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Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,225 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,225
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 33
Gots: 108 | FT: 2
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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 DavoleBomb


2.83/5  rDev -24.9%

Poured into a tulip.

4.5 A: Lightly hazed medium yellow color. The carbonation is a bit aggressive and gave a big healthy three plus finger head. Head is white and can only be described as a dense froth. Good retention and plenty of lacing. Definitely a looker.

4.5 S: Big healthy amounts of herbs. I can smell the parsley and rosemary very well and imaging the rest of the aromas can be attributed to the sage and thyme (I don't use them ever so I have no idea what they smell like by themselves). Lemon zest citrus and a touch of general light fruitiness. Very nice here too.

2.0 T: The taste is a bit of a disappointment after the appearance and nose. The herbalness that made the nose so nice works against in the taste. A general vegetal herbalness (reminiscent of when I made a pale ale with yerba mate) simply doesn't work that well. Overly dry with a bit of lemon and not much else fruitiness. Alcohol is also slightly apparent. Grassy hops. Overall a bit yeasty as well.

3.0 M: Medium body. There's plenty of carbonation, but it is a "dead" carbonation in opposition to "spritzy" carbonation. In a saison, I want the latter everytime. Not particularly smooth either. It's a bit chewy.

2.5 D: Not terrible, but not too good either. I'm not sure where they went wrong, but the herbs don't work as well in this one as it some others. I wouldn't mind having this on occasion, but not for $3/bottle.

11-24-2010 00:57:47 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of chilidog


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

Bought this with a Stone colaboration and waited for the best time to enjoy. As i did indeed.
Poured into my Dogfish pint glass. Watched the first Brewmasters with said glass in hand.

Poured a pale straw hazzy yellow with a well, very well carbonated white head. Had to wait for for the head to settle abit.

Aroma of easty spice. Esters if grapefruit with sugar.

Taste starts out with grassy yeast, spice of sage and thyme is what i get. Citric grapefruit yet sweet and tart.

Mouth is like an italian sweet tart.

Very drinkable, colder the better for me. I could sip these all saison. The 6.8& is nice yet soft, not boozy at all. Nice job to all three breweries.

11-23-2010 01:37:21 | More by chilidog
Photo of BeerConnoiseur


3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

My buddy brought this beer back from Delaware where DFH brewery is just blocks from his parents house. He had been talking about getting it for about a month. We were both somewhat disappointed.

A - Poured a hazy pale straw color with a frothy head that stuck around for a little while. Sparse lacing.

S - You could smell the yeast, dough, and straw. You smell grass and grapfruit notes along with a persisitent grape and champagne aroma.

T - This beer has a medium body, with thin texture.

M - The carbonation is pretty fizzy, with a finish that is sour.

D - This beer has a long flavour duration with a light sweetness, and a moderate acidity. The sour and biotter background is strong.

This beer reminds me of drinking champagne on New Years Eve, almost like a cross between Champagne and a Hefe Weizen. It is very different and worth trying, however I would not buy a case of this beer, rather I would purchase it by the bottle if possible.


11-21-2010 02:57:20 | More by BeerConnoiseur
Photo of ToasterChef


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a pint glass. I had the Victory version of this beer earlier this evening; my review will compare this beer to that one. In terms of the appearance, this beer has a much larger head. White bubbles fill up over half of my glass. The bottom is filled with a clear golden liquid, much like the Victory beer. It also has a lot of visible carbonation.

The aroma of the DHF Saison is dried than Victory's, with more pine and grassy hops and fewer spice aromas. Some grainy malts are also apparent.

This Saison is a bit sweeter than the other version I have tasted. The sage seems to be most prominent spice in this version; I can taste it initially, and it gets stronger after I swallow. The sage, along with the other spices, create a flavor profile that is different than any other beer I can remember drinking. It's uniqueness is a bit disconcerting.

High carbonation and a thicker, full body define this beer's mouthfeel. The level of coating is about equal to the Victory beer, but the bubbles are much more prominent in this bottle.

