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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: http://vimeo.com/11419846

Added by Todd on 05-05-2010

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Photo of Onenote81
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Finally getting to this one. My first of the collab. I've got the DFH one I'll try later. 12oz bottle poured into a goblet-style glass. Pours a dark urine gold, cloudy. A large 3-finger off-white head caps it off. Great retention; tons of lace left behind. The nose is absolutely bursting with fresh herbs and fleshy hops! Piney sage, grassy hops, lemon, etc. This is one of the more potent noses on a beer I've ever experienced.

The mouth is bubbly and spritzy as expected for the style. Crisp finish. The herbs used come forward much more pronounced in the nose than in the flavor, which is nice. I get an herb-y aftertaste, but the typical saison flavor is still there, unmasked. Definitely earthy and full of freshness. This isn't an everyday beer for me. I'm glad I tried it. I appreciate its uniqueness, but I'm done with this one...until the DFH version later that is.

*Note: This beer gave me a violent case of the hiccups. Crazy hiccups. I can't stop. Seriously. Old wives' tales are no match for these hiccups.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting collaborative beer. This one is brewed by Stone, so I assume then that Victory and DFH have their own variations of the brew? Served at fridge temp. (~38°F). $3.79 for 12 oz. bottle.

A: Hazy, dirty yellow with a three-finger, off-white, foamy lid. The head forms lacing that draws ghostly patterns on the glass as it falls to a thin creme with interspersed bubbles.

S: At first whiff, the nose seems to be fresh, grassy hops, but a second take reveals a burst of baking spices: the sage thyme and rosemary are really aggressive. A very herbal, parsley-like aroma is almost overwhelmingly garden-y, so maybe this beer would be better if aged. It walks the fine line between pleasant and overly herbal. Behind the pizza spices lies a faint bready, saison, lightly-sour aroma.

T: The flavor is more of what the nose suggested. The spices are bold upfront and drown out everything else, but it's not unpleasant. Grassy, earthy hops and some standard saison flavors, including a light, tart sourness mingle behind the herbs. Dry.

M: Medium-bodied. Slightly astringent, although it might just be the dryness and the tart effects of the saison. The herbs coat the tongue. Creamy.

D: Refreshing, although the spices are just slightly too aggressive.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazed yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a lemon citrus nose with spice and yeast

T - Follows the nose lemon citrus upfront with the spices and yeast finishing things off

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is a good beer that I liked quite a bit easy to drink with its good taste worth finding to give it a try

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Photo of beeragent
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer pours a clear light straw. Pours a massive head from the carbonation. Had to wait several minutes for the foam to subside to pour the remainder. Light lacing on the glass.

S - Strong aroma of lemon zest and the herbs!

T - Light lemony flavor up front along with some pale malt and floral hops. Tne herbs come through very strong in the finish, but seem to mellow after a few sips.

M - Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation at first. Very clean and smooth.

D - Very unique flavor with the use of the herbs. Light bodied and an especially easy drinker. Highly sessionable.

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Photo of cwguy5
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this draft at the Stone Total Tap Tower Takeover event @ Duckworth's in Charlotte, NC. Reviewed from notes.

- poured clear golden color; thin white head with good retension

- aroma of hops, grassy, citrus

- hoppy and bitter with some citrus/grapefruit bite

- med/high carbonation with light body and fresh but cutting linger

- a well crafted beer that just doesn't really fit my palate; can't really point any fingers, just maybe a tad astringent to me

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Photo of telecomz
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Golden, bright white head.
S: Hay and lemon. Green herbs definitely there.
T: Upfront punch fo citrus; really nice Quickly dissipates to bitter herbs. Primarily rosemary & sage. Wet hops figure in. Very complex actually. Nice.
F:Light body; dry finish.
D: Easy to drink but not for everybody.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Rustico.

Pours a moderate gold color with a white head and some lacing. The nose really brings out a lot of herbs with the sage and rosemary being the most prominent. A bit of zesty citrus in there as well. The taste is pretty herb-forward as well with a bit of zest and spice. Feel is nice as the herbs present a good bitterness. Drinkability is a bit poor, as all the strong herbs are a bit much in the end.

