Saison Du BUFF | Stone Brewing

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Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration w/ Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Stone Brewing Company, and Victory Brewing Company, who each brewed a version at their own breweries.

Brewed with Parsley, Sage, Estate Rosemary & Thyme. Checkout the video for more:

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Photo of popealicious
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting herbacious flavor. Pours a light yellow with very little white head. Little to no lacing. An herbacious smell with the lemon thyme coming through heavily.

Very much enjoyed this entry in the Farmhouse Ale style.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of Stone's Saison Du BUFF for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. I've had Dogfish Head's version of this beer and I'm interested to see how Stones version compares, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice clean look to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a hazy darker orange color that took on more of a brighter orange color when held to the light with a little over two and a half fingers worth of fluffy and creamy slightly off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking Saison, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium amount of sweetness with the saison yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a typical saison aroma with some banana and bubble gum like aroma coming through and the spices seem to blend in with the herbs making for a very zesty herbal aroma with the rosemary sticking out the most and some dill and parsley in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart some sweet malt, a little pale malt and fruity aromas with stonefruits seeming to stick out the most. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, it's pretty much what I would expect from the style and the herbs are highlighted nicely.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the saison yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts all the same aspects that it did in the aroma, but it's a little lighter on the bubblegum with more banana and estery yeast flavors coming through. Up next comes the herbs which imparts big mix of herbal and spicy flavors with no single aspects sticking out on it's own. Up next comes the malts which impart all the aspects that they did in the aroma and it's followed by the hops which impart a generic hop flavor with a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness and it had saison yeast and herbal aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, it lives up to it's description.

M- A little smooth, very crisp, a little prickly, a little dry on the finish, medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and nice example of the style, I like it a little more than the Dogfish Head version since this one seems to be more balanced and it also has better drinkability, I could drink two of these, but that would be my limit. What I like the most about this beer is the balance, no single aspect got to be too overpowering. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, there's not a single aspect that sticks out as not being as good as the others. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for something with a lot of herbal flavors and I would recommend it to someone looking for the same. All in all I liked this beer and I thought stone did a good job at keeping things on the balanced side and liked that. It's not a favorite Stone beer, but it's my favorite version of the beer without having the victory one and it's above average for the style. Nice jog guys, this a tasty and unique saison, keep it up.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 release, 6.8% ABV, 355ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Slight hazy bright gold color with a slight orange tinge, 1 finger foamy white head forms up and dissipates rather quick to some bubble film on the surface also leaves some lacing on the glass-side.

The aroma pronounces robust herbal character from a rosemary, sage, lemon thyme and parsley that same time provides some spiciness. Hop nicely lurks beneath the herb with a citrus and lemon rind scent while yeast also yields a hint of banana ester and clove. Malt is not completely buried here with some bready note.

Herb still predominates like in the aroma, it provides big herbal and lightly spicy touch. Malt plays as supporting role with a clean bready note as well as yeast with a fruity ester. Hop gets connected with a zesty citrus, tropical fruit and lemon rind while also leaves some bitterness to balance at the almost end. Finish is somewhat herbal and spicy that reclaims its place to last as the aftertaste.

Medium body with lively carbonation generating smooth mouthfeel also crisp and refreshing feeling through the palate, finish is very dry.

Very good brew, I like the complexity as there are many layers of aroma and flavor that tempt to be disclosed.

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Photo of Meyers1023
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An opaque straw color with just about a fingers worth of foamy white head. In the nose you get rosemary, thyme, and a little bit of lemon. The flavor follows the nose as you get the spices up front followed by citrus and something earthy. The feel is medium low with good carbonation for the beer but not a lot of it. Overall this beer has a lot of interesting flavors that meld well together. Definitely worth trying!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden straw color, wild bubbles and a high rising white cap.
Que Simon And Garfunkle because the aroma is dominated by Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. But also, Lemmon zest and honey sweet malt.
Feel is light, crisp bite, zesty and lively with long, smooth bubbly finish.
The flavor is certainly represented well by the big mixed herbal blend of spices and zestiness. Dry effect with light, crispy malt and only slightly sweet. A long lingering, slightly bitter herbal yeast and hop combo seems to be just about right.

I must admit I'm crazy about Farmhouse ale's. They are my go-to style and have been for several years. I find each version to be facinating in flavor and effect. I highly enjoy the herbal domination of this one because it still keeps the styles basic roots.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmmm - with this pedigree we can''t lose, can we?
Pours pale gold and the head fades quickly. After that - it's almost like the idea was to make 'Saison-smooth' and where is the zest, the earthiness, the bite?
Ah-hem, not there.
Undercarbonated for style, as well.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A continual stream of bubbles rises from the bottom of this hazy gold pour to refresh the cream colored lacy 3” foam collar that takes 4 minutes to reduce to 1/3 its original size.