A lot of gas is in this beer, which makes it hard to drink. Also, the flavor isn't as smooth as the Victory Saison. I don't think I would get a second bottle of this version of the beer.

11-20-2010 01:45:14 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of Jayli


3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

Consumed 11/13
Poured in to my Brooklyn tulip

A: This beer pours a cloudy, deep, yellow wolor with a ridiculous three finger of creamy, rocky head. Head retains nicely and leaves sticky chunks of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is rich, almost pungent rosemary, a touch of sage, belgian spices, and yeast.

T: Taste starts with a big dose of rosemary. It almost knocks out the thyme and sage flavoring. Yeast and grain with mild spicing fills out the middle. Finish has a nice earthy tone and a mild lemon zestiness.

M: Lighter bodied, high carbonation, very dry at first with a bit of a sticky finish.

D: Goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, nice twist on the style. This is an oddly tasty beer. I certianly couldn't sit with this for an evening, but this is a good after dinner beer.

11-18-2010 14:22:51 | More by Jayli
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +15.4%

Hazy light yellow pour with strong 1-finger head. Excellent retention. 1/2 finger all the way to the bottom of the class. Thick lacing.

Herbs really jump out of the glass. Weark banana clove behind that. Yeast comes in a distant third.

Creamy hit, but citrus sneaks in fast. Mild grapefruit. Lots of herbal spiciness. Tart finish, with a nice emphasis on citrus. Some light pepper as well.

Medium body, despite the strong flavors.

A great interpretation of the farmhouse style.

11-15-2010 02:28:29 | More by beer2day
Photo of beergod1


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%

Brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Hmmm.
Actually not bad, once you realize what you are drinking.
Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of huge spice notes, primarily rosemary and sage, along with some hoppy citrus. Some nice fruity yeast comes out as it warms up. Flavor is somewhat fruity cut with the bitterness of one of the spices, followed by the rest of the spices coming out. Wish I could be more specific, but I can't really identify these spices for what they are, in a beer.
Not bad, Now of course I have to try the other 2 from Stone and Victory.

11-12-2010 16:47:45 | More by beergod1
Photo of metter98

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

A: The beer poured cloudy light yellow in color with a finger high bright white head. A light to medium amount of carbonation of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose smells like a fresh herb garden with aromas of parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by a balanced set of herbal flavors along with some hints of peppers and yeast in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and has a slight amount of dryness.
D: Despite all of the herbal flavors, the beer is actually quite drinkable. I would definitely try this again because it is very unique.

11-12-2010 02:31:10 | More by metter98
Photo of Blended


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured into wine glass.

Appearance: Light golden, cloudy. Effervescent. Soft white head which fell quickly.

Smell: predominately champagne-like, lemon notes, and a touch of earth

Taste: champagne-forward but without the ensuing sweetness, parsley-forward, sage and thyme noted, rosemary missing. Slightly bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: sharp , then thin. Tiny bubbles give a nice texture. Sticks to the sides of the mouth.

Drinkability: Average. I keep sipping to try to catch the more ephemeral herb notes, but the bitterness keeps me from downing it.

11-12-2010 01:13:22 | More by Blended
Photo of merlin48


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

Bottle pours a hazed pale golden body with an immense offwhite head that leaves some grainy sheet and patch lace on the goblet.

Aroma is herbal, with sage and rosemary overwhelming anything else.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and carbonation with a yeasty chalkiness.

Taste is dry and herbal. Sage and rosemary are present all the way through. Yeasty chalkiness is present in a good way. Very grassy, whether from the parsley or hops I'm not sure. Alcohol is not noticed. Finishes dry and herbal.

Herbal component seems overdone and the chalkiness is more prominent than I would prefer, but this one is really very approachable, overall. I could drink a couple of these.

11-11-2010 23:22:55 | More by merlin48
Photo of billab914


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly Imperial pint glass. Poured a golden yellow in color with a huge bubbly white head to it. The head had some very good retention to it and left very good lacing as well.

