Saison Du BUFF - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

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Ratings: 1,511
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 47
Gots: 191 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of bum732
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

S: Very fruity, herbal. Lots of pine, lemon, grass, very fragrant, pepper as well.

L: Hazy straw yellow, thin layer of foam, good lacing.

T: Grassy herbal sweetness with a semi-harsh vegetable lemony bitterness. Pepper bitterness and parsley like finish. Persistent subtle rosemary.

M: High carbonation, crisp mouthfeel, medium body.

A very interesting beer, not sure i could drink a lot of this, the flavors are pretty bold. Good to try once.

Photo of gtn80
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a chalice.

Appearance is straw color, almost crystal clear, just a slight haze. Piles of fluffy white head lasted the whole glass.

Aroma is spices, lots of spices.

Flavor is spices up front, a bit of bread, finishes pure sage with a slight burn.

Mouthfeel I'd good, full bodied for such a dry beer, lots of carbonation.

Drinkabilit is good, surprisingly refreshing for being so dry.

Photo of codewarrior
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz Singleton into a Balloon glass

I picked up 2 of each Dogfish, Victory and Stone on this one at Argonaut. My guy there told me not to pull the trigger, I didn't not listen. Par usual, I should have.

L: Lots and lots and lots of soapy head.

S: Light and Crisp. Lots of aromatics, but not overwhelmingly so. Which is surprising considering the label. Heavy wheat in the front of the nose, the 4 seasonings (particularly rosemary and thyme heavy) in the back.

T: Soapy. Thyme hits first, light and refreshing. Something off about the finish ... rosemary and beer aren't friends ...

F: Light and bubbly, but wears out its welcome.

D: Not as refreshing or delicious as a Saison should be. And somewhat weird.

This ... is a phenomenally arrogant beer. Typically when I say that, it's a complement. In this case, it's not. These 4 herbs (with the exception of parsley) are each strong as hell in their own right, and typically are not mixed ... at least not more than 2 at a time. They tried to do the impossible, and found it impossible. Not nearly what I'd expect from a collaboration between these 3 brewers.

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

Part 3 of my review and wow look at the head difference between this and its victory counterpart is my first thought, next is this beer is noticeably cloudier too. The smell is much spicier and not as noticeably hoppy. Taste is intense it does not have as light a mouthfeel as the other 2 and its complexity is almost overwhelming with a bitter finish. The tastes that I can pick up on are a bit of citrus, some sage. At this point I'd say it is good drinkability but of the 3 I'd have to give stone the winner for best with dog fish being a close second.

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

12oz bottle $4 which was odd because the Victory version was only $3 but the difference was apparent after drinking them both. This was orange and had an initially hoppy smell, almost a citrus quality and then herbs. The flavor was clean, saison with the sage seeming to dominate more than the rosemary and thyme which I thought were heavy in the Stone version. Very easy to drink and probably the best of the three Du Buffs.

Photo of wschmit
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saison du Buff, DFH 9/25/10, from notes.

Bottle into small tasting glass.

A: Lots of pillowy, white head, quickly filling the glass. Settles down with some celerity, leaving just a bit of light lacing. Clear gold-yellow body. Very effervescent.

S: I love the obvious herbal nose. They're all there: parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.

T: All the herbal flavors are there, too. A nice mix, oddly enough. The beer beneath the flavors is not bad, light and a bit malty. Not too much bitterness or herbalness in the finish. Pretty simple, but for the herbs--this beer is definitely just a vehicle for the song lyrics. I missed a lot of the funkier saison notes.

M: For a light-looking beer, it has a bit of body, and the carbonation is really great. Anything less might not work so well.

D: Ehhh, it's interesting enough, but probably a one-off for me. I love Simon and Garfunkel, so I'm happy to actually have a palette in mind for this song. Beyond the herbs, though, just an okay beer.

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

A: Pours straw/pale yellow in color with a two finger thick, fluffy white head with some nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Smell is that of a typical Belgian beer, has a citrus scent and light hops with some yeast characteristics.

T: Has a nice citrus (very lemon like) taste up front, minimal hops are present as well. It finishes with a bit of a malty taste and very dry at the end.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and dry finish as mentioned above.

D: Not normally a huge fan of Belgian beer (although I'm starting to get there) but this beer is pretty good. I bought all 3 bottles of the collab so I'm interested to see if there is any differences between them being brewed at different breweries.

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

Appearance- pours a straw color, with a nice chunky white head, long lasting. Active carbonation. Great lacing.

Smell- very herbacious, earthy, some lemon. fresh cut grass. out of the herbs listed, the rosemary really seems to stand out.

Taste- follows the aroma nicely. Not quite as strong as the smell, but that is probably a good thing. Getting a bit of a peppery spice as well. Some citrus hop presence as well.

Mouthfeel- good carbonation. very crisp.