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Photo of aval89
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light hazy orange/golden color.. Bright white 2 finger head that's very pillowy/fluffy. Inviting for sure.

S: lots of zest! Wet hay, lemon notes, almost like a salty aroma.. Green hops, definitely get the sage & rosemary. Hints of the thyme/parsley.

T: lots of herbs.. Perfectly matches the aroma.. More of that rosemary & sage. Green hops also come to mind... Almost like a slight salt bite with a bitter finish. Some sour funk notes also. A lot going on.

MF: prickly carbonation dances on the tongue. Lighy-medium body that finishes dry.

D: easy drinker, but I can see why others might not enjoy. Definitely tasty imo.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight sage nose. Flavor is sour citrus with a lingering sour/herb finish. $3.49 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Saison du BUFF

Appearance- very hazy golden, lively white head that dissipates quickly.4

Smell- hops - green buds to the max 5

Taste- wow. Delicious. Sweet and citrusy but with huge hop and wheat finish.complex Balanced. spicy nutmeg 5

Mouf- easy 3

Drinkable - oh so drinkability 4

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Photo of Rayek
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip.

A: Cloudy peach, despite a careful pour. A rocky and dense lemon-tinged head starts huge and slowly falls to a 1/4" pillow of foam. Leaves a goodly amount of lace.

S: Smells like a hop salad. Lemon and grapefruit citrus hold up an interesting array of herbs. Sage and rosemary stick out the most. The thyme and parsley, not so much. A light sourdough aroma rounds things out.

T: The hop salad theme continues. Citrus and herbs dominate the experience and are well balanced against one another. Bitterness is sharp, but not overpowering. A slight sour funkiness comes in late.

M: The medium body is grainy and has somewhat hyperactive carbonation.

D: If I were to make a hop salad and serve it with some sourdough bread, I think this about what it would taste like. A very unique treat.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my DFH goblet. Pours a hazy golden-orange with a half inch, loose, off-white head embedded with tiny pinpricks. Head eventually settles into a skim, with a dense dollop in the middle and slashes of lacing revealed during the tasting. Huge sage presence (reminiscent of the Russian Sage growing in my garden), as well as rosemary and a suggestion of citrus. Taste follows nose - extremely herbal and slightly bitter and acidic. Mouthfeel is light and lively with an acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands - finish is semi-dry. An interesting beer, but herbal qualities are a bit overpowering. A six ounce pour was more than sufficient. This beer is best split amongst two or three in my opinion.

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a perfect pint.

A - Pretty well carbonated -- the glass was about 80% foam when poured. After calming down, it looked pretty nice. Decent lacing on the glass.

S - Very herbal and spicy. I get rosemary and sage for sure, but there's more that I can't really identify. Some citrus that I'd expect from a saison.

T - I can definitely see why there are some people who don't like this -- it's quite a departure from the typical saison flavors. It's got that backbone, with citrus and a little funkiness, but then there's all of the spice. Same as the nose -- most obvious is what I said before, rosemary and sage, and maybe some anise. I know parsley is in there but that's never been a flavor that I could detect in food or otherwise. Very complex and interesting. I really like it, very creative.

M - Light and effervescent, it goes down pretty smoothly.

D - While I definitely like it, I don't know that I could put a few of these down. I have another and I won't be reaching for it after this one, but I'll be wanting to try it again soon.

O - This is a wildly creative beer, and it's well worth trying at least once. I bought a few and I'm glad that I'll have a chance to try this in multiple situations.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured and served in a tulip

Appearance - gold, good retention

Smell - herbal and citrus

Taste - herbal notes provide unique flavor, citrus, fresh and flavorful

Mouthfeel - medium-high carbonation, crisp finish

Drinkability - unique for the style, tasty

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

Final beer of the Saison Du Buff Triliogy.

A: Poured into a DFH pint glass. Pours straw yellow in color with some major foam in the white, creamy head. Dissipates very slowly, which means with such a massive head I have to wait a long time to enjoy.

S: Very strong citrus scent is prominent up front. Has some herbal/spice scent as well and a bit of hops is present as well.