The aroma is heavy on the spices. The sage, rosemary and thyme all are very evident in the nose. Some lemony and pine citrus come through as well. Very interesting aroma and pretty good too. The herbs are nicely done and pretty flavorful overall.

The taste shows a lot of the herbal qualities. It also has a very bright lemony citrus to it as well. It finishes with a little almost honey like sweetness to it. The herbs are interesting, but not overpowering.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is on the higher side. Drinkability is OK, the herbs were definitely interesting and made for a very unique beer but I'm not sure it's a flavor I'd want often in a beer. Cool beer that was definitely worth trying though.

11-11-2010 00:30:40 | More by billab914
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -5%

Tried the Stone version last week, now onto the DFH one. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy dark gold, like apple juice. A thick white head rests on top.Leaves globs of lace all over the glass. With the Stone version, the nose was exploding with herbal scents, predominately sage and thyme. This version is strong on the rosemary, but not picking up much of the other herbs. There's also some grassy hops noted in the nose. Doesn't smell as unique, but it's still pleasant.

The mouth is highly carbonated, and the finish is bubbly and harsh. Not the smoothest beer out there. Spritzy is usually par for this style, but this kicks it up a notch. The herbs are mellowed out some in the flavor. Earthy flavors meld with subtle herbs. Slightly savory. There's more of a hop-presence in this one, over the Stone version. This is unique and a must-try, and though I prefer this one to Stone's, it's still not something I would reach for very often. It's interesting though.

11-08-2010 16:43:35 | More by Onenote81
Photo of deltatauhobbit


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

Had over at the LP.

Pours a straw color with a large fluffy white head, the head fades at an incredibly slow rate and retains itself almost through the entire glass, it leaves some patchy lacing along the glass.

Smell is surprisingly hoppy with a nice lemon zest, it's definitely more lemon than that citrusy hop presence you sometimes get, not picking up any of the weird herbs they put in it though.

The lemon is in the forefront of the taste with a hoppiness playing more of a balanced role, unlike it was in the aroma, carbonation is almost spot on, still not picking up any of the rosemary or sage though but I think I'm glad I didn't since the last sage beer I had I didn't care for, hints of banana and light fruit along with the lemony taste.

Pretty good, not sure how it compares to the Stone or Victory versions though.

11-07-2010 20:19:08 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of AgentMunky


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Brilliant yellow with light head. Hazily translucent.

S: Smells like herbs and fresh grass. It reminds me of a meat rub.

T: This beer tastes like parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Literally. I don't really know what else to say. The aftertaste is bitter and herbal.

M: Good, citrusy, herbal. Enjoyable in the mouth.

D: Quite an experience. Recommended to everyone at least once.

11-07-2010 19:17:11 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of liddytime


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

So I tracked down a bottle of Dogfish Head's Saison du Buff from Carl's Market in Kittery.

"Ale brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme"?

Sounds great for stuffing...but ale?!?! If I have learned one thing from Dogfish beers, it is that no matter how ridiculous their beers sound by their descriptions, you would be a fool not to taste them!

As I pour this baby from the bottle dated "2010", it looks as innocuous as any Saison. Pleasant, straw color, fluffy, lacing head.

The rosemary definitely stands proud in the aroma. The other spices are there too, but I'm not sure I could identify them as clearly. There is also an aggressive lemon aroma that stands out in the nose!

Interesting! The spices that are there in the aroma are not there in the flavor. Tart, malty, biscuit-like with lemongrass, cardamom and citrus. Very refreshing. There is a bit more hop flavor than a typical saison, but it is hard to tell if the flavor is in fact from the hops or perhaps from the herbs??!?

This beer would be great with shellfish or with spicy asian cuisine.

This is not an everyday sipper, but kudos to Dogfish for...again... stretching the limits of what beer can be!!

