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Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,340
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 36
Gots: 128 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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 davey101
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage into an over sized wine glass. I had the original three beers back when they were released in 2010. I remember preferring the Victory version, but the DFH and Stone versions I had weren't far behind.

A - Hazy dark straw yellow body with a soapy one finger head. Great lacing and retention. Looks great!

S - Very saison like with lemon, grass, and biscuity malts. The twist in the finish, where savory and spicy herbs come into play. I can pull out some rosemary and thyme. Can't detect the parsley, and I have no clue what sage smells like.

T - Grass, sweet malts, lemon zest, and fresh garden herbs. The finish is lightly bitter and slightly savory. Unique yet refreshing. Mouth feel is nice, with a medium body and spritzy carbonation. Its not very quaffable though as the flavors tend to get a bit too savory at times.

O - I can't trust my memory. Perhaps this surpassed the Victory version...maybe not. I don't care. This is damn delicious. The herbs have a subtle presence, but it never comes off as a herbed or flavored beer. Its very well integrated into the earthy flavors of the saison. I'm glad they re-brewed this beer, one of my favorite collaboration beers.

davey101, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of mt24turner
3/5  rDev -20.4%

mt24turner, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of zoso1967
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

zoso1967, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12 oz bottle purchased for $4.20 poured into glass

A- Yellow golden, above average carbonation, about 2 fingers of white frothy head that dissipates to about a half finger of head.

S- Hops, citrus, floral, sweet. Typical saison smell, maybe a little bit fruitier.

T- Sweet and a little bit tangy. Tastes like a mixture of fruits, mainly pineapple, a little bit of sweet hops, slightly sweet aftertaste.

M- Smooth, pretty easy to drink, average carbonation, light to medium bodied.

O- This was a pretty decent saison. Not my favorite but definitely above average. A little bit tangier/fruitier then your average saison. Nice appealing smell and an easy to drink taste. Recommended to try, but probably won't buy again since they only sell in single bottles at my local liquor store.

jaasen64, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting. It's quite a delicate flavor across the board, despite having a hearty saison core. Some staple flavors are there: lemon, core Belgian yeasts, a very slight touch of funk. The interesting parts come from the herbs. They're all present if you want to focus on it, but work better together for a nice, fresh, herbal undertone that provides a refreshing crispness and a unique take on the saison. Rosemary and thyme linger a bit later, but that's okay :) Tad too much drying until you've been drinking it a bit, but not bad. Pleasant beer. I would eat this with some roasted chicken and root veggies . . . hell yes.

CheezyBlaster, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Lantern
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Lantern, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico Alexandria.

Pours a nice clear golden color with a big, frothy white head with good retention and some nice ringy lacing on the way down.

The nose carries a really nice bit of sage and underlying spice. Really fresh. Some crisp malt dabbled into the background. The flavor carries on from there, with some really nice fresh herbal characteristics. I'm enjoying this a lot more than I figured I would. This is better than I remember the Stone version being, and quite a bit lighter in body. Very crisp with a moderate dryness through the finish.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and will be picking up a few bottles if I spot it in the area.

Thorpe429, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

kaelingirl, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Chugs13, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of demgoth
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

demgoth, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of BierAdvoNikk
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

BierAdvoNikk, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of partypak
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

partypak, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Hanzo, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of brandonasplundh
4/5  rDev +6.1%

brandonasplundh, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a slightly hazy medium gold color with a 1/2 inch head that flashes away to an 1/8 inch bumpy ring around the edge of the glass and light surface foam. Decent lacing.

S- Overwhelming sweet herbal bouquet with emphasis on the rosemary and sage. Lemony citrus. Very intense and overly so.

T- Tastes like eating a bunch of green leafy vegetables plus green herbs and spices all at the same time. A touch of lemon comes through to show some character beyond just the over-the-top use of special ingredients. No detectable hop bitterness and absolutely no wild or Belgian yeast to speak of. I will say, the alcohol is a bit subdued for a 6.8% ABV though.

M- The only thing that keeps the beer afloat IMO. High carbonation and a light, crisp body.

O- Quite a letdown from my perspective as these are 3 of my favorite breweries collaborating and this is what they came up with. Just proof of how, when ideas sound good on paper, they don't always come out well when executed.

Immortale25, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of jbozley
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

jbozley, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Builds a full, loose, off-white foam over a clear, dark straw beer with occasional big, round bubbles of carbonation. Leaves a fine, uninterrupted lace on a Roosterfish pint glass as it slowly settles with each sip.

Saison du Buff has an aroma reminiscent of spicy nutmeg and ginger with a background of musty funk. One can also perceive rosemary and thyme as it warms, accompanied by a peppery parsley. Nice progression.

This one is well balanced with a myriad of spices discernible. Lemon is present. Though all flavors are muddled, they are still distinguishable. The finish is subtle and drawn out with a light, bitter bite. There is a touch of mint found in the last few sips.

Crisp and refreshing with a medium to light body. Dry with astringent overtones.

The alcohol level pushes beyond any sessionable experience, but that is expected from this collaboration. Warmth is okay but not adding to an otherwise enjoyable experience.

SLeffler27, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
1.5/5  rDev -60.2%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

MeadGuyfromMD, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

DSlim71, Feb 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

mbs11, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

mcann2pu, Jan 29, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

Imsothirsty, Jan 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

MalReever, Jan 23, 2012
Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Brewery
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