of pepper.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly cream with a dry finish.

O: A very interesting combination of the spices with a saison but not especially easy to drink or refreshing. I don't think I would be likely to purchase this one again.

dbrauneis, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, crystal clear yellow-gold coloring with a steady flow of carbonation and a low profile, bubbly, light head that is bright white. Aromas of spearmint, cedar, and pepper on a roasted grain backbone. Flavors are cedar and pine initially, like a moutful of evergreen, with a brightly sweet spearmint kick at the tail end of the palate. Spices abound the more you drink, with a strong rosemary and thyme character dominating. Very green on the palate, if you will. Like knocking a spice rack into the brew. Decnt layered lacing along the glass as you consume. The aftertaste has a touch of malty tang quickly overwhelmed by the spice profile once again, with a quick, tangy finish. Spicing lingers, but also cleans the palate. This one is dynamic, and actually works your tastebuds...it's like a challenging hike for your palate.

GarthDanielson, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a light yellow color, thin white head that dissipated fairly quickly and dismal lacing found on the pint glass.

S: Lemongrass, pepper, kiwi, orange zest, sage, yeast.

T: Crisp and clean going down. Notes of the above come into play very nicely. Great spice notes in the back. 5 stars

M: Thin in texture, very loose on the palate with good carbonation, abv nonexistent.

O: I like the complexity of this beer. Lots of flavor coming everywhere. Between the nose and taste, this is one unique brew. Love it!

BuffaloTapHugger, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of TomTwanks
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm collaborations, never no what to think of them. Well let's see here, starting to really get into saison/farmhouse ales lately...

Pours a light golden pale orange with a small, quickly fainting white head. Minimal lacing

Smells very earthy, herby, a little funk. To be honest i cant pinpoint a herb but they are very noticable. Kinda weird but I get a faint champagne smell to it also...

Taste is very similar to the smell. Really notice this champagne thing I could smell, and it's quite pleasant. Earthy, banana, clove.

Mouthful is really light and easily forgetful. Left with a herby aftertaste. Easily forgetful.

I'd recommend to split a bottle with someone if you see this, but don't go crazy and buy a bunch. Good experience, but it no way my favorite saison.

TomTwanks, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of abmhighrise
5/5  rDev +32.6%

abmhighrise, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of chanokokoro
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass

Pours a hazy gold with amber hues with a three finger head bright white head and heavy lacing. Great retention. The savory smell of herbs dominates accented by yeast. Grassy hops and bread are upfront, followed by the mildest touch of malt. Finishes with a bouquet of herbs. Wonderfully carbonated light body that is smooth and velvety. A very interesting saison that I liked even more than expected. Looking forward to trying some creative food pairings with my remaining bottles.

chanokokoro, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of WMEugene
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2012 - as helpful as that is.

A - Pours a clear golden color with a decent head and excellent lacing.

S - Nice herbal blend. A little savory. A little malt and yeast as well. Very nice and refreshing.

T - Once again the herbs stand out. I think the parsley is foremost herb. Citrus is present as well, with a bit of malt. The herbal flavors are interesting, but not my particular flavor for the saison style. It is perfectly acceptable, but not necessarily my cup of tea.

M - Ok feel on the mouth as it goes in, the herbs provide a little bit of a weird aftertaste on the tongue. Carbonation and everything else is up to par.

O - Saison Du BUFF is a well-crafted and interesting saison. It's very herbal, which is unique and will be the huge determining factor of your enjoyment...I love the smell and was a bit cool on the taste. I may not have been crazy about it, but we each have our own tastes and as I said, it is clearly well-constructed. Worth a try if you like herbs and/or saisons.

WMEugene, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of DarthTremens
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

DarthTremens, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa via the single bottle since I haven't had enough time at home to down a 6-pack lately. This looked different than any other beer that was currently available and that certainly turned out to be the case once I had this. It was quite a sight to behold once I poured it out but the taste and flavor profile of this beer did take a bit of adjusting from the norm.

The pour to this was a radiant gold that was clear and wonderful to behold. Given how fluffy the head was, the carbonation was low except for one stream of bubbles that was in the middle of my glass. Not a lot of lacing to be seen but the aforementioned head was long-lasting and the taste was subtly enduring. Lots of Saaz hops here with a bit of rosemary underneath and a strong amount of ginger, surprisingly. The spice was different here and for a full flavored and bodied beer, this was quite crisp.

Not a lot of alcohol here and it didn't contribute to the taste at all. I could only feel the warming effect of it once I made my way through the drink and the flavors were able to stand out on their own. This was not something I'd down quickly or would offer to a novice beer drinker but I can honestly say that I've never had anything quite like this. The finish was clean to this and the spice wasn't too much to take. Kudos for pushing the edge of what a spicy beer can be - this is worth a try for fans of any of the three Brewers involved in this collaboration.

JerzDevl2000, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of babaracas
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Pours a clear lighter amber, one finger soapy white head turns into a thin ring and splotchy lace in a minute. Smell: lemon, slight evergreen, but also muddy and weedy (parsley’s contribution, I suppose). Taste: the sage and thyme dominate over a grainy pale malt base, slightly salty with some lemon. Medium bodied from creamy but aggressive carbonation, drying out some at the end of the sip. Yeah, the parsley is bringing nothing good to the table here. Overall the herbs are a little over the top, but was worth a shot. Bottled 2012 B.

babaracas, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of blmar311
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

blmar311, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Holland
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a light, clear golden color with a frothy white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Head retention is decent, leaving a 1 mm or so lacing for the duration of the glass.

S: malt, yeasty smell, and thyme are the most present.

T: taste is maltier than I would expect, with some sweetness and a very large grain aftertaste. The spices are mild and fit very well with the beer.

M: medium-heavy carbonation and light body make this a refreshing beer to drink any time. Pretty dry as the style would suggest.

O: easy to drink and decent all around. I didn't get the yeast presence I like, but it's a well made saison at $3/bottle.

Holland, Mar 29, 2012
Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,405 ratings.