11-07-2010 00:46:01 | More by liddytime
Photo of riored4v


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

Reviewed on 10/24/10

Poured into a Sam Adams Pint. Straw colored body with a light haziness. Frothy, white head about 2 fingers thick that held nicely.

Smell was crisp with good amounts of rosemary and sage. Lemony and citrusy. Light maltiness with hints of pepper.

Taste was unique and not quite as strong as Stone's version. Rosemary and Sage stood out. Lightly peppery with a nice lemony and peppery flavor. Milt maltiness and belgian ester flavors. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel had a light body with a medium/high carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability was good. Refreshing blend of flavors are nice, but they also limit drinkability.

Very close to Stone's version. Aroma and flavor not quite as strong though.

11-05-2010 20:35:00 | More by riored4v
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, spicy, but rosemary stand out a bit more. In the taste, a spice bite, and rosemary and thyme, a mellow malt to balance it. A spicy bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry burny spice in the aftertaste. I like it, but kind of feel a bit too Italian like spices.

11-05-2010 11:52:23 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of lovindahops

New York

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Arrived in the mail today. Pretty pumped to try

A- pours a hazy yellow with an outstanding head of foam. Even seems like there are some floaties present

S- love that farmhouse funk! Lemony yeast is the primary culprit while some sour aromas shine through as well. Dry and flavorful with scent

T- awesome! Sour lemons and tart flavor are fantastic. Some spices mingle with the flavor to make a great taste.

M- medium bodied and flavorfull. Crisp as all heck

D- great saison collaborated. Very tasty despite high alcohol. I wish I had a case of this stuff! A great sour saison

11-03-2010 20:04:05 | More by lovindahops
Photo of katan


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very light golden color, almost straw. Hazy, some floating artifacts, probably yeast. Appears bottle conditioned. Super strong head formation - 1" in height, and it doesn't go anywhere.

S - Yeasty, peppery - spicy white pepper notes coming through strongly. Some thyme is present, making it even more herb like.

T - Starts off lightly malty, somewhat grainy. Mid-stream brings on some peppery yeast notes, spicy. Pilsner malt makes an appearance in the background. Finishes yeasty, spicy, some of the rosemary and thyme makes it in.

M - Moderate beer body, thick and creamy. Appears to be driven by the strong carbonation profile. Finishes with some bitter cling on the tongue.

D - Decent drinkability. Flavors are a bit unique for sessioning. ABV is high, but well hidden. Somewhat filling at times due to its higher carbonation.

My second Saison Du - all pretty good.

11-03-2010 04:11:02 | More by katan
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

Had the Stone version now the Dogfish.

A: Nice clear golden color with a ton of visible carbonation. Poured with two and a half fingers of white head with good lacing and head retention.

S: Sharp spice in the nose. The thyme comes through in the nose. Parsley you get a little. Not as estery as the Stone version.

T: Taste like a spice cabinet in a good way. Much more pronounced than the Stone version. You get quite a bit of thyme. The yeast is there but fairly subdued.

M: Light body. Well carbonated. A little dry in the finish.

D: Not as good as the Stone version but a nice beer. The spices are a little much at times.

10-31-2010 00:14:36 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of TheHoppiest


4.43/5  rDev +17.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. pours a light hazy lemon yellow with a prodigious bubbly head that unevenly reduces.

Spicy and herby, smelling this beer is like smelling a good meat rub; allspice, cumin,and rosemary are all present. There's a slight citrus smell underneath, perhaps lemon.

Very flavorful, the spicy, herby taste starts mid-tongue. Rosemary is strong, with parsely as well. Lemony mid-way through the beer, ending earthy, almost creamy.

Nicely carbonated, this beer dances on the tongue and in the mouth as you drink it.

Like almost everything that DFH puts out, this beer is full-flavored, complex, and well balanced. Too bad this is a limited release, because I would definitely buy this again. I look forward to seeing how it compares to the Victory version of this beer, which I have on deck to try next.

10-30-2010 20:39:33 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of Sam21


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

12oz bottle into DFH signature glass.

