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Stone / Dogfish Head / Victory - Saison Du BUFF | Stone Brewing

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Stone / Dogfish Head / Victory - Saison Du BUFFStone / Dogfish Head / Victory - Saison Du BUFF
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Belgian Saison

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: http://vimeo.com/11419846

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Ranking:
#22,492
Reviews:
550
Ratings:
1,346
pDev:
13.68%
 
 
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Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well well... okay, a Saison made with the herbs from a Simon & Garfunkel song. Nothing that Dogfish has its hands in will surprise me anymore. 12oz bottle put into my big Tripel Karmeliet glass.

A. Pours a fluffy-sticky, small bubble head that falls pretty fast from 2 fingers to just cover the top of this kumquat colored brew. Some lace sticks 'round, nice. Retention could be better, otherwise, about what you'd expect from a Saison.

S. This smells wonderful. Lately I've been really getting into herbal, spicy smelling brews in a big way and this is hitting all the right notes... the rosemary is very evident and delicious, as is the thyme, and I'm not totally sure I even know what sage smells like. Can't say I pick up the parsley, but the entire experience is very well balanced with some peppery phenols from the yeast and an underlying solid sweetness from the biscuity malt. It flat out works and is a joy to return to again and again.

T. Not up to par with the nose, but still nice. This is a light, fluffy herbal Saison with hints of Fritz Briemishness flitting around. The spices work extremely well in concert and never overwhelm the base beer, which is a solid semi-dry Saison that is perhaps lacking some of the characterfulness of the best Belgian examples of the style. The hop bitterness is here and lends still more interest. The 6.8% is quite light for the style, and this is a lighter beer, but I feel like anything this herbal and spice-rack shouldn't be heavy, anyway. Keep it spritzy and playful, which is what this is.

M / D. High carbonation blended with a medium-light bodied brew really makes the spice in here (and there is a lot) pop and shimmer. Finish is a dry and peppery hop bitter with some rosemary and delicate garden spice.

Saison Du Buff really impressed me. Oftentimes these Stone collaboration brews are hit or miss (much like the weirder Dogfish stuff) but this is one of the better things to come out of the Lab in a while. Blame Victory's calming influence if you like, but this is a winner. Highly recommended - a delightfully fun take on a classic Belgian style.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BB1313
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage. This year it's 6.8% abv. Bottled on 2/18/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze; eggshell white head that fades leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are very nice. Lots of spices. The parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme are front and center. There's a nice amount of citrus as well. Some malts to round things out. The flavors are full of those same spices. Lots of lemon zest too. Solid malt backbone. Slightly earthy. Subtle bitterness due to the hops, but the hops are an afterthought. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's also slightly spicy with a touch of black pepper. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Not too spritzy. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid saison and is somewhat unique for the style. I can finally say I've had all 3 from the respective brewers.

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Photo of russpowell
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to errantnight for this one!

Pours an effervescent bronze with a finger of pearl colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Lemony with white pepper & orange peel

T: Follows the nose, also some breadyness & candi sugar, apple peels & general spiceyness up front. Fruittyness & lemons dominate as this warms, along with white pepper & orange peel. This reminds me as much of a wit as a saison, so I will deduct half a point for that. I am picking up more the advertised spices once way warm. Finishes with apple peel, lemony & herbal hops & a lovely spiceyness & just a bit of grapefruit at the apex

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, very nice balance

Superb drinkabilty I could stay on this all night!

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden, slightly hazy color. A fluffy white (very white) head sits on top, with a good amount of bubbles streaming up the middle.

The aroma is fresh, and very strong of herbs. It would be easy to say this is over spiced, but I thought it was really nice. Parsely comes through and is instantly recognizable. The rosemary seems to be the strongest of all, and is fresh and of high quality. Traditional beer aromas are minimal, with just enough yeast character to indicate that this is a beer your smelling and not a spice rack. So instead of reviewing this as a saison, I'm considering it a spiced/herbed beer, and for that I can't think of a better use of herbs in a beer.

The flavor is also bordering on overwhelming, but it's still tasty, and in a way, balanced. Foccacia bread comes to mind first. There is also more of the base saison flavor than in the nose. Even though it's minimal, the saison style really complements the beer. It's sweet and yeasty up front, with the nose really helping to bring out all the flavors. A full, robust herbal flavor is found in the middle, while the finish is dry and spicy. I really get the feeling that the brewers did a lot of tweaking to balance the flavors and bring out the herbs in the beer the best they could.

The mouthfeel is light bodied, but firm. There is a good level of carbonation, and a dry finish that complements the herbal flavor.

The only downside to this beer is that it's almost strictly a novelty. It was very nice to try, and I'll get it again, but as far as drinkability goes, this is a treat beer that is more of an experience than it is a traditional beer.

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Photo of maltlikker
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of TheSquire23
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of asigler
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of froghop
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear yellow with a medium size white head, above average carbonation, and some lacing.

smell is of citrus, spice, some malt, a little yeast, and rosemary.

taste is somewhat tart, yeast, malt, a little sweetness in the back, grass, some crisp citrus, and spice.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big up to Axic10 on this one. Pours golden wheat color with a billowing rocky white head and a little lacing left around the glass. The aroma is pretty wild with definite notes of rosemary and sage, as well as nice wafty yeasty notes. Flavor is well, what you would expect very herbacious, peppery, and a good bit hoppy for a saison. Not too much yeast driven flavor hear, well on second try there is a little. It is dry however which is nice. For what it is it drinks well. Very glad to have tried this beer. I think I will revisit this one before summer is out, on a hot as day with thai food.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, happily cheaper than the previous Stone collaboration, only $4 or so this time. As usual Stone found kick-ass partners, in this case Victory and Dogfish Head.