S: Fruit, faint smoke, and a very vague hint of pork blend with over ripe fruit. Traces of herbs and spice.

T: Fruit and spice, peach, citrus join the added spices to give the beer a savory aspect and it finishes with a mild dry spice astringency. The malt is moderate while the fruit and spice flavors are moderate to moderately high. There is a moderate to moderately high hop accent that comes out after the first fruit and then hangs on through the finish.

F: The texture really makes this beer. It is very creamy and airy with medium high carbonation and a medium light body.

O: An interesting and very refreshing beer.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color. It had a foamy head but it thinned out rather quickly. At first I get a strong smell of herbs, almost a little overwhelming at first, it is followed by a nice scent of lemon. I got almost no to little smell of any of the malts or hops in the beer. I get a nice mixture of the sourness and sweetness of the lemon mixed with the herbs and spices. It creates a very nice flavor. I get a mild fresh hop flavor to finish out the beer. The beer feels a little dry and I can feel the carbonation as I drink.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice golden color. It is very bubbly, but the head was minimal. The nose is very interesting: There's a lot of aromas that I can't describe, but it is very pleasing. The taste is very light feeling at first, then the flavor kicks in. There's a slight tartness to it, very slight. There's a citrus feel as well. This is a very complex beer, with a lot of flavors I haven't experienced before, but I do like it.

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Photo of chicost84
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In 12oz snifter. Hazy yellow with above average carbonation... a thin white head that rose, and dissipated quickly. The herbal notes get more pronounced in both aroma and taste as the beer warms. Crisp and slightly bitter, but the bitterness also mellows as it warms. For me it drinks more like a glass of wine than a beer. Liked this better by the end than I did at first. Worth a try!

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange color with thin white head that persists. Smells citrusy and spicy I imagine from the Belgian yeast. The taste is full but nicely balanced with plenty of the farmhouse style ale flavors that you'd expect - citrus and peppery herb notes. Feels modestly thick on your tongue. Finishes crisp with a pleasant aftertaste. I look forward to tasting this as it rotates to Victory and Dogfish Head in the collaboration.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours gold with slight haze and a dense head that dissipates quickly

Spices and citrus dominates the smell and taste. Bitter herbs and spices up front giving way to orange and candied sugar at the tail end

Crisp and refreshing

Good saison fron a good brewery (or 3)

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Photo of sphmiel
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Interesting take on the style, with a unique combination of herbs. Likely a good to accompany food, like lamb or turkey, less impressive to drink without.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a frosty orange-yellow, with a medium-thin white head. Head retention is fairly strong, with a good amount of lacing left behind. Smell is of lemon, sage, rosemary, and a bit of spicy Belgian yeast. Very herbal. The flavor profile is more rosemary, parsley, sage, and a twinge of lemon at the end. Again, very herbal. It tastes like you're walking through the herb aisle of a garden center. Feel is medium bodied. Overall, a pleasant beer that certainly has a striking aroma and flavor profile. If you're not into herbs though, avoid it. A bit polarizing as far as taste and mouth feel go.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of puck1225
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on draft into a pint glass. A clear golden yellow with decent lacing. Very lemony taste and smell. Some other citrus flavor and some pepper. There is a distinct hoppy bitterness, not a mellow saison!

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Photo of BWED
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage, 12 oz. bottle poured into tulip.

A- Golden color, semi-hazy. Half inch white head needs some swirling to keep alive.

S- The savories come out first. Rosemary, sage, thyme. Some citrus. Also some spice coming from the yeast.

T- Mild toasty malt. Backed by herby savory flavor. Herbs cover up any yeast or hop flavor.

M- Fairly light. There is a dryness and lingering herbal flavor.

O- You don't see too many savory beers. This one is different, but would probably pair well with Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of colts9016
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass at 50 degree. The beer presents with a persistent eggshell color that is foamy and cream. The color of the beer is medium goldenrod color with some amber hues. The beer has a lot of carbonation bubbles and is slightly cloudy.

A ripe fruity nose yeast, toasted malt, lemon oranges. a subtle sweetness, floral, and perfume,

A ripe sweet fruit, lemons, oranges, toasted malt, perfume floral, grassy, grapefruit,

The mouthfeel is slightly tannic, and lingering with a medium light body.

