Saison Du BUFF | Stone Brewing

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87
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Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF
BEER INFO

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

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: http://vimeo.com/11419846

Added by Todd on 05-05-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,339
Reviews:
550
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
13.51%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
110
For Trade:
2
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of socon67
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden pour, with a fizzy foam head. Small rings of lacing circle the glass.

S - Very herbal smell with a musty scent as well. This is one rustic saison!

T - Citrus notes and a peppery bite are the first thing that hit the palate. Behind that there is a blend of herbal spcies and a musty yeast flavor.

M - Easy drinking beer. Feels light and has a bit of carbonation.

O - Somewhat interesting but not much of a standout saison. The best quality is the earthy aroma on this beer. For that, I can give props to San Diego and this craft beer community.

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Photo of beagle75
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

A: Hazy, medium golden color with over two fingers of off-white foam that diminishes to a persistent pad rising up one side of the glass. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Lemony sage dominates the smell, not leaving much room for anything else, other than a medicinal edge of menthol.

T: Begins off-dry, with bright under-ripe stone fruit and zest of Eureka lemon. Pale malt is light and delicate, while aromatic herbs and hops add a savory vegetal contrast. Acidity is restrained, integrated with other flavors very well. Drying cracker develops in the middle as herbs gently fade further into the background. The finish is mildly bitter, clean, and peppery, with no suggestion of other typical Belgian yeast flavors detected.

M: Medium viscosity, silky smooth on the palate to the point of being titillating, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: The first sip of this beer is a doozy--the smell does it no favors--but if the drinker can allow their palate to acclimate, then it may become a thoroughly different and enjoyable take on the saison style. Aside from the unconventional qualities developed by the herbal amendments, this beer is remarkably clean--so much so that one would not immediately believe that Belgian yeast was responsible for its fermentation. I liked this beer much more one year on than when it was young. Better late than never, if it took that long to become acclimated to (or accepting of.)

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3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If any beer style can support the additions of spice that are normally found in roast beef or as a garnish to premiere entrees, then the Belgian Saison would be the one. Already a focal point on yeast spices, the dry malt taste and low-ester display puts these earthy and flowery botanicals to the test.

Opening with its signature light yeasty cloud, this playful Saison builds upon it a short statured creamy off-white head. With solid staying power, the beer recedes leaving intricate lacing patterns in its wake.

Aromas kick off with surprisingly fruit notes of dried limes, lemons, and green apples. Exotic grasses of rosemary are dominant, but fragrant parsley, sage and thyme are also noteworthy. With not-so exotic fresh cut grass, hops, and lemon pepper, the earthen spices are supported by the wafer-thin grain and malt. thin cracker malt support.

Short lives frainy-malt sweetness allows for soft early impressions, but the sweetness is soon cast aside in favor of earth and spice flavors to dictate the taste thereafter. Its resulting grassy taste goes from straw and dry crackers to lemongrass, lemon pepper, thyme, rosemary, perfumy parsley and an almost cilantro "soapy" taste. All these botanicals bleeds evenly into hop bitterness to finish a little leafy and stemmy.

Light creaminess massages the palate just as the early sweetness is present. But the beer quickly turns to a bone-dry middle and finish. Peppery warmth approaches spice heat and accompanies herb-derived astringency; masked by hop bitterness as echoes in aftertaste and texture.

The beer should have a disclaimer to require it to pair with savory meats like roast beef, pork belly, or tequila lime tacos. As a stand alone beer, the exotic herbs seem to be veering off in left field and lacking purpose.

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3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage: Poured into a small glass: color is straw gold, head is bright white and presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a ring.

Smell is big a herbal burst, mainly thyme, rosemary, subtle grass/earthy notes and dry yeast phenols.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a big floral/herbal burst at first then nice malt and dry yeast flavors

Mouthfeel is good, solid saison presentation, sharp/crisp/dry.

Overall, this is a unique saison, heavily herbal notes from the additions and a nice dry finish.

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3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL.

Aroma:This beer smells kind of like the soap my grandma keeps in the bathroom, floral and spicy.

Appearance:This beer is hay colored, with a fantastic head.

Taste:There is a whirlwind of spices in this beer. Black pepper, lavender, coriander, clove, orange peel, parsley, sage, rosemary and time.

Mouthfeel:Light mouthfeel, with good carbonation.

Drinkability:This beer pushes the limit of spices that are included in a saison. With all of these spices, I bet this would be a great beer to make beer can chicken with.

