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Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,475
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 44
Gots: 176 | FT: 2
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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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Ratings: 1,475 | Reviews: 426
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wedgie9
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of rawfish
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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?

Photo of dankster
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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)

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

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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a big two-fingers of frothy white head. There is lots of visible carbonation and the head fades slowly leaving behind lots of lacing.

S - Aroma is full of some yeast and some spices. There is some nice bread aroma as well as some citrus and yeast.

T - Starts off with a mix of some citrus flavor with some yeast and just a touch of spices. Through the middle, the spices get a bit stronger and some more yeast and bread flavors come through. The finish is a mix of citrus and bread that linger nicely.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate-strong carbonation. The beer feels super smooth and crisp. The finish is a bit sweet but very dry which is very nice,

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are really well balanced and the spices are very well incorporated. The beer has a really nice dry feel to it throughout.

Photo of ikats
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden straw in color with big fluffy white head (several fingers thick). Almost clear, but a bit of yeast got in the glass. Herbal aroma with some yeasty notes. Very pleasant. Taste is all over the place - strong carbonation up front, dry finish and a mix of herbs in the middle. Not very pleasant for my taste, and I think drinkability suffers.

Photo of bigaltemple
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden straw color with some orange hues when held to the light. Offered up a 2" soapy white head that slowly settled down to a 1/4" that remained throughout. Very pronounced lacing.

All the listed aromatic spices really fill the nose, with the parsley and thyme leading the charge. Get some orange citrus scents following through.

Tangy-sweet at first blush. That quickly turns slightly bitter. Get a taste of the sage with a lingering sip.

Very light carbonation, but it coats the entire palate fairly well. Can't say anything extraordinary for the mouthfeel.

I picked this up for the oddness factor, but don't see me looking for any more of it. This may sound weird, but I was thinking of chicken throughout the drink. All the spicing might lend themselves to a nice "beer in the rear" recipe or something.

Photo of benpopper
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First time I want to add sound as a qualifier to a beer, the carbonation was audible as I poured it into the glass a nice hazy golden hue with LOTS of pure white head that held on and then receded to a coating and a little up the sides, slight lacing, but mostly clean.

Smells bright and citrus like. Lots of yeast. Clean, yet a little sharp. I don't like searching for what the label says is in it, but I want to say I can smell the rosemarry.

Taste is very similar to the smell. Lots of clean, citrus yeast. Not really picking up any of the spices on the label.

Mouthfeel is alright. Carbonation is high making it feel kind of rough. There is not any bite from the yeast which is good.

Overall, a very drinkable beer in line with the style but not anything I need to have again.

Photo of ummswimmin
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I came across this bottle in a liquor store about a week and a half ago. It must have been hidden somewhere in the back corner of the store. I had it once before (pre-BA profile).

I poured this from a bottle into a chalice. This really released the great smells with this beer.

There was a very large head with a lot of carbonation coming straight out of the bottle. The carbonation continues to be present in each drink. The beer is a pretty hazy yellow color.

The nose is spicy greatness. I like the use of sage... which you rarely find in beer.

Unfortunately the seasons don't translate as well in the tasting. I taste the sage and thyme in each drink, and it blends with a very light beer. I don't get much more than that. I would hope that a hop would have balanced it.

It was really nice on this summery day. The seasons work with the warm weather.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. $5 from Neds (I think).

Appearance: Its a pretty nice looking saison. Clear yellow. White head with infinite retention and really fine lacing. 4.5

Smell: Its a mix of sweetish malt, lemon and apple, and nice herbal hops surrounded by a mess of spice aroma. While the spices aren't intense, they are overdone. Its just too much. Its like a pizza saison. 2.5

Taste: Much, much better than the smell. The spices seem to integrate much better in the flavor, complementing, rather than competing with the hops. Long finish is slightly bitter, and a little sweet. 4

Mouthfeel: Creamy carbonation, nice dry finish. 4

Overall: If I didn't have to smell it to drink it, it would be better. I wish I didn't still have the other 2 versions in my fridge. I would recommend this if you want to taste the result of too much pointless spicing. 3.5

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

Very nice amber hue with a rich, decadent looking three inches of white foam on top. Just hanging there with a huge amount of side lace just dripping down the glass and keeping the head alive and well throughout the session.

The aroma was very, very nice. Rich notes of spices, apricot, light apple maybe and a touch of grain. As it warmed some light pepper like spice starts to come forward, nearly spot on. As I take the first taste, I expierence just what I wanted from this one. A light, perfectly carbonated saison. Light notes of fruit spiced up with hints of white pepper and a perfectly balanced mix between light grain and fresh grass in the finish. Smooth, delicate and perfectly drainkable, I was very impressed by just how good this one was.

Photo of therica
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= cloudy lemon, huge white foaming head settling into a nuclear-blast mushroom in the middle as it settled. Ongoing head, massive lacing all the way down the glass and the mushroom cloud shrank into a dense island over half of the head which still remains as I near the bottom of my Guinness pint-glass.