T: The taste up front is similar to the scent. Has a strong citrus flavor up front (tastes almost like grapefruit) and is followed by some spices. The finish is dry with a bit of hops.

M: Light to Medium bodied with above average carbonation. As mentioned above the finish is dry.

D: My final beer of the trilogy seemed to be much like the DFH version. For some reason the Victory was much different and inconsistent with the others. Overall a solid beer and a nice collaboration by the three breweries.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH pint glass

A: Poured a golden/orange color with a large head that was very foamy. Took a long time for the head to settle and resulted in a decent layer of bubbles on the top.

S: Got a lot of spices/herbs on this one. Seemed a little more pronounced than the DFH version and very different than the Victory version (see review). A little bit of citrus/hop, expected from a Stone offering.

T: Got hit by the herbs more on the taste than the aroma. The sage and rosemary with particularly noticeable. Also got a yeasty component on the finish.

M/D: Very herbal, as expected, and medium bodied. Was the last of the three I had and probably my middle choice. Its well done, but I wouldn't want more than one in a night.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine"

--Simon and Garfunkel

Summer sunflower gold with a wonderful looking crown of alabaster cream that almost reached four fingers on the pour. Persistence, a firm creaminess during melting, and stickiness are strong suits. What more is there to ask of beer foam?

The first whiff delivered a blast of tropical fruity hops. The second revealed the herbal quality that was expected given the ingredients. The aroma is extremely enjoyable (and interesting) because both characteristics play off one another in complementary fashion.

Stone Saion du BUFF is better beer than expected because of a surprisingly prominent hoppiness. If the four herbs had the run of the joint, this delicious and complex saison would have tasted more like a gruit. Thankfully, the BUFF brothers weren't about to let that happen.

Barley malt doesn't make much of an impact on the flavor front. In addition, it's hard to say what sort of yeast was used since there are so many flavors flying around. A trip to spice rack before cracking the cap didn't help that much, at least in terms of picking out the individual contributions from parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Fresh herbs would have been great, if they had been available.

So what we have here is an American hop tasty saison/farmhouse ale with a juuust right amount of herbal-earthy zestiness. This is one of those ales that should be released in bombers, because each mouthful brings something new and different to the palate. Twelve ounces are gone in a heartbeat.

The mouthfeel is quality through and through, which is no surprise given the brewery of origin. It has exactly the right amount of heft and hang-on for the style/ABV, and the carbonation is faultless.

Saison du BUFF is interesting beer. It's also delicious and drinkable, especially given the rather unconventional ingredients. Here's hoping the Dogfish Head and Victory versions are at least this good. There's no reason to think they won't be.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a crystal-clear golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wisy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with large amounts of herbs - rosemary and sage mostly with slight hints of star anise. Also present are large amounts of herbal hops and lighter amounts of floral and citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by sharp herbal notes - almost all rosemary with softer secondary notes. Midway through the sip hop flavors come into play - solid amounts of herbal flavors with hints of pine. The herbs and hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this saison was heavy on the herbs but somehow the light malt profile made it work. Worth a shot.

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Photo of mirish72
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had hight expectations for this one when I first heard about it and overall it doesn't dissapoint. The first thing you notice is the massive aroma that comes with this beer. Massive aroma of rosemary, sage and parsley and other spices, and there is a lot of funk going on here. The taste is citrussy, tangey and real spicy. Very complex and impressive. Not the most drinkable, largely because there is so much going on here. Definitely pick it up if you can find it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted side by side with the other Saison Du Buff beers, I found the Stone to be the darkest in color, the most cloudy, the most spicy/peppery, and the most bitter.

It poured a deep gold/orange body beneath a massive head of foamy bright white that seemed to take forever to settle and left sheets of thin lacing about the glass, and a dollop of creamy froth floating in the middle of the surface.

The aroma expressed yeast and basic malt, a floral and herbal character, mild chalky citrus peel, a bit of dried fruit (mainly apricot) and and a clear waft of tea. It also displayed more sage than the others, but rosemary and thyme as well.