Appearance - Slightly hazed golden body with an absolutely enourmous thick and sticky head. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smell - Full of dry spices most likely coming from a combination of the spices used and the Belgian yeast. Also some pine, mint, and light grapefruit sweetness in there.

Taste - Starts sweet before waves of spice begin sweeping across. Very herbal and dry. There is a rather big hop presence in this saison, as eas expected from Dogfish Head.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, lots of carbonation, and a very dry finish.

Drinkibility - A very creative use of unusual spices. I feel that they compliment the standard saison characteristics hidden within. A very refreshing brew and a different one at that.

10-30-2010 20:30:58 | More by Sam21
Photo of prototypic


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

The DFH Saison Du BUFF release is a pale yellow color. It's definitely hazy, and looks a little gold when held to light. A huge foamy white head caps it. It easily stands over three fingers tall, and is extremely slow to recede. Lacing was thick and sticky. Bravo!

The nose is quite good. It's very herbal and earthy from the first whiff to the last. Much like the Stone version, it features a strong Rosemary presence. There are definitely others. I'm getting a little pepper, but can't identify much beyond that. Belgian yeast is in the mix. Its presence always adds something positive. There might be some light lemon and grass on the tail. Alcohol is blended well and isn't noticeable.

The flavor is definitely impressive. I can't tell a material difference between this and the Stone version. They're both very good. It kicks off with a nice blend of herbs, grass, and spices. Rosemary is definitely strong. I like it and think it complements everything very nicely. Pepper is also noted. Light lemon is noted. Belgian yeast works perfectly. Alcohol is never a factor. It finishes with a very flavorful mix of earthy, herbal, grassy, and slightly musky flavors. Good stuff.

The body is best described as medium. Carbonation is active, but never feels buzzy. It has a nice, smooth feel overall. It might not be confused with an authentic Belgian Saison, but it's really not far off in terms of feel. Drinkability is very high. I'm really enjoying this, and am half tempted to crack open the Victory bottle. Nice and easy drinking.

Saison Du BUFF is an impressive Saison. I recall the Stone release being very similar to this from DFH. I do think this one has a better look and performs a little better in the drinkability department. Maybe I just drank this on the right night. Nonetheless, I am a firm believer that Saison Du BUFF is one fine Saison. I don't really care if it's brewed at Stone, DFH, or Victory. I'm now quite certain they're all impressive. Find a bottle of each (or perhaps a few of each).

10-30-2010 02:27:39 | More by prototypic
Photo of perrymarcus


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

12oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a hazy straw yellow with a big 2 finger creamy white head. fairly decent retention; somewhat spotty lacing.

wow, intriguing nose: opening with citrus (lemon), the parsely, rosemary, thyme, and sage are also showcased. some perceptible yeast notes. really nice aroma.

hmm, interesting flavor as well, though not quite as palate-arousing as the nose suggested. parsely, rosemary, thyme, and sage are present and accounted for - maybe a bit too boldly for my taste - along with citrus and floral hops. definitely on the bitter side; not picking up on much of a malt presence - maybe a touch of sweet malt in the background, but muted... some peppery notes... overall, not a bad beer, don't get me wrong - definitely unique and worth a try - but in the final analysis not my particular cup of te- er, beer.

crisp, lively mouthfeel. the strong herbal characters and bitterness wear on me after a while... not the type of brew i find incredibly drinkable.

10-29-2010 04:30:15 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of ThaBobfather


3.33/5  rDev -11.7%

WOW HEAD! Pours a light shiny golden with a huge- almost out of the glass bleached white cloudy head. Smell is super zesty- lemon spice and yeast all over this scent.
For the record I'm 5+ minutes into my pour and there is not end to this head in sight. Taste is lightly zested- possibly a little soapy- maybe some yeast gone wrong in this batch.- Finish plays the same tune- yeasty and some great grain spices. Drinks a little below what I'd expect out of this style.

10-29-2010 02:59:51 | More by ThaBobfather
Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Brewery
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