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Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery

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85
very good

1,423 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,423
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 38
Gots: 139 | FT: 1
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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 BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly gauzy honeycomb amber with near Champagnesque carbonation that has created a massive crown of aged ivory colored froth that should hang around for several weeks. Deep craters and an appealing rockiness are seen almost immediately; as are scattered scraps of bubble bath-like lace.

The nose is some kind of enjoyable for anyone who likes saisons with a heapin' helpin' of extra herbs. Sage seems especially prominent, though I'm far from a master herbologist. Deliciousness seems to be a foregone conclusion.

Saison Du BUFF Dogfish Head-style is just as tasty as the version from Stone. My flavor memory isn't good enough to pick out any differences between the two (assuming they even exist, which is unlikely). Sam and boys have done themselves proud once again.

What tastes like lightly sugary biscuity malt provides a sturdy backdrop for top notes of lemon zest and a complex array of herbs. There's also a Chardonnay grape-like quality, which makes me think Nelson Sauvin hops. Tremendous sweet-bitter-tangy balance.

The mouthfeel is solid in all respects, especially the energetic (although far from buzzy) carbonation. Good-great craft brewers create good-great mouthfeels much more often than not.

It is no surprise that Dogfish Head's version of Saison Du BUFF is just as enjoyable as Stone's version. This is a killer recipe cooked up and executed some of the best in the business. Next up... Victory Saison Du BUFF.

Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a snifter, nearly one finger of bright white head, bright lemon golden hue, excellent lace retention.

s- mmm, herbal, rosemary off the bat, sage/thyme, no real parsley notes, other than those you get the classic saison notes - tart lemon, earthy, dry.

t- a bit drier than the victory and stone versions, very bitter citric, rosemary, lemon, sage and thyme, very herbal. i've had all three versions and this is probably my least favorite - not saying that it's not a good beer, it's very good, i just preferred the other two - stone first then victory.

m- medium, slick, coating.

d- good, very tasty beer, one of my favorites of 2010, preferred the other versions but this is good too. really hope they resurrect this one!

Photo of alkemy
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy golden yellow with a billowing white head after a pretty aggressive pour out of the Dogfish bottled version. Very herbal nose. Rosemary is significantly dominate. Lemony citrus and sage play a secondary role. You also get a faint doughy yeast aroma. Flavor was pretty herbal as well. I actually got a minty note mid-drink that clung about even after the swallow. For the style, I found this to be oddly refreshing. I really like saisons, but this doesn't have the farmy outdoor angle. It is, however, a really good beer. Drinks like a 4 percenter.

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

Bottle at the Local Chop House @ Grill, served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours an exciting golden-apricot with a luscious foamy white top. Hazy and inviting.

Smell: Wow! Herbal amazingness -- lots of thyme and parsley, with biscuity grain, fresh cut hay, and images of springtime mountain meadows (quite appealing on a cold, snowy winter's night!).

Taste: Wondrously complex -- herbal, again, with notes of basil, rosemary, caramel, sweet thyme, and grain. Grassy but good.

Mouthfeel: Now I see how it's a saison -- delightfully rich, creamy, and spritzy, if ever-so-slightly watery at the end. Smooth to a T.

Drinkability: I like it; I don't love it. But, I'm glad I got it, and I'm conjuring up all sorts of meals and dishes to pair this with: omelettes, salads, falafel, good gyros. Overall, it reminds me of a good gruit ale, a style that I'm quite fond of. The creativity angle also inspires me to bump my score up a bit.

Photo of wvsabbath
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Very mellow yellow golden, looks like a ipa. Monster frothy 3 inch white head

SMell - Lots of hops, lemon, grapefruit many spices. Floral yeast smell also.

Taste - Starts off with some pine hop flavor, then the spices and sour yeast kick in. You can really taste the minty sage and rosemary. Has that burnt dogfish head hop kick hidden under all the spices.

Mouthfeel - Very sour minty bitter taste left on tounge. Aftertaste lasts forever, and its a odd one at that. No burn or warming, just bitterness on tounge.