S= plentiful malts; a good sinus-stinging zip of sour acidity; the various herbs combine into what might be construed as a sort of janitorial odor, or maybe the smell of fresh paint. Interesting, creative-- for a novelty.

T= tart-bitter, first sip tasted like an unripe green apple. Nice in its style, also similar to a spiced Witte or Belgian summer ale. Almost a grassy-lemony finish.

M= sour-tart, astringent, some herbal notes and a very slight hint of honey.

O= Fairly decent, interesting, definitely creative but... at $2.99 per bottle it's a one-time experience for me and will be enough once I finish the 2 bottles here.

ps- it's also rather belchy. Drink with something, anything, to eat.

Photo of Seeker41184
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date Drunk: 12/19/10

12oz into pint glass

Lager color with thick creamy head and high carbonation. Sweet grapefruit/lemon upfront and then the flavor changes to parsley, sage, rosemary, & thyme just like it says on the bottle. This beer is just spring-fresh, thats the best way to describe it. If it was sold in 6 packs or 4 packs I would definitely buy it.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Exploded out of the bottle. Super slow pour didn't do much good.Explosive frothy airy off white head. Body is a light golden straw color, slightly hazy. Lacing is super chunky and sporadic. Nose is rosemary, thyme and parsley. This should be served with the roast chicken at Hammersley's Bistro in Boston.What holy fucking beer meets meat harmony that would be. Tastes like mint and basil. Wow. Not like any saison I have. The herbs aren't subtle! This is slightly drying and acidic. Such a surprise. Spicy. Nice hint of citrus. Feel is moderate with good carbonation.

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

thanking slvrmon82 for this one, reviewed it a while ago in my notes but never got to put it up on here, poured from the bottle into an unbranded tulip

appearance - poured a bubbly golden color with a relatively thick head that died down a bit but remained for the duration of the glass

smell - smells like fresh herbs section of a grocery store but if i wasnt aware of what was in it i wouldnt have been able to pick them out, also a nice sweet bread smell is there, with a bit of a hoppy smell but nothing too strong, more of a back up note

taste - tastes like a mixture of many herbs, i can pick out thyme for sure, then it moves into a nice sweetness with a bit of a yeasty flavor, finishes with parsley and a slight bitterness that i cant put a finger on, a bit tricky for me at the time

mouthfeel - light and bubbly, just what i expected by looking at it

drinkability - easy to drink, goes down like water, if i had gotten a hold of several more i could see this being something i would enjoy a few of during a baseball game by the grill

overall - good beer, easy to drink, and enjoyable, just wasnt as herby as i had expected, but still good

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

Poured into a tulip. I made sure to pour the yeast from the bottom into my glass as well.

The color is bright and cloudy hay with copper tinges here and there. Very nice head and lacing, but sub-par bubbling.

The aroma is a great herbal from the herb added to this beer. The hops enhance a floral bouquet with the malt adding a little dry cereal grain.

The taste starts sweat from the malts then goes herbal and floral in the middle thanks to the hops and other interesting ingredients. The palate is dry and bubbly, with the alcohol just on the verge of being sessionable. This beer drinks like a session saison for the Summer.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2010 D

A: Pours a straw yellow with a missive head that takes up half the glass... I have to wait for it to die down a little to finish pouring. Leaves great lacing

S: Definite yeasty smell along with some spices. Smells like a belgian, although I'm not sure if it uses Belgian yeast or not. A little malt, but the powerhouse aroma is the yeast and spices

T: Very interesting... Subtle spices along with that yeast. Not very fruity or hoppy, just the yeast and subtle spices. Difficult to pinpoint the different spice notes though. I know they used quite a few. Alcohol is masked nicely and goes unnoticed for the most part

M: Fairly light body with medium, prickly carbonation

D/O: This would be a great summer to fall transitional beer, and I'm pretty sure that is exactly when this was released last year. Kind of reminds me of a spiced octoberfest or summer ale. Easily drinkable and just a few will do a great job on you

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Monster head is the primary adjective for the appearance of this beer. Wow, what huge foam it produced, even with a fairly careful pour. Yellow and almost clear, torrents of great bubbles from my FFF pint glass, there's so much fluffy, lasting head you can hardly see the lacing really, but when it finally shines through, it's certainly sticky and ample. The head even lasts in a floating, foamy, crisp bubbly creation on the top of the liquid in my glass.

Honestly, it smells like those long hallways in the casinos of Las Vegas, with the cacophony of contrasting aromas that almost overpower you on your first trip to that city. It's like the nine different restaurants, two clubs, four casino areas, and the buffet, along with the lingering smell of the late-night carpet cleaners and assorted casino cleaning efforts. A bit strange. You can smell the freshly cleaned lemony carpet freshness/tartness.

