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Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,244 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,244
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 33
Gots: 110 | 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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-15-2011 17:10:09 | More by BeerThursdays
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New York

3/5  rDev -20.4%

11-15-2011 00:47:58 | More by sobeleg
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-14-2011 23:27:21 | More by kkrez
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

11-14-2011 22:46:55 | More by mattboyer182
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-14-2011 20:08:44 | More by morehpperliter
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New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-14-2011 18:44:44 | More by JRod1969
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

11-14-2011 18:08:10 | More by sbricker
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

11-14-2011 17:39:03 | More by wyatt
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-14-2011 17:38:40 | More by YaKnowBrady
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-14-2011 17:05:39 | More by SaintJonah
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-14-2011 15:17:35 | More by aficionado
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-14-2011 13:36:18 | More by Miamilice
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3.08/5  rDev -18.3%

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.
Bottled 2010 D

A - Pours a light yellow-wheat color with a huge near-white head that slowly fades. Tons of lacing is left on the glass.

S - Strong fresh spices - parsley mostly, almost minty, salad-likke.

T - Just like the smell, but much more intense.

D - Higher carbonation, light body. Very fizzy and tingly on the tongue.

O - Odd, and not really enjoyable.

11-03-2011 02:04:17 | More by HuskyinPDX
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

12 oz bottle poured into small chalice. Pours nice golden cloudy, with decent head. You can really smell the herbs in this...the sage stands out to me. Tastes crisp, refreshing, and easy. Again, sage flavour prevails, but rosemary is also present.
I like it. Its a good beer, different, and tastey; but I probably wouldnt buy again. It was $4.00 at DeCiccos Pelham; thats a $24 6-pack...good but not that good. But, please keep the collaborations coming! That does make this brew worth the $4 one-time price.

11-01-2011 04:10:01 | More by DrinkSlurm
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3.73/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured from 12oz into pint glass.

A- Large 2+ finger head that has pretty good retention that turns foams. Not much lacing is left around the glass and below the body that is very light. Clear golden yellow with some carbonation jetting gently toward the top.

S- Big time yeast takes over the nose accompanied by some lemon zest.

T- Nice lemon upfront that blends nicely with yeast and light bready malts. very slight bit of tart goes along with the lemon. Nice zesty taste that, tingles the senses.

M- Lighter to medium feel with a medium amount of carbonation.

O- Pretty nice refreshing beer. I think I have had the Victory version and should try the Stone next and see how they compare.

08-19-2011 21:02:45 | More by Gushue3
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District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 6/29/11
*From notes

A: Unfiltered pale, pale golden. An overzealous produces a 3.25 finger head that expands exponentially. The lacing is pretty sticky and rims the glass as the head fades.

S: The nose is show-stopping. Even after being cellared for a year, the amount of wonderful, fresh sage on this bad boy is beyond definition. It's marvelous. I could literally walk around with a glass of this stuff attached to my face 24/7.

T: The sage doesn't stop in the nostrils, either. It carries over in a big time way, and overloads the palate from front to back. The rosemary and thyme are thrown in as an afterthought, and the parsley seems lost. Hints of delicate yeast and crusty sourdough waltz in on the finish.

M: Far too thin for all the flavor that's been crammed into this beer. It's not terribly flabby, but it could use a bit more substance. I will say though that if you added too much body to this, it may be overwhelming. The carbonation is perky and lively.

O: I loved DFH's Saison du BUFF. It's imaginitive beyond belief and packs more flavor into a 12oz bottle then some beers into an entire case.

Sam and Co. have done it again. Well done, Dogfish.

07-30-2011 16:12:50 | More by Rhettroactive
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4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

I had some concerns with the initial poor. Lilly white head erupted out of the bottle. It took 3 poors to get it into the pint glass.
Not being a big Saison fan I went in with low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised. While the herbs add a pleasant aroma they were subtle and delicious in the background of this mild yet flavorful brew. Very fulfilling mouthfeel with just Just enough Hops to keep me interested. I was surprised to finish this beer wishing I had another.

07-28-2011 03:40:26 | More by Shmota
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

HUGE cap, thunderous froth. Like, this thing is a cascade of raging rapids and waterfall destruction. Soooo much. Very very hard to pour without a chemistry lab experiment height of pure white head. Edges are average sized bubbles above the clear yellow froth. Fantastic retention and lacing is puffy like q-tips.

The nose on this one is a more subdued spicing of italian herbs and seasonings. There is more hop character lingering around here in the form of fruits? I'm getting some tropical nature and citrus nom nom nomness. There is also the sharpness and astringency that comes with spices. You get the straight up rosemary dominance with some sage earthy power background, but what is most noticeable is the all around sharp flavors that are 'chicken' seasonings.

First flavors are a dry, sweetness. Malty, bready, and well placed. Light Belgian candied sugar similarities. Following that is an acceleration of the alcohol presence. Its sharp and rightfully placed alongside the bitter spices and hops. However, its so strong I feel like it can't possibly be a 6.8% as funny as that sounds. Finish is very clean with a minute amount of bitterness lingering on the center of the palate. The sage plays up in the middle I feel with savory dank flavors that remind me of woodchips and toothpicks. There is also a minor rosemary flavor? Its nothing like you'd expect from the nose.

Creamy, full bodied, and crisp. Also astringent and heated for a 6.8%. There is a significant amount of alcohol floating around here that can't find a home for itself. Carbonation isn't overwhelming but very noticeable. I feel like it hides the true flavors of the beer, which for what I can detect is a positive aspect. Well done on the mouthfeel of this beverage. A bit drier than other Saison Du Buffs, but it does present more sweet background to play with. I feel like this one hits it stronger on the head for a saison, but still not amazing. Definitely the best of the bunch from what I've had.

07-08-2011 05:36:22 | More by Khazadum
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

12 oz bottle, bottled 2010, poured into a DFH Snifter

A - Cloudy, golden yellow pour with a voluminous, dense white head. Strong retention and a sticky lace.

S - A whole host of lighter aromas in a complicated, intricate nose, with nothing really blasting out to the foreground. There are hints of a lemony citrus, a little bit of hay, and I pick up bits of the advertised sage and rosemary.

T&M - Has a bit of the barnyardy funk that I tend to like in some Saisons. Notes of lemon zest and an array of herbs. When I opened this I was hoping that my brain wouldn't trick me into tasting things that I wasn't (from reading the label), but the herb bouquet is quite strong, and yet doesn't seem out of place. Rosemary is easy to pick out, and a peppery note could be from hops, the sage, or both. Feels a bit light in body, and finishes with a bit of tartness.

O - Honestly, this was a lot better then I was thinking it was going to be. There is a lot going on in the sense of a traditional Saison, and the herbal bouquet adds a whole new level. Very interesting brew.

07-04-2011 04:03:56 | More by ZeroSignal
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

ST: 12oz poured into a large wine glass.

A: Hazy golden orange (almost very light honey) with a thick white head that leaves nice lacing on the the glass.

S: Candied sugar, Belgian yeast, pepper, herbs, citrus, and floral notes. It has a very complex aroma.

T: Starts with malt and bread (on the sweeter side). Herbs and pepper with citrus arrive towards the middle. The finish is a mix of sour funk, strong pepper, and some bitterness from hops.

M: Medium body and on the drier side.

O: Saisons are quickly becoming one of my favorite type of beers. This is a well done version made between three great breweries. It has a lot of complex smells and flavors, but it does not have as much funk as the Belgium saisons. The flavors range: honey, citrus fruit, pepper, and herbs. It is sweet at first, but it becomes drier towards the finish.

07-03-2011 02:29:40 | More by ianjsullivan
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3.33/5  rDev -11.7%

From notes. Tasted in mid-August 2010 from bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours a clear pale golden color with a minimal white head that still displays good retention. Nose is Belgian yeast with some candi sugar and a strong herbal aroma as well. The flavor is more of the same with a good amount of sweetness and very strong green and herbal flavors. Body is medium with active carbonation and a long herbal finish.

06-27-2011 01:06:45 | More by wedgie9
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4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours a hazy straw color with noticeable cloudiness and a huge fluffy white head, already 4 fingers after half the bottle with good retention and thick wads of lacing.

Incredible, smells like a fresh herb garden without peppery notes, floral and fruity with parsley and thyme really standing out. Accumulation of all these herb aromas and a nice light malt backing results in something that resembles fresh cut pink guavas.

Malt backbone is of sweet bread and grain, yeast becomes apparent in the middle of the drink with more notes of herbs surfacing. Not much funk but a refreshing and unique.

Mouthfeel is light and pleasant, ideal body, less carbonated than the appearance would indicate and dries well.

Complex and refreshing in a great way with herb notes and that guava fruitiness bursting at the seams. Saisons can be hit or miss depending on the drinker but I think this is a winner in my book

06-17-2011 00:44:54 | More by rawfish
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4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

This beer pours a slightly cloudy straw ellow color with a think and fluffy white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a lot of lace.

This beer has a strong citrus aroma. I can detect some grassy hops as well. Some grainy aroma is also present. An earthy yeast aroma is also present.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Citrus up front, with some grain and yeasty funk. Some grassy hops are present also.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It is highly carbonated, and leaves a citrusy aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is good, and it isnt over the top on alcohol.

Overall: Thanks to inlimbo77 for this good beer. I like it a lot. Stone Dogfish Head and Victory, what is there to not like?

06-11-2011 21:02:19 | More by OStrungT
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4.43/5  rDev +17.5%

Poured from bottle into a sam adams beer glass.

Appearance is cloudy golden with slight orange hue to it.

Smells like fresh herbs picked from the garden with rosemary being the strongest.

The taste is very herbel with strong notes of time and basil in every sip. (i cant spell sorry)

goes down very easy and light. perfect for summer

overall a good beer that i recommend everyone try if you find it. (I stumbled across it at the local store)

06-10-2011 22:37:05 | More by dankster
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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

First had: bottle from Joe Canal's, Bellmawr, NJ

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme...and beer.
Poured into a pint glass a slightly cloudy, golden yellow, nice and carbonated, with a huge, thick, four-finger white head as a result of an aggressive pour. Herbal sediment noticeable in the pour and in the bottle; ergo, the beer got cloudier as I poured more. Citrus in the nose, earthy, and herbal, with the rosemary primarily noticeable. Powerful flavor, earthy, grassy, lots of citrus; despite the amount of spice used, it doesn't come across as being too strong in the spice department. Still, the rosemary probably contributes the most. Very smooth, sweet, flavorful but light. Light-medium mouthfeel, tasty, and easily drinkable.

06-10-2011 20:02:00 | More by Rifugium
Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Brewery
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