Drinkabilty - Im having a hard time finishing this. Very strange spices mixed in giving this a odd flavor. WOuld like to try this without the rosemary and sage. Could be a decent pilsnar with strong hop presence, like victory prima pils. Not for me, i wouldnt recommend this strange brew.

Photo of smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a chalice, a great big 3 finger head of white an some solid retention. Body is a beautiful muted bronze gold with clear characteristics.

Great bouquet of rosemary and sweet honey blossom sugars. Floral notes like a summer herb garden, quinine, grapefruit oil, just great.

Taste is a sour muted wet feel with some bitter spice and quick finishing hops. Sour carbonation, with sage and green herb grass. Lots of grassy taste, mint herb, and tonic water feel on this one if that is your thing.

Drinkability, I could have this again for a Saison, might be just my thing.

Photo of boomer31
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - First, I saw this next to the Victory bottle and thought this was a nicer looking label. Pours a cloudy golden color with a huge white head.

S - Huge aroma of lemon and thyme. Man this is a gorgous nose! Light and refreshing.

T - More thyme and rosemary and lemon. A kick of thyme in the back as well as citrus. THere is a huge spice as well not sure what it is.

M - The carbonation just dances on the tongue as do the spices.

D - A very spicy and refreshing beer. There is quite a bit of lingering flavor here which make it more of a sipper though the nose makes you want to drink it fast.

Overall I'm dissapointed I didn't pick up more of this! An underrated beer based on the averages I've seen. The nose is one of the best I've experienced.

Photo of JDew
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to pint glass

A - Pours a golden/orange hazy color with a sudzy head that wont go down. Thick lace follows the beer down the glass

S - Strongly of hops, citrus with sweet lemon grass and some herbs come through

T - Not as hoppy as the smell. This ale is crisp and almost tart. Citrus and herbs dominate with slight alcohol in the finish

M - Bubbly, clean and refreshing. A quick finish and a bright feel. Much lighter than I expected

D - I could drink a few, its just a bit sweet and its a lighter ale so its not too filling.

Photo of goldbot
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass. Straw yellow, cloudy with fluffy, white head that ticks around pretty well. Impressive looking saison. Thin malt aromas, light grains with an underlying herbal, vegetal smell. Lemony and refreshing; very enticing, albeit somewhat muted. Crisp, light flavors of grainy, savory malt with lightly sweet, lemony citrus notes. Herbal and planty, with a rich earthiness. A nice mix between sweet and savory aspects that makes it very refreshing. Light and airy mouthfeel, very bubbly and silky.

Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.95/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy, pale gold with a huge white head that recedes to a thin ring.
S - Getting lots of lemons and herbs from this, obviously parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Actually, it's hard to make out any individual herbs in the nose, so let's just call it "herbal". Still, very interesting and unique.
T - More lemons and herbs. The herbs do an amazing job of showing themselves at different times as the beer warms. At fist I get mostly rosemary, sticky and resinous. Then it's the thyme, followed with the sage and then the parsley. So amazing, this is a very interesting beer!
M - Very crisp and dry, with a medium-light body and high carbonation. Very refreshing, an it pairs so well with foods.
D - Very drinkable, this should be available in 6-packs all year long. One of the most unique and amazing beers I've ever had. My hats off to Victory, Stone and Dogfish Head.

An all around great beer that will find its way into my fridge often

Photo of jbriggs7036
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Beer, tastes very fresh.

A- Average

S- Very fresh with the strong hints of kitchen spices thyme and sage

Taste- Same as smell, the thyme and sage come through strong, but add freshness and structure more than I anticipated

M- Light and smoothe

D- I could go all night

Photo of jsanford
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy, pale gold with a huge white head that recedes to a thin ring.
S - Getting lots of lemons and herbs from this, obviously parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Actually, it's hard to make out any individual herbs in the nose, so let's just call it "herbal". Still, very interesting and unique.
T - More lemons and herbs. The herbs do an amazing job of showing themselves at different times as the beer warms. At fist I get mostly rosemary, sticky and resinous. Then it's the thyme, followed with the sage and then the parsley. So amazing, this is a very interesting beer!
M - Very crisp and dry, with a medium-light body and high carbonation. Very refreshing, an it pairs so well with foods.
D - Very drinkable, this should be available in 6-packs all year long. One of the most unique and amazing beers I've ever had, major props to all three brewers!