Overall- this is well made saison, refreshing but still has a ton of flavor, even more herbacious than most. This is literally making me crave some seared salmon, paired with a fresh salad! I wish they made more of this!

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

Beer is a light gauzy golden color with a thick white head. Smell is a complex blast of yeast with some citrus and grass. Taste starts with some grassyness and is crisp and a touch bitter. The finish has some nice herby notes. The mouthfeel is good; the beer is nicely carbonated and not at all heavy. It's quite drinkable. All in all, a very good and subtly interesting beer. The flavor doesn't punch you in the face, but that's ok. It's a good refreshing farmhouse ale with some very nice herby and grassy undertones.

Photo of ism
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy straw, bubbles rising, with a 1-finger white head with average retention and sudsy lacing. Nose is sweet citrus, lemon peel, farmhouse phenol, and spice. Medium-thin body, smooth and sweet, coriander and herbs, that phenol funk, lemon citrus, and spice and resin in the finish. Crisp and dry.

Definitely refreshing and has that farmhouse palate, fairly balanced flavors, but strangely boring. I can't quite put my finger on it. A quality brew that just doesn't get there.

Photo of atsprings
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a crisp yellow with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is crisp sweet malts and a nice bit of Belgian spice. The taste is a nice smooth blend of sweet malts, smooth citrus hops and a nice blend of spices such as rosemary and thyme. The beer is quite light and smooth with its 6.8% very well hidden. This is a very enjoyable beer, a very good saison, even on draft.

Photo of russwbeck
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought 2 12oz Bottles of the Dogfishhead and Stone versions of the Saison du BUFF and drank them side by side on two separate occasions. This is my review after the second tasting.

A: Very light pour with a small 1-2 finger head, minimal lacing, but a small film remains atop the beer as you drink. Much less head and much less lacing than the Stone version

S: Citrus right up front, with some other herbs. I think I'm getting some rosemary. Great smell.

T: Herbal and hoppy, much more smooth than the Stone version on both occasions. IMO it tastes better than the Stone.

MF: Smooth and light, much less carbonated (less punch) than Stone

D: Great beer overall, would be more drinkable if it were more available!

Final Verdict: While Victory looked and smelled better, I enjoyed the taste of DFH and while I would I would never turn either down, I would take DFH by a slim margin.

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

Had a bottle at Ortino's Northside for $4.50. I thought it was odd that in eastern PA we have the DFH bottle and not Victory's. Oh well.

The spicing gets a touch heavy, it feels like I can taste straight up dried parsley here and there. However, there's a big herbal and lightly citrus punch of hops to open that reminds me of an imperial pils, or hopped saison, that's very cool. The malt is mild, dry and biscuity with the spices blending into the clove and subtle fruit notes. Overall a very different, but delicious beer. Check this out.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really beautiful beer, pours a hazy golden color with a huge frothy white head that retains impressively AND leaves nice lacing. The aroma is spicy with notes of lemon pepper, basil, thyme, rosemary, orange marmalade, cane sugar, fruity esters, bread dough and a bit of alcohol. The taste has notes of bread dough and hay upfront, along with lemon pepper and basil, thyme and rosemary, along with candy sugar, fruity esters and alcohol. The mouthfeel is light and sprightly, and drinkability is good. The spices seem less oppressive in this iteration than in the Stone version which makes this much more enjoyable.

Photo of KAP1356
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Pours a very slightly hazy straw yellow color. A nice fluffy white 2 finger head forms. Head retention is quite good.

S - The smell seems to be almost all of the herbs that are advertised in this one. Rosemary seems to be the forefront ofthe nose here. Slight citrus aromas and hops as well.

T - Nice herb presence without the palate punch that Stone provided. There is a breadier, maltier backbone here which is quite nice. The yeast that makes me think a saison is there, but not as much as I would like.

M - Carbonation is just a bit more than normal on this one, but still a nice medium body. Quite nice.

D - Not exactly a beer that I could have several of. The herbs just don't mix as well as I would hope with the beer. It's a great idea, just one, that I think I'll limit to one bottle though.

Photo of jampics2
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

This beer looks great in the glass. It's a golden yellow with some bright highlights around the edges and has a great head, perhaps one of the best rocky saison heads I've seen from an American take on the classic Belgian style.

Smell is amazing.  Rosemary jumps out, as does the sage. The herbs lead the charge, but there's also a nice peach hoppiness that follows.  Parsley is also evident, just not too much thyme.

Speaking of which, it's time to take a sip.  The delicate way the spices, malt and hops interact is really enjoyable.  There's a ton of herbal zing thanks to the rosemary, thyme, sage and parsley in that order.  Some hoppy citrus notes compliment everything nicely - they lend some orange and lemon notes, plus some herbal earthiness as well. Finally, the bready malt is clean and crisp with some dough and mild sweetness.  Tastes great overall! 

