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Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,463
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 41
Gots: 170 | FT: 1
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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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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass

Pours a hazy gold with amber hues with a three finger head bright white head and heavy lacing. Great retention. The savory smell of herbs dominates accented by yeast. Grassy hops and bread are upfront, followed by the mildest touch of malt. Finishes with a bouquet of herbs. Wonderfully carbonated light body that is smooth and velvety. A very interesting saison that I liked even more than expected. Looking forward to trying some creative food pairings with my remaining bottles.

Photo of WMEugene
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2012 - as helpful as that is.

A - Pours a clear golden color with a decent head and excellent lacing.

S - Nice herbal blend. A little savory. A little malt and yeast as well. Very nice and refreshing.

T - Once again the herbs stand out. I think the parsley is foremost herb. Citrus is present as well, with a bit of malt. The herbal flavors are interesting, but not my particular flavor for the saison style. It is perfectly acceptable, but not necessarily my cup of tea.

M - Ok feel on the mouth as it goes in, the herbs provide a little bit of a weird aftertaste on the tongue. Carbonation and everything else is up to par.

O - Saison Du BUFF is a well-crafted and interesting saison. It's very herbal, which is unique and will be the huge determining factor of your enjoyment...I love the smell and was a bit cool on the taste. I may not have been crazy about it, but we each have our own tastes and as I said, it is clearly well-constructed. Worth a try if you like herbs and/or saisons.

Photo of DarthTremens
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa via the single bottle since I haven't had enough time at home to down a 6-pack lately. This looked different than any other beer that was currently available and that certainly turned out to be the case once I had this. It was quite a sight to behold once I poured it out but the taste and flavor profile of this beer did take a bit of adjusting from the norm.

The pour to this was a radiant gold that was clear and wonderful to behold. Given how fluffy the head was, the carbonation was low except for one stream of bubbles that was in the middle of my glass. Not a lot of lacing to be seen but the aforementioned head was long-lasting and the taste was subtly enduring. Lots of Saaz hops here with a bit of rosemary underneath and a strong amount of ginger, surprisingly. The spice was different here and for a full flavored and bodied beer, this was quite crisp.

Not a lot of alcohol here and it didn't contribute to the taste at all. I could only feel the warming effect of it once I made my way through the drink and the flavors were able to stand out on their own. This was not something I'd down quickly or would offer to a novice beer drinker but I can honestly say that I've never had anything quite like this. The finish was clean to this and the spice wasn't too much to take. Kudos for pushing the edge of what a spicy beer can be - this is worth a try for fans of any of the three Brewers involved in this collaboration.

Photo of babaracas
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Pours a clear lighter amber, one finger soapy white head turns into a thin ring and splotchy lace in a minute. Smell: lemon, slight evergreen, but also muddy and weedy (parsley’s contribution, I suppose). Taste: the sage and thyme dominate over a grainy pale malt base, slightly salty with some lemon. Medium bodied from creamy but aggressive carbonation, drying out some at the end of the sip. Yeah, the parsley is bringing nothing good to the table here. Overall the herbs are a little over the top, but was worth a shot. Bottled 2012 B.

Photo of blmar311
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Holland
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a light, clear golden color with a frothy white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Head retention is decent, leaving a 1 mm or so lacing for the duration of the glass.

S: malt, yeasty smell, and thyme are the most present.

T: taste is maltier than I would expect, with some sweetness and a very large grain aftertaste. The spices are mild and fit very well with the beer.

M: medium-heavy carbonation and light body make this a refreshing beer to drink any time. Pretty dry as the style would suggest.

O: easy to drink and decent all around. I didn't get the yeast presence I like, but it's a well made saison at $3/bottle.

Photo of Donsmitty
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of RandyBoBandy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.91/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Clear straw color. Head is frothy and smallish. Head leaves tons of lacing. Body of the beer is transparent.

S-not much barnyard in the nose. No funk but you can smell the parsley, sage and rosemary. Subtle hoppiness. Definitely a unique take on the style.

T-Quite like the nose. All the things that are described on the bottleare there...perhaps too much. Kinda tastes like Bath and Body Works bathsoap. It gets less tasty after every sip. But would pair well with a nicely seasoned pork chop.

M-Lighter bodied with a bunch of carbonation. A bit dry. Crisp, but the flavors block its potential crispness.

O/D-Not a big fan of this. The spices are too noticeable. At least this was not too pricey at under $3 for a small bottle. Won't try again.

Photo of gabedivision
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Ommegang tulip glass.

Pours a clear light golden orange, with a fair amount of champagne like carbonation that gives it a 2 finger head that steadies to a tight bubbled lace around the top. Brewed with Rosemary and Thyme...wow, no shit, rosemary kick right in the face. Rosemary, mixed with lemon, semi sour grassy scent from the thyme id assume, very bready and full of flavor, odd flavors however. Rosemary, lemon, pepper, nice familiar saison flavors mixed with overwhelming helpings of spice, clove, grass, pine needles, and a big funk on the finish. Light in body, fair amount of carbonation, very sparkly and fizzy, bold and spicy and finishes bitter. Overall, def not the best saison ive ever had but absolutely the strangest. Odd mixture of flavors that absolutely work in every way, the spice is really heavy on this one but well worth a try. cheers!

Photo of SalMineo
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of RichH55
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Brown120
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of jk3
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to Duvel tulip the beer arrives a orange golden color with a decent 1 finger white head, some retention and good lacing throughout. The nose is full of the spice, predominantly rosemary, that the beer is brewed with. Hints of pepper and thyme and a bit of apple fruitiness together with the saison yeast. The beer starts with a prominent wheat base from which the fruity character found in the nose builds. Lemon and orange. The spices then enter and dominate the taste with again a large rosemary and thyme character, a little too much for my liking, but not too bad. Earthy pine hop character provides a medium bitterness. Finishes with a lingering rosemary wheat flavor on the tongue. Crisp and clean. Well carbonated and ligher bodied. Overall, not a bad beer, though I would prefer the herbs to be toned down a bit more.

Photo of GennyCreamAle
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
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,463 ratings.