Saison Du BUFF | Stone Brewing

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87
very good
1,338 Ratings
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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:
1,338
Reviews:
550
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
13.51%
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
109
For Trade:
2
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Photo of gleason_usmc
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

04/01/2016

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Photo of AIFeldstein
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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

The beer pours a nice white and fluffish head that dissipates quickly but leaves a ring around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a pale gold color that doesn't look too bad but certainly isn't worth talking about. At best, it's okay.

The smell is good. It's hoppier than other saisons but it's still pretty good. There's a strong dry pine note with a nice earthiness to it. There is also a nice light, earthy grapefruit note underneath the dry-hopping. Mixing with all of this is a bready yeast note with a little bit of tartness to it. The other spices and herbs get lost a little bit in the smell but buoy the earthy herbal note.

The taste is good. It's very hoppy with a mix of pine and citrus hop notes. The yeast note is bready but fairly faint and quickly overwhelmed by the other notes. The herbal notes are a bit weaker in the taste than in the smell. It's more closer to your average saison with a slight flowery herbal note.

The feel is good. It has a medium bodied with some biting carbonation that gives the beer a lighter feeling that it normally would. It also has a nice dry finish.

Overall, a pretty good beer that might not be the best saison but still a very good one given how hoppy it is. Go for it.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of allistermcg
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold body with an ever-so-slight haze. Fizzy heads fades quickly and leaves little lacing.
S - Powerful nose, herbs, spices and hops. Peppery yeast and some light lemon maybe.
T - Almost overwhelming. Sage and rosemary balanced by some light sweetness and then cutoff by the hop bitterness.
M - Moves well over the palate, but lingers well after. Would have liked the carb a little higher.
O - An excellent flavorful saison, not a light thirst quencher, more of a sipper.

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

Photo of MaxPowers
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of JNPIII127
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a small cap

S: Fairly clean yeast imparts some light spiciness along with the parsley, sage, rosemary, and lemon thyme. Some citrus notes from the citra hops as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some spicy yeasty notes and goes into the herbs and citrus notes. Sage and rosemary particularly stand out. Finishes with lingering herbal notes and some light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid saison that definitely focuses on the herbal additions. This version is very similar to the DFH version that I've also had. Just need the Victory version for the trifecta (seen it around a while ago, but didn't pick it up) so hopefully they put that out again sometime soon. A good summer drinker

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

Photo of Boone757
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffwise
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Perfect blend of spice and lemon. Don't drink it if u don't enjoy the spiced saison style beer because there is plenty of spice and herb to go around. But it's followed with intense lemon in taste and feel. The beer is awesome... I'm extremely surprised the rating isn't a 90

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Photo of Dominic_Decoco
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of raindog814
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of madelf66
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Honeybourne
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of americancontrarian
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacobob10
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/18/16.

Pale gold in color and clear with a frothy, white head. The aroma really "pops" on this, with huge notes of fresh herbs. You definitely get lemon citrus fruit in there and banana as it starts to warm. Again, you get more of the herbs in the flavor than anything else. There's some light malt providing the base for the hops and herbs. Lively carbonation keeps it effervescent and wanting to come back for more. It finishes extremely dry and clean with a little peppery spice to it.

I think this could be a very polarizing beer. I love it but I could see people being turned off by it. The herbal and floral notes are really strong, borderline excessive, but I am ok with that. It would make a great beer to pair with lighter foods like fish or poultry. The bottle notes say it's a candidate for cellaring, so I'm going to toss a bottle from the 6-pack in the basement for a year or so and see what happens.

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12 oz bottle from the original six pack, cellared for ~1 year 5 months. Enjoyed side by side with a 2017 version.

The herbs are somewhat muted and slight oxidation has taken its toll. Still a really tasty beer but it has certainly evolved in the bottle over time. So smooth and dry as a bone like a good saison should be.

Not worth cellaring but glad I did the experiment. I prefer it fresh so you get that great herb character front and center.

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Photo of BB1313
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,338 ratings.
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