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Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,442
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 39
Gots: 155 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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.
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured the re-release of this beauty into a tulip glass.. hazy golden yellow with a nice amount of head and great lacing. very bready smell, aromas of flowers, honey, rosemary definitely, and a touch of bitter hops. bitter up front with a tang that releases the rosemary and thyme flavors, cascade hops?, some lemon peel flavor. this is slightly more bitter than i remember it being back in 2010, but is still a great beer. it's a cross from light to medium body, very fizzy on the roof of the mouth. very crisp and refreshing. overall, a great beer - can't wait to try my favorite version (stone)

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Cannoneer
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers that is better be used as an aperitif before a hearty meal and a concurrent beer session. It arouses beer senses and wakes your taste buds with something unusual and exciting.

Pours lemony bright and immediately captures with the smell. My first impression - coriander (although it is not on the herbs list), my wife's impression - "sunny summer meadow."

The taste is lively, a bit sour, like biting into a granny smith apple. Of course, it's very herby, too.

One bottle is enough, you are duly amazed and prepared for a subsequent feast of roast pork belly with, perhaps, a Tripel to go with it.

Photo of Davit
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of jimelee108
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Jeb37
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Elfastball7
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of joesc230
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of JohnRioux
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love a beer that tastes like when it says it should taste like. I was afraid that the herbs would be overpowering, but the beer was nice and light, yet full, and tasted every bit like the parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme brewed into this glorious beer.

Photo of TeamD
2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of denver10
1.84/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.25

A golden orange with a decent white head that quickly becomes a small white head and then gravitates to the edges. Decent retention. A very herby aroma, totally unique to me to be coming from a beer, with a sweetness to it. That aroma is right there in the flavor too. A nice malt base to this and the herbs kick in mid stream. Very up front; gMedium bodied to this, not much carbonation at all. I enjoyed my first few sips but the more of it I drank the more I found the flavor to start to become too much and I barely could finish the bottle.

Photo of bluesplit63
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of tdm168
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a half of an inch of white, dense, foamy head that has great retention. The nose is very herbal; the rosemary, thyme, sage, and parsley all come through as does some faint alcohol. The flavor is less herbal than the nose would lead one to believe; faint malt up front followed by a light earthiness and then finishes with a mild bitterness and a hint of the herbs. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, lightly carbonated, and a little warm.

This is a pretty decent beer. I could actually go for a more intense herbal flavor, maybe matching the nose. It's balanced though, drinkable and refreshing. I would have it again.

Photo of mikeg531
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a tulip glass. bottled in 2012 C, 6.8% ABV.

pours out a nice looking golden color with pretty good clarity. a little over one fingers worth of white head, some thick sticky lace, decent retention. i was maybe expecting it to be a bit cloudier?

a big spicy, herbal punch in the nose. definatly all the herbs listed can be picked out. also a bit of pepper and lemon citrus and as it warms hints of hops.

again pretty big on the herbal spices, but they seem more in balance with the rest of the beer in the taste rather than in the aroma. this also seems to have a nice somewhat tropical fruity hoppiness going on, maybe even some juicy citrus. a bit of sweet grain, and light belgian yeast. tartness in the finish. tastes of bitter lemon peel linger.

slightly heavier side of light bodied, a nice ample, thirst quenching carb that has a bit of a bite in the finish.

at first i was a little taken back by the big aromas of herbs and spices, but as this warms some hops come out and play off the herbs very nicely. sometimes its almost unclear whether its the hops or the herbs your tasting. well done, id love to session this all day.

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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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

Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,442 ratings.