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Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery

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85
very good

1,425 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,425
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 38
Gots: 140 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 edhizdeid
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of SebD
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice think off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, lemon zest, thyme, sage, light rosemary, bready malts and Belgian yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has citrus, lemon, a lot of sage, thyme, rosemary, a touch of parsley, herbal notes, a light breadiness and some Belgian yeast. You definetely get a lot more of the spices in the taste.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. This beer took me by surprise. My hopes warn't very high prior to trying it but wow do the flavors ever work well together. I will definitely buy more of this.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a touch of haze and a light effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. Pretty attractive.

Smell: the sage and thyme seem to stick out the most. Definitely an interesting herbal experience; the spicing mostly goes with the saison character.

Taste: grainy malt with a definite farmhouse funk. The herbs blend together to taste floral and a bit like grains of paradise. Certainly interesting, but probably something I won't be going after again.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a satisfying creaminess.

Overall: definitely worth trying, if you're into saisons, herbed beers or bizarre experiments. But it's not something I'd buy in a four or six pack.

Photo of BoJengs
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of fossage78
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Localdrinklax
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of poohbearzeccola
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of badgustav
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Stevedore
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Brewed 6/10/2014. Poured into a snifter 11/22/2014.

A- Hazy dark amber-orange body. Two finger offwhite head with the right amount of staying power. Nice, fluffy, effervescent but ultimately giving way to a thick but acquiescent film and medium collar. Lots of thick lacing. Very nice looking saison. [4.25]

S- Definitely heavy on the parsley and rosemary. Less so of the thyme and sage. But very herbal in a good way. It works; the herbs give a nice sharp overall spice to the nose with the support of the bready pale malt and yeast. [4]

F- This is executed fairly well on the palate as in the nose. Sweet unsalted saltines combine with the herbs- all 4 seem to be present in equal quantity to me, expressed over the entire course of the palate, finishing with a leafy thyme flavour. Overall, the herbs shine with the support of the crackery base malt and especially the yeast accents. It's very weird, but it works for the most part. Not my type of flavour profile but I can't deny that this is executed well. [3.75]

M- Medium bodied, both soft and refreshing. In a way, all the herbal flavours make it a bit difficult to drink, making it more of a sipper, a beer to ponder over the course of the afternoon. It does evolve some as it warms up, but it remains a very herbal beer. [3.75]

O- Interesting beer. Nice execution that showcases all the herbs used in brewing this, but it's just not something that really fits my preferences. I can certainly appreciate the herbal character this beer brings without it being to the point of undrinkable, which I think would be easy with a beer like this. [3.75]

Final score: 3.83

Photo of HattedClassic
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a decent small bubbly and white foamy head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a decent film on the top of the beer. The beer itself is an opaque yellow orange that is reminiscent of orange juice. The beer is very cloudy.

The beer smell is very complex and very spicy for a saison. However, the spices used work very well. In addition to usual earthy hop notes and wheat notes, the beer has very strong rosemary notes that seem to dominate the nose. The thyme is also there and gives it a slightly oungent earthy smell to it. The parsley is barely noticeable in the smell.

The beer taste is not as complex as the smell is, unfortunately. The bitter hop taste and the earthy smell from the wheat are stronger and do a better job of mixing the various notes. The rosemary is more subdued and more present in the aftertaste than in the taste. The thyme and parsley are also stronger and some sage notes pop out as well. The flavor combination is much better in the taste than in the smell. There also appears to be a slight alcohol feel.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly heavy for a saison. The beer is smooth with very little carbonation to give it a little bit more texture.

Overall, a pretty good and very unique saison. I'd definitely recommend picking one up when you can.

Photo of jakea
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of NSXAG
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of Shane_1324
3.28/5  rDev -13%

Photo of jminch
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jessealmlie
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SteveB3014
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy orange/gold, rocky to soapy white head. Still (no carbonation). Boring bottle, just like all DFH. BOOOO.

S: Citrus hops- lemon, mango- vanilla out of left field, spicy herb blend. Bright, clean aromas.

T: Same as above with the addition of mint and discernible oregano. A great potpourri of spices, but all a bit muddled. Lasting herbacious finish.

M: Prickly but brief carbonation, light bodied.

O: Not a saison, but intriguing (would you expect anything less from these two?). Herbs and hops are nicely presented, so long as you're not a gardener trying to pick out each one.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 6/10/2014. Pours fairly hazy deep golden color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, pear, white grape, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, herbal spicing, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, white grape, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice/herbal spice flavors on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, white grape, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, herbal spicing, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent herbal spiced saison. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, herbal spicing, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of jmryan8
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Ohsdrummer08
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Act25
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely competition between 3 great brewers. This is my 1st.

A: Happy hazed honey body with champagne like bubbles, drive a moderately lasting tight head that leaves lots of lace.
S: I cannot pick out more than thyme and sage, over the classic yeasty, fruity nose, but it's good and inviting. (and good for you!)
T: Follows the dry herbal nose but gets better. Sharp, rising, exciting bitterness perfectly counterbalance the malt sweetness. Great see-saw of sweet-bitter-lemony-dry. Well done!
F: Plenty of mouth feel, and nice finish. Great with cheese or dessert.

Extremely well made.

Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,425 ratings.