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

Picked up a 12 ounce bottle of this over in NY State.
Appearance is a yellow straw body with a one finger head.
Smell has various spices, the rosemary and thyme do make themselves noticed, very herbal. The taste includes more those italian spices, along with some basic pepper, along with lemon and both sweetness and a bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. This is a fairly easy to drink farmhouse ale from DFH in this collaboration with Victory and Stone. Personally, I very much enjoyed it.

Photo of DIM
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a slightly hazy straw colored yellow. It poured with a medium sized sticky head.

s: I called Stone's version hoppy, but after walking past our thyme plant, I think that was what I primarily smelled. Here I found relatively strong herbal notes that weren't as strong or as fresh smelling as the Stone version. The herbal aromas are reminiscent of hops though. The bubblegum and clove yeasty notes are very different than the Stone Du Buff. This was interesting but Stone's was a good deal better.

t: This is pretty far removed from the Stone version I enjoyed so much. It was more muddled tasting and blander overall. The musty, earthy spices clashed with the sweet banana and bubblegum yeast. Thyme was the strongest spice flavor as with Stone's, but it wasn't as fresh or zesty tasting. There is a strong peppery clove aftertaste.

m: Peppery, champagne like carbonation is spot on for a saison.

d: A beer brewed with parsley sage rosemary and thyme is a gimmick. These spices weren't selected for beer purposes but for novelty's sake. I can discern the thyme and possibly the rosemary, but I have a hard time believing that parsley can have any impact at all. Regardless, I did like the Stone version so this was a very disappointing surprise. I can't believe how different this was.

Photo of Axic10
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a light clear golden yellow with a two finger, fluffy white head that settles after a few minutes or so.

Smell: Strong hints of pepper, rosemary, sage, thyme and parsley, along with some yeast. Some citrusy lemon grass on the nose as well.

Taste: Bitter pepperiness, with the spices really coming through (parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme) some yeast coming through as well. I feel that the pepper is too strong in this one as opposed to the Stone version.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and bitey

Drinkability: Enjoyable for what it is. I prefer the Stone version over this, which isn't saying this is bad.

Photo of hdog09
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had from bottle poured into glass.

I had been dying to try this beer when I first heard about it last spring. About two weeks ago I was talking beer with the bartender and he gave me a sample of the Saison, he mentioned t was a collaboration between, dogfish, stone, and victory brewing.(three of y favorite micro brews in the country.

The beer itself looked almost like a lager in color. The thing that stuck out instantly was the smell of grapefruit with a hint of pine needles or something? It tasted great and unlike any other beer I've ever had. I think it makes for a great summer beer and recommend to anyone who has a chance to try it.

Photo of FosterJM
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

99th review on BA
bottle to pint

App- Way in the clouds pour on this one. The head blows away the other two as well as the lacing.

Smell- You can tell its the same beer as the other two but the smell is much more tame without the very in your face garden smell.

Taste- Sam and his crew made this one more of a spicy taste but more of the sage. This one is a bit more dry to the finish as well.

Mouth- Same as the other two

Drink The 3rd of the vertical. All tasty beers but I think the DFH is 1, Stone 2 and Victory 3.

Photo of MowryJC
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at Green House Tavern in Cleveland. Drank in the same Session as Victory and Stone's SdB in order to compare

A - Hazy Grapefruit pour with a two and a half finger head that settles into inch-thick fluffiness. Leaves a healthy spiderweb lacing down the side of the glass

S - A sharp bite of citrus that moves quickly into a nice herbal aroma that unfortunately is too heavy on the Rosemary. Eases into a light mintiness near the end. I could use a little more of the rest of the herbs so there's more balance with the Rosemary.