It's a tasty creation, to be sure. Very spicy, with a tangy, strongly peppery flavor. Pungent lemon and citrus reminds you of those 2am trips to the craps table. Slightly earthy, and oddly warming, despite the lower ABV. There's just a touch of christmas tree in there too.

Feel is quite rich and thick, although medium bodied, due to the strong carbonation and incredibly thick head that basically doesn't go away.

Drink is somewhat so-so, despite the overpoweringly intense experience of drinking this beer. It's just a touch on the "a bit too much" scale for my taste, although I'd be hard-pressed to tell any saison lovers that something else would be a better choice.

Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Giant, fluffy white cap, soapy bubbles, clumpy lacing and good head retention. The beer was a bit hazy and gold in colour. Nice aroma, lemons and citrus, floral, hint of tartness, fruity, a bit powdery. Sturdy bitterness, lemons and crackery malt, a little bready, less fruity than in the aroma. Mild peppery spice in the dry finish. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Refreshing and tasty, an enjoyable farmhouse ale with solid hop character.

Photo of TheMadChef10
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It had a hazy pour with I would say a 2.5 finger head. As soon as I opened the bottle it smelled immediately of herbs, but mainly thyme. When I tasted the beer I got a slight amount of sage followed by rosemary, it finished with the grassy bitterness of parsley. The mouthfeel was actually surprised me and was a bit spicy. Overall it was a new experience for me I never had a very strong herbal beer before so this was hard to rate. But I do think that this beer would go good with a roast chicken or it could probably hold up to a grilled pork chop.

Photo of Macky20
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip. Cloudy/hazy yellow with big carbonation. Left a two finger foamy head. Aroma's biggest highlights are lemon peel and rosemary. I admit that I am not yet skilled at recognizing all the qualities of a Saison as I am somewhat new to the style, but at first taste I can tell that I will enjoy this brew. A pleasant tartness is met with creative herbal qualities that I can't quite put my finger on. I can, however, detect the rosemary and thyme. The mouthfeel is much like the few belgian style beers that I've recently started trying, with big carbonation almost like a champagne. Very pleasant beer that I would like to enjoy again!

Photo of Spider889
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Winking Lizard last year along side the other two incarnations of the beer. This is one of my favorite saisons and I was really happy to drink all three versions side by side to compare.

To save my sanity, I will review these tap versions side by side, and then copy/paste into each respective brewery's page.

DFH:
4, 5, 4.5, 3.5, 4
Easily the most herbal of all three.

This one is the most cloudy with the best head and lace.
The smell is strong with lemongrass, sage, and rosemary. Very distinct and attractive floral qualities. The saision 'yeastiness' is moderate, adding a little twang.

The flavor is again very herbal - rosemary and sage abound. I absolutely adore this beer.

This one has med-high carbonation, but was the most drinkable. My favorite without reserve.

Stone:
3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 4, 3.5

The main differences here are that the beer is much clearer and a slightly lighter shade of gold. It shines well in the light. The head is light and fluffy white. Lace is spotty at best.

The smell begins to deviate more. Hops muddle much of the herbal notes. This creates a softer nose and flavor.

The taste has a lot of noticeable hop character - all earthy, mellow European hops, but this is Stone, and they weren't going to simply duplicate an agreed upon recipe, especially one that wasn't for a IIIPA. I mean, what the hell was DFH and Victory thinking making a non-hop forward saison with herbs in it?!?

On a serious note, the Stone version isn't outright bitter, but the hops overtake the rosemary and lemongrass that hide in the background. This version also tastes maltier, and of a higher abv. All of this leads to a sweeter character, almost honey-like.

I didn't care for this version nearly as much as I did the DFH version.

Victory:
3, 4, 4, 3, 3

This version is the least impressive-looking. Crystal clear, and a very light pale yellow. It had the shortest head and left no lace.

The smell is different from the other two. While the herbal characters are present, there is also a sweet sourness to the beer that is totally unique to the Victory brew.

The taste also has the sourness. I was surprised at first, but it is actually oddly pleasant. As it warmed some faint funkiness grew out of the Belgian yeast and all of the sage and rosemary.

I was on the fence on whether I liked this or the Stone version more at first, but when I think of which I would rather have again in the future, I think it would be the Victory.

Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a big head and some pretty lacing. The aroma is lots of cooking spice, sage, celery powder, parsley, and some nice fruity and floral hoppy notes. The flavor is again fruity but dry with a bit of crackery malt and plenty of bitterness, there is some cooking spice in there as well that makes for a bracing bitterness at times. The glass finishes somewhat transformed of what it was at first sip, messy and oddly minerally. Oddly this seemed less focused on the cooking spice than did the stone one, however there seemed to be more characteristics identifiable as 'saison' in this one than the stone. Honestly every one of these should be categorized as Herbed/Spiced beers.

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Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.