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Photo of needMIbeer
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thagr81us
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured hazy golden yellow orange with a massive four finger head that came right to the brim of my tulip and settled down to two fingers very very slowly. The head also had a nice fluffy/pillowly appearance to it. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, subtle hop, banana, subtle oregano, and other spices. The flavor was of spices, bitter malt, slight hops, and subtle fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall it takes a little bit for your palate to adjust to it, but once it does the flavors are very nice. The only downside is that it has too many flavors going on at once rather than having them come on individually from each other to keep changing my palate. It almost seems to explode. Sometimes shock-and-awe tactics work, but in the case of this brew it did not.

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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow color with a fluffy white head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of grassy and herbal notes.

Tastes of plenty of herbs. Parsley is dominant with rosemary and thyme undertones. Grassy notes and a little yeast also make a presence. Some peppery spice also comes through.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a slightly hazy, yellow-gold color. Huge head of bubbly foam, but sticks around spectacularly and shows some gorgeous lacing.

Herbal nose with rosemary and basil taking off. Ginger and lychee nuts come to mind as well. I like it, extremely unique. Maintains enough grainy malt and hoppiness to stay true to saisonic roots.

Whoa, this is extreme brewing! Herbs galore, reminds me of the 13th Century Gruit Bier. Hops define a difference as it is very bracing on the palate, minty even. High carbonation, grainy malts and heavy hop load makes it a complex sipper that makes you think. Not sure I would want to drink this all the time, but it sure is a helluva ride while it lasts. Like drinking Granny Dewey's herb garden, fun, fun, fun!

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Photo of Grodd87
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of glennl
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

poured into a duvel glass from a 12 oz bottle with Stone Brewing cap.

nice golden color with thick white head that lasted a long time. strong herbal aroma with hints of cracked peppercorn and lemon.

the aromas carry over into the taste, with rosemary predominating, and *maybe* overwhelming. typical belgian yeast characteristics with champagne-like healthy carbonation.

this was a tough beer for me to buy because though I love saisons and all three of the collaborating brewers, I don't have much love for rosemary. So the fact that this was an enjoyable beer for me is a testament to the brewer's artistry.

i had the first 6oz or so paired with an arugula salad with shrimp and lemony mustard dressing, the second 6 oz by itself. i think this is a beer that lends itself better to food pairing due to the strong herbal component. overall very good, but it's just "out there" enough that I wouldn't see myself having more than 1 in a sitting.

in any case, big points for creativity!

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Photo of kwjd
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw-yellow with a nice white head. Good retention and some lacing. The smell is a huge mix of different herbs. I get rosemary and maybe some thyme and pepper. Taste is really strong on the spicing, maybe a bit too much so. Lots of herbal flavour to go with some earthy hop bitterness. Carbonation is spot on. I think the over spicing of this is a bit to its detriment, but still a fine beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another from the collaborative series Stone has been doing of late: this one is a confederation with brewers from Victory and Dogfish Head. 12 oz. bottle, poured to a 25cl 'La Chouffe' tulip glass.

'BUFF' = Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor.
Ale brewed with Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme

A: Cast into the glass with vigor, the result is mildly-hazed golden crowned by 3-fingers of cloud-like whiteness. The head drops gradually and loosely, opening with fissures like lava rock. Tiny trickling streams of carbonation are everywhere, faithfully replenishing the topping as it fades. Small dabs of foam for lace.

S: A light citrus, maybe even lemongrass, before a muddled herbalness takes control. Black pepper twitches in the nose, cut grass and just enough sweetness - a doughy yeast roll.

T: Piney hops expose themselves upfront in a beer that reminds me more of a 'Belgian IPA' than a 'Saison' from the first sip. Yeast offers a chalk-dry bittering, but the varied herbs remind me of a more-pronounced version of the "Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer" I just recently tasted. The sage and thyme really burst forth as this warms, with peppered bitterness to follow. Curious/tasty.

M: Crisp and reasonably 'light', plenty of lively carbonation and spices to keep the tongue busy. A lasting coating, oils that last for quite a while past the last sip.

D: I don't know that this wins me over from the traditional farmhouse saisons, but I certainly applaud the effort to push the boundaries and try something new. This is my second bottle and I'm bound to get a couple more and (since they're bottle-conditioned) keep at least one for a while to see what develops. A 'try' recommendation is an easy call...

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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,339 ratings.
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