T - A little too flat on the flavor. The herb was where it needed to be (although again a little heavy on the Rosemary) but not enough funkiness or citrus that I look forward to in a Saison. I think I picked up a little sweetness that took away from the taste as well.

M - Great liveliness and carbonation, and finishes quick. Would be quenching if it weren't for the slightly cloying taste.

D - All in all, I'm not impressed with this enough to ever try it again. This collaboration was a bit of a disappointment for me, as Stone's was the only one I'd try again. Still, points for trying.

Photo of Zraly
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pale yellow with a hint of chartreause in the right light. Tight, fluffy light head. Very herbal, sweet smell. Like a whiff of a small herb garden through the window...

Spiceiness and barn-yard funk in the upfront, with a bitter herbal note to follow. A hint of mint lingers around. Can definitely taste the rosemary. Semi-sweet. A phenolic note rounds out the palate. Dry finish. Clean, crisp, refreshing.

We are going to pair ours with some roasted chicken and root vegetables. I think it will work out nicely.

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

Pours a very light cloudy gold with lots of head that lingers. The smell is worth the price of admission, this is herbs 100%, dominated by the rosemary. It's pretty drinkable but the herbs are overpowering which downgrades the beers score. Loads of carbonation help me on the drinkability factor, reminds me of a sparkling wine.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Here's the second leg of the Scarborough Fair journey; Dogfish Head, tasted side by side by a half-full Victory.

A - Right away, it's easily apparent that Dogfish's version wins in the appearance department. Wonderful, 3-fingered foamy head dwarfs the weak head garnered by Victory. It's also a lot more cloudy, but still has the adjunct macro quality. The lacing is also leagues above Victory's; where Victory had little to no legs, the Dogfish version coats almost the entire glass.

S - The smell is almost exactly like Victory's, specializing in the sage and thyme, but has a bit of a resurgence from the rosemary. A bit more faint and subdued overall than the Victory version, and not as much citrus. Not as poignant as well. Blends a bit smoother, but if wanted to really highlight the herbs, I'd take the Victory over this.

T - Similarly to the nose, the taste coalesces all of the ingredients better than the Victory offering as well. No longer is the mouth assaulted by dry, peppery spices, but they play nicely with the citrus and lemon counterparts, who make their appearance more known here in the taste than in the nose. Still a spice-forward, beer, however, but it just seems to come together more nicely. A nice dry, spicy finish.

M - Mouthfeel is almost identical to the Victory in that it's nicely carbonated, medium to light body, but it's finish isn't as spicy. It has a dry, fruity component that helps to subdue the spices.

D - Drinkability is moderate, but certainly better than Victory's. It's a more balanced, easy to drink beer, while still retaining the spice quality.

Overall, in my opinion, the Dogfish Head is a more drinkable, overall more balanced beer, and I enjoy it better. Conversely, I feel Victory's offering is a bit more extreme, really focusing on the spices and herbs, which certainly makes it more unique, but hurts it in flavor and drinkability. I'd like to try Stone's as well, but haven't been able to find it near me... Hopefully I can land it and finish the collaboration!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Light honey with a ridiculously fluffy snow white head.

S: You get the funk upfront and then the spice tea, smells great!

T: Bubblegum, clove warmth and funk with all the spices playing against each other making a very tasty combination.

Overall: This was my first beer with the thanksgiving feast and I was not disappointed. It was very tasty and appropriate - a great twist on the classic Saison.

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

Poured into a Tulip.

A: Hazy peach with a generous pillow-like cap. Head retention is excellent and a fair amount of lace is left behind.

S: The label says parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Parsley is most prevalent, but the other herbs are at work too. The overall effect is very floral. A bit of hay and sourdough rounds things out.

T: Herbs from the nose dominate the flavor. But first, dry malts set the stage. Bitterness is mild and packs a pepper bite. The herbs linger long after the beer leaves the throat.

M: The medium body is grainy and slightly leafy. A nice carbonation tingle finishes things.

D: This is a very unique beer. A bit more balance in the herbs would be nice, but that's a small quibble. Overall, a solid offering.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of chilidog
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,423 ratings.