Overall a pretty good offering from stone brewing. wonderful flavors and easy to drink.

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Photo of stevoj
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at PreFunk. Pours out a nice clear golden with soft creamy head, lazy carbonation. Slightly oily, creamy mouth feel, yeasty, grassy aroma and taste. Mild spice on the back on the finish leaves some tang lingering.

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma and taste are funky, almost Brett-like. Strong herbal notes from the parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Cracker malts, fleshy fruit and citrusy hops round it out. Good, off-kilter Saison.

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3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have had this beer a couple of different times previously but never taken the time to do a solid review. So here goes. This highly carbonated beverage generates two fingers of fluffy white head with a regular pour. The body is a hazy golden wheat in color. Head has decent retention and leaves scattered lace as it slowly fades. The nose is flowery and bright and includes tones of orange peel sweet yeast and soft fruit. The best way for me to describe the flavor of this beer is very much like drinking a liquid flower. It is soft and smooth yet full of flowery floral notes in the flavor. Almost like a very good artisian bath soap but in a good way. There are no offputting flavors here. I can see why some may be a little put off by this beer but I find nothing unattractive or harsh about it anyway. Overall this is a solid beer but probably not one that I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of mschrei
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When I told my brother about this beer he said he didn't want to drink anything that had more seasoning than his meal. I disagree, and I think a saison is a great beer to try that with. I drank most of the six pack from the bottle, but poured one into a larger wine glass for review purposes. Bottled 2/18/16. Vibrant gold, light lacing sustained by a moderate carb. For smell, taste, flavor, feel: Zesty. Fruity. Citrusy. Juicy. The saison qualities are subtle behind the overpowering additives. Interesting, but below some others I've tried like this (Hey Citrus, for example).

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 02/18/16. 2016 vintage. My first time trying this three way collaboration effort between Dogfish Head, Victory, and Stone. "A farmhouse style ale brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary, & lemon thyme".

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a crisp golden orange-yellow body; lots of sediment floating in the beer. Conjures only about a finger of soapy foamy white head, surprisingly enough. Some thin bubbly lacing. Looks good for the style.

S - Aroma is fairly typical of the style, kind of light and subdued. Not the herb / spice rack bomb I was expecting at all - the spices seem to come off as very muted, in fact. Grassy notes of lemon thyme seem to come through the most, with a bit of sage peeking through. Spritzy saison yeast content, notes of white pepper and clove. It's not bad, but I wouldn't know spices went into this without being told.

T - Taste is the same: a solid saison, but doesn't have any particular herb / spice rack blast like I was expecting. No overt or obvious notes of parsley, sage, rosemary, or thyme. Herbal content comes mainly in the form of bitter / fruity / citrusy hop content. Lightly bitter, piney, resinous. Dry & bready from the malt and saison yeast. Notes of white pepper and clove again. Dry.

M - Smooth, crisp, spritzy. Easy-drinking stuff, medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Dry & bitter hop finish.

Overall, a fairly average saison offering. Not bad, but not particularly interesting either. The aforementioned spices didn't stand out to me nor did they amplify the beer. A decent offering, but nothing special. Would perhaps be interested to see what past vintages of this are like.

Stone Saison Du Buff -----4/5.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Farmhouse Ales are my favorite style of beer and I'm very particular when it comes to tweaking them. This particular saison is a great beer but the herbs added (especially the rosemary and thyme) are a bit too overwhealming and end up covering up the yeasty aromas that saisons are known for. A good beer nonetheless, but not one I'd seek when in the mood for a saison.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle
2016 Release
Bottled On: 03/18/16

Pours a pretty nice slightly cloudy, dark golden orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a small white foamy head, which leaves not much sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, lots of sage, rosemary, thyme notes, some citrusy. The taste is malty, yeasty, nice touch of spices, some citrus. Medium body, with a nice little dry/bitter finish, little bit too hot. Overall, not too bad, but most likely would not buy again. Had the DFH version many moons ago, kinda the same feel.

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Photo of BrewingMN
2.58/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Nice light golden orange color with good carbonation. Smell is of coriander, cracked black pepper, yeast, typically Belgium wheat beer. Taste is herbal tea, coriander, blelgium wheat, funky grass. I have been there done that and I'm not really a fan. I can appreciate it for what it is but that's about where it ends for me. Would not purchase again. Don't know what I was expecting but the description should have been enough to turn me off. Much like other reviewers, I thought if it's a collaboration it must be pretty good. If herbal saisons are your thing, then this is probably up your alley. If not, I would recommend staying away from this one.

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