The flavor was spicy up front, followed by sage and other herbs, malt, some mineral and yeast and then a combination of hop and herb that dried it nicely and lingered in a surprisingly long finish - the solid bitterness and herb goes on forever, with lots of rosemary.

Overall, it's a fairly bitter and herbal beer, but it still seems to offer a pretty good amount of drinkability. Unless you let it warm, the herbaceous character is pretty much kept in check, and there's a solid bitterness there that helps to cut it short in the finish. I could easily see drinking two of these in one sitting, and yet there's still a good deal of complexity to it. Nicely done!

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Photo of thecarster1
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a snifter, one and a half fingers worth of bright white dense, creamy head, hazy lemongrass color, active bubbling, great retention and lacing. just beautiful.

s- wow, peppery saison meets hops and floral and herbal ipa, slight rosemary and thyme. smells great, like being out in my herb garden.

t- ohh man, here we go.. peppery, hoppy, parsley, rosemary, thyme, sage, wow. i can actually pull out all the herbs here. so herbal, but the rosemary sticks out a bit above the rest. sweet grapefruit juice and rind round it out. this is killer.

m- medium bodied.

d- so great, i was blown away by this. i wish all saisons were this tasty, this is truly a one of a kind beer that i really hope that they will brew again. really wonderful.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

so not my normal drinking session, i decided to sit in the park after work with this one that i kept in the cooler all day at my desk and poured into a ccb pint glass, enjoyed on 10/08/2010.

really a fantastic pour here with a golden amber color that was completely hazed over and cloudy with a full three inches of head sitting on top of the glass that just dripped down the sides throughout the entire session.

aroma is deep hops and herbs right from the front. dense citrus and floral lavender and herbs come through very clearly and brightly as the smell is intoxicating and just remarkable. i really am not paying attention to those panning this one as i thought it was remarkable. such a bright and flavorful beer. deep citrus hops, lavender and chamomile, hints of herbs, fresh grasses, light spices, just sublime. smooth, light body is nearly perfectly carbonated and left me in awe after each remarkable sip.

overall i am bowled over with this one. really a sublime beer that defines style. perfect beer for a perfect.

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Photo of sampstar
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Went to the Stone Tap Takeover in Charlotte, there was about a 20 minute delay for the second round of samplers, so i ordered this one with high hopes. They described it as a farmhouse ale?

Appearance was a light golden straw, it did have a nice white lacing
Smell was encouraging to me, smelled slightly 'herb-like' with maybe some citrus as well.
Drinkability was the downfall with what to me was an overpowering pine or herb taste that just wasn't enjoyable. i wished i had ordered any other beer that i had already tried.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled July 2010
A careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat, four-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The head has lots of staying power and, as it slowly subsides, leaves lots of lacing patterns on the sides of my glass. The beer is a rich gold hue that has some touches of orange to it, but shows a very bright, straw gold color when held up to the light. The beer smells up front like American hops; a bright citrus character backed by herbal pine like aromatics. The herbal character is quite interesting, but could still be hop derived, but the more you dig the more you realize that it couldn't be from hops. This reminds me of lemon thyme, sage, perhaps a touch of eucalyptus, rosemary and even a touch of menthol; really though the biggest note to me is of the sage. This is definitely a beer dominated by the spice character as I don't really get any of the base malt character; though perhaps there is some spiciness derived from the yeast character (clove mostly, but some pepper-like notes).

Fairly dry tasting, and when you add the herbs on top of this the beer is quite dry from start to finish. Woody rosemary notes, peppery, earthy sage, some lavender like notes, potpourri, and even a touch of lemon zest. The herbs add some woody astringency to the finish that lingers on in the finish coating and drying out the palate pretty significantly. Hints of straw like grain, and a touch of honey-like malt (that seems derived from herbal flowers) become noticeable after a bit, but are still very subtle underneath the dominant herbal character. There is actually a fair amount of body to this brew, but the herbs make this seem lighter than it actually is.

There is a nice bright lemon note in the nose that doesn't quite translate to the flavor. It is interesting how much this smelled like it was aggressively hopped during my first few smells of the nose, especially when all this came from the herbs with a touch of yeast character thrown in.

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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,340 ratings
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