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 army01
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of MispeledStalion
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of uvm2003
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of bca115
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of JayPeso
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

12oz. bottle poured into a Beligan tulip.

A: Nice straw golden color. While hazy, clearer than expected. Very little head on this particular pour. Slightly clingy lacing however.
S: A few Belgian esters on the nose. A hint of banana-like fruitiness. A peppery note as well. Herbaceousness is present, although particulars don't stand out (parsley, sage, etc.) Smells of a nice farmhouse/saison.
T: An almost tripel-ish grainy sweetness right up front. Familiar Belgian template through most of the sip, but abruptly followed by the herbal punch. Again, can't pick out the particular herbs, but definitely a drying, bittering finish. Not a bright, fresh herbs in a sauce type of herb feel, or even a dry-hop type of flavor and aroma. If you didn't tell me it was an herbed beer, I'd probably just think it had some stronger bittering hop additions.
M: Mouthfeel seems appropriate for the style and ABV, nice a drinkable.
O: Interesting, but not necessarily over the top as one might expect from three particularly talented breweries. A really nice domestic saison in my opinion and while the herbs definitely have a presence, it kind of leaves you wanting just a little more. A fine beer none the less.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a collboration beer between Stone, Victory and Dogfish Head...Pours a hefeweizen-like cloudy, lemonade-ish color. Lightly carbonated and has a very short head. Good lacing...Aroma is heavily loaded with rosemary, but has a real Tuscan shape to it overall. Kind of like the spice that makes a good fricasse...Some citrusy notes in there too, keeping with the style. Not bad but I'm not a huge herbed beer guy...Flavor is very herbal. Lots of the Thyme, sage, rosemary notes but I'm not getting the parsley. Very good mouthfeel, and the carbonation is nice. Very bitter, in a bad way, on the finish. The herbal notes don't diminish at all. Well-priced at $2.99/12oz. bottle, though, so that brings the drinkability up. A light-bodied and crisp ale, but not really sessionable because the herbal notes are overpowering. They likely accomplished their goal with this, but it's not up my alley. Worth trying for its unique qualities and many of you might like it, particularly if paired with a Tuscan meal.

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Photo of jdklks
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden straw with a bright white head with good retention. Smells great. Lots of citrus fruit, mainly lemon and lime, with a wheaty yeast character that isn't over-abundant like it sometimes seems to be with the style.

The flavor follows the smell for the most part, though it isn't quite as powerful or complex as would be expected. Lots of spices And the sage is very apparent. citrus fruit, as promised by the smell, and it finishes with a bitter sweet grapefruit mixed with wheat. A pretty good saison overall.

The mouthfeel is light and airy. Perfectly carbonated and well done for the summer season. Consequently, it is highly drinkable.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice crisp yellow with a big white, fluffy head. A bit of lacing appearing. Golden with a very light looking head.

S: Grassy and herbaceous. Parsley and thyme are very present. A good bit of sage, very interesting aroma for a saison. A bit of a Belgian type aroma. Some banana and a splash of citrus.

T: Herbs are far too strong here. Tastes like drinking rosemary and sage juice. Not getting much else besides the strong, earthy herbs. Not too characteristic of a saison. There are some small notes of citrus and grass, but the herbs are very potent and a bit off-putting.

M: Leaves the impression of chewing on a handful of parsley and thyme. Bright and clean, but far too strong and earthy as well. This would be fantastic if the herbs were toned down a few notches.

D: Having a hard time with this one. Being in the culinary field, it's hard for me to not love the flavors going on here. I am just having a hard time with the intensity of each herb. Could see this working well as a soup base or stew beer. Herbs are just a bit too strong to make this enjoyable every sip.

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Photo of afrokaze
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New 2012 batch, poured into Allagash tulip.

Pours a brilliant clear gold almost like a pils, but with a finger of head and oily lacing that sticks around.

Nose is dominated by parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, which can all be picked out but also blend well with the light citrus & clove of the yeast. Floral & spicy hops bring it all together.

Pilsner malt sweetness is cut with clove, the mix of spices, and some significant spicy and floral hops linger with rustic/musty yeast character and some lemon citrus. Finishes moderately dry with a juniper-like bite. Alcohol comes out slightly as it warms but doesn't distract at all.

Mouthfeel is substantial for a saison, slightly slick and oily but with enough carbonation to keep it from being cloying.

Definitely one of the more memorable takes on the saison. Usually not a huge fan of spiced beers but these add more to the great aroma rather than dominating the taste. Feels like a real collaboration with each adding something that adds up to greatness.

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Photo of skrabbenhoft
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Joe_Mahma
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of trickynicky
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Craigory
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mrw1zard
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of bs870621345
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thought I'd try this beer with all the hype surrounding it, and I must say its pretty good.

Pours a golden color with a good amount of head, leaves almost no lacing.

Smells like herbs and a slight sourness tinge. I would swear that I smell basil and parsley, but basil is not listed.

Tastes like herbs and a sour taste. The herbs are a lot more up front than anything else, which is nice. Very unlike any saison i've had.

Mouthfeel is prickly and light. Very good for a saison.

Drinkability is great, i'd drink a lot of these. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of Miamilice
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Spaz7
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RebornStussy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Antnyd82
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BLZR
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mlazzaro
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I admire all three of the brewing companies. I couldn't see myself not enjoying this beer. potentially impartial.

bottle had some sediment/yeast at the bottom. I suspect its a bottle conditioned beer. Also suggesting smaller batches.

head is light and fluffy, very healthy looking.

I think in the smell the spices are most apparent. It smells really interesting. Lemon-zest and rosemary and also some slight yeast notes as well.

copper color. Crystal clear at first, as I did not pour the sediment at first. This beer tastes better with the sediment poured in. The clarity is compromised obviously, but I feel the like mouthfeel and taste are much more flowing and balanced out with the sediment included.

I think it might have a similar hop regiment to the Prima-Pils.
Good bitterness and a nice tartness at the end. lemony and spiced. Mouthfeel is light, an excellent beer for a summer day.
really delicious.
compliments to the Chefs.

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Photo of tree777
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of DerBayer
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is a very mixed beer in many many ways. The look is paler than expected with magnificent white head!

The smell is very herbal like a garden full of herbs but excluding hops.

The taste is actually of parsley and basil and thyme very different - pleasant enough at first.

The second half of the bottle is very challenging to finish though...

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Photo of dmk91
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,338 ratings.
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