Carb is just a touch sharp, but the medium body is great. It finishes with some refreshing sensations, a touch of lingering spices, and mild bitterness. Overall, I like this beer a lot, even more that the Stone version. A really good take on the recipe and ingredients, the spices seem to fit more and the hops make this really sing. One that I'll be happy to try again and again.

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap a Craft in Brookline

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: big dose of lemons, oranges, and pepper--a wonderful smelling beer

Taste: lemons, oranges, pepper, and hay--very clean

Mouthfeel: light bodied, dry, medium carbonation

Drinkability: This is just a very clean saison and one of the better American versions I have had. The flavors of lemon and pepper just jump. Another beer I could drink all day. The alcohol is super well hidden.

Photo of jhammel01
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow with a huge white fully head. Very soapy looking head. Sticks to the side of the glass and keeps itself mostly together all the way down.

Big lemonade (lemon) zest, smells sugary, heavy pines, yeast.

Tons of lemon in the taste, hop bitterness, clean finish.

Very smooth mouthfeel

A great beer. Love the collaboration between these guys as well. If only this was offered once a year in the summer...Such a good refresher!

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

Pours out a very clear yellow with four fingers of very foamy white suds. Looks like a big ice cream cone.
Smell is a strong spice and yeast with the lemon zest and sugary coctail fruit right out of the can.
Taste is bitter sour lemon and pear and cherry to top it all off. Great lemonade type drink here.
Mouthfeel is very clean and only a slight hop bitterness lingers on the palate.
Drinkability is good here, of course if it were more available.

Photo of Casey10
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my third go of this I have had both the Stone, the Victory, and now this.

I have to say I think I may have liked this best followed by stone, and the victory. Who knows it may just be the exact same thing just in a different package.

Anyway

A - Thin head yellow pour some carbonation.

S - Not a bad smell like fresh herbs the rosemary and parsley really are strong but not in a bad way.

T - You get a real taste of the herbs used in making this not bad for the style that it was going for either. I good take on the style.

M - I liked this part the most tickles the tounge most likely again with the herbs it has a real earthy quality to it.

D - Don't know if I would drink alot did mind it would have again. Just not my favorite style.

Photo of FredTheSeal
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Yellow and slightly hazy with a billowy white head. A thin head remains on the beer while drinking with good lacing.

S - Hoppy, Herby, Citrusy. Thyme is the predominant smell backed with a citrus/lemon smell.

T - Just like the smell, thyme is the predominant flavor. After that there is a citrusy bitterness.

M - Surprisingly smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied.

D - Took me a while to drink just one. It's a good beer but I don't think I could have more than 1 or 2 in a night. It's just not that kind of beer.

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

Nice clear light yellow color. Fizzy white foam rings the glass. Copious amounts of sticky lacing left behind. Very nice looking beer.

Aroma is herbs & spices, with just a hint of yeasty funk but nothing overwhelming. Taste is much stronger - sage/thyme/rosemary herb flavors really come through.

Maybe a bit too fizzy and overcarbonated, but still pleasant to drink.

Tasty brew and something i'd most likely drink again.

Photo of Vaison
2.52/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

Pours a hazy light golden color and creates a half finger head with adequate lacing. The herbal smell is overwhelming and smells more like thyme and sage, a very grassy smell. Nothing like anything I've had before. The initial taste is better than the smell until you swallow and then you go right back to that grassy sage and thyme overkill. However, it goes down smoothly and the carbonation is just right. Dogfish says they are off-centered and this beer certainly sticks to that theme. But, I'm going to stick with their more traditional offerings.

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

Pours a slightly hazed yellow color with quite a bit of billowing foam on top. Great head retention...dense and lumpy, slowly deflating while leaving loads of lace on the glass. Lovely aromas spring from the glass...herbs, lemon zest, flowers, pine, and mild peppery phenolics. Very green and bright - I love it. The flavor is a nice balance between juicy citrus, herbs, and spices. Sweet lemon tanginess and fresh green herbs, finishing dry and with a slight metallic twinge. Medium-light in the mouth, effervescent, and quite drinkable.

I liked this one a lot more than I thought I would. Yeah, it's herbal, but the Saison aspect isn't entirely buried and lost. A unique twist that totally works.

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a Stella tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden hue. A little dim. Fluffy bright white head that demonstrates fair retention.

S: Yeasty aroma. Typical saison smell at first. Vaguely herbal as the beer warms a bit. Minty. Suggestions of herbs de provence.

T: Sweet and bready up front. Not much going on...and then a big wallop of savory spices. Green, herbal flavors that linger on for a bit. Slight hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Creamy and smooth. Approaching full.

D: Not that great. The interplay of flavors is intriguing, but not suitable for multiple or perhaps even one full serving.

This was an interesting beer. I applaud the attempt, but it just isn't a hit as far as I'm concerned. I love these 3 breweries and I'm very excited to see a collaboration, hopefully there will be more to come.

Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,511 ratings.