The beer is hazy and deep golden-orange colored, thin foam that laces in sheets, lots of small nano-floaties. On first whiff this doesn't seem like a saison, it seems more IPA-ish. Loads of citrus, oranges and guava, also some herbs (parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme). I'd almost think there's honey in there too, it's got that sweet aroma like Barbar or Hopslam.

The beer tastes good but nowhere near as good as the nose. The spices come through pretty strong, especially in the aftertaste. But beneath that is a nice IPA flavor that reminds me a little of Alpine Duet. That's high praise, if only there was a little less herb in there.

Maybe my favorite collaboration yet, looking forward to the next one. Stone keeps pushing boundaries, sometimes it works and sometimes it's weird.

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Photo of jerz
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of beerdedbiker
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of SteeleWright
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Stigs
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, served in a Stone Levitation glass

A - pours with a hefty amount of loose pillowy white foam, eventually falls to a floating mound leaving spotty lacing all over the glass. the beer is gold in color, with some suspended sediment.

S - interesting, picking up a lot of minty herbs, sage, black pepper, thyme, some basil, and grassy hops. mint can be overpowering at times.

T - starts off with some assertive grassy and piney hops, joined by fresh herbs: rosemary, mint, white peppercorns, sage... turns a bit lemony towards the end, and finishes with some lingering piney bitterness. quite unique.

M - thinnish body with some sharp cutting carbonation which plays nicely with the herbal flavors. a little slick going down, finishes very dry with some lingering herbs and hops.

D - one of the most unique beers ive ever had. drinkability takes a hit because of the at times overwhelming herbal flavors, but this isnt a bad beer. would be paired nicely with a myriad of food, from spicy thai to fresh salads.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Bendurgin
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a tulip. Not as much head on this straw colored beer as I though there would be. About a fingers worth of head and decent lacing. Smells great. just like a fresh herb garden. The thyme is really what shines through the nose along with citrus and a bit of a spicy kick. I don't really taste the herbs as much as I thought I would but this hopped up saison hits the pallet nicely. Fresh hops and spices all across my tongue. The carbonation takes away a bit on the mouth feel for me. I guess I would like a little less but this light bodied beer is a great summer time treat. This drinks easy, especially due to the great flavor and aromas.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.75 - great looking beer, nice clear golden color w thick white 2 finger head, leaves excellent sheet of lacing on the glass

S - 4.25 - smells like earthy, funky, bananas, orange, grass, bubble gum flavoring, definitely some wheat and berries too

T - 4.25 - tastes more hoppy than it smells, with significant Bitterness, especially for A Saison, wheat, grass, banana, orange zest

M - 4.25 - medium-heavy carbonation, bitterness from the hops, leaves a bitter/wheaty aftertaste, alcohol well hidden

O - 4.25 - good beer, I'm not sure about how it measures up to other sAisons, but I Like to see Breweries collaborating on beer

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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 mithrascruor
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear golden-orange color. Light slightly rocky white head quickly turns to a heavy film with some big clusters of bubbles.

Smell: Has a spicy aroma of oranges, with hints of yeast, salt, and herbs coming through.

Taste: An even blend of noticably hoppy citrus and yeast. Sweet at the start and through the finish, but there's this arresting bitterness in the aftertaste, like burnt spices. With more sips, the sharp bitter aftertaste shifts towards just being astringent, and you can taste the herbs (sage, rosemary, and thyme per the bottle) throughout. It is hard to pinpoint any one standing out... they all tend to pop out from time to time. Eventually you get a bit of lingering salt flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with minimal viscosity. Mostly smooth, with just a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: The flavor is a bit tough here, and while the ABV isn't very high it feels like there is a lot for some reason.

Interesting, but what the heck? This is pretty off the wall; seems that they were stretching to figure out what to do here. You know these guys can do better - sometimes it is best to stick to what you already do well.

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Photo of charmcityboh
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed at Stone version.
Poured into Dogfish Head Signature Glass.
Lots of head, but not a thick one. Large bubbles form and die away rather quickly.
Odor of (what else?) parsley sage rosemary and thyme. Actually, my limited spice knowledge smells basil more than anything else. Almost like a spiced Iced tea. Spices overpower any traditional saison odors.
Appearance is a perfect orange/yellow, perfect for the style.
Taste is surprising after the smell. More of the traditional saison flavors emerge from the heavy seasoning than I expected. My favorite part of a saison, the ever lovely "horse blanket" was not there in the aroma, but is in the forefront of the flavor. Spices come in quick and sharp, then fade quickly to a dry, complex finish. I'm digging this more than I though I would. Cant see having more than one though, it's just to complex.
This is an interesting saison to put it mildly, but from these brewers, anything too traditional would be disappointing. Well done, will try to pick up at least one from each brewery.

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Photo of RTrain12
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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