1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery

Not Rated.
Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

1,443 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,443
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 40
Gots: 157 | FT: 1
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,443 | Reviews: 420 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of rangerred
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy deep yellow with a rocky one finger head that slowly fades.

Smells yeasty and spicy. Much like a saison but with a little something extra. The spices definitely stick out.

The flavor is slightly lemony at the beginning with an underlying yeastiness typical of the style. The spices is this beer become noticeable with thyme really sticking out to me. They all compliment one another, though. The finish is very dry with a touch of alcohol.

Overall, what an amazing beer! I love saisons anyway but the little bit "extra" in this just puts it over the top. I picked this up on a trip to Ohio and wish I would have grabbed several more bottles.

Photo of dgeebs07
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of CADMixes
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Stephiep1909
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of Jamesg440
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of ChrisPratz
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice deep golden color. Reminds me of a wheat beer but filtered ever so slightly. Full finger of foam on the head that stuck around for awhile. Seemed nice a more carbonated beer as the head stuck around for awhile and laced the sides of the glass all the way down.

S: Really really impressed. My first Saison, reading the label is what caught my eye. So strange (in a good way, don't want to confuse) to smell herbs in a beer like this. Alot of earthy/grassy/wheat tones in the air. Couldn't wait to try.

T: Really blew me away. Not that its the best beer i've ever tasted but one of the most uniquely enjoyable. Tasting the rosemary and thyme moreso then the sage and parsley. Hints of wheat and those earthy tones that were in my nose. Not exactly sweet, but its very enjoyable. Bit of a citrus flavor too but can't pick one specifically. Nice and clean.

M: Makes everything pop. Heavy carbonation but still good flavor. Mouthful brought out the wheat and citrus flavors a bit more but you can still taste all the herbs.

O: Very impressed with this. If you enjoy good food, cooking with lots of herbs and the like, you should def try this beer. Again, not the best beer i've ever had but very unique, enjoyable, complex.

Photo of sandro17t
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of SiflandOlly
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of matzah
2/5  rDev -46.9%

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of hoody711
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review. Was very nervous to enter the fray as I don't consider myself to be as educated as everyone else here, but you gotta get your feet wet at some point. Bought this as a single as I don't prefer saisons, but heard that this beer was getting some people excited. Any collaboration of DFH, Stone, and Victory warrants at least a try.

A - pale yelllow, clear. Honestly looks like urine. No carbonation. Nice pinky finger's worth of head. Nice lacing that slowly fades.

S - Wheaty, grassy, very sweet, some spices. My immature nose can't differentiate further.

T - Like others, I taste a ton of spice. The only one I can put my finger on is thyme. Sharp leading to bitter finish - not getting the citrus that others do. Nice though.

M - Crisp and light. Refreshing.

O - Trying to be fair as saisons are certainly not my favorite. This beer grows on you as you drink it. Standard DFH fare considering the multiple layers of the beer. Probably wouldn't buy a 4 pack just for me, but would be fun to introduce to some friends and drink again.

Aside: Actually as I drink more the taste has seemed to morph from all bitter at the end to bitter finishing with malty sweetness. Very interesting and very nice.

Photo of rlee1390
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow orange, some carbonation, one finger light fluffy head

S-Wheat, spice heavy, parsley comes through, some grassy notes.

T-Very spice heavy, semi sweet. Wheat is there in the finish. The spices are not over powering but more of a poor mix compared to what might have been possible.

M-Light, some carbonation and smoother than I expect.

O-Scarborough Fair is a better song and The Graduate is a better movie. The beer is decent but and the end of the day the meshing of flavors is slightly off.

Photo of AaronBurr
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of NumberNone
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Tafern
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of howard12
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mcorwin
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of JacobNeverWins
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into DFH signature glass. 6.8% ABV this time around.

A - Pours a hazy straw color. I am used to huge pillows of head in saisons, and this one left very little. It did leave a nice lacing.

S - The aroma is a pleasant blend of herbs, lemon peel, and some Brett. It is sweet and funky, neither of which is bad in this case.

T - The flavor begins with some tart lemon zest, spice, and sugary sweet malt. There is a definite herbal character to this beer on the finish, but the overriding theme is sweet. There is a trace amount of funk, but not nearly enough.

M - Nicely carbonated and a crisp, light feel. Very refreshing.

O - I had the Victory version last year, and was very impressed. This one came up a bit short with too much emphasis on sweetness and not enough on the belgian yeasts that define the style. There is almost no funky Brett to be had here. I am happy I tried it, but I probably won't get it again.

Photo of GrindFatherBob
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of WankelEngine
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a light, slightly hazy golden-straw color. There is a nice, bubbly white head with poor retention, quickly fading to nothing but a ring of bubbles and very light lacing.

S: I can smell most of the spices right off the bat. Parsley, rosemary, thyme, and sage are all present and accounted for. This is some mild yeast and caramel malt behind the spices.

T: Again, the spices dominate the flavor. A nice Belgian yeast flavor helps expand what tastes like an Italian kitchen. There is also the presence of some citrus flavors. Orange and grapefruit develop near the end of the sip. The finish has all the herbs with the addition of some bitter pine.

M: Light in body and with light, fizzy carbonation.

O: Interesting take on a saison. Easily the most "Italian" beer I've ever had.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Unibroue chalice.

A: Clear golden, rocky, bubbly white head has great retention. Foamy clumps of lacing cling to the glass here and there.

S: Sweet malty scent, chalky yeast with a mild spicy component, and garden herbs.

T: Sweet malt taste and some exotic spicy yeast flavors open. Garden herb tastes of rosemary and thyme build in intensity toward the middle and linger throughout. Chalky yeast flavors and fading herbs ride it out in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, highly effervescent with a sharp, scrubbing carbonation.

O: Not bad. It would be a good food beer, seems tailor-made to go with herb encrusted chicken.

Photo of Maseitz
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not the best collaborative effort of these brewers. i thought sure, a simon and garfunkel beer (made of course with parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme), but this one is off. pours a clear golden color, too clear for a saison right? small white head. smells is not nearly as herbaceous as i thought it might be, with only really the rosemary appearing aromatically. all yeast in the nose. flavor the only herb i can taste is the sage, and its kind of funky in here. combined with the others and this unpleasant yeast, i dont care for this much. feel is okay, lighter but too lightly carbonated. i appreciate the attempt to do something new, but this isnt very good at all.

Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,443 ratings.