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Saison Du BUFF | Stone Brewing

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87
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546 Reviews
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Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
546
Ratings:
1,322
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
21.04%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
108
For Trade:
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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 THSdrummer
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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Photo of SPLITGRIN
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 Salt-n-Beer
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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Photo of kalosjakar
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden, slightly orange hued, very light bubbly head.

Aroma: bready, lemon, yeast, herbal and slightly floral aromatics.

Taste: medium mouthfeel, dry, bit of spiciness, lemon zest, faint bitter finish, interesting and pleasant mix of tastes.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
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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Photo of ajm5108
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw with little head, which is dissapoining for a saison. Aroma has lots of thyme / herbal notes with a little bit of lemon. Unexpected but not bad. Taste is the same, but the herbal taste wasn't for me. There is some heat from the sage, more of that spicey thyme and lemon. It maybe was just a tad too much on the herbal spice. And there isn't much of a saison base, it's really just a spiced pale ale. Feel is normal.

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Photo of Jacob_Hargis
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up the new release of the collaborative series Dogfishead/Victory/Stone six pack. Poured into a vintage German Holsten stemmed tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a bubbly head and plenty of carbonation bubbles on the bottom of the glass. Initial aroma brings a herbaceous nose, with an undertone of citrus--Lemon and Sage. As it rolls off the palate, slight biscuit sweetness followed by a nip of bitterness from the Citra and Centennial hops. Definitively getting sage and rosemary tones on the initial sip. As it warms, more flavors seem to slowly come out. Spicey Belgian yeast and light dusts of pepper on the tounge. Patchy lacing quickly faces, leaving a thin layer of carbonated head around the edges of the glass. The overall mouth feel is crisp, clean, and light. Yet so much subtle flavor! There's a lot to like about this beer, specifically the herbs used and the fact that it was a collaborative beer with three of the top breweries in the country. In all its uniqueness this beer has a lot of complexity and can easily be enjoyed on any occasion.

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