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Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,425 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,425
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 38
Gots: 140 | 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:
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 Darkmagus82
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a golden orange color with a small but thick white head. Through the orange color of the body tons of tiny bubbles can be seen raising up through the beer. The pure white head is quite persistent and lasts for quite some time. Once it eventually does fade it gives some rather nice lacing.

Smell – The smell is heavy of wheat, lemon and yeast. There is a bit of pepper in the nose and a slight tart-sour apple aroma as well.

Taste – The beginning of the taste is largely wheat and lemon up front. It has a little bit of sweetness in the taste as well; some orange tasting sweetness. More toward the middle the yeast and pepper really start working their way in. Then at the end a big burst of more “green” flavors come into the scene; very herby. Tastes of grass, rosemary, parsley and even a bit of pine are all quite strong. While pleasant when initially met, at the end of the taste, the flavors linger on the tongue well after the beer is gone from your mouth and leave a somewhat funky and unpleasant aftertaste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is moderate to slightly above average in body with a medium level of carbonation. Its good for the wheaty style body.

Overall – I really enjoyed the appearance and aroma of this beer. Both were very nice. The actual taste of the beer while it is in the mouth is quite nice, but the aftertaste really takes away from the overall greatness of the beer. It has interesting ingredients and good qualities with the exception of the aftertaste and is worth a try.

Photo of HarmonMW
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of jaidenjb
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow body. Average carbonation, and a thick white frothy head is floating on tap fed by that stready stream of bubbles.

Fruity esters are up front (mainly bubble gum). Its nice how oddly well the lemongrass smell from the Saison yeast meshes with those esters. Spicy and peppery as well.

Those nice esters vanished, leaving behind lemon peel, lemongrass, and spicy pepper. The taste is dominated by the spicy pepper. Saison yeast isnt as dominant as I expected.

What comes in later is a welcome surprise: sage, rosemary, and thyme. Those spices come in very late and really felt upon exhale. Feels slick. Not real sure I like that part of the beer.

Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of seaweedsoup
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of ABisonEgo
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of MatthewWilde
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2010 first-run year

A: Straw yellow, partly cloudy, moderate internal carbonation, intense foamy head upon pour, nice lacing after a sit

S: Incredibly fragrant, herbal notes definitely present, grapefruit, hints of orange zest, even traces of cinnamon, tropical fruits

T: Very similar to the nose, perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness, amazing citrus, followed by an herbal sensation I've yet to experience

M: Smooth, certainly tangy, quite drinkable, aftertaste is pleasant and not too lingering

O: A unique and delicious collaboration, almost like a citrus tea in flavor, great balance

Photo of fmccormi
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from pry-off 12oz bottle to my large Hill Farmstead stem, the oversized wine glass (kinda). Unclear what the exact dating is here on the bottle, but info is printed in yellow ink on the neck: “BOTTLED IN: 2012 C 12:51”. I know it’s the March 2012 release, anyway.

Appearance (3.5): Good-looking beer, rising with a full finger of white head, relatively tight, that dissipates a little more quickly than I’d like, but leaving some modest lacing on the sides. The body is a very pretty golden color, hazy but not thick—nice looking body, for sure.

Smell (4.0): Wow, the Belgian yeast note here is really accentuated by the sage and thyme, especially the sage (I think), giving it a particularly earthy vibe. The rosemary in there too, hanging back a bit and working with the parsley to give a pungent, spicy note in the back. Really cool stuff going on here. But most importantly, it reaaally works well with the saison yeast.

Taste (4.5): The parsley comes out more in the palate, but again, it works very well with the spicy phenols of the yeast strain here. The rosemary swims in and out of the body, balanced well with the biscuity, bready malt body, which is in no way particularly sweet. Nice and dry, crackery. Very nice malt profile for a saison, and while the spices here attract your attention first, the yeast note is well-integrated and appropriately balanced with everything else going on here—it holds its own, and the taste is true.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Pretty good mouthfeel. This is actually on the full side of medium bodied, I think, and the body almost syrupy and dry at the same time. The weight and feel of this beer really match the force of the flavor, which is nice. Carbonation is alright, light and peppery but not the kind of sprightly effervescence I look forward to in a saison.

Overall (4.0): Very well-done, in my opinion. What’s most remarkable about this brew is that it’s just so well balanced, more than anything else. The malt, the yeast, the spices—they all get their time to shine, even if the parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme take center stage. This would be a superb accompaniment to the right dish, too. Haven’t tried the Stone or Victory versions of this beer, but I’d be curious to test them out side-by-side. This one is a keeper though, would definitely buy it again.

Photo of Boitnott
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

Photo of mt24turner
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of zoso1967
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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.

Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of demgoth
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BierAdvoNikk
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of partypak
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of brandonasplundh